Democrats forced the Senate into a rare closed-door session yesterday, infuriating Republicans but extracting from them a promise to speed up an inquiry into the Bush administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's weapons in the run-up to the war. 

    With no warning in the mid-afternoon, the Senate's top Democrat invoked the little-used Rule 21, which forced aides to turn off the chamber's cameras and close its massive doors after evicting all visitors, reporters and most staffers. Plans to bring in electronic-bug-sniffing dogs were dropped when it became clear that senators would trade barbs but discuss no classified information. 

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656 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should the United States Senate be allowed to have closed sessions?
Democrats forced the Senate into a rare closed-door session yesterday, infuriating Republicans but extracting from them a promise to speed up an inquiry into the Bush administration`s handling of intelligence about Iraq`s weapons in the run-up to the war.

With no warning in the mid-afternoon, the Senate`s top Democrat invoked the little-used Rule 21, which forced aides to turn off the chamber`s cameras and close its massive doors after evicting all visitors, reporters and most staffers. Plans to bring in electronic-bug-sniffing dogs were dropped when it became clear that senators would trade barbs but discuss no classified information.

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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 11/23/05 - 4:44:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe, that we as citizens, have a Right to know exactly what our government is saying and doing.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/6/05 - 8:07:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't believe there is even a law allowing them to do that
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/16/05 - 9:07:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well as it says, twas the democrats who did it.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/16/05 - 9:34:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, we should be able to know what's going on.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/20/05 - 8:57:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes, especially at those times they need to discuss classified information. And I really don't want to see 60 year old men bickering like schoolgirls on C-Span
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 7/22/06 - 10:29:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
No
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 7/22/06 - 10:32:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
surely if they don't want anyone too hear it, it would be better to keep the cameras on!

But yes, when there are security implications, then the only way people will talk openly is if they can control who's listening.




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