S. Hrg. 109-61: Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States: Hearing before Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session on Examining the Realities of Safety and Security Regarding Drug Importation, February 16, 2005 [open pdf - 312KB]
From the opening statement of Pat Roberts: "Our goal today is to have as open a discussion as possible, recognizing that there are simply some things that we cannot and must not discuss publicly. The dynamics surrounding what we can and cannot say represents one of the most frustrating aspects of membership on this Committee, especially when secret intelligence activities find their way into public discourse. How do we as a Committee assure the American people that we are even aware of something when we cannot discuss it publicly? How, without confirming or denying a particular story, do we explain that concerns are misplaced, on point or off point? Where do we draw the line between the publics right to know and our Nations security interests in keeping something secret? These remain very difficult questions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Pat Roberts, Porter J. Goss, Lowell Jacoby, James Loy, Robert S. Mueller, Carol Rodley, Thomas Fingar, and Olympia J. Snowe.
S. Hrg. 109-61; Senate Hearing 109-61
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