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11:00 PM, Dec 14, 2004
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ASIDE FROM the irrelevant invocation of Hunter's son, Tom Donnelly's argument seems to be the same as that offered by other opponents of intelligence reform. For all I know, he may be right. What is truly interesting is Donnelly's explicit assumption that the President's support for the bill is a charade (less politely, a lie) and Rumsfeld is playing along with the gag. We see that Hastert supports Hunter "quietly," i.e. his oft stated support for the bill is also a lie. This is all necessary, you imply, because of the imperial Senate, and the 9/11 families. But I thought Bush had a mandate; is this how he and the Republicans plan to govern, by pretending they are for popular bills instead of confronting the opposition and explaining their position? Hunter and Sensenbrenner have taken a hypocritical but understandable position--they are defending their turf, their power, and their perks.

--S.G.Briggs

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TOM DONNELLY has provided us with a great, and much needed, article. Aside from some moderately good writing in their final report, the 9/11 Commission is just a partisan, preening nothing. The very idea of Richard Ben-Veniste writing national policy is absurd! What we really need are laws governing the behavior of committee members after they conclude their official business.

--John Reed