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Resolution of Inquiry Introduced Surrounding Bush’s Iraq War Policy


By Political Affairs

Yesterday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D–CA) introduced a Resolution of Inquiry in the House of Representatives which would require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq." The resolution was introduced with 26 co-sponsors.

The resolution is regarded as a first step in an official congressional investigation of recently leaked information showing that in the spring and summer of 2004, as much as one year before the war began, high-level British government officials believed that the Bush administration was intent on going to war with Iraq, that is was planning to fix intelligence to support its cause, and that its case for war was insupportable with the known intelligence.
"The contents of the Downing Street Memo," reads the letter, "undermine this faith and only rigorous congressional oversight can determine the truth."

The resolution must be voted on in committee within 14 legislative days of its introduction. It is expected to be referred to the House International Relations Committee. The Republicans who control the committee may take the matter up right away, hoping to vote it down before the August recess. If they do not, they will be required to take it up by September 16th.

AfterDowningStreet.org, a coalition of organizations that is calling for a serious and thorough investigation into the President’s policy on war with Iraq as a result of revelations in the Downing Street Memo and related official British documents, says that the more members of Congress in the full House who co-sponsor the resolution, the more likely the committee members are to vote for it.

This resolution is important because the information in the Downing Street Documents strongly suggests that President Bush intentionally deceived Congress about the reasons for war. If that is not the case, then releasing the documents requested here will clear that up – something the President should be eager to do.

The coalition asks the public to urge members of the House International Relations Committee not only to vote for it but to discuss it at length and engage in a substantive debate when the committee meets, so that members who oppose it have to give reasons.

The Lee resolution comes just weeks after ten senators sent a letter to the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS) and to the Vice Chair John Rockefeller (D-WV). The letter strongly urged the committee to conduct the investigation of Iraq war policy and the role of policy makers in using intelligence that led the country to war that the committee had committed to over a year ago.

The letter explained that completing the investigation was more urgent with the discovery of new information found in the Downing Street Memo and other leaked British government documents that is undermining the faith the people have in the government to be honest with them about matters as serious as this. "The contents of the Downing Street Memo," reads the letter, "undermine this faith and only rigorous congressional oversight can determine the truth."

The Senators who signed the letter were Kerry, Johnson, Corzine, Reed, Lautenberg, Boxer, Kennedy, Harkin, Bingaman, and Durbin.

The AfterDowningStreet.org coalition calls on the other 90 senators to draft and jointly sign a similar statement and urges the public to ask their senators to take the lead in drafting such a letter, or to sign such a letter if it is drafted.

To highlight the pressing need for a full investigation, between 300 and 400 events are planned in the US and London to discuss the Downing Street Memo and related official government documents. On July 23, these events will mark the three-year anniversary of the meeting at #10 Downing Street in London, England, which was recorded in the now infamous Downing Street Memo.

Read the memo and other documents and find out more about these events at AfterDowningStreet.com.

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in the event of another "9/11 type attack" according to Philip Giraldi, in the print edition of the American Conservative (courtesy Justin Logan). And when he says attack Iran, he means ATTACK IRAN!

The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option.
As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing--that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack--but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.

Somebody better find there courage and speak up!

America needs you!

Guess this means that, we should start cringing when the plans are finished.

This was on another site. I have no way to really see if it's true, but hope someone here can.

I'm so sick and disgusted with this mess! They CAN'T keep doing this, can they?

Again, this is just an hypothesis, but I am seeing lots of intel
on how to market an invasion of Iran. My personal points of concern
in my analysis are:

1. Valarie Plame's outing not only outed her, but the entire front
company that was monitoring status of post USSR soviet nuclear
weapons (you know, the ones we didn't buy from them when we
had the chance)

2. With that cover blown, the only real monitoring of these
weapons stores is now possibly Isreal's Mossad. (speculation)

3. From a press release, FEMA region IV will be holding a
"Nuclear Terror Drill" in August (www.northcom.mil)in August.

FORT MONROE, Va. -- Here’s the scenario…A seafaring vessel transporting a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead makes its way into a port off the coast of Charleston, S.C. Terrorists aboard the ship attempt to smuggle the warhead off the ship to detonate it. Is this really a possibility?

4. With Karl Rove's "blinding" the CIA with his Machiavellian
revenge on Joseph Wilson, would it now be possible for
Mossad agents to move a soviet nuke onto American soil undetected
and detonate it?

5. The mass-illusion of "al Qaeda/Saddam Hussein" taking out some
buildings and killing 3000+ Americans was enough to make the
masses not only go to war and topple two soverign nations, but
to allow their Bill of Rights to be shredded by the Patriot Act.
Imagine the psychological manipulation possible if a nuke was
detonated on an American city.

6. Worse case domestic scenarios could include Executive Power
martial law, city evacutations to FEMA concentration camps,
forced bio-metric smart chip National IDs, reinstatement of
military draft (now expanded to 18-42 years of age) etc.

International worse case scenarios could include full scale
invasion and nuclear "retaliation" attacks on and occupation of
all remaining middle-eastern countries. (Iran, Syria, etc.)

Again, this is just speculation based on historical analysis,
the PNAC strategies and PNAC member studies.

Does this hypothesis hold any water? I guess my concern is that
time is of the utmost importance in exposing BushCo and PNAC.
If we cannot break up this power system soon, we may be in for a
long and bumpy ride.

this sounds perfectly believable.

This would be the good news. Civil disobedience could save the nation.

WELL, THESE CAREER OFFICER'S BETER CONSIDER THE IMPACT TO THEIR CAREER'S IF THEY ASSIST THOSE IN PUTTING TOGETHER THIS ILLEAGAL ACT.
IF THIS IS TRUE, AND IM NOT SAYING IT ISN'T, AND THEY THINK WE WON'T COME FOR THEM, THEY ARE IN FOR A BIG SHOOK! A BIG SHOOK! IF THEY THINK THEY CAN DO THIS IN THE NAME OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY, TO WHICH IS THE ONLY LEGAL JUSTIFICATION FOR ANYTHING THEY DO, QUITE SIMPLY, AND IM NOT GOING TO TALK ALOT OF SHIT HERE, WE'LL JUST DO WHAT EVER IT WILL TAKE, AND I MEAN WHAT EVER IT WILL TAKE, AND READ BETWEEN THE LINES, WELL PUT THEM ALL IN JAIL!AND IF ANY OF THEM READ THIS, TO THEM I SAY HERE AND NOW. IF YOU DO THIS, WE WILL COME FOR YOU. YOU WILL FACE LEGAL ACCOUNTIBILLITY I ASSURE YOU. AND WHAT WILL YOU TRY TO USE TO POSSIBLY STOP US? OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ? AGAINST US? GET REAL! IN THE END, THEY WONT! WE KNOW IT, YOU KNOW IT! ANYBODY ELSE CARE TO COMMENT ON THIS? ANY BODY ELSE DARE TO COMMENT ON THIS?

Every senator that does not sign on to this resolution, and finally have an investigation, should be recalled and/or voted out of office at the next election.

Kyl and McCain are so mum on the subject I'm not sure they have heard of it yet.

How many republicans are actually sitting in on these hearings?

27 Republicans & 23 Democrats.

Very much

Is there a channel that broadcasts from the floor of the house?

it's called C-span

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