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Calls Get Louder For Kerry’s Intel Committee Records
mensnewsdaily.com ^ | August 18, 2004 | Jeff Gannon, Talon News

Posted on 08/18/2004 7:11:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Republicans continue to press Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry to release his attendance records from his tenure on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Television ads that began airing Monday call into question the Massachusetts Democrat's commitment to reforming America's intelligence community.

Kerry served on the panel from 1993 to 2000 and according to official records missed 76 percent of the public committee hearings during that time. During his eight years of service on the committee there were 49 open, public hearings. Of these 49, Kerry attended just 11. Among the most notable of those he missed is the June 8, 2000, hearing on the report of the National Commission on Terrorism, which warned about the terrorist threat faced by the United States and recommended numerous steps to address that threat.

In 1994, the year following the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Kerry missed every committee hearing, including a hearing on the report of the Joint Security Commission.

The report warned in part, "The bombing of the World Trade Center and the assassination of two CIA employees in Virginia heightened our sensitivity to the fact that terrorist activities against Americans can occur domestically as well as abroad."

Not included in the attendance figures is Kerry's presence at closed-door meetings. Those records could only be released to the public with the senator's permission. Republicans in Congress are challenging Kerry to make a full disclosure of his attendance records for his tenure on the committee.

On Sunday's "Meet The Press," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that both Kerry and Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) should allow the release of their attendance records.

He said, "The easiest way out of this is for John Kerry and John Edwards to request of Senator Rockefeller and myself to release the attendance hearings -- not only the public hearings, which they have rebutted, but the closed hearings."

Sen. John Warner (R-VA), another member of the committee, said that Kerry should simply release the attendance records if he disputes the Bush-Cheney ad.

"So I would go to what is solid, incontrovertible fact, and that is the records that each committee keeps with regard to the attendance at every hearing of all the members, whether they're there or not," Warner told CNN. "Now, those records are available. John Kerry, if he questions the authenticity of this ad that's out there now, should simply get those records and put them into the public domain."

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) added his voice to the controversy when he issued a similar challenge.

"So I would like to call on Senator Edwards and Senator Kerry today to publicly release their attendance records at the private, or classified, hearing on the intelligence committee so the American people can really know the truth," Cornyn said.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), also a member of the committee, said, "The fact of the matter is, even though he claims to have gained a lot of that expertise by serving on the senate intelligence committee, during his eight years of service on the intelligence committee there were forty-nine public hearings held by the intelligence committee, and John Kerry was absent from thirty-eight of those forty-nine hearings."

He added, "That does not include the classified hearings. ... And I would hope that he would agree to release to you the record of his attendance at meetings and hearings of the Senate Intelligence committee over the last year and a half, or his total service on that committee."

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) also called on his Senate colleague to disclose his attendance records.

"The other illustration of lack of leadership with regard to this issue is the question of the intelligence," Kyl said. "And since I served on the Intelligence Committee with Senator Kerry for eight years I believe, I call for him to disclose his attendance at the briefings and hearings of the Intelligence Committee. The classified briefings and hearings of course are not on our public record, but he could make his attendance public."

Kyl continued, "John Edwards was on the committee and came on later, and he missed half of the public hearings as well. But I think that they should both disclose their record of attendance in the Intelligence Committee."

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) also weighed in.

He said, "This is something that needs to be done, and I join Senator Roberts, Senator Chambliss, Senator Cornyn and others in calling on him to do so, so that the American people can judge the whole picture for themselves."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; committee; intelcommittee; johnkerry; kerry; kerryrecord; kerrysecrets; senateintelligence
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1 posted on 08/18/2004 7:11:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You realize these guys have already tallied the records and they must be damning indeed.


2 posted on 08/18/2004 7:14:07 AM PDT by Taliesan (fiction police)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am sure he had a good excuse for not showing up for work...he had to perfect his skiing and wind surfing.


3 posted on 08/18/2004 7:14:39 AM PDT by Voltage
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I suspect that the Republicans who are on the committee and are calling for Kerry and Edwards to release the attendance records know exactly what they would show.


4 posted on 08/18/2004 7:15:25 AM PDT by jackbill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Someone just lead it already!


Oh yeah, only the Democrats seem to leak sensitive or private information for political gain. Then, more often then not, they claim the Republicans did it... Even when it is against the Republican best interest.

Democrats suck. Kerry sucks. If Kerry gets into the White House, it will be President Kerry giving blow jobs to foreign dignitaries, not interns.

Excuse my language... Just a little pissed at him at the moment.


5 posted on 08/18/2004 7:15:49 AM PDT by coconutt2000
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
On Sunday's "Meet The Press," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that both Kerry and Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) should allow the release of their attendance records.

I don't understand a public official, an elected official, having control over his OWN attendance records.

These people WORK FOR US, We The People have a right to the information WITHOUT our EMPLOYEES permission!

Attendance records have nothing to do with National Security - nor do the FINANCIAL RECORDS of his FOREIGN-BORN WIFE!

Release the records Kerry, or some of us just might ask for a lawsuit.
6 posted on 08/18/2004 7:16:42 AM PDT by hushpad (The Left tramples on everyone's Rights)
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To: hushpad; All

I heard Sean Hannity say, he has it on good authority, that Kerry's attendance at the closed meetings was worse than it was in the open meetings - and that's saying something.


7 posted on 08/18/2004 7:19:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jackbill

It's funny that this guy won't release Military or Senate records, but he was all over the President to release his ANG records. The press should give this guy the same proctological exam they gave the President. And being a former Naval Aviator, I want him to ditch the Navy flight jacket. He didn't earn that either.


8 posted on 08/18/2004 7:19:25 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: Voltage

Don't forget his hair. It's very, very important.


9 posted on 08/18/2004 7:19:26 AM PDT by auboy (MSM's creed: see no truth, hear no truth, speak no truth.)
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To: Voltage
I am sure he had a good excuse for not showing up for work...

He did. Here it is:

I had no good excuse for not showing up for work before I had a good excuse for not showing up for work.

10 posted on 08/18/2004 7:20:51 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah, but he was Vice Chairman.

Doesn't that count for anything?


11 posted on 08/18/2004 7:21:44 AM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Geist Krieger
This election is reaching critical mass very, very quickly.

If all of the cards are not on the table by now, they are probably going to stay in the deck.

There is scarcely time left to expose any new "revelations" on Kerry, however damaging they might be, short of a major scandal that would disqualify him from running.

12 posted on 08/18/2004 7:22:52 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (JOHN KERRY is as much like the WORKING MAN as WHOOPIE GOLDBERG is to GEORGE W. BUSH! - Vote BUSH!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That would be Zell feeding him that I would imagine.


13 posted on 08/18/2004 7:23:58 AM PDT by WoodstockCat
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To: Voltage
"Intelligence meetings?!?! Awww dude, intelligence meetings are for fffaaawwwwwwwwggggsss!"


14 posted on 08/18/2004 7:24:24 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: jackbill

>>>I suspect that the Republicans who are on the committee and are calling for Kerry and Edwards to release the attendance records know exactly what they would show.<<<

Of course they do! Now it's time for ALL AMERICANS to know. This is a Presidential election. If effing wants to talk the talk he should walk the walk.

Didn't effing say once "I dont fall down"? Right. Kerrys on his face in the mud and thinks he can wipe it off before we all catch on. What a slime ball.


15 posted on 08/18/2004 7:28:01 AM PDT by hushpad (The Left tramples on everyone's Rights)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is there any way of finding out where Kerry actually was on days he missed meetings?


16 posted on 08/18/2004 7:33:51 AM PDT by barker (Never read the fine print. There ain't no way you're going to like it.)
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To: finnman69
Awww dude, intelligence meetings are for fffaaawwwwwwwwggggsss!"

Kids Favor John Kerry, Fox News in Myers/Neopets.com Political Poll

17 posted on 08/18/2004 7:34:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mortal19440

he's only wearing it for attention and it doesn't even look good on him.


18 posted on 08/18/2004 7:35:23 AM PDT by cubreporter (-I trust Rush...he will prevail in spite of the naysayers.)
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To: WoodstockCat

A lot of people probably want to rat on this creep.

But Zell would be a good bet.


19 posted on 08/18/2004 7:36:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: barker

I don't know.


20 posted on 08/18/2004 7:36:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry's pathetic attendance must have been common knowledge to the GOP all along - this means they know exactly what the records of private intelligence meeting attendance shows, and it must be damning. I know that a lot of people, including me, have the perception that all Senators miss a lot of these committee meetings, however, it seems Kerry's attendance record is much worse than the average Senator. Not the kind of record to run for President on.


21 posted on 08/18/2004 7:38:38 AM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Those records could only be released to the public with the senator's permission.

Where are the whistle-blowers when we really need them?
22 posted on 08/18/2004 7:39:29 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Two Americas that Johnny Edwards loves to talk about, "secret", private lives for liberals and unadulterated nakedness for the rest of America. (Hillry care)
23 posted on 08/18/2004 7:42:02 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If you ask me, this record is the most negative issue of all.


24 posted on 08/18/2004 7:43:42 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wonder why this is not public information already? He is suppose to be accountable to the people for his job.


25 posted on 08/18/2004 7:45:29 AM PDT by longhorn too
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To: hflynn

"I am sure he had a good excuse for not showing up for work... "

He was in Cambodia.


26 posted on 08/18/2004 7:46:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Control the information given to society and you control society.)
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To: Taliesan

Meanwhile, Sen John McCain said it was dishonorable and dishonest to call Kerry's attendance into question....


27 posted on 08/18/2004 7:46:08 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: ghost of nixon

It appears this faker has never worked for anything - and now we're talking about national security.

He dabbles at things, like 4 months in Vietnam, etc.


28 posted on 08/18/2004 7:47:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jackbill

>>>I suspect that the Republicans who are on the committee and are calling for Kerry and Edwards to release the attendance records know exactly what they would show.<<<

Sorry cat lovers, but there is always more than one way to skin a cat.

It seems to me that if Kerry refuses to release his attendance records, those who where at those meetings could release theirs and simply state...... Kerry = absent, or present. The tally would be the same and without Kerry's lame excuses.


29 posted on 08/18/2004 7:48:02 AM PDT by Gator113
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To: longhorn too
He is suppose to be accountable to the people for his job.

We should expand this issue into "Why the hell are we paying this Multi-Millionaire a six figure salary for a job he's not been doing for years"??

30 posted on 08/18/2004 7:48:26 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: longhorn too
He is suppose to be accountable to the people for his job.

Bump!

31 posted on 08/18/2004 7:48:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Voltage

You assume that he even wants the responibility that goes with public office. He just wants the title, as a trophy, as proof of his importance, not to help run and support the USA. It is all about John SKerry.


32 posted on 08/18/2004 7:48:48 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Cincinatus' Wife



Hanoi john can point his finger and mess with marines in Wendys, so now its time for him to make his work record public. After all he is a public employee.


33 posted on 08/18/2004 7:49:31 AM PDT by JOE43270 (JOE43270 My vote goes for President Bush because he is a great leader and a good man.)
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To: VRWC_minion

It certainly strikes at the importance of what we're facing with terrorism.

Kerry drones on about how Bush has led us into a war and how he doesn't have a plan, etc, etc.

Kerry doesn't have the background to make any comments.

He's an empty suit.


34 posted on 08/18/2004 7:51:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: tiki; JOE43270

Great points!


35 posted on 08/18/2004 7:52:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Taliesan

This may be even more damaging than the Swift Boat controversy.

The record of votes missed, meetings missed, they can all be made into a clear, easy to understand graph.

AWOL Senator indeed.

I am actually starting to believe it. Kerry is toast.


36 posted on 08/18/2004 7:52:53 AM PDT by Ronin (When the fox gnaws....SMILE!)
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To: Happy2BMe
There is scarcely time left to expose any new "revelations" on Kerry, however damaging they might be, short of a major scandal that would disqualify him from running.


Not to be too critical, but just how long have your been following polictics in this country?

It seems to me that the weekend before the last Presidential elections something was said about about a 20 year old DUI, and cause quite a fuss across this country.

Truth is, 72 to 80 before the election is win really shocking news is brought out. Enough time to make a splash, but not enough time to respond to.

37 posted on 08/18/2004 7:54:23 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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To: hushpad
I wonder if there might be a way to get sKerry's attendance records released through a Freedom of Information (FOIL) request?
38 posted on 08/18/2004 7:54:25 AM PDT by Skywarner (Enjoying freedom? Thank a Veteran!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave

BTTT


39 posted on 08/18/2004 8:00:28 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: coconutt2000
No! No leaks. Absolutely no leaks.

Haven't you learned anything from the documents leaking in the Senate? As soon as there is a leak of Dimocrat stuff, the issue becomes the leaking, not the stuff that was leaked.

No leaks. Increase the pressure on Team Kerry to release the records. All of his records.

40 posted on 08/18/2004 8:01:51 AM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bump


41 posted on 08/18/2004 8:02:20 AM PDT by VOA
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To: savedbygrace
No! No leaks. Absolutely no leaks.

Haven't you learned anything from the documents leaking in the Senate? As soon as there is a leak of Dimocrat stuff, the issue becomes the leaking, not the stuff that was leaked.

No leaks. Increase the pressure on Team Kerry to release the records. All of his records.

Well, I think the timing of the request for Kerry's record is highly suspect. Because God forbid the American public learns the truth about his service to this nation as a Senator.

42 posted on 08/18/2004 8:04:14 AM PDT by coconutt2000
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Did Kerry ever bother to go to work? Or was being a Senator just something to put on his resume. We know he didn't write legislation.

We need his attendance records on all committees and all votes.

43 posted on 08/18/2004 8:09:55 AM PDT by christie (http://www.hillaryforpresident-2008.com -- NOT!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), also a member of the committee, said, "The fact of the matter is, even though he claims to have gained a lot of that expertise by serving on the senate intelligence committee, during his eight years of service on the intelligence committee there were forty-nine public hearings held by the intelligence committee, and John Kerry was absent from thirty-eight of those forty-nine hearings."

The left and their media will accuse the Republicans of the "timing of this being suspect."

44 posted on 08/18/2004 8:11:12 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (kerry and the RATs can't stand facts or truth.)
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To: Skywarner

I wonder if there might be a way to get sKerry's attendance records released through a Freedom of Information (FOIL) request?


I thought the Press did it with a republicans divorce records (sorry I cant remember which one, the guy married to an actress who said he wanted her to have sex in front of strangers or something?) Anyway, the press got those records un-sealed! Shameless. Kerry deserves to have HIS SHAMELESSNESS publicized!


45 posted on 08/18/2004 8:14:39 AM PDT by hushpad
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's hard for me to believe that these records aren't public record.

Just who elected, who pays and who needs to know whether a senator is doing his job?

Isn't this the the real reason that McGreevey has to resign is because of his debacle with Homeland Security selection.

Well, I would think the attendance on our Senate Intelligence Committee is of the same importance if a member just doesn't bother to show up.
46 posted on 08/18/2004 8:16:18 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: Arrowhead1952
The left and their media will accuse the Republicans of the "timing of this being suspect."

Of course they will. That's all they have. But that old saw is getting worn out.

47 posted on 08/18/2004 8:18:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: christie

A good investigative reporter could ferret this out.


48 posted on 08/18/2004 8:19:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: hushpad

AMEN and AMEN!! I thought this info was available to the public somewhere. Wouldn't it be on the congressional website?


49 posted on 08/18/2004 8:19:37 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Polyxene

Wouldn't it be on the congressional website?


It's got to be somewhere! Soon as I get some time (maybe at lunch) I'll go browse around a bit.


50 posted on 08/18/2004 8:24:20 AM PDT by hushpad
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