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Restoring American Finacial Stability Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, we continue to learn more about the terrorist who attempted to kill scores of innocent Americans in Times Square earlier this month.

The President's assistant for counterterrorism, John Brennan, now says Faisal Shahzad was working on behalf of the Pakistan Taliban, or TTP, all along.

What this event and the aftermath have shown is that the administration has what can most charitably be described as an evolving strategy on dealing with captured terrorists.

This was perfectly clear over the weekend when Attorney General Holder said in reference to the Times Square bomber that America is ``now dealing with international terrorists,'' and this may require changes to when and how terrorists are issued Miranda warnings.

Now dealing with international terrorists? I remind the Attorney General that we have been very much at war with international terrorism for a long time and that we face threats in this war from those who attacked us on 9/11, al-Qaida's associated groups, those who attack our troops every day in Afghanistan and Iraq, the man who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas, and men such as the one who plotted to maim and kill Americans in Times Square.

Once the administration realizes this, a lot of other questions will become a lot clearer. Unfortunately, the administration seems too often to have a trial-and-error approach.

On Guantanamo, they tried to close it and realized it was not that easy. On the question of the proper venue for trials, they announced they would try 9/11 mastermind Khaleid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City and then realized maybe that was not a good idea. When it came to the Christmas Day bomber, they treated him like a common criminal and then realized that might not have been the best route either.

Now, after learning the Times Square bomber is actually a tool of the Pakistani Taliban, they are wondering out loud again if they should revisit their approach to administering Miranda warnings.

Let's make it easy for the Attorney General. Every terrorist--every single one of them--every terrorist should be treated like one.

In the first months of the administration, the President signed Executive orders ending the CIA's interrogation program, demanding the closure of Guantanamo within a year, and essentially putting the Attorney General in charge of the war on terror.

More than a year after these Executive orders were signed and after several failed terrorist attacks on the homeland, the administration finally--finally--seems to realize the war on terror is not a simple matter of law enforcement. A clear and forceful strategy is needed just as much at home as it is needed abroad.

Republicans have been saying this all along. It is time the administration decides on a strategy that recognizes the implications of the war we are in and the dangers we face, not only abroad but right at home.

Mr. President, I yield the floor.


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