MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - September 27, 2006)
(Mr. MARKEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. MARKEY. Mr. Speaker, the Military Commissions Act, which we are taking up today, will not make us more secure. It will endanger American personnel overseas, undermine the Geneva conventions, and give a get-out-of-jail-free card to people who may have committed war crimes.
If an American is captured in North Korea, Iran, Syria, or Somalia and held and interrogated under the same kangaroo court process this bill will create, every single Member of this House would be outraged at that miscarriage of justice.
The public is tired of a Republican majority that retreats to fear-mongering instead of trying to find constructive solutions to the serious security problems facing Americans. The Republicans refuse to screen for nuclear bomb material coming in in ships, they refuse to screen cargo going onto American passenger planes, and they refuse to require that chemical plants in our country have mandatory security built around them.
By passing this bill today, we are lowering our standards and we are encouraging other countries to lower their standards as well. And it will be the American troops captured on a future battlefield who will pay the price.