Walter Jones, Congressman of Greenville, N.C., the inventor of "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Toast", had nothing to gain politically from turning against the Iraq war.  In fact he has a lot to lose.  Says Rep. Jones:


"When I look at the number of men and women who have been killed it's almost 1,700 now, in addition to close to 12,000 have been severely wounded and I just feel that the reason of going in for weapons of mass destruction, the ability of the Iraqis to make a nuclear weapon, that's all been proven that it was never there."


Interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked him who is to blame: Rumsfeld? The president? Jones answered:



"I think it's primarily the neoconservatives who were advisers in key positions in both the Department of Defense and I think that they gave bad advice."



Olympia Snowe, Senator of Maine, posted this on her Senate website:


July 9, 2004

Senate Intelligence Committee to release critical Iraq investigation




A highly critical Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes U.S. intelligence analysts remained objective, but got careless, as they estimated the threat Iraq posed prior to the U.S.-led invasion, officials familiar with the report say.



The part of the article that mentions Snowe says:


"They were shaping intelligence in order to meet the policy needs of the administration. There can't be much doubt about that," Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., a committee member, said Friday on NBC's "Today" show.

However, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said Levin's characterization was unfair and doesn't represent the conclusions of the committee report.

"What happened here was a systemic failure throughout the intelligence community," she said.


Olympia Snowe, Senator of Maine, is in the Majority on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is now become a Orwellian Title:  it should now be called the Coverup Committee.  Snowe makes a public show of bucking the majority, threatening to vote with the Democrats, as does presidential aspirant Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.  But when the chips are down, they vote straight party line, even in public votes (most Intel Committee votes are secret) preventing the truth from getting out to the people.


The Policy Committees were constituted by law in 1947 to be two in number, independent, and the Policy Committee of the minority is the only Senate committee wherein the minority can hold hearings without the leadership of the majority party.  On 6/26/2006 the Senate Democratic Policy Cmte., chaired by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), conducted an oversight hearing on pre-war intelligence relating to Iraq. Witnesses include former State Dept. & CIA officials, former weapons inspectors, weapons issues experts & the journalist of the "Downing Street Memos." 


Also present was Congressman Walter Jones.  He asked Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, 17-year Chief of Staff to State Sec'y Colin Powell,


" how did these people so early on get so much power, that they had more influence in those in the administration, to make decisions than you, the professionals? "  To which Wilkerson answered:   " Um, I'd answer you with two words.  Let me put the article in there, and make it three: The Vice President."

Please take a copy of the partial transcript!