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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:28 PM
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List of Roadblocks the Senate GOP has Put Up re: Iraq Investigations
Edited on Tue Nov-01-05 04:29 PM by WilliamPitt
For more than two years, Senate Democrats have pressed Republicans to
address the misuse of intelligence. At every turn, Republicans have blocked
efforts to investigate how intelligence was used in the run-up to the war in
Iraq. Below details the long record established by Democrats to investigate
this matter.

March 14, 2003 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Mueller
requesting an investigation into the origin of the Niger documents.

May 23, 2003 Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent a letter to the CIA and
State Department Inspectors General to review issues related to the Niger
documents.

June 2, 2003 Senator Rockefeller issued a press release endorsing a
statement made of the previous weekend by Senator Warner calling for a joint
SSCI/SASC investigation.

June 4, 2003 Senator Rockefeller issued a press release saying he would
push for an investigation. Senator Roberts issued a press release saying
calls for an investigation are premature.

June 10, 2003 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts asking
for an investigation.

June 11, 2003 All Committee Democrats signed a letter to Senator Roberts
asking for a meeting of the Committee to discuss the question of authorizing
an inquiry into the intelligence that formed the basis for going to war.

June 11, 2003 Senator Roberts issued a press release saying this is
routine committee oversight, and that criticism of the intelligence
community is unwarranted. Senator Rockefeller issued a press release
calling the ongoing review inadequate.

June 20, 2003 Senators Roberts and Rockefeller issued a joint press
release laying out the scope of the inquiry.

August 13, 2003 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
making 14 points about the investigation, asking to expand the inquiry to
address the use of intelligence by policy makers and asking for several
other actions.

September 9, 2003 After press reports quoting Senator Roberts as saying
the investigation was almost over, Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to
Senator Roberts urging him not to rush to complete the investigation
prematurely.

October 29, 2003 Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent a letter to
Director Tenet expressing in strong terms that he should provide documents
that have been requested and make individuals available.

October 30, 2003 Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent letters to
Secretaries Rumsfeld and Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice
expressing in strong terms that they should provide documents that have been
requested and make individuals available.

October 31, 2003 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet
asking for documents related to the interaction between intelligence and
policy makers, including the documents from the Vice Presidents office
related to the Powell speech.

November 2, 2003 Senator Roberts made statements during a joint television
appearance with Senator Rockefeller claiming that the White house would
provide all documents they jointly requested.

December 5, 2003 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to National Security
Advisor Rice asking for her help getting documents and access to
individuals.

January 22, 2004 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet
asking for compliance with the Oct. 31 request for documents.

February 12, 2004 Senators Roberts and Rockefeller issued a joint press
release announcing the Committees unanimous approval of the expansion of
the Iraq review, to include use of intelligence in the form of public
statements, and listing other aspects of what became Phase II.

March 23, 2004 Senator Rockefeller sent yet another letter to Director
Tenet asking for compliance with the Oct. 31 request for documents.

June 17, 2004 Senators Roberts and Rockefeller joint press release
announcing the unanimous approval of the report.

July 16, 2004 Committee Democrats sent a letter to Bush asking for the one
page summary of the NIE prepared for Bush. The Committee staff had been
allowed to review it but could not take notes and the Committee was never
given a copy.

February 3, 2005 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
outlining Committee priorities for the coming year and encouraging
completion of Phase II.

August 5, 2005 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts
expressing concern over the lack of progress on Phase II and calling for a
draft to be presented to the Committee at a business meeting in September.

September 29, 2005 All Committee Democrats joined in additional views to
the annual Intelligence Authorization Bill criticizing the lack of progress
on Phase II.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:29 PM
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1. Thank you and printed it out!
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:30 PM
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2. Thanks Will for this list of roadblocks. n.t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:31 PM
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3. You forgot Kerry's letter of inquiry on Phase2 including DSM investigation
that nine other senators signed last summer. Roberts said No way and called it unnecessary.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:10 PM
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34. Sen Kerry's letter and Roberts' reply are on Kerry's site.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:32 PM
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4. This is going to come in handy
Bookmarking.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:33 PM
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5. NIIIIIIIIICE! Fast work, Will.
Great list. :-)
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:35 PM
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6. Good grief!!!! I had no idea ALL that crap's been pulled!!!
Printing for reference.
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JJackFlash Donating Member (541 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:37 PM
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7. I knew they were doing all this and more
just didn't know the details.
Thanks for putting this out.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:44 PM
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13. Now you know how much the MEDIA has been covering up ALL of this.
.
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:38 PM
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8. But Bill Frist says it's the first time he's heard anything about it!
Now Senator Frist wouldn't LIE, would he? :eyes:

They've stonewalled this forever, and now they're SURPRISED to hear about it? Pigs, they're all fucking lying pigs.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:52 PM
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15. Yep... that is the tactic...
To stonewall for a year then met all further requests with, "This investigation has been going on for a year and found nothing... there is no reason to continue."

Lovely.
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Generator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:42 PM
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9. Yep forged documents-the key to the CIA case and false intel for war
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-03-14-iraq...

snip~
Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said he was uneasy about a possible campaign to deceive the public about the status of Iraq's nuclear program.

An investigation should "at a minimum help to allay any concerns" that the government was involved in the creation of the documents to build support for administration policies, Rockefeller wrote in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller.

snip~
Sarah Ross, a spokeswoman for Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts, said the committee will look into the forgery, but Roberts believes it is inappropriate for the FBI to investigate at this point.

:::::
I myself, think they were forged on behalf of the WHIG "folks". Proving it...that's my dream.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:43 PM
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10. thanks! n/t
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cantstandbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:43 PM
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11. OK Will, send this list off to Schumer n/t
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:44 PM
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12. Outstanding job, Will!
:thumbsup:
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:49 PM
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29. Hey, Walt Starr...
See what you started?
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Deb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:48 PM
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14. Thank you
This is a list to share with everyone, I'm stunned by it.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:53 PM
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16. Thank you!!
Pat Roberts says they've just been told to do what they were already going to do anyway.

They had an intent to engage in pre-war-intelligence-investigating-related-activity.

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MellowOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:54 PM
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17. kick and nominated n/t
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:57 PM
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18. Eeeeexcellent! (kick)
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:00 PM
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19. Thanks
WIll share with my students.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:07 PM
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20. needs posted in a newspaper
can we set up a donation link by democratic underground for purchase of this info in the washington post, nyt, or weekend usa today for a 1/4 page monday friday ad showing all this info???

would it be outrageously high? is there something we can sanction that others outside DU can see somewhere and look at and read??? If every single person gave $3-50 each who comes to DU we surely could get something done somewhere!


santorum is a hack. just had to say it.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 04:36 AM
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38. Also sent to Keith Olbermann/MSNBC:
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 11:45 PM
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40. great idea... I usually remember to include them, I forgot.
thanks! I loved talking to (R) DeWine's staffer... "I will CERTAINLY include your comments in the message! Thank you!" - click - "bastard!" well, the last word is what I assumed she said after I hung up... then again, ya never know.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:11 PM
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21. Kick.
Well, thank you very much.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:15 PM
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22. vital info
kick
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:15 PM
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23. Gas and Oil Party = Greedy OBSTRUCTIONIST Party
Cockroaches. What are they afraid of? What are they hiding?

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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:18 PM
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24. Thank you so much for posting this timeline.
When Frist et al. were crying about Reid's "stunt", I was thinking how a list of the roadblocks and stalling tactics should be made public.

It was public to begin with, but no one paid attention.

Hats off to you!
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:28 PM
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25. Many of us on DU knew about this but...
thanks for making the list, Will.

The reason for the stonewall on this and Bush admin. policy on Torture is to avoid Impeachment of Bush/Cheney!
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:44 PM
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26. Did you ever know that you're my hero? Everything I wished I could be.
Edited on Tue Nov-01-05 05:47 PM by Scout1071
I can fly higher than eagle......you are the wind beneath my wings.

Just felt the need to share with you. Outstanding work my friend.

Edited to apologize for the extreme corny-ness, but I'm just feeling jubilant.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:29 PM
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27. Very valuable Will
Thanks
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:48 PM
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28. I'm impressed, Will...
You are fast, and this list is going out to several of my family members and friends. DUers never fail to impress me.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 07:38 PM
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30. There are additional items of interest in Raw Story's timeline
http://rawstory.com/robertsintel.htm

The faked firestorm of indignation over a leaked memo, which began on November 4, 2003 and served to shut down the Senate Intelligence Committee just as it was getting close to the White House's role in the prewar intelligence, is particularly striking.
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emdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 07:42 PM
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31. Thank you! n/t
n/t
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:05 PM
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32. Fantastic Post! Thanks.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:38 PM
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33. Today I called Jay Rockefeller's office
Jay Rockefeller, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, is one of my two West Virginia senators. Today I called his Washington office to say that this was his proudest moment ever, as far as I am concerned. The staffer said they had been getting a lot of calls today, but not many from his constituents here in The Mountain State. He took my personal information, and said he would be pleased to relay the praise.

I live about 3 miles from Emmons, where Jay got his political start helping impoverished people there. My father, a respected educator and lifelong resident here, introduced him around to skeptical residents.

To those of you whose Senators took a stand today, I recommend that you convey your approval. I know it would help encourage them, at a time when the right wing attack dogs have surely been set upon them.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:17 PM
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35. Thanks Will
:loveya:

Republicans have been obstructing the Will
Of the American People's need for an investigation
into how we went to war under false pretense .
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:44 PM
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36. Excellent resource, Will. Thanks! n/t
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 01:53 AM
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37. Nice job.....it clearly show the Repuke culture of......
stall, attack & delay.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 08:57 AM
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39. but..but..but..NPR says Repukes were on top of Phase II !
they were going to start the investigation tomorrow! and the dems knew it!

and my homeboy little Ricky Santorum says it was just politics!

mean old Harry Reid! mean old dems!
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