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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:00 AM
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Kucinich, Maloney, and Sanders hammer Cheney on Iraq lies
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More Questions For Cheney

Reps. Kucinich, Maloney and Sanders are members of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations.

September 17, 2003

The Honorable Dick Cheney
Vice President
Office of the Vice President of the United States
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Washington, DC 20501

Dear Mr. Vice President:

On July 21, 2003, we sent a letter to you inquiring about your role in the dissemination of the disinformation that Iraq purchased uranium from Niger. We asked you ten questions relating to your direct personal visits to CIA's Iraq analysts; your request for an investigation of the Niger uranium claim that resulted in an investigation by a former U.S. ambassador, and your several high-profile public assertions about Iraq's alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons. To date, we have not received your response to our inquiries.

Since our last letter to you, you spoke at the American Enterprise Institute and once again made reference to the already proven false assertion that Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. In order to legitimize the war, you cited findings listed in the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), some of which had been refuted months before you cited them.

Most recently, on September 14, 2003, after almost a year of repeating the claim, you finally admitted the inaccuracy of your previous assertions on Iraq's nuclear capabilities when you appeared on Meet the Press. The chronology shows that you knew or should have known that the claim was false when you first made it on Meet the Press in March 2003. We would like to inquire as to why your admission took so long to be made publicly. We would also like answers to our previous questions about your role in the dissemination of the nuclear uranium claim.

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Questions:

10) Since your address to the VFW occurred nearly 7 months after Ambassador Wilson reported his findings to the CIA and State Department, what evidence did you have for the assertion that Iraq was continuing "to pursue the nuclear program" and that Saddam had "resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear weapons"?

11) Since the Secretary of Defense testified to Congress that Iraq was "pursuing nuclear weapons" nearly 8 months after Ambassador Wilson's briefing to CIA and the State Department, what effort did you make to determine what evidence the Secretary of Defense had for his assertion to Congress?

Further refutation of the authenticity of the forged Niger documents came from IAEA Director General ElBaradei, when he reported to the U.N. Security Council on March 7, 2003: "These documents, which formed the basis for reports of recent uranium transactions between Iraq and Niger, are in fact not authentic. We have therefore concluded that these specific allegations are unfounded... we have found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq." Yet on March 16 -- nine days afterwards -- you again repeated the unfounded assertion on national television (Meet the Press, Sunday, March 16, 2003). You said:

"We think Mr. ElBaradei frankly is wrong," and "We believe has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."
On September 14, 2003, after almost a year of repeating the nuclear claim, you finally retracted your position on Iraq's nuclear capabilities when you appeared on Meet the Press. When asked about your March 16, 2003 Meet the Press interview in which you accused Mohammed ElBaradei of being wrong about Iraq not having reconstituted its nuclear weapons program, you said:

"Yeah. I did misspeak. I said repeatedly during the show weapons capability. We never had any evidence that he had acquired a nuclear weapon."
Question:

12) What accounts for the length of time it took you to publicly retract the Niger uranium claim?

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Flying_Pig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:48 AM
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1. As Cheney read the letter, he threw back his head, and laughed....
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 09:50 AM by Flying_Pig
his reptilian-like neck folds giggling up and down in rhythm to his many chins. He laughed. He said out loud, to no one in particular, "Don't these little people realize, that they, and their requests, don't matter anymore? It is we who will ask the questions, whenever we damned well please, and they will do as they're told."

Cheney then picked up the phone to call Perle and Wolfie, to tell them of this latest pathetic attempt to goad information and truth from him, and to share a laugh over it. Perle and Wolfie then called Feith, and Bolton, and Woolsey, and Jeb, and Kristol. Soon, all of PNAC would be laughing, and so would their friends in Likud and AIPAC. It would serve as the "joke of the day", for apparently, Kucinich, Maloney, and Sanders, did not yet realize that they no longer lived in a democracy, and they no longer had a right to question anyone.....

Cheney then picked up the phone to inquire as to what types of air transportation these people used.....It would be another busy afternoon, he thought to himself.

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