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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

You Have a Right to Know... So Go Away 

This is obviously a political stunt by the Democrats:

Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, demanding answers about intelligence that led to the Iraq war. Republicans derided the move as a political stunt.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Democratic leader Harry Reid said the American people and U.S. troops deserved to know the details of how the United States became engaged in the war, particularly in light of the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. With a second by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, senators filed to their seats on the floor and the doors were closed. No vote is required in such circumstances.

Alright, I'm confused. Senator Reid says that the public has a right to know all these things, yet his solution to this perceived problem is to close the doors of the Senate and force the cameras out. If the public has a right to know, doesn't that mean that the cameras should be on... so... you know... the public can actually know what is said? Why should I settle for each Senator's different prechewed summary after the closed door session is over? Lets hear it right from the horse's mouth, or not at all!

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