I expressed concern in yesterday's blogpost about the Democrats not taking a more visible stance against the "Culture of Corruption" that is the Bush Administration. Lakoff frames the failure of conservatism in his article and then raises this key question also. Why do we not hear stronger condemnation of Bush and his Cronyism.
One of my first stops in the morning is the progressive newswire at Common Dreams. Not surprisingly this morning, lo and behold if it is not the man who has stood up for us so many times before : John Conyers Jr. The letter below will probably not recieve any more truthful answers than any of Conyers' other efforts on our part, but at least he has the heart and guts to keep asking the questions. If only we had a few more like him... - fc
Conyers, Harman and Thompson
Seek Specifics on Disruptive Terror Plots
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined by Reps. Jane Harman and Bennie Thompson sent the following letter to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card requesting information on terror plots:
Conyers Added: "On numerous occasions, the President has claimed successes in the war on terror without specifics to back up his assertions. We hope yesterday's speech is not one of those instances and look forward to learning about the specific details."
October 7, 2005
Dear Mr. Card:
In yesterday's speech, President Bush stated that the U.S. and our partners have disrupted at least ten serious al Qaeda terrorist plots since September 11th, including three al Qaeda plots to attack inside the United States.
We receive regular classified briefings on terrorist threats but the number ten came as news to us. We want assurances that the details of these ten cases will be briefed to the relevant committees of Congress.
Please contact us immediately so that we may arrange such a briefing.
John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary
Jane Harman, Ranking Member, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Intelligence Security