Republicans: A Threat to National Security
The Senate Intelligence Committee has become paralyzed by partisan bickering. This infighting has been standard in Washington for awhile now, but this agency is too important to be derailed by petty grudges.
Thomas Kean, who was in charge of the 9/11 Commission, said this partisanship “is new, at least to my mind, and it’s distressful, because this is one area where partisanship does not belong. The committee is absolutely essential, and it can’t allow partisanship to get in the way.”
This committee was established thirty years ago, and until recently it’s been mostly free of the infighting and backbiting that’s plagued the rest of Congress.
An aide to a former member said “it was almost a brotherhood.” He said their motto was “you are entrusted with the secrets; you work together; you leave your rhetoric and partisanship outside the bulletproof door.”
Republicans on the committee have repeatedly stalled and stonewalled any investigation into how intelligence was used prior to the Iraqi invasion. They’ve also refused any sort of investigation into Bush’s domestic wiretapping. Their main priority seems to be protecting Bush from any kind of political fallout.
A Democratic member of the committee said “This Republican Congress is simply too much of a rubber stamp for this administration.”
When Republicans on the committee refused to investigate Bush’s wiretapping scandal, the committee Vice Chairman said the committee was “basically under the control of the White House, through its chairman.”
When these rubber-stamp Republicans sacrifice their integrity just to protect a crooked president, they’re not only threatening our civil liberties. They’re threatening our national security as well.