Congress Must Have All Facts -- Including Any the Administration Would Rather SquelchTweet
September 4, 2013
As members of the Obama Administration and Congress debate perhaps the gravest responsibility our Constitution entrusts to them–the vote whether or not to go to war–there is both a legal and moral imperative that their decision be based on the most accurate and complete information available.
Before taking this vote, Congress must be certain that the categorical assertions being made by the administration to justify military action are irrefutable.
History has taught us that there is often informed internal dissent that is squelched by those at the top of the chain of command. It’s not beyond the pale to think that senior officials might not be telling us the truth. Just in recent months, we have seen a top-ranking administration official mislead Congress about surveillance. And we all know now that we entered Iraq based on false–but unequivocal–statements by the previous Administration.
There is no greater example of why we need to protect whistleblowers in the intelligence community than to encourage potential truthtellers to come forward with new information in the face of pending war. We urge Congress to listen carefully and to pledge now to protect any brave
Ms. Brian's areas of expertise include: National Security, Government Oversight, Wasteful Defense Spending, Ethics, Open Government, Whistleblower Issues
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