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Memo splits Intelligence Committee (can't trust corrupt Dumbos with US national security)
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ^ | November 17, 2003 | ROBERT NOVAK

Posted on 11/17/2003 5:53:35 AM PST by Liz

Partisan animosity that has brought operations of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to a standstill reached new depths on Nov. 5. The committee's Democratic vice chairman, Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, went on Lou Dobbs' CNN program to say flatly he had not ordered the staff memorandum outlining a confrontational election year strategy on Iraq.

The Republican chairman, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, was startled. He told his staff that Rockefeller told him he personally ordered aides to give him ''options'' -- an order that produced the infamous memo. To the plain-spoken ex-Marine, trust had been breached. His committee will conduct no hearings until some Democrat -- preferably Rockefeller -- disavows the memo's contents. That is not about to happen.

Neither Roberts nor Rockefeller is a natural partisan brawler, and each would prefer amiable cooperation in overseeing the nation's intelligence agencies. But Rockefeller is pressured by a Senate Democratic caucus that, facing slim chances of regaining majority status any time soon, insists on undermining President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq. Roberts is unable to follow his normal inclinations to make peace.

The memo setting forth a political strategy for Intelligence Committee Democrats cannot be written off, as Democratic senators try to do, as the work of one possibly errant staffer. It represents dominant political thinking inside the committee by Michigan's Sen. Carl Levin, one of the more partisan members of the U.S. Senate.

Roberts informed nonpartisan staffers that Rockefeller had informed him he had requested ''options.'' The memo's only option actually was a plan for Democrats to ''castigate'' their Republican colleagues and ''pull the trigger'' on a 2004 independent investigation of politicized intelligence.

That is why Roberts was so disturbed by Rockefeller's Nov. 5 interview. Dobbs: ''Did you order the drafting of this memo?'' Rockefeller: ''No, I didn't.'' Dobbs: ''Do you know who did?'' Rockefeller: ''No, I mean it wasn't ordered.'' To Roberts, that effective repudiation of their private conversation ended the Intelligence Committee's tenure as a politics-free haven.

Storm clouds first appeared during the 2001-2002 interregnum of a Democratic majority when Sen. Bob Graham of Florida became chairman. He proposed that the Intelligence Committee staff for the first time be divided evenly, into majority and minority staffs. He failed. Otherwise, however, he was given a free hand by his Republican vice chairman.

After Republicans regained Senate control in the 2002 elections and term limits imposed new leadership on the Intelligence Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle insisted on an end to nonpartisanship. As the new vice chairman, Rockefeller followed the party line by demanding half the staff, which was the real cause for delayed reorganization of the Senate under GOP leadership.

On a personal basis, Roberts gets along well with Rockefeller (and bonded with him on a trip to Iraq earlier in the year). He likes the multimillionaire scion of the famous Republican family, describing Rockefeller's high-flown pronouncements as ''ethereal.'' But their relationship now is strained to the breaking point.

The partisan tone among the committee's Democrats has been sounded by Levin and his lieutenant, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois. Levin set the line on "Fox News Sunday" on Nov. 9: ''Did the administration, knowing what they knew, with daily briefings, exaggerate the intelligence [about Iraq]? The chairman of this committee and the Republicans refuse to look at the administration's use of exaggeration of intelligence.''

The point Levin wants to pursue is that intelligence professionals were pressured by Bush officials to distort their findings. The committee's nonpartisan staff has come up with no such information and has had no such complaints from whistleblowers in the intelligence community. Democratic demands to leap over the staff produced the memo that has laid waste the Senate Intelligence Committee.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004memo; intelcommittee; jayrockefeller; memogate; nationalsecurity; novak; partisanship

1 posted on 11/17/2003 5:53:36 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
good post thank you
2 posted on 11/17/2003 6:03:34 AM PST by not-alone
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To: Liz
After Republicans regained Senate control in the 2002 elections and term limits imposed new leadership on the Intelligence Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle insisted on an end to nonpartisanship

Never, ever trust a lieing Democrat. The Republicans tried to be civil with the beasts, but there's just no way to be civil with blood thirsty wolves.

3 posted on 11/17/2003 6:03:57 AM PST by concerned about politics ( So it is. Amen.)
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To: Liz
Democratic demands to leap over the staff produced the memo that has laid waste the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The same thing they want to do to the country. Leap over the Constitution and lay waste to a great nation.

Never trust a Democrat.

4 posted on 11/17/2003 6:07:07 AM PST by concerned about politics ( So it is. Amen.)
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To: Liz
The logical conclusion of the "rule or ruin" strategy is the destruction of the ability of the government to operate a CIA. How far will the Dems take it?
5 posted on 11/17/2003 6:07:18 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The everyday blessings of God are great--they just don't make "good copy.")
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To: Liz
"Roberts is unable to follow his normal inclinations to make peace."

"On a personal basis, Roberts gets along well with Rockefeller (and bonded with him on a trip to Iraq earlier in the year). He likes the multimillionaire scion of the famous Republican family, describing Rockefeller's high-flown pronouncements as ''ethereal."

This is exactly why the GOPers in the Senate are so weak willed. We need to elect to the Senate Republicans who are adamant about putting the good of the nation before being buddy buddy with their Rat counterparts and "making peace."

6 posted on 11/17/2003 6:09:33 AM PST by KantianBurke (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
How far will the Dems take it?

In order to create a socialist society (U.S.S.A.), one has to destroy the current society first. They'll go as far as they have to in order to get that dictorial Marxist society they covet. They want total control over every human soul from cradle to grave.

7 posted on 11/17/2003 6:20:46 AM PST by concerned about politics ( So it is. Amen.)
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To: KantianBurke
.....and why the Senate is called a "private club"....rather than a lawmaking body......
8 posted on 11/17/2003 6:22:19 AM PST by Liz
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
As many here on FR have stated.....Dumbos will do "anything" to get back in power.
9 posted on 11/17/2003 6:23:23 AM PST by Liz
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To: concerned about politics
....there's just no way to be civil with blood thirsty wolves....

Should be Repub's campaign theme.

10 posted on 11/17/2003 6:25:06 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
Were I President Bush, I would cut off all intelligence to the Senate Intelligence Committee due to the politicization of this supposedly bipartisan committee. US lives are at risk when politics steers intelligence. The risk becomes even more serious in this war - when America has already been attacked several times (Trade Center, Pentagon, embassies, USS Cole and more). God save us from partisan democrats!
11 posted on 11/17/2003 6:26:20 AM PST by NetValue (They are not Americans, they're democrats and fools to boot.)
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To: Liz
"Did the Administration, knowing what they knew, with daily briefings, exaggerate the intelligence (about Iraq)?"

Sometimes the cojones on these Dems are breathtaking. Not only is it well known that the same type of intelligence on Iraq went back at least to the beginning of the Clinton administration, but it is further well known that the Peyronie President regularly skipped his daily intel briefings. Indeed, he only met with CIA chief Woolsey twice during his tenure including the day he was appointed. I guess that, in the Dem universe, Clinton can't be responsible because he didn't keep up to speed on National Security.
12 posted on 11/17/2003 6:32:30 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Inwoodian
Clinton can't be responsible because he didn't keep up to speed on National Security.

And he said he bombed Iraq because of it's WNDs.

13 posted on 11/17/2003 6:37:29 AM PST by concerned about politics ( So it is. Amen.)
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To: Liz
As usual, this sort of thing is met with a big *YAWN* in the mainstream media.
14 posted on 11/17/2003 6:42:45 AM PST by Gritty
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To: Liz
Its all about power...
They just "wants their precious".
15 posted on 11/17/2003 6:45:17 AM PST by norton
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To: norton
Its all about power...
They just "wants their precious".


What an apt description of the demon-rats!
16 posted on 11/17/2003 6:50:33 AM PST by Roughneck (9 out of 10 TERRORISTS PREFER DEMOCRATS, the rest prefer Saddam Hussein)
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To: concerned about politics
"Never trust a Democrat."

Good advice. Democrats are like Palestinians, any attempt to extend your hand in friendship is always met by rock throwing and homicide bombings.
17 posted on 11/17/2003 7:12:02 AM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: Liz
Very interesting, I hope the Republicans keep the heat going.
18 posted on 11/17/2003 7:37:08 AM PST by MontanaBeth (Thank you Mom and Dad-for being raising me Conservative!)
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To: Liz
BUMP!
19 posted on 11/17/2003 7:42:32 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: norton
"they just wants their precious"


"Yes, that's what we'll do, let HER kill them and then we take the precious."--Smeegle


HER-Hillary?




20 posted on 11/17/2003 7:43:03 AM PST by MontanaBeth (Thank you Mom and Dad-for being raising me Conservative!)
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To: Liz
Close it down, and national security will be far safer.

I trust a liberal democrat to give to the highest bidder any national secret he/she gets his/her grubby paws on to america haters, communists, and dictators.

"Liberal Democrats are traitors" is a fairly good operating principle that covers most of them.
21 posted on 11/17/2003 7:56:59 AM PST by xzins (Proud to be Army!)
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To: xzins
I trust a liberal democrat to give to the highest bidder any national secret he/she gets his/her grubby paws on to america haters, communists, and dictators.

Stuff like missile technology to Communist Red China to win an election? I agree. You're sooo right.

22 posted on 11/17/2003 8:12:11 AM PST by concerned about politics ( So it is. Amen.)
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To: xzins; not-alone; KantianBurke; conservatism_IS_compassion; MontanaBeth; norton; Gritty; ...
I'm reminded of a poll taken I believe last year well before the latest Senate Select Intel Committee flap:

Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of legislators taking lie detector tests.

The poll indicated fully 70% of Americans believe Democrats would leak confidential information provided to them.

Legislators should take lie detector tests. Americans need to know our lawmakers are not playing fast and loose with our national security.

23 posted on 11/17/2003 8:20:08 AM PST by Liz
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To: not-alone
Link to thread announcing new web site IntelMemo.com.
24 posted on 11/17/2003 8:25:20 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Liz
LOL my Senator, Reid would blow a lie detector up. The man is like a spinning top when he speaks.
25 posted on 11/17/2003 8:27:01 AM PST by swheats
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To: Liz
This event harkens back to the 70s when dumbocrat Sen. Frank Church released the names of undercover CIA agents, who were promptly tracked down and murdered.
26 posted on 11/17/2003 8:55:32 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree
Includes Leaky Leahy's big mouth and ex-SenTorricelli's leak which caused murders of CIA agents.
27 posted on 11/17/2003 10:39:27 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
Legislators should take lie detector tests.

If they use it on Shillary/Bubba, it's doomed.

28 posted on 11/18/2003 6:03:19 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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