In a rare closed Senate session Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., singled out Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., for criticism, calling Roberts on his pledge to conduct a "phase two" intelligence report on the administration’s role in prewar Iraq intelligence.
"Despite the fact that the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly committed to examine many of these questions more than 1Â½ years ago, he has chosen not to keep this commitment," Reid said. "Despite the fact that he restated that commitment earlier this year on national television, he has still done nothing."
It’s a good question: Where is the promised follow-up? The status of the report remains unclear; Roberts says his committee is wrapping it up as soon as next week; Democrats say very little work has been done. It’s good that both sides at least agreed to appoint a bipartisan panel to give a progress report on phase two.
The Plame leak investigation has renewed debate about the Bush team’s use (or misuse) of intelligence. This is important stuff, involving questions of how this country went to war. Americans deserve to get some answers.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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