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  •  List of the 88?? Need some help! (none)
    Is there a list of the 88 reps who signed this letter?  I tried to see if my rep signed it (Marion Berry D-AR), but I am having a little trouble reading all of the signature-scribbles.  

    A printed list would be great.  


    "Whensoever the general Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    by Billy Shears on Fri May 06, 2005 at 09:14:00 AM PDT

    •  List of the 88 (none)
      Rawstory has a list of the congresspeople who signed (at the end of the story).
    •  List of the 88 (more detailed info) (4.00)
      From Rawstory:  here's the text of the letter, and the people who signed.

      May 5, 2005

      The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500

      Dear Mr. President:

      We write because of troubling revelations in the Sunday London Times apparently confirming that the United States and Great Britain had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action. While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your Administration. However, when this story was divulged last weekend, Prime Minister Blair's representative claimed the document contained "nothing new." If the disclosure is accurate, it raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own Administration.

      The Sunday Times obtained a leaked document with the minutes of a secret meeting from highly placed sources inside the British Government. Among other things, the document revealed:

      • Prime Minister Tony Blair chaired a July 2002 meeting, at which he discussed military options, having already committed himself to supporting President Bush's plans for invading Iraq.

      • British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw acknowledged that the case for war was "thin" as "Saddam was not threatening his neighbours and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea, or Iran."

      • A separate secret briefing for the meeting said that Britain and America had to "create" conditions to justify a war.

      • A British official "reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

      As a result of this recent disclosure, we would like to know the following:

      1. Do you or anyone in your Administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?

      2. Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?

      3. Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?

      4. At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?

      5. Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

      We have of course known for some time that subsequent to the invasion there have been a variety of varying reasons proffered to justify the invasion, particularly since the time it became evident that weapons of mass destruction would not be found. This leaked document - essentially acknowledged by the Blair government - is the first confirmation that the rationales were shifting well before the invasion as well.

      Given the importance of this matter, we would ask that you respond to this inquiry as promptly as possible. Thank you.


      Members who have already signed letter:
      Neil Abercrombie
      Brian Baird
      Tammy Baldwin
      Xavier Becerra
      Shelley Berkley
      Eddie Bernice Johnson
      Sanford Bishop
      Earl Blumenauer
      Corrine Brown
      Sherrod Brown
      G.K. Butterfield
      Emanuel Cleaver
      James Clyburn
      John Conyers
      Jim Cooper
      Elijah Cummings
      Danny Davis
      Peter DeFazio
      Diana DeGette
      Bill Delahunt
      Rosa DeLauro
      Lloyd Doggett
      Sam Farr
      Bob Filner
      Harold Ford, Jr.
      Barney Frank
      Al Green
      Raul Grijalva
      Louis Gutierrez
      Alcee Hastings
      Maurice Hinchey
      Rush Holt
      Jay Inslee
      Sheila Jackson Lee
      Jessie Jackson Jr.
      Marcy Kaptur
      Patrick Kennedy
      Dale Kildee
      Carolyn Kilpatrick
      Dennis Kucinich
      William Lacy Clay
      Barbara Lee
      John Lewis
      Zoe Lofgren
      Donna M. Christensen
      Carolyn Maloney
      Ed Markey
      Carolyn McCarthy
      Jim McDermott
      James McGovern
      Cynthia McKinney
      Martin Meehan
      Kendrick Meek
      Gregory Meeks
      Michael Michaud
      George Miller
      Gwen S. Moore
      James Moran
      Jerrold Nadler
      Grace Napolitano
      James Oberstar
      John Olver
      Major Owens
      Frank Pallone
      Donald Payne
      Charles Rangel
      Bobby Rush
      Bernie Sanders
      Linda Sanchez
      Jan Schakowsky
      Jose Serrano
      Ike Skelton
      Louise Slaughter
      Hilda Solis
      Pete Stark
      Ellen Tauscher
      Bennie Thompson
      Edolphus Towns
      Stephanie Tubbs Jones
      Chris Van Hollen
      Nydia Velazquez
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz
      Maxine Waters
      Diane Watson
      Melvin Watt
      Robert Wexler
      Lynn Woolsey
      David Wu
      Albert R. Wynn

      •  Thank you Jerrold Nadler as well! (none)
      •  Interesting to see the number of Blue Dogs (4.00)
        who signed this:

        Sandy Bishop, Jim Cooper, Harold Ford, Mike Michaud, Ike Skelton, Ellen Tauscher

        Two of them come from districts  Shrub won in 2004 (Bishop and Skelton), another from a district he almost won (Michaud) and another's running for Senate in a red state (Ford).

        The Democrats have officially learned to kick again.

        •  Gotta like Ike (none)
          Ike Skelton is ranking Democrat on the Armed Services committee and not somebody you'd call a dove. But he was vocally opposed to rushing into war with Iraq, got letters published in the KC Star and the Times to that effect, so it's no secret to his constituents (who probably voted Shrub on that all-important gay marriage issue anyway).
        •  And where's Matheson? (none)
          I don't see him. Time to email him. He hasn't heard from me in at least a week.


          •  Where's Berman? (none)
            It looks like my Congresscritter, Howard Berman (D-RIAA/MPAA) doesn't have the cojones yet to sign onto this. He needs to grow a spine and sign.

            Welcome to Planet Baka. Enjoy your stay. Spread the meme: Borrow-and-Binge Republicans.

            by MamasGun on Fri May 06, 2005 at 08:50:04 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks. (none)
        Hmmm... I notice my Rep. is absent from this list... he's going to be hearing from me...

        "Whensoever the general Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
        - Thomas Jefferson

        by Billy Shears on Fri May 06, 2005 at 12:23:27 PM PDT

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