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    88 Members Of Congress Call On Bush For Answers On Secret Iraq Plan

    Eighty-eight members of Congress call on Bush for answers on secret Iraq plan

    http://www.rawstory.com/aexternal/co...raq_letter_502

    Eighty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter authored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on President Bush to answer questions about a secret U.S.-UK agreement to attack Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

    In a letter, Conyers and other members say they are disappointed the mainstream media has not touched the revelations.

    "Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States was too busy with wall-to-wall coverage of a "runaway bride" to cover a bombshell report out of the British newspapers," Conyers writes. "The London Times reports that the British government and the United States government had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in 2002, before authorization was sought for such an attack in Congress, and had discussed creating pretextual justifications for doing so."

    "The Times reports, based on a newly discovered document, that in 2002 British Prime Minister Tony Blair chaired a meeting in which he expressed his support for "regime change" through the use of force in Iraq and was warned by the nation's top lawyer that such an action would be illegal," he adds. "Blair also discussed the need for America to "create" conditions to justify the war."

    The members say they are seeking an inquiry.

    "This should not be allowed to fall down the memory hole during wall-to-wall coverage of the Michael Jackson trial and a runaway bride," he remarks. "To prevent that from occuring, I am circulating the following letter among my House colleagues and asking them to sign on to it."

    The letter follows.

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    May 5, 2005

    The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    We write because of troubling revelations in the Sunday London Times apparently confirming that the United States and Great Britain had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action. While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your Administration. However, when this story was divulged last weekend, Prime Minister Blair's representative claimed the document contained "nothing new." If the disclosure is accurate, it raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own Administration.

    The Sunday Times obtained a leaked document with the minutes of a secret meeting from highly placed sources inside the British Government. Among other things, the document revealed:

    * Prime Minister Tony Blair chaired a July 2002 meeting, at which he discussed military options, having already committed himself to supporting President Bush's plans for invading Iraq.

    * British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw acknowledged that the case for war was "thin" as "Saddam was not threatening his neighbours and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea, or Iran."

    * A separate secret briefing for the meeting said that Britain and America had to "create" conditions to justify a war.

    * A British official "reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

    As a result of this recent disclosure, we would like to know the following:

    1) Do you or anyone in your Administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?

    2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?

    3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?

    4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?

    5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

    We have of course known for some time that subsequent to the invasion there have been a variety of varying reasons proffered to justify the invasion, particularly since the time it became evident that weapons of mass destruction would not be found. This leaked document - essentially acknowledged by the Blair government - is the first confirmation that the rationales were shifting well before the invasion as well.

    Given the importance of this matter, we would ask that you respond to this inquiry as promptly as possible. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Members who have already signed letter:
    Neil Abercrombie (D)
    Brian Baird (D)
    Tammy Baldwin (D)
    Xavier Becerra (D)
    Shelley Berkley (D)
    Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)
    Sanford Bishop (D)
    Earl Blumenauer (D)
    Corrine Brown
    Sherrod Brown
    G.K. Butterfield
    Emanuel Cleaver
    James Clyburn
    John Conyers
    Jim Cooper
    Elijah Cummings
    Danny Davis
    Peter DeFazio
    Diana DeGette
    Bill Delahunt
    Rosa DeLauro
    Lloyd Doggett
    Sam Farr
    Bob Filner
    Harold Ford, Jr.
    Barney Frank
    Al Green
    Raul Grijalva
    Louis Gutierrez
    Alcee Hastings
    Maurice Hinchey
    Rush Holt
    Jay Inslee
    Sheila Jackson Lee
    Jessie Jackson Jr.
    Marcy Kaptur
    Patrick Kennedy
    Dale Kildee
    Carolyn Kilpatrick
    Dennis Kucinich
    William Lacy Clay
    Barbara Lee
    John Lewis
    Zoe Lofgren
    Donna M. Christensen
    Carolyn Maloney
    Ed Markey
    Carolyn McCarthy
    Jim McDermott
    James McGovern
    Cynthia McKinney
    Martin Meehan
    Kendrick Meek
    Gregory Meeks
    Michael Michaud
    George Miller
    Gwen S. Moore
    James Moran
    Jerrold Nadler
    Grace Napolitano
    James Oberstar
    John Olver
    Major Owens
    Frank Pallone
    Donald Payne
    Charles Rangel
    Bobby Rush
    Bernie Sanders
    Linda Sanchez
    Jan Schakowsky
    Jose Serrano
    Ike Skelton
    Louise Slaughter
    Hilda Solis
    Pete Stark
    Ellen Tauscher
    Bennie Thompson
    Edolphus Towns
    Stephanie Tubbs Jones
    Chris Van Hollen
    Nydia Velazquez
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Maxine Waters
    Diane Watson
    Melvin Watt
    Robert Wexler
    Lynn Woolsey
    David Wu
    Albert R. Wynn
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    Are they all democrats?

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    I tried to go through all of them to find out, and it was just too much work... feel free to add to it if you want...
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    Quote Originally Posted by beltman713
    Are they all democrats?
    Hey Beltman, time to pass the torch dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somebigguy
    Hey Beltman, time to pass the torch dude.
    First off... what the hell do you know... look at your damned air force. Secondly... what the hell are you talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    First off... what the hell do you know... look at your damned air force. Secondly... what the hell are you talking about?
    I passed Beltman the torch. Dumbass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somebigguy
    I passed Beltman the torch. Dumbass.
    Oh... cool.
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    bump

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    BUMP= read and discuss

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