The problem with the Dems has always been that too many of them are too timid to speak out without the support of the American people. This state of affairs has led to the party's overwhelmingly ineffective opposition over the last several years.

The good news is that the American people -- with the help of the administration's own criminal behavior -- have finally opened the door for the Dems to do something.

And so it begins.

Senator Harry Reid:
The record will show that within hours of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, senior officials in this Administration recognized these attacks could be used as a pretext to invade Iraq.

The record will also show that in the months and years after 9/11, the Administration engaged in a pattern of manipulation of the facts and retribution against anyone who got in its way as it made the case for attacking Iraq.
The Senate Report on Iraq Intel was the first in what was supposed to be a series of reports. The one that we've seen was explicitly intended to examine the CIA's handling of the intelligence, not the administration's. The administration's handling of the intelligence was to be covered in part two, which the Reep-controlled Senate Intel Committee then quietly decided didn't need to be done after all:
What has been the response of this Republican-controlled Congress to the Administration's manipulation of intelligence that led to this protracted war in Iraq?

Basically nothing.

Did the Republican-controlled Congress carry out its constitutional obligations to conduct oversight?


Did it support our troops and their families by providing them the answers to many important questions?


Did it even attempt to force this Administration to answer the most basic questions about its behavior?

And then the Senate went dark:
Democrats invoked a standing Senate rule, known as Rule 21, that calls for the Senate to move into closed session once a motion is made and seconded.

The Senate has held 53 secret sessions since 1929, according to the Congressional Research Service, usually to discuss national-security matters. Six of the most recent sessions, however, were held during President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
So what's going on in there? Is there new information? Does Reid think he can get the cross-over votes to get something done? Or is it a publicity stunt, to change the subject back after Alito stole Libby's spotlight?

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