Thursday, June 09, 2005

I'm Not Dead Yet

Maybe this Downing Street Memo deal hasn’t been completely swept under the rug. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has written a letter for us all to sign that he’ll be sending to President Bush to try to get some answers.

Dear Mr. President:

We the undersigned write because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of a Downing Street Memo in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed, by the summer of 2002, to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S. officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the war.

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?
So click on the link and add your name – well, unless you like living under this fascist regime that feels that answering questions is *so* 20th century. Your choice.

Of course, I am aware that the reason I get so much junk mail from every group from Sierra Club to the AFL-CIO is because of my penchant for signing things like this. But hey, if that’s the price of freedom, I’ll pay it. My recycling bin is right there.

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