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Senate Agrees to Bipartisan Review of 2004 Intelligence Committee Report

From the 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...

Democrats sought assurances that Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas would complete the second phase of an investigation of the administration's prewar intelligence. A six-member task force — three members from each party — was appointed to review the Intelligence Committee's work and report to their respective leaders by Nov. 14.

Roberts' committee produced a 511-page report in 2004 on flaws in an Iraq intelligence estimate assembled by the country's top analysts in October 2002, and he promised a second phase would look at issues that couldn't be finished in the first year of work.

The committee worked on the second phase of the review, Roberts said, but it has not finished. He blamed Democrats for the delays and said his staff had informed Democratic counterparts on Monday that the committee hoped to complete the second phase next week...

"The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all about, how this administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions," Reid said before invoking Senate rules that led to the closed session...

As Reid spoke, Frist met in the back of the chamber with a half-dozen senior GOP senators, including Roberts, who bore the brunt of Reid's criticism. Reid claimed that Republicans have repeatedly rebuffed Democratic pleas for a thorough investigation.

Sen. Frist said the move to invoke the rarely used "Rule 21" allowing for secret debate on the Senate floor was "unprecedented" in recent history, and accused Democrats of hijacking the US legislature.

Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., a former majority leader, said a closed session was appropriate for such overarching matters as impeachment and chemical weapons — the two topics that last sent the senators into such sessions.

In addition, Lott said, Reid's move violated the Senate's tradition of courtesy and consent. But there was nothing in Senate rules enabling Republicans to thwart Reid's effort.

Republican Senator George Allen slammed what he called Democrats' "political gimmickry and gamesmanship."

"What this is is a sucker punch .... wasting hours and hours on the Senate floor," Allen said, while Republican leader Frist called the move a "slap in the face."

Reid testily refuted that description.

"This investigation has been stymied, stopped, obstructions thrown up every step of the way. That's the real slap in the face," he said.

The Senate had been considering a budget bill when it went into closed session.


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That's "chutzpah" (audacity). The old joke defines chutzpah as a child murdering both of his parents and then pleading mercy of the court because he's an orphan

Ben in DC

"We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq, and these are policies that we are going to keep in place." - Colin Powell, FEB 2001

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld should be impeached and then arrested.

ATTENTION CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS. We know you know in your heart that what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have done with Iraq far exceeds the moral AND legal test for impeachment and shows them to be a clear and present danger to the United States of America. You must stand up and say so.

You have a duty to the American people, yourself and humanity to GO TO THE MAT for bi-partisan, well funded and transparent congressional investigations leading to impeachment. Shut down the governments business if that's what you have to do to move this forward and pound it into the American mind. Use whatever guerilla parliamentary procedure available to you. Say and do nothing else until the GOP agrees to investigate what any sane and just mind considers horrific crimes. No legislation, no issue, no job, nothing you can personally gain or lose is more important (or potentially politically effective) than this effort. Nothing is more important than cutting this cancer from our government. Our safety, perhaps even our very survival depends on it.

Mountains of evidence make clear these people have behaved in ways that make them war criminals and traitors. You must stop them before they take us to war again, before they sell out our national security again, before they destabilize the world to the point of no return. It is your right and your duty. Only you and your fellow elected congressional Democrats can get this done. This is why the people elected you.

Stand shoulder to shoulder, stand tall. Walk down the hall, grab your fellow elected Democrats by the collar, walk out onto the steps, and start saying what you believe. Say it loud, say it together and say it all the time, and you will drag the media and the American mind along. They have committed impeachable offences, they are destroying our national security and our good name, and they are profiting greatly from it. They must be held to account before we follow ancient Rome into the ashes of history.

I PROMISE YOU, in the end, not only will you know you've done the right thing, but you'll come out on top POLITICALLY as well. The American people will come to know traitors and criminals in their midst if you show them often enough what they look like. And in the end, they will be grateful. America needs leaders again. America needs heroes. Will you step up?

Senator Rockefeller, if you let Pat Roberts go back on his word to investigate the administrations use of intelligence, history will hunt you down and punish you in the same breath as those who have committed these despicable acts. Where are you? What could be more important than ensuring our leaders don’t twist intelligence to make fraudulent cases for war? As a member of the United States Senate you have the power to make sure this goes forward. You will have to put it on the line to be sure, but this is the right thing to do. Senator, we beg you, live up to your name. Stand tall in important ways.

Congressmen Waxman, Conyers, Lee, Rangel, thank you for all your letters, requests, complaints to the administration and the GOP leadership. You have done far more than most. You have shown you know right from wrong, that you have a heart, and you retain most of your humanity. But all that and a buck will buy America a cup of coffee. You have said many words that needed to be spoken. But it is clear we need different words now. We need words like IMPEACHEMENT and ARREST. Words like TREASON and HIGH CRIMES. Words like WAR PROFITEERING, CORRUPTION and CONSPIRACY.

We, the American people, need to hear from you how the conservatives SOLD OUT THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR LOVED ONES in order to try and COVER UP THEIR FRAUDLENT CASE FOR WAR. They LIED to bring this nation to war. We need to hear these words from you and your fellow congressional Democrats EVERY DAY.

These are simple concepts and the evidence is clear. Once you push these words and ideas into the American mind the game will be over. In fact, you have the chance to crush the Republican Party. With this war and the way in which we were driven to it you have the great weight of the truth. Avail yourselves of it often enough and you will crush the conservative movement.

It is clear the intransigence of this administration and the GOP leadership knows no bounds. They won’t budge until the American people demand it. The way to make that happen is for you and your fellow Democrats to shut-it-all-down, by whatever means necessary, until the evidence and consequences of their crimes are detailed in congressional investigations and front and center in our media culture. Your action will force Joe Sixpack to come to a conclusion about what you are saying. The cold, hard reality of the evidence and a few GOP rats fleeing the ship to avoid the rising water will take care of the rest.

You owe your constituents and humanity a course of action that is effective. Time is short. The situation is dire. Our rate of decay is exponential. We’re losing entire cities at a time. Impeachment was designed to save the nation from just this kind of leadership. It’s time for you to get out there and speak truth to power.

Now is your time. Write a chapter of great American history or forever be damned to the footnotes in another tale of empire gone by. America as we know it depends on your actions in the next weeks and months. History has an especially keen eye on these days. May it hold you in high regard. God speed…

Hey Fristie -

You have apparently forgotten that there's a real world out there beyond your heavily insulated Beltway bubble.

A real world where mothers deserve to know whether or not their sons and daughters are dying for a lie.

A real world where people believe that nobody, even those in the highest positions of our government, is above the law.

A real world where 53% of Americans believe the Bush administration deliberately misled Congress and the people to sell them on the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

And because a colleague of yours has the nerve to invoke a rarely used rule of the Senate in the effort to finally get answers that were promised 16 months ago By the Senate Intelligence Committee, you consider it a slap in the face.

Fuck you.

Try riding in an unarmored Humvee on the road to the Baghdad airport. You would thank your lucky stars if all you had to worry about was a slap in the face.

The people want answers. Now.

The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and all other loved ones of those who have paid the ultimate price, the troops who are in harm's way as we speak, and the American taxpayers who are shelling out 6 billion dollars per month for this war while homeland priorities go unattended.

You are not accountable to the Bush administration, Mr. Frist. You are accountable to the American people. Oversight of the executive branch is what we pay you for. It's your job. You and all your fellow self-serving, side stepping, buck passing Capitol Hill slackers need to either do it, or get the hell out of our government and make room for some real public servants.

John Perry

All I have to say to you is, FUCK YOU TOO!!!

You blinded by lies retard. Are you kidding me? The Left is so in schambles by the fact that EVERY SINGLE attempt to criminalize this administration has FAILED MISERABLY that they don't know what move to make next. All I have to say is CHECK MATE members of the left. I love how former Clinton people can stuff docs down their pants and get away with it but Bush can barely take a crap without the Left crying fowl. Do you realize just how ridiculous you people look and sound? I really don't think so...

You want to know who really wants to know the truth? The Left, don't you dare bring the families of fallen soldiers into this you terrorist loving peice of garbage. The ONLY parent that has spoken up is that idiot Sheehan and she has already worn out her welcome. Her rallies are worthless as the last one drew a whooping 20 people. So don't say the parents want to know, that is a fuckin lie and you know it. The truth is that Iraq is becoming a democracy under their own laws right before your eyes. You know what that means? We are winning the conflict and your buddies the terrorists are losing. Why don't you strap some C4 to your chest in the name of Allah for your 40 virgins if you hate America so much? I would die in an instant for this country...

You still beleive in your left biased polls I see? You know these sample populations are skewed so the results will always favor your side. You are so blinded by your self-created reality that you refuse to acknowledge the truth. You still deny the fact that Congress voted under Clinton to go to war, was he a liar? When is his trial for lying to the American people? I don't think you have ever answered that ?.

I love how your conspiracy theories about Libby and Rove were flat out wrong so here goes Reed pulling some "rabbit" out of his hat. Have you seen the Rockafeller document that exposed this tactic being planned a year ago? This was no surprise to anyone. I love how the Libby indictment is not even for what the investigation was for. I LAUGH AT YOUR SIDE AND THEIR TACTICS. I also saw that the judge in the Delay case has been removed, I see those charges being dropped very soon. Another slap in the face for your side. Damn you must be red in the face by now.

I am looking forward to what is next and I look forward to the next conspiracy theory is coming to get batted down due to the lack of ANY evidence.

Mr. Perry, good luck in spewing your garbage, lies, and half truths. It is no wonder why every news organization in the country is losing money hand over fist, except FOX. The only one the actually tells the truth...

See you at the polls in 2006 & 2008!!!!

With Love and Compassion,

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

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