Sen. Snowe and the posting of "How to Make a Nuclear Bomb"
November 4, 2006
Maine's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Saturday questioned the
extent of Sen. Olympia Snowe's involvement in the posting on the internet
of directions on how to make a nuclear bomb, as revealed in a New
York Times article Friday.
"We learned yesterday from the New York Times that the Senate
Intelligence Committee, on which Sen. Olympia Snowe sits, is responsible
for the posting on the internet of "detailed information on how to
build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as
the radioactive cores of atom bombs," Hay Bright said in a press conference
Saturday afternoon at the Democratic Party campaign headquarters in
The New York Times story says the Bush administration ordered
the posting under pressure from Congressional Republicans, led by
the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Congressman Peter
Hoekstra of Michigan, and his Senate counterpart, Pat Roberts of Kansas.
The documents were pulled off the site Friday after the New York
"As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, did Sen. Snowe
know about her committee chair's insistence on this internet posting?
If so, did she approve of it? If she did not know, why not? Was the
28-year senior senator from Maine kept out of the loop? Or was she
just not paying attention?"
"This serious threat to our nation's security happened on Olympia
Snowe's watch, orchestrated by the Senate Intelligence Committee on
which she sits," Hay Bright said. "It is just the latest in a long
list of bad decisions, made by Sen. Snowe, made with her support,
or on her watch."
Pulling out quotes from several recent newspaper editorials criticizing
Snowe's performance the past six years - "troubling concessions
that are likely to be challenged in court," "a blank check to wage
war" "suspension of habeas corpus rights," "weakening the role of
Congress," "she also has enabled his [Bush's] agenda in ways that
are detrimental to a free people" - Hay Bright added her own, "the
issue of nuclear bomb making instructions, put on the internet at
the insistence of the Senate Intelligence Committee on which she sits."
"If this is what has happened on Olympia Snowe's watch only in the
past six years of the Bush administration, what will the next six
years on her watch get us?" Hay Bright asked. "Can we afford to find
U.S. Senators are elected to serve a six-year term. The election to
determine who Maine will send to the U.S. Senate for the next six
years happens this Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006.
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