A rarely-used rule to go into closed session has been invoked by Harry Reid, tossing out cameras and all non-essential staff from the Senate. Put on CNN if you can (article here). As Raw Story reports, specifically, the senator sought to discuss a Senate Select Committee on Inteligence report on the failure of Iraqi WMD intelligence.

Senator Harry Reid called it to force discussion on Libby, and how we got into the war in Iraq. Frist is outraged and called it a “slap in the face.” All 100 Senators are called to the Senate floor, and they cannot use any electronic communications or cell phones.

This is a revolt, a showing of spine like we’ve not seen before, along with the brass balls that we thought were auctioned off.

Via Americablog, more on history of secret sessions:

Since 1929, the Senate has held 53 secret sessions, generally for reasons of national security.

* For example, in 1997 the Senate held a secret session to consider the Chemical Weapons Convention (treaty).
* In 1992, the Senate met in secret session to consider “most favored nation” trade status for China.
* In 1988, a session was held to consider the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and in 1983 a session was held on Nicaragua.
* In 1942, a secret session was held on navy plans to build battleships and aircraft carriers, and in 1943 a secret session was held on reports from the war fronts.

Six of the most recent secret sessions, however, were held during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Harry Reid kicks ass.

You can read the speech here.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding