posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 08:41 AM
A startling expose in this week's Newsweek
details a long and horrifying road of massive failures in US intelligence on Iraq. Because
of the US reliance on high-tech low-touch intelligence gathering methods, no one was aware of a corrupt regime crumbling at the core, seemingly about
to collapse all on its own.
Once U.N. inspectors left Iraq, Saddam's malevolent history and intentions took on even greater significance, because the CIA was suddenly cut off
from a critical source of information. (Kay calls the data produced by UNSCOM inspectors the CIA's "crack cocaine.") In February 2000, Tenet told
Congress that the United States had no direct evidence that Iraq had reconstituted its WMD programs, "although given its past behavior this type of
activity must be regarded as likely." Iraq had begun to rebuild parts of its chemical infrastructure "for industrial and commercial use," he said,
and had also "attempted to purchase numerous dual use items."
This is an excellent expose from Newsweek with a solid timeline of detail that everyone should read. As you go through this long article (well worth
the news stand purchase price of your own copy of Newsweek) you'll find dozens of points previously discussed on AboveTopSecret.com.
[Edited on 6-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]