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Not the End
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.
As we know, Scooter Libby and Vice President Cheney withheld critical documents in the Senate's investigation of the use and misuse of intelligence and the abuse of power in the decision to go to war and in the management of the war.
These documents must be handed over, because the American people deserve answers:
That is why I'm urging the White House to hand over those documents and asking you to join me in doing so. We need as many Americans as possible to join us in the next few days to show the White House that we are not letting this indictment be the end.
Thousands of Americans came to TedKennedy.com this weekend and joined me in asking for those documents, let's get 25,000 people to join us today:
The White House has made keeping secrets from the American people a priority, and that has to stop.
The American people know the high cost of this misguided war - 2,000 U.S. soldiers dead, more than 15,000 wounded, hundreds of billions of dollars spent with no end in sight, and a continuing shameful effort by the White House to silence those who try to tell the truth about the war.
We need answers, not cover-ups, by the administration about these serious issues. Thank you for all your support in trying to get the truth.
Join thousands of your fellow Americans and show this is not the end:
Thank you very much for your continued work.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
PS: Be sure to ask your friends to join you and ask for answers- we must get as many Americans as we can involved.