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Senate Proceeding on Dec 17th, 2007 :: 1:56:17 to 2:02:46
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Russell Feingold

1:40:26 to 1:56:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Russell Feingold

Russell Feingold

1:55:58 to 1:56:17( Edit History Discussion )

Russell Feingold: apply the law foocts,stin of allowing the courts to decide whether the companies ah. acted appropriately, the intelligence community sends the message that the companies need not worry about complying

Jeff Sessions

1:56:17 to 1:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: with questionable government requests in the future because they will be bailed out. mr. president, this is outageous outageous. even more yawt oij usous is the fact that if these lawsuits are

Jeff Sessions

1:56:17 to 2:02:46( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

1:56:32 to 1:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: dismissed, the courts may never rule on the n. s.a. wiretapping program. so what this is is an outdeal outcome for an administration that bleaches it should be able to interpret laws on its own without

Jeff Sessions

1:56:50 to 1:57:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: worrying about how congress wrote them. without worrying about those whobo pleeive in three independent on the one hand ands coequal branches of government, this is a disaster. mr. president, for all

Jeff Sessions

1:57:08 to 1:57:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of these reasons, i oppose cloture on the motion to proceed to the intelligence committee bill. i fear we're about to make the same mistake that we made with the patriot act. we passed that law without

Jeff Sessions

1:57:25 to 1:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: taking the time to consider its implications and we didn't do enough during the re reauthorization process to fix it. as a result, three federal court courts have struck down provisions of the patriot

Jeff Sessions

1:57:45 to 1:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: act as unconstitutional. and that is right back where we are going to end up if we don't do our jobs now and fix the protect america act. so, mr. president, i urge my colleagues to vote no on cloture

Jeff Sessions

1:57:55 to 1:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and i yield the balance of our time. excuse me, i reserve the balance of our time. the presiding officer: who yields time? mr. sessions: mr. president, i believe that the unanimous consent agreement was

Jeff Sessions

1:58:05 to 1:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that there would be five minutes for senator kyl, chambliss, and sessions and we've edded three to that. skilled that that be six minutes -- i would ask that that be six minutes on this side. the

Jeff Sessions

1:58:30 to 1:58:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: presiding officer: without objection, the senator is recognize ed. mr. sessions: mr. president, i appreciate my colleague, senator feingold, and his passionate argument arguments. but i want to tell

Jeff Sessions

1:58:40 to 1:58:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: my colleagues that this congress and this government of the united states is capable of overreacting. we are capable of getting excite excited about an issue and taking theoretical positions that end

Jeff Sessions

1:58:52 to 1:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: up as a practical matter leaving our country at greater risk, and this is just not a item of discussion. it's very real. i would point out to my colleagues that we have made two dramatic errors in recent

Jeff Sessions

1:59:05 to 1:59:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: years in a situation just like this on a spate of motion driven by our civil libertarian friends that they put a wall up between the f.b.i. and the c.i.a. and barred the sharing of information

Jeff Sessions

1:59:15 to 1:59:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: between those two critical agency ies. we also mandated that the central intelligence agency officers could not obtain information from people deemed to be dangerous. bad people. i mean, how do you

Jeff Sessions

1:59:28 to 1:59:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: get information in the world to protect america and our legitimate national interests? so those became laws, and what happened after we were attacked on 9/11? those laws, those rules that we imposed

Jeff Sessions

1:59:41 to 1:59:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on our military intelligence agency ies were deemed to be bogus, wrong, mis mistaken, colossally so, as many members of this body warned when they were made the law of the united states. they warned

Jeff Sessions

1:59:53 to 2:00:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that if we did these things it was not wise. but oh, no, the others loved the constitution more. they love liberty moshings so we've got to pass all this stuff and we passed it and what happened afterwards?

Jeff Sessions

2:00:07 to 2:00:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: after 9/11? well, we promptly removed both of those silly rules. we've taken them off the books in a bipartisan, unanimous way. they were never required by the constitution. they were never sense ible

Jeff Sessions

2:00:33 to 2:00:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from the beginning. but we passed it and we've got some ideas being promoted now that are not sense ible either. and you can and they can leave our country in dangerous straits. so it's an important

Jeff Sessions

2:00:45 to 2:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: matter. these things are life-and-death issues. last year a federal court ruled, based on statutes passed by congress, ruled that they -- that those laws we passed would is he severely limit the collection

Jeff Sessions

2:00:55 to 2:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of critical communications of foreign intelligence. it was not the intention of congress when we passed it, i am sure, that we would in effect end up gutting the most -- perhaps the most important

Jeff Sessions

2:01:10 to 2:01:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: surveillance program we have against international terrorists terrorists, but that was the effect of it. admiral mcconnell was flabbergasted. he came to us and pleaded with us to give him relief. so what happened?

Jeff Sessions

2:01:25 to 2:01:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: well, he said this to us. listen to these words. basically this is what he said. "the united states was unable to conduct critical surveillance of foreign intelligence of foreign ei terrorists planning

Jeff Sessions

2:01:36 to 2:01:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to conduct attacks inside our country."~ that's basically -- that's what he said to us. now that's a dramatic thing. so what happened? we went through an intense study and we passed the protect america

Jeff Sessions

2:01:47 to 2:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: act this summer. some people said,h, this is a rush. we spent weeks on it. we spent a lot of time working on it. we said, okay, it will come back up in february. and there's been no example of abuse of

Jeff Sessions

2:02:06 to 2:02:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that act. now, senator feinstein says these actions were illegal wire wiretappings. that is really not a fair thing to say, i think. a court ruled that these procedures that we've been using for some

Jeff Sessions

2:02:17 to 2:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: time were -- required under statutory statutes that we passed to go through a certain number of hoops that as a practical matter would have eliminated the possibility of us continuing these surveillance

Jeff Sessions

2:02:28 to 2:02:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: techniques. that's what they ruled. i don't think we ever intended this to be the case, but probably the court fairly ruled on the law. i'm not sure. we're stuck with the ruling regardless. so, i

Saxby Chambliss

2:02:46 to 2:02:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: don't think it's fair to say it's illegal. but it certainly was not unconstitutional because in fact this summer when we passedd the protect america act, what we basically concluded was the program

Saxby Chambliss

2:02:46 to 2:09:01( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

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