Kucinich calls for Congressional investigation of NIE handling

DES MOINES, IA - Democratic Presidential candidate and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich issued the following statement today to elaborate on comments he made yesterday regarding the U.S. intelligence reports revealing that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

"When taken in concert with the statements and actions of the Administration over the past year regarding Iran, the National Intelligence Estimate reveals a pattern of willful deceit directed at the U.S. Congress, the American people, and the rest of the world on the critical matters of war and peace. As I have been saying since the beginning - and the NIE has finally confirmed - there is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

"More than three months ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran was cooperating with inspection procedures and demanded that the Bush Administration disclose any alleged evidence regarding such a program. None was provided. More than a month ago, Russian President Putin revealed findings by his own nation’s intelligence services and announced that there was no credible evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

"Yet, in the face of both sets of findings, this Administration continued its drumbeat for war. Just this past week, Under secretary of State Nicholas Burns, with the NIE in his hands, was trying to arm-twist our NATO allies and the Republic of China into pressuring the U.N. Security Council to impose additional sanctions on Iran because of its alleged weapons program.

"I call on the Congress to launch an immediate investigation into what our intelligence agencies knew and when they knew it. I believe such an investigation will further build the case for the impeachment of both the President and the Vice President. The fact that  the President recently raised the specter of a possible World War III in public comments regarding Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program - when he knew full well that Iran had no such program - should seriously be considered as a high crime. And, the fact that he and his Vice President have pursued plans for our military to drop 30,000-pound bunker buster bombs on Iranian nuclear research facilities constitutes a war crime."

Kucinich introduced Articles of Impeachment against Cheney on April 24. Article III of the resolution details the Iran-related basis of the charges against the Vice President. (Click here.)