quasi in rem

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

CIA held back key info.: "The Central Intelligence Agency was told by relatives of Iraqi scientists before the war that Baghdad's programs to develop unconventional weapons had been abandoned, but the C.I.A. failed to give that information to President Bush, even as he publicly warned of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's illicit weapons, according to government officials.
The existence of a secret prewar C.I.A. operation to debrief relatives of Iraqi scientists " and the agency's failure to give their statements to the president and other policymakers " has been uncovered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The panel has been investigating the government's handling of prewar intelligence on Iraq's unconventional weapons and plans to release a wide-ranging report this week on the first phase of its inquiry. The report is expected to contain a scathing indictment of the C.I.A. and its leaders for failing to recognize that the evidence they had collected did not justify their assessment that Mr. Hussein had illicit weapons."

It makes you wonder what else the CIA did not tell past Presidents. In their defense it did seem like a pretty good case in which to roll the intelligence dic. heck everyone in the world assumed that there were large stockpiles of weapons.

1.. Why would he lie on the UN disclosure?
2. Why would he be so resistant to the inspectors and employ subterfuge and intimidation tactics to hamper their efforts?
3. Why would he risk war with the United States?
4. Scott Ritter said that there no WMD's and that guy is an idiot and a jerk.

I cannot say that I would made a different decision. Meanwhile this has yet to rub off on the White House.

"While the Senate panel has concluded that C.I.A. analysts and other intelligence officials overstated the case that Iraq had illicit weapons, the committee has not found any evidence that the analysts changed their reports as a result of political pressure from the White House, according to officials familiar with the report. "

Tenet's "slam dunk" statement is the most telling I think, and easiest to convey to the public. When posed with the WMD question Tenet told the President it was a slam dunk.


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