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Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Lieberman Won't Call For Full NIE Release

Suprise, surprise. When your senator's campaign is funded by the likes of Mel Sembler, and supported by the likes of Bill Kristol, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney, this is the type of oversight you get on Iraq.

Paul Bass:

Leading Democrats Wednesday, like U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, called on Bush to release the entire document in order to give the public "the full story." The Bush administration refused, saying that to release the full report would endanger lives by revealing classified secrets.

Asked during the conference call where he stood, Lieberman declined to join the Democrats' call.

"Look, it's a shame that this was leaked," he said. "But I think in the context of this being leaked [to the press], it was important that the essence of it be" released.

Of course he thinks it's a shame that the NIE was leaked -- it puts a spotlight on his wrongheaded and dangerous position on the war.

O/T: Did Lieberman speak today re: the Detainee bill? I am sure you will post his votes re: filabuster and final vote.
Just exactly what was "leaked"?

Harman Blasts NIE Release Timeline as "Unacceptable"

It's starting to look like Rep. Jane Harman's (D-CA) second "secret" Iraq report is one that has been long promised by the Bush administration's top security official.

A quick recap: Amid the ruckus stirred up by reports of a secret report on Iraq and its impact on U.S. counterterrorism efforts, Harman announced yesterday morning that the Bush administration was withholding a second classified report, this one about the state of Iraq.

An ongoing effort to produce a National Intelligence Estimate -- a conclusive report from the entire intelligence community -- on Iraq has been extensively reported. Following an article by Ken Silverstein at Harpers.org in late July about the lack of an up-to-date intel assessment of the country, Democratic lawmakers slipped a provision into a bill that required Negroponte to produce an NIE on Iraq.

I actually thought the NIE was pretty clear about the wrong-headedness of leaving Iraq before the job is done. See the top of page two.
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