Democrats Force Senate Into Iraq Meeting

Submitted by PAAMember on November 1, 2005 - 5:00pm. ::

WOAH!!! closed session? arg.... but still - this is really
By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer15 minutes ago

Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual
closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush
used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of
ignoring the issue.

"They have repeatedly chosen to protect the Republican administration
rather than get to the bottom of what happened and why," Democratic
leader Harry Reid said.

Taken by surprise, Republicans derided the move as a political stunt.

"The United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic
leadership," said Majority Leader Bill Frist. "They have no
convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas," the
Republican leader said.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid demanded the Senate go into
closed session. The public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights
were dimmed, and the doors were closed. No vote is required in such

Reid's move shone a spotlight on the continuing controversy over
intelligence that President Bush cited in the run-up to the war in
Iraq. Despite prewar claims, no weapons of mass destruction have been
found in Iraq, and some Democrats have accused the administration of
manipulating the information that was in their possession.

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby, was indicted last Friday in an investigation that touched on
the war, the leak of the identity of a CIA official married to a
critic of the administration's Iraq policy.

"The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all
about, how this administration manufactured and manipulated
intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to
destroy those who dared to challenge its actions," Reid said before
invoking Senate rules that led to the closed session.

Libby resigned from his White House post after being indicted on
charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury.

Democrats contend that the unmasking of Valerie Plame was retribution
for her husband, Joseph Wilson, publicly challenging the Bush
administration's contention that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium
from Africa. That claim was part of the White House's justification
for going to war.

Sen. Trent Lott (news, bio, voting record), R-Miss., said Reid was
making "some sort of stink about Scooter Libby and the CIA leak."

A former majority leader, Lott said a closed session was appropriate
for such overarching matters as impeachment and chemical weapons

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Submitted by PAAMember on November 2, 2005 - 11:00am.

Hello Everyone

Karen Seaborn, a precinct judge, called yesterday saying that she
needs some folks to work at her polling place next Tuesday. The pay
is $6.00 an hour for a twelve hour plus long day. Her polling place
is near Hobby Airport. She especially needs someone who can also
speak Spanish. Please call her at 832-741-7306.

Cheryl Crosier