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Tuesday, August 02, 2005 

Senator Feinstein "gets the memo"

It appears we have had an impact on our good Senator...
Our Awaken the U.S. Senate campaign to ask the members of the Senate Select Committee to finish the hearings on the use of intelligence in the lead up to the war in Iraq, on DowningStreetMemo.com targeted DiFi several times during its run throughout the month of July.

Bob our spokesperson also faxed a request to speak with her and/or her staff regarding our concerns about the Intel Committee hearings. He was shuffled around to various people at her office here in SF and in DC, and we weren't too sure we had gotten our message across at all.

Now I can't absolutely say we all were responsible for this statement of intention from Ms. Feinstein, but the fact that her press office sent this to us before releasing it says a little bit I think :-)

So pat yourselves on the back, all you who participated and thank you very much. Now we need to reinforce the good behavior and show them we are watching for follow-up action...

To send a Thank You and let her know we are watching and waiting for follow-up:

Senator Dianne Feinstein, California
webmail: http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html
email address: senator@feinstein.senate.gov
331 Hart Senate Office Building?Washington, DC 20510
phone: 202-224-3841
fax: 202-228-3954
Chief of Staff: Mark Karesh
email: mark_karesh@feinstein.senate.gov

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The Press Release:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
-- this news release will be posted later today on:
http://feinstein.senate.gov/

Senator Feinstein Urges Progress in Completion of Investigation into Pre-War Intelligence

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is urging the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to complete its investigation into the use of intelligence by policymakers prior to the Iraq War, with additional attention paid to the "Downing Street Memo" and the "CURVEBALL" case. Senator Feinstein is a member of the Intelligence Committee.

Following is the text of a letter Senator Feinstein sent Friday, July 29, to Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee:

"I am increasingly dismayed by the delay in completing the Committee's 'Phase II' investigation into intelligence prior to the Iraq War. As you know, the Committee voted unanimously on February 12, 2004 to investigate five questions on pre-war intelligence, including use of intelligence by policymakers. Nearly eighteen months later, much work remains before these questions will be satisfactorily answered.

In addition to the terms set out early last year, the Committee should address the significant issues raised by the so-called 'Downing Street Memo' - whether the 'intelligence and facts were being fixed' to support the policy of using military force against Iraq. This claim raises serious questions about the use of intelligence, and whether intelligence resources were unduly focused away from other priorities in order to provide additional - and as we have found, flawed - intelligence on Iraq.

It would also be my preference to include in Phase II any new revelations concerning the CURVEBALL case since the Committee's first Iraq report.

It is important that the Committee complete its study of these questions, both to fulfill our oversight responsibilities and because there is no other body capable of doing this work. The Committee's report assessing the intelligence on Iraq's WMD capabilities was of outstanding quality and demonstrated both our ability to inform the American public and uncover needs for intelligence reform. I urge you to take whatever steps are needed to complete the Phase II investigation and produce a report as comprehensive and thoughtful as the first phase of the Committee's investigation. I stand ready to participate in this investigation in any way possible."

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 posted by weblackey  # 8:40 PM  
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