Wednesday, April 26, 2006


The U.S. Senate needs to remove Pat Roberts from the Intelligence Committee

In my opinion, he should then be censured, tried, and jailed. But if this man is not removed from a position in which he can spill classified material, endanger lives, and act against the national interest for political reasons, then we are not safe. And Democrats share responsibility. Count 1 On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, Sen. Pat Roberts was involved in disclosing sensitive intelligence information that, according to four former senior intelligence officers, impaired efforts to capture Saddam Hussein…. Roberts said in a speech to the National Newspaper Association that…indicated the location of Saddam Hussein and his leadership in a bunker in the suburbs of Baghdad." (National Journal, Murray Waas, 4/25) Count 2 Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said he wants to divide his panel's inquiry into the Bush administration's handling of Iraq-related intelligence into two parts, a move that would push off its most politically controversial elements to a later time. The inquiry has dragged on for more than two years…. (The Hill, Alexander Bolton, 4/25/06) Count 3 Drumheller was also interviewed twice by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (the Roberts Committee) but apparently only after they released their summer 2004 report. Now, quite a few of us have been arguing for almost two years now that those reports were fundamentally dishonest in the story they told about why we were so badly misled in the lead up to war. The fact that none of Drumheller's story managed to find its way into those reports, I think, speaks volumes about the agenda that the writers of those reports were pursuing. "I was stunned," Drumheller told me, when so little of the stuff he had told the commission's and the committee's investigators ended up in their reports. His colleagues, he said, were equally "in shock" that so little of what they related ended up in the reports either. (, Josh Marshall, 4/23)
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