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Sep 26, 2006

Republican Congress Plays Politics With Security, Votes Against Critical Secret Discussion on Nation

DCCC Press

Sep 26, 2006

Republican Congress Plays Politics With Security, Votes Against Critical Secret Discussion on National Intelligence Estimate

In a Party Line Vote, the Republican Congress Rejects a Democratic Move for a Secret Session of Congress to Discuss the Classified Findings of the NIE

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Republicans in Congress voted along party lines to reject Democratic calls to allow Congress to review and discuss the new classified National Intelligence Estimate. Earlier today, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives called for a special “secret session” during which members of Congress could discuss classified information. This session would have been an opportunity for representatives to discuss the National Intelligence Estimate and what it means to the safety of American families, and to be better informed on how to move forward on national security issues. With families across America waiting for answers on our national security, Republicans decided to play politics instead.

“The Republican Congress has said no to the 9/11 Commission, no to oversight of the president’s handling of Iraq and now they have said no to even reviewing pertinent information about our national security. After years of no answers for our soldiers in harm’s way and no answers for Americans here at home, there has never been a more critical time for a new direction,” said Sarah Feinberg, press secretary of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “By rejecting even a closed-door classified discussion of critical national security intelligence findings, the Republican Congress decided that it was more important to play politics than deal with the real issue of national security. It’s time for a new direction in Washington because our security can’t wait.”

According to news reports, the NIE confirms that the Bush administration’s stay-the-course approach to the Iraq war has not just made the war more difficult and more deadly for our troops, but has also made the war on terror more dangerous for every American. In fact, the Iraq war has incited a new generation of Islamic radicalism that has spread terror around the globe. Republicans in Congress have an obligation to those they represent to get all the facts, and today’s party-line political maneuver shows that even national security comes second to election year politics.

National Intelligence Estimate Says U.S. Less Safe From Terror After Iraq Invasion. According to the National Intelligence Estimate and a report published by the New York Times, top terror experts have found that the war in Iraq has made Americans less safe in the fight against terror and in fact, Islamic radicalism has spread across the globe. The NIE experts say that the invasion of Iraq has spurred “a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.” The NIE report attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism. The Estimate was completed in April and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. [New York Times, 9/24/06]