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The documents the White House is withholding from Senate Foreign Relations Committee contain the names of American companies mentioned in intelligence reports on commerce with countries currently under export restrictions. Members of the committee have requested the information in relation to the nomination of John Bolton to be Ambassador to the United Nations. So far, the White House has balked at requests to provide the documents in question.

From the Times article:

The names of the individuals and companies, which remain highly classified, were provided to Mr. Bolton by the National Security Agency in response to requests he made as under secretary of state for arms control. The Democrats who forced the postponement last week of a vote on Mr. Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations argued that the Senate should insist on access to the same information.

But the White House has said Congress has "all the information it needs" to make a decision on the nomination, and at his news conference on Tuesday, President Bush dismissed the request for more information as "just another stall tactic by his opponents in Congress."

The administration has permitted the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee to review copies of the 10 intelligence reports, based on communications intercepted by the N.S.A., about which Mr. Bolton requested the additional information. But the names of American people and companies were deleted, and the administration has refused to provide the names to Senate leaders.


At 6/02/2005 08:46:00 AM, Anonymous Beth Lawton said...

Hi Scott,

This week is the MKE 'Blog of the Week' semi-finals, round No. 1. The ten blogs who won in their respective 'Blog of the Week' polls in the past 10 weeks are facing off against each other. There will be four semi-final rounds this year, and the winners of each semi-final round will go on to the finals. One will be crowned the 'MKE Blog of the Year.'

Brewtown Politico won the Blog of the Week poll in week 2, so you are included in this first semi-final round. The voting page is at If you have questions about the semi-finals or any other aspect of the Blog of the Week poll, feel free to e-mail me at Voting is open until June 8.

Congratulations and good luck from MKE!

Beth Lawton
Producer, MKEonline


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