posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 02:43 PM
Leading up the Iraqi War, the CIA was hard pressed for information regarding Iraq WMD programs as well as links between Hussein and terrorists. Dick
Cheney is noted as the major advocate to promote one side of CIA intelligence while disregarding others.
- Demanding "politically acceptable" Iraqi WMD results while rejecting others
- Failure to account for the CIA's guerilla warfare prediction in the region
- "Mr Cheney "blew up" when a report into links between the Saddam regime and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist behind the kidnappings and
beheadings of hostages in Iraq, including the Briton Kenneth Bigley, proved inconclusive"
The CIA is now fighting the White House to keep its image intact, particularly through intelligence leaks
. The CIA has been trying to keep
Iraq in the limelight of this election in hopes of swaying the votes towards John Kerry.
Bill Harlow, the former CIA spokesman who left with the former director George Tenet in July, acknowledged that there had been leaks from within the
agency. "The intelligence community has been made the scapegoat for all the failings over Iraq," he said. "It deserves some of the blame, but not
all of it. People are chafing at that, and that's the background to these leaks."
Critics of the White House include officials who have served in previous Republican administrations such as Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA head of
counter-terrorism and member of the National Security Council under Ronald Reagan.
The Wall Street Journal noted that the administration is fighting two insurgencies: one in Iraq and one at the CIA. Bush has sent a republican
director to lead the CIA and attempt to stifle the criticism and amount of intelligence leaks.
The amount of leaked information could very well take on a faster pace closing in on the election. Such information in this could also explain, in
part, President Bush's decision to have an intelligence director under the President's wing. By having a subordinate intelligence director to
report intelligence, the President can essentially stifle much of the output of conflicting information. The outlook isn't faring well for the White
House or the CIA.
Bush Creates New Intelligence Czar Post
[edit on 10-10-2004 by Jamuhn]