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Senate Proceeding 11-13-07 on Nov 13th, 2007 :: 0:00:40 to 0:09:44
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as the gavel back in with debate continuing likely to date, only to wonder $80 billion farm bill, over 100 amendments have been offered on the bill and we expect to make a possible votes drop the week.

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: now live senate coverage on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. reed: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. the presiding officer: without

Jack Reed

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Speech By: Jack Reed

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: objection, so ordered. mr. reed: i also ask unanimous consent to speak for up to ten minutes as in morning business. the presiding officer: is there objection? hearing none, so without objection,

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: so ordered. mr. reed: last week the senate deliberated and voted on the nomination of judge mukasey for position of attorney general of the issue. i opposed that nomination much i believe it is appropriate

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: to indicate formally and officially and publicly my concerns and my rationale for the vote. this was not a decision that was made likely. the constitution gives the president unfettered right to

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: submit nominees the senate. but the constitution also gives the senate not only the right but the obligation to provide advice and consent on such nominations. we don't name a president's cabinet

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: but it doesn't mean that we are merely rubber stamps for his proposal. senatorial consent must rest on a careful review of a nominee's record and thoughtful analysis of a nominee's ability to serve not

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: just the president but the american people. as i said in the past, unlike other cabinet positions, the tone general has a very special role. decisively poised at the juncture between the executive branch

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: and the judicial branch. in addition to being a member of the president's cabinet he is an officer of the federal courts. he is, in effect, the people's lawyer, responsibly fully, fairly and vigorously enforcing

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: our nation's law and the constitution. i believe judge mukasey to be an intellectually gifted and legally skilled individual, i'm very concerned about his ability to not just enforce the letter

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: of the law but also to recognize and carry out the true spirit of the law. frankly, i found judge mukasey's lawyerly responses to questions regarding the legality of various interrogation techniques,

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: increase play waterboarding,s is evasive and, frankly, disturbing. waterboarding is not a new technique and it is clearly illegal. as four former judge advocate generals in the military wrote:

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: "in the course of the judiciary committee consideration of president bush's nominee for the post of attorney general there is much discussion but little clarity about the legality of waterboarding on intnational

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: law. we write because this issue demand clarity. waterboarding is inhumane, it is torture and it is illegal." these gentlemen devoted themselves in the uniform of the country as soldiers, sailors and

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: aviators and also as attorneys. at the crux of their service was also the real realization that what we espouse, what we stood for, would also be the standard we claim for american soldiers and aviators

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: and sailors and marines if they were in the hands of hostile forces. it's clear in their eyes and should be clear in our eyes that waterboarding is inhumane. it is torture. it is illegal. it's illegal under the

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: geneva conventions. under united states laws. the army field manual. the u.s. government has repeatly condemned the use of wart torture and severely punished those who apply against our forces. as a judge

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: of the u.s. court of international trade and a former j.a.g. who trained soldiers on their legal obligations wrote in an editorial in the "washington post": "it was just for such activities that

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: members of japan's elite were convicted of torture in the tokyo war crimes trial." the law is clear of this horrifying interrogation technique. waterboarding is illegal torture and to suggest otherwise

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: damages the very fabric of our sense of international principle but, more importantly, of what we would claim and demand for our own soldiers and sailors and marines. now, judge mukasey was given

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: several opportunities to clearly state that water boarding is illegal. sced he went through a lend -- instead he went through a lengthy analysis to determine whether it is legal and said if congress wrote

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: a law stating it was illegal, he would follow the law. i found the last declaration nonsensical. this is the minimum requirement we would expect of any citizen of this country. that if we pass a law,

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: they would follow the law. i think we expect much more from the attorney general. we expect him to be a moral compass as well as a wise legal advisor. we expect that he would be able to conclude

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: as the other experts and as our history has shown, that this technique is, indeed, illegal. we need an attorney general who has the ability to both lead the department of justice and also to tell the president

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: when he's crossing his boundaries. we don't need a legal enabler for the president. we need an attorney general who will stand, in terms of his obligation to the constitution, as foremost rather

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: than to the president. not definitely stating a technique like waterboarding is will legal, demonstrated to me that judge mukasey does not have those qualities that we need. as we learned from attorney general

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: gonzales we need someone who is willing to stand up to the president instead of helping the president negotiate around either the letter or the spirit of the constitution. this is in the just an academic

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: exercise. if that question, is waterboarding illegal torture if that were asked of the papers of american socials, their answer would be quite clear, of course, if applied to my son or daughter

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Jack Reed: or the spouse of a fighting man or woman, of course it is. those people are as expert as judge mukasey and certainly much more can candid. also, too, we've risked a great deal in the administration's

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: imraition of the techniques because today -- embrace of the techniques because today many nation dozen not need that suggestion to embark on torture. the burmas of the world, the other countries -- they

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: will use what we say and do as justification for what they might want to do. i think we have lost the moral high ground on this whole exercise going back several years. finally, i would like to maintenance

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: my concerns about judge mukasey's response to questions on executive power. the responses to these questions did nothing to reassure me. in fact, i now believe that judge mukasey believes that even

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: a constitutional statute could become unconstitutional if it's a constraining of the constitutional authority of the president. as we all know, the genius of our founding fathers is not to allow

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: power to be concentrated in the happens of the few, particularly concerned about a concentration of power in the hands of the president. president is the chief executive officer and the commander in chief,

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: the founding fathers constrained the president through law and treaty. the attorney general has a duty not just to serve the president but to part, protect and defend the constitution. i did not vote

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: in support of alberto gonzales' nomination because i was concerned of his ability to serve moscow more than just the president, a concern borne out. because of his actions we are in the quandry

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: we are today with respect to torture and so many other issues. instead of presenting our nation's constitution and upholding our laws, he engaged in actions that damaged our values and put our citizens'

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: rights at risk here and abroad. given the extreme politicization of the department of justice, and the demo amization that has -- demoralization that has followed we need an attorney general that

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: can lead like a beacon of light and right our moral compass for the world as an example. i don't think judge mukaseyment that standard. i would -- i don't think judge mukasey met that standard. mr. reid:

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: that is the pending legislation? the presiding officer: morning business is closed. the clerk will report the pending business. the clerk: calendar 339, h.r. 2419, an absent to provide for the

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: continuation of agricultural programs through it fiscal year 2012 and for other purposes. mr. reid: mr. president, we have a farm bill before us. we've been trying for a week to do amendments on

Harry Reid

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Speech By: Harry Reid

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