Skip to comments.Kerry Requests Investigation Of DSM. Sends Letter to Senate Intelligence Committee. BARF ALERT
Posted on 06/25/2005 7:20:06 AM PDT by Jenya
Senator John Kerrys office has released a copy of his letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee requesting an investigation of pre-war Iraq intelligence failures (and the Downing Street Memo)
June 22, 2005
The Honorable Pat Roberts, Chairman The Honorable John D. Rockefeller, IV, Vice Chairman United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence SH-211 Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Roberts and Senator Rockefeller:
We write concerning your committee's vital examination of pre-war Iraq intelligence failures. In particular, we urge you to accelerate to completion the work of the so-called "Phase II" effort to assess how policy makers used the intelligence they received.
Last year your committee completed the first phase of a two-phased effort to review the pre-war intelligence on Iraq. Phase I-begun in the summer of 2003 and completed in the summer of 2004-examined the performance of the American intelligence community in the collection and analysis of intelligence prior to the war, including an examination of the quantity and quality of U.S. intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and the intelligence on ties between Saddam Hussein's regime and terrorist groups. At the conclusion of Phase I, your committee issued an unclassified report that made an important contribution to the American public's understanding of the issues involved.
In February 2004-well over a year ago-the committee agreed to expand the scope of inquiry to include a second phase which would examine the use of intelligence by policy makers, the comparison of pre-war assessments and post-war findings, the activities of the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group (PCTEG) and the Office of Special Plans in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the use of information provided by the Iraqi National Congress.
The committee's efforts have taken on renewed urgency given recent revelations in the United Kingdom regarding the apparent minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair and his senior national security advisors. These minutes-known as the "Downing Street Memo"-raise troubling questions about the use of intelligence by American policy makers-questions that your committee is uniquely situated to address.
The memo indicates that in the summer of 2002, at a time the White House was promising Congress and the American people that war would be their last resort, that they believed military action against Iraq was "inevitable."
The minutes reveal that President "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
The American people took the warnings that the administration sounded seriously-warnings that were echoed at the United Nations and here in Congress as we voted to give the president the authority to go to war. For the sake of our democracy and our future national security, the public must know whether such warnings were driven by facts and responsible intelligence, or by political calculation.
These issues need to be addressed with urgency. This remains a dangerous world, with American forces engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other challenges looming in Iran and North Korea. In this environment, the American public should have the highest confidence that policy makers are using intelligence objectively-never manipulating it to justify war, but always to protect the United States. The contents of the Downing Street Memo undermine this faith and only rigorous Congressional oversight can determine the truth.
We urge the committee to complete the second phase of its investigation with the maximum speed and transparency possible, producing, as it did at the end of Phase I, a comprehensive, unclassified report from which the American people can benefit directly.
Co-signers: Sens. Tim Johnson, Jon Corzine, Jack Reed, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Edward Kennedy, Thomas Harkin, Jeff Bingaman, Richard Durbin
Yes, John. Keep telling yourself that if you try to make this big, maybe, just maybe, they might make you president!
What a donk!
The list of 'co-signers' reads like a roll call for the CPUSA.
Regime change in Iraq has been the officially stated policy of the US government since Clinton was president.
They're accusing Bush of conspiring to frame the debate in order to get the UN on board, as the Democrats demanded.
Crusades like these keep the Democrats away from issues and efforts that might actually produce results that furthers their agenda.
Plus, it reinforces their image as irrelevant, nitpicking, hindsight-focused grandmas on foreign policy.
Bring it on, Horsehead!
Or maybe they'll keep hiding it and insist it's none of our business.
Look what the nit wit is up to now
Rumor has it that Kerry was a Vietnam Vet? I'm not sure, but that's the rumor.............
That explains his 'Reporting For Doody' routine.
I guess Kerry hasn't heard the reporter admits to the AP he re-typed the letters and destroyed the originals.
And if I recall didn't the committe find that the president did nothing wrong?
This remains a dangerous world, with American forces engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other challenges looming in Iran and North Korea.
And TOTALLY wrong here:
The contents of the Downing Street Memo undermine this faith and only rigorous Congressional oversight can determine the truth.
...to a fare-thee-well.
Yet I note 'true believers in the perfidy of the infinitely clever and evil ( yet too stupid to walk & chew gum at the same time ) "Boosh!"' remain unconvincable- they really think they can topple this administration with baked wind and monkey doodle ( hat tip to P.J. O'Rourke )-- so be it. Tilt at windmills and call them Giants- they're still windmills...
I don't know whether to laugh or allow my head to explode! John Kerry has to be the stupidest human in the Senate!
What does it take to get RID of these people??!!
I guess Kerry didn't get the memo that the reporter in that story admits to retyping the memoes and he destroyed the originals.
"I guess Kerry didn't get the memo that the reporter in that story admits to retyping the memoes and he destroyed the originals."
He didn't destroy the original memos, they were returned by his source. He destroyed the photocopies of the original documents.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.