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Sunday, July 09, 2006

THE HOEKSTRA LETTER: ANOTHER 'NYT' NATIONAL SECURITY SCOOP



NEW YORK---In another story that may not make the White House happy, The New York Times on Sunday reports that it had obtained what it calls "a sharply worded letter" by a top Republican sent to President Bush on May 18, which charged the administration "might have violated the law by failing to inform Congress of some secret intelligence programs." It also warned that he risked losing his party's support on nationa security matters.

***You can tell that it's an election season because this guy backs Bush no matter what he does. I wouldn't take his letter to heart. It sounds like a Rove tactic to me! It appears that they are trying to divert attention from the real issues and it might help Hoekstra win his seat.

This was tantalizing, but the four-page letter from Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, chairman of the House Intellience Committee, did not identify the intelligence activities hidden from Congress.

***Because of Bush and his "signing statements," there is no oversight in Congress. So his letter is Bull! Just a way to win his seat.

The reporters, Eric Lichtblaue and Scott Shane, observe: "Recently, after the harsh criticism from Mr. Hoekstra, intelligence officials have appeared at two closed committee briefings to answer questions from the chairman and other members. The briefings appear to have eased but not erased the concerns of Mr. Hoekstra and other lawmakers about whether the administration is sharing information on all of its intelligence operations."

In the letter, according to the Times, Hoekstra wrote: "I have learned of some alleged intelligence community activities about which our committee has not been briefed. If these allegations are true, they may represent a breach of responsibility by the administration, a violation of the law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the members of this committee who have so ardently supported efforts to collect information on our enemies."

***Like I said earlier, Bush took away all of the oversight of the Congress so that he can run the country like he wants to without any laws for him. Bush has overstepped his bounds and will be punished in the end.

He added: "The U.S. Congress simply should not have to play Twenty Wuestions to get the information that it deserves under our Constitution."

***Neither Bush nor Hoekstra have any regards for the Constitution. If they did, this country's law wouldn't be what they are today. The Republicans have taken advantage and has made the law work for them. And, Believe me, HOEKSTRA KNOWS IT TOO! THIS IS ALL A SHOW ON HIS PART!

Frederick Jones, a White House spokesman, declined to comment.

***I wonder why!

Hoekstra's views on oversight appear to be shared by some other Intelligence Committee members, the Times notes.

***Don't you find it kind of odd that the NYT has leaked another story given to them by the Republicans? That's where Cheney goes whenever he wants something leaked, then they try to pretend that they are going to do something to the Times for leaking info. Come on.............give us a break!!!!!!!!


Source of Information: Editor and Publisher
E&P Staff
July 9, 2006

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