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Appointment of Conferees on H.R. 1815, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006

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APPOINTMENT OF CONFEREES ON H.R. 1815, NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006 -- (House of Representatives - December 15, 2005)

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Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time.

Mr. Speaker, I had not intended to speak tonight, but I felt I must in light of what has been said about the operations of the Intelligence Committee on which I sit.

It has been suggested that this motion is unnecessary because we are already conducting full oversight. Oversight means collecting the information and then acting on it. That is what oversight is. That is what is expected of Congress under the Constitution. We have not conducted that oversight.

On the committee, as a committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has not collected information about purported possible or former detention facilities currently or formerly operated by the United States Government, regardless of location, where the detainees in the global war on terrorism are or were being held.

Perhaps the chairman has had some briefings, because there are very many things that the chairman of the committee gets to hear that the rest of the committee does not, but we have not. The ranking minority member has told me that she has not. This motion would be worthwhile to be undertaken.

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