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Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009

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DUNCAN HUNTER NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 -- (House of Representatives - May 22, 2008)

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Mr. HOLT. Madam Chairman, this is a straightforward amendment with a simple purpose: To ensure the video recording of each strategic intelligence interrogation of any person in the custody of the Department of Defense, except for personnel and troops in the field conducting battlefield interrogations. The video recordings would be kept at the appropriate level of classification and could be used to get maximum intelligence benefit of the interrogation, and the judge advocate general would develop guidelines for the recording and retaining of the recordings. I think it is important for our national security that we make this provision law.

I yield 2 minutes to an Iraq war veteran, a former officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps who understands this very well, the need for it, and will speak, Mr. Patrick Murphy from Pennsylvania.

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Mr. HOLT. Madam Chairman, I thank the gentlelady.

It is becoming standard for interrogations all over this country, I have a list here from the 50 States, for enforcement and prosecutorial interrogations where it is required. In fact, it is required in New Jersey, Alaska, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota. And it is required for a variety of reasons, not just for the protection of the detainees or the protection of the interrogators, but to get maximum benefit from the interrogation.

Under this amendment, the judge advocate general would develop guidelines to ensure that the required video recording is sufficient to protect both the abuse of detainees and to protect the identity of the interrogators from unauthorized disclosure. This is standard practice.

I yield to the chairman of the committee, who can speak not only from his position as Chair but from his experience as a prosecutor, the balance of my time.

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