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WAR: Former CIA Chief Disputes Warning Over Iraq Data

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posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 07:53 PM
The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, George Tenet, is disputing claims that he was aware of a problem that existed with an Iraqi intelligence source that said they had mobile biological weapons labs. A presidential commission released a report on Thursday saying that the unsubstantiated intelligence was from an Iraqi chemical engineer code-named "Curveball".
Former CIA Director George Tenet on Friday disputed that he was warned about problems with an Iraqi source just hours before Secretary of State Colin Powell argued the U.S. case against Iraq at the United Nations, using the source's information.

A presidential commission issued a scathing report on Thursday about U.S. intelligence on weapons of mass destruction that said the Bush administration relied on unsubstantiated intelligence from an Iraqi chemical engineer code-named "Curveball" that Iraq had mobile biological weapons labs.

Tenet and his deputy John McLaughlin issued lengthy statements on Friday saying they were not alerted before the war to concerns about the veracity of the Iraqi source, who was being handled by German authorities.

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Tenet is saying he was totally unaware of this intelligence information, it looks like they pulled the wool over his eyes so they could go ahead with thier plans to invade Iraq. It sounds like alot more than a simple "lack of communication". I wonder if and how things would have been done differently if this information was available to Tenet and his staff. Colin Powell pointed to this information about mobile labs as key evidence to the U.N. just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 08:17 PM
Unfortunately the Bush administration was to invade Iraq with evidence or no, over and over the hint of this plans has been around for a long time.

It only needed some false papers and some motive to go for the invasion, so I guess is to late now to point fingers the deed is done.

posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 09:36 PM
This commission's report looks like a big hit to American intelligence.


The failure to find any WMD after the invasion made that clear. But the fact that the commission, whose members were picked by Bush, found that US intelligence knows virtually nothing about the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, two of the countries - Iraq was the other one - that Bush labelled an "axis of evil" three years ago, is alarming.

Indeed the report says that US intelligence agencies know less about North Korea and Iran than they knew 10 years ago.

The international consequences of this finding are likely to be significant. The Bush Administration has consistently refused to become involved in the EU's diplomatic efforts to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear program.

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This certainly isn't comforting to know. It sure isn't making major headlines although it seems to be rather significant. What does this say to our allies?

President Bush "refused to answer questions about the report."

As the article states, instead of "Curveball", they should have named it "Screwball."

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