Friday, June 17, 2005

White House refuses to receive Conyers letter, petition on DSM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the Conyers "forums" and the Representative's attempt to deliver a letter from 122 House members and a petition with well over a half million signatures requesting formal hearings into the Downing Street documents that indicate intelligence was "fixed" to buttress the administration's goal to invade Iraq.

After an impassioned three-hour inquiry in a cramped room in the Capitol basement, Conyers led several hundred demonstrators in a rally across the street from the White House. Conyers hand-delivered to the White House a letter signed by 122 Democratic House members --- and an accompanying petition signed by 560,000 citizens --- demanding answers to questions raised by the memo.

"Many of us find it unacceptable for any administration --- be it Democratic or Republican --- to put our brave men and women in harm's way based on false information," he said.

The White House dismissed Conyers' letter as a political shot by Democrats who have long opposed the war.

Some Democrats have been angered that the White House hasn't responded to Conyer's request for additional information concerning questions raised by the memo.

"A crack in the door has now been opened by the British," said Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.). By refusing to respond to Democrats' questions about the memo, Inslee said, the administration is "sticking their finger in the eye of the American people, and we don't intend to let that rest."


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