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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Pre-Game Interview

I don't think we could ask for a better man than John Conyers to be heading up the charge on the Downing Street Minutes. I was a disappointed with the fact that Howard Dean has remained in the shadows on the issue, but the more I think about it, I believe it was a calculated decision by Dean to stay uninvolved. This is too important of an issue, to risk any possible media misstep, which could be potentially spun in such a way to discredit the whole movement. Then there was John Kerry, who made some promises a couple of weeks ago to take the issue to Washington. Thankfully that never happened, because we know how the media would spin Kerry's charge... a desperate attempt of a sore loser.

Fortunately we have a seasoned veteran of Congress without any apparent political ticks or blemishes. Not only is Conyers the ranking member of the Judiciary committee, he was also a member of the same committee during the Watergate hearings. He is calm, methodical, and very well spoken. Amy Goodman from Democracy Now, interviewed John Conyers earlier today; here is a snippet...
JOHN CONYERS: Miss Goodman, the problem with the media in the United States is that it's been intimidated, seduced, and in other words brought under the thrall of this administration like no other time in my 40-year experience here in Washington, D.C. It's incredible. Now, this news was perfectly available to any citizen, not only A.P. or any other media service. Recently, I held a forum with a dozen other members of Congress about bias in the media. This selectivity to protect the President and the administration at all costs, and hoping that these stories will go away.

Remember Watergate. A little three-sentence blurb in The Washington Post far in the back part of the paper about a political burglary, and it had to grow from there. The administration has been stonewalling. Can you imagine that it started off with 89 members of Congress sending him a letter just asking him a few questions about the Downing Street memorandum, transcribed by British intelligence, and we got nothing?

Now we have over 500,000 American citizens now. It's incredible what's happened. The harder they try to keep this down, the more people become enraged, and they have joined us and we're going to be delivering petitions of these citizens that are saying, "Just speak to this question, Mr. President. How many Congressmen have to sign a letter to get you to respond to something as fundamentally important as this?"
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