Da Drones, Da Drones

DA DRONES, DA DRONES….Have you ever wondered what our lawmakers hear about in classified intelligence briefings? Do they hear stuff we don’t? Is there explosive evidence about Iraq that’s too sensitive for the hoi polloi to hear about?

In a word, no. Apparently they hear the same old shit we do:

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday the Bush administration last year told him and other senators that Iraq not only had weapons of mass destruction, but they had the means to deliver them to East Coast cities.

Nelson, D-Tallahassee, said about 75 senators got that news during a classified briefing before last October’s congressional vote authorizing the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Nelson voted in favor of using military force.

….Nelson said the senators were told Iraq had both biological and chemical weapons, notably anthrax, and it could deliver them to cities along the Eastern seaboard via unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, the picture above shows the fearsome Iraqi drone in all its glory, duct tape and all. Another triumph of American intelligence.

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