Closed Session

CLOSED SESSION….Huh? Harry Reid has shut down the Senate by invoking Rule 21 and placing the Senate into closed session to discuss the intelligence that led to war. What’s up with that?

Frist is pissed. Really pissed. Reid did this without warning him. So is this something real, or is it a way to get Libby and Fitzgerald back on the front page? Or was it deliberately designed to make Frist lose it?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Bill Schneider on CNN calls it a “full scale revolt” by Democrats. Here are the talking points emailed out by Reid’s office:

  • Most important decision a President makes is to put American lives at risk and go to war.

  • Many of us supported the decision to invade Iraq based on the national intelligence presented at the time.

  • Over the past few months, and vividly last Friday, we?ve learned that we were given bad information. Americans were intentionally deceived.

  • White House indictments confirm Republicans tried to silence critics and cover up the real intelligence.

  • America deserves answers. National security is at stake.

  • If mistakes were made, we need to know. Otherwise, we are doomed to repeat them.

  • Republicans committed to investigate how national intelligence was used to set the stage for war.

  • Now, they are refusing to keep that commitment. What are they afraid of America learning?

  • Republicans must come clean. It is our shared responsibility to be straight with the American people.

  • Stakes could not be higher. That is why we are demanding answers through an unprecedented closed Senate session.

  • We will not let up until America gets answers.

  • Together, America Can Do Better

I wonder how many people knew beforehand that Reid planned to do this?

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