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Barbara Lee to Hold Town Hall on Downing Street Memo


Barbara Lee to Hold Town Hall on Downing Street Memo

Panel Will Discuss White House Case for War on 3rd Anniversary of Downing Street Meeting

Who: Congresswoman Barbara Lee will be joined by panelists, including: Daniel Ellsberg, author and lecturer; Steve Cobble, AfterDowningStreet.org; Bill Mitchell, Gold Star Families for Peace, and representatives of Iraq Veterans Against the War

What: Town Hall meeting to discuss the manipulation of pre-war intelligence, the unclassified minutes of the Downing Street meeting, the White House "outing" of CIA agent Valerie Plame and the war in Iraq.

Where: The Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

When: Saturday, July 23, 2005, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Background: This week Congresswoman Lee will introduce a Resolution of Inquiry, calling on the Bush administration to release any and all materials related to administration meetings with Britain prior to the Congressional vote to authorize the use force in Iraq.

The Town Hall will be held on the third anniversary of the secret meeting between U.S. and British officials in 2002 whose minutes have come to be known as the "Downing Street Memo." The minutes, along with other leaked memos, raise serious questions as to whether the Bush administration manipulated intelligence data in order to justify the invasion of Iraq. Panelists will address the questions raised by the "Downing Street Memo," as well as the ongoing controversy surrounding White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove and the Bush administration's exposure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame to distract attention from further evidence that claims about Iraq's nuclear ambitions had been deliberately overstated in order to justify invasion.

Over the past two months, 131 Members of Congress have written the President and more than 575,000 people have signed petitions demanding answers from the White House. All of these inquiries have gone unanswered. Because they continue to be met with silence, Members of Congress will now be taking this issue directly to the American people in the hope that the administration will finally be held accountable.

This Town Hall is one of nine being held by Representatives around the nation to call for answers to the serious questions that have come to light about the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq: Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Xavier Becerra, (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Maxine Waters (D-CA).

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I hope I will be able to be there.

We hope so too!

"Background: This week Congresswoman Lee will introduce a Resolution of Inquiry, calling on the Bush administration to release any and all materials related to administration meetings with Britain prior to the Congressional vote to authorize the use force in Iraq."

I hope Congresswoman Lee will be able to introduce that resolution this week as she said she will. I've been waiting nearly three years for it. (Not entirely patiently I admit.)

Ya know what is realy wierd, I hear and read all these people talking about the way they hide the truth by creating all these diversions, NO one wants to see the real story they are hiding...
When are U sheep going to get it?? These people U let tell U what colour to & how high, need to get U’r head out so U don’t get colour on it.
This crime synd. Ran by the bush cartel, can be gotten rid of, so far they still work for us, as do all the slimy congressmen, senators and other liars and thieves…How far down the rabbit hole does it go?
The TV has cops on, I had to turn it off..U ever watch these gods at work, here‘s a woman with 3 kids and a little bit of weed well she‘s on the ground crying for her children, the cops have a hard time not kicking her, she goes to jail, now the three kid are screaming crying…it don‘t matter, they got her…Break for drug ads.>>>>C U’r doc. Get some today.. They are on there way to a domestic violence call, on the ride over U here about this guy they have been there other times…this guy is a EX cop alcohol took him out, now he takes it out on his old lady….they have him in the back of the car. HE’S CRYING, he has 3 cops all babying him he/s tilling them “I used to be one of U

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