Democrats forced Republicans in Washington to go behind closed doors in the Senate Tuesday, an unusual move for the minority party to make, and a move called a “political stunt” by Senator Kit Bond. The top Democrat in the Senate, Harry Reid of Nevada, forced the closed session, which can be done without a vote of the chamber, criticizing the Bush Administration and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts over intelligence leading to the decision to go to war with Iraq. Bond says concern about Saddam Hussein was voiced long before George Bush became president, expressed by prominent Democrats as well as Republicans. Bond, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the move outraged Republicans.
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