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Profile: Carl Levin

 
  

Positions that Carl Levin has held:

  • US Senator, Democrat from Michigan


 

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Quote, September 19, 2002

   “I believe if we really mean it when we say that we want the UN to be relevant, that we should not act in a manner that treats them as irrelevant.... [I]t's a lot different for Saddam Hussein to be looking down the barrel of a gun that is held by the world.” [Washington Post, 9/20/02]

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Carl Levin actively participated in the following events:

 
  

October 2, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       In a congressional closed-door hearing, Senator Levin asks a senior intelligence witness: “If (Saddam) didn't feel threatened, did not feel threatened, is it likely that he would initiate an attack using a weapon of mass destruction?” The intelligence witness responds that under those circumstances “the likelihood ... would be low.” But the probability of Saddam using such weapons would increase, the witness explains, if the US initiates an attack. [Congressional Record, 10/7/02, Page S10154; CBC News 11/1/02 Sources: Letter from CIA Director George Tenet to Bob Graham]
People and organizations involved: Carl Levin  Additional Info 
          

October 11, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       Senators vote 77 to 23 in favor of SJ Res. 46 at 1:15am despite significant opposition from their constituencies. [Washington Post, 10/11/02 Sources: S.J. Res. 46] Dissident Democrats Senators Carl Levin, Richard Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd, and Mark Dayton attempt to come up with an alternative, SJ Res. 45, but discussion on it is postponed indefinitely by a 75 to 25 vote. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45]
Sen. Carl Levin. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4858-62 (rejected) - “To authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces, pursuant to a new resolution of the United Nations Security Council, to destroy, remove, or render harmless Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons-usable material, long-range ballistic missiles, and related facilities, and for other purposes.” [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4858-62]
Sen. Richard Durbin. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4865 (rejected) - To amend the authorization for the use of the Armed Forces to cover an imminent threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction rather than the continuing threat posed by Iraq.
Sen. Barbara Boxer. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4866-67 (not voted on) - “In families with minor children where both parents serve on active duty in the Armed Forces or where both parents are members of the National Guard or Reserves, the Secretary of Defense shall make every effort to ensure that not more than one of the parents is deployed in combat.”
Sen. Robert Byrd. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4868 (rejected) - To provide statutory construction that constitutional authorities remain unaffected and that no additional grant of authority is made to the President not directly related to the existing threat posed by Iraq. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4868-69]
Sen. Robert Byrd. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4869 (rejected) - To provide a termination date for the authorization of the use of the Armed Forces of the United States, together with procedures for the extension of such date unless Congress disapproves the extension. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4868-69]
Sen. Mark Dayton. S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4870 (rejected) - Allows the President to prepare for the deployment—not use—of the US Armed Forces. If he determines that the use of force is necessary to protect the US from an imminent threat posed by Iraq, he may request a declaration of war to be voted upon by Congress. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4870]
People and organizations involved: Barbara Boxer, Mark Dayton, Richard Durbin, Robert C. Byrd, Carl Levin
          

February 12, 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       Democratic Senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee accuse CIA Director George J. Tenet of sabotaging the weapons inspections by refusing to supply the inspectors with the intelligence they need to do their work. [Independent 2/14/03] Senator Carl M. Levin tells The Washington Post that according to declassified letters he has obtained from the CIA, dated Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, the agency has not provided inspectors with information about a "large number of sites of significant value." Furthermore, the senator charges, the letters contradict on-the-record statements made by Tenet who on February 11 claimed that the US had provided inspectors with all the information it had concerning "high value and moderate value sites." Commenting on this, he says, “When they've taken the position that inspections are useless, they are bound to fail,” adding, “We have undermined the inspectors since the beginning.” [Washington Post, 2/13/03; Independent 2/14/03] Tenet will later acknowledge to Senator Levin—after the US invasion of Iraq—that his comments were not entirely accurate. [New York Times, 2/21/04]
People and organizations involved: George Tenet, Carl Levin
          

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