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Senate Proceeding 11-17-10 on Nov 17th, 2010 :: 0:01:30 to 0:14:00
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Christopher S. Bond

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Christopher S. Bond: subcommittee on intelligence, something the full senate had already passed in 2004. yet, the appropriations committee has failed to act. i continue to believe that it's vital to improving oversight and funding of our nation's intelligence. and i urge the senate in the next congress to proceed on that. now, the nation's wars.

Christopher S. Bond

0:01:30 to 0:14:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher S. Bond

Christopher S. Bond

0:01:48 to 0:02:08( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: we learned in iraq, fighting the enemy is not enough. a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy is required. it must combine kinetic power, military attacks against terrorists and insurgents with smart power, the development of host nation capabilities, infrastructure and a sensible mix of economic development, education and diplomatic strategies.

Christopher S. Bond

0:02:09 to 0:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: we also know that without a viable and appropriately resource counterinsurgency strategy, we will not see success in afghanistan in the future -- and tpaout tour of pakistan will remain in doubt. driving terrorist safe havens out of afghanistan is crucial but insufficient if militants

Christopher S. Bond

0:02:31 to 0:02:51( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: find sanctuary in the border regions of western pakistan. eliminating the terrorist threat to the united states that emanates from these terrorist sanctuaries in the region must be our number-one goal. a u.s. withdrawal in whole or in part from afghanistan in the near term would be a tacit yet unambiguous approval for the

Christopher S. Bond

0:02:52 to 0:03:12( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: return of taliban control of afghanistan. in turn, this would lead to the establishment of more safe havens for many of the world's most violent and feared terrorists. next, at the end of 2004, congress passed the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act, creating the office of the

Christopher S. Bond

0:03:13 to 0:03:34( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: director of national intelligence. after six years, the jury is still out on the odni. some say it's an unnecessary layer of bureaucracies. other say it's too big and needs to be downsized. still others are concerned that the d.n.i.'s authority is undermined by decision-makers in the white house and department of justice, a point with ample

Christopher S. Bond

0:03:35 to 0:03:55( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: evidence over the past couple of years. while these observations have some merit, i believe the odni serves an important leadership function within the intelligence committee and should not be abandoned. however, there is room for improvement, so i sponsored a number of legislative provisions that should enhance the d.n.i.'s authority with respect to

Christopher S. Bond

0:03:56 to 0:04:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: accountability reviews and major systems acquisitions. while some of these provisions were signed into law, more will need to be done to strengthen the effectiveness of the odni. one of the most disturbing leaks that i've witnessed during my tenure on the committee occurred in december 2005 when the "new york times" published a story

Christopher S. Bond

0:04:18 to 0:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: describing the president's terrorist surveillance program. some review -- some view the leakers as heroes. i do not share that view. in fact, intelligence operators in the field at the time told me their ability to gain valuable information was reduced dramatically. michael hadden, then being confirmed for the director of

Christopher S. Bond

0:04:41 to 0:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the c.i.a., stated that we've begun to applight darwinan theory to terrorism because from then on we would only be able to catch the dumb ones. i'm amazed the department of justice has yet to prosecute thomas taam, a d.o.j. attorney who openly bragged that he intentionally revealed the

Christopher S. Bond

0:05:02 to 0:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: information. another area of importance is the fisa act. in order to ease concerns of critics, the president's terrorist seufrls program was submitted to and approved by the surveillance court. unfortunately, in may of 2007,

Christopher S. Bond

0:05:23 to 0:05:44( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the arrangement started to unravel when the fisa court issued a ruling that caused significant gaps in our intelligence collection against terrorists. although d.n.i. mike mcherald pleaded for help, congress failed to respond.

Christopher S. Bond

0:05:45 to 0:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: we cosponsored the patriot america act which passed in the first week of 2007. the act did exactly what it was intended to. following the passage of that act, i worked to come up with a bipartisan permanent solution to modernize fisa, to give the private partners needed civil liability protection. in february of 2008, many hearings, much debate, the

Christopher S. Bond

0:06:06 to 0:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: senate passed the fisa amendments on a strong bipartisan vote, reflecting the intelligence committee's conclusions that those electronic communication service providers who insisted with the act, acted with good faith and deserved civil liability protection. the senate bill also went further than any legislation in

Christopher S. Bond

0:06:27 to 0:06:48( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: history in protecting the potential privacy of u.s. citizens. after months of difficult and protracted negotiations with the house, congress finally passed the fisa act amendments on july 9 of 2008, and the president signed it into law the next day. i consider my involvement in the passage of protect america and fisa act to be two of the

Christopher S. Bond

0:06:49 to 0:07:10( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: highlights of my legislative career. there is, however, still work to be done. a number of provisions of the fisa amendments act are set to sunset at the end of next year. also there are three additional provisions related to roving wiretaps, business records, court orders and the loan wolf provision that are set to expire

Christopher S. Bond

0:07:11 to 0:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: february 28, 2011. i urge the next congress and the president to work together closely to ensure that these provisions are made permanent without adding unnecessary requirements. on authorization. when i became chairman, vice chairman in 2007, my top priority was to get an intelligence authorization bill

Christopher S. Bond

0:07:33 to 0:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: signed into law, and i'm thankful that with the leadership of senator feinstein, the chair, we finally met that goal. the 2010 bill light on authorization was heavy on legislative provisions. i'm pleased that a number of good government provisions which i cosponsored were included in the bill. imposing new requirements on the

Christopher S. Bond

0:07:54 to 0:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: intelligence committee to manage better their systems acquisition, these provisions will operate to address the long-standing problem of out-of-control cost overruns and acquisitions. despite the successful nun mccurdy provisions and d.o.d. tkao pbd encourage greater

Christopher S. Bond

0:08:17 to 0:08:37( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: involvement by the d.n.i. another good provision established the requirement for the intelligence committee to conduct vulnerability assessments on its systems. a third gives the d.n.i. authority to conduct accountability reviews of the intelligence community elements and personnel in relation to their significant failures and

Christopher S. Bond

0:08:38 to 0:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: deficiencies. finally, the future budget projection provisions require the d.n.i. to do what every american family does on a regular basis: map out a budget.

Christopher S. Bond

0:09:02 to 0:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: now, going forward, i have a number of recommendations for future members and leaders. on satellite imagery, one of the intelligence community's greatest failures was complete waste of billions of dollars spent to develop satellites it never took a single picture. senator feinstein and i strongly voiced our abiding concern to

Christopher S. Bond

0:09:24 to 0:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: all four d. tpheufplt's that the i. -- d.n.i.'s that the i.c. is spending too much money on satellites that are too big and too costly. we put forth solid alternatives that would produce more satellites at far less cost, be less fragile and perform as well or better as the unaffordable plan presented in the budget.

Christopher S. Bond

0:09:47 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: sadly, our ideas have met with the n.i.h. resistence not invented here. even worse, it appears the resistance has been based in part on the n.r.o.'s unhealthy reliance upon subordination to the contractor that builds these incredibly expensive satellites.

Christopher S. Bond

0:10:08 to 0:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: on cyber, in an ever increasing cyber age where our financial system conducts trades via the internet, families pay bills online, the government uses computers to complement war strategies, successful cyberattacks can be devastating, unless our private sector and government start doing a better job to protect our information networks, serious damage to our

Christopher S. Bond

0:10:29 to 0:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: economy and our national security will follow. senator hatch and i have introduced a legislative proposal that takes the first step by creating a solid infrastructure that is responsible and accountable. there must be one person in charge, someone outside the executive office of the president, who, therefore,

Christopher S. Bond

0:10:50 to 0:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: cannot claim executive privilege whorbgs has real authority -- who has real authority to coordinate our government security efforts in cyber. third, we need a voluntary public-private partnership to facilitate cyberthreat information, research and technical support. we believe that once this infrastructure is established,

Christopher S. Bond

0:11:11 to 0:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the assembled government and private-sector experts will be able to provide guidance on the next steps, including any further legislation needed to enhance our cyber security. now with respect to the gitmo detainees.

Christopher S. Bond

0:11:32 to 0:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: as a christmas day attack reminded us, rising recidivism rates for gitmo detainees are more than just a statistic and claims that a 20% recidivism rate isn't all that bad, as one senior administration official put it, must be challenged. as part of its goal to close gitmo, the administration

Christopher S. Bond

0:11:53 to 0:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: continues its efforts to persuade other countries to accept detainees. but everyone's views on closing gitmo, we all have an interest in making sure that no former gitmo detainee kills or harms us or our allies. as these transfers continue, the intelligence committee in congress must pay close attention to these and earlier

Christopher S. Bond

0:12:14 to 0:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: transfer decisions. thus far, our review has raised significant concerns. we all know that transfers to yemen are a bad idea, but other countries may not have either the legal authority or capability to keep track of these detainees effectively. still others simply view these former detainees as being free. if we don't know what these

Christopher S. Bond

0:12:36 to 0:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: detainees are doing, we end up relying on luck, and we will catch them before they act. having luck on your side is always a good thing, but it stinks as counterterrorism policy. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pay close attention to this issue. unfortunately, it is one that i think we'll continue to be

Christopher S. Bond

0:12:57 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: around for a long time. mr. president, i hope these reflections, observations and recommendations will be of use to the members of the next congress and the members of the committees. i've been deeply honored to serve on the intelligence committee with my distinguished and talented colleagues. i salute the fine men and women of the intelligence committee who have given so much for the

Christopher S. Bond

0:13:18 to 0:13:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: safety of our country. and i wish them all in their future endeavors. mr. president, in closing, i ask that my full remarks be submitted for the record as if read, and including the attached addendum of other items of importance. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. bond: i yield the floor. the presiding officer: without

Christopher S. Bond

0:13:43 to 0:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: objection. suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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