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Durbin kept silent on prewar knowledge
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 27, 2007 | Sean Lengell

Posted on 04/27/2007 7:54:02 AM PDT by 3AngelaD

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he knew that the American public was being misled into the Iraq war but remained silent because he was sworn to secrecy as a member of the intelligence committee.

"The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn't believe it," Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Wednesday when talking on the Senate floor...

"I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy...."

The White House responded by saying Congress had access to the same intelligence and voted overwhelmingly to go to war.

"We all understand today that there were intelligence failures, but there was no effort to mislead either members of Congress or the American people," said White House spokesman Tony Fratto.

Mr. Durbin yesterday said there was no "ethical" way to notify the public of specific misleading information being touted by the Bush administration because it would have required revealing top-secret information being provided to the intelligence committee...

Congress authorized the 2003 use of armed force against Iraq by votes of 296-133 in the House and 77-23 in the Senate. Five of nine Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted for the measure as did all eight Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office circulated an e-mail...(saying)Mr. Durbin's comments were inconsistent with the words of other Democrats on the committee, including Sens. John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia and Carl Levin of Michigan...

A congressional official familiar with the information about Iraq that was provided to the intelligence committee in 2002 said it did not differ from what the administration was saying publicly...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duplicity; durbin; iraq
Does anyone believe this? Durbin worried about ethics? That is rich. He practically sleeps with Leaky Leahy.
1 posted on 04/27/2007 7:54:03 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD

Durban is vies with “Treasonous” Harry Reid for the biggest liar in the Senate.


2 posted on 04/27/2007 7:55:56 AM PDT by twntaipan (Who needs jihad when you have the dhimmicrats?)
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To: 3AngelaD

Why’d he vote for it then?


3 posted on 04/27/2007 7:56:33 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 3AngelaD

What a Dick!!


4 posted on 04/27/2007 7:57:00 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: 3AngelaD

Dickless Dirtbin does not have any ethics just like his butt boy Leaky Leahy.


6 posted on 04/27/2007 7:59:13 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: 3AngelaD

What a loser...


7 posted on 04/27/2007 7:59:28 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Brilliant
Why’d he vote for it then? !!!!!!!!!!!!
8 posted on 04/27/2007 7:59:49 AM PDT by outofstyle
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To: 3AngelaD

Durbin’s gonna wish he kept mouth shut this time.


9 posted on 04/27/2007 7:59:58 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

I don’t think so. The Democrats appear to be emboldened in their treason and lies.


10 posted on 04/27/2007 8:01:43 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 3AngelaD
Dick is full of it!

Democratic Quotes on Iraq

11 posted on 04/27/2007 8:01:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: 3AngelaD

So....he is now released from his vow of “secrecy”? Since when?


12 posted on 04/27/2007 8:04:46 AM PDT by RC2
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To: outofstyle

“Why’d he vote for it then? !!!!!!!!!!!!”

I looked. Apparently he didn’t. The guy is a weasel regardless.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00237


13 posted on 04/27/2007 8:06:18 AM PDT by DemEater
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To: 3AngelaD
"I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy...."

"Except, of course, when we decide to leak something to damage the President," Durbin added. /sarcasm

14 posted on 04/27/2007 8:09:32 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: 3AngelaD
Can Durbin prove this? Of course he can’t. How stupid does this nitwit think we are? Typical RAT inventions of lies and they have no shame. What a piece of c.
15 posted on 04/27/2007 8:10:18 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: 3AngelaD

Mr. Durbin yesterday said there was no “ethical” way to notify the public of specific misleading information being touted by the Bush administration because it would have required revealing top-secret information being provided to the intelligence committee...

What a liar.....he could have revealed on the senate floor with impunity and absolutely NO risk of legal consequences.


16 posted on 04/27/2007 8:10:42 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Logical me

If you read the entire article, you see that so far no one who was privy to the committee briefings supports his claims.


17 posted on 04/27/2007 8:11:42 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 3AngelaD

I wonder if he stood up in applause during the SOTU address where the “information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people” was supposedly being disseminated. And what does he do? Votes FOR the war.


18 posted on 04/27/2007 8:16:35 AM PDT by sappy
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To: 3AngelaD
Mr. Durbin yesterday said there was no "ethical" way to notify the public of specific misleading information being touted by the Bush administration because it would have required revealing top-secret information being provided to the intelligence committee...

If the information was wrong, wouldnt it have been ethical to report it? Ethics and Dick Durbin in the same sentence-it would make a cat laugh..

19 posted on 04/27/2007 8:17:11 AM PDT by cardinal4
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To: 3AngelaD

Was he lying then or is he lying now? Too bad the other members of the Intel committee didn’t lie then and freely spoke up on the record and on the Senate floor. In particular, Democrat leader Sen Rockefeller who was the only person on record to call Saddam an immediate threat in a Senate floor speech. So I assume Sen Rockefeller was lying, or just ‘playing along’.

Durbin wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him ...


20 posted on 04/27/2007 8:19:06 AM PDT by Tarpon
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To: Tarpon

He has certainly put Rockefeller in an awkward position on this.


21 posted on 04/27/2007 8:20:24 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 3AngelaD
I think it would be his duty to speak up. If this were true, he either comes out a liar or a coward.
22 posted on 04/27/2007 8:20:58 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Yeah, I don’t buy it -

there’s never been a piece of classified info that the Dems wouldn’t leak in order to damage this president.


23 posted on 04/27/2007 8:21:11 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: 3AngelaD
Does anyone believe this?

Not one iota. Durbin is lying through his teeth.

24 posted on 04/27/2007 8:22:31 AM PDT by jpl
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
This is the same Dick Durbin that accused American soldiers of engaging in “Nazi like tactics” at Abu Graib. And now he is worried about being ethical. Yeah, this is rich.

He will do anything to demoralize Americans and the American military. Every time he opens his mouth he gives aid and comfort to the enemy. Years ago he would have been correctly labeled a traitor and dealt with accordingly. He is a vile, American-hating bitter old man.

25 posted on 04/27/2007 8:23:07 AM PDT by daviscupper
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To: 3AngelaD
Did he write a note to himself and lock it away in his safe until now, like Rockefeller said he did?

-PJ

26 posted on 04/27/2007 8:24:21 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: 3AngelaD

His breath must be TERRIBLE.


27 posted on 04/27/2007 8:25:13 AM PDT by four more in O 4 (God Bless America. Let Freedom Reign.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Yeah, I bet he knew that this war was a fraud. Just like he said that our fighting forces were butchers.


28 posted on 04/27/2007 8:30:46 AM PDT by desherwood7
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To: 3AngelaD
"The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn't believe it," Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Wednesday when talking on the Senate floor...

I am embarrassed that someone like Dick Durbin is an American. Dick, stop insulting my and millions of other Americans intelligence. We could see the writing on the wall since 1979. YOU GUYS IN WASHINGTON are the ones who decided not to do anything about terrorism. I read a freaking article in High School in the mid-80's about all of the terrorists that inhabited Syria. All through the 90's, the nightly news talked about how awful Saddam was at least a few nights a week. We went to war with him in 1991. He fired missles into Israel. I specifically remember seeing the damage done by the missles that our Patriot system did not intercept. Explain Abu Nidal. Explain Saddam and Sudan. Explain Saddam, Osirak and the French. Explain Saddam's bunkers and the Germans. Explain Saddam's WMD removal with the Russians and the Syrians.

This "different intelligence" BS is insulting. Anyone who has been paying even remote attention to world news since 1980 could see for themselves what kind of monster Saddam was and what he was capable of. Durbin, you may have had to be convinced in 2002 by an intelligence report to go after Saddam, but MANY Americans have known for years that Saddam would have to be dealt with sometime. Much like we know Lil Kim and others will have to be dealt with.

The only thing most of Congress has shown itself to be good for for a while now is playing "kick the can" with America's problems. Heaven forbid you guys have to debate serious problems and come to agreements on methods for successful reforms.

Personally, I am sick and tired of listening to whiny crybabies in Washington who are supposed to be the REPRESENTATIVES of this great country. Do you freaking jobs. Look at reality. Take the threats to our nation seriously or GO FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO!!!
29 posted on 04/27/2007 8:31:20 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (The United States of America is the only country strong enough to go it alone.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Double-0-Durbin. (00Durbin)

Secret Agent man


30 posted on 04/27/2007 8:32:38 AM PDT by corlorde (New Hampshire)
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To: 3AngelaD

What do the KosNazis have to say about THIS?? Isn’t Turban Durbin one of their heroes?


31 posted on 04/27/2007 8:40:10 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
What a liar.....he could have revealed on the senate floor with impunity and absolutely NO risk of legal consequences.

At a minimum, he could have said to anyone, anytime, anywhere: "The information we have on the Senate Intelligence Committee is different than the Administration is presenting publicly." It's no more or less ethical now that it was in 2003. So what he is really saying is: "I am no longer ethical, so I can tell you this now." I've seen third graders that have more on the ball than these clowns.

32 posted on 04/27/2007 8:40:35 AM PDT by IamConservative (I could never be a liar; there's too much to remember.)
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To: 3AngelaD
A Traitor and a Liar of the first degree. Does this man have any shame left in him?
33 posted on 04/27/2007 8:47:30 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Kerretarded

Thank the people of Illinois, and Michigan, and Massachusetts, and New York, and Vermont, and California (shall I go on?) for electing not 1, but 2 lame Senators to help lead our Nation. I live in Michigan and am ashamed of my two Senators, but even those two can’t compare with the traitorous rhetoric of Dick the Durbin. I have finally gone to the side of Term Limits as the only solution. Read Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Breach of Trust” and after it sickens you, then you’ll see that we have to kick out the Ruling Class, even the “good ones” and go back to Citizen legislators who won’t make a career out of “serving.”


34 posted on 04/27/2007 8:55:16 AM PDT by Sioux-san (God save the Sheeple)
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To: 3AngelaD

PowerLine has a great post on this at http://powerlineblog.com/archives/017457.php.


35 posted on 04/27/2007 10:10:00 AM PDT by craig_eddy
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That is truly hilarious:

"A Searing Self-Indictment

"Dick Durbin accused himself of political cowardice yesterday...

36 posted on 04/27/2007 10:13:10 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 3AngelaD
This is bull stuff, ain't no way a Dem would stay quiet on something like this, epically him..
37 posted on 04/27/2007 10:34:22 AM PDT by gulfcoast6
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To: 3AngelaD

LIE !

This guy is lying !

LIE !


38 posted on 04/27/2007 10:34:29 AM PDT by drzz
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To: 3AngelaD

Don’t discuss it. Don’t buy it.

It’s a LIE.


39 posted on 04/27/2007 10:35:19 AM PDT by drzz
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To: 3AngelaD

I’ll paraphrase Xenophon:

“The ‘rat Party belongs to the person who has the courage to attack it”.


40 posted on 04/27/2007 10:37:10 AM PDT by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: RC2

Exactly, what changed that allowed him to speak now?


41 posted on 04/27/2007 10:43:59 AM PDT by Honcho
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To: 3AngelaD
Hmmmm.... "The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn't believe it,"
If Classified information wasn't being given to the public wouldn't that be good?
Isn't it convenient that he can't tell us what the classified information is either, after all it is classified!
42 posted on 04/27/2007 10:51:42 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free!)
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To: 3AngelaD

Since those intelligence reports were never declassified, isn’t telling us this today STILL the same violation of ethics as it was in 2003?

On the other hand, his argument is stupid. He could easily have stood up in the Senate before the war and said “The American People are being lied to about the war”, without revealing WHAT the lies were. Actually, he could have revealed what things were lies without telling us the truth that he says was classified.


43 posted on 04/27/2007 10:52:08 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: 3AngelaD
Mr. Durbin yesterday said there was no "ethical" way to notify the public of specific misleading information being touted by the Bush administration because it would have required revealing top-secret information being provided to the intelligence committee.

You just know that as soon as a democrat begins to talk about ethics he's lying.

44 posted on 04/27/2007 10:53:37 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: 3AngelaD
Why would some people on FR care what he says.

The only things that matter is if he’s pro-abortion, pro-gun control and if he’s been married more than once.

45 posted on 04/27/2007 10:56:08 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: 3AngelaD

Surely it is no longer a secret that many on Capital Hill are sleeping with the MSM (politically speaking, of course!) They have the same agenda, and they hate the American way of life - freedoms, private property, industry, and sovereignty. It is LONG past time for the American people to wake up, and do something about it.


46 posted on 04/27/2007 11:02:08 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Brilliant
Why’d he vote for it then?

He voted NAY. Still, he's a liar regardless.

47 posted on 04/27/2007 8:26:22 PM PDT by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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To: sappy

He voted against the war.

He’s a liar nonetheless, and the Tenet interview is a part of the plan. Watch this meme expand over the next month or so until we get serious calls for impeachment.

President Bush should have fired Tenet on taking office, or if not then than for sure immediately after 9/11.


48 posted on 04/27/2007 8:29:12 PM PDT by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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