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  •  What restrictions are there on what our (3+ / 0-)
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    representatives can say after they have been "read in" to these classified briefings?  Could they even tell us were the classified info was troubling?

    Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

    by StrayCat on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:01:34 PM PDT

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      If I were a Congressperson, I might simply refuse to attend classified briefings on matters like this one.

      The argument would be: I cannot justify a vote to approve (or fail to approve) a war based on any information available to me but not my constituents.

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      by Sparhawk on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:19:44 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah. Ask yourself, (1+ / 0-)
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        why is it secret from us?

        You raise an absolutely great point.

        •  Um, maybe because making it public... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...would reveal sources and/or methods.

          No, you can't fix stupid. You OUTNUMBER stupid. -Wildthumb, 1/10/2013

          by newinfluence on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 03:41:32 PM PDT

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          •  I respect you for responding as you did. (1+ / 0-)
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            In this era in which we have had hearings in Congress and investigations by the GAO about corruption on the part of U.S. contractors and occupied government officials, the likelihood is strong that persons we have inside governments like Syria's are acting on behalf of the military industrial complex, not on behalf of the American people.

            The fact that Syria has chemical weapons and that we have done nothing to prevent or to destroy that capability tells us that whatever sources we have in Syria are only there to describe what's going on, not to prevent the catastrophe that is erupting as a result of the infusion of weapons, missiles, explosives, and toxins into an already volatile social crisis.

      •  I think I probably wouldn't (1+ / 0-)
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        I think there are somethings that are justifiably not a matter of public record. I don't think that refusing to hear that information would make one a better public servant.

        `You needn't go on making remarks like that, ... they're not sensible, and they put me out.'

        by seanwright on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 03:27:11 PM PDT

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      •  The caucus response to this would be simple... (0+ / 0-)

        ... "Great!  You are responsible for organizing the caucus breakfasts every Thursday, and enjoy those federal building naming committees you're on."

        If you were a Congressperson you'd swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.  Your stance would forever keep you on the back bench, influencing little in the way of public policy and even less of what matters to your constituents.

        Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

        by Hey338Too on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 04:55:26 PM PDT

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