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May 17, 2011

Code Name 'Geronimo'

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(Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. Mr. Speaker, just last week, the U.S. military carried out a covert operation that ended in the killing of the most wanted terrorist on the planet, Osama bin Laden. The news of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of our heroic Navy SEALs sent forth a wave of tremendous relief by the American people.

However, Mr. Speaker, we also learned that the U.S. military and the CIA used the code name ``Geronimo'' for the operation to seize and kill Osama bin Laden. The first reports of the details of the raid stated that Osama bin Laden had been identified as ``Geronimo''--enemy killed in action.

Mr. Speaker, I would strongly suggest to all my colleagues in the House that you should go and see the movie ``Geronimo'' and see for yourselves if the Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo was a terrorist and murderer of thousands of innocent men, women, and children like Osama bin Laden. On the contrary, Geronimo was one of the greatest American Indian warriors who fought against some of the most vicious, cruelest, and inhumane treatment and policies instituted by our Federal Government against his people.

As a Nation--Mr. Speaker--I know we can do better than this. And with all due respect, I believe the President and CIA Director Panetta owe the Apache Nation an apology.

(House of Representatives - May 12, 2011)

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