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Democrats detail times their efforts to examine intel were blocked


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The following fact sheet was issued to reporters Tuesday afternoon,
following Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) decision to force
the Senate into closed session over a report on the failure of Iraq WMD
intelligence. It is presented "as is."

For more than two years, Senate Democrats have pressed Republicans to
address the misuse of intelligence. At every turn, Republicans have
blocked efforts to investigate how intelligence was used in the run-up
to the war in Iraq. Below details the long record established by
Democrats to investigate this matter.

March 14, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Mueller
requesting an investigation into the origin of the Niger documents.

May 23, 2003 ­ Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent a letter to the
CIA and State Department Inspectors General to review issues related to
the Niger documents.

June 2, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller issued a press release endorsing a
statement made of the previous weekend by Senator Warner calling for a
joint SSCI/SASC investigation.

June 4, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller issued a press release saying he
would push for an investigation. Senator Roberts issued a press release
saying calls for an investigation are premature.

June 10, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
asking for an investigation.

June 11, 2003 ­ All Committee Democrats signed a letter to Senator
Roberts asking for a meeting of the Committee to discuss the question
of authorizing an inquiry into the intelligence that formed the basis
for going to war.

June 11, 2003 ­ Senator Roberts issued a press release saying this is
routine committee oversight, and that criticism of the intelligence
community is unwarranted. Senator Rockefeller issued a press release
calling the ongoing review inadequate.

June 20, 2003 ­ Senators Roberts and Rockefeller issued a joint press
release laying out the scope of the inquiry.

August 13, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
making 14 points about the investigation, asking to expand the inquiry
to address the ³use of intelligence by policy makers² and asking for
several other actions.

September 9, 2003 ­ After press reports quoting Senator Roberts as
saying the investigation was almost over, Senator Rockefeller sent a
letter to Senator Roberts urging him not to rush to complete the
investigation prematurely. October 29, 2003 ­ Senators Roberts and
Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet expressing in strong terms
that he should provide documents that have been requested and make
individuals available.

October 30, 2003 ­ Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent letters to
Secretaries Rumsfeld and Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice
expressing in strong terms that they should provide documents that have
been requested and make individuals available.

October 31, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet
asking for documents related to the interaction between intelligence
and policy makers, including the documents from the Vice President¹s
office related to the Powell speech.

November 2, 2003 ­ Senator Roberts made statements during a joint
television appearance with Senator Rockefeller claiming that the White
house would provide all documents they jointly requested.

December 5, 2003 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to National
Security Advisor Rice asking for her help getting documents and access
to individuals.

January 22, 2004 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet
asking for compliance with the Oct. 31 request for documents.

February 12, 2004 ­ Senators Roberts and Rockefeller issued a joint
press release announcing the Committee¹s unanimous approval of the
expansion of the Iraq review, to include use of intelligence in the
form of public statements, and listing other aspects of what became
Phase II.

March 23, 2004 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent yet another letter to
Director Tenet asking for compliance with the Oct. 31 request for
documents.

June 17, 2004 ­ Senators Roberts and Rockefeller joint press release
announcing the unanimous approval of the report.

July 16, 2004 ­ Committee Democrats sent a letter to Bush asking for
the one page summary of the NIE prepared for Bush. The Committee staff
had been allowed to review it but could not take notes and the
Committee was never given a copy.

February 3, 2005 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
outlining Committee priorities for the coming year and encouraging
completion of Phase II.

August 5, 2005 ­ Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
expressing concern over the lack of progress on Phase II and calling
for a draft to be presented to the Committee at a business meeting in
September.

September 29, 2005 ­ All Committee Democrats joined in additional views
to the annual Intelligence Authorization Bill criticizing the lack of
progress on Phase II.

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And all the R's can do is bitch that they weren't asked to go into closed session. My heart bleeds for them. You know, it really is astounding to what level the R's have brought spin. Instead of hanging thier heads in shame for having the D's demand that they do their job (oversight, hearings, etc.), which by the way they haven't been doing, they come out with their same old song and dance about how the D's have no principles, character, or ideas. Hmm, to me, it seems the the R's were decsribing themselves.

I wrote to both Reid and Durbin yesterday to thank and encourage them, and I hope that everyone paying attention did the same. If Rove and Co. want to keep using the same obvious ploy of trying to distract America when the White House is in trouble, then I say to the D's, use the same dose of medicine on the R's to bring the focus right back to the problem. Make them choke on it. Kill them with it. Force America to wake up.

I read somewhere (here?) that "if your not angry, your not paying attention". True, and now my motto for life.

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