Heres a really good report on myths about information that was or was not presented to the Administration. Not only were these intel reports made to
the Bush administration, but to 3 differant administrations.
Myth #2: Analysts were pressured to change judgments to meet the needs of the Bush Administration: The judgments presented in the October 2002
NIE were based on data acquired and analyzed over fifteen years. Any changes in judgments over that period were based on new evidence, including
clandestinely collected information that led to new analysis. Our judgments were presented to three different Administrations. And the
principal participants in the production of the NIE from across the entire US Intelligence Community have sworn to Congress, under oath, that they
were NOT pressured to change their views on Iraq WMD or to conform to Administration positions on this issue. In my particular case, I was able to
swear under oath that not only had no one pressured me to take a particular view but that I had not pressured anyone else working on the Estimate to
change or alter their reading of the intelligence information.
Those who conclude that no threat existed because actual weapons have not yet been found do not understand the significance posed by biological and
chemical warfare programs in the hands of tyrants.
The NIE judged with high confidence that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of the 150 km limit
imposed by the UN Security Council, and with moderate confidence that Iraq did not have nuclear weapons.
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