TN: IRAQI VOTE NASHVILLE ELEMENTS
TASER SUSPECT (2005)
INVESTIGATIONS ARE UNDERWAY INTO THE DEATH OF PATRICK AARON LEE, 21 WHO DIED AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A CONFRONTATION WITH POLICE OFFICERS. POLICE WERE CALLED TO NASHVILLE'S MERCY LOUNGE IN REGARD TO A DISORDERLY PERSON. AS THE OFFICER ARRIVED, TWO EMPLOYEES STANDING OUTSIDE THE LOUNGE POINTED THE OFFICER TO PATRICK LEE, WHO WAS ALSO STANDING OUTSIDE. LEE HAD BEEN EJECTED FROM THE BUSINESS FOR ACTING STRANGELY AND REPEATEDLY TRYING TO GET ONTO THE STAGE. THE POLICE WERE CALLED AFTER LEE KEPT TRYING TO REENTER THE LOUNGE. WHEN OFFICER BROOKS GOT OUT OF HIS CAR TO TALK TO LEE, LEE ADVANCED TOWARD HIM SO CLOSELY THAT BROOKS HAD TO HOLD OUT HIS ARM TO KEEP HIS DISTANCE. BROOKS ASKED FOR LEE'S NAME. LEE RESPONDED "BLUE." BROOKS ASKED LEE FOR IDENTIFICATION. LEE TURNED AWAY FROM BROOKS TO CONCEAL WHAT HE WAS GETTING FROM HIS POCKETS. BROOKS TOLD LEE TO SHOW HIM HIS HANDS. LEE GAVE HIM HIS DRIVERS LICENSE AND THEN SUDDENLY REMOVED HIS SHIRT AND ADVANCED TOWARD BROOKS AGGRESSIVELY. BROOKS USED PEPPER SPRAY ON LEE AND ORDERED HIM TO GET ONTO THE GROUND. INSTEAD, LEE REMOVED THE REST OF HIS CLOTHING AND BEGAN RUNNING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT NUDE. BROOKS GOT INTO HIS POLICE CAR TO KEEP UP WITH LEE AND CALLED FOR BACKUP. ANOTHER OFFICER WHO CARRIES A TASER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BACKUP OFFICERS TO ARRIVE. OFFICER JONATHAN MAYS SAW LEE IN THE PARKING LOT ACTING IN A COMBATIVE MANNER AND TOLD LEE TO GET ON THE GROUND OR THE TASER WOULD BE USED. LEE REFUSED TO COMPLY. MAYS DISCHARGED THE TASER. LEE WENT TO THE GROUND BRIEFLY. AS OFFICERS TRIED TO PUT HANDCUFFS ON HIM, HE GOT BACK TO HIS FEET AND TRIED TO FLEE. LEE WAS NUDE AND SWEATING PROFUSELY. HIS SKIN WAS VERY SLIPPERY AND WAS DIFFICULT FOR THE OFFICERS TO LATCH ON TO. OFFICER JAMIE SCRUGGS, WHO HAD ARRIVED BY THIS TIME, ASLO CARRIES A TASER. SCRUGGS FIRED HIS TASER, LEE WENT DOWN MOMENTARILY. THE TASER PROBES LOSE CONTACT AND LEE AGAIN RETURNED TO HIS FEET ACTING IN A COMBATIVE MANNER. OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO USE PEPPER SPRAY TO BRING LEE UNDER CONTROL. IT SEEMED TO HAVE NO AFFECT. THEY ATTEMPTED TO USE BATONS ON THE LOWER PART OF HIS LEGS TO BRING LEE INTO CUSTODY. THE BATONS ALSO SEEMED TO HAVE NO AFFECT. OFFICER MAYS FIRED HIS TASER AGAIN AT LEE. MAYS SAID LEE IMMEDIATELY PULLED THE PROBES FROM HIS BODY. SCRUGGS THEN FIRED HIS TASER A SECOND TIME. LEE WENT TO THE GROUND AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. DUE TO HIS BIZARRE BEHAVIOR, AN AMBULANCE WAS CALLED IMMEDIATELY TO EVALUATE LEE. OFFICERS ASKED LEE WHAT HE WAS TAKING TO CAUSE HIM TO ACT IN SUCH A STRANGE FASHION. LEE RESPONDED LSD OR PCP. FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDICS ARRIVED AND BEGIN TO EVALUATE LEE. AS THEY WERE DOING SO, HE WENT INTO CARDIAC AND RESPIRATORY DISTRESS. LEE WAS RUSHED TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL AND LATER DIED. DURING THE CONFRONTATION, LEE WAS HIT BY TASER PROBES FOUR TIMES. HE WAS TASED MULTIPLE TIMES. IT IS NOT KNOWN AT PRESENT WHAT, IF ANY, ROLE THE TASER HAD IN CAUSING LEE'S MEDICAL DISTRESS. AN AUTOPSY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.
US Concert - 'React Now' benefit concert for Katrina victims
NAME: US CONCERT 110905N TAPE: EF05/0811 IN_TIME: 10:43:10:13 DURATION: 00:03:57:05 SOURCES: MTV Networks Group DATELINE: Various, 10 September 2005 RESTRICTIONS: No re-use/re-sale without clearance/No Internet SHOTLIST: New York, NY 1. Alicia Keys performing Nashville, Tennessee 2. Lynyrd Skynyrd performing with Kid Rock Foxboro, Massachusetts 3. Green Day performing Milwaukee, Wisconsin 4. Rolling Stones performing New York, NY 5. Coldplay performing 6. Sheryl Crow performing Toronto, Canada 7. U2 performing Los Angeles, California 8. Kanye West performing Toronto, Canada 9. Elton John performing Bonner Springs, Kansas 10. Dave Mathews Band performing Nashville, Tennessee 11. Neil Young performing STORYLINE: Some of the world's leading musicians joined forces on Saturday in a televised concert appeal to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Across the United States, acts including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Green Day, and U2 appeared in the four hour special programme "ReAct Now: Music and Relief" aired on the MTV, VH1 and CMT channels. The concert was aimed at raising funds for the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, America's Second Harvest and similar organisations in the wake of the hurricane. Last week, an appeal televised by NBC was marked by rapper Kanye West's off-script comment that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." But on Saturday performers stuck to their scripts, including West, who sang accompanied by string instruments.
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US Iraq Vote - Preparations for Iraqis in US to vote in election
NAME: US IRAQ VOTE 170105N TAPE: EF05/0056 IN_TIME: 10:04:57:17 DURATION: 00:01:03:07 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: New Carollton, 16 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: 1. Various shots of polling centre 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ayob Hajibadri, Presiding Officer of the Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program for Washington, D.C.: "A whole lot of people - they're going to vote in this election, I'm pretty sure of that, and I'm one of them and I'm not going to lose this opportunity for no reason." 3. Various shots of polling centre STORYLINE: Iraqis in the United States will line up on Monday to register to vote in their homeland's first independent election in nearly 50 years, joining Iraqis at polling centres in 13 other nations as they prepare to choose a constitutional assembly. Iraqis will be able to register in five US cities - Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago and Washington, DC. The seven-day registration period ends on January 23. Voting will begin on January 28 and continue until the January 30 election in Iraq. There are about 90-thousand Iraqi-born immigrants in the United States, according to the 2000 US census, but the children of Iraqi-born men can also vote. No one is sure how many will cast ballots, in part because of the difficulty of reaching polling places that are hundreds of miles away and uncertainty about the numbers of second-generation Iraqi-Americans. Ayob Hajibadri, the Presiding Officer of the Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program for Washington, DC, says nothing would make him miss the opportunity to vote. Other nations hosting overseas polling are Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Jordan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
FATHER DISCIPLINES BOY AT SCHOOL 2005
A FATHER UPSET THAT HIS SON WAS SKIPPING SOME CLASSES SHOWED UP AT THE BOY'S SCHOOL TO DISCIPLINE HIM. DAN WEAVER WAS ARRESTED AFTER SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAUGHT HIM HITTING HIS SON ON TAPE AND SCUFFLING WITH OTHER SCHOOL OFFICIALS. WEAVER WAS TOLD BY COUNSELORS AT MOUNT JULIET HIGH SCHOOL THAT HIS SON, DANIEL HAD MISSED THREE DAYS OF MATH CLASSES. THE VIDEO SHOWS WEAVER PACING AS HE WAITS FOR HIS SON TO ENTER THE MAIN OFFICE. ONCE DANIEL ENTERS, YOU CAN SEE THE FATHER HITTING THE BOY, THEN PICKING HIM UP AND DROPPING HIM ON A COUNTER, THEN HITTING HIM AGAIN. PRINCIPAL MEL BROWN TRIES TO INTERVENE AT WHICH TIME WEAVER PUSHES HIM AND THEN PROCEEDS TO SCUFFLE WITH THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AS WELL. AFTER THE INCIDENT, WEAVER WAS TOLD THAT HIS SON HAD ACTUALLY NOT BEEN SKIPPING MATH CLASS....IT WAS A CLERICAL ERROR ALL ALONG!! WEAVER NOW HAS BEEN FORCED TO TAKE ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES
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Meth Addict Gonzalez Presser
August 18, 2005 NASHVILLE FEED: METH EPIDEMIC, GONZALEZ PRESSER, METH ADDICT RS 16/ X75/ Slugged: 1615 HAYES X75 TAPE 2 16:45:13 which were a reduction 10%, 25%...the good news here is the youth the 2 year goal 17% reduction.25% meth.conceptually we have been successful, many kinds of substance abuse. Marijuana. 16:46:19 that include. 16:47:54 focused on pieces of different information. I think it's important to dispel. If you're concerned about marijuana, you want to forget about meth. That is not true, injustice.and frankly in drug court throughout the country. I also think the argument we talk about meth now, we're forgetting about marijuana. That is not true. 16:48:35 community institutions, public safety and law enforcement, and they needed to be supported. METH ADDICT 16:49:56 It got really bad. I tried it you know as a.addicted to cocaine. Really bad on alcohol, well this is helping not do the other stuff. It got to the point where I was cooking it. 16:50:37 It ruined my life. I went pretty far down there.I did things that I would never do..cooking where the sheriff.it changed my whole thought pattern. 16:51:31 anybody can be a meth addict, it can be a lawyer, person serving your food. 16:52:13 No matter how many people they send to prison, it's still going to be there. The knowledge is easy.internet. I think the solution to the problem is treatment to meth addicts. 16:53:30 that's my horoscope sign whatever. I really just haven't....and that's a big thing. 16:55:32 Woman reading book on bed. 16:57:04 Woman picking up. 16:57:59 an experience we had.to meth. 16:58:06 it's the large quantities by addicts, whether it's from gangs, cut off the supply too many young people. The effort here is to raise the urgency and apply it to the situation, but the basic tool. 16:58:55 Local cooks that bake it, we also need obviously cut off the supply 16:59:05 Bringing the knowledge and experience to Meth. 16:59:13 it's the largest, quantity by addicts, whether it's from gangs, local cooks, and we also need to cut off the supplies.destruction.
MD:IRAQI VOTING PRESSER
08:07:29:00 over 25 thousand are registerd to vote within the united states (0:04) / 08:12:53:00 8:12:53 we are voting in 5 locations in the US, 4washington DC, detroit, chicago, nashville and los a ...
CIGARETTE HEIST CAUGHT ON TAPE 2005
INVESTIGATORS SAY THIEVES WHO HAVE STRUCK IN EIGHT OTHER CITIES WERE FINALLY CAUGHT ON TAPE BREAKING INTO A CVS STORE IN RICHARDSON, TEXAS. TWO MEN AND ONE WOMAN HAVE BEEN BREAKING INTO DRUG STORES LATE AT NIGHT. ARMED WITH GARBAGE SACKS, THEY SNATCH UP BOXES OF CIGARETTES AND OTHER THINGS AND TAKE OFF. THE MEN HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS WESLEY CURRY, JR AND ANDREW THOMAS, BOTH 38 YEARS OLD.
Meth Addict Gonzalez Presser
August 18, 2005 NASHVILLE FEED: METH EPIDEMIC, GONZALEZ PRESSER, METH ADDICT RS 16/ X75/ Slugged: 1615 HAYES X75 TAPE 1 16:16:37 J. AVERITT: we're going to have a major, major problem. Have the funds that this fund has brought to us.fight this addiction. People have been using meth no other drug addiction we've seen before. Epidemic worse.they're going to find it through labs. 16:17:27 that we've not seen to this point. 16:18:31 People walking down the street. Director Walters and Attorney General Gonzalez. 16:19:11 Judge Seth Norman. Operational..I would like to welcome you all. 16:39:01 complicated questions dollars are allocated in the specific budget. First responders.assets and resources that can be used by resource here to deal with crime in this community. Simply what the dollars are.within one particular segment 16:39:35 whether or not additional dollars are being allocated. We have some obviously dollars havet o be spent to deal with the war on terror. Working the hardest we can. We're concerned to visit with state locals. What is working with this community. 16:41:07 former attorney general.obviously Supreme Court, but they can operate within the law.we are working with Mexico and encourage them to find ways, these commits a crime brought to justice. 16:41:45 whether in Mexico. 16:41:51 The previous law exempted..contained products, below a little over 9 grams. Same control packaging power bulk.cooking meth. Packaged in that way as they are in other forms of packaging. 16:42:37 I haven't heard any other objection by other I haven't consulted them. We want to address all. 16:43:20 Categories of substance that is growing.if any additional leadership federal government. We have to take.budget, the 12.4 billion dollar.budget climate where we had to show restraint. 16:44:07 resources in addition that are necessary here. Bridge between force and treatment and we want to expand.
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World Iraqis 2 - WRAP Iraqis in various nations register to vote
NAME: WOR IRAQIS2 170105N TAPE: EF05/0057 IN_TIME: 10:45:05:07 DURATION: 00:03:09:01 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: Various - 17 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST APTN New Carrolton, Maryland January 17, 2005 1. Welcome sign on table near entrance of Washington-area polling centre 2. Iraqi family walks into polling centre 3. Men hanging Iraqi flag 4. Poll worker points the registrant towards table 5. Iraqi men at information table 6. Walking shot of polling centre 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ali Hussain, Washington-area Operations Manager, Iraq Out of Country Voting "They're very excited. You know, this is the first time in most of their lives that they're able to vote and they're able to exercise they're rights as citizens." 8. Dr. Mahdi Abdullah signing registration form, tilt up to polling security officers 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Mahdi Abdullah, Iraqi living in New York "Basically, we've been waiting for this election for so long. We have to, we have to participate in the election, we have to use our right for election and we have to vote." 10. Iraqi man with children having his photograph taken 11. Iraqis walking around polling centre APTN London, UK January 17, 2005 12. Exterior Wembley stadium where Iraqi voters are registering 13. Pan round hall where voters registering 14. Election officials in blue sweaters 15. People at the tables registering 16. Various people registering 17. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdullah Muhsin, Spokesman for Iraqi Trade Unions "I feel jubilant, I feel great, good. I'm a 50 year old man and this is the first time I vote as an Iraqi. So of course it is very important and very good day in my life, I'm glad that I have the chance to vote." APTN Damascus, Syria January 17, 2005 18. Woman arriving to vote, going through security 19. Various of woman registering to vote 20. Man registering to vote APTN Tehran, Iran January 17, 2005 21. Exterior Nader Sport Complex where Iraqis can register to vote 22. Interior, Iraqis registering 23. Iraqi women registering for elections 24. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Narjes Kazemi, Iraqi voter "Elections are fair here and Iraqis are provided with security. We have registered freely to bring back freedom to Iraq. So that the security and stability would return to Iraq. And with God's help, we can go back to our country." 25. Registration cards for identification of registered people STORYLINE Iraqi expatriates in 14 countries on Monday began registering to take part in Iraq's first independent election in nearly 50 years - with many confused about the fledgling political process and unsure who to vote for. Iraqis from the Washington, DC area and surrounding states started registering. By midmorning, more than 100 people had gone to the registration centre at a hotel about 15 miles outside Washington. After providing evidence of Iraqi nationality, they were added to registration lists and given a receipt to present when they return to vote next week. Security as in other such centres around the world was tight. Those registering had to pass through a metal detector to get in, and security officers - both uniformed and plain clothed - were numerous. The poling site at a Ramada Inn next to the Capital Beltway is the only place for Iraqis living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to vote. In the US, there are four other polling places: in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Nashville. For thousands of Iraqis in the US who want to participate in the voting process, the journey to do so is a long one. Many have to travel several hours just to register, and then return next week to vote. But for Doctor Mahdi Abdullah, who woke at 2am to drive down to Washington from New York, the thrill of registering to vote for the first time in his life outweighed any difficulties. Officials from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which is running the overseas voting for the Iraqi government, predict that roughly 22-thousand Iraqis will vote at the Washington location. Busloads were expected to arrive over the next several days from Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Organisers said nationwide there were approximately 240-thousand Iraqis eligible to vote. In Britain, there are an estimated 150-thousand Iraqis eligible. While they won't face the bombs and bullets threatening polling stations throughout Iraq, many have complained about the process. Across Britain, there are only three polling centres - in Glasgow, Manchester and London - forcing expatriates to travel long distances - first to register, and then again to vote. At the London centre, a cavernous conference hall near Wembley Stadium, early arrivals trickled through airport-style security, including the X-raying of bags. Most said the vote was the first chance they would have to participate in the democratic process. Voters also began to register in Syria, Damascus and in Tehran, Iran. Saddam Hussein's regime held referendums on his more than two-decade military rule, but they were widely dismissed as fabrications. The dictator claimed to have won the last vote in 2002 by an 11 (m) million-to-0 margin with a voter turnout of 100 percent. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq in Baghdad authorised an out-of-country vote in November and enlisted the International Organisation of Migration to organise it. The Geneva-based group chose 14 nations with large Iraqi populations to host the January 30 ballot for an assembly that will draft a constitution. Votes may be cast in the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Jordan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The seven-day registration period ends January 23; voting will begin January 28 and continue until the January 30 election in Iraq for an Assembly that will draft a constitution and choose a president.
KURDS VOTING/ NASHVILL
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US Iraq - WRAP Expatriate Iraqis register to vote in election
NAME: US IRAQ 170105N TAPE: EF05/0057 IN_TIME: 11:20:21:09 DURATION: 00:03:50:16 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: Various - 17 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST New Carrolton, Maryland - January 17, 2005 1. Welcome sign on table near entrance of Washington-area polling centre 2. Iraqi family walks into polling centre 3. Iraqi man walks into polling centre 4. Pan from one of the registration tables to men hanging Iraqi flag 5. "Enter" sign 6. Sign instructing registrants to bring photo ID 7. Poll worker looking at a registrant's passport 8. Poll worker points the registrant towards table 9. Shot of Iraqi men at information table 10. Walking shot of polling centre 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ali Hussain, Washington-area Operations Manager, Iraq Out of Country Voting: "They're very excited. You know, this is the first time in most of their lives that they're able to vote and they're able to exercise they're rights as citizens. I believe they really want to take part in this regardless of who they vote for and/or what they know about them. They want to take part and participate in this." 12. Dr. Abdullah signing registration form, tilt up to polling security officers 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Mahdi Abdullah, Iraqi Living in New York "Basically, we've been waiting for this election for so long. We have to, we have to participate in the election, we have to use our right for election and we have to vote." 14. Iraqi man with children having his photograph taken 15. Iraqis walking around polling centre Irvine, California - January 17, 2005 16. Wide shot of registration location 17. Medium of security guards 18. Medium of security 19. Iraqi Americans arriving to register 20. Close-up of polling/registration sign 21. Wide of people registering 22. Close-up of person registering 23. Close-up of passport 24. Medium of man registering 25. Close-up of registration worker 26. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nic Kenaya, Iraqi American from San Diego: "It is history for me because for the first time I am going to vote for people that I believe are going to build democracy in Iraq." 27. Wide of people registering 28. Close-up of documents 29. Medium of Iraqi family 30. Medium as people depart 31. SOUNDBITE: (English) Al Taee Hussan, Iraqi American living in Phoenix: "al-Sistani. He's the right leader there. Everybody like Sistani. al-Sistani like peace there." 32. Camera cutaway 33. SOUNDBITE: (English) Salwa Jabaro, Iraqi American living in San Diego: "My husband's family is all there (in Iraq) so we are very worried about them. I hope they can vote too." 34. Wide of woman registering 35. Close-up of woman 36. Close-up documents 37. Iraqi family departs STORYLINE: Iraqis living in the United States registered on Monday to cast absentee ballots in their native country's national elections at the end of the month. One of the five polling stations has been set up in a hotel about 15 miles(24 kilometres) outside of Washington. After providing evidence of Iraqi nationality, those who turned up on Monday were added to registration lists and given a receipt to present when they return to vote next week. Security was tight, and those registering had to pass through a metal detector. The polling site near Washington is the only place for Iraqis living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to vote. There are four other polling stations: in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Nashville. For thousands of Iraqis in the US who want to participate in the voting process, the journey to do so is a long one. Many have to travel several hours just to register, and then return next week to vote. But for Doctor Mahdi Abdullah, who woke at 2 A-M to drive down to Washington from New York, the thrill of registering to vote for the first time in his life outweighed any difficulties in travelling. Officials from the International Centre for Migration, which is running the overseas voting for the Iraqi government, predict that roughly 22-thousand Iraqis will vote at the Washington location. Busloads were expected to arrive over the next several days from Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Organisers of the Iraqi elections in the US said that nationwide there are approximately 240-thousand Iraqis eligible to vote.
US Iraqis - Last voting, includes state with most Iraqis
NAME: US IRAQIS 300105N TAPE: EF05/0097 IN_TIME: 10:06:39:11 DURATION: 00:03:00:01 SOURCES: APTN/ABC DATELINE: Various - 30 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: see script SHOTLIST: ABC (WXYZ) - No Access Internet Detriot, Michigan 1. Wide shot of Iraqi polling station 2. Woman voting 3. Wide shot of voters 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, Voter: "Actually, I am a Christian-American and I want peace for everybody, the Christians, the Muslims, the Kurdish, everybody else. Being a Christian-American, I want to support my people." 5. SOUNDBITE:(English) Vox pop, Voter: "Everyone over there is happy right now in Iraq... nobody go outside." 6. Iraqis at poll APTN New Carrollton, Maryland 7. Ramada Inn motel being used as polling station 8. Police officers 9. Couple entering polling station 10. Female election worker 11. Passport photo - pull out to show voter registering 12. Woman stamping voting card 13. Woman walking to voting booth 14. Woman voting 15. Man casting ballot with daughter 16. Woman casting ballot with son 17. Man casting ballot (UPSOUND: "Celebrating Freedom") 18. Election poster APTN New Carrollton, Maryland 19. People dancing in parking lot 20. Man dancing in parking lot 21. Various shots of two Iraqi voters 22. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Makji Akhound, Iraqi voter from Karbala: "I feel very happy and this is the first time in my life I have felt this way." 23. Women walking away from polling place 24. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Makji Akhound, Iraqi voter from Karbala: "We believe in a majority governing that can control the situation and it will be a step toward development, democracy, liberty, peace and diversity." 25. Men dancing holding flag 26. Children 27. Feet dancing on wet, snowy pavement 28. Two men hugging STORYLINE: Iraqis living in across the United States turned out to vote for Iraq's first free election in half a century on Sunday, in five polling station across the country. At a suburban Detroit polling site, it was with a mixture of joy and relief that expatriate Iraqis cast their paper ballots in a vote that would elect a 275-member National Assembly, the body that would draft the country's constitution. As they cast their ballots in Detroit some expressed relief that their family members in Iraq had been able to vote safely. As many as 9,700 voters were expected at the Michigan site. Iraqi expatriates in the United States are also voting at sites outside Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tennessee. In New Carrollton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC, voters were given until 2200 GMT to cast their votes Amid tight security, a steady stream of registered Iraqi voters braved a steady snow fall there to cast their votes. Election workers double-checked identities against registration forms, and inked voters' fingers to prevent fraud. Many parents brought children with them to witness the process. Outside a polling station in Maryland, a group of jubilant Kurdish Iraqis who had just voted danced in a parking lot celebrating the first act of democracy. Several Iraqis vowed to return to Iraq to help with the reconstruction process and to continue developing democratic institution. The votes are expected to be counted on Tuesday. Sunday's vote marked the third and final day of overseas voting, and coincides with election day in Iraq.
US Iraqis 2 - Celebrations as expats cast votes in Iraqi elections
NAME: US IRAQIS2 310105N TAPE: EF05/0099 IN_TIME: 10:18:41:18 DURATION: 00:03:34:19 SOURCES: APTN/ABC DATELINE: Various - 30 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: see script SHOTLIST: ABC (WXYZ) - No Access Internet Detroit, Michigan 1. Wide shot of Iraqi polling station 2. Woman voting 3. Wide shot of voters 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Voxpop, Iraqi voter: "Actually, I am a Christian-American and I want peace for everybody, the Christians, the Muslims, the Kurdish, everybody else. Being a Christian-American, I want to support my people." 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Voxpop, Iraqi voter: "Everyone over there is happy right now in Iraq... nobody goes outside." 6. Iraqis at poll APTN - APTN Clients Only New Carrollton, Maryland 7. Ramada Inn motel being used as polling station 8. Police officers 9. Couple entering polling station 10. Female election worker 11. Passport photo - pull out to show voter registering 12. Woman stamping voting card 13. Woman walking to voting booth 14. Woman voting 15. Man casting ballot with daughter 16. Woman casting ballot with son 17. Man casting ballot (UPSOUND: "Celebrating Freedom") 18. Election poster 19. People dancing in parking lot 20. Man dancing in parking lot 21. Various shots of two Iraqi voters 22. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Makji Akhound, Iraqi voter from Karbala: "I feel very happy, and this is the first time in my life I have felt this way." 23. Women walking away from polling place 24. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Makji Akhound, Iraqi voter from Karbala: "We believe in a majority governing that can control the situation and it will be a step toward development, democracy, liberty, peace and diversity." 25. Men dancing holding flag 26. Children 27. Feet dancing on wet, snowy pavement 28. Two men hugging (FIRST RUN 0430 NEWS UPDATE, 31 JAN 2005) ABC (KABC) - No Access North America/Internet Irvine, California 29. Various of Iraqi-Americans dancing and celebrating in car park of polling station STORYLINE: Iraqis living in across the United States turned out to vote for Iraq's first free election in half a century on Sunday, in five polling station across the country. At a suburban Detroit polling site, it was with a mixture of joy and relief that expatriate Iraqis cast their paper ballots in a vote that would elect a 275-member National Assembly, the body that would draft the country's constitution. As they cast their ballots in Detroit some expressed relief that their family members in Iraq had been able to vote safely. As many as 9,700 voters were expected at the Michigan site. Iraqi expatriates in the United States are also voting at sites outside Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Nashville, Tennessee. In New Carrollton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC, voters were given until 2200 GMT to cast their votes Amid tight security, a steady stream of registered Iraqi voters braved a steady snow fall there to cast their votes. Election workers double-checked identities against registration forms, and inked voters' fingers to prevent fraud. Many parents brought children with them to witness the process. Outside a polling station in Maryland, a group of jubilant Kurdish Iraqis who had just voted danced in a parking lot celebrating the first act of democracy. Several Iraqis vowed to return to Iraq to help with the reconstruction process and to continue developing democratic institution. Outside a polling station in Irvine, California, Iraqi expatriates celebrated their homeland's first independent election in half a century. The election in Iraq was almost over by the time the doors of the decommissioned El Toro Marine Base opened on Sunday, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of scores of expatriates eager to cast their absentee ballots. The polling centre's car park was turned into a party venue, with voters waving flags, feasting and dancing to music blasting from car stereos. Nearly four-thousand people registered to cast absentee ballots in Irvine - the only polling station for Iraqi expatriates west of the Mississippi river. Many voters said today they had travelled hundreds of kilometres (miles) to vote, some from as far away as Phoenix and Denver. Voters said they were pleased to hear that the election in Iraq had a higher-than-expected turn-out and was marred by less violence than anticipated. The votes are expected to be counted on Tuesday. Sunday's vote marked the third and final day of overseas voting and coincides with election day in Iraq.
US Shooting 2
AP-APTN-1830: US Shooting 2 Monday, 6 August 2012 STORY:US Shooting 2- Police comment on shooting at Sikh temple that killed at least 6 people LENGTH: 02:20 FIRST RUN: 1730 RESTRICTIONS: SEE SCRIPT TYPE: English/Natsound SOURCE: ABC/AP PHOTOS STORY NUMBER: 853518 DATELINE: Oak Creek, 5/6 August 2012 LENGTH: 02:20 SHOTLIST: ABC - No Access North America/Internet Oak Creek, Wisconsin - 5 August 2012 1. Aerial of the Sikh temple where the shooting occurred 2. Aerial of the parking lot 3. Wide of victim on a stretcher, shot through a fence 4. Police swat teams and fire trucks outside temple 5. Sikh women crying outside temple ABC - No Access North America/Internet Oak Creek, Wisconsin - 6 August 2012 6. Wide shot of police news conference 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Edwards, Oak Creek Police Chief: "We can say that he was in the military, from 1992 to 1998. He had a general discharge and that he was ineligible for re-enlistment. I want to make it perfectly clear: right now, he is the only shooter that was involved at the temple." AP Photos - NO ACCESS CANADA/FOR BROADCAST USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO ACCESS ONLINE OR MOBILE Cudahy, Wisconsin - 6 August 2012 8. STILL photo of a duplex home where shooting suspect Wade Michael Page lived upstairs ABC - No Access North America/Internet Cudahy, Wisconsin - 6 August 2012 9. Aerial shot of police activity outside Page's apartment 10. Ground level shots of police outside Page's apartment ABC - No Access North America/Internet Oak Creek, Wisconsin - 6 August 2012 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Teresa Carlson, FBI Special Agent: "We have worked through the night. We still have an active crime scene. We're continuing to locate an interview family and associates. Right now we don't have any reason to believe that there was anyone else associated with this shooting. That said, we are going to continue to work and if there is anybody, we will identify them." 12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Teresa Carlson, FBI Special Agent: "We have one person of interest and this photograph will be available to you later today. This person is not identified as of yet and we'd like to identify this person and talk to them. He is just a person of interest at this time." 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Teresa Carlson, FBI Special Agent: "We are not aware of any other threats to this temple or any other religious organisations at this point. We do, however, always ask citizens to be vigilant and be aware and if they see or observe any suspicious activity to please call law enforcement." 14. Cutaway of Sikhs at news conference 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Teresa Carlson, FBI Special Agent: "This remains an active investigation. We are investigating it as a possible act of domestic terrorism, however motive is still being assessed at this time." 16. Cutaway of Sikhs at news conference 17. Wide shot of news conference STORYLINE: More details are emerging about Sunday's deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in the US state of Wisconsin. Authorities say 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page walked into the suburban Milwaukee temple without saying a word and opened fire with a 9mm handgun that was purchased legally. They say he killed a woman and five men before being shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with a police officer. The police chief says that officer was shot eight to nine times at close range. He's in a critical condition. Two other people were critically wounded. The dead ranged in age from 39 to 84. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said at this point, authorities believe Page was acting alone. "We can say that he was in the military, from 1992 to 1998. He had a general discharge and that he was ineligible for re-enlistment. I want to make it perfectly clear: right now, he is the only shooter that was involved at the temple," he said. Late on Sunday, the investigation moved beyond the temple as police, federal agents and the county sheriff's bomb squad swarmed a neighbourhood in nearby Cudahy, evacuated several homes and searched a duplex where Page lived upstairs. The Southern Poverty Law Centre, which tracks hate and supremacist groups, said Page was a a "frustrated neo-Nazi" who led a racist white supremacist band. The non-profit organisation said Page told a white supremacist website in an interview in 2010 that he had been part of the white-power music scene since 2000 when he left his native Colorado and started the band, End Apathy, in 2005. End Apathy's biography on the band's MySpace page said it began in 2005 and was based in Nashville, N.C. It said their music "is a sad commentary on our sick society and the problems that prevent true progress." The FBI's special agent in charge of the investigation, Teresa Carlson, said investigators are still in the process of getting to the bottom of who Page was and why he committed such a horrific crime. Though Carlson underscored that authorities believe Page acted alone, she held up a photo of a "person of interest," and asked anybody who may know anything about that person to contact authorities. Page joined the military in Milwaukee in 1992 and was a repairman for the Hawk missile system before switching jobs to become one of the Army's psychological operations specialists, according to a defence official. So-called "Psy-Ops" specialists are responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of intelligence used for information and psychological effect; they research and analyse methods of influencing foreign populations. Carlson said the FBI was leading the investigation because the shootings are being treated as "a possible act of domestic terrorism". 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World Iraqis 4 - WRAP Iraqi expats cast ballors in Europe, Mideast, US and Canada
NAME: WORLD IRAQIS4 280105Nx TAPE: EF05/0091 IN_TIME: 10:50:16:09 DURATION: 00:04:05:23 SOURCES: APTN/CTV Canada DATELINE: Various, 28 Jna 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: APTN Amman, Jordan 1. Poster showing Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on front of bus 2. Bus pulling out into traffic, taking voters from downtown area to go to polling station 3. Election poster, saying "Let us hear your voice" 4. Various of security check point with policemen 5. Iraqi man showing identification to election official 6. Iraqi man voting 7. Lamaa Jamal al Talebane, 60-year-old Iraqi woman, voting 8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lamaa Jamal al Talebane, Iraqi exile: "I'm Sunni Kurdish, my husband is Shia, it doesn't matter to us. We are all Iraqis. We are work(ing) for Iraq. We all want a good future for Iraq." 9. Set up shot of Lazhar Aloui, head of the Jordanian office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lazhar Aloui, head of the Jordanian office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM): "I think that's a very premature conclusion (that people have been put off from voting because of security fears) after half an hour of opening this station to do a head count and see how many (are voting) and draw conclusions about security. I think we have three days, all the stations will be open, and you will see, I can guarantee you, that people will be coming and voting and we will have a chance to see how many came and voted." APTN Paris, France 11. Election poster showing Iraqi couple in front of Eiffel Tower 12. Policeman outside polling station 13. Various of women being checked with metal detectors 14. Polling station 15. Man dipping finger in ink to prevent him voting more than once 16. Wider shot of man, women walks by, camera follows her to ballot box where she casts vote and then ululates (shrieks) with joy APTN New Carrollton, Maryland, USA 17. Wide shot of polling location, pan over to man being escorted in to vote 18. Group of Iraqis being escorted into polling location 19. Man signing in at registration table, pull out to see others in line 20. Man stamping a voter form, pull out to medium shot of him handing form to voter 21. Woman walks over to voting station 22. Man with little girl walks over to voting station 23. Another shot of man and little girl at station CTV Toronto, Canada 24. Iraqi man and woman at voting stations 25. Woman cheering after she voted 26. UPSOUND: (English) Voter: "Victory for Iraq!" 27. Woman at voting station 28. Man hands over ballot 29. Woman hands over ballot and shakes organiser hand 30. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, Voter: "It is like kind of dream came true for freedom Iraq - free Iraq, freedom." 31. Man places ballot in box 32. Iraqi voters holding up their ink-stained fingers and smiling for camera 33. People applauding after woman votes Ottawa, Canada 34. Wide shot of strip mall where voting is being held 35. Dissolve to poster in entrance of polling location 36. People waiting in line to vote 37. Close shot of man taking out his identification card 38. Various shots of polling location 39. Two shots of men putting their ballots in box STORYLINE: Expatriate Iraqis around the world were voting on Friday in their country's first free elections for more than half a century. In Jordan, more than 20,000 Iraqi expatriates have registered to vote. While some were turning up at polling stations in Amman on Friday, initial turnout was low. The International Organisation for Migration, which organised the vote in Jordan, said 200,000 Iraqis were believed to be living in Jordan, half of them eligible to vote. There have been suggestions that the low turnout may be due to fears about security. The Jordanian press also suggested that many Iraqis with expired residency permits stayed away from registration centres for fear of questioning by Jordanian police. In France, more than one thousand people registered to vote and the situation was similar in neighbouring Germany. In total, more than 117,000 Iraqis living in seven countries across Europe registered to take part in the poll, and will be able to cast ballots until 1700 GMT on Sunday. Long distances to travel to polling stations and the short time to organise the vote put many off registering, the IOM in Geneva said. Some of the thousands of Iraqi exiles living in the United States also cast their votes on Friday. Nearly 26,000 are expected to vote in five US cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Nashville, and Southgate, Michigan. At the Michigan polling site, security was tight, with guards checking IDs as people pulled into the parking lot and metal detectors at the doors. The US turnout was only around 10 percent of the 240,000 Iraqi-Americans who were thought to be eligible. Election organisers in the United States estimated that the total who registered here represent slightly more than 10 percent of those eligible - people who had turned 18 by December 31, 2004 and were born in Iraq, were present or former citizens of Iraq, or had an Iraqi father. Lack of documentation was a hurdle for some Iraqis, organisers said. Others feared their relatives in Iraq could face reprisal, even though information collected from voters was kept confidential. In Canada, Iraqi expatriates also turned up to vote in the capital Ottawa and in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Of the estimated 1.2 (m) million eligible Iraqis living overseas, less than a quarter, or 280,303, registered in 14 countries worldwide. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq in Baghdad authorised an out-of-country vote in November and enlisted the IOM to organise it. When voting concludes on January 30, all the overseas counts will be sent in to the operation's headquarters in Amman, Jordan, which will forward them on to Baghdad. The results will be announced several days later.
HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY HEARING ON MUSLIM COMMUNITY 1000-1100
The House Committee on Homeland Security hearing entitled "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." Peter King, Chairman Witnesses Panel 1 John Dingell, A Representative in Congress from the 15th District of Michigan Keith Ellison, A Representative in Congress from the 5th District of Minnesota Panel 2 Frank Wolf, A Representative in Congress from the 10th District of Virginia Panel 3 Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy Mr. Abdirizak Bihi, Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center Melvin Bledsoe, Private Citizen Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department REP. KEITH ELLISON: 10:00:03 MEMBER THOMPSON. IT'S A CHALLENGE TO PROTECT BOTH 10:00:07 SECURITY AND LIBERTY BUT CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON SEEMS TO 10:00:09 STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE TALOT 10:00:17 HAMDANI WITH US TODAY. SHE IS THE BRAVE MOTHER OF A 10:00:20 FIRST RESPONDER WHO DIED TRYING TO RESCUE FELLOW AMERICANS ON 10:00:22 9/11. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THREE 10:00:27 POINTS TODAY, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, VIOLENT EXTREMISM IS A 10:00:32 SERIOUS CONCERN TO ALL AMERICANS AND IS THE LEGITIMATE BUSINESS 10:00:35 OF THIS COMMITTEE. SECOND, THIS COMMITTEE'S 10:00:40 APPROACH TO THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT, I BELIEVE, IS CONTRARY 10:00:44 TO THE BEST OF AMERICAN VALUES AND THREATENS OUR SECURITY OR 10:00:49 COULD POTENTIALLY. FINALLY, WE NEED INCREASED 10:00:53 UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN 10:00:57 ORDER TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. LET ME ELABORATE ON MY FIRST 10:01:01 POINT. UNDERSTANDING THE ROOTS OF 10:01:03 DOMESTIC TERRORISM IS THE LEGITIMATE BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE 10:01:07 HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. I SHARE THE CHAIRMAN'S CONCERN 10:01:09 ABOUT VIOLENT EXTREMISM. I VOTED FOR THE VIOLENT 10:01:14 RADICALIZATION AND HOME GROWN TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT OF 2007 10:01:18 AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE JANE HARMON. 10:01:20 THIS BILL WAS A COMMON-SENSE APPROACH TO STUDYING VIOLENT 10:01:23 EXTREMISM IN THE UNITED STATES. AFTER GATHERING MORE FEEDBACK 10:01:27 FROM THE COMMUNITY, I EXPECT TO INTRODUCE A SIMILAR BILL IN THE 10:01:31 FUTURE. I RECENTLY MADE A PRESENTATION 10:01:33 SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS CALLED 10:01:37 STRENGTHENING AMERICAN SECURITY, IDENTIFYING, PREVENTING AND 10:01:41 RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC TERRORISM. 10:01:43 MY PRESENTATION THERE ADDRESSED CAUSES OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND 10:01:47 SOLUTIONS FOR PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION. 10:01:49 THE SAFETY OF OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES IS AT STAKE IN OUR 10:01:52 DISCUSSION TODAY. WE SHOULD APPLY THE UTMOST 10:01:55 PROFESSIONALISM TO THIS ISSUE WHICH LEADS ME TO MY SECOND 10:01:58 POINT. WE NEED TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH 10:02:01 FAIR ANALYSIS AND TO DO NO HARM. THE APPROACH OF TODAY'S HEARING, 10:02:06 I FEAR, DOES NOT MEET THESE STANDARDS. 10:02:10 TODAY'S HEARING IS ENTITLED, "THE EXTENT OF RADICALIZATION OF 10:02:16 THE AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND THAT COMMUNITY'S RESPONSE." 10:02:19 IT'S TRUE THAT SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING SOME WHO 10:02:22 ARE MUSLIMS ARE VIOLENT EXTREMISTS. 10:02:26 HOWEVER, THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS NOT ENTIRE COMMUNITIES. 10:02:31 INDIVIDUALS LIKE ANWA, FIZAL AND NIDAL WHO DO NOT REPRESENT THE 10:02:38 MUSLIM COMMUNITY. WHEN YOU ASSIGN THEIR VIOLENT 10:02:42 ACTIONS TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, YOU ASSIGN COLLECTIVE BLAME TO A 10:02:46 WHOLE GROUP. THIS IS THE VERY HEART OF 10:02:50 STEREOTYPING AND SCAPEGOATING. THIS IS THE HEART OF MY 10:02:54 TESTIMONY TODAY. ASCRIBING EVIL ACTS OF A FEW 10:02:56 INDIVIDUALS TO AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS WRONG. 10:02:59 IT IS INEFFECTIVE AND IT RISKS MAKING OUR COUNTRY LESS SAFE. 10:03:05 SOLUTIONS TO THE SCOURGE OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM OFTEN EMERGE 10:03:08 FROM INDIVIDUALS FROM WITHIN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, A POINT I 10:03:13 ADDRESS LATER IN MY TESTIMONY. DEMANDING A COMMUNITY RESPONSE 10:03:16 AS THE TITLE OF THE HEARING SUGGESTS, A SEARCH THAT THE 10:03:20 ENTIRE COMMUNITY BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE VIOLENT 10:03:22 ACTS OF INDIVIDUALS, TARGETING OF THE MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY 10:03:25 FOR THE ACTIONS OF A VIEW IS UNJUST. 10:03:28 ACTUALLY, ALL OF US, ALL COMMUNITIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 10:03:34 COMBATTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM, FOCUSSES OUR ANALYSIS IN THE 10:03:40 WRONG DIRECTION. THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY, 10:03:42 INDIVIDUS OM A COMMUNITIES AND FAITHS HAVE USED RELIGION 10:03:46 AND POLITICAL IDEOLOGY TO JUSTIFY VIOLENCE. 10:03:48 LET'S JUST THINK ABOUT THE KKK. AMERICA'S OLDEST TERRORIST 10:03:52 ORGANIZATION. SHOOTING AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 10:04:01 BY JAMES VON BRAUN. DID CONGRESS FOCUS ON THE ETHNIC 10:04:09 GROUP OF THESE ACTS OF PUBLIC VIOLENCE AS PUBLIC POLICY? 10:04:13 NO. STOKING FEARS OF AN ENTIRE GROUP 10:04:16 FOR A POLITICAL AGENDA IS NOT NEW IN AMERICAN HISTORY. 10:04:19 DURING WORLD WAR II, THE UNITED STES GOVERNMENT INTERNED THE 10:04:25 JAPANESE AMERICANS. DURING JOHN F. KENNEDY'S 10:04:28 CAMPAIGN HIS OPPONENTS PORTRAYED A DIRE FUTURE FOR AMERICA WITH A 10:04:32 CATHOLIC PRESIDENT. WE VIEW THESE EVENTS OF OUR PAST 10:04:34 AS A BREACH OF OUR TREASURED AMERICAN VALUED. 10:04:37 LET'S TALK ABOUT FACTS RATHER THAN STEREOTYPES. 10:04:40 IN FACT, THE MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY REJECT VIOLENT 10:04:49 IDEOLOGY. A REPORT RELEASED LAST YEAR 10:04:52 STATES, "GIVEN THE LOW RATE OF WOULD-BE VIOLENT EXTREMISTS, 10:04:55 ABOUT 100 AMONGST THE 3 MILLION AMERICAN MUSLIMS SUGGESTS THE 10:05:00 AMERICAN MUSLIM PULATION REMAINS HOSTILE TO JIHADIST 10:05:06 IDEOLOGY AND ITS EXOTATIONS TO VIOLENCE." 10:05:11 AT A PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY, ERIC HOLDER SAID, "THE MUSLIM 10:05:14 COMMUNITY HAS CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE RESOLUTION 10:05:18 OF MANY THINGS THAT HAVE RESOLVED OVER THE LAST OR THE 10:05:21 COURSE OF THE LAST 12 TO 18 MONTHS, TIPS HAVE BEEN 10:05:26 CRITICAL TO OUR EFFORT TO DISRUPT PLOTS THAT OTHERWISE 10:05:28 MIGHT HAVE OCCURRED." LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM 10:05:37 DIALOGUES WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER TO COMMUNITY 10:05:39 MEETINGS WITH LOCAL POLICE IN MINNEAPOLIS, RECENTLY TIPS FROM 10:05:47 MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY FALL TO PLOTS INCLUDING THE TIMES 10:05:52 SQUARE BOMBER AND VIRGINIA FIVE. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DEPEND 10:05:55 ON THOSE RELATIONSHIPS. INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MUSLIM 10:06:00 AMERICANS HAS HELPED TO FOIL SEVEN DOMESTIC TERROR PLOTS AND 10:06:07 40% OF ALL PLOTS SINCE 9/11. A 2011 STUDY FROM DUKE 10:06:12 UNIVERSITY TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM REITERATED THAT 40% OF 10:06:15 THE DOMESTIC TERROR PLOTS THAT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED WITH THE AID 10:06:19 OF MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITY. THIS COOPERATION WITH LAW 10:06:23 ENFORCEMENT IS ROOTED IN RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST. 10:06:26 RELATIONSHIPS WE SHOULD NURTURE. A WITNESS AT TODAY'S HEARING, 10:06:30 LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF LEE BACCA TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE 10:06:34 HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE LAST YEAR. 10:06:36 HE SAID TO EFFECTIVELY DETECT AND MANAGE EXTREMISTS, POLICE 10:06:39 NEED TO HAVE TRUST AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE MUSLIM 10:06:43 COMMUNITIES WHO LIVE WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES SIMPLY 10:06:45 POLICE NEED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. 10:06:49 AS LEARS, WE NEED TO BE RIGOROUS ABOUT OUR ANALYSIS OF 10:06:52 VIOLENT EXTREMISM. OUR RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDES 10:06:55 DOING NO HARM. I AM CONCERNED THAT THE FOCUS OF 10:06:58 TODAY'S HEARING MAY INCREASE SUSPICION OF THE MUSLIM AMERICAN 10:07:01 COMMUNITY, ULTIMATELY MAKING US ALL A LITTLE LESS SAFE. 10:07:04 WE HAVE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT FROM 10:07:08 BACKLASH AGAINST PARK 51 MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER TO THE 10:07:11 HOSTILITIES AGAINST THE ISLAMIC CENTER IN TENNESSEE TO A 10:07:15 THREATENED KORAN BURNING IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, ZONING 10:07:18 BOARDS AND COMMUNITIES IN ILLINOIS ARE DENYING PERMITS TO 10:07:20 BUILD MOSQUES. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PARK 51 10:07:23 CONTROVERSY, A MAN ASKED A CABBIE WHETHER HE WAS A MUSLIM. 10:07:28 WHEN THE CABBIE SAID "PEACE BE UNTO YOU," THE INDIVIDUAL 10:07:31 STABBED HIM. DENNIS McDONOUGH RECENTLY SPOKE 10:07:39 AT THE ADAMS CENTER AND THE ALL-DULLES AMERICAN MUSLIM SO 10:07:45 SIDE. HE NOTED AL QAEDA COERCED 10:07:47 RECRUITING ARGUMENT IS THAT THE WEST IS AT WAR WITH ISLAM, A 10:07:50 CHIEF GOAL OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY IS TO UNDERMINE 10:07:54 THIS ARGUMENT. THIS REQUIRES ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT 10:07:57 WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITY AT HOME AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AS 10:08:00 PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN HIS CAIRO SPEECH, "ISLAM IS NOT PART 10:08:05 OF THE PROBLEM IN COMBATTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM. 10:08:08 IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF PROM POETING PEACE." 10:08:11 THIS BRINGS ME TO MY LAST POINT AND I WILL TRY TO HURRY, MR. 10:08:15 CHAIRMAN, BECAUSE I SEE THE TIME. 10:08:19 THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST EXTREME IDEOLOGIES IS SOCIAL INCLUSION. 10:08:24 RALPH BOLTER, HEAD OF THE MINNEAPOLIS FBI ILLUSTRATES MY 10:08:27 POINT. HE LED A LARGE-SCALE PROBE INTO 10:08:32 COUNTERTERRORISM INVOLVING LOCAL SOMALI AMERICANS HEADING 10:08:36 OVERSEAS TO FIGHT WITH TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. 10:08:37 HE IS NOW COMING TO D.C. TO BECOME THE AGENCY'S DEPUTY 10:08:40 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF COUNTERTERRORISM. 10:08:44 BOLTER'S STRATEGY, TO FIND EXTREMISM, THE AGENCY NEEDS TO 10:08:48 ESTABLISH SINCERE RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. 10:08:52 "WE HAD TO BE ABLE TO SHOW PEOPLE THEY COULD TRUST ME, 10:08:56 TRUST US," BOLTER SAID OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. 10:09:00 FBI AGENT BOLTER, "SHOWED A SIDE TO THE FBI THAT PEOPLE DON'T 10:09:07 SEE," SAID MINNEAPOLIS POLICE CHIEF TIM DOLAN. 10:09:09 THEY NEEDED A LITTLE MORE TO MAKE THEIR CASE AND IT PAID OFF 10:09:12 BECAUSE OF THE CONNECTIONS HE MADE. 10:09:15 PEOPLE CAME FORWARD. HE BECAME SB THAT THEY WERE 10:09:20 WILLING TO GO TO." UNFORTUNATELY, I FEAR THAT THIS 10:09:25 HEARING MAY UNDERMINE OUR EFFORTS IN THIS DIRECTION. 10:09:31 RECENTLY ON A NEWS PROGRAM, IT WAS STATED, "HOW ABOUT THE 10:09:36 NUMBER OF YOUNG SOMALI MEN WHO WENT TO SOMALIA AND IMAM AND 10:09:42 LEADERS IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WHO REFUSED TO COOPERATE? 10:09:45 THEY DENIED FOR A LONG TIME THEY EVEN LEFT." 10:09:49 THIS SWEEPING STATEMENT REGARDING THE COMMUNITY I 10:09:51 REPRESENT IS INACCURATE. UNFORTUNATELY, WHY WEREN'T LAW 10:09:54 ENFORCEMENTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS INVITED TO TESTIFY BEFORE THIS 10:09:59 COMMITTEE ABOUT THE EFFECTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM WORK GOING ON 10:10:01 IN MINNEAPOLIS TODAY? I INVITE AND WOULD WELCOME SUCH 10:10:05 AN INVITATION. IN JANUARY, THE DEPARTMENT OF 10:10:08 HOMELAND SECURITY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES 10:10:13 CONVENED A YOUTH SUMMIT WITH SOMALI AMERICAN YOUTH AND LAW 10:10:17 ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN MINNEAPOLIS. 10:10:19 THE EVENT ATTRACTED OVER 100 PEOPLE INCLUDING U.S. ATTORNEY, 10:10:22 THREE SOMALI AMERICAN POLICE OFFICERS, MYSELF, SEVERAL LAW 10:10:26 ENFORCEMENT SECURITY AGENCIES. THE MEETING PROVIDED AN 10:10:29 OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMALI YOUTH GROUPS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 10:10:33 VARIOUS ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE U.S. 10:10:35 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY ISSUES 10:10:38 AND CONCERNS WITH GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. 10:10:41 THE MEETING PARTICIPANTS DISCUSSED WAY WHICH YOUTHS CAN 10:10:47 IMPROVE WAYS OF COMMUNICATIONS. MUSLIM AMERICANS HAVE BEEN PART 10:10:50 OF THE AMERICAN SCENE SINCE THE NATION FOUNDING. 10:10:52 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, IS HOME TO ONE OF THE OLDEST MOSQUES IN 10:10:56 AMERICA. THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IS LIKE THE 10:10:58 REST OF US. MUSLIMS SERVE OUR NATIONS AS 10:11:01 DOCTORS, LAWYERS, TEACHERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, CAB DRIVERS AND 10:11:04 EVEN MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS. MUSLIM AMERICANS LIVE IN EVERY 10:11:07 COMMUNITY IN AMERICA AND THEY ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, IN SHORT, ON MUHAMMED HAMDANI 10:11:10 THEY ARE US. EVERY AMERICAN INCLUDING MUSLIM 10:11:13 AMERICANS SUFFERED ON 9/11. 29 MUSLIM DIED AT THE 10:11:17 WORLD TRADE CENTER. THREE DIED IN HIJACKED AIRPLANES 10:11:21 UNITED FLIGHT 175 AND AMERICAN FLIGHT 11. 10:11:25 MUSLIMS STOOD WITH THE REST OF THE AMERICA UNITED IN GRIEF AND 10:11:27 IN OUR RESOLVE TO PROTECT AMERICA. 10:11:29 ALONG WITH AMERICANS OF ALL FAITHS, MUSLIM AMERICANS RUSHED 10:11:33 INTO SAVE AND RESCUE VICTIMS OF AL QAEDA'S TERRORISM. 10:11:38 LET ME CLOSE WITH A TRUE STORY, BUT REMEMBER IT'S ONLY ONE OF 10:11:41 AMERICAN STORIES THAT COULD BE TOLD. 10:11:44 MUHAMMED HAMDANI WAS A 23-YEAR-OLD PARAMEDIC, A NEW 10:11:50 YORK CITY POLICE CADET AND MUSLIM AMERICAN. 10:11:52 HE WAS ONE OF THOSE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO TRAGICALLY LOST 10:11:56 HIS LIFE IN 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS ALMOST A DECADE AGO. 10:12:01 AS "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EULOGIZED, HE WANTED TO BE SEEN 10:12:04 AS AN ALL-AMERICAN KID. HE WORE NUMBER 79 ON THE HIGH 10:12:08 SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM IN BAYSIDE QUEENS WHERE HE LIVED. 10:12:13 HE WAS CALLED SALBI HIS FRIENDS. HE BECAME A RESEARCH ASSISTANT 10:12:18 AT THE ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY AND DROVE AN AMBULANCE PART 10:12:23 TIME. ONE CHRISTMAS HE SANG HANDEL'S 10:12:27 MESSIAH IN QUEENS. HE SAW ALL OF THE STAR WAR 10:12:31 MOVIES. IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT HIS NEW 10:12:40 HONDA READ WITH THE YOUNG JEDI LICENSE PLATES. 10:12:45 YOU BRAVELY SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO TRY TO HELP OTHERS ON 9/11. 10:12:51 AFTER THE TRAGEDY, SOME PEOPLE TRIED TO SMEAR HIS CHARACTER. 10:12:57 SOLELY BECAUSE OF HIS ISLAMIC FAITH. 10:13:01 SOME PEOPLE SPREAD FALSE RUMORS AND SPECULATED THAT HE WAS IN 10:13:04 LEAGUE WITH THE ATTACKERS BECAUSE HE WAS A MUSLIM. 10:13:09 BUT IT WAS ONLY WHEN HIS REMAINS WERE IDENTIFIED THAT THESE LIES 10:13:18 WERE EXPOSED. MUHAMMED HAMDANI WAS A YOUNG 10:13:27 AMERICAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OTHER AMERICANS. 10:13:29 HIS LIFE SHOULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED AS JUST A MEMBER OF 10:13:31 AN ETHIC GROUP OR JUST A MEMBER OF A RELIGION, BUT AS AN 10:13:35 AMERICAN WHO GAVE EVERYTHING FOR HIS FELLOW AMERICANS. 10:13:37 I YIELD BACK. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS 10:13:48 TESTIMONY. MR. CHAIRMAN? 10:13:49 GENTLE LADY FROM TEXAS. BEING MOVED BY THE STATEMENT 10:13:54 OF MR. ELLISON, I AM WONDERING WHETHER OR NOT YOU WOULD WAIVE 10:14:00 THE RULES OF THIS COMMITTEE TO ALLOW ALL MEMBERS TO HAVE 10:14:05 OPENING STATEMENTS? I WILL NOT. 10:14:08 I THINK, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH MY INQUIRY. 10:14:12 I THINK BECAUSE OF THE SEVERITY OF THIS ISSUE AND THE PASSION 10:14:16 THAT IS BEING EXPRESSED AND THE CONCERN FOR DEMONIZING OF ONE 10:14:21 GROUP, THAT MEMBERS NEED TO BE ON THE RECORD TO BE ABLE TO 10:14:25 EXPRESS THEIR VIEW, THEIR OPPOSITION OR THEIR SUPPORT FOR 10:14:28 THE FORMAT AND THE STRUCTURE OF THIS HEARING. 10:14:30 RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE REGULAR RULES OF THE 10:14:34 PROCEDURE WILL BE FOLLOWED. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM 10:14:37 VIRGINIA. I OBJECT, MR. CHAIRMAN. 10:14:39 I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA MR. WOLF. 10:14:43 MR. WOLF SERVED LONG IN THE CONGRESS. 10:14:45 HE HAS SHOWN PARTICULAR INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE AND HIS DISTRICT 10:14:47 HAD SEVERE CASES OF RADICALIZATION. 10:14:51 I RECOGNIZE MR. WOLF. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR 10:14:54 THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY. I COMMEND YOUR LEADERSHIP IN 10:14:57 HOLDING THESE HEARINGS AND I WILL REVISE AND SUMMARIZE. 10:15:00 I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM FOR NEARLY 10:15:03 THREE DECADES. IN 1998, I AUTHORED LEGISLATION 10:15:07 CREATING THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORISM AND HIGHLIGHTED THE 10:15:11 THREAT FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN IN MY INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. 10:15:15 I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS AND SUBCOMMITTEE 10:15:18 THAT FUNDS THE FBI ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND WORKED CLOSELY 10:15:25 WITH DIRECTOR MULLER FROM 2002 TO 2006 TO TRANSFORM ITS 10:15:29 MISSIONS TO DEAL WITH TERRORIST THREATS. 10:15:30 I AM, AGAIN, CHAIRMAN OF THAT SUBCOMMITTEE AND HAVE RECEIVED 10:15:35 REGULAR BRIEFINGS ON TERRORISM AND VISITED THE COUNTERTERRORISM 10:15:38 CENTER OFTEN IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. 10:15:41 THE NEW AND GROWING THREAT POSED BY DOMESTIC RADICALIZATION. 10:15:45 ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, THERE HAVE 10:15:48 BEEN 43 HOME GROWN JIHADISTS TERRORIST PLOTS AND ATTACKS 10:15:53 SINCE 9/11, INCLUDING 22 PLUS WERE ATTACKED SINCE MAY 2009. 10:15:59 AS U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITY 10:16:02 LEADERS SEEK TO COMBAT THIS EMERGING CHALLENGE, WE MUST 10:16:05 FOSTER PARTNERSHIPS WITH PEACEFUL AND LAW-ABIDING 10:16:09 AMERICANS OF THE MUSLIM FAITH. MR. CHAIRMAN, OVER THE LAST 10:16:12 THREE DECADES, I'VE SEEN FIRST HAND THE VIOLENCE IN A 10:16:16 REPRESSION AGAINST MUSLIMS IN MANY COUNTRIES AND HAVE SPOKEN 10:16:19 OUT IN THEIR DEFENSE IN PLACES SUCH AS SUDAN, CHECHNYA, KOSOVO 10:16:25 AND CHINA. IN BOSNIA, WHAT IS ONE OF THE 10:16:29 ONLY MEMBERS TO VISIT A PRISON CAMP RUN BY THE SERBS WHERE I 10:16:34 SAW EVIDENCE OF MODERN DAY ETHNIC CLEANSING AND SUPPORT OF 10:16:38 LIFTING THE ARMS EMBARGO SO THE MUSLIM POPULATION TO DEFEND 10:16:43 THEMSELVES. I AM MINDFUL OF THE IMPORTANT 10:16:44 ROLE AMERICAN MUSLIMS PLAY TODAY, THEY ARE TEACHERS, 10:16:47 DOCTORS, POLICEMEN AND SOLDIERS. MOTHERS, FATHERS AND NEIGHBORS. 10:16:50 THEY ARE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS. SOME HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE 10:16:53 PRICE IN SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY. I'M REMINDED OF A YOUNG 10:16:58 PAKISTANI AMERICAN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING AT WALTER 10:17:01 REED HOSPITAL. HE LOST BOTH LEGS IN COMBAT IN 10:17:05 IRAQ. HE WAS A PATRIOT WHO MAKES US 10:17:07 PROUD AND HE WAS A MUSLIM. MY OVERSIGHT OF THE JUSTICE 10:17:13 DEPARTMENT INCLUDING CIVIL RIGHTS AND NATIONAL SECURITY 10:17:15 PROGRAMS, I AM MINDFUL OF THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO 10:17:17 SAFE GUARD THE RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS. 10:17:20 THERE HAVE BEEN INSTANCES IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, ESPECIALLY 10:17:23 WHEN OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN UNDER ATTACK, FOR THE CIVIL LIBERTIES 10:17:27 OF CERTAIN GROUPS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VIOLATED BECAUSE OTHER 10:17:30 PEOPLE WERE AFRAID. THIS IS INEXCUSABLE, BUT THIS IS 10:17:35 THE EXCEPTION AND NOT THE RULE. YET, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CANNOT 10:17:39 IGNORE THE PHENOMENON THAT DOMESTIC RADICALIZATION. 10:17:42 IT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGE THAT MUST BE 10:17:46 CONFRONTED. ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT BY 10:17:50 RESPECTED COUNTERTERRORISM EXPERT BRUCE HOFFMAN AND PETER 10:17:52 BERGEN CALLED "ASSESSING THE TERRORIST THREAT," THEY SAID, 10:17:56 "THE AMERICAN MELTING POT HAS NOT PROVIDED A FIRE WALL AGAINST 10:18:00 THE RADICALIZATION AND RECRUITMENT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS 10:18:03 AND RESIDENTS. THOUGH IT HAS ARGUABLY LULLED US 10:18:07 INTO A SENSE OF COMPLACENCY THAT HOME GROWN TERRORISM COULDN'T 10:18:11 HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES." THEY WENT ON TO SAY BY NOT 10:18:15 TAKING MORE URGENTLY AND SERIOUSLY THE RADICALIZATION OF 10:18:19 RECRUITMENT THAT WAS ACTUALLY OCCURRING IN THE U.S., 10:18:22 AUTHORITIES FAILED TO COMPREHEND THAT THIS WAS NOT AN ISOLATED 10:18:25 PHENOMENON. RATHER IT INDICATED THE 10:18:28 POSSIBILITY THAT EVEN AN EMBRYONIC TERRORIST 10:18:32 RADICALIZATION RECRUITMENT INFRASTRUCTURE HAD BEEN 10:18:34 ESTABLISHED IN THE U.S. HOMELAND. 10:18:37 CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN 10:18:39 RADICALIZED IN MY STATE OF VIRGINIA OR I WOULD EVEN SAY 10:18:42 HERE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. IN OCTOBER 2010, FARUQ AAEK MAD 10:18:51 WHAT ASHBURN, VIRGINIA, WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY PLOTTING 10:18:56 ATTACKS ON THE METRO SYSTEM TO FIND TIMES TO KILL AS MANY 10:19:00 PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. JULY 2010, ZACHARY CHESSER, 10:19:04 GRADUATE OF OAKLAND HIGH SCHOOL WAS ARRESTED IN NEW YORK EN 10:19:09 ROUTE TO SOMALIA. CHESSER PLED GUILTY TO CHARGES 10:19:13 PROVIDED MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORIST, COMMUNICATING THREATS 10:19:16 AND SLIS TATING CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AND WAS SENTENCED TO 30 10:19:21 YEARS. NOVEMBER 2009, FIVE AMERICAN 10:19:23 MUSLIM TEENAGERS FROM FAIRFAX COUNTY WERE ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN 10:19:27 ATTEMPTING TO JOIN MILITANT ISLAMIST ORGANIZATIONS. 10:19:30 THEY'VE BEEN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN A PAKISTAN PRISON. 10:19:34 IN NOVEMBER 2009, VIRGINIA NATIVE ARMY MAJOR NADAL HASSAN 10:19:40 KILLED 13 SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN FT. HOOD, TEXAS. 10:19:44 HASSAN GREW UP IN ARLINGTON, WENT TO WAKEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 10:19:47 AND LATER MOVED TO ROANOKE. IN 2004, ABDUL AL MOODIE FROM 10:19:55 FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, WAS CONVICTED ON THREE CHARGES OF 10:20:03 CONSPIRING TO SENATE THE CROWN PRINCE ABDULLAH. 10:20:08 IN 2003, A NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESIDENT AND THE ISLAMIC SAIDIA 10:20:15 ACADEMY 1999 VALEDICTORIAN WAS ARRESTED IN SAUDI ARABIA AND 10:20:23 CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT TERRORISM INCLUDING A 10:20:26 PLOT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT BUSH. 10:20:27 HE WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRIS YOCHBLT ONE CANNOT OVERLOOK THE 10:20:34 PRIME ROLE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN PLAYED IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA 10:20:36 DURING HIS TIME PREACHING AT A MOSQUE IN FALLS CHURCH, 10:20:38 VIRGINIA. THIS IS PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY 10:20:43 BEGIN HIS RECRUITMENT OF THE FT. HOOD SHOOTER, THE CHRISTMAS DAY 10:20:47 BOMBER AND THE TIMES SQUARE BOMBER. 10:20:49 SOME EXPERTS SAY THE INTERNET IS THE CONDUIT TO RADICAL VOICES TO 10:20:56 CORRUPT MINDS WHILE OTHERS SAY IT IS THE IMPORTANT IMPORTATION 10:21:01 OF RADICAL TERRORISM. OTHERS TEMPERATURE TO STIFLE 10:21:14 DEBATE AND OBSTRUCT COOPERATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. 10:21:16 IN JUNE 2009, I SPOKE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN GREAT DETAIL 10:21:20 LAYING OUT MY CONCERN ABOUT CARE AND DISCUSSING THE HOLY LAND 10:21:25 FOUNDATION CASE. THE FOUNDATION AND FIVE OF ITS 10:21:28 FORMER ORGANIZERS WERE FOUND GUILTY OF ILLEGALLY FUNNELING 10:21:32 MORE THAN $12 MILLION TO HAMAS. WE KNOW HAMAS IS A TERRORIST 10:21:37 ORGANIZATION ON THE TERRORIST LIST BY THE EU, BY THE UNITED 10:21:41 STATES AND WANTS TO DESTROY ISRAEL. 10:21:44 THEY DESIGNATED A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND AMONG 10:21:48 THE UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATORS IN THE CASE WAS C.A.R.E. WHICH 10:21:53 IS ROUTINELY AND MISTAKENLY ELEVATED IN THE PRESS AS THE 10:21:59 VOICE OF MAINSTREAM AMERICAN MUSLIMS. 10:22:00 THEY HAVE BEEN GRANTED ACCESS TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT 10:22:03 AT TIMES. LAST WEEK DURING A HEARING 10:22:05 BEFORE MY SUBCOMMITTEE, ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER RECOGNIZED 10:22:11 C.A.R.E.'S TROUBLED HISTORY, HE SAID, AND FBI DIRECTOR HAS 10:22:16 SUSPENDED ALL NONINVESTIGATIVE COOPERATION WITH C.A.R.E. 10:22:19 MY CONCERN IS NOT LIMITED TO ITS DISTURBING ORIGINS AND 10:22:23 CONNECTIONS TO TERRORIST FINANCES. 10:22:26 I'M EQUALLY CONCERNED ABOUT C.A.R.E.'S ROLE ATTACKING THE 10:22:32 REPUTATION OF ANY WHO DARE TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT DOMESTIC 10:22:35 RADICALIZATION. MAY 25, 2007, "WALL STREET 10:22:43 JOURNAL" OP-ED, A FORMER MEMBER OF A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION 10:22:47 DESCRIBED TERROR AS, "PERHAPS THE MOST CONSPICUOUS 10:22:51 ORGANIZATION TO PERSISTENTLY ACCUSE OPPONENTS OF 10:22:58 ISLAMAPHOBIA." IN 2008, THE EDITORIAL PAGE 10:23:01 EDITOR OF "THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH" SPOKE ON AN ACCUSATION 10:23:05 AS A MEANS OF MUZZLING DEBATE. THEY SAID, "FOR MANY YEARS 10:23:10 CONTRARY HAS WAGED A CAMPAIGN TO INTIMIDATE AND SILENCE ANYONE 10:23:13 WHO RAISES ALARMS ABOUT THE DANGER OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM. 10:23:17 THE GROUP ACTS PROPERLY WHEN IT HAMMERS HOME THE POINT THAT ONLY 10:23:21 A SMALL NUMBER OF MUSLIMS SUPPORT RELIGIOUSLY MOTIVATED 10:23:31 VIOLENCE." THEY WENT ON THE TO SAY WHERE IT 10:23:33 ERRS IS LABELING ANYONE WHO DISCUSSES ISLAMIC TERRORISM AS A 10:23:37 BIGOT AND HATE-MONGER AND ISLAMAPHOBE. 10:23:47 IN MANY CASES ITS NATIONAL AND STATE CHAPTER LEADERS ACTIVELY 10:23:52 DISSUADE AMERICAN MUSLIMS FROM COOPERATING WITH LAW 10:23:57 ENFORCEMENTS. AFTER MANY DISAPPEARED FROM THE 10:23:59 MINNEAPOLIS AREA IN 2009, C.A.R.E. ATTEMPTED TO DRIVE A 10:24:02 WEDGE BETWEEN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND THE FBI, WHICH WAS 10:24:07 SEEKING TO TRACK DOWN THE MISSING MEN. 10:24:09 ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL ESTIMATES, AT LEAST TWO DOZEN AMERICANS 10:24:12 HAVE MOVED TO SOMALIA IN RECENT YEARS TO JOIN THE TERRORIST 10:24:18 GROUP AL SHEBAB. ROUGHLY TEN AMERICANS THAT HAVE 10:24:24 GONE THERE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN FIGHTING OR ACTS OF TERRORISM 10:24:27 WHILE CONNECTED. IN 2011, C.A.R.E.'S CALIFORNIA 10:24:31 CHAPTER DISPLAYED AN OLD POSTER WHICH STATED, "BUILD A WALL OF 10:24:36 RESISTANCE, DON'T TALK TO THE FBI." 10:24:38 ALTHOUGH C.A.R.E. REMOVED THE POSTER ONCE THE MEDIA REPORTED 10:24:41 ON IT, IT REFLECTS A LARGER AND TROUBLING PATTERN. 10:24:46 WHEN THE TERRORISM COMMISSION LEGISLATION WAS MOVING IN 1998 10:24:51 AND C.A.R.E.'S OWN WORD THEY ASKED MUSLIMS TO CONTACT LEADERS 10:24:56 AND URGE THEM TO ELIMINATE THE NEW LEGISLATION THAT WOULD 10:25:00 CREATE A NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORISM THIS WAS MISGUIDED AND 10:25:03 FORTUNATELY NOT SUCCESSFUL. REGRETTABLY, THE COMMISSION'S 10:25:09 RECOMMENDATION SENT TO CONGRESS IN JUNE 2000 WERE GENERALLY 10:25:12 IGNORED UNTIL 9/11, WHEN 3,000 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, INCLUDING 10:25:18 MORE THAN TWO DOZEN FROM MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. 10:25:22 LET ME BE CLEAR. C.A.R.E. IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE 10:25:25 AND IT IS HURTING THE AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY. 10:25:27 I RAISE THE CONCERNS BECAUSE IF WE ARE TO SUCCESSFULLY 10:25:35 COUNTERRADICAL TERRORISM, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL NEED THE ACTIVE 10:25:37 ENGAGEMENT OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITIES. 10:25:39 I HAVE A RECOMMENDATION TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGE OF 10:25:41 DOMESTIC RADICALIZATION HEAD-ON. I COMMEND THE FBI AND DIRECTOR 10:25:46 MULLER AND ALL THE MEN OF THE FEBRUARY AND MEN AND WOMEN OF 10:25:49 THE FBI AND OUR SERVICES FOR THE OUTSTANDING WORK THEY HAVE DONE 10:25:52 IN INEPTING WOULD-BE TERRORISTS BEFORE THEIR ATTACKS. 10:25:56 DESPITE THE FBI'S SUCCESS, THE U.S. DOES NOT HAVE AN EFFECTIVE 10:26:00 OR COHERENT POLICY TO THWART RADICALIZATION. 10:26:05 THAT IS WHY I WILL SOON BE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO 10:26:07 CREATE A TEAM B TO BRING FRESH EYES TO U.S. DOMESTIC 10:26:12 RADICALIZATION AND COUNTERTERRORISM. 10:26:22 [ NO AUDIO ] WE LOST OUR VIDEO SIGNAL FROM 10:26:51 THE HEARING THIS MORNING. HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY HEARING 10:26:53 WITH PETER KING. IT LOOKS LIKE IT MAY HAVE COME 10:26:56 BACK. LIVE COVERAGE CONTINUES HERE ON 10:27:00 C-SPAN3. LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE SO 10:27:01 INUNDATED WITH REPORTS AND INVESTIGATIONS THAT THEY DO NOT 10:27:06 HAVE THE COMPASS I TO STEP BACK AND REEVALUATE THE THREAT 10:27:09 BEFORE US. I BELIEVE TEAM B WOULD PROVIDE A 10:27:11 TREMENDOUS SERVICE IN MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW WE CAN 10:27:15 DISRUPT DOMESTIC RADICALIZATION. I WAS WORKING CLOSELY WITH 10:27:19 FORMER CONGRESSMAN JANE HARMON ON A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL BEFORE 10:27:23 SHE RETIRED TO LEAVE TO GO TO THE WOODROW WILSON INSTITUTE. 10:27:27 FOR OVER A YEAR, I REPEATEDLY HAVE WRITTEN THE ADMINISTRATION 10:27:32 YOU ARE URGING THEM TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROPOSAL. 10:27:36 THEY HAVE NOT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE SUPPORT OF 10:27:37 THIS LEGISLATION, AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO 10:27:41 TESTIFY. I STRONGLY BELIEVE YOUR HEARINGS 10:27:43 WILL PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH A STARTING POINT FOR A NEW 10:27:47 DIALOGUE ABOUT FIGHTING EXTREMISM AND RADICALIZATION. 10:27:50 WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE SILENT. I'M REMINDED OF THE SONG BY 10:27:54 SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, "THE BOXER," THAT SAYS MAN HEARS WHAT 10:27:59 HE WANTS TO HEAR, BUT DISREGARDS THE REST. 10:28:02 WE CANNOT DISREGARD THE ISSUE OF RADICALIZATION IN OUR COUNTRY. 10:28:07 YOUR HEARINGS CAN PROVIDE A PRODUCTIVE FORUM FOR A 10:28:11 MUCH-NEEDED DIALOGUE ABOUT DOMESTIC RADICAL ZACHLGTS I WANT 10:28:13 TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. 10:28:16 THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WOLF. YOUR TESTIMONY AND WE LOOK 10:28:20 FORWARD TO CONSIDERING YOUR LEGISLATION. 10:28:21 THANK YOU. PANEL IS DISMISSED. 10:28:27 I WANT TO THANK ALL THE CONGRESSIONAL WITNESSES FOR 10:28:30 THEIR TESTIMONY. I WOULD NOW INVITE THE WITNESSES 10:28:33 ON THE SECOND PANEL TO BE SEATED AT THE WITNESS TABLE FOR YOUR 10:28:36 TESTIMONY. LET ME AGAIN THANK EACH OF 10:30:04 THE FOUR WITNESSES FOR BEING HERE TODAY FOR GIVING US THEIR 10:30:09 VALUABLE TIME, THEIR INPUT AND THEIR VARYING VIEWS, BUT ALL 10:30:13 THAT IS ESSENTIAL AS WE MOVE FORWARD. 10:30:17 OUR FIRST WITNESS TODAY, DR. ZUDI JOSTER IS FOUNDER OF THE 10:30:24 AMERICAN ISLAMIC FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY. 10:30:27 HE FOUNDED AIFD IN THE WAKE OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS IN THE UNITED 10:30:31 STATES AS AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE AN AMERICAN MUSLIM VOICE 10:30:35 ADVOCATING FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF 10:30:38 THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I 10:30:42 REMEMBER YOU WHEN YOU WERE HERE. HE IS A RESPECTED PHYSICIAN AND 10:30:47 FORMER LIEUTENANT OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND WORKED IN THE 10:30:49 ATTENDING PHYSICIANS OFFICE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. 10:30:51 FOR BETTER OR WORSE, HE KEPT US HEALTHY. 10:30:54 SOME OF OUR CONSTITUENTS MAY NOT BE TOO HAPPY ABOUT THAT. 10:30:58 YOU DID A GREAT JOB KEEPING US HEALTHY. 10:31:00 I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE TODAY. 10:31:01 THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. DOCTOR, IF YOU PUT ON THE 10:31:12 MICROPHONE THERE, PLEASE. THANK YOU. 10:31:14 THANK YOU. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN KING, 10:31:17 RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON, DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE 10:31:20 COMMITTEE SEEKING MORTESTIMONY ON WAY FEEL IS THE MOST 10:31:23 IMPORTANT THREAT TO AMERICAN SECURITY IN THE 21st CENTURY. 10:31:26 AS CHAIRMAN KING SAID, I COME TO YOU AS A DEVOUT MUSLIM AND 10:31:30 SOMEBODY VERY CONCERNED ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. 10:31:33 NOT ONLY ITS POLARIZATION BUT ITS PARALYSIS DEALING WITH THIS 10:31:35 PROBLEM. WE FORM AN ORGANIZATION TO 10:31:41 ADDRESS THIS, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO MOVE ONE STEP FORWARD 10:31:44 SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE OF THAT PARALYSIS. 10:31:46 ONE CAMP ON THE POLARIZATION REFUSES TO BELIEVE ANY MUSLIM 10:31:51 COULD BE RADICALIZED, YET WE'VE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN 10:31:56 THE NUMBER OF RADICALIZED MUSLIMS THAT MAY NOT BE FROM 10:31:59 WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT WE KNOW, BUT ARE MUSLIMS 10:32:04 NONETHELESS. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE 10:32:12 POLARITY THAT ARE SEEK NOTHING SOLUTIONS. 10:32:13 THE MAJORITY IN THE MIDDLE IS MODERATE AMERICA LOOKING FOR A 10:32:17 SOLUTION. I THINK THESE HEARINGS OR AN 10:32:18 OPPORTUNITY FOR MUSLIMS TO ADDRESS THAT SOLUTION. 10:32:21 LET ME BE CLEAR AND STATE UP FRONT THAT THE U.S. HAS A 10:32:26 SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM WITH MUSLIM RADICALIZATION. 10:32:28 I'M MUSLIM AND I REALIZE IT'S MY PROBLEM AND I NEED TO FIX IT. 10:32:32 THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU HAVE 10:32:36 SOME OF THE BEST WORK ON RADICALIZATION IS BEING DONE BY 10:32:40 NONMUSLIMS LIKE NYPD RECORD ON RADICALIZATION. 10:32:44 MOST MUSLIM GROUPS CONDEMN THAT REPORT WHEN WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN 10:32:47 DOING THAT REPORT. LET ME STATE CLEARLY IT IS A 10:32:49 PROBLEM THAT WE CAN ONLY SOLVE. CHRISTIANS, JEWS, NONMUSLIMS 10:32:55 CANNOT SOLVE MUSLIM RADICALIZATION. 10:32:57 YES, THERE MAY BE OTHER TYPES OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM, BUT THAT 10:32:59 CANNOT BE SOLVED BY NONMUSLIMS. SO WE CAN CLOSE OUR EYES AND 10:33:05 PRETEND IT DOESN'T EXIST. WE CAN CALL EVERYBODY A BIGOT OR 10:33:11 ISLAMAPHOBE, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND 10:33:13 THE PROBLEM IS INCREASING EXPONENTIALLY. 10:33:19 I HOPE WE CAN GET BEHIND THIS BLIND CONCEPT OF VIOLENT 10:33:23 EXTREMISM. RADICALIZATION IS A CONTINUUM. 10:33:25 COOPERATION IS A CONTINUUM. I PERSONALLY HAVE NEVER KNOWN A 10:33:30 MUSLIM THAT WOULDN'T REPORT SOMEBODY ABOUT TO BLOW SOMETHING 10:33:32 UP OR COMMIT AN ACT OF VIOLENCE, BUT THAT'S A FINAL STEP ON A 10:33:36 CONTINUUM OF RADICALIZATION. I BELIEVE THERE ARE SMALL 10:33:40 ELEMENTS, BUT SIGNIFICANT ELEMENTS OF IDEOLOGY WITHIN OUR 10:33:47 COMMUNITY BASED ON THE LACK OF IDENTIFICATION AND SEPARATISM 10:33:51 AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF CERTAIN MUSLIMS FROM THIS 10:33:54 SOCIETY THAT MAKES THEM NOT BOND, NOT TRUST THE GOVERNMENT, 10:33:57 MAKES THEM DISTRUST THE FBI AND CREATES A CULTURE OF A LACK OF 10:34:01 COOPERATION. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED YOUR HELP IN 10:34:02 SOLVING. AMERICA'S CURRENT PARADIGM IS 10:34:06 FAILING. I'M A PHYSICIAN. 10:34:07 I WAS TRAINED AS A PHYSICIAN TO PATIENTS COME IN, THEY'VE GOT 10:34:11 THREE OR FOUR SYMPTOMS, TYPICALLY THEY HAVE ONE 10:34:19 DIAGNOSIS. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE PROBLEM OF 10:34:20 RADICALIZATION, WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THE PANOPLEA OF 10:34:29 EXCUSES WILL NEVER RUN OUT. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S A 10:34:32 MORAL CORRUPTION WITHIN A CERTAIN SEGMENT THAT IS USING 10:34:36 OUR RELIGION, HIJACKING IT FOR A THEOPOLITICAL MOVEMENT THAT IS 10:34:41 NOT ONLY DOMESTIC BUT IS GLOBAL. THE REASON I'M HERE TODAY AND 10:34:44 TAKING THE TIME AWAY FROM MY FAMILY AND MY WORK TO DO THAT, 10:34:47 TO BE HERE WITH YOU, IS BECAUSE WE ARE FAILING. 10:34:50 WE ARE NOT ADDRESSING THIS. WE ARE SO MUCH SOAKING UP THE 10:34:53 BANDWIDTH OF THE DISCUSSION IN THIS COUNTRY ON THIS WITH 10:34:57 VICTIMIZATION THAT WE ARE NOT ADDRESSING THE CORE PROBLEM AND 10:35:01 ROOT CAUSE. YET THESE HALLS, THIS GOVERNMENT 10:35:03 WAS BASED ON DISCUSSING RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY. 10:35:06 OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, OUR ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE WAS BASED 10:35:10 ON BEING ABLE TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS THAT WERE FUNCTIONAL 10:35:13 ON RELIGION, YET ONCE A MOVEMENT, A THREAT HIJACKS 10:35:16 RELIGION, WE SEEM TO BECOME COMPLETELY DYSFUNCTIONAL AND WE 10:35:23 GET HISTRIONICS AND CAN'T TALK ABOUT THAT. 10:35:29 I WANT MY CHILDREN TO HAVE THE GIFT I GOT FROM MY PARENTS THAT 10:35:32 FELT AMERICA, THE FIRST MINUTE THEY STEPPED OFF THE PLANE FROM 10:35:35 THE OPPRESSION OF SYRIA AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THEY COULD PRACTICE 10:35:39 THEIR BEAUTIFUL FAITH OF ISLAM MORE FREELY HERE THAN ANYWHERE 10:35:42 ELSE IN THE WORLD. WHY? 10:35:44 BECAUSE THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT UNDER ONE FAITH. 10:35:46 IT'S UNDER GOD AND IT'S BASED ON LIBERTY. 10:35:48 THESE ARE THE PRINCIPLES JUST AS PRIME MINISTER CAMERON SAID, WE 10:35:54 CAN'T CONTINUE TO PLAY DEFENSE. WE NEED A MUSCULAR LIBERALISM. 10:35:59 OUR TAX MONEY, OUR RESOURCES HAVE BEEN SQUANDERED. 10:36:03 WE CONTINUE TO PLAY DEFENSE. UNTIL WE HAVE AN IDEOLOGICAL 10:36:06 OFFENSE INTO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITIES DOMESTICALLY AND 10:36:10 GLOBALLY TO TEACH LIBERTY, TEACH SEPARATION OF MOSQUE AND STATE, 10:36:13 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. 10:36:15 WE ARE NOT GOING TO SOLVE IT. I'M NOT SAYING YOU COULD SOLVE 10:36:27 THEOLOGY. WE NEED TO BUILD PLATFORMS YOU 10:36:29 CAN ADVOCATE FOR UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS BASED IN THE EQUALITY OF 10:36:33 MEN AND WOMEN, ALL FAITH BEFORE LAW. 10:36:35 THESE ARE PRINCIPLES THAT CERTAIN POCKETS OF ISLAMIC LAW, 10:36:40 ISLAMIC LEGALISMS WITHIN SYSTEMS IN THIS COUNTRY AND OUTSIDE ARE 10:36:45 ADVOCATING THAT ARE IN CONTRADICTION WITH OUR 10:36:47 GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY AND END UP RADICALIZING ON A CONTINUUM, 10:36:51 CREATE A CULTURE OF LACK OF COOPERATION, AND UNTIL YOU TREAT 10:36:54 THAT DIAGNOSIS, WHAT I CALL POLITICAL ISLAM, SPIRITUAL ISLAM 10:36:57 WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. OUR FAITH COMMUNITY WILL SUFFER 10:37:01 AND THIS COUNTRY'S SECURITY WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. 10:37:03 THE CURRENT GROUPS THAT HAVE BEEN SPEAKING ON OUR BEHALF HAVE 10:37:05 BEEN FAILING. THEY MAY BE WELL INTENDED ABOUT 10:37:09 CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT THEY ARE APOLOGETICS, DISMISSALS HAVE 10:37:13 BEEN COMPLETELY FAILING. IF YOU LOOK AT NIDAL HASSAN, HE 10:37:16 DIDN'T BECOME RADICAL OVERNIGHT. IF YOU LOOK AT HIS RESUME, IT'S 10:37:20 FRIGHTENINGLY SIMILAR TO MINE, BUT YET SOMETHING HAPPENED IN 10:37:24 HIM OVER YEARS, OVER YEARS. YOU CAN'T JUST BLAME ALAQI. 10:37:31 BEFORE HE CAME A RADICALIZER, HE WAS GIVING SERMONS IN MOSQUES IN 10:37:36 DENVER, SAN DIEGO AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA. 10:37:38 WHEN YOU TALK TO CERTAIN LEADERS IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY THEY SAY 10:37:41 WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. HE BECAME VIOLENT. 10:37:44 THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT WORKS. IT CREEPS UP OVER TIME. 10:37:51 THERE ARE ENABLERS. THE ENABLING THAT'S BEEN 10:37:54 HAPPENING IN SOME OF OUR, NOT ALL, NOT EVEN A MAJORITY, HAS 10:37:59 BEEN CAUSING A PROGRESSION OF THIS PROBLEM. 10:38:07 IF YOU COULD TRY TO COMPLETE IN 30 SECONDS? 10:38:10 YES, SIR. ULTIMATELY WE NEED SOLUTIONS. 10:38:12 OUR ORGANIZATION CREATED A MUSLIM LIBERTY PROJECT THAT 10:38:19 LOOKS AT INNOCULATING MUSLIMS. WE HAVE A RETREAT TO BEGIN THAT 10:38:30 PROCESS. THIS IS OUR HOMELAND. 10:38:31 WE WANT TO SET THIS SOCIETY TO BEGIN A COUNTERJIHAD, AND 10:38:36 OFFENSE TO COUNTER THE IDEAS I THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO USE OUR 10:38:40 RESOURCES AS A NATION, AND REMEMBER THAT THE FREEDOMS WE 10:38:44 HAVE DON'T COME WITH A CHEAP PRICE AND WE NEED TO GIVE BACK. 10:38:50 AND THAT THE SOLUTION ULTIMATELY TO FEAR OF MUSLIMS IS FOR 10:38:52 AMERICANS TO SEE MUSLIMS LEADING THE CHARGE AGAINST RADICAL 10:38:56 ISLAM. THANK YOU, DR. JASSER. 10:38:59 OUR NEXT WITNESS IS MELVIN BLEDSOE, FATHER OF JOAQUIN. 10:39:19 THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME HERE TODAY 10:39:22 AND TO TELL THE COUNTRY WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SON. 10:39:27 THIS HEARING TODAY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO BEGIN THE 10:39:29 DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ISSUES OF ISLAMIC RADICALIZATION IN 10:39:33 AMERICA. MY SINCERE HOPE THAT THIS 10:39:37 COMMITTEE CAN SOMEHOW ADJUST THE ISSUE IN A MEANINGFUL, 10:39:41 PRODUCTIVE WAY. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY 10:39:44 DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF PRIVATE WILLIAM LONG AND THE 10:39:50 WOUNDED SOLDIER. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE 10:39:59 COMPLICITY IN PRIVATE LONG'S MURDER. 10:40:01 ISLAMIC RADICALS WHO PROGRAM AND TRAIN MADE SON CARLOS TO KILL. 10:40:06 I WANT TO TELL AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD WHAT HAPPENED TO 10:40:11 MY SON. WE SENT HIM OFF TO COLLEGE AT 10:40:15 TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE IN THE FALL 10:40:19 OF 2003. OUR DREAM ABOUT HIS FUTURE ENDED 10:40:22 UP IN A NIGHTMARE. CARLOS IS MY ONLY SON. 10:40:26 HE GREW UP IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. 10:40:28 WE OPERATED A TOURING COMPANY AND HE STARTED HELPING OUT AT 10:40:32 THE FAMILY BUSINESS AT AGE OF 8. HE LOVED TO TALK TO THE 10:40:35 TRAVELING PUBLIC AND HAD A LOT OF FUN INTERACTING WITH THE 10:40:38 CUSTOMERS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH 10:40:40 SCHOOL, CARLOS WANTED TO GET A DEGREE IN BUSINESS. 10:40:43 WE THOUGHT PERHAPS HE WOULD COME BACK TO MEMPHIS TO RUN THE 10:40:46 BUSINESS AND GIVE MY WIFE AND I AN EARLY RETIREMENT. 10:40:52 AFTER THE FALL OF 2005, HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR IN NASHVILLE, 10:40:57 CARLOS CAME HOME THAT CHRISTMAS FOR THE HOLIDAY. 10:41:00 WE WERE SITTING AROUND THE FAMILY ROOM AND CARLOS, HIS 10:41:04 SISTER MONICA, HER HUSBAND AND I WERE HAVE A NORMAL CONVERSATION 10:41:08 ABOUT LIFE. AT A CERTAIN POINT CARLOS AND 10:41:11 HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW GOT INTO A HEATED CONVERSATION ABOUT MUSLIM 10:41:16 RELIGION. THEN AND LATER WE FELT LIKE 10:41:18 CARLOS' PERSONALITY CHANGE WHEN WE SPOKE ABOUT ISLAM. 10:41:20 WE THOUGHT MAYBE HE HAD SOME MUSLIM FRIENDS AND WAS OFFENDED 10:41:25 BY THE COMMENT. THE NEXT TIME CARLOS CAME HOME, 10:41:29 WE SAW ANOTHER SIDE OF HIM THAT WE DIDN'T SEE BEFORE. 10:41:32 DURING THE NIGHT HE TOOK OFF ALL THE PICTURES FROM THE WALLS OF 10:41:36 THE BEDROOM WHERE HE SLEPT. HE EVEN TOOK OFF THE PICTURE OF 10:41:40 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR OFF THE WALL. 10:41:43 WE ASKED CARLOS, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH YOU? 10:41:46 HE REPLIED HE IS NOW A NEW CONVERT TO ISLAM AND EVERYTHING 10:41:49 HE DOES FROM NOW ON WILL BE TO HONOR ALLAH. 10:41:56 CARLOS WAS GROWING UP WITH MARTIN KING'S PICTURE ON THE 10:42:03 WALL, BUT NOW HE IS TREATING THAT PICTURE AS IF DR. KING WAS 10:42:06 NOBODY TO HIM. WE ASKED CARLOS NOT TO TAKE THE 10:42:08 DR. KING PICTURE OFF THE WALL. HE TAKE IT OFF THE WALL ANYWAY. 10:42:12 THIS BECAME A BIG CONCERN TO US. WE WENT TO NASHVILLE TO VISIT 10:42:15 HIM MORE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WHO WAS HE HANGING AROUND WITH 10:42:18 AND WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH CARLOS. 10:42:21 CARLOS DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AT THE BEGINNING OF 2005 SEMESTER. 10:42:25 HE WAS WORKING AT A TEMPORARY J 10:42:33 JOB AND GOT A DOING. HE TURNED THE DOG LOOSE IN THE 10:42:41 WOODS BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD IT WAS A DIRTY CREATURE. 10:42:44 I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW HE COULD DO THAT BECAUSE HE GREW UP 10:42:47 WITH DOGS IN THE HOUSE SINCE HE WAS 5 YEARS OLD. 10:42:50 SOMETHING AND SOMEONE IS GETTING INTO HIS HEAD AND CHANGING HIS 10:42:53 WAIF THINKING. IT HAD GOTTEN TO THE POINT HE 10:42:58 HAD NO INTEREST IN COMING HOME EVEN FOR THE HOLIDAYS. 10:43:02 ALL THIS WAS PART OF HIS BRAINWASHING. 10:43:05 CHANGING HIS THINKING A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME. 10:43:09 HE HAD A JOB IN NASHVILLE WITH SOME MUSLIMS WHO TELLS HIM 10:43:17 ISLAMIC LAW, HIS EMPLOYER, HAD TO LET HIM PRAY CERTAIN TIMES OF 10:43:20 DAY REGARDLESS OF WHAT WAS GOING ON IN HIS JOB. 10:43:24 AS A BUSINESS OWNER I TOLD CARLOS, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT 10:43:28 FOR EMPLOYERS TO DO THIS FOR ALL HIS EMPLOYEES. 10:43:31 AT THIS TIME, AT THE NEXT STEP ON HIS PROGRESS OF 10:43:35 RADICALIZATION, CARLOS WAS CONVINCED TO CHANGE HIS NAME. 10:43:38 HE CHOSE THE NAME ABDULLAH HAKEEM MUHAMMED. 10:43:42 AT THIS POINT HIS CULTURE WAS NO LONGER IMPORTANT TO HIM, ONLY 10:43:47 ISLAMIC CULTURE. SOME MUSLIM LEADER HAD TAKEN 10:43:50 ADVANTAGE OF MY SON. HE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE BEING 10:43:52 TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. THIS IS AN ONGOING THING IN 10:43:56 NASHVILLE AND MANY OTHER CITIES IN AMERICA. 10:43:58 IN NASHVILLE CARLOS WAS CAPTURED BY BEST DESCRIBED HUNTERS. 10:44:03 HE WAS MANIPULATED AND LIED TO. THAT'S HOW HE MADE HIS WAY TO 10:44:07 YEMEN. CARLOS WAS HOPING TO GO THERE 10:44:09 FOR A CHANCE TO CROSS OVER TO SAUDI ARABIA AND VISIT MECCA. 10:44:13 HE WAS TAUGHT ALL THE TRUE MUSLIM MUST DO THIS ONE TIME IN 10:44:17 LIFE. HE WAS TAUGHT THAT HE WOULD GET 10:44:21 TO WALK ON THE GROUNDS WHERE PROPHET MUHAMMED WALKED AND ABLE 10:44:24 TO TRAVEL THE AREA. THEY HAD OTHER PLANS FOR HIM. 10:44:30 THEY SET HIM UP, TOLD HIM HE COULD TEAT ENGLISH IN A BRITISH 10:44:34 SCHOOL SOUTH OF YEMEN. THE SCHOOL TURNED OUT TO BE A 10:44:38 FRONT FOR CARLOS AND HE ENDED UP IN A TRAINING CAMP RUN BY 10:44:42 TERRORISTS. CARLOS JOINED WITH THE YEMENI 10:44:46 EXTREMISTS FACILITATED BY THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPART IN 10:44:51 NASHVILLE. WE HAVE SINCE DISCOVERED THAT 10:44:55 FORMER M.I. IN NASHVILLE MOSQUE WROTE THE RECOMMENDATION LETTER 10:44:59 FOR CARLOS NEEDED FOR THE SCHOOLING IMAGE. 10:45:02 WE DISCOVERED THAT SCHOOL FUNCTION AS AN INTAKE FRONT FOR 10:45:07 RADICALIZATION TRAINING FOR WESTERNS FOR JIHAD. 10:45:10 FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THE FBI HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING CARLOS SINCE 10:45:14 AND BEFORE HE LEFT NASHVILLE, CONTINUED TO FOLLOW HIM AFTER HE 10:45:17 CAME BACK FROM YEMEN. CARLOS WAS ARRESTED IN YEMEN 10:45:21 OVEREXTENDING HIS VISA IN OCTOBER 2008. 10:45:26 HE WAS INTERVIEWED BY THE FBI AGENT IN NASHVILLE BEFORE THE 10:45:28 U.S. EMBASSY WAS ALERTED ABOUT HIS ARREST. 10:45:32 THE FBI WAS ALARMED ABOUT WHAT THEY LEARNED FROM CARLOS. 10:45:39 WE WISH THEY COULD HAVE TOLD US, HIS FAMILY, ABOUT WHAT THEY 10:45:43 LEARNED. IF WE KNEW HOW SERIOUS THE 10:45:46 EXTREMISM HAD BECOME, WE COULD HAVE PUT EVERY EFFORT TO STOP 10:45:53 THE TRAGEDY IN ARKANSAS. MY FAMILY CRIED OUT FOR HELP TO 10:45:57 BRING MY SON BACK FROM THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. 10:45:58 WE GOT IN TOUCH WITH THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY, STATE 10:46:01 DEPARTMENT, WE ALSO ASKED FOR HELP FROM OUR U.S. 10:46:06 REPRESENTATIVE AND THE FBI SPECIAL AGENT WHO HAD BEEN 10:46:10 TRACKING MY SON IN NASHVILLE AFTER OUR SON WAS FINALLY 10:46:14 RELEASED AND BROUGHT HOME TO US. NO ONE SAID ANYTHING TO US ABOUT 10:46:19 WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED IN YEMEN OR WHAT THEY MAY HAVE 10:46:22 LEARNED THAT SO ALARMED THE FBI TO INTERROGATE CARLOS WHILE HE 10:46:25 WAS IN THE CUSTODY OF YEMEN POLITICAL SECURITY ORGANIZATION. 10:46:30 CARLOS EXPERIENCED IN YEMEN'S POLITICAL JAIL WAS THE FINAL 10:46:33 STAGE OF HIS RADICALIZATION. HE WAS IN THERE WITH TRUE 10:46:37 EVIL-DOERS. HARDCORE AL QAEDA MEMBERS WHO 10:46:39 CONVINCED HIM TO GET REVENGE ON AMERICA. 10:46:41 SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MUSLIM LEADERS IN NASHVILLE. 10:46:44 WHAT HAPPENED TO CARLOS AT THOSE MOSQUES IS ENORMOUS. 10:46:48 I HAVE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE MUSLIM. 10:46:53 THEY ARE PEACEFUL LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE AND ARE NOT RADICALIZED. 10:46:57 I ALSO HAVE SEVERAL UNCLES AND BROTHERS IN THE MILITARY. 10:47:00 OUR FAMILY FOUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES EVERY WAR SINCE THE CIVIL 10:47:02 WAR. I HAVE NEPHEWS WHO ARE CURRENTLY 10:47:05 IN AFGHANISTAN FIGHTING FOR THE DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM FOR ALL 10:47:09 AMERICANS. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT AMERICANS 10:47:13 ARE SITTING AROUND DOING NOTHING ABOUT EXTREMISTS, RADICAL 10:47:19 EXTREMISTS AS CARLOS' STORY AND OTHER STORIES AT THESE HEARINGS 10:47:23 AREN'T TRUE. THIS IS A BIG ELEPHANT IN THE 10:47:27 ROOM. OUR SOCIETY CONTINUES NOT TO SEE 10:47:32 IT. THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, YOU 10:47:36 CAN CALL IT POLITICAL FEAR. FEAR OF STEPPING ON SPECIAL 10:47:39 MINORITY POPULATION TOES EVEN AS A SEGMENT OF THAT POPULATION 10:47:42 WANTS TO STAMP OUT AMERICA AND EVERYTHING WE STAND FOR. 10:47:45 I MUST SAY THAT WE ARE LOSING AMERICAN BABIES. 10:47:49 OUR CHILDREN ARE IN DANGER. THIS COUNTRY MUST STAND UP AND 10:47:52 DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM. YES, MY SON YOU ARE HEARING 10:47:59 ABOUT TODAY. TOMORROW IT COULD BE YOUR SON, 10:48:01 YOUR DAUGHTER. IT MIGHT BE AN AMERICAN, 10:48:04 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILD THAT THEY WENT AFTER IN NASHVILLE. 10:48:08 TOMORROW THE VICTIM MIGHT HAVE BLONDE HAIR, BLUE EYES. 10:48:11 ONE THING FOR SURE, IT WOULD HAPPEN AGAIN. 10:48:16 IF YOU COULD JUST FINISH UP IN THE NEXT TEN SECONDS, PLEASE. 10:48:21 WE MUST STOP THESE EXTREMIST INVADERS FROM RAPING THE MINDS 10:48:30 OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. CARLOS GREW UP AS A 10:48:34 HAPPY-GO-LUCKY KID WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. 10:48:37 LOVED TO CRACK A JOKE OR TWO. EVERYBODY LIKED HIM. 10:48:39 HE LOVED TO PLAY TEAM SPORTS LIKE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL. 10:48:43 HE LOVES SWIMMING AND DANCING, LISTENING TO MUSIC. 10:48:48 TODAY, WE HAVE TWO FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. 10:48:51 THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING 10:48:54 CHANGE THAT NO OTHER FAMILY IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS HAS 10:48:57 TO GO THROUGH WHAT OUR FAMILY ARE FACING TODAY. 10:49:01 GOD HELP US. GOD HELP US. 10:49:07 THANK YOU, MR. BLEDSOE. OUR NEXT WITNESS ISES DIRECTOR 10:49:12 OF SOMALI EDUCATION AND ITS SOCIAL ADVOCACY CENTER IN 10:49:18 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, THE UNCLE OF BORHAN HASSAN. 10:49:22 I ASK YOU TO LIMIT YOUR REMARKS TO FIVE MINUTES OR SO. 10:49:26 THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY 10:49:36 THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN KING AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR 10:49:39 ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE MUSLIM SOMALI AMERICAN 10:49:43 COMMUNITY TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE SOMALI 10:49:46 AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR HELPING US, THE FAMILIES OF THE MISSING 10:49:51 CHILDREN OR YOUTH, TO STAND UP AGAINST THE RADICALIZATION OF 10:49:56 OUR YOUTH. I WANT TO TELL YOU WHY I'M HERE 10:50:00 TODAY AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR ME. 10:50:03 I'M HERE BECAUSE OF MY BOREN HASSAN. 10:50:08 NOT ONLY HIM BUT 20 AND 40 OTHERS WHO ARE SOMALI AMERICANS 10:50:13 IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WHO HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED, 10:50:16 RADICALIZED BY MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND BACK HOME INTO A 10:50:26 B BURNING IN A CIVIL WAR. 10:50:27 I WANT TO TALK ABOUT MY NEPHEW. I LOVE MY SISTER, AND HER FAMILY 10:50:32 WAS ALONG ABOUT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO FLED FROM THE 10:50:35 CIVIL WAR INTO THE NEIGHBORING KENYA WHERE IN THE CAMPUS THERE 10:50:38 WAS NO ORDER, BUT THE RAPE, MASS KILLING AND DISORDER WAS THE 10:50:45 DAY. EVERYBODY BEGGED AND LONGED FOR 10:50:46 THE DAY THAT THEY SHOULD BE HELPED BY THE INTERNATIONAL 10:50:51 COMMUNITY. FORTUNATELY, MY SISTER AND HER 10:50:55 FAMILY, SHE WAS ONE OF THE LUCKIEST ONES THAT MADE IT TO 10:50:58 THE SHORES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 10:51:03 MY NEPHEW IMMEDIATELY ADOPTED SLANG AND BECOME A STUDENT. 10:51:11 HE WAS LOVED BY THE COMMUNITY. HIS MOM AND I AND EVERYBODY 10:51:14 ELSE, THE BEST THING FOR US IS TO PUT HIM IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND 10:51:20 THAT WAS THE MOSQUE, THE CENTER. WE INVESTED IN THIS CENTER WITH 10:51:24 ALL OUR MONEY TO MAKE IT BIGGER SO IT COULD HELP OUR YOUTH AND 10:51:28 INSTEAD OF BEING ON THE STREETS, TO BE INFLUENCED INTO BAD 10:51:33 BEHAVIOR. WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO SUCCEED. 10:51:37 UNFORTUNATELY ON THE NIGHT ELECTION -- HISTORICAL NIGHT OF 10:51:44 2004-2008, 2004, MY SISTER KEPT CALLING THE FAMILY AND MISS HER 10:51:48 SON. WE KEEP CALLING EVERYBODY. 10:51:50 WE FINALLY END UP WITH OTHER FAMILIES, WE COME TO THE END OF 10:51:53 THAT, OUR KIDS WERE LURED BACK INTO SOMALIA. 10:51:57 WE WENT TO THE MOSQUE AND THE CENTER AND ASK FOR ANSWERS. 10:52:00 EVERYBODY PROMISE THAT THEY WILL MEET WITH US. 10:52:03 THE OTHER DAY WE WERE WAITING FOR THE IMAM AND THE OTHER 10:52:07 LEADERS, ALL WE DID WAS SAW UP IN THE SOMALI TV AND SEE THEM, 10:52:13 INSTEAD OF HELPING US FIND OUR CHILDREN, CONDEMNING US TO BEING 10:52:20 USED TO DESTROY OUR OWN MOSQUE AND RELIGION. 10:52:23 THAT WAS MORE HURTFUL THAN MISSING OUR CHILDREN BECAUSE NOW 10:52:27 WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE BIGGER COMMUNITY, TO DESTROY OUR FAITH 10:52:33 AND OUR COMMUNITY. THAT SET THE STAGE ON FOR TWO 10:52:38 YEARS OF STRUGGLE. AND THE BOTTOM WAS THE 10:52:45 COMMUNITY. WHOEVER WINS THE COMMUNITY, IF 10:52:46 THEY WIN THE COMMUNITY, THEY ARE NOT MISSING CHILDREN, BUT LIARS 10:52:51 LIKE ME AND MY FAMILY AND 20 OTHER SINGLE MOMS WHO LOST R 10:52:59 THEIR -- AFTER TWO YEARS OF DEMONSTRATIONS, EDUCATING, 10:53:04 FIGHTING WITH BASIC AND PERSONAL MONEY AND EFFORTS OF SLEEPING 10:53:08 THREE HOURS A NIGHT, TWO AND A HALF YEARS, WE WON THE HEART AND 10:53:13 MINDS OF THE COMMUNITY. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAGA, 10:53:16 THOUGH WE NEVER GET HELP, WE NEVER GOT HELP FROM OUR LEADERS, 10:53:21 FROM OUR ORGANIZATIONS, THROUGH OUR BIG ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS, 10:53:26 BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR KINNING, WHERE THE COMMUNITY 10:53:29 STARTED TO SYMPATHIZE WITH US, WHAT HAPPENED TO US, WHAT 10:53:31 HAPPENED TO OUR ENGINEERS, DOCTORS, LAWYERS, MY NEPHEW 10:53:35 WANTED TO GO TO HARVARD, AND BECOME A LAWYER OR A DOCTOR, 10:53:39 JUST LIKE YOU, BUT WITH ALL THOSE THINGS, THEN BIG 10:53:43 ORGANIZATIONS COME TO OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE NEVER 10:53:46 SEEN. CARE, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL NAME. 10:53:50 ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS IS FILLED WITH MOSQUES THAT MOSQUES ARE 10:53:55 ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL HURT US SO MORE THAN OUR KIDS MISSING 10:54:00 HURT, CALL US TOOLS. THE CENTER WE BUILT, THE PEOPLE 10:54:04 WE GAVE MILLIONS, OUR GOAL, OUR LIVES, OUR IMAMS WE TRUST. 10:54:10 I WANT TO WARN YOU IT IS ONLY ONE CENTER OUT OF 40 SOMETHING 10:54:14 CENTERS AND THAT'S WHERE ALL THE KIDS ARE MISSING. 10:54:18 ALL OF THEM. THIS ORGANIZATION COMES IN, 10:54:22 AGREES WITH OTHER LEADERS TOO THAT WE ARE LIARS, WE HAVE A 10:54:25 CLAN, TRIBAL PROBLEMS. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT CAME 10:54:29 FROM. WE HAVE NO CLAN, TRIBE OR 10:54:32 LANGUAGE PROBLEMS. WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY. 10:54:34 WE HAVE BEEN HURT BY OTHER MUSLIMS IN OUR COMMUNITY. 10:54:38 WE HAVE BEEN DENIED TO STAND UP. WE HAD TO DO THREE 10:54:42 DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE STREET IN THE RAIN, IN THE SNOW IN 10:54:47 MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA IT IS COLD. 10:54:51 ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION THAT IS CLAIMING IN THE HOUSE OF 10:54:54 CONGRESS THEY ARE SO POWERFUL THAT THEY ARE HELPING US, THAT 10:54:57 WE ARE TOOLS TO BE USED BY REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, LIBERAL, 10:55:04 BY CONSERVATIVE, BY NAZIS, BY THIS. 10:55:08 WE HAVE BEEN MUSLIMS SINCE MUHAMMAD. 10:55:12 I WANT TO TELL YOU, MY COMMUNITY IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY 10:55:17 IN THE WORLD I'VE KNOWN. THERE ARE 99.9% GOOD AMERICAN 10:55:23 CITIZENS THAT WORKDAY AND HARD, DAY AND NIGHT, 18 HOURS, 17 10:55:27 HOURS, SEVEN DAYS, TO CHASE AMERICAN DREAM. 10:55:30 THEY DON'T HAVE A VOICE. WE HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED. 10:55:37 SO OUR CHILDREN, WE HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED BY LEADERSHIP THAT WE 10:55:41 HAVE NEVER SEEN. MR. BIHI, IF YOU CAN TRY TO 10:55:45 FINISH IN 30, 40 SECONDS. I WILL FINISH THAT. 10:55:47 I WANT TO CONCLUDE FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS THEY HAVE NOT DONE 10:55:51 ANYTHING ELSE. THE SOMALI COMMUNITY WANTS TO BE 10:55:54 HEARD AND I THANK YOU, MR. KING, CONGRESSMAN KING, AND OTHER 10:55:58 MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR GETTING ME HERE, FOR PANELISTS 10:56:02 LIKE HIM, AND LIKE ME. MY COMMUNITY WANTS TO BE HEARD. 10:56:09 I WOULD ASK YOU TO LOOK AND OPEN INVESTIGATIONS AS TO WHAT IS 10:56:13 HAPPENING IN MY COMMUNITY. WE ARE ISOLATED BY ISLAMIC 10:56:18 ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERS WHO SUPPORT THEM. 10:56:21 TALK TO THE COMMON CHAIN, MUHAMMAD INDUSTRY OF CLOSE TO 10:56:26 100,000 MEMBERS OF MY COMMUNITY. I WANT TO TELL YOU, 85% OF OUR 10:56:30 VULNERABLE YOUTH DO NOT HAVE VIABLE EMPLOYMENT. 10:56:33 THEY ARE NOT ENGAGED IN CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAMS. 10:56:37 AND IF WE STAND AND SPEAK UP FOR THEM, WE ARE LABELED AND HURT 10:56:40 INSTEAD OF BEING SUPPORTED. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT, WE NEED A 10:56:44 VOICE TO SPEAK UP. WE HAVE BEEN HURT AND WE ARE NOT 10:56:46 GOING AWAY. THANK YOU. 10:56:49 WHAT I WANT TO SAY LAST -- I ASK THE AUDIENCE TO REFRAIN 10:56:53 FROM ANY RESPONSE, PLEASE. WHAT I WANT TO SAY LAST, IT 10:56:55 IS IMPORTANT MISSION THAT THE SOMALI COMMUNITY -- AL SHABAB IS 10:57:02 KILLING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF MOGADISHU AND THE 10:57:08 WORLD MUST UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT OF SOMALIA, THIS 10:57:11 PROBLEM WILL CONTINUE. MY LAST STATEMENT IS, I NEVER 10:57:14 HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY, THE CHALLENGE IS THAT THE COMMUNITY 10:57:18 IS LACKING STRONG, VIABLE -- MR. BIHI, YOUR TIME EXPIRED. 10:57:26 THE NEXT WITNESS IS SHERIFF BACA. 10:57:30 YOUR TEAM WILL NOT BE LIMITED. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. 10:57:36 SHERIFF LEE BACA IS A FORMER U.S. MARINE. 10:57:38 HE SERVED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. HE SERVED AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT 10:57:42 OFFICER FOR 46 YEARS. HE WAS ELECTED AS OUR LOS 10:57:46 ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF IN 1998. SHERIFF LEE BACA COMMANDS THE 10:57:51 LARGEST SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, LEADING OVER 10:57:55 18,000 BUDGETED, SWORN AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF, LAW 10:57:59 ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AND SERVES OVER 4 MILLION PEOPLE. 10:58:03 MANY OF THE CITIES, TWO OF WHICH HAPPEN TO BE IN MY DISTRICT, 10:58:07 COMPTON AND CARSON. HIS JURISDICTION INCLUDES 40 10:58:10 CITIES, NINE COLLEGES, 58 SUPERIOR COURTS, AND A LOCAL 10:58:13 JAIL SYSTEM HOUSING OVER 20,000 PRISONERS. 10:58:17 SHERIFF BACA IS A RESPECTED WITNESS. 10:58:20 HE HAS BEEN TO THIS COMMITTEE TESTIFYING IN BOTH 2009 AND 2010 10:58:24 AND WAS INVITED HERE BY OUR RANKING MEMBER MR. THOMPSON. 10:58:27 PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING SHERIFF LEE BACA. 10:58:34 THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. 10:58:37 I THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND YOUR COMMITTEE FOR THIS 10:58:42 HEARING TODAY. MOREOVER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK 10:58:44 SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND 10:58:47 SECURITY FOR THE SUPPORT LOS ANGELES HAS RECEIVED REGARDING 10:58:50 COMBATTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM. THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S 10:58:54 DEPARTMENT HAS LONG BEEN A LEADER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF 10:58:57 RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE VARIOUS ETHNIC, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS
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The Senate convenes in emergency session to consider the $10 Billion Federal Emergency Managament Agency FEMA relief appropriation for victims of Hurricane Katrina. At 22:29pm, the Senate passed the FEMA Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, a $10.5 billion dollar measure, by unanimous consent. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) was in the chair. 22:03:44.4 the presiding officer: pursuant 22:03:45.1 to the authority granted by section 2 of h. con. res. 225 of the 109th congress, the speaker of the house and the majority leader of the senate, acting jointly and in consultation with the minority leaders of the house and senate respectively, have determined 22:04:02.0 that the public interest warrants a convening of the senate at this time notwithstanding the order of july 29, 2005. the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, 22:04:18.4 will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. eternal lord god, creator of land, sea, and sky, we come humbly into your presence awed by nature's power 22:04:37.4 and saddened by the tragic losses caused by hurricane katrina. we enter your throne room more aware of the futility of life -- aware of the fragility of 22:04:59.0 life and the many unanswered questions that reverberate in our hearts. we need you now more than ever. lord, let your presence be felt in our land as multitudes seek to rebuild their lives, give 22:05:16.2 them wisdom and courage. 22:05:27.0 bring healing to the sick and provisions to the destitute. comfort those who mourn and 22:05:34.2 guide our leaders as they seek to grapple with the challenges of today and tomorrow. we pray in your sovereign name. amen. the presiding officer: please 22:05:48.7 join me in reciting the pledge of allegience to our flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 22:06:06.2 the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, september 1, 2005. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable thad cochran, a senator 22:06:21.4 from the state of mississippi, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: ted stevens, president pro tempore. mr. frist: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. frist: mr. president, i would ask consent that a notification of consent be 22:06:39.2 inserted in the record at this point. the presiding officer: without objection, it is so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, on behalf of my colleagues and fellow americans, i come to the senate floor to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the 22:06:54.6 victims of hurricane katrina. and to reassure the thousands of families suffering from this tragedy that we are committed to providing all of the relief and support necessary to get through this terrible and ongoing 22:07:11.1 crisis. it is unprecedented and it is unfolding before our eyes. thus, this is a highly unusual emergency session that we're 22:07:23.9 conducting tonight. as the president has said, our first priority is saving lives. at this very moment, relief organizations and faith-based volunteers are working valiantly to provide food and shelter and water and medical care. 22:07:45.3 fema has delivered essential sustenance and supplies, the federal emergency management agency. it has supplied and continues to supply thousands of generators and cots and blankets and 22:07:59.0 deployed over 1,800 personnel to save lives and to render medical assistance. our action coupled with the house action tomorrow will ensure that all necessary funds are immediately available to respond to this ongoing crisis. 22:08:14.5 the army, the navy, the national guard, coast guard, marine corps, and air national guard are hard at work conducting rescue operations and providing aid. 20,000 guardsmen are on the ground right now. 22:08:30.1 thousands more are on the way. volunteers from my home state of tennessee have been on the front lines all week. i think of the tennessee baptist disaster relief, a ministry of 3,000 southern baptist tennessee 22:08:45.0 churches. they're working around the clock on rescue missions at relief stations, cooking thousands of meal and providing emergency care. and they're offering something else, something desperately needed in this time of tragedy 22:09:00.8 -- the hope and the love and the compassion of a nation. of all of us pulling together as one. as norma jones, a 63-year-old volunteer from indian mound, told the newspaper, most of the 22:09:16.8 time the rescue survivors just want to be hugged. hundreds of storm victims have found refuge in nashville and middle tennessee. many are staying with relatives until it's safe to return, which, as we all know, may not be for months. 22:09:33.2 the ongoing crisis has become a crisis of refugees, a crisis of refugees the likes of which this country has never seen. in memphis, tennessee, actually a long way from -- from that gulf, there are 10,000 refugees 22:09:49.1 as we speak, and over the course of tonight they're expecting 4,000 more refugees in that town alone. on the television, we see families wading waist-high for dozens of blocks in search of food or dry land or clean water. 22:10:06.7 we see those families marooned on those rooftops as flood waters swirl past, riding, inscribing with whatever they have available, "need insulin," 22:10:20.4 "die beat i can: please help." reaching out, reach out for hope to be saved. our very own colleague and friend, senator trent lott of mississippi, lost his family home in this disaster. he returned recently, about two 22:10:35.0 days ago, to his family home and found nothing. our deepest sympathies go out to him and his family as they face this difficult time. and as so many others in this body and, indeed, around the country, all around this country face these challenges, these 22:10:50.6 personal challenges. towns and cities and communities and shorelines have been decimated and reduced to rubble, to debris. we have a public health crisis that is just beginning, an ongoing crisis but one that will 22:11:08.3 increase almost with certainty over the coming days and coming weeks. new orleans, one of cities -- one of america's most vibrant cities, will take years to recover. hundreds of helpless people remain trapped on highway 22:11:24.6 overpasses and in the city center with nowhere to go, no food, no water, sanitation, no security. it's been tough, as we've all seen, over the course of the day. most of mississippi without power, without electricity. 22:11:40.1 towns, villages totally destroyed. the darkness of night will be not just dramatic, but as we've heard just over the last several hours, haunting. underneath those bridges, in 22:11:55.8 rural areas, no lights for blocks, for miles -- just human suffering. rescue teams are working hard and we see that and we're so proud of them, and they deserve our -- our praise, our enormous praise for their courage, for 22:12:11.0 their boldness, for their dedication. the people are still stranded and they're reaching their breaking point. and they need our help now. and that is why at 10:00 tonight we are acting. 22:12:28.2 that's why we're convening tonight in this urgent session, an emergency supplemental, operating by unanimous consent. fema needs additional funds now to continue those relief efforts and to continue that recovery. over the course of the last 22:12:44.2 several days, we've had numerous calls with president bush and the democratic leader and i just several hours ago received a call from president bush requesting these funds. we applaud president bush. he moved early to get emergency supplies prepared and ready to 22:13:00.0 go. we have been in constant contact. he and his administration have been working tirelessly, tirelessly to meet this daunting challenge. we all recognize that we have much to do. there are a lot of frustrations that have bubbled up over the course of the last several days, 22:13:15.7 of -- of do more or things are not going well. and we feel those frustrations. we feel that pain. we feel that suffering. and again, that is why we are here tonight -- to support, to deliver, to answer those 22:13:30.9 challenges. i also want to thank our state and local leaders for their tremendous dedication and commitment. we, this body, our government, our federal government stands behind them 100%. helping the victims of this 22:13:47.5 hurricane disaster is our highest priority. mr. president, hurricane katrina and her aftermath is, as we all now know, one of the worst catastrophes this country has ever seen. but this is america, and in 22:14:05.4 america, we face our toughest challenges together as one. united and lifted up by our compassion and our strength. and even in our darkest hour, our humanity shines through. 22:14:21.4 millions of citizens, millions of americans committed to one another, to the care and well-being of all. mr. president, as inscribed in this very chamber just above the presiding officer, is e pluribus 22:14:41.2 unum -- out of many, one. mr. president, i yield the floor. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the minority leader. mr. reid: mr. president, let me begin by offering my thoughts and my prayers to the victims of 22:14:55.5 hurricane katrina. they've experienced untold horrors the past few days and the road to recovery will be long and it will be hard. as we approach the start of our regular fall work period, there can be no more important 22:15:10.5 challenge facing this body in the days ahead than providing 22:15:17.0 relief to the victims of this catastrophe. it will be weeks before we know the full toll this storm has exacted. the only thing we know for sure is that we've experienced a national crisis and the people 22:15:30.7 of the gulf coast need and deserve our help. in these crucial hours, thousands of americans are engaged in search-and-rescue efforts. i hope these brave men and women performing these heroic duties know that they, too, are in our 22:15:48.8 thoughts and in our prayers. tonight in the senate, we're taking a critical first step toward bringing relief to the victims of this disaster. i support president bush for submitting this $10.5 billion 22:16:03.2 request, and i thank my colleagues for permitting us to take up and pass this important legislation tonight. our unified response sends a powerful signal to the victims of this tragedy looking for signs that their government sees 22:16:21.3 their plight and stands with them during this dark time n. these days ahead, it is important we continue to send this strong, unified message. we must work together, not together as democrats and republicans but as americans, united in helping families torn 22:16:38.1 apart by this devastating stormñ it is my hope that our action following the 9/11 attacks will be a model for what we do here tonight and in the future. our action after 9/11 22:16:53.6 was bipartisan. it was our top priority, and it moved significant resources to the victims of the terrorist attacks and in a timely manner. our response to the tragedy of september 2005 must be every bit 22:17:11.0 as bipartisan and direct as the tragedy of september 2001. we didn't handle 9/11 with a democratic or republican aid package, and we shouldn't handle this crisis any differently. this is not the time for partnership. the victims of this terrible tragedy must 22:17:26.8 come first. with that principle guiding us, it is important that we begin to consider our next steps, the $10.5 billion we're sending now represents a good first effort, but we all know much more needs to be done. 22:17:41.5 i'm deeply concerned about the security situation on the ground as i speak. unless we establish security in this area, we cannot mount an effective rescue operation let alone begin rebuilding. we've all seen the images of families 22:17:59.3 stranded in the superdome or sitting outside the convention center in filth and squalor. they don't have food. they don't have water. they don't have medicine. they're living in unsanitary conditions, 22:18:15.2 and because we can't keep the area safe, they've been unable to get out. they're trapped. this is not acceptable. this is america. these are americans we see suffering. we must find ways to get them the resources they 22:18:32.1 need and bring them to safety. we must restore security, accelerate our rescue operations and expedite our relief efforts as soon as possible. we must get these people the help they need and they deserve. when we reconvene on 22:18:48.5 tuesday, just a few hours from today, the security and safety of the gulf coast residents must be our first order of business. these families are counting on us. they're suffering. they have nowhere else to turn. 22:19:02.6 we owe to them to make their survival our top priority, and we should give them nothing less. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from mississippi. a senator: mr. president, let me 22:19:19.5 thank the majority leader, who is now presiding over the senate, for respond sog quickly to the request of the president for a supplemental appropriations bill, providing needed funds to the federal emergency management agency and the department of defense. mr. cochran: to carry on the 22:19:34.6 disaster relief efforts they have begun in the states that were so seriously affected by hurricane katrina. the president has submitted a letter describing the reasons for the request for this 22:19:52.5 appropriations bill, and rather than reading the entire letter, which has been made available to everyone, the letter is actually addressed to the speaker of the 22:20:06.3 house, and i may just read the first paragraph. "as i informed the nation yesterday, we're 22:20:15.4 dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in our country's history. residents of the gulf coast states affected by the hurricane have lost loved one, have lost homes and have been displaced from their communities. 22:20:29.6 my administration is committed to ensuring that they will have the full support of the federal government. due to the catastrophic nature of hurricane katrina, i am asking the congress to consider expeditiously the enclosed request 22:20:46.0 totalling $10.5 billion for an emergency fiscal year 2005 supplemental appropriation for the departments of homeland security and defense. these funds will ensure that federal response and recovery efforts 22:21:03.2 continue uninterrupted. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the letter from the president be printed in full in the record. mr. frist: without objection. a senator: mr. president, the 22:21:17.8 letter also contains a copy of a letter to the president from the director of the office of management and budget, joshua b. bolton. mr. cochran: in this letter, he delineates specifically where the funds are needed, when they will be exhausted under current authority and why this emergency 22:21:38.3 appropriation is needed so that we can continue the aggressive disaster relief efforts in the coming weeks, and then he suggests, "i anticipate recommending to you an additional request in the coming 22:21:55.3 weeks to provide for a comprehensive response to this hurricane. once reliable estimates can be developed that recognize the extent of this disaster." this request fulfills known and urgent 22:22:09.8 requirements that cannot reasonably be met under the current fiscal year 2005 funding levels. i recommend that you designate the proposal contained in this transmittal as an emergency requirement. mr. president, i ask 22:22:24.6 unanimous consent that the complete text of the letter from the director of the office of management and budget to the president be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. cochran: mr. president, in response to this request, the house of representatives, i'm 22:22:40.0 advised, will be prepared to adopt a bill making emergency supplemental appropriations to meet immediate needs arising from the consequences of hurricane katrina for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2005, and the text of the bill is that 22:23:00.8 it be enacted by the senate and the house of representatives of the united states of america in congress assembled at the following sums appropriated out of my none in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for the 22:23:13.4 fiscal year ending september 30, 2005, namely the department of homeland security for an additional amount for disaster relief $10 billion to remain available until expend and then a provision providing $500 22:23:31.6 million to the department of defense for emergency hurricane expenses to support costs of evacuation, emergency repair, deployment of personnel and other costs resulting from immediate relief efforts to remain available until september 22:23:48.1 30, 2006. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that a copy of that bill, which we are advised will be adopted by the house of representatives, be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. 22:24:01.9 mr. cochran: mr. president, i commend the majority leader with the concurrence and support of the minority leader for calling the senate into session tonight under these emergency conditions to approve as if passed by the house and when passed by the 22:24:18.9 house and it's received here in the senate an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fund disaster relief efforts. these efforts are ongoing. we've all had an opportunity to see on television sets and to hear and read newspaper 22:24:34.4 accounts of the work that's been going on the last several days. i had the opportunity to travel to my state of mississippi yesterday and spent the day touring the ravaged areas along the mississippi gulf coast and then travelled to 22:24:50.0 jackson, the capital of the state, where i was able to meet with governor haley barbour and his disaster assistance team that he had assembled and was supervising in their efforts to make all of the resources of our state government 22:25:04.9 available to disaster victims and to help them in their recovery efforts from this terrible hurricane. i have never seen any 22:25:15.1 storm inflict such great damage as i saw yesterday. i was on the gulf coast immediately following hurricane camille in 1969. i was a practicing lawyer at the time. we were trying to help 22:25:27.5 one of our clients ensure that the employees of their firm, their company, standard oil company refinery, were able to present their claims to their insurance companies and otherwise be compensated 22:25:43.0 as they were entitled to under their policies from the damages sustained throughout the area where those employees were living along the gulf coast. that was the worst storm that anybody in my age group had ever heard of 22:26:01.0 before or since until hurricane katrina. and i can tell you just looking along the coastline, flying in a mississippi national guard helicopter, the 22:26:16.0 whole coastline, the whole coastal area of the state has been destroyed, virtually destroyed. there are a few buildings that are left standing -- a few. those may not be inhabitable and the 22:26:33.5 businesses that they house may not be able to continue to function until extensive repairs are made on those buildings. so it's virtually all a total loss for blocks and blocks beyond the beach area. everything was quiet. there was nobody moving 22:26:52.3 around, and the reason was it wasn't until today that many people could have access to the areas where their houses once stood. it was quiet. it was eerie. it was a horrible sight 22:27:07.4 to behold. i don't know of anything that has depressed me more than seeing what i saw yesterday in my state of mississippi. so i'm confident the senate will continue to follow the progress of 22:27:23.6 the disaster assistance effort to be sure that we make available to all federal agencies and departments the funds they need to do the job to help in the recovery efforts in mississippi and in alabama and in louisiana and the other 22:27:39.4 stays. there have been damages in florida and georgia and texas, as well. the primary use of the funds that we give to the department of homeland security as requested by the president will be used to reimburse federal 22:27:55.7 agencies for providing the relief effort that we have come to appreciate -- the coast guard, army corps of engineers, health and human service department, housing and urban development are all able to share in 22:28:11.7 these funds that will be disbursed to reimburse those departments for participating in the disaster relief effort. so it's not just to this one agency but others that will be sustained and assisted as they continue to work in this 22:28:27.8 effort. the president has appointed this taskforce, as we all know now, secretary of homeland security, michael chertoff, is chairing the taskforce on hurricane katrina. mike brown, the director of fema, has been on the ground since the very 22:28:43.2 beginning of this effort, coordinating the activities on the ground. 52 counties in mississippi have been identified as disaster -- eligible for disaster declarations. 32 parishes in 22:28:58.4 louisiana, six counties in alabama. the three governors of those states have requested that the president waive cost-share reqierments because of the expensive nature of these. and the president has 22:29:13.2 granted this waiver. i ask unanimous consent, mr. president, that a description of the challenges and accomplishments of this disaster relief effort be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. cochran: mr. president, at 22:29:33.9 this point i ask unanimous consent that notwithstanding the recess or adjournment of the senate, the senate may receive from the house an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for the relief of the victims of hurricane katrina, the text of which is at the desk and that 22:29:51.2 the measure be considered read three times and passed and a the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, provided that the text of the house bill is identical to that which is at the desk. i further ask consent that the text of the 22:30:06.0 bill be printed in the record. the presiding officer: democratc 22:30:13.5 leader? mr. reid: i want the record to show that robert byrd has indicated that he fully supports the action tonight and stands arm in arm with the chairman of the committee, senator cochran, to move forward on any other requests that would come down 22:30:29.6 from the administration. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. schumer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mr. schumer: thank you, mr. president. first, my particular thoughts go to our 22:30:45.9 colleague from mississippi, the chairman of the appropriations committee who has experienced visiting such devastation. i have some idea of how he feels because a little less than four years ago, a little more 22:31:02.5 than four years ago i experienced the same in new york. now, mr. president, tonight our nation is experiencing one of the most tragic and heartrendering natural disasters in our history. 22:31:17.1 entire towns have been destroyed. lives have been upturned, families lost and the chaos we have all watched unfold continues even tonight. our hearts go out to the people of louisiana, mississippi, alabama and 22:31:34.4 all of the gulf states affected by hurricane katrina. and our prayers go out most of all to those still stranded and to those who have lost loved ones.ñ the images on tv are devastating. 22:31:50.9 hungry, weeping children sitting on the street amidst garbage, family members returning to the destroyed remains of their neighborhoods discovering they have lost everything they have ever owned, from precious family keepsakes to their houses, cars, and livelihoods, and angry, frightened people with nowhere 22:32:09.0 to go and no rescue in sight. i join with all americans and people all over the world in praying for the safe rescue of all the victims of this heartbreaking tragedy. four years ago, my city of new york faced a devastating attack 22:32:27.8 and america stood with us in our time of need. new yorkers will stand with the people of the gulf region now as they stood with us then. the love and support new yorkers received from the rest of the 22:32:41.9 country after 9/11 meant so much in the wake of those attacks and the long, difficult road to recovery. i want the people of new orleans, louisiana, mississippi, and the rest of the gulf to know we will support them too no matter how long and difficult 22:32:58.7 their recovery may be. we will do whatever it takes to help now, tomorrow, and into the future. our first step comes tonight with the senate agreeing to provide $10.5 billion in desperately needed disaster 22:33:15.9 relief funds to the devastated region, and we will stand unified with president bush and ready to provide everything and anything that new orleans and the rest of the gulf region will need to rebuild and recover. just as we did after 9/11, this body and the entire nation will 22:33:33.6 work together to overcome this disaster. the american people are strong and we will persevere. like so many americans, i've been watching the terrible images on tv and i worry about the thousands of people still 22:33:49.9 stranded at the superdome and throughout the city and the region without food, water, sanitary facilities, or medical treatment. and i worry so very much about the desperately ill people -- small babies, frail seniors -- 22:34:05.5 who need medical care, and the people who may still be trapped in places rescuers have not reached. the people in attics, who retreated to the attics as the waters rose and then were stuck there. 22:34:19.4 i know firsthand how difficult it can be, mr. president, to organize a massive rescue and recovery effort, and clearly this disaster is unprecedented in its scope and difficulty. tonight a lot of people's lives still hang in the balance. 22:34:35.4 money for the long-run is necessary and that's why we're here tonight. but there is much more with he must do immediately. we must focus all our efforts on rescuing those who are ill and need medicine, who are hungry and thirsty and frightened and 22:34:52.7 despairing. we must get to these -- get these people to shelter and to medical facilities immediately. we must fly in food, water, clothing, blankets, medicine, and whatever else is needed. we must get as many ships, buses, and trucks as we can from wherever we can get them to 22:35:08.7 transport the victims and to begin clearing the wreckage. 22:35:13.3 we must provide the soldiers and law enforcement needed to restore law and order, however many it takes. this is literally a life-and-death crisis, where every moment of delay has a 22:35:27.3 human price. there is not a minute to lose no matter the cost. now, i know the phones have been ringing off the hook in my office and those of my colleagues. many have called asking where they can contribute. that act of generosity is noted. 22:35:45.5 many also have called with difficult and heartfelt questions about what went wrong in this tragedy and what else could have been done to prevent it. at the moment, we must keep our total focus on saving lives. 22:36:00.1 but i want them to know that their questions are not falling on deaf ears. in due time, after we have done everything to save those whose lives hang in the balance, we will ask those difficult questions. not to lay blame but to learn 22:36:16.8 from the mistakes that were made so that the nation will be better prepared for the next disaster we might face. but now is the time for action, for solving these problems and for saving the lives that hang in the balance. in the days and months ahead, 22:36:33.2 this nation will pull together united as we did after 9/11. we will do everything we can to help the victims and repair and rebuild the cities and towns of the gulf, especially the much-beloved city of new 22:36:48.8 orleans. just as we did in new york, we will face difficulties and great sorrow, but i know i join all my colleagues here in the senate in pledging assistance, financial and beyond, that the gulf region needs and anything else in our 22:37:05.3 power to help our fellow citizens. tonight our prayers, our fervent prayers, are with them. mr. cochran: mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk 22:37:20.1 will call the roll. quorum call: mr. frist: mr. president? 22:37:55.1 the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. frist: i ask the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to s. con. res. 51, which is the adjournment resolution. the presiding officer: the clerk will -- mr. frist: i further ask consent the motion be agreed to and the 22:38:11.5 motion to reconsider be laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the majority leader, the senior senator from mississippi, and the senior senator from new mexico be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions during this adjournment of the senate. 22:38:27.3 the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today, the senate stand adjournment under the provisions of s. con. res. 51 until 12:00 noon on tuesday, september 6, unless the house has not adopted s. con. 22:38:43.6 res. 51, in which case the senate shall stand adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on friday, september the 2nd. the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, i do want to take this final opportunity to thank our colleagues for their assistance 22:38:59.7 in getting this emergency funding considered so quickly. we will be returning to business on tuesday and we will be monitoring the situation in all of the effects states which are the states we mentioned tonight 22:39:16.3 plus really a much larger region, in fact the whole country, over the next several days. our hearts and, as has been spelled out and articulated so well by my colleagues tonight, especially our prayers do go out 22:39:33.0 to the people of those states as we pull together and capture the best of what america represents and that is supporting in times of crisis each other as a nation in order to get through these 22:39:48.7 really unanticipated, unprecedented challenges before us. mr. president, if there's no further business to come before the senate, i ask that the senate stand in adjournment under the previous order under the provisions of s. con. res. 22:40:03.1 51. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on tuesday, september 6, 2005, 22:40:11.3 contingent upon the adoption by the house of s. con. res. 51, or until 4:00 p.m. friday, september 2, 2005. 22:40:27.1 adjourn:
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The Senate convenes in emergency session to consider the $10 Billion Federal Emergency Managament Agency FEMA relief appropriation for victims of Hurricane Katrina. At 22:29pm, the Senate passed the FEMA Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, a $10.5 billion dollar measure, by unanimous consent. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) was in the chair. 22:03:44.4 the presiding officer: pursuant 22:03:45.1 to the authority granted by section 2 of h. con. res. 225 of the 109th congress, the speaker of the house and the majority leader of the senate, acting jointly and in consultation with the minority leaders of the house and senate respectively, have determined 22:04:02.0 that the public interest warrants a convening of the senate at this time notwithstanding the order of july 29, 2005. the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, 22:04:18.4 will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. eternal lord god, creator of land, sea, and sky, we come humbly into your presence awed by nature's power 22:04:37.4 and saddened by the tragic losses caused by hurricane katrina. we enter your throne room more aware of the futility of life -- aware of the fragility of 22:04:59.0 life and the many unanswered questions that reverberate in our hearts. we need you now more than ever. lord, let your presence be felt in our land as multitudes seek to rebuild their lives, give 22:05:16.2 them wisdom and courage. 22:05:27.0 bring healing to the sick and provisions to the destitute. comfort those who mourn and 22:05:34.2 guide our leaders as they seek to grapple with the challenges of today and tomorrow. we pray in your sovereign name. amen. the presiding officer: please 22:05:48.7 join me in reciting the pledge of allegience to our flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 22:06:06.2 the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, september 1, 2005. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable thad cochran, a senator 22:06:21.4 from the state of mississippi, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: ted stevens, president pro tempore. mr. frist: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. frist: mr. president, i would ask consent that a notification of consent be 22:06:39.2 inserted in the record at this point. the presiding officer: without objection, it is so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, on behalf of my colleagues and fellow americans, i come to the senate floor to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the 22:06:54.6 victims of hurricane katrina. and to reassure the thousands of families suffering from this tragedy that we are committed to providing all of the relief and support necessary to get through this terrible and ongoing 22:07:11.1 crisis. it is unprecedented and it is unfolding before our eyes. thus, this is a highly unusual emergency session that we're 22:07:23.9 conducting tonight. as the president has said, our first priority is saving lives. at this very moment, relief organizations and faith-based volunteers are working valiantly to provide food and shelter and water and medical care. 22:07:45.3 fema has delivered essential sustenance and supplies, the federal emergency management agency. it has supplied and continues to supply thousands of generators and cots and blankets and 22:07:59.0 deployed over 1,800 personnel to save lives and to render medical assistance. our action coupled with the house action tomorrow will ensure that all necessary funds are immediately available to respond to this ongoing crisis. 22:08:14.5 the army, the navy, the national guard, coast guard, marine corps, and air national guard are hard at work conducting rescue operations and providing aid. 20,000 guardsmen are on the ground right now. 22:08:30.1 thousands more are on the way. volunteers from my home state of tennessee have been on the front lines all week. i think of the tennessee baptist disaster relief, a ministry of 3,000 southern baptist tennessee 22:08:45.0 churches. they're working around the clock on rescue missions at relief stations, cooking thousands of meal and providing emergency care. and they're offering something else, something desperately needed in this time of tragedy 22:09:00.8 -- the hope and the love and the compassion of a nation. of all of us pulling together as one. as norma jones, a 63-year-old volunteer from indian mound, told the newspaper, most of the 22:09:16.8 time the rescue survivors just want to be hugged. hundreds of storm victims have found refuge in nashville and middle tennessee. many are staying with relatives until it's safe to return, which, as we all know, may not be for months. 22:09:33.2 the ongoing crisis has become a crisis of refugees, a crisis of refugees the likes of which this country has never seen. in memphis, tennessee, actually a long way from -- from that gulf, there are 10,000 refugees 22:09:49.1 as we speak, and over the course of tonight they're expecting 4,000 more refugees in that town alone. on the television, we see families wading waist-high for dozens of blocks in search of food or dry land or clean water. 22:10:06.7 we see those families marooned on those rooftops as flood waters swirl past, riding, inscribing with whatever they have available, "need insulin," 22:10:20.4 "die beat i can: please help." reaching out, reach out for hope to be saved. our very own colleague and friend, senator trent lott of mississippi, lost his family home in this disaster. he returned recently, about two 22:10:35.0 days ago, to his family home and found nothing. our deepest sympathies go out to him and his family as they face this difficult time. and as so many others in this body and, indeed, around the country, all around this country face these challenges, these 22:10:50.6 personal challenges. towns and cities and communities and shorelines have been decimated and reduced to rubble, to debris. we have a public health crisis that is just beginning, an ongoing crisis but one that will 22:11:08.3 increase almost with certainty over the coming days and coming weeks. new orleans, one of cities -- one of america's most vibrant cities, will take years to recover. hundreds of helpless people remain trapped on highway 22:11:24.6 overpasses and in the city center with nowhere to go, no food, no water, sanitation, no security. it's been tough, as we've all seen, over the course of the day. most of mississippi without power, without electricity. 22:11:40.1 towns, villages totally destroyed. the darkness of night will be not just dramatic, but as we've heard just over the last several hours, haunting. underneath those bridges, in 22:11:55.8 rural areas, no lights for blocks, for miles -- just human suffering. rescue teams are working hard and we see that and we're so proud of them, and they deserve our -- our praise, our enormous praise for their courage, for 22:12:11.0 their boldness, for their dedication. the people are still stranded and they're reaching their breaking point. and they need our help now. and that is why at 10:00 tonight we are acting. 22:12:28.2 that's why we're convening tonight in this urgent session, an emergency supplemental, operating by unanimous consent. fema needs additional funds now to continue those relief efforts and to continue that recovery. over the course of the last 22:12:44.2 several days, we've had numerous calls with president bush and the democratic leader and i just several hours ago received a call from president bush requesting these funds. we applaud president bush. he moved early to get emergency supplies prepared and ready to 22:13:00.0 go. we have been in constant contact. he and his administration have been working tirelessly, tirelessly to meet this daunting challenge. we all recognize that we have much to do. there are a lot of frustrations that have bubbled up over the course of the last several days, 22:13:15.7 of -- of do more or things are not going well. and we feel those frustrations. we feel that pain. we feel that suffering. and again, that is why we are here tonight -- to support, to deliver, to answer those 22:13:30.9 challenges. i also want to thank our state and local leaders for their tremendous dedication and commitment. we, this body, our government, our federal government stands behind them 100%. helping the victims of this 22:13:47.5 hurricane disaster is our highest priority. mr. president, hurricane katrina and her aftermath is, as we all now know, one of the worst catastrophes this country has ever seen. but this is america, and in 22:14:05.4 america, we face our toughest challenges together as one. united and lifted up by our compassion and our strength. and even in our darkest hour, our humanity shines through. 22:14:21.4 millions of citizens, millions of americans committed to one another, to the care and well-being of all. mr. president, as inscribed in this very chamber just above the presiding officer, is e pluribus 22:14:41.2 unum -- out of many, one. mr. president, i yield the floor. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the minority leader. mr. reid: mr. president, let me begin by offering my thoughts and my prayers to the victims of 22:14:55.5 hurricane katrina. they've experienced untold horrors the past few days and the road to recovery will be long and it will be hard. as we approach the start of our regular fall work period, there can be no more important 22:15:10.5 challenge facing this body in the days ahead than providing 22:15:17.0 relief to the victims of this catastrophe. it will be weeks before we know the full toll this storm has exacted. the only thing we know for sure is that we've experienced a national crisis and the people 22:15:30.7 of the gulf coast need and deserve our help. in these crucial hours, thousands of americans are engaged in search-and-rescue efforts. i hope these brave men and women performing these heroic duties know that they, too, are in our 22:15:48.8 thoughts and in our prayers. tonight in the senate, we're taking a critical first step toward bringing relief to the victims of this disaster. i support president bush for submitting this $10.5 billion 22:16:03.2 request, and i thank my colleagues for permitting us to take up and pass this important legislation tonight. our unified response sends a powerful signal to the victims of this tragedy looking for signs that their government sees 22:16:21.3 their plight and stands with them during this dark time n. these days ahead, it is important we continue to send this strong, unified message. we must work together, not together as democrats and republicans but as americans, united in helping families torn 22:16:38.1 apart by this devastating stormñ it is my hope that our action following the 9/11 attacks will be a model for what we do here tonight and in the future. our action after 9/11 22:16:53.6 was bipartisan. it was our top priority, and it moved significant resources to the victims of the terrorist attacks and in a timely manner. our response to the tragedy of september 2005 must be every bit 22:17:11.0 as bipartisan and direct as the tragedy of september 2001. we didn't handle 9/11 with a democratic or republican aid package, and we shouldn't handle this crisis any differently. this is not the time for partnership. the victims of this terrible tragedy must 22:17:26.8 come first. with that principle guiding us, it is important that we begin to consider our next steps, the $10.5 billion we're sending now represents a good first effort, but we all know much more needs to be done. 22:17:41.5 i'm deeply concerned about the security situation on the ground as i speak. unless we establish security in this area, we cannot mount an effective rescue operation let alone begin rebuilding. we've all seen the images of families 22:17:59.3 stranded in the superdome or sitting outside the convention center in filth and squalor. they don't have food. they don't have water. they don't have medicine. they're living in unsanitary conditions, 22:18:15.2 and because we can't keep the area safe, they've been unable to get out. they're trapped. this is not acceptable. this is america. these are americans we see suffering. we must find ways to get them the resources they 22:18:32.1 need and bring them to safety. we must restore security, accelerate our rescue operations and expedite our relief efforts as soon as possible. we must get these people the help they need and they deserve. when we reconvene on 22:18:48.5 tuesday, just a few hours from today, the security and safety of the gulf coast residents must be our first order of business. these families are counting on us. they're suffering. they have nowhere else to turn. 22:19:02.6 we owe to them to make their survival our top priority, and we should give them nothing less. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from mississippi. a senator: mr. president, let me 22:19:19.5 thank the majority leader, who is now presiding over the senate, for respond sog quickly to the request of the president for a supplemental appropriations bill, providing needed funds to the federal emergency management agency and the department of defense. mr. cochran: to carry on the 22:19:34.6 disaster relief efforts they have begun in the states that were so seriously affected by hurricane katrina. the president has submitted a letter describing the reasons for the request for this 22:19:52.5 appropriations bill, and rather than reading the entire letter, which has been made available to everyone, the letter is actually addressed to the speaker of the 22:20:06.3 house, and i may just read the first paragraph. "as i informed the nation yesterday, we're 22:20:15.4 dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in our country's history. residents of the gulf coast states affected by the hurricane have lost loved one, have lost homes and have been displaced from their communities. 22:20:29.6 my administration is committed to ensuring that they will have the full support of the federal government. due to the catastrophic nature of hurricane katrina, i am asking the congress to consider expeditiously the enclosed request 22:20:46.0 totalling $10.5 billion for an emergency fiscal year 2005 supplemental appropriation for the departments of homeland security and defense. these funds will ensure that federal response and recovery efforts 22:21:03.2 continue uninterrupted. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the letter from the president be printed in full in the record. mr. frist: without objection. a senator: mr. president, the 22:21:17.8 letter also contains a copy of a letter to the president from the director of the office of management and budget, joshua b. bolton. mr. cochran: in this letter, he delineates specifically where the funds are needed, when they will be exhausted under current authority and why this emergency 22:21:38.3 appropriation is needed so that we can continue the aggressive disaster relief efforts in the coming weeks, and then he suggests, "i anticipate recommending to you an additional request in the coming 22:21:55.3 weeks to provide for a comprehensive response to this hurricane. once reliable estimates can be developed that recognize the extent of this disaster." this request fulfills known and urgent 22:22:09.8 requirements that cannot reasonably be met under the current fiscal year 2005 funding levels. i recommend that you designate the proposal contained in this transmittal as an emergency requirement. mr. president, i ask 22:22:24.6 unanimous consent that the complete text of the letter from the director of the office of management and budget to the president be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. cochran: mr. president, in response to this request, the house of representatives, i'm 22:22:40.0 advised, will be prepared to adopt a bill making emergency supplemental appropriations to meet immediate needs arising from the consequences of hurricane katrina for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2005, and the text of the bill is that 22:23:00.8 it be enacted by the senate and the house of representatives of the united states of america in congress assembled at the following sums appropriated out of my none in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for the 22:23:13.4 fiscal year ending september 30, 2005, namely the department of homeland security for an additional amount for disaster relief $10 billion to remain available until expend and then a provision providing $500 22:23:31.6 million to the department of defense for emergency hurricane expenses to support costs of evacuation, emergency repair, deployment of personnel and other costs resulting from immediate relief efforts to remain available until september 22:23:48.1 30, 2006. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that a copy of that bill, which we are advised will be adopted by the house of representatives, be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. 22:24:01.9 mr. cochran: mr. president, i commend the majority leader with the concurrence and support of the minority leader for calling the senate into session tonight under these emergency conditions to approve as if passed by the house and when passed by the 22:24:18.9 house and it's received here in the senate an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fund disaster relief efforts. these efforts are ongoing. we've all had an opportunity to see on television sets and to hear and read newspaper 22:24:34.4 accounts of the work that's been going on the last several days. i had the opportunity to travel to my state of mississippi yesterday and spent the day touring the ravaged areas along the mississippi gulf coast and then travelled to 22:24:50.0 jackson, the capital of the state, where i was able to meet with governor haley barbour and his disaster assistance team that he had assembled and was supervising in their efforts to make all of the resources of our state government 22:25:04.9 available to disaster victims and to help them in their recovery efforts from this terrible hurricane. i have never seen any 22:25:15.1 storm inflict such great damage as i saw yesterday. i was on the gulf coast immediately following hurricane camille in 1969. i was a practicing lawyer at the time. we were trying to help 22:25:27.5 one of our clients ensure that the employees of their firm, their company, standard oil company refinery, were able to present their claims to their insurance companies and otherwise be compensated 22:25:43.0 as they were entitled to under their policies from the damages sustained throughout the area where those employees were living along the gulf coast. that was the worst storm that anybody in my age group had ever heard of 22:26:01.0 before or since until hurricane katrina. and i can tell you just looking along the coastline, flying in a mississippi national guard helicopter, the 22:26:16.0 whole coastline, the whole coastal area of the state has been destroyed, virtually destroyed. there are a few buildings that are left standing -- a few. those may not be inhabitable and the 22:26:33.5 businesses that they house may not be able to continue to function until extensive repairs are made on those buildings. so it's virtually all a total loss for blocks and blocks beyond the beach area. everything was quiet. there was nobody moving 22:26:52.3 around, and the reason was it wasn't until today that many people could have access to the areas where their houses once stood. it was quiet. it was eerie. it was a horrible sight 22:27:07.4 to behold. i don't know of anything that has depressed me more than seeing what i saw yesterday in my state of mississippi. so i'm confident the senate will continue to follow the progress of 22:27:23.6 the disaster assistance effort to be sure that we make available to all federal agencies and departments the funds they need to do the job to help in the recovery efforts in mississippi and in alabama and in louisiana and the other 22:27:39.4 stays. there have been damages in florida and georgia and texas, as well. the primary use of the funds that we give to the department of homeland security as requested by the president will be used to reimburse federal 22:27:55.7 agencies for providing the relief effort that we have come to appreciate -- the coast guard, army corps of engineers, health and human service department, housing and urban development are all able to share in 22:28:11.7 these funds that will be disbursed to reimburse those departments for participating in the disaster relief effort. so it's not just to this one agency but others that will be sustained and assisted as they continue to work in this 22:28:27.8 effort. the president has appointed this taskforce, as we all know now, secretary of homeland security, michael chertoff, is chairing the taskforce on hurricane katrina. mike brown, the director of fema, has been on the ground since the very 22:28:43.2 beginning of this effort, coordinating the activities on the ground. 52 counties in mississippi have been identified as disaster -- eligible for disaster declarations. 32 parishes in 22:28:58.4 louisiana, six counties in alabama. the three governors of those states have requested that the president waive cost-share reqierments because of the expensive nature of these. and the president has 22:29:13.2 granted this waiver. i ask unanimous consent, mr. president, that a description of the challenges and accomplishments of this disaster relief effort be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. cochran: mr. president, at 22:29:33.9 this point i ask unanimous consent that notwithstanding the recess or adjournment of the senate, the senate may receive from the house an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for the relief of the victims of hurricane katrina, the text of which is at the desk and that 22:29:51.2 the measure be considered read three times and passed and a the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, provided that the text of the house bill is identical to that which is at the desk. i further ask consent that the text of the 22:30:06.0 bill be printed in the record. the presiding officer: democratc 22:30:13.5 leader? mr. reid: i want the record to show that robert byrd has indicated that he fully supports the action tonight and stands arm in arm with the chairman of the committee, senator cochran, to move forward on any other requests that would come down 22:30:29.6 from the administration. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. schumer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mr. schumer: thank you, mr. president. first, my particular thoughts go to our 22:30:45.9 colleague from mississippi, the chairman of the appropriations committee who has experienced visiting such devastation. i have some idea of how he feels because a little less than four years ago, a little more 22:31:02.5 than four years ago i experienced the same in new york. now, mr. president, tonight our nation is experiencing one of the most tragic and heartrendering natural disasters in our history. 22:31:17.1 entire towns have been destroyed. lives have been upturned, families lost and the chaos we have all watched unfold continues even tonight. our hearts go out to the people of louisiana, mississippi, alabama and 22:31:34.4 all of the gulf states affected by hurricane katrina. and our prayers go out most of all to those still stranded and to those who have lost loved ones.ñ the images on tv are devastating. 22:31:50.9 hungry, weeping children sitting on the street amidst garbage, family members returning to the destroyed remains of their neighborhoods discovering they have lost everything they have ever owned, from precious family keepsakes to their houses, cars, and livelihoods, and angry, frightened people with nowhere 22:32:09.0 to go and no rescue in sight. i join with all americans and people all over the world in praying for the safe rescue of all the victims of this heartbreaking tragedy. four years ago, my city of new york faced a devastating attack 22:32:27.8 and america stood with us in our time of need. new yorkers will stand with the people of the gulf region now as they stood with us then. the love and support new yorkers received from the rest of the 22:32:41.9 country after 9/11 meant so much in the wake of those attacks and the long, difficult road to recovery. i want the people of new orleans, louisiana, mississippi, and the rest of the gulf to know we will support them too no matter how long and difficult 22:32:58.7 their recovery may be. we will do whatever it takes to help now, tomorrow, and into the future. our first step comes tonight with the senate agreeing to provide $10.5 billion in desperately needed disaster 22:33:15.9 relief funds to the devastated region, and we will stand unified with president bush and ready to provide everything and anything that new orleans and the rest of the gulf region will need to rebuild and recover. just as we did after 9/11, this body and the entire nation will 22:33:33.6 work together to overcome this disaster. the american people are strong and we will persevere. like so many americans, i've been watching the terrible images on tv and i worry about the thousands of people still 22:33:49.9 stranded at the superdome and throughout the city and the region without food, water, sanitary facilities, or medical treatment. and i worry so very much about the desperately ill people -- small babies, frail seniors -- 22:34:05.5 who need medical care, and the people who may still be trapped in places rescuers have not reached. the people in attics, who retreated to the attics as the waters rose and then were stuck there. 22:34:19.4 i know firsthand how difficult it can be, mr. president, to organize a massive rescue and recovery effort, and clearly this disaster is unprecedented in its scope and difficulty. tonight a lot of people's lives still hang in the balance. 22:34:35.4 money for the long-run is necessary and that's why we're here tonight. but there is much more with he must do immediately. we must focus all our efforts on rescuing those who are ill and need medicine, who are hungry and thirsty and frightened and 22:34:52.7 despairing. we must get to these -- get these people to shelter and to medical facilities immediately. we must fly in food, water, clothing, blankets, medicine, and whatever else is needed. we must get as many ships, buses, and trucks as we can from wherever we can get them to 22:35:08.7 transport the victims and to begin clearing the wreckage. 22:35:13.3 we must provide the soldiers and law enforcement needed to restore law and order, however many it takes. this is literally a life-and-death crisis, where every moment of delay has a 22:35:27.3 human price. there is not a minute to lose no matter the cost. now, i know the phones have been ringing off the hook in my office and those of my colleagues. many have called asking where they can contribute. that act of generosity is noted. 22:35:45.5 many also have called with difficult and heartfelt questions about what went wrong in this tragedy and what else could have been done to prevent it. at the moment, we must keep our total focus on saving lives. 22:36:00.1 but i want them to know that their questions are not falling on deaf ears. in due time, after we have done everything to save those whose lives hang in the balance, we will ask those difficult questions. not to lay blame but to learn 22:36:16.8 from the mistakes that were made so that the nation will be better prepared for the next disaster we might face. but now is the time for action, for solving these problems and for saving the lives that hang in the balance. in the days and months ahead, 22:36:33.2 this nation will pull together united as we did after 9/11. we will do everything we can to help the victims and repair and rebuild the cities and towns of the gulf, especially the much-beloved city of new 22:36:48.8 orleans. just as we did in new york, we will face difficulties and great sorrow, but i know i join all my colleagues here in the senate in pledging assistance, financial and beyond, that the gulf region needs and anything else in our 22:37:05.3 power to help our fellow citizens. tonight our prayers, our fervent prayers, are with them. mr. cochran: mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk 22:37:20.1 will call the roll. quorum call: mr. frist: mr. president? 22:37:55.1 the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. frist: i ask the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to s. con. res. 51, which is the adjournment resolution. the presiding officer: the clerk will -- mr. frist: i further ask consent the motion be agreed to and the 22:38:11.5 motion to reconsider be laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the majority leader, the senior senator from mississippi, and the senior senator from new mexico be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions during this adjournment of the senate. 22:38:27.3 the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today, the senate stand adjournment under the provisions of s. con. res. 51 until 12:00 noon on tuesday, september 6, unless the house has not adopted s. con. 22:38:43.6 res. 51, in which case the senate shall stand adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on friday, september the 2nd. the presiding officer: without objection, it's so ordered. mr. frist: mr. president, i do want to take this final opportunity to thank our colleagues for their assistance 22:38:59.7 in getting this emergency funding considered so quickly. we will be returning to business on tuesday and we will be monitoring the situation in all of the effects states which are the states we mentioned tonight 22:39:16.3 plus really a much larger region, in fact the whole country, over the next several days. our hearts and, as has been spelled out and articulated so well by my colleagues tonight, especially our prayers do go out 22:39:33.0 to the people of those states as we pull together and capture the best of what america represents and that is supporting in times of crisis each other as a nation in order to get through these 22:39:48.7 really unanticipated, unprecedented challenges before us. mr. president, if there's no further business to come before the senate, i ask that the senate stand in adjournment under the previous order under the provisions of s. con. res. 22:40:03.1 51. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on tuesday, september 6, 2005, 22:40:11.3 contingent upon the adoption by the house of s. con. res. 51, or until 4:00 p.m. friday, september 2, 2005. 22:40:27.1 adjourn:
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THE SENATE works on Homeland Security appropriations. Senate reacts to Resignation of Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor SENATE FLOOR: Senator Bill Frist and Senator Mitch McConnell Remarks on Sandra Day O'Connor RS 28/ X73/ Slugged: 1045 SENATE FLOOR X73 10:51:32 also most recently as the producer of labor. socially and I'm going to say she's an extraordinary individual 10:51:52 be a brilliant jurist and a strong defender.practical solutions for even the most difficult decisions 10:52:09 proved to be an independent thinker and a vigorous.laser like precision 10:53:15 notable members, certainly we will all agree that justice O'Connor will / 10:53:35 ms of senate 10:53:55 VOINIVICH BILL FRIST: 10:39:01.5 mr. frist: mr. president? 10:39:01.8 the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. frist: i ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. frist: i rise to pay tribute to a truly distinguished american, united states supreme court justice sandra day o'connor, who announced her retirement earlier this morning. the current group of nine 10:39:18.7 justices, including justice o'connor, represented the longest-serving supreme court justice since the 1820's. today marks a great loss for america, but it's also a day to 10:39:32.9 reflect on all that we have gained because of justice o'connor's service to our country. for nearly 23 years, justice o'connor lent america her brilliant mind and her fair and impartial judgment. sandra day o'connor, who turned 75 this year, was born in el 10:39:50.2 paso, texas, the daughter 6 harry and ada may. she was raised on her family's cattle ranch in arizona. sandra day o'connor began her academic journey at stanford university. upon earning a bachelor's degree 10:40:04.2 in economics and graduating magna cum laude, she stayed on at stanford pursuing an education in law. and at stanford she thrived. she earned a coveted position on the law review's board of editors and completed law school in only two years. 10:40:21.1 not only did she graduate in record time, but she finished third in her class. coincidentally, she finished with a man who would later become her colleague on the highest court in the land, chief justice william h. rehnquist. 10:40:36.5 it was during law school that sandra day o'connor met her future husband, john j. o'connor. seeking her first job as a young female attorney, sandra day o'connor faced many challenges in a male-dominated law profession. 10:40:52.2 after after having difficulty finding a job in the private sector, she began her legal career as deputy county attorney of san mateo, california. when her husband was drafted into the jag corps in 1953, the young couple worked as an 10:41:12.5 attorney for the united states army. after two years in europe, sandra day o'connor returned to arizona where again experience, difficulty finding employment in the legal world. as a result, she decided to start her own legal practice. after practicing law for two 10:41:31.2 years, san did a day o'connor took a break to start her family. she and her husband raised three sons, scott, brian and jay. i must say, as a father of three sons, this may be her greatest accomplishment. certainly one of the most 10:41:44.4 challenging. in 1965, sandra day o'connor transitioned from the private sector to the public where she became arizona's assistant attorney general. she served for four years before being appointed to fill an unexpired seat in the arizona 10:41:59.9 state senate. her constituents agreed was a good match as they elected her twice more. in the arizona senate, she rose to the highest level, becoming majority leader in and the first woman ever to hold such an office in the united states. 10:42:16.9 as majority leader of this body, i understand the challenges and rewards of being leader and admire justice o'connor for her tremendous achievement. in 1975, sandra day o'connor was elected judge of the maricopa superior court and served until 10:42:33.7 1979 when she was appointed to the appellate bench in arizona. there she served until the late-ronald reagan appointed her associate to the supreme court. the senate unanimously confirmed 10:42:50.1 her nomination to the supreme court. and that day sandra day o'connor made history. she became the first female justice in the court's history. this 51-year-old arizona court of appeals judge shattered the 10:43:08.3 190-year-long tradition on the high court of addressing justices "mr. justice." when asked for her reaction to her nomination, sandra day o'connor said, "i can only say that i will approach my work on 10:43:22.5 the bench with care and effort and do the best job i possibly 10:43:27.0 can do." most would agree that she has done just that. since 1981, justice sandra day o'connor has served with distinction on the united states supreme court. she has served as an example to all americans, demonstrating that through persistence and 10:43:42.7 hard work, anything is possible. in the face of obstacles, including being a woman in a male-dominated law profession, she never surrendered her determination. nor did she surrender the southwestern pride and love of 10:43:58.4 the outdoors when she moved to the city. rather, she brought it with her. anyone who's entered the inner confines of justice o'connor's supreme court office is familiar with a sign that reads, "cowgirl parking only. all others will be towed." 10:44:18.4 fiercely proud of her heritage, justice conor and her brother authored a best-selling memoir entitled "lazy bee, growing up on a cattle ranch in the american southwest." having grown up in the south, in 10:44:34.5 nashville, tennessee, i appreciate justice o'connor's pride in her roots. she's not forgotten -- not ever forgotten where she came from. the values she learned through life on the range were values that left their brand mark. indeed, hard work, 10:44:51.3 self-reliance, and survival are the core values that make sandra day o'connor the successful woman that she is today. as she writes in her member wake working alongside of cow boirks she learned a system of values that was "simple and 10:45:06.5 unsophisticated understand the product of necessity." throughout her tenure on the court, she has not wavered from her well-grounded viewvments i've had the privilege of meeting justice o'connor on enumerous occasions throughout my time in the senate. 10:45:21.3 each time that i've had the opportunity to be with her and to interact with her, i found her to be thoughtful and kind, compassionate, and extraordinarily intelligent.n back to the words of ronald reagan on the day he appointed sandra day o'connor, "she is 10:45:37.9 truly a person for all seasons, possessing qualities of temperament, fairness, intellectual capacity and devotion to the public good which have characterized 101 brethren who have preceded her." today more than 23 years 10:45:53.2 president reagan's words still ring true. when she took the oath of office as the 102nd associate justice, she will pledged to uphold the constitution and since this time justice o'connor has proven her steadfast commitment to uphold that 10:46:09.6 constitution. during her confirmation hearings, she emphasized that the court's role was to interpret the law and not to make public policy. her record demonstrates that she has lived up to that commitment respecting the rule of law and judiciously interpreting the 10:46:26.7 constitution. often cited as the swing vote on many important cases, sandra day o'connor has taken exception to that characterization, stating that "if my vote has not been 100% predictable, that's because i try to look at each one as it 10:46:42.6 comes to us." sandra day o'connor is an independent thinker and has made great contributions in many substantive areas in the law. on the bench, she has not allowed the pressures of popular opinion to sway her decisions. 10:46:58.2 rather, she has consistently decided each case before her based on the underlying facts. despite being the first woman to serve on the high court, justice o'connor has not used this position to influence decisions of the majority. 10:47:13.2 she once said, "the power i exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not my gender." her wisdom, intellect, humility have earned her deep respect from her colleagues, even those with opposing judicial 10:47:28.1 philosophies. for they see that she embodies all the ideals in a judge: fair, impartial, and open-minded. through her experience as justice o'connor has brought a 10:47:43.6 unique perspective and understanding of checks and balances to the court. a true public servant, sandra day o'connor has served our nation for almost four decades. as an arizona state senator and majority leader, state court judge, assistant state attorney 10:48:00.2 general, and in the capacity for which she will long be remembered as an associate justice on the supreme court. throughout her life, justice o'connor has displayed her civic loyalties through her participation in various community organizations, 10:48:16.3 including the boards of the smithsonian institution, the herd museum, and the salvation army. 10:48:24.8 she was recognized for her service in 1995 when she was inducted into the national women's hall of fame. sandra day o'connor has accomplished more in a lifetime than many would imagine possible. yet, throughout that breathtaking journey to the top, she never lost sight of those 10:48:42.5 humble roots. and never lost sight of the people she served. as she told a reporter in a 1996 interview that, she never expected or aspired to be a justice and still considers herself just a cow girl from 10:48:58.7 arizona. while the cow girl from arizona may never have dreamed of riding to the highest court in the land, america is fortunate that she did. a brilliant jurist, a bright legal mind and a compassionate 10:49:15.0 woman, she has earned her place in history for more reasons than one. i'm sure that justice o'connor is looking forward to spending time with her husband, john, and their family during their retirement. and karen and i, our family wish her and her family much joy and 10:49:32.7 happiness in this new chapter of their life. on behalf of the entire united states senate and a grateful nation, i commend justice sandra day o'connor for a lifetime of distinguished service to our 10:49:47.5 great nation. as the senate moves forward to confirm a new nominee for the high court, it's important that we remember her legacy. america needs judges who are fair, independent, unbiased, and 10:50:03.5 committed to equal justice under the law. i'm confident the president will select a qualified replacement justice who embodies these qualities, and i look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure a fair confirmation 10:50:20.5 process in the senate that will ensure the supreme court is at full strength to start its next term in october. mr. president, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from kentucky. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that at 10:50:34.4 the conclusion of my very brief remarks about the retirement of justice o'connor, senator voinovich be recognized for up to 15 minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection? a senator: reserving the right to object. a senator: mr. president, mind MITCH CONNELL 10:50:56.7 if i make a short statement? i've been here since 9:50 to give a speech having scheduled today. i would like to have my time. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. the senator from kentucky. 10:51:13.1 mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i rise today to very briefly celebrate the service of justice sandra day o'connor. i met justice o'connor through my wife, labor secretary elaine chow. justice o'connor swore her in for two of the positions she has 10:51:30.2 held in the federal ment(check), as chairman of the federal maritime commission and also most recently as secretary of labor. and through secretary chao, i've seen her on several occasions socially, and i must say that 10:51:46.0 she's an extraordinary individual. during her time on the court, justice o'connor has proven herself to be a brilliant jurist and a strong defender of the constitution. she's known for her fairness and her desire to seek practical 10:52:02.4 solutions for even the most difficult decisions upon which the court had to rule. justice o'connor has proved to be an independent thinker and a vigorous questioner, narrowing in on precise legal issues with 10:52:19.7 laser-like precision from the bench. she's lived up to the promise to respect the constitution and to interpret the law judiciously, seeking the narrowest reach possible for the court's 10:52:34.2 rulings. justice o'connor is known for approaching each case individually, seeking to arrive at practical conclusions. justice owe tkphorpb has been a great add -- justice o'connor has been a great advocate for 10:52:49.1 the court. she's traveled the globe speaking to thousands of students, lawyers, foreign dignitaries and others on the judiciary, the constitution and the law. justice o'connor's love of this nation, its judicial process and the law is widely known. in her most recent book "majesty 10:53:08.0 of the law: reflections of a supreme court justice," she insightfully describes the institution of the court, its history, customs, and some of its notable members. certainly we will all agree that justice o'connor will long be 10:53:22.6 remembered as one of the most 10:53:25.9 distinguished persons ever to serve on the high court. we wish her very well in her retirement. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senator from ohio is recognized for 15 minutes. VOINIVICH 10:53:41.7 mr. voinovich: thank you, mr. president. i just found out that sandra day o'connor has resigned from the supreme court. i think regardless of what our persuasion is or our ideology, 10:54:00.3 that we all respect her for living up to her oath of office and that her presence on the supreme court is going to be missed by this country. mr. president, this is the third 10:54:13.2 time that i've come to the senate floor to speak about the nomination of john bolton to be the next ambassador to the united states. it is particularly apropos, i believe, because the senate is on the eve of going into the july 4 recess. 10:54:29.0 the record before the senate documents the allegations related to mr. bolton's lack of interpersonal skills and management style, the pattern of intimidation with intelligent analysts and the allegation that is mr. bolton had a habit of cherry-picking intelligence to 10:54:46.8 pursue his perception of the world and its ideology. the records also documented mr. bolton's tendency to stray off message in a manner that could harm u.s. interests and his need of supervision from higher authorities to prevent him from helping u.s. 10:55:03.0 objectives. the reports documents the fact that i was given assurances by the secretary of state, hraoez hraoez, that mr. -- condoleezza rice, that mr. bolton could be supervised closely in his position at the u.n. the question is, that we all have to ask is: why would we 10:55:19.5 send someone to the united nations that needs supervision? i did not come to the floor today to repeat the record, although these issues are very important to our decision to confirm mr. bolton as our next ambassador to the united nations. i came to the floor to talk about why this nomination is particularly unique and why it 10:55:36.1 is particularly important at this time in history that we send the right candidate to the united nations. mr. president, the nominee that we send to the u.n. to be the face of the united states to the world community must be able to advance our objectives through diplomacy and improve the 10:55:52.4 world's opinion of the united states at this critical time. america's image is in trouble, mr. president. world opinion is increasingly negative when it comes to the united states, and it's not limited to muslim countries. polls of tradition allies and 10:56:09.6 nonallies reveal a dangerous rise of negative opinion since the beginning of the conflict in iraq. the associated press reported that the united states popularity in many countries, including many in europe, is lagging behind even communist china. according to the pew research center for the people and the 10:56:24.7 press, about two-thirds of britain, 65%, saw china favorably compared with 55% who held a positive view of the united states. it's easy to understand why our friend, british prime minister tony blair, lost 30 seats in the 10:56:40.8 parliament. the 9/11 commission made this point in its report that negative opinions of the united states have a serious impact on u.s. national security objectives. the report stated that winning hearts and minds through public diplomacy is just as critical to 10:56:55.2 the war on terrorism as other tools, such as military assets and intelligence. i know that i'm not the only american who is disturbed by these numbers. the allegations and the criticism do not reflect the facts and are no way fair to the united states of america. 10:57:11.7 our country is a decent, generous country that has sacrificed a great deal for our brothers and sisters throughout the world. our men and women have sacrificed their lives in many wars and peacekeeping operations so that others could be free from oppression and free to pursue happiness. 10:57:27.1 in iraq, the deaths of over 1,700 americans and the juries bore by almost 13,000 americans bear witness to this sacrifice. but the fact is, mr. president, we have got to do a better message of getting our job out. our president made an 10:57:44.2 outstanding case for our need to stay the course in iraq the other night, has stated on a number of occasion that is we need to improve our public diplomacy, and he's been very successful in pushing forward that agenda in recent months. as i mentioned before, the president nominated karen hughes to head up his public diplomacy 10:58:02.0 efforts at the state department, kwrupbgd standing -- understanding it's going to take a talented individual to get the job done. he's been very successful in strengthening relationships with key allies in the last several months. the president has been very clear about the importance of diplomacy in dealing with the 10:58:16.8 world and the most pressing national security issues. during the president's may 31 press conference at the white 10:58:24.7 house, just a month ago, he stated, "the best way to solve any difficult situation is is through diplomacy." in response to questions about iran, the president stated that the u.s. policy is to let diplomacy work its way and to solve the problem with 10:58:39.2 diplomacy. working with the e.u.3, france, great britain and germany. in response to questions about north korea, the president stated, "we want diplomacy to work, repeating, we want diplomacy to be given the chance 10:58:54.4 to work. and that is exactly the position of the government." based on these statements, there is no doubt that the u.s. national security strategy is going to rely on diplomacy for the months ahead. and our ambassador to the united nations must have the ability to implement this presidential strategy. 10:59:11.2 mr. president, i recently spoke with comptroller general david walker who heads the general accounting office and is an expert on change and governmental organizations and how one achieves reform in a governmental organization. he said that in order to be successful on reform, you need 10:59:28.8 someone who respects the institution to be reformed and who is respected, who is respected, by the institution. in march of 2005 -- in a march 2005 article, in "the los angeles times", it was reported that mr. bolton was asked why he 10:59:45.2 opposed offering incentives to north korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program? mr. bolton stated, "i don't do carrots." mr. president, any competent diplomat knows that you need both a carrot and a stick to be