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NEWS: U.S. Panel Critical of Intelligence About Iran

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posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 04:19 PM
In a report set to be released at the end of this month by a commission ordered by President Bush to investigate American Intelligence, it is being reported that the panel has found that American intelligence especially in the areas of Iran and North Korea as inadequate. The panel has found the quality of intelligence on Iran especially, to be "scandalous" and not reliable to be used on basing decisions on. The report will also include recommendations on restructuring the various intelligence services.
The commission's sharp indictment of U.S. judgments on Iran follows a secretive 14-month review by the panel. Bush ordered it last year to assess the quality of overall U.S. intelligence about the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The expected criticism will come while increasingly sharp warnings from the Bush administration about what the administration says are Iran's efforts to build nuclear weapons are being met with firm denials in Tehran, which says that its nuclear program is intended purely for civilian purposes.

The nine-member panel, headed by Laurence Silberman, a retired federal judge, and Charles Robb, the former governor and senator from Virginia, is also expected to be critical of American intelligence on North Korea.

The panel is to complete a classified report to Bush by March 31.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Uh Oh, not again, hopefully this time we will not start another war based on false intelligence. It will be interesting to hear the White House response to these claims of faulty and scandalous intelligence regarding Iran, since the current administration is so convinced of Iran's ambitions.

[edit on 3-9-2005 by worldwatcher]

posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 07:10 PM
[edit on 9-3-2005 by Vorta]

posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 08:21 AM
well the report is out
Bush Administration Said 'dead Wrong' on Prewar Iraq Intelligence

In a scathing report, a presidential commission said Thursday that America's spy agencies were "dead wrong" in most of their judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war and that the United States knows "disturbingly little" about the threats posed by many of the nation's most dangerous adversaries.
The commission called for dramatic change to prevent future failures. It outlined 74 recommendations and said President Bush could implement most of them without action by Congress. It urged Bush to give broader powers to John Negroponte, the new director of national intelligence, to deal with challenges to his authority from the CIA, Defense Department or other elements of the nation's 15 spy agencies.

It also called for sweeping changes at the FBI to combine the bureau's counterterrorism and counterintelligence resources into a new office.

The report was the latest somber assessment of intelligence shortfalls that a series of investigative panels have made since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Numerous investigations have concluded that spy agencies had serious intelligence failures before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States.

The report implicitly absolves the Bush administration of manipulating the intelligence used to launch the 2003 Iraq war, putting the blame for bad intelligence directly on the intelligence community.

So Bush's Administration gets off for starting a war based on false wmds, because of bad intelligence.
I guess someone has to be the fall guy, and the CIA and FBI are it once again. So who should get fired for not doing their jobs? I say start from the top and work your way down the chain of command.

posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 09:02 AM
Interesting. How do they explain the turn-around from all the 2001 intelligence reports saying Iraq was no threat, to the 2003 reports claiming all kinds of fabulous weapons and threats to the world? Are we supposed to believe that 15 intelligence agencies just decided to contradict themselves and fabricate evidence without direction?

FIFTEEN??? We have FIFTEEN!!! intelligence agencies???

We are not living in a police state. We are not living in a police state. We are not living in...

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