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Senate Proceeding on Nov 5th, 2009 :: 5:33:10 to 5:41:30
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John McCain

5:33:06 to 5:33:27( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: suspected war criminals, and that is commissions. i thank th the floor. the presiding officer: the senior senator recognized. mr. mccain: i thank you, mr. president. i thank my friend and colleague, senator lieberman, along with senator graham, senator webb.

John McCain

5:33:10 to 5:41:30( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

5:33:28 to 5:33:48( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we are strongly suppo amendment. senator lieberman made reference to a letter that's cur been signed by 214 9/11 family members, and, mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent that this letter be made part of the record, along with an article from the "wall street journal,"

John McCain

5:33:49 to 5:34:09( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: october 19, 2009, entitled "civ try terrorists" by michael b.mucasey, the former attorney general of the united states of america. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: and i urge my colleagues who will be made aware of a letter from mr. holder and secretary gates

John McCain

5:34:10 to 5:34:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: who -- urging defeat amendment to lk at the previous attorney general of the united states views which are diametrically opposed. mr. president, the 9 say, and i quote -- and i'm sure they represent all o the 9/11 families, and i quote -- "we adamantly oppose prosecuting the 9/11 conspirators in article 3

John McCain

5:34:33 to 5:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: courts which would provide them -- would provide them with the very rights that may make it possible for them to escape the justice which they so richly deserve. we believe that military commissions which have a long and honorable history in this country dating back to the revolutionary war are the appropate legal forum for the

John McCain

5:34:55 to 5:35:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: individuals who declared war on america with utter disdain for all the norms of decency and humanity, and in defiance of the laws of warfare accepted by all civilized nations, these individuals targeted the tens of thousandsf civilian noncombatants brutally killing 3,000 men, women, and children, injuring thousands more and terrorizing millions."

John McCain

5:35:17 to 5:35:38( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that's the view of the -- of those who were directly -- i would be glad to respond to a question from the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: i thank the senator from arizona. i would ask the senator if he would be kind enough to ask for unanimous consent that i follow him speaking after his remarks. mr. mccain: i ask unanimous consent the senator from illinois follow. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. mccain: anyway,

John McCain

5:35:39 to 5:35:59( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: mr. president, these are the 9/11 families. these are -- all americans were impacted by 9/11, the 9/11 falies in the most tragic fashion. this is a very strong letter from them concerning the strong desire that they not -- these criminals not be -- these 9/11

John McCain

5:36:00 to 5:36:20( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: conspirators not be tried in article 3 courts but be tried according to the military commissions. with the 9/11 victims experience an act of war against the united states carried out not on some distant shore but in our communities on the very symbols of our national power, because

John McCain

5:36:21 to 5:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: it involved attacks on innocent civilians and innocent civilian targets. it is a war crime. it is a war crime that was committed by the 9/11 terrorists. it's important that we call things what they are and not gloss over the essence of these events, even though they occurred eight years ago. in response to the attacks,

John McCain

5:36:43 to 5:37:03( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: overwhelmingly passed the authorization for the use of military force, giving the president the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, orersons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on september 11, 2001.

John McCain

5:37:04 to 5:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: theenate passed this legislation unanimously. the authorization for the use of military force recognized the true nature of these attacks and committed the entire resources of the united states to our selfdefense in light of the grave threat to our national security andoreign the united states does not go to

John McCain

5:37:27 to 5:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: war over a domestic criminal act, nor should it. it w clearly understood at that time that far more was at stake. we sent our sons and daughte off to war where they have been bravely risking their lives and futures on our behalf for the last eight years. given the facts and history of the 9/11 attacks, w should not

John McCain

5:37:49 to 5:38:09( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: deal with the treachery and barbarism of the slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians as a matter of law enforcement in the ordinary sense. to do so would belittle the events that transpired, the symbolism and purpose of the attacks, the huge number of lives that were lost, and the threat posed to the united

John McCain

5:38:10 to 5:38:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: states which continues in the caves and sanctuaries of al qaeda to this day. during my life, i have been a warrior. although that seems a long time ago now. i have some experience in the reality of combat and the suffering it brings. i know something of the law of war, having fought constrained

John McCain

5:38:31 to 5:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: by it and having lived through with the help of my comrades and my faith times when my former enemy felt unconstrained by it. no, the attacks of 9/11 were not a crime. they were a war together with my colleagues in congress, i've worked closely with the president to provide a

John McCain

5:38:53 to 5:39:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: means to address war crimes committed against this country in a war crimes tribunal, the military commissions act of 2009. it was designed specifically for this purpose. it should be ud not to mete out a guilty verdict and sentence that could not be achieved in federal criminal court, but to call things what

John McCain

5:39:15 to 5:39:35( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: they are, to be unshakable in our resolve to respond to the unprecedented acts of 9/11 consistent with the authorization for use of military force and to tell this and any future enemy that when they attack our innocent civilians at home, we won't be sending the police after them to make an arrest.

John McCain

5:39:36 to 5:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: by denying funds to the department of justice to prosecute these horrendous crimes in article 3 courts, i do not mean that these traidges against our country and its citizens should in fact, i've long argued that justice in these cases was long overdue and that prosecution

John McCain

5:39:59 to 5:40:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: should be pursued as expeditiously as possible. rather, my support for this amendment isased on my unshakable view that these events were acts of war and war crimes and that the proper forum for bringing the war criminals to justice is a military tribunal consistent with long-standing traditions in this

John McCain

5:40:20 to 5:40:41( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: country that date back to george washington's continental army during the founding of the republic. for that reason, i urge my colleagues to support this amendment so that the prosecution of war crimes will take place in the traditional and long accepted forum of a military tribunal as the

John McCain

5:40:42 to 5:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: congress overwhelmingly enacted in 2 defense authorization act for 2010 amended and approved in a statute that was enacted into law by president obama just days ago. that we will, as we have in the past, listen to the families of 9/11.

John McCain

5:41:03 to 5:41:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: from the trauma and the tragedy that -- that they experienced in the loss of their families, they became a force, they became a force that without them we would have never had the 9/11 commission, we would have never been able to make the reforms that arguably has made our nation much safer. now today the families are

John McCain

5:41:27 to 5:41:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: standing up and saying try these war criminals according to war

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