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Conference Report on H.R. 1815, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006

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CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 1815, NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006 -- (House of Representatives - December 18, 2005)

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Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend for yielding me this time.

I rise in support of the conference report, and I express my appreciation that this report affirms the principle that a great power should not need to resort to inhuman tactics to pursue its objectives. The anti-torture language that is in this conference report is entirely appropriate.

I also appreciate the fact that it strikes the proper balance between an affirmation of our principles and an understanding that our intelligence agents must act with discretion and flexibility when dealing with the very difficult job that we have given them. This is an important affirmation that strengthens our country, that improves our intelligence, and makes us safer.

I commend the chairman, the ranking member for making sure the provision is in here. I would urge a ``yes'' vote on the conference report.

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