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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Senate Forced Into Secret Session By Dems to Force Investigation of the Causes of US War on Iraq

This afternoon, Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid (NV), forced the Senate into a Secret Session to force the Senate to complete investigation of the intelligence used as the basis for invading Iraq in 2003.

Senate Rule 21 which can force the Senate to go into closed session - calling all Senators to the floor and kicking everyone else out - is usually not used as a surprise element by the minority party. The Democrats have finally shown some national leadership by forcing the Senate to create a new bipartisan committee to report on the progress of the Intelligence Committee's investigation into how the Administration sold the US public on going to war.

More information:
"Democrats close Senate to push war probe: Deal struck to advance investigation on prewar intelligence," by CNN with contributions by Ted Barrett

Initial Reactions at AMERICAblog

Senate goes to closed session by BarbinMD on Daily Kos, including explanation of the Closed Senate Rule


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