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Democrats Force Senate Into Iraq Meeting
Nov 01 3:43 PM US/Eastern
By LIZ SIDOTI


Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON


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.

"They have repeatedly chosen to protect the Republican administration rather than get to the bottom of what happened and why," Democratic leader Harry Reid said.



Taken by surprise, Republicans derided the move as a political stunt.

"The United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership," said Majority Leader Bill Frist. "They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas," the Republican leader said.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. The public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, and the doors were closed. No vote is required in such circumstances.

Reid's move shone a spotlight on the continuing controversy over intelligence that President Bush cited in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Despite prewar claims, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and some Democrats have accused the administration of manipulating the information that was in their possession.

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted last Friday in an investigation that touched on the war, the leak of the identity of a CIA official married to a critic of the administration's Iraq policy.

"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.

Libby resigned from his White House post after being indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury.

Democrats contend that the unmasking of Valerie Plame was retribution for her husband, Joseph Wilson, publicly challenging the Bush administration's contention that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium from Africa. That claim was part of the White House's justification for going to war.

Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Reid was making "some sort of stink about Scooter Libby and the CIA leak."

A former majority leader, Lott 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.

As Reid spoke, Frist met in the back of the chamber with a half-dozen senior GOP senators, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas, who bore the brunt of Reid's criticism. Reid said Roberts reneged on a promise to fully investigate whether the administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence leading up to the war.

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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.

"Now we have this ... stunt 24 hours after their staff was informed that we were moving to closure next week," a clearly angry Roberts told reporters. "If that's not politics, I'm not standing here."

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gene cisco

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SAD, FUCKING SAD

Shows how grimey politicians are.

I said it all along, DEMS NEEDED BALLS, they could have saved thousands of lives.

To afraid to lose votes and stand up to my apple pie theory.

Now that they see the humanoids are waking up the dems have BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sad, but if you stand by and watch a crime you are considered just as guilty by some.

Who should be held as heros are the few dems that voted against apple pie madness way back when, not ones doing it now....unless they did it both times.


Fucking dems are slithering around on their bellies just like the republicans, to bad the ones with balls 2-3 years ago werent more aggressive.

Hey, the apple pie has mold on it and the bodies are starting to stink, now the vultures come out and the humanoids will think they did the killing, when in fact the people in charge shot themselves by trying to get away with crazy shit.

Sooner or later we will have a democrat hero cause of this iraq shit, I just hope its somebody who stood up to bush in 02-03, and not a true vulture, I can tolerate half a vulture.
 

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gene cisco said:
SAD, FUCKING SAD

Shows how grimey politicians are.

I said it all along, DEMS NEEDED BALLS, they could have saved thousands of lives.

To afraid to lose votes and stand up to my apple pie theory.

Now that they see the humanoids are waking up the dems have BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sad, but if you stand by and watch a crime you are considered just as guilty by some.

Who should be held as heros are the few dems that voted against apple pie madness way back when, not ones doing it now....unless they did it both times.


Fucking dems are slithering around on their bellies just like the republicans, to bad the ones with balls 2-3 years ago werent more aggressive.

Hey, the apple pie has mold on it and the bodies are starting to stink, now the vultures come out and the humanoids will think they did the killing, when in fact the people in charge shot themselves by trying to get away with crazy shit.

Sooner or later we will have a democrat hero cause of this iraq shit, I just hope its somebody who stood up to bush in 02-03, and not a true vulture, I can tolerate half a vulture.
true story

did b. boxer even vote against invasion? conyers?
I think McKinney was out at the time not sure - I remember she was calling shit from the beginning and mufuckas called her a nut - then the evidence came and they wouldn't apologize.

washington is full of shit, all those democrat fucks are complicit
 

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:angry: i blame those kissa$$ dumb demoCATS for being spineless pussies..biggups to Sis Barbara Lee and other true patriots..
Rest in Peace 2000 US dead, 30,000 iraqis, no Israelis soldiers...go figure
 
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African Herbsman said:
It's a little late for the demorats to start flexing now. They should have <s>spoke up long ago</s> kicked some ass long ago.
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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."</font>


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 “use of intelligence by policy makers” 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 President’s 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 Committee’s 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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you mean like challenging the election results in 2000 instead of waiting until 2004.

stop complaining about the masters of timing.
 

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African Herbsman said:
It's a little late for the demorats to start flexing now. They should have spoke up long ago.
you mean like challenging the election results in 2000 instead of waiting until 2004.

stop complaining about the masters of timing.
 

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the game of politics and recognize that none of this attention whoring in washington, by either side, is based on genuine principle.

so as citizens stop taking this shit personal and get out the habit of cheerleading for politicians like the people in this thread.

but of course, i mentioned the C-word, and the people on this board dont buy into that america stuff.
 

gene cisco

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So we now know that just a few years later the democrats had the oval office and congress and didn't do shit. So much for truth, justice, and the American way. So much for rule of law.

Bush is now getting hugs and treated like a carebear.
 
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