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  • Hagel Hearing: Scarborough So Contemptuous Of Ted Cruz, Won't Mention Him By Name

    02/01/2013 6:40:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today's Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel's operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle et al. joined in the Republican roasting. View the video here.
  • After Senate Hearings, Pro-Lifers Say Reject Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan

    07/02/2010 8:54:40 AM PDT · by julieee ^ | July 2, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    After Senate Hearings, Pro-Lifers Say Reject Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Washington, DC -- Now that the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of pro-abortion Supreme Court selection Elena Kagan have concluded, pro-life organizations say the panel should reject Kagan's nomination. They say she has been exposed as a hardcore pro-abortion activist.
  • Elena's nanny state

    07/01/2010 2:49:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 1, 2010 | MICHAEL TANNER
    Suppose that the federal government, in its infinite wisdom, decided that it would deal with the obesity crisis and improve the health and welfare of the American people -- by mandating that every American eat three helpings of vegetables and three helpings of fruit every day. Anyone caught failing to eat the required food would be subject to a fine or tax. Would such a law be constitutional? Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) put that question to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan this week. Kagan, the US solicitor general, couldn't answer. In fact, she implied that under the court's "expansive" view...
  • It's No Accident -- Why Goldman's Suddenly Getting Grilled

    04/27/2010 6:36:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies · 915+ views
    FOXNews ^ | April 27, 2010 | Andrea Tantaros -
    Presidents are always in need of enemies. Obama has the Tea Party movement, and Wall Street – and he is using Wall Street, namely Goldman, as a paper tiger to help build support for financial reform.While they still have total control of Washington, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats have been working feverishly to pass a financial regulatory reform bill that would give the federal government expanded powers over Wall Street. At the same time, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into Goldman Sachs and one of its vice presidents for defrauding investors by misstating and...
  • "I don't know" is the phrase of the day at senate hearings

    01/22/2010 3:59:48 PM PST · by · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Main Street Radical ^ | 1/22/10 | James Devere
    The Senate’s inquiry into the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack, did not bear much fruit for anyone looking for answers. Even more disturbing is the fact that the hearings offered no level of comfort that after a year on the job (more for some), our top terror officials are still in the dark. On the question of who authorized the civilian arrest of Abdul Farouk Abdulmutalla, each witness (FBI director Robert Mueller, National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano) said they did not know. When asked if they were...
  • “I Don’t Know” is the Phrase of the Day at Senate Hearings

    01/22/2010 1:00:05 PM PST · by · 4 replies · 350+ views ^ | 1/21/10 | James Devere
    The Senate’s inquiry into the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack, did not bear much fruit for anyone looking for answers. Even more disturbing is the fact that the hearings offered no level of comfort that after a year on the job (more for some), our top terror officials are still in the dark.
  • Senate Constitution Committee to Hold Hearings to Investigate the Czars

    09/30/2009 1:04:58 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 454+ views
    In Federalist # 48, James Madison talked about the importance of separation of powers: It is agreed on all sides, that the powers properly belonging to one of the departments ought not to be directly and completely administered by either of the other departments. It is equally evident, that none of them ought to possess, directly or indirectly, an overruling influence over the others, in the administration of their respective powers. It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating,...
  • Sonia Sotomayor's Troubled Eyes

    07/16/2009 1:39:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 774+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 16, 2009 | George Joyce
    Is anyone else sick and tired of listening to Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee cower in the face of Sonia Sotomayor's sex and ethnicity? Reports out of Washington describe the Republican Senators tiptoeing ever so gingerly around Sotomayor so as not to alienate the female and Hispanic vote. What's worse, the embarrassing sideshow includes the kind of pathetic pandering many Americans have come to expect at these empty political charades. Senator Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, for example said he expected every American to be "proud that a Hispanic woman has been nominated to sit on the Supreme Court."...
  • Frustrated Senators See No Exit Signs ( Still badgered Petraeus & Crocker at hearings...)

    04/09/2008 9:01:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 82+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2008; Page A01 | By Karen DeYoung and Thomas E. Ricks Washington Post Staff Writers
    Asked repeatedly yesterday what "conditions" he is looking for to begin substantial U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after this summer's scheduled drawdown, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said he will know them when he sees them. For frustrated lawmakers, it was not enough. "A year ago, the president said we couldn't withdraw because there was too much violence," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). "Now he says we can't afford to withdraw because violence is down." Asked Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.): "Where do we go from here?" Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said: "I think people want a sense of what...
  • Gen. David Petraeus vs. Senate aka "House of Lords" Live Thread

    04/08/2008 6:23:36 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 750 replies · 713+ views
    Didn't see one and we need one.
  • CIA May Threaten Detainees with Senate Hearings

    10/11/2007 6:44:20 AM PDT · by G8 Diplomat · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 10/6/2007 | Scott Ott
    (2007-10-06) — According a newly-leaked top-secret document published in The New York Times ‘Classified’ section today, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has employed controversial methods to extract information from terror suspects, including threats to put the detainee in front of a Senate committee for further interrogation. If true, it means that U.S. agents may be using a technique “tantamount to torture,” an unnamed source told the Times. “I’ve seen those Senate hearings on TV,” the source said. “I’d rather be waterboarded, slapped about the head and assaulted with high-volume Britney Spears music while confined to a meat locker.” President Bush...
  • Live Earth includes Madonna? One of Tipper's "Filthy Fifteen"?!?!

    07/08/2007 7:48:34 PM PDT · by JohnRand · 11 replies · 937+ views
    "In 1985, led by Tipper Gore, the Parents Music Resource Center compiled a list of offensive rock songs - the so-called “filthy fifteen." The PMRC then sent the list to music industry execs, demanding both a rating system for lyrics and the application of warning labels - deemed “Tipper Stickers” by some - on albums." Now Al contracts with one of the so-called "filthy fifteen" to headline his Live Earth event!
  • Border issues near boiling point - Senate panel hears warnings of security risks

    03/02/2006 9:21:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 1,455+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 3/2/06 | Sara A. Carter
    WASHINGTON - A south Texas rancher, Texas sheriffs, an Arizona district attorney and other law enforcement representatives urged Senate committee members Wednesday to heed their warning: The porous southern border of the United States is a national security risk. Witnesses told Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee, at a hearing on border violence that without cooperation from Mexico, combined with federal support from the United States, the situation at the border will continue to deteriorate. Cornyn focused the hearing on recent reports of Mexican military incursions into the United States, increasing border violence...
  • Social Costs of Energy [Gov.Rockefeller tried to take control of surface mine regulations FROM Feds]

    01/23/2006 8:53:05 AM PST · by syriacus · 10 replies · 373+ views
    I was never a secret that the act was structured with a general distrust that the states would establish adequate regulatory programs without the specificity written into the law. In fact, in the legislative history report of the act, the committee explains why it needed specificity. [snip] Many of my friends in the states had difficulty living with this concept and had hoped that each state could individually interpret the federal law with it own regulations, rather than use our federal regulations, which were intended to assure some measure of general uniformity among the states. This controversy subsequently resulted in...
  • US senators demand oil execs re-testify, under oath (Ever Shrinking DemocRATS)

    11/16/2005 11:23:31 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 40 replies · 982+ views
    US senators demand oil execs re-testify, under oath Nov 16 6:44 PM US/Eastern Email this story Senate Democrats demanded that oil company executives who testified last week about skyrocketing energy prices reappear before lawmakers and testify under oath, after news reports raised questions about the truthfulness of their testimony. Leading oil company executives long have denied taking part in a secretive energy task force run in 2001 by Vice President Dick Cheney, but White House records obtained by The Washington Post refuted that, according to the daily's editions on Wednesday. The ad hoc group was tasked with helping develop a...
  • Using Foreign Law Is The Real Supreme Court Test

    09/16/2005 8:01:41 AM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 15 replies · 937+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 16, 2005 | Kevin Fobbs
    Using Foreign Law Is The Real Supreme Court Test By Kevin Fobbs The Supreme Court may not continue to be the supreme court of the land if the judicial philosophy of Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer of using foreign law rulings in adjudicating American cases is permitted to become standard practice by the justices. Even as the confirmation battle rages over the US Senate hearing for D.C. Federal Appeals Court Judge John Robert's bid to become the next chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, there is another more pressing battle in our nation's capitol. Unfortunately...
  • Father Frank Pavone Schedule on EWTN (Supreme Court Nomination related)

    09/10/2005 5:27:25 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies · 278+ views
    EWTN/PFL sources ^ | September 10, 2005
    Father Frank Pavone, besides the two broadcasts of his Defending Life series, will be on EWTN for EWTN Live on Wednesday night with Father Mitch Pacwa (8PM Eastern time, September 14, 2005). In addition, Father Frank Pavone will be giving the Homilies on the Masses starting Sunday September 11, 2005 through Friday September 16, 2005. He may or may not give the Mass on Wednesday morning when he will be concelebrating Mass with Bishop John Yanta of Amarillo. Most priests will allow their bishop to give the Homily -- should Bishop Yanta decide to give the Homily. There should be...
  • Senate Able Danger Hearings to Be Public, Beginning Sept. 14, 2005

    08/31/2005 10:48:21 PM PDT · by vadkins · 98 replies · 2,870+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 9/1/05 | vadkins
    Arlen Specter raised the ante yesterday when announcing the scheduling of the hearing he will conduct with the Judiciary Commitee on the Able Danger project. The September 14th hearing into the datamining effort and its identification of Mohammed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers as potential terrorist threats will be conducted publicly: The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that it was investigating reports from two military officers that a highly classified Pentagon intelligence program identified the Sept. 11 ringleader as a potential terrorist more than a year before the attacks. The committee's chairman, Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said...
  • Senate Eyes Able Danger Hearings

    08/20/2005 12:19:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 1,031+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/20/05 | NewsMax
    The Senate is considering holding hearings into claims that an elite military intelligence unit had identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta two years before the attacks but was ordered not to alert law enforcement by Clinton administration lawyers at the Pentagon. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer briefed the staff of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter about Able Danger on Thursday, the intelligence unit's code name, Shaffer's lawyer, Mark Zaid, told the New York Post. A congressional source told Fox News that Able Danger hearings could come as early as this fall, though neither Specter's office nor Shaffer would confirm...
  • Condi tolerating the Pests

    01/20/2005 6:19:41 AM PST · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 14 replies · 474+ views
    "...During Dr. Rice's confirmation hearing, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry exhibited just how petty they are as politicians. In trying to belittle Condi, they only showed how small and insignificant they actually are...."
  • Rush Limbaugh: Most Telling Part of Gonzales Hearings: The Ticking Time Bomb Question

    01/08/2005 2:56:17 PM PST · by wagglebee · 80 replies · 2,873+ views ^ | 1/7/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    How many of you stuck with -- and I doubt that many of you had a chance to, but how many of you stuck with the Gonzales hearings yesterday when he was finished with his testimony? The real story of what happened... Well, that's maybe going a bit far, but clearly one of the big moments of yesterday's hearings, looking into the fitness of Alberto Gonzales to be the attorney general -- and by the way, can I ask you a question? I noticed that yesterday during the hearings, all the Democrats paid homage to his "poor background," came from...
  • CA: Prisons need permanent oversight to force reforms, witnesses say

    01/21/2004 9:06:25 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 1 replies · 133+ views
    Associated Press | Jan. 21, 2004 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO - The deeply flawed California prison system needs permanent oversight to force reforms, witnesses and senators said Wednesday during the second of two days of Senate hearings. The system's former watchdog joined the committee co-chairs in criticizing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for proposing to sharply trim and merge the Office of Inspector General into the agency it is supposed to oversee, and for replacing the head of that office with his own appointee. If new Youth and Adult Correctional Secretary Roderick Hickman was serious about reform, he would have resigned rather than let that happen, said former Inspector General Steve...
  • Potomac Watch: Case shows U.S. vulnerability in Arabic shortage

    09/27/2003 2:27:35 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 1,428+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 27, 2003 | STEWART M. POWELL
    WASHINGTON -- The spying charge against an Air Force translator at the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, underscores the U.S. government's shortage of Arabic language specialists at a time when the war on terrorism demands their skills.To offset the shortage of U.S.-trained Arabic translators, U.S. intelligence officials were relying on Syria-born airman Ahmad al-Halabi to carry out sensitive assignments involving the terrorism suspects.Al-Halabi, 24, who emigrated from Syria to Dearborn, Mich., in 1996 and joined the Air Force after high school graduation in 1999, faces 32 military charges, including some that could involve the death penalty, for alleged...
  • Senate panel probes Muslim subversion

    09/27/2003 2:47:48 AM PDT · by ThreePuttinDude · 1 replies · 288+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 27, 2003 | By J. Michael Waller
    ON CAPITOL HILLSenate panel probes Muslim subversion Investigation to look at recruitment of Islamic chaplains for military Posted: September 27, 2003 By J. Michael Waller© 2003 With a Muslim army chaplain imprisoned in a Navy brig as an alleged terrorist spy, the military must rethink how it recruits and screens Islamic clergy, according to a key Senate ally of the administration's counterterrorism policies. "I'm gratified that military authorities have taken action to investigate what may be an alarming breach of security in our armed services, and I strongly recommend that the Pentagon review its policies in regard to the recruitment of...
  • Prepared Statement for the House Armed Services Committee: Fighting to Win

    09/26/2003 7:49:20 AM PDT · by Hipixs · 8 replies · 161+ views
    Dept of Defense ^ | 9/26/03 | PAUL WOLFOWITZ
    Thursday, September 25, 2003. Testimony Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Washington, DC, Thursday, September 25, 2003. Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee: One of the things that is most important for troops facing danger on the front lines is the knowledge that their dedication and sacrifice is appreciated by the people of America. On behalf of the men and women who serve our country so faithfully and so well, let me begin by expressing gratitude to you, the Congress, for the support that you have given our Armed Forces. The young men and women who gave the ultimate...
  • Bad CAIR day: Ex-staffer pleads guilty to terror charges, Senate asks questions on 9/11 anniversary

    09/13/2003 5:07:02 AM PDT · by veronica · 13 replies · 261+ views
    The second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was a bad day for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been struggling to overcome its reputation as a front group for Islamist terrorists. Senators at a September 10 terrorism and homeland security hearing ripped into CAIR for its ties to the Hamas suicide bombers. As if that wasn’t bad enough, on the same day CAIR’s former community affairs director pled guilty to committing bank and visa fraud while running an Islamic charity that the US calls a front for associates of Osama bin Laden. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad canceled...
  • Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Media Stakeout on Capitol Hill

    09/10/2003 11:28:38 AM PDT · by Hipixs · 93+ views
    Dept of Defense ^ | 9/10/03 | Wolfowitz, Myers, Warner, media
    Tuesday, September 9, 2003 (Media stakeout following testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Also participating were Senator John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.) Warner: I wish to thank Secretary Wolfowitz, General Myers and Secretary Grossman. We had a 4 ½ hour hearing, 22 Senators participated and the questions were asked forcefully, the answers came back I think thoroughly responding to these important issues. That this one theme, and I feel it was on both sides, is that America is going...
  • Political War Profiteers

    09/10/2003 4:46:00 AM PDT · by carton253 · 17 replies · 238+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/10/03 | Tony Blankley
    Our Founding Fathers got it almostcompletely wrong. They worried about an uninformed and easily excitable public losing its mind and demanding short-sighted government actions that would undercut our long-term interests. They feared mobs running wild in the streets. So they designed a form of government — and particularly the Senate — that would be slow to act or react to the passing public tempests. But it turns out that the public is the cool, mature and stoic element of our society, while the Washington politicians — particularly the senators — and the media that cover them are running wild, shreiking...
  • Prepared Statement for the Senate Armed Services Committee: Helping Win the War on Terror

    09/09/2003 2:33:07 PM PDT · by Hipixs · 12 replies · 1,499+ views
    Dept of Defense ^ | 9/9/03 | PAUL WOLFOWITZ
    By Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee: One of the things that is most important for troops facing danger on the front lines is the knowledge that their dedication and sacrifice is appreciated by the people of America. On behalf of the men and women who serve our country so faithfully and so well, let me begin by expressing thanks to Congress for the bipartisan support that you give our armed forces. The enemy are people who show no mercy toward women or children. They are...
  • “What is Needed to Defend the Bipartisan Defense of Marriage Act of 1996?”

    09/08/2003 10:41:38 AM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 1 replies · 551+ views
    United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.... ^ | September 4, 2003 | Testimony of Michael P. Farris, President, Patrick Henry College
    I. The Future of DOMA The task I have undertaken today is an aspect of legal practice that is difficult at best. I am called upon to make predictions about what may happen to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in light of predictable legal challenges to its constitutionality. The maxim of the stockbroker seems appropriate, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results." But lawyers for private clients are often called upon to predict what may happen in the course of litigation so that their client can assess the risks they are about to assume. No one can...
  • Senate GOP Angles for Federal Marriage Amendment

    09/05/2003 6:06:48 AM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 129+ views ^ | 9/05/03 | Christine Hall
    ( - Fearful that a federal law defining marriage could be struck down by future court decisions, Senate Republicans on Thursday held a hearing on how Congress can permanently ban same-sex marriages. Amending the U.S. Constitution is the most effective plan, some believe. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has already said he would support a federal marriage amendment. But that idea is drawing fire from Democrats and homosexual activists and proving controversial even among conservatives and federalists. "As a conservative, I believe it is unnecessary, it is unwise, it is contrary to the structure of our federal government, it...
  • 1996 marriage act called vulnerable

    09/04/2003 10:50:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 9 replies · 210+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/05/03 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    <p>A federal law that defines traditional marriage is vulnerable to overturning by courts, two legal analysts yesterday told a Senate hearing.</p> <p>Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings have found constitutional protections for same-sex relationships, Gregory S. Coleman, former solicitor general of Texas, told the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and property rights.</p>
  • Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Marriage Law

    09/04/2003 10:12:15 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 2 replies · 248+ views ^ | September 04, 2003 | Susan Jones
    A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Thursday afternoon will hear testimony on whether a constitutional amendment is needed to "defend" the Defense of Marriage Act. That law -- signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996 -- defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman; and it says the states do not have to recognize same-sex "marriages" conducted elsewhere. Some conservative groups insist that the federal law is not enough, especially in light of recent court rulings that advance the homosexual agenda. They say a constitutional amendment is needed to protect the intent of the Defense of...
  • Abraham offers no explanation for outage

    09/03/2003 10:38:10 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2003 | By James G. Lakely
    <p>The nation's energy secretary told Congress yesterday that the Bush administration can't identify what caused the massive blackout in the Northeast, but that the Republican-led omnibus energy bill awaiting passage would be a start to preventing a repeat.</p> <p>"Today, less than three weeks after the blackout, I think we're making good progress in putting together the extraordinarily complex sequence of events which surrounded the incident," said Spencer Abraham, speaking to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.</p>
  • Republicans to force issue of gay 'marriage'

    09/02/2003 10:13:45 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 391+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | By Charles Hurt
    <p>Senate Republicans plan to use a hearing this week to force Democrats to take firm positions on same-sex "marriages," a prospect that could prove particularly dicey for some presidential candidates.</p> <p>Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled a hearing tomorrow on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to find out if it has been threatened by recent court rulings.</p>
  • Senate Dems Steamroll GOP on WMD Hearings

    06/28/2003 3:38:52 PM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 14 replies · 171+ views
    newsmax ^ | June 27, 2003 | Carl Limbacher
    Senate Dems Steamroll GOP on WMD Hearings Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee have strong-armed their Republican colleagues on a planned probe of the Bush administration's handling of intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, announcing Friday that they'll go forward their own independent investigation whether the GOP likes it or not. Noted the Associated Press, "The announcement by Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the panel's top Democrat, marked an unusual split with Chairman John Warner, R-Va., on an issue with strong political overtones ahead of next year's elections." Democrats have been champing at the bit to begin hearings...
  • Expert Said to Tell Legislators He Was Pressed to Distort Some Evidence

    06/25/2003 4:37:20 AM PDT · by marvlus · 23 replies · 198+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6/24/03 | JAMES RISEN and DOUGLAS JEHL
    ASHINGTON, June 24 — A top State Department expert on chemical and biological weapons told Congressional committees in closed-door hearings last week that he had been pressed to tailor his analysis on Iraq and other matters to conform with the Bush administration's views, several Congressional officials said today. The officials described what they said was a dramatic moment at a House Intelligence Committee hearing last week when the weapons expert came forward to tell Congress he had felt such pressure. By speaking out, they said, the senior intelligence expert, identified by several officials as Christian Westermann, became the first member...
  • Probe into US intelligence likely to spill into presidential campaign <Left Press Spin-job>

    06/23/2003 10:23:35 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 4 replies · 121+ views
    AFP/Asia Media ^ | 6/23/03 | AFP Staff
    Probe into US intelligence likely to spill into presidential campaignAGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Washington US lawmakers’ closed-door review of US pre-war intelligence on Iraq may take ''months'', two senior senators said early on Monday (HK time), increasing the likelihood that it will become campaign theme in next year’s presidential election. With the 2004 vote looming in their rearview mirror, two congressional committees launched hearings last week into whether US President George W. Bush hyped intelligence regarding Iraq’s alleged nuclear and biological weapons programme. But the probe is not likely to be quick: Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and their staff...
  • Congress Begins Hearings on Iraq Weapons

    06/19/2003 9:47:47 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 131+ views
    Associated Press | Friday, June 20, 2003 | By KEN GUGGENHEIM
    Congress Begins Hearings on Iraq Weapons By KEN GUGGENHEIM .c The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Intelligence Committee held its first hearing Thursday on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, even as Democrats and Republicans remained divided about how to examine prewar intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs. Analysts from the CIA and other agencies, speaking to senators in the closed hearing, described the information that served as the foundation for the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's alleged weapons programs, a U.S. intelligence official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. That estimate, which said Iraq had...
  • U.S. senators more time needed to judge Iraq WMD

    06/19/2003 9:41:37 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 27 replies · 261+ views
    Reuters | Friday, June 20, 2003 | Tabassum Zakaria
    U.S. senators more time needed to judge Iraq WMD By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence analysts who testified at a closed Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday stood by their basic prewar assessment that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, two attendees said. A controversy has erupted over whether the Bush administration exaggerated the threat from Iraq's alleged biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programs in making a case for war against Baghdad. No such weapons have been found. Sen. Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, said there was "nothing that changes the bottom line" of prewar assessments...
  • Senate, House Intelligence Panels Hold Hearings on Iraq Weapons

    06/19/2003 4:40:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 117+ views
    AP Breaking ^ | June 19, 2003 | Ken Guggenheim Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Intelligence Committee held its first hearing Thursday on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, even as Democrats and Republicans remained divided about how to examine prewar intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs. Meanwhile, hearings on Iraq's weapons continued for a second day before the House Intelligence Committee, where Democrats and Republicans agree about how to examine the intelligence that served as the basis for war. The Senate and House hearings were both closed. Senate Democrats are pushing for a full investigation examining whether intelligence was inaccurate or manipulated to help the Bush administration make the case...
  • Sen. Carl Levin seeks release of Iraq intelligence provided U.N. inspectors

    06/16/2003 4:02:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies · 226+ views
    AP via ^ | 6/16/03 6:32 PM | KEN GUGGENHEIM
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Democratic senator urged the CIA on Monday to release information that he said would prove the United States withheld from U.N. inspectors key information on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.</p> <p>Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has said for months that CIA Director George Tenet's open statements about how much intelligence was shared with inspectors contradict classified information. The contradictions show the need for a Senate investigation into whether U.S. intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs was "shaded or exaggerated," he said.</p>
  • Senator: Open Hearings on WMD Possible (Dems Looking For 2004 Hope)

    06/16/2003 6:09:29 AM PDT · by Lance Romance · 2 replies · 126+ views
    AP Politics-Yahoo ^ | 6-16-03 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    Senator: Open Hearings on WMD Possible 1 hour, 49 minutes ago span> By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - With Congress set to begin hearings this week into prewar intelligence on Iraq, senators are trying to come up with some consensus on how to proceed with a formal review. On Sunday, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., held out the possibility of open hearings — a key demand of the Democrats — "if we think that is warranted." As lawmakers debated the congressional reviews on the weekend television talk shows, Roberts offered another possible concession. He said...
  • Skip witch hunt (congressional Hearings on Iraq's WMD)

    06/14/2003 10:28:38 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | June15, 2003 | Editors, AZ Republic
    <p>Congressional hearings into something as cataclysmic as war make perfect sense.</p> <p>But rumblings from the Capitol suggest two "investigations" are ginning up: one a perfectly appropriate examination of the events leading up to the war in Iraq and its prosecution; the other, a pernicious effort with pre-selected conclusions about why and how the Bush administration sought to oust Saddam Hussein.</p>
  • Senate committee to hold closed hearings on U.S. intelligence on Iraq [We Wuz Duped!]

    06/13/2003 2:45:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 22 replies · 119+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, June 13, 2003 | By Sean Loughlin
    <p>Democrats and top party strategists at Reuters and other media outlets this week insisted that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction, dismissing Saddam's White House critics who accuse the former Iraqi leader of doctoring evidence in a report last December to the U.N. Security Council in a bid to forestall a U.S.-led invasion.</p>
  • Taji tells a tale

    06/13/2003 12:29:30 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 134+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 13, 2003 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    <p>The first rule of logic, Aristotle affirmed, is the law of noncontradiction: A thing cannot be "A" and "not A" at the same time. It's either one or the other.</p> <p>If politicians would apply this first rule, it would bring us quickly to the last word on the accusation that the administration manipulated intelligence reports prior to invading Iraq to deceive people into falsely believing Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.</p>
  • Republicans Limit Probe of Iraq Intelligence (update)

    06/11/2003 5:12:57 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 153+ views
    Reutrers ^ | June 11, 2003 | Vicki Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress on Wednesday rebuffed calls by Democrats for a full-blown investigation into whether the Bush administration misread or inflated the threats posed by Iraq before going to war. But they agreed to hold oversight hearings and review documents on U.S. intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration justified the invasion of Iraq largely on the imminent threat it said such weapons posed, but since the war none has been found. Senior Republicans dismissed as political gamesmanship demands by some Democrats for a full-scale probe into whether the United States was misled into...
  • Congressional Republicans Reject Calls for Inquiry Into Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons Programs

    06/11/2003 4:05:34 PM PDT · by Brian S · 6 replies · 107+ views
    Congressional Republicans Reject Calls for Inquiry Into Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons Programs The Associated Press WASHINGTON June 11 — Congressional Republicans on Wednesday rejected Democratic calls for a formal investigation into intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs, contending that such a probe could harm intelligence agencies' work. The majority Republicans said routine oversight by Congress' Intelligence and Armed Services committees will be adequate to evaluate intelligence findings that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Those findings served as the basis for the war on Iraq, but no such weapons have been found. The inability of Democrats and Republicans to agree...
  • GOP Snubs Democratic Call for Iraq Probe

    06/11/2003 10:32:22 AM PDT · by Zavien Doombringer · 16 replies · 112+ views
    Associated Press /Virginian Pilot ^ | Jun 11, 12:38 PM EDT | By KEN GUGGENHEIM
    Majority Republicans in Congress brushed aside Democratic pleas for a formal investigation into the handling of intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs, saying Wednesday that routine oversight should suffice. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said some of the Democratic criticism of the handling of the intelligence has "been simply politics and for political gain." "I will not allow the committee to be politicized or to be used as an unwitting tool for any political strategist," the Kansas Republican said. He said criticism was causing divisiveness among intelligence agencies and "go back to the days of risk aversion, the primary cause...
  • Senators Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on Iraq (McCain and Rockefeller!)

    06/10/2003 1:13:28 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 23 replies · 209+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/10/03
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two key senators said on Tuesday that Congress should hold hearings on what intelligence led the United States to go to war against Iraq. Concerns have been rising in the United States and worldwide that the banned arsenal the U.S. administration cited as the reason for launching the war has not been found in the weeks since the ousting of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. President Bush stopped short on Monday of repeating his pledge that weapons of mass destruction would be found, although he stated flatly that Iraq had a banned arms program. Republican Sen. John McCain...