Pelosi call for secret session to consider National Intelligence Estimate rejected

Published: Tuesday September 26, 2006

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called for a secret session to review the National Intelligence Estimate which some contend has found that the Iraq war has made America less safe from terrorist attacks, RAW STORY has learned.

The House has defeated the motion, 207-170, with just one Republican and one Independent breaking an otherwise party-line vote. Many Republicans and Democrats chose not to cast a vote.

"I don't know how anyone could vote against it," Pelosi told reporters in a conference call immediately after the vote. "What they're saying by voting against this is, 'Spare me the facts, spare me the truth.'"

Pelosi's full remarks from the floor follow.


"Media reports last weekend disclosed a consensus judgment of senior officers from across the intelligence community that the war in Iraq was having a serious negative impact on our efforts against terrorism. Rather than reducing the number of terrorists worldwide and destroying the worldwide terrorist network, the war in Iraq is having precisely the opposite effect.

"These conclusions are reportedly contained in a National Intelligence Estimate published last April. They are precisely the professional judgments that should have informed our debate through the spring and summer on the situation in Iraq and the best way forward. Sadly, they did not, and President Bush has left the public with a false impression about the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism.

"We did not invade Iraq to fight terrorism, as the President would now have us believe. Instead, we are less safe today because the war in Iraq has hindered our ability to make progress in combating terrorism. The reported NIE makes that case clearly.

"As the House prepares to debate critical funding bills for the Department of Defense this week, we need to consider fully the assessments of our intelligence agencies on terrorism. That is why I offered the motion to have the House go into secret session it is our responsibility, as part of our duty to conduct oversight over the war in Iraq."