by Nancy Pelosi 20,589 views
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks out against the Military Commissions Act: "Let us do the job we were elected to do on this, one of the pivotal issues of our time. Let us honor our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution and our responsibility to protect the American people and to prosecute and punish those who would do harm to them."
by Nancy Pelosi 1,117 views
Rep. Slaughter Honors Her Oath to Protect the Constitution and Our Troops
by Nancy Pelosi 1,098 views
Rep. Alcee Hastings Honors His Oath to Protect the Constitution and Our Troops
by Nancy Pelosi 834 views
Rep. Matsui Honors Her Oath to Protect the Constitution and Our Troops
by Nancy Pelosi 3,456 views
Rep. Skelton: "If you want to be tough on terrorists, pass a statute that will meet the scrutiny of the Supreme Court of our country. If you want to be tough on terrorists, let's not pass something that rushes to judgment and has legal loopholes that will reverse a conviction."
by Nancy Pelosi 395 views
Whip Hoyer: "This legislation, at bottom, is really more about who we are as a people than it is about those who seek to harm us. Defending America requires us to marshal the full range of our power -- diplomatic and military, economic and moral. And when our moral standing is eroded, our international credibility is diminished, as well. We must not lightly dismiss the somber warning of our former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, who has stated: 'The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism.'"
by Nancy Pelosi 262 views
Rep. Harman: "I take a back seat to no one in my effort to understand the threats against us, find those who would cause us harm, and prevent them from harming us. I also believe strongly that Congress must act under article 1 section 8 of the constitution to regulate captures on land and on water. Since this Administration started new programs to detain and interrogate terror suspects after 9/11, I have offered to help craft a new legal framework around those policies. I have called on the Vice President, his chief of staff, the National Security Advisor, and the Attorney General to help Congress craft such a framework to eliminate the fog of law. And I have argued that this new framework would empower, not limit, those who must carry out those policies because they would know that they were acting legally. Today's bill is far from the best we can do."
by Nancy Pelosi 252 views
Rep. VanHollen: "We all know what the Administration wanted to hide from the American people, that the consensus view of all 16 intelligence agencies is that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse, not better. That it has fueled the jihaddist movement and made us less safe not more safe. The Bush Administration was wrong about the weapons of mass destruction. They were wrong about the connection between saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. They are wrong about this bill. This bill will weaken, not strengthen, our national security."
by Nancy Pelosi 397 views
Rep. Israel: "I recently asked a service member who received the bronze star for valor in Fallujah what he thought about this. He said "Congressman, I don't think our enemies care about the Geneva Conventions. But I'm fighting for my country because I care about morality and strong values. Because this is a good country that leads the way and wants to continue leading the way." If I am asking young men and women to die for what we stand for, I want to stand for something. If I am something people to fight to kill terrorists, I want to be in the pursuit of our values, not the terrorist's values."
by Nancy Pelosi 794 views
Rep. Nadler: "Let's review. The government can snatch anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, whether or not they are actually doing anything and detain them in jail forever. We rebelled against King George III for far less infringements 200 years ago but we seem to have forgotten. This makes the President a dictator. For someone that can jail someone forever, that is power. The President does not want to be bound by the law of war or our treaty obligations. He does not want to answer to the constitution or to the Congress or the courts. Mr. Speaker, rarely in the life of a nation is a question so stark, are we going to rush through all we stand for before congress? I hope we're better than that."
by Nancy Pelosi 168 views
Rep. Bobby Scott: "Mr. Speaker, this is a complex bill and it's on a take it or leave it basis, no amendments and we should take the time to consider all of these new provisions deliberately to ensure that the rule of law is not undermined and the success of the fight against terrorism and most of all the safety of our United States servicemen and women. I urge my colleagues to defeat the passage of h.r. 6054."
by Nancy Pelosi 573 views
Rep. Lofgren: "America is a proud free nation because we're a nation of laws and not men. Key to the rule of laws is the checks and balances created by the founding fathers. This bill dumps the checks and balances by asserting that the courts cannot review the actions of the executive branch. While poorly crafted rules are included in the bill, rules without remedies are not real rules. Not only is it unwise, it's mostly unconstitutional and instead of allowing for swift prosecution and punishment, enactment of this bill will lead to years of further legal wrangling."
by Nancy Pelosi 123 views
Rep. Conyers: "This is a very important discussion today, and we have an opportunity to consider whether we're willing to respect the ideals of law and human dignity in actuality rather than just in rhetoric. This legislation goes to the core of who we are as a nation."
by Nancy Pelosi 256 views
Rep. Moran: "I oppose this bill. It would send a message to the world that the United States can disregard international treaties and law and instead do as it pleases. For generations we have been the beacon to guide the actions of other nations. If we descend from the high moral ground, we are in effect losing ground to the terrorists. Secretary of State Colin Powell was so accurate when he said, part of this war on terrorism, idealogical and political struggle. Our moral posture is our best weapon to prevail in that struggle."
by Nancy Pelosi 671 views
Rep. Lee: "At a time when even the national intelligence estimate has concluded that the occupation in Iraq has spawned a new generation of terrorists and made us, quite frankly, less safe, this bill now will undermine the security of our brave troops and hand a victory to those who believe the rule of force should prevail over the rule of law. And I have to say once again, as the daughter of a 25-year military Lieutenant Colonel who served this country in many, many capacities through two wars, this scares me. It scares me to death. What century are we living in when we trust intelligence acquired through torture?"
by Nancy Pelosi 6,585 views
Rep. Kucinich: "I have read the bill. And what I read here is pretty chilling...We have heard the President make comments that people who oppose this bill are really hurting the United States. We've all heard him say this. Section 26, wrongfully aiding the enemy, any person subject to this chapter -- by the way is anybody -- who in breach of allegiance or duty to the United States knowingly and intentionally aids an enemy of the United States, shall be punished as the military commission under this chapter may direct. I want to know, are Members of Congress who challenge this Administration as to their taking us into illegal wars, is that somehow contrary to allegiance to the United States? I mean we need to think about this. What are we doing to this institution here? Are we turning us all into mice here? Running into a corner because we're afraid to challenge the president?"
by Nancy Pelosi 129 views
Rep. Schiff: "We are at war with a vicious enemy who seeks to destroy our way of life. It is a military fight, but in a broader sense, it is also a war of ideas. America has always been not only a nation, it has been an idea. And when we sacrifice that idea , it is a setback in this war of ideas. And so we have to ask ourselves, where does this position us? Where does this bill position us in the war of ideas? Are we advancing or are we retreating? When we are perceived as abandoning the rule of law, when we are perceived as defining down what it means to be cruel or inhuman or degrading, when we wonder out loud in the legislative process whether a nation so conceived as ours can long endure without cruel and inhuman treatment."
by Nancy Pelosi 248 views
Rep. Crowley: "I believe, it's my belief, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle care more about giving the President what he wants rather than what is in the best interest of the American people. The people that we are sent here to represent. I know that these terrorists are vicious murderers. I have experienced it firsthand. I always thought I was safe in my little bed in Woodside, New York. I know that's no longer the case. It's my values as an American and those values that I hold dear that keeps that hatred in check. We must lead by example on these issues, not be an evasive quasi-participant in the rule of law."
by Nancy Pelosi 447 views
Rep. Inslee: "We ought to hold this truth to be self-evident, that no president should be given the ability to hold people in detention indefinitely without review by the judicial, the judicial branch. We should never yield to al Qaeda, not one inch, not one right, not one American principle. But today in this bill, we yield a fundamental American principle, the principle that no executive, no President should have the untrammeled ability to be free of checks and balances that have kept our country so free in the last 230 years."
by Nancy Pelosi 133 views
Rep. Holt: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this measure which will not preserve principles of justice on which this nation was founded. How truer to our ideals reflects the clarity and decisiveness with which our soldiers can act, the safety of our troops, the motivation of our actual enemies and the behavior of our enemies. This bill provides principles that are vague and imprecise. It is viewed by our troops in the field and by our friends and enemies around the world."
by Nancy Pelosi 613 views
Rep. Jim McGovern: "Mr. Speaker, let me say quite simply why I oppose this bill. I oppose this bill because I am a proud American, and this bill runs contrary to the very values on which our country was founded and for which we stand like a beacon to the rest of the world, the rule of law, due process and respect for human rights. Mr. Speaker, I fear for the soul of this nation."
by Nancy Pelosi 6,534 views
Leader Pelosi responds to Speaker Hastert's press release which said, "Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 159 of her Democrat colleagues voted today in favor of MORE rights for terrorists. So the same terrorists who plan to harm innocent Americans and their freedom worldwide would be coddled, if we followed the Democrat plan."
by Nancy Pelosi 611 views
Rep. Slaughter: "When President Bush signs this bill, he will be signing away any responsibility for the potentially criminal policies he and those in his Administration have enacted during the past five years. When he signs this bill, he will be signing a pardon for himself and for all other architects of these disastrous, self-defeating, and immoral policies. But we have a choice here today. We can take a principled stand on behalf of the principles that make us great."