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By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post
Democrats on intelligence panel want right to question top policymakers.
Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee want the right to interview top policymakers or speechwriters as part of the inquiry into whether the Bush administration exaggerated or misused intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), the panel's vice chairman, said yesterday.
Rockefeller raised the possibility of issuing subpoenas, and outlined a more wide-ranging approach than the one described by Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who said the work would center on comparing public statements by administration officials to intelligence reports circulating at the time. Rockefeller, Roberts and four other senators are to meet today to work out a schedule and process for the committee's review.
By Congressman John Conyers, HuffingtonPost.com
This week, infamous intelligence fabricator Ahmed Chalabi, will be visiting Washington. I have heard rumors that he will be staying in a luxurious bloc of eight suites at the Ritz Carlton hotel and that he has meetings arranged with high ranking Administration officials, including Secretary of State Rice.
This is a man who was reportedly the source for much of the cooked up and fraudulent intelligence foisted on the American people to justify going to war with Iraq.
That fraud has now resulted in the death of over 2,000 American soldiers. This is a man who has been accused of passing U.S. intelligence secrets to Iran. This week, he is being greeted as an esteemed dignatary by Secretary of State Rice. That is a disgrace.
Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Maurice Hinchey and other Members will send the attached letter to Mr. Ahmed Chalabi asking for a meeting to discuss his role in manipulating the intelligence that led to war with Iraq. The current list of signers (18 in all) is attached below and will be updated later today.
November 8, 2005
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi
Iraqi National Congress
c/o The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Dear Mr. Deputy Prime Minister:
In the months leading up to the present conflict in Iraq, information from your close circle of associates was a key element in the Bush Administration's effort to convince the public of the need to go to war. As one of the leading Members of the Iraqi National Congress, you were responsible for providing a major portion of the information the Bush Administration used to persuade Members of Congress and the American people that a war with Iraq was neccessary.
House International Relations Committee To Vote Wednesday On Resolution To Demand Documents Related To White House Iraq Group
By Congressman Dennis Kucinich
For Immediate Release: Monday, November 07, 2005
Contact: Doug Gordon (202) 225-5871
House International Relations Committee To Vote Wednesday On Resolution To Demand Documents Related To White House Iraq Group
House International Relations Committee To Vote Wednesday at 10:30am On Kucinich Resolution Of Inquiry Demanding Documents From White House Iraq Group (WHIG)
The House International Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday on a Resolution of Inquiry, offered by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), demanding all documents produced by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).
By: Feinstein Office
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a fellow member on the Committee, today to urge that the panel complete its long delayed investigation into the possible misuse of intelligence to boost the case for war in Iraq.
The three Democrats also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) documenting the lack of progress in the investigation and urging that the Committee "keep its pledge to the Senate and the American people and answer the difficult yet necessary questions about the production and use of our pre-war intelligence."
Lee; Adam Smith; Tauscher; Kilpatrick; Jackson-Lee; Serrano; Grijalva; Watson; Clay; DeFazio; Woolsey; Frank; Jackson; Rangel; McNulty; McDermott; Abercrombie; Conyers; Ackerman; Maloney; Allen; David Price; Schwartz; Danny Davis; McKinney; Filner; Stark; Kaptur; Meeks; Tim Bishop; Sherrod Brown; Becerra; Capuano; Cummings; Gutierrez; Stephanie Tubbs Jones; McGovern; Payne; Towns; Millender-McDonald; Mike Thompson; Velazquez; Rahall; Gwen Moore; Sanders; Slaughter; Solis; Inslee; Doggett; Van Hollen; McCollum; Napolitano; John Lewis; Farr; Honda; Eddie Bernice Johnson; Strickland; Sabo; Schako
Hinchey, Waxman, & Conyers Request Cheney To Testify Before Congress On CIA Leak Case
From the Office of Rep Hinchey
November 3 , 2005
Daniel J. Ahouse
Congressman Maurice Hinchey
291 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401
For Immediate Release: Contacts: Jeff Lieberson (Hinchey) 202-225-1265
November 3, 2005 Dena Graziano (Conyers) 202-225-6906
Hinchey, Waxman, & Conyers Request Cheney
To Testify Before Congress On CIA Leak Case
Say Many Doubts & Questions Remain Unanswered About Vice President's Involvement
With Disclosure Of CIA Agent's Identity; Call On Vice President To Follow The Example Of His Former Boss, President Ford, Who Testified On Capitol Hill While In Office On Nixon Pardon
By Sue Udry, UFPJ
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) today introduced H.R. 4232, the "End the War in Iraq Act of 2005"
Rep. McGovern's long-awaited bill cutting off funding for the war was introduced today!
The bill would allow Defense Dept. funds to be used only to provide for:
- The safe and orderly withdrawal of all troops;
- Consultations with other governments, NATO and the UN regarding international forces;
- Financial assistance and equipment to either Iraqi security forces and/or international forces.
In addition, the bill would not prohibit or restrict non-defense funding to carry out reconstruction in Iraq
53 Current cosponsors: Lee; Smith, A; Tauscher; Slaughter; Conyers; Rangel; Kaptur; Doggett; Brown, S.; Kilpatrick; Jackson-Lee; Serrano; Grijalva; Watson; Clay; DeFazio; Woolsey; Frank; Jackson; McNulty; McDermott; Abercrombie; Ackerman; Maloney; Allen; Davis, D; McKinney; Filner; Stark; Meeks; Price, D; Bishop, T; Schwartz; Filner; Becerra; Capuano; Cummings; Gutierrez; Jones; McGovern; Payne; Towns; Millender-McDonald; Thompson, M.; Velazquez; Rahall; Moore, G.; Sanders; Solis; Inslee; Van Hollen; McCollum; Napolitano.
Is YOUR Congress Member listed here? 191 Members voted with Pelosi yesterday. they should all be here. Let's get to work!
By Senator Ted Kennedy
In President Bush's five years in office, his White House has too often attempted to impose its will without regard for the merits of the issues or even the truth. Dissent is labeled "unpatriotic," and critics face unprecedented retribution. The Republican Congress has become a lap-dog for the Administration in allowing partisan priorities to trump truth.
In one of the greatest blunders in the nation's history, the Administration concocted a fraudulent case for war in Iraq. Two thousand Americans have paid the ultimate price, and the end is not in sight.
But at least Americans are now demanding the truth. This week, our minority leader, Senator Harry Reid sent a powerful message to the Republican leadership -- including the White House -- that smokescreens and foot-dragging will no longer be tolerated.
Did we just say the Resolution of Inquiry into WHIG had 20 co-sponsors? It's now 30:
Lee, Adam Smith, Tauscher, Kilpatrick, Jackson-Lee, Serrano, Grijalva, Watson, Clay, DeFazio, Woolsey, Frank, Jackson, Rangel, McNulty, McDermott, Abercrombie, Conyers, Ackerman, Maloney, Allen, David Price, Schwartz, Danny Davis, McKinney, Filner, Stark
Kaptur, Meeks, Tim Bishop
Make that 31: Sherrod Brown
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Harry Reid's so-called "stunt" on the Senate floor this past Tuesday - invoking Rule 21 to create a closed session, during which he demanded an investigation into how we were dragged to war in Iraq - brought the issue of the never-found weapons of mass destruction back into the daylight. It's about damned time. This ball of thorns is three years old now, and we have come nowhere near addressing its roots.
Recall, if you will, George W. Bush's State of the Union address from January of 2003. In that speech, he told us that Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent (500 tons equaling one million pounds, by the way), 30,000 munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, and uranium from Niger for use in Iraq's advanced nuclear weapons program.
THANK AND ENCOURAGE CONGRESSWOMAN PELOSI:
News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616
Pelosi: Text of Privileged Resolution Calling for Oversight and Investigation into Justification for Iraq War
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a privileged resolution on the House floor this morning calling on the House to fulfill its oversight responsibilities and investigate the justification for the Iraq war. Below is the text of the privileged resolution:
These Congress Members have signed on to co-sponsor H Res 505. Has YOURS?
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 11/1/2005
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 11/1/2005
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 11/1/2005
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 11/1/2005
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 11/1/2005
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 11/1/2005
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 11/1/2005
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 11/1/2005
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 11/1/2005
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 11/1/2005
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 11/1/2005
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Congressman Adam Smith
Did the Bush White House, in a deliberate and organized manner, misrepresent the truth to Congress, the American people and the world in making its case for the military invasion of Iraq? This is a critical question that demands a clear answer. To this point, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to investigate all the facts. That must change.
Last week, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted in the ongoing investigation by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The alleged actions of Libby, and perhaps Bush senior adviser Karl Rove and others in the White House, to leak classified information in this case appear to have been aimed at discrediting, or threatening, Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. By CIA request, Wilson had gone to Niger to examine the Bush administration's charge that Saddam Hussein had tried to acquire uranium for a nuclear weapon. Convinced this was not true, Wilson had written an Op-Ed in The New York Times debunking the claim.
NEWS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider (Pelosi), 202-226-7616
Jim Manley / Rebecca Kirszner (Reid), 202-224-2939
Democratic Leaders to Bush: You Must Remove Cloud Hanging Over Your Presidency
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to President Bush today, calling on him to apologize for the actions of senior officials in leaking classified information, fire anyone involved in the leak case, and support full congressional investigations into the matter so that all the facts will be known.
Some Conservatives Question Rove's Future
Tuesday 01 November 2005
Washington - Breaking with the White House and fellow conservatives, Republican Sen. Trent Lott and the head of the Cato Institute questioned on Tuesday whether top White House adviser Karl Rove, who remains in legal jeopardy in a CIA-leak probe, should keep his policy-making job.
Rove was not indicted on Friday along with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby. But lawyers involved in the case said Rove, President George W. Bush's top political adviser and deputy chief of staff, remains under investigation and may still be charged by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.
Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's lies
Exclusive: Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's pre-war intelligence claim
By Murray Waas
The Senate Democratic leadership over the course of the last several days has had discussions among themselves, along with senior congressional staff, about the possibility of pressing the Senate to appoint a special Senate select committee to investigate both the misuse of pre-war intelligence by the Bush administration to make the case to go to war with Iraq, as well as the Plame affair, according to at least three people who have been involved in those discussions.
By Heide Kober
I would like to share our story:
The (ongoing) Education of US Congressman David Price
Reporting from the 4th Congressional District in North Carolina
North Carolinians in the state's 4th District had it with their centrist, play-it-safe Congressman. They lobbied him and his staff at home and in Washington relentlessly, challenged him in public meetings, threatened petitions, and organized a public debate that clearly put him in the hot seat. The question: are you with us, your constituents, on the Iraq war and occupation or with the political analysts wedded to the DLC in Washington?
Jim McDermott, Neil Abercrombie, John Conyers, and Gary Ackerman have joined the growing list of co-sponsors of the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.
Where's YOUR Congress Member?
Congressman Charles Rangel and Congressman Michael McNulty have signed onto the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.
Has YOUR Congress Member done so?
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
Remarkable as it may sound, there is reason to believe that Congressional Democrats may finally be waking from their long slumber and stirring into a functional opposition party.
The United States Senate went back into session Tuesday for the first time since Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, I. Lewis Libby, was indicted for lying to FBI agents and a federal grand jury looking into whether the White House deliberately set out to destroy the reputation of former Ambassador Joe Wilson after he revealed that the Administration's case for war in Iraq relied on a deliberate misreading of intelligence information. But it was not business as usual. Instead, Democrats used a rare procedural move to force the Republican-controlled Senate into a closed session to discuss the status of a promised investigation into the Administration's use and misuse of intelligence prior to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
From the Yahoo.com articles: Senate Emerges From Closed Session on Iraq and US Senate secret session focuses on Iraq, spy scandal (make sure to rate these articles highly so other Yahoo readers will see them)
In a day of political drama, Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue...
Taken by surprise, Republicans derided the move as a political stunt but agreed two hours later to a bipartisan review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into prewar intelligence...
By Steve Clemons
RULE 21 CLOSED DOOR SENATE SESSION: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Stock Moves Strongly Up
Senator Harry Reid, in a motion seconded by Senator Richard Durbin, just called for a very rare closed door executive session of the Senate. This motion is called "Rule 21" so that Senators can discuss "secret matters."
I'm impressed. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is currently on C-Span lambasting Reid and his leadership for this move, which Frist is calling sneaky and underhanded.
Frist actually just said that he will be "unable to trust Senator Reid for the next year and half of this Congressional session." Frist said that the Democrats have gone into the gutter to fight.
By David Sirota
Give-'Em-Hell Harry Reid today did a great service to America today by standing up, shutting down the Senate and demanding answers about how and why the Bush administration lied to America about the Iraq "threat" in the lead up to the war. This gutsy move by the Senate Minority Leader should be applauded, but the question now is, what's next? What do we want to really know from the Bush administration? What specific questions does America deserve answers to?
The questions - still unanswered nearly 4 years after the war started - can be found in an article my former Center for American Progress colleague Christy Harvey and I wrote back in 2004 called They Knew. It was an article that took forever to write because it meticulously and chronologically documented how the Bush administration was selling the country a false bill of goods when it came to Iraq - and how they clearly KNEW they were selling America a false bill of goods. There's been many attempts to deflect attention from this core fact by conservatives - they want the public to believe that the Bush administration may have gotten the facts wrong about Iraq, but that the Bush administration didn't actually KNOW it was getting its facts wrong. But as the article shows, the cold, hard evidence shows that THEY KNEW.
Senate Democrats Force Closed Session on Intelligence (Update1)
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Democrats forced a closed session of the U.S. Senate today to call for an investigation into the Bush administration's use of intelligence about Iraq, a maneuver Republicans dismissed as a political ``stunt.''
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid invoked a rule that requires a closed session on the Senate floor in which the galleries are cleared of visitors. Democrats threatened to use the tactic daily until Republicans convene hearings into the administration's use of intelligence surrounding the war in which more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have died.
By Josh Marshall
Sen. Reid just took the senate into closed session to discuss the body's failure to pursue 'phase two' of the senate intel investigation into the Iraq WMD intel failure.
Below the fold are his remarks, as prepared for delivery, before taking the senate into closed session.
"This past weekend, we witnessed the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, the Vice President's Chief of Staff and a senior Advisor to President Bush. Libby is the first sitting White House staffer to be indicted in 135 years.
By Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
Last Friday was an ominous day for the country, a new low since Watergate in terms of openness and honesty in our government.
The indictment of presidential advisor 'Scooter' Libby is far more than an indictment of one individual. It's an indictment of the lengths to which administration officials were willing to go to cover up their failed intelligence. It's an indictment of their distortions about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and their serious blunders taking us to war and their vindictive efforts to discredit anyone who challenges their misrepresentations.
Friday, October 28, 2005 -- Rep. Waxman asks for congressional hearings to examine (1) who should be held accountable for the leak of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, (2) why the White House failed to meet its obligations to revoke the security clearances of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove, and (3) how the leak relates to the broader issue of whether the President and his top advisors used misleading intelligence to launch an unnecessary war in Iraq.
Letter to Chairman Davis PDF