Tuesday, November 01, 2005

In which I copyedit the AP (Harry Reid is the man edition)

Democrats force Senate into unusual closed session:
In a speech on the Senate floor, Democratic leader Harry Reid said the American people and U.S. troops deserved to know the details of how the United States became engaged in the war, particularly in light of the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. With a second by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, the public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, senators filed to their seats on the floor and the doors were closed. No vote is required in such circumstances.

As Reid spoke, Majority Leader Bill Frist met in the back of the chamber with a half-dozen senior GOP senators, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who bore the brunt of Reid's criticism. Reid said Roberts reneged on a promise to fully investigate whether the administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence leading up to the war.
Attention AP: Roberts reneged on a promise to fully investigate administration interference in the intelligence process before the war. The investigation into bad intelligence was supposed to have two parts. Part one would address flaws in the CIA and other intelligence agencies, phase 2 was to address political interference and misuse of intelligence. After the election, Roberts simply said that he didn't see the point, and dropped the hearings.

This isn't about refighting old battles. Many of the same people who made the political choices regarding the selling of intelligence are still in the administration, or have quit recently because of criminal charges. Whatever bad process lead to a war justified with lies about uranium and statements which were false, whether anyone knew it, is still in place.

Until that process is fully investigated and changes are made, administration claims which cannot be independently verified cannot be trusted.