Faulty intelligence is not been somethig new in Bush's vocabulary. He openly admitted he was given bad intelligence before the Iraq war and now
he's saying it will take years do undo the harm. A new commision has outlined some possible changes the administration should take on to fix this
problem. Hopefully these new guidelines will straighten out the problem and be recieved as positively by the administration.
U.S. intelligence on Iraq was "dead wrong" in almost all cases before the Iraq war and flaws are still all too common throughout an American spy
community that requires a major overhaul, a presidential commission reported on Thursday.
The commission's report, ordered by President Bush after he launched the Iraq war two years ago based on intelligence about its weapons programs that
proved to be false, said the harm done to American credibility "will take years to undo."
"We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction," the
And at a time when the United States is accusing Iran of nuclear ambitions and pressuring North Korea, the report said: "Across the board, the
intelligence community knows disturbingly little about the nuclear programs of many of the world's most dangerous actors."
Bush, accused of hyping the intelligence on Iraq in order to pursue a costly war with a deadly aftermath, and his inner circle escaped direct blame.
"In the end, those agencies collected precious little intelligence for the analysts to analyze, and much of what they did collect was either
worthless or misleading," it said.
The commission made a series of recommendations, many of which the White House was expected to embrace.
The recommendations included:
* creation of a national counter-proliferation center to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
* establishing a separate National Security Service within the FBI that includes the bureau's counterintelligence and counterterrorism divisions, as
well as the Directorate of Intelligence.
* designate a point-person under the new director of national intelligence who will be responsible for both information sharing and information
security "in order to break down cultural and policy barriers."
* create a new Human Intelligence Directorate within the CIA to ensure the coordination of all U.S. agencies conducting human intelligence operations
* establish an organization to perform only long-term and strategic analysis under the National Intelligence Council.
* create a non-profit "sponsored research institute" that would function outside the intelligence community and provide a "critical window" by
conducting its own intelligence research and analysis.
Bush has nominated John Negroponte to become director of national intelligence, but he is yet to be confirmed by the Senate. The job was established
to better coordinate intelligence in the wake of the Iraq failures.
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In a time when the Defense senior staff is ready to retire or has already, i dont think this is a bad idea. Start over and fix the problems so that
this whole false intelligence thing doesnt happen again. This is very critical, especially when the US is now accusing Iran and North Korea of having
nuclear weapons. Mind you NK has admitted to having them, but can you trust the figures the US is putting out? Then again, can you trust the North
Korean numbers either? I don't like how the US admitted to having false intelligence over the Iraq war and then go goes on to say some senseless
cliche like "it will take years to undo". I don't like how no one is really taking the responsibility here, especially Bush. This is his staff,
this is his administration, why isn't he getting the blame? Why is it always someone down the line that gets fired or replaced?
[edit on 31-3-2005 by LuDaCrIs]