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Monday, March 29, 2004
Declassification poker. The White House's selective release of politically declassified documents is turning into a game of who has the best
antiterrorist hole cards, and Richard Clarke is still winning (WSJ, sub. req'd.):
Last week Senate Republican leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said he wanted to declassify 2002 testimony by Mr. Clarke, hoping to show discrepancies between his recent criticisms of the Bush administration and positive remarks he made as a White House aide.


Mr. Clarke said he "would welcome" the declassification of his testimony before a congressional committee looking into events around Sept. 11, and hopes the White House will release even more documents that he claims will bolster his credibility and his charges.

In addition to his testimony, Mr. Clarke called on the administration to release Ms. Rice's testimony; all pre-Sept. 11 e-mails between Mr. Clarke and Ms. Rice; a a Jan. 25, 2001 antiterrorism memo sent by him to Ms. Rice; and a Sept. 4 national-security directive that he says embraces his memo's recommendations. The two latter documents, he said, show the administration "wasted months when we could have had some action" in ratcheting up the war on terrorism.
Regarding Rice, as we said before, if it walks like a chicken....

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