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|Hello to the U.S. House of Representatives. Your official ISP was logged as visiting this webpage on 7/20/12 at 4:58am. Don't you have anything better to do than to read stories about how you betrayed America? You disgusting traitor. By the way, we also know, and we know that YOU know, that 9/11/01 was a false-flag attack, an inside job carried out by the U.S. and Israel. You had better repent for your own sake. Your continued silence and cowardice is complicity.
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Affirming some minor changes added by the U.S. Senate, the House has passed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. Unlike when the House passed the bill with a recorded roll call vote on May 9th, the reps took a lead from the Senate, "suspended the rules", and passed the bill with a voice vote on July 17th at 5:52pm.
They did, however, conduct 32 minutes of official "debate" (that is, if one considers a unanimous chorus of support to be 'debate'.) Littering the 'debate' in the house were references to "anti-semitism", "hate against Israel", holocaust denial, the dire threat of a nuclear Iran, and the oft-repeated fallacy that Iran's president stated he wants to "wipe Israel off the face of the Earth".
All the reps who spoke on the record were in support of the bill, comprising a chorus outlining the "special bond" between the U.S. and its' "great friend" and ally Israel. The bill begins "It is the policy of the United States to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state", prompting many to question whether the bill violates the 1st Amendment, which prohibits establishment of a religion. It also provides Israel with $9 Billion in loan guarantees, hundreds of millions of dollars in military equipment, and "Offers the Air Force of Israel additional training and exercise opportunities in the United States to compensate for Israel's limited air space".
Ron Paul, who gave a speech against the bill before it passed on May 9th, did not repeat his objections prior to the latest vote.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, acknowledging that we will pledge our riches to Israel despite our own country being in economic shambles, asserted: "At a time when we are facing huge fiscal challenges, this bill makes it clear that no matter what, the United States always stands strong in our support for Israel, with whom we share a commitment to freedom, a respect for human life, and a commitment to security."
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland claimed that the show of overwhelming support of the bill spoke for the will of the American people: "...Mr. Speaker, it is so encouraging to see that even while we may divide on other matters, this House will pass the legislation before us with strong, overwhelming bipartisan support. That sends a message that hopefully cannot be missed, a clarity of purpose expressed by this Congress, the policymaking body of this Nation, that speaks for all the people of our Nation."
Speaking in support of the bill, Rep. Joe Baca from California stated "The Israelis should not be forced to live under duress from a nation that denies the holocaust and Israel's right to exist." In a display of insane hubris, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey mischaracterized Israel's deadly attack on the flotilla as an attack on Israel: "Israel's enemies have relied on cowardly acts of terrorism. They have attacked with Gaza rockets, with the intifada, with the flotilla, and Israel's task has been to overcome those deadly aggressions..." He added that "Iran's anti-Semitic leader, Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth."
Adding one lie after another, Smith also claimed that "Iran has ignored its commitments not to pursue nuclear weapons under the IAEA, refusing inspections and failing the ones they do allow." In reality, Iran allows IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspections of all its facilities; and the IAEA as well as all 16 United States Intelligence Agencies are unanimous in agreement that Iran is not building and does not possess nuclear weapons.
Rep. Howard Berman of California claimed "the greatest threat to both American and Israeli security today is that posed by Iran's nuclear weapons program." Berman, a 71 year old Jewish attorney in office since 2003, recently used his Congressional position to stifle free speech. He pressured CBS Outdoor to remove 23 billboards in Los Angeles which criticized aid to Israel.
After all the comments, the House resoundingly passed the measure via a voice vote. Below are some highlights of the debate on the House floor, (taken from the official transcript) along with a brief bio of each speaker. The best way to find information on this bill is to go to the official website, http://thomas.loc.gov/ and type in the bill name or number yourself. You can type in the "United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012", or S.2165.
Because it only allows a search to remain for half hour and the website can be difficult to navigate, I have posted the entire transcript of the house debate on United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 on one easy to read page, here. The C-SPAN video clip of the entire proceedings is here:
House Session Part 2. After approximately 32 minutes of speeches praising Israel, they conduct the voice vote at minute 51 of the video. If you want to watch the entire debate on the bill, start at around minute 20. The short C-SPAN video clip of the actual enthusiastic 'voice vote' (you can hear them chant "YEA!") is below. The clip begins immediately prior to the voice vote, with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's concluding remarks about recognizing Israel as a Jewish state:
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Cuban born Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida, in office since 1989, just turned 60 on Sunday July 15th. [Her official site is here]. She said "Our fates are tied together. A threat to one of our countries is a threat to both...And so, as the Iranian regime continues to race toward nuclear weapons and sponsor violent extremists like Hamas and Hezbollah, we must work together to counter this growing threat, Mr. Speaker." She added that by working together with Israel, "We get to learn from them, and they get to learn from us, and we all sleep a little more soundly knowing that we have done all we can to help our citizens. It also means providing increased excess defense articles and munitions to Israel. With a host of entities stirring the pot of hostility against the Jewish state, it is critical that the United States stand foursquare with Israel.
49 year old Eric Ivan Cantor, House Majority Leader from Virginia, [official site] said
"At a time when we are facing huge fiscal challenges, this bill makes it clear that no matter what, the United States always stands strong in our support for Israel, with whom we share a commitment to freedom, a respect for human life, and a commitment to security."
...Mr. Speaker, we must meet the existential threat Iran poses to Israel, its neighbors, and the world with strength and engagement. We cannot allow situations in the region to unfold without our leadership. In fact, during my recent trips to the region, I have found there is more agreement on the need for U.S. leadership than anything else. Today, Mr. Speaker, the House will send this bipartisan bill to the President and deliver the message that, during this pivotal and dangerous period in the Middle East, the United States stands tall for our ally, Israel.
71 year old Howard Lawrence Berman from California, [official site] said "Members should recall that in May we passed the House version of this bill, H.R. 4133, by a near-unanimous vote. We will be taking another vote today because the Senate has added an important extension of military stockpile reserve authorities. I strongly support this addition and thank the Senate for its contribution."
"... Terrorism still penetrates Israel from Gaza in the form of rocket and mortar attacks...
"...Mr. Speaker, perhaps the greatest threat to both American and Israeli security today is that posed by Iran's nuclear weapons program. I hope this problem can be solved diplomatically, but as we all know, only massive pressure from the United States and our allies has any chance of persuading Iran to give up its quest for nuclear arms. [Time: 17:30]."...To that end, this bill, once again, reaffirms our determination to support Israel's qualitative military edge against any possible combination of regional threats. In reinforcing that commitment to Israel's security, this bill extends for 4 years a loan guarantee program for Israel that was initiated in 2003.
59 year old Chris Smith of New Jersey, [official site] in office since 1981, said "Our friend and ally Israel lives under the daily threat of indiscriminate rocket attacks on their homes and businesses, terrorism on public transit, and the unapologetic, undeterred, and unacceptable existential threat of a nuclear Iran." Ironically describing the abysmal state of civil rights in the United States today, Smith added "Israel is surrounded by nations that profoundly disrespect the political and civil liberties of their own citizens." "Israel's enemies have relied on cowardly acts of terrorism. They have attacked with Gaza rockets, with the intifada, with the flotilla, and Israel's task has been to overcome those deadly aggressions..." He concluded "With this bill, we also reassert our country's moral obligation and unshakable commitment to give Israel every assistance. The U.S. reaffirms, in word and in deed, our dedication to the defense of the Jewish state. S. 2165 expands U.S. military, intelligence, and civilian cooperation with Israel, including an offer to the Israeli air force for additional training opportunities in the U.S. in order to compensate for Israel's limited airspace and other enhanced cooperation on intelligence sharing.
Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr, the "the non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa's At-large congressional district"(?!), [official site] briefly noted that the bill gives "every absolute notice to other countries of the world so as to know where the United States stands in its defense of Israel."
Steve Chabot from Ohio [official site] noted that "the illicit Iranian nuclear program...must be addressed".
73 year old Steny Hoyer of Maryland [ official site] noted the bill had previously "passed here with a vote of 411-2, showing the overwhelming bipartisan support this issue has. This is clearly an issue, unlike so many that we deal with, that enjoys not only bipartisan support between the two parties, but support of philosophical perspectives from all over this caucus and this country. We don't always see eye to eye on matters of policy, but we always find common ground when it comes to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship.
This is the case for two very important reasons. The first is because the United States and Israel are linked by history and by the common glue of shared values: democracy, free enterprise, respect for human rights, and the rule of law. Secondly, because a strong Israel is in America's national security interest." Hoyer added "the investment that we make in Israel, the investment in terms of time, in terms of support, in terms of finances, and in terms of military assistance, are all in the interest of the United States of America and its citizens."
He continued "The number one regional threat of course, as all of us know, is the prospect of a nuclear Iran.
"....Mr. Speaker, it is so encouraging to see that even while we may divide on other matters, this House will pass the legislation before us with strong, overwhelming bipartisan support. That [Page: H4888] [GPO's PDF] sends a message that hopefully cannot be missed, a clarity of purpose expressed by this Congress, the policymaking body of this Nation, that speaks for all the people of our Nation. Hopefully, those who would pose a threat and risk to us and to our allies would take note of that unanimity of purpose. Let us continue to ensure that close U.S.-Israel ties are an issue that unites us as Americans...As I said, the House overwhelmingly passed this measure earlier this year, 411-2. Now the Senate has sent it back to us for final consideration. ...I hope we can pass it again today. I know we will, and I hope it's with even greater support. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this bill--for America, for Israel, and for international security. "[Time: 17:50]
Berman then concluded "After what we just heard, I would not suggest any further speakers, and I yield back the balance of my time."
Rep. Joe Baca from California, [official site] in office since 2003, stated "The Israelis should not be forced to live under duress from a nation that denies the holocaust and Israel's right to exist."
Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas stated "In addition to the conveyance of equipment, this bill greatly increases our intelligence sharing operations and offers the Israeli Air Force aditional training resources in the United States. This is very important given the severely limited training grounds for the Israeli Air Force in its own country. I am especially pleased with the agreement for increased intelligence cooperation. This new level of intelligence collaboration will substantially assist our own intelligence services in keeping Americans safe."
Then, they did the deal:
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, S. 2165.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill was passed.
"Fiscal conservative" Rand Paul pledges $9+ Billion to Israel on the backs of American taxpayers 7/9/12
7/14/12: I spoke with Rand Paul's Senate office in D.C. to inquire about this matter:
"Yes, Paul proposed a very good bill, S.162, to cut foreign aid, on 3/25/11; and he should keep on that path. The bill went nowhere, however. So that single attempt does not exonerate Paul from sticking to his purported position of no foreign aid in the future. In actuality, Paul could have gotten more attention to this important issue by opposing S.2165, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, on June 29th. That is where the issue of foreign aid currently stands- not on some failed bill from almost 2 years ago. If he is sincere about cutting foreign aid, Rand Paul can not simply rest on what can't even be considered laurels (past successes)."
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