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Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007

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FOREIGN RELATIONS AUTHORIZATION ACT, FISCAL YEARS 2006 AND 2007 -- (House of Representatives - July 20, 2005)

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank the gentleman from California (Mr. Rohrabacher) for his excellent work on this amendment and to join him in saying to the body, yes, indeed, Guantanamo Bay serves a very valuable purpose, a strategic purpose when we talk about the war on terror, and the importance, the absolute necessity that we have to win this war on terror.

This is one of those situations where losing is not an option. As the gentleman was just saying, the detainees, all 520 individuals that are there, all 520 detainees have been found to be a terrorist. They have been through not zero, not one, not two, not three, but four different hearings, and they have been found to be terrorists. These are people that do not wish us well. They wish evil, and they carry out evil. We need to keep them locked up.

We found that Guantanamo was a safe, secure facility. It is there for the protection of the individuals as well as for intelligence gathering. And our intelligence community is doing a tremendous job gathering information that has continued to keep this Nation safe and will continue to keep this Nation safe.

They have gathered intelligence that helped lead to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They have gathered intelligence that has helped break up terrorist cells all around this globe. That is important. Why have we not seen an attack on American soil since September 11? Because of intelligence that is being gathered.

I will tell my colleagues, for far too long we treated terrorism as a law enforcement issue. I would recommend to the body that in my opinion it is not just a law enforcement issue. Law enforcement is necessary, intelligence is necessary, defense is necessary if we are going to win.

Mr. Chairman, while I am here for a moment, I would like to say thank you to the men and women in uniform and to the families that are deployed and serving there. We have had about 10,000 Americans serve at Guantanamo Bay. They are doing a stellar job. We thank them for their work under very difficult, very difficult situations, and we are grateful for their commitment to the war on terror, and we are grateful for their commitment to freedom, preserving freedom in this Nation and around the globe.

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