Friday, September 09, 2005

Requiring the disclosure of the Pennsylvania Avenue Memo

Congressman Adam Schiff
29th District of California (website)

Congressman Schiff:

The website lists you among those holding out from co-sponsoring H. Res. 375, a resolution of inquiry requiring the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."

I can see no real reason for not requiring disclosure of communication between UK and US officials within this timeframe, and I urge you to support this resolution by 14 September.

As you will recall, in February 2002, Senator Bob Graham was told "We have stopped fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan. We are moving military and intelligence personnel and resources out of Afghanistan to get ready for a future war in Iraq." From June 2002 to March 2003, "Allies flew 21,736 sorties over southern Iraq, attacking 349 carefully selected targets" before war was even declared on 30 March 2003. In July 2002, appropriations for the war in Afghanistan were diverted to prepare for the invasion of Iraq, and Congress was not informed of this. I believe these pieces of information (and many more are available at are enough to indicate what the Administration's policy was regarding Iraq between 1 January and 16 October 2002.

Please support H. Res. 375.

1 comment:

Jonathan Versen said...

hey Don,

has he ever been accused of being Schiffty?