ST PETE CITY COUNCIL ASKS CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE WMD INTELLIGENCE FAILURES-Andrew Stelzer

10/07/04

The St Petersburg city council voted today to approve a resolution to write a letter to Florida’s Congressional delegation asking for a full investigation into the intelligence failures regarding weapons of mass destruction and the buildup to operation Iraqi Freedom, when the US invaded Iraq in 2003. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

The details of the resolution were worked out in the councils legislative affairs and intergovernmental relations committee; The resolution originally was similar to one that was circulating the country, asking for an investigation into the intelligence failures, but since then, two bills have been introduced into congress which call for that same investigation, so the letter has been updated to include the support of those bill numbers. Councilwoman Virginia Litrell reported back from the 5 member committee who discussed the issue.

ACT “it was the motion of the full committee…�

There was almost no discussion by the council of the war against Iraq or WMD’s, instead there was debate about how to address the reservations of Councilman Bill Foster, who says he is against the city getting involved in national politics.

ACT ‘I’m not gonna debate the war, or the political, …I don’t support resolutions to the government. If a resolution is passed by this body ill do it, I will not sign anything supporting that..�

Because councilman foster was not in favor of the letter, the council considered writing a different letter, which could be signed with their own names, instead of voting to write one speaking for the entire council, But councilman John Kriseman said that wasn’t good enough.

ACT “if individual members want to end a letter, they can, but to me we feel it’s important as a body, but we’ve done this on

Because foster is the council chair, he is the one who has to actually sign the letter, and councilman Lecita wanted to know if he was willing to do so..

ACT “would you sign?�

Although there was talk of delaying the vote, largely because of confusion Eventually the council was convinced to vote when the city attorney read the text of the letter, which will be send to all of Florida’s congressmen.

ACT letter

The council voted 6 to 1 to send to letter, Bill Foster was the one vote opposed. For more information in the campaign for city council resolutions to investigate intelligence failures surrounding Iraq, log on to www.2020vision.org

For WMNF news, I’m Andrew Stelzer

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