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Senate Proceeding on Nov 30th, 2009 :: 0:56:00 to 1:01:15
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Amy Klobuchar

0:56:00 to 1:01:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

0:56:13 to 0:56:33( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: objection. ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding offir: t senator from minnesota ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to speak during morning business for up to five minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i come to the floor today too call call- to call attention to the situation of three united states

Amy Klobuchar

0:56:34 to 0:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: citizens -- shane bauer, sarah shard and josh fatall who have been detaped by the government i on iran for nearly four months. one of these individuals, shane bauer, qoms from -- comes from my home state of minnesota and so the safe return of these three young americans is of particular importance to me. on july 31 of this year, shane, sarah and josh, who shared a common passion for travel and

Amy Klobuchar

0:56:56 to 0:57:16( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: discovery, were on a hiking trip in a peaceful region in northern iraq when they reportedly accidentally strayed across the poorly marked border between iraq and iran and were surrounded by iranian border guards. since then, shane, sarah and josh have been held in near

Amy Klobuchar

0:57:17 to 0:57:37( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: isolation in a tranprison -- in a tehran prison and have been allowed no contact with their families in t despite repeated requests by the swiss government which represents u.s. interests in iran, the three have been denied regular consular access required by the vienna convention. they have been denied repeated requests to be able to speak with their families via

Amy Klobuchar

0:57:38 to 0:57:59( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: telephone, and they have been denied public information on any charges that they may face. in the four months that they have been detaine have been allowed only two meetings with swiss c officials and have been denied due process and access to legal representation. even more alarming, mr. president, iranian officials have recently declared that the

Amy Klobuchar

0:58:00 to 0:58:20( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: three may be espionage, a charge that is not only baseless but also completely at odds with whom shane, sarah and josh are as individuals. shane, sarah and josh made a simple mistake in accidentally crossing the border and their continued detention is unwarranted and

Amy Klobuchar

0:58:21 to 0:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: since the three were detained, have gotten to know shane's mother cindy and the other members of the hikers' families. during our conversations, i have learned what a remarkable person he is and how he has dedicated through his work to bringing the world closer together through photojournalism. shane grew up in anemia, minnesota, a small town in the

Amy Klobuchar

0:58:43 to 0:59:03( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: central part of our state and he graduated from the university of california at berkeley. prior to being detained in iran, shane was living with sarah in damascus. he has traveled across the middle east as a freelance journalist, reporting from syria, iraq, ethiopia. his writing and award-winning photographs have been published

Amy Klobuchar

0:59:04 to 0:59:24( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in the u.s., in the united kingdom and in canada and throughout the middle east. his latest trip with sarah and josh brought him to the kyrgyzstan region of iraq, which is known for its scenic hikes among mountainous waterfalls. this is hardly the background, mr. president, as someone who would deliberately enter iran in

Amy Klobuchar

0:59:25 to 0:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: hopes of committing espionage. a few weeks ago, i met with shane's mom cindy and members of sarah and josh's families in my office in washington. as a mother, i can only imagine how difficult this ordeal must be for all of them. they have had no contact with their sons or their daughter, and yet i have been overwhelmed

Amy Klobuchar

0:59:46 to 1:00:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: by their resolve. they are pursuing every avenue they can find to demonstrate to the iranian government that their children made a simple mistake and clearly deserve to be released. i came away from our meeting even further committed to seeing that cindy and shane, along with sarah and josh and tir families, are united as soon as possible.

Amy Klobuchar

1:00:07 to 1:00:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: as we all know, iran is in the center of many pressing foreign policy challenges we currently face, and i, along with my coeagues, will address those. but shane sarah and josh have absolutely nothing to do these international fights. they have nothing to do with what is going on in iran or iran's differences with other countries.

Amy Klobuchar

1:00:30 to 1:00:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this is strictly a humanitarian case, and i urge iranian officials not to politicize it or seek to use the three hikers as diplomatic pawns. there is no cause for their continued detention and nothing will be gained by prolonging it any further. iran's leaders should demonstrate the necessary compassion by immediately

Amy Klobuchar

1:00:52 to 1:01:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: releasing shane, sarah and josh and allowing them to return home to their families. in the meantime, they should at the very least allow them to speak to their families i in the united states over the telephone. i want to thank my friend, the ambassador to switzerland, and swiss officials for their work in this area. it has been 122 days since

Amy Klobuchar

1:01:15 to 1:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: shane, sarah and josh were first

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