This needs a bump. Highlighted in red the ones I saw indignantly asking questions in the senate hearing.
Well, I read this yesterday, "Well, who are these people? Who are these 17 members of Congress that William Lawson sent this letter off to?" Well, we now know. We now know. "The uncle of the soldier who revealed the mistreatment said that 17 members of Congress..." The New York Times says "Democrats and Republicans," but it's one Republican; all the others are Democrats, were contacted about this when they blew him off. Now, here's the list of who received letters and notification -- and, by the way, the reason that most of these are Democrats is that Lawson says -- and you'll hear him say it in just a moment; he was on MSNBC last night with Lester Holt. But Lawson said that the reason they focused on Democrats when they started their letter and e-mail campaign was they thought that the Democrats would be anxious to take up the cause, but they got blown off by everybody on the list.
In fact, Robert Byrd even said to him, "We don't accept e-mails or letters here of less than 500 words." So here is the list of names that William Lawson sent information to members of Congress telling them all about what they are now investigating from what they claim is a knowledge baseline of zero. "We didn't know anything. Nobody told us a word! They kept it from us. You can't keep things like this from Congress. If we'd been involved, why, we might have been able to help and limit the damage here, but this just goes to show you can't keep us out of the loop." Here are the 17 people in the Senate and the Congress who were first informed of this by an uncle of a man implicated in these photos in Iraq:
Jack Reed, Democrat, Rhode Island, got an e-mail. He's on the committee. Mark Dayton, Democrat, Minnesota, got an e-mail. Robert Byrd, West Virginia, got an e-mail but responded, the office responded, saying, "We don't respond to e-mails unless they're 500 words or more." Bill Nelson, senator, Democrat Florida, got an e-mail. Evan Bayh, Democrat, Indiana, got an e-mail. Mark Pryor, Democrat, Arkansas, got an e-mail. Teddy Kennedy/red, Democrat, Massachusetts, got an e-mail. Ben Nelson, Democrat Nebraska, got an e-mail. Hillary Clinton, Democrat, New York, got an e-mail. Joseph Lieberman, Democrat, Connecticut, got an e-mail. Daniel Akaka, Democrat, Hawaii, got an e-mail. Congressman [The only House member and sole Republican] Roscoe Bartlett, Republican, Maryland, was sent a letter. Paul Sarbanes, Democrat, Maryland, was sent a letter. Jay Rockefeller, Democrat, West Virginny, was sent a letter, and Governor Mark Warner, Democrat, Virginia, was sent a letter.