Monday, April 30, 2007

RE: Can you keep a secret? Dick Durbin Can

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From: Wendy Bird
Date: Apr 29, 2007 8:56 PM

Can you keep a secret? Dick Durbin Can
And so can the rest of the Senate Intelligence committee . . .

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he knew that the American public was being misled into the Iraq war but remained silent because he was sworn to secrecy as a member of the intelligence committee.

"The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn't believe it," Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Wednesday when talking on the Senate floor about the run-up to the Iraq war in 2002.

"I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy.

We can't walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress."

Growing up, I will never forget the advice my father gave me on how to decide whether something I was about to do was 'good' or 'bad':

'If you cannot do it openly (that is, in public), or at least tell people about it, then with very few exceptions it's probably bad,' he said.

Nowhere is this advice more applicable than in public service and government.

Our government should have NO SECRETS. Period.

Those who claim that secrecy is important for national security are just trying to create legal cover for their own criminal conduct.

The consequences, as demonstrated by Durbin's remarks, are just astounding - absolutely incredible.

Here, we have a US Senator publicly admitting not only that the WHITE HOUSE MISLED AMERICA INTO WAR, but that CONGRESS KNEW ABOUT IT BEFORE IT HAPPENED!

This should be FRONT PAGE NEWS.

WHERE is the mainstream media on this???


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