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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Intelligent Bush Worried Of Intelligence Leaks In 2001 Concerning National Security

Posted by Frankie at 7/26/2005 01:47:00 PM

In the weeks after 9/11/2001, Bush removed security cleanrances from 92 Senators in order to limit the leaking of classified information. The 8 members of Congress who were privy to the classified access were: the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

“We can’t have leaks of classified information. It’s not in our nation’s interest.” - President George W. Bush, 10/9/01

Thanks to Think Progress:

What precipitated this course of action?

Gannett News Service reported on 10/1/01 that Bush was restricting information because, “The Washington Post reported last week that various lawmakers had been told there would be more terrorist attacks if the United States retaliated.”

Here’s what the Washington Post reported:

Asked whether more terrorist attacks are inevitable if the United States retaliates, [Sen. Richard] Shelby said, “You can bet on that.” … U.S. intelligence officials have told members of Congress there is a high probability that terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden will try to launch another major attack on U.S. targets here or abroad. [Washington Post, 10/6/01]

So at this slightest whiff of evidence that information was being leaked, President Bush pulled classified intelligence access for 92 senators. There was no ongoing criminal investigation nor was there evidence that all the members who had their access limited had leaked information. And now he refuses to hold Karl Rove and Scooter Libby to anywhere near the same standard, despite confirmation of their involvement in the leak of an undercover CIA agent’s identity.

Bush's intel order

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Republicans hate America?? You really are the most clueless hate-filled idiot I have run into online. Jerk!
Posted by Blogger Conan on 3:14 PM  
What are you even talking about? I am not the one who hates... And thanks for proving the point here too.
Posted by Blogger Frankie on 3:18 PM  
I answered your question about why I do not like the Frnech at my blog. Sorry if I was rude.
Posted by Blogger Conan on 11:46 AM  



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