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Friday, March 26, 2004

Nice Trick 

Yahoo! News - GOP Moves to Declassify Clarke Testimony
In a highly unusual move, key Republicans in Congress are seeking to declassify testimony that former White House terrorism adviser Richard Clarke gave in 2002 about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday.

Frist said the intent was to determine whether Clarke lied under oath — either in 2002 or this week — when he appeared before a bipartisan Sept. 11 commission and sharply criticized President Bush's handling of the war on terror.

"Until you have him under oath both times you don't know," Frist said.
I smell the handiwork of Karl Rove.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and forecast that the testimony will not be declassified. They don't even want it declassified. They are doing this simply to plant the seed of doubt. The implication is all that they want, and the implication is clearly that there is a contradiction in Clarke's earlier testimony and his recent claims of Bush incompetance.

The democrats should jump on this NOW. "Yes," we should shout, "let's DO declassify his earlier testimony! Let's do."

UPDATE: I was watching CNN earlier, and it was reported that Bob Graham and John Kerry have both come forward doing exactly as I suggested.
Former Senate Intelligence Chairman Bob Graham, D-Florida, who worked with Goss on the inquiry, supported the declassification of Clarke's testimony in its entirety and suggested the administration open the door even wider to include documents -- including Clarke's January 2002 al Qaeda plan -- that could help resolve issues in dispute.

"To the best of my recollection, there is nothing inconsistent or contradictory in that testimony and what Mr. Clarke has said this week," Graham said.
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