Senate Democrats

REID: NO ONE STANDS ABOVE THE LAW

Washington, DC - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the president’s continued refusal to come clean with the American people about domestic spying:

“We will stop at nothing to hunt down and defeat the terrorists and we will do that by holding firm to our deepest values of democracy and liberty. That is why Americans of all backgrounds and political parties are concerned about the NSA’s domestic spying program. I am eager for the Bush administration to level with the American people and participate fully and openly in upcoming Congressional hearings. We can be strong and operate under the rule of law. These are not mutually exclusive principles – they are the principles upon which our nation was founded.”

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PRESIDENT BUSH ONCE AGAIN FAILED TO LEVEL WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Today, Bush glossed over his active promotion of pre-war “intelligence.” Bush: “The world thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It wasn’t just me or my administration. My predecessor thought he had weapons of mass destruction. And there’s a logical reason why. The data showed that he would likely have weapons of mass destruction. And he had used them.” [1/23/06]

But Bush played a key role in selling America on bad intelligence. For example: “It [Iraq] possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.” [Bush, Cincinnati speech, 10/7/02]

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