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The Rockefeller Memo
11/6/03 | Demo staffer...

Posted on 11/01/2005 5:15:11 PM PST by prognostigaator

Following is the text of a memo written by a Democrat on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that suggests how to make the greatest gain off of intelligence data leading to the war against Iraq. The memo was obtained by Fox News.

Transcript of a memo written by a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee staff suggesting how to make the greatest gain off of intelligence data leading to the war against Iraq.

We have carefully reviewed our options under the rules and believe we have identified the best approach. Our plan is as follows:

1) Pull the majority along as far as we can on issues that may lead to major new disclosures regarding improper or questionable conduct by administration officials. We are having some success in that regard. For example, in addition to the president's State of the Union speech, the chairman has agreed to look at the activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as Secretary Bolton's office at the State Department. The fact that the chairman supports our investigations into these offices and co-signs our requests for information is helpful and potentially crucial. We don't know what we will find but our prospects for getting the access we seek is far greater when we have the backing of the majority. (Note: we can verbally mention some of the intriguing leads we are pursuing.)

2) Assiduously prepare Democratic "additional views" to attach to any interim or final reports the committee may release. Committee rules provide this opportunity and we intend to take full advantage of it. In that regard, we have already compiled all the public statements on Iraq made by senior administration officials. We will identify the most exaggerated claims and contrast them with the intelligence estimates that have since been declassified. Our additional views will also, among other things, castigate the majority for seeking to limit the scope of the inquiry. The Democrats will then be in a strong position to reopen the question of establishing an independent commission (i.e. the Corzine amendment).

3) Prepare to launch an independent investigation when it becomes clear we have exhausted the opportunity to usefully collaborate with the majority. We can pull the trigger on an independent investigation at any time-- but we can only do so once. The best time to do so will probably be next year either:

A) After we have already released our additional views on an interim report -- thereby providing as many as three opportunities to make our case to the public: 1) additional views on the interim report; 2) announcement of our independent investigation; and 3) additional views on the final investigation; or

B) Once we identify solid leads the majority does not want to pursue. We could attract more coverage and have greater credibility in that context than one in which we simply launch an independent investigation based on principled but vague notions regarding the "use" of intelligence.

In the meantime, even without a specifically authorized independent investigation, we continue to act independently when we encounter foot-dragging on the part of the majority. For example, the FBI Niger investigation was done solely at the request of the vice chairman; we have independently submitted written questions to DoD; and we are preparing further independent requests for information.

Summary

Intelligence issues are clearly secondary to the public's concern regarding the insurgency in Iraq. Yet, we have an important role to play in the revealing the misleading -- if not flagrantly dishonest methods and motives -- of the senior administration officials who made the case for a unilateral, preemptive war. The approach outline above seems to offer the best prospect for exposing the administration's dubious motives and methods.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: sedition

1 posted on 11/01/2005 5:15:12 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: prognostigaator

Thank you, as we can see, this memo has been carried out to the max hasn't it?


2 posted on 11/01/2005 5:15:51 PM PST by ladyinred ("Progressive" = code word for Communist/Nazi)
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To: prognostigaator

This is old news. Are you posting this as a reminder?


3 posted on 11/01/2005 5:17:48 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: prognostigaator

Do you have a link for this?


4 posted on 11/01/2005 5:17:53 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Fox News , 11/06/03 ......
[Relevant to the closed session of Senate caper today..]
5 posted on 11/01/2005 5:24:48 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: prognostigaator; Admin Moderator
Rockefeller memo?
6 posted on 11/01/2005 5:27:46 PM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Even if your mother says she loves you, check it out.)
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Comment #7 Removed by Moderator

To: prognostigaator

bttt


8 posted on 11/01/2005 5:28:46 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Dog Gone
sedition

n. the federal crime of advocacy of insurrection against the government or support for an enemy of the nation during time of war, by speeches, publications and organization. Sedition usually involves actually conspiring to disrupt the legal operation of the government and is beyond expression of an opinion or protesting government policy. Sedition is a lesser crime than "treason," which requires actual betrayal of the government, or "espionage." Espionage involves spying on the government, trading state secrets (particularly military) to another country (even a friendly nation), or sabotaging governmental facilities, equipment or suppliers of the government, like an aircraft factory. During U.S. participation in World War II (1941-1945) several leaders of the German-American Bund, a pro-Nazi organization, were tried and convicted of sedition for actively interfering with the war effort. Since freedom of speech, press and assembly are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and because treason and espionage charges can be made for overt acts against the nation's security, sedition charges are rare.

Source: http://dictionary.law.com/default2.asp?typed=sedition&type=1&submit1.x=46&submit1.y=19&submit1=Look+up


9 posted on 11/01/2005 5:31:11 PM PST by bvw
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To: prognostigaator

Bunch of goobers.


10 posted on 11/01/2005 5:34:56 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Dog Gone
Not new - looks like this is just a reminder of what really is behind the Plame episode insofar as how that has played out (and the strategy of the Dems to try and make people forget that they voted for Iraq too).
11 posted on 11/01/2005 5:36:01 PM PST by Asfarastheeastisfromthewest...
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To: prognostigaator

Rockefeller has cronies in big oil. Bwahahahahahahha! Take that ya snot nosed nemotode!


12 posted on 11/01/2005 5:36:23 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: prognostigaator

This memo was too easily forgotten in the hope of a new tone and in the idiotic reliance on Dem good faith.


13 posted on 11/01/2005 5:38:18 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Asfarastheeastisfromthewest...
It may not be new, but it is surely pertinent to the dems present day actions.
14 posted on 11/01/2005 5:45:33 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Dog Gone

I remember this from long ago. I'm glad it's been reposted. I'm bookmarking it this time.


15 posted on 11/01/2005 6:09:48 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: prognostigaator
In the meantime, even without a specifically authorized independent investigation, we continue to act independently when we encounter foot-dragging on the part of the majority. For example, the FBI Niger investigation was done solely at the request of the vice chairman; we have independently submitted written questions to DoD; and we are preparing further independent requests for information.

Who was the vice chairman at the time?

16 posted on 11/01/2005 6:14:46 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

btt


17 posted on 11/01/2005 6:29:38 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: DrHamberly
Got to give credit to the old hoot from West Virginia He's got some Rove in em.

No credit to the boob from WV except that he may have someone a LOT smarter than he is on his payroll. When it comes to 1) money, 2) looks, and 3) brains, he has plenty of 1), not much 2) and even less 3)!

18 posted on 11/01/2005 7:17:08 PM PST by penowa
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To: prognostigaator

bump as personal reminder


19 posted on 03/13/2006 8:31:19 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: prognostigaator

Bump For Reference Later


20 posted on 04/11/2008 9:02:19 PM PDT by Pagey (Horrible Hillary Clinton is Bad For America, Bad For Business and Bad For MY Stomach!)
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To: Pagey

Fannie Mae’s revenge?


21 posted on 09/25/2008 11:22:18 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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