Friday, May 27, 2005

Downing Street Memo Letter

Rep. John Conyers is seeking 100,000 signatures for a letter to President Bush asking him to come clean about the Downing Street Memo and pre-war intelligence on Iraq. He sent a very similar letter to Bush a few weeks ago, signed by 89 Congresspeople, but the letter wasn't answered. You can read it and sign it here.

Here is an excerpt:

... The memo appears to resolve that debate as well, quoting the head of British intelligence as indicating that in the United States “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

As a result of these concerns, we would ask that you respond to the following questions:

1) Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?

2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain’’s commitment to invade prior to this time?

3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?

4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?

5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to “fix” the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

It is time the Bush Administration answered these questions.

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