I don't care if they are Republican or Democrat anyone that doesn't take one should be yanked from the intelligence committee and barred from receiving, listening or viewing any classified or national security information for the rest of their days in the senate! [img]graemlins/soapbox.gif[/img]
<h2>FBI Leak Probe Irks Lawmakers
FBI agents have questioned nearly all 37 members of the Senate and House intelligence committees and have asked many if they would be willing to submit to lie detector tests as part of a broad investigation into leaks of classified information related to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to officials involved in the inquiry.
Most of the lawmakers have told the FBI they would refuse a polygraph, citing the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government and the unreliability of the exam, those involved in the inquiry said.
As the panel's hearings began, stories appeared about the NSA intercepts, drawing a heated White House rebuke.
Vice President Cheney telephoned Goss and Graham to chastise them for the disclosures, while presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer said the information was "alarmingly specific" and could compromise the war on terrorism.
Intelligence officials have said the two messages, even if translated on Sept. 10, would not have provided enough information to prevent the attacks because they were unspecific as to the time or place where an attack would occur.
But the disclosure was embarrassing to the NSA, highlighting chronic problems at an agency that for years has been criticized for being able to translate and analyze only a fraction of the millions of conversations and electronic transmissions it intercepts around the world.
The Washington Times first reported the intercepts and the delay in translating them 11 days after the September attacks.
Several news organizations published or broadcast similar stories in early June.
The Bush administration has aggressively tried to close down sources of news reporting that reveals information that is potentially embarrassing or, in the administration's view, harmful to national security.
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