Martin Hellman: Congress Should Determine Facts About Chem Attack in SyriaTweet
April 24, 2017
One of Congress's responsibilities is to check and balance executive power. Stanford professor Martin Hellman argues in a recent article that it should act on that responsibility by examining the intelligence President Trump used to justify bombing Syria. Among other concerns, Hellman cites work by MIT's Theodore Postol, a former intelligence official, who believes at least one photograph used as proof of an airborne chemical attack was misinterpreted, and that it more closely resembles a bomb detonated from the ground.
"It may turn out that Pres. Trump was right in his assessment," Hellman reasons, "but there is also a chance that he attacked Syria on a false belief, killing people in the process. Congress should initiate an unbiased, bipartisan investigation to determine the facts, whichever way they lead."
You can read Hellman’s full article here.
Mr. Rood's areas of expertise include congressional oversight, homeland security and intelligence.
Topics: Government Accountability
Authors: Justin Rood
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