The Senate Intelligence community harshly criticized the CIA and, specifically, Director George Tenet, on pre-Iraq intelligence in a report released
today after a year of investigation into the war in Iraq. Tenet is accused of skewing data to make the threat appear more immediate and has been
lambasted for allowing the 2003 State of the Union address to contain erroneous claims that Iraq attempted to purchase uranium from Africa.
CIA analysists are accused of engaging in false "groupthink" to misinterpret vague evidence of nuclear and biological weapons as a certain threat
and to ignore doubts over the claims of WMDs.
The intelligence that ultimately sent the US to war was deemed "false" and "misleading."
CIA Director George Tenet submitted his resignation on June 3rd. His last day is this Sunday, July 11th.
"The information that sent the country to war was flawed."
U.S. intelligence agencies fell victim to false “group think” when assessing Iraq’s weapons capabilities and ended up giving the Bush administration
overstated or incorrect conclusions before the 2003 invasion, a scathing Senate Intelligence Committee report says.
Many factors contributing to those failures are ongoing problems within the U.S. intelligence community which cannot be fixed with more money alone,
concluded a bipartisan report released Friday.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The 511-page report covers the events leading up to the war in Iraq.
There is no conclusive proof that the CIA had intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs after 1998. The agency is accused of providing "false
information" on many aspects of the Iraq war.
The bipartisan report laid blame squarely on the CIA and other intelligence agencies, effectively absolving President Bush and his administration of
claims that they pressured analysists to fit reports to their expectations.
"This 'group think' dynamic led Intelligence Community analysts, collectors and managers to both interpret ambiguous evidence as conclusively
indicative of a WMD program as well as ignore or minimize evidence that Iraq did not have active and expanding weapons of mass destruction programs,"
the report concluded.
The head of the committee, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), called this a "global intelligence failure" and said "As the report will show, they were also
unreasonable and largely unsupported by the available intelligence."
The committee's final word after their investigation - the CIA misled the administration and the country and caused what appears to have been an
The House Intelligence Committee report on the same subject is expected in about a month. Likewise, the independant 9-11 Commission is expected to
release its final report by the end of the month.
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