FLASHBACK: Pre-War Intelligence Report Coverup

Back in September, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its definitive PHASE II report (.pdf) that debunked once and for all the flims

cspan-levin.jpgBack in September, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its definitive PHASE II report (.pdf) that debunked once and for all the flimsy and manipulated intelligence the Bush administration used to make it's case for war. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Carl Levin claimed there were still "deeply disturbing" portions of the report being kept classified to politically protect the White House.

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At the time, then-Chairman Pat "Memory Pills" Roberts, who, according to Senator Rockefeller, was pressured by Vice President Cheney to suppress the inquiry, showed no interest in declassifying the report in full. Now that Rockefeller chairs the committee, it's finally time we got the whole truth about the lies that brought us to war. Contact Rockefeller here and ask that the entire report be released. Here's a list of the full committee.

From McClatchy Washington Bureau: (h/t HuffPo)

Vice President Dick Cheney exerted "constant" pressure on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration's use of flawed intelligence on Iraq, the panel's Democratic chairman charged Thursday.

In the 45-minute interview, Rockefeller said that it was "not hearsay" that Cheney, a leading proponent of invading Iraq, pushed Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to drag out the probe of the administration's use of prewar intelligence.

Rockefeller said it was important to complete the Phase II inquiry. "The looking backward creates tension, but it's necessary tension because the administration needs to be held accountable and the country . . . needs to know," he said.


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