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  • The real story behind the release of the CIA ‘torture’ report

    12/10/2014 5:46:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    Senate Democrats and President Obama have moved up to a whole new level of desperate. On Tuesday, Democrats in the Senate, who will lose control of the chamber in just three weeks, released a report focused on interrogation techniques — during the administration of George W. Bush. Yes, Mr. Obama is all about transparency, as long as it’s not about his administration. Despite warnings from top Obama officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, that release of the once-classified report would endanger Americans abroad, the president demanded that the United States explain its actions to — terrorists. In some ways,...
  • White House refuses to release full NIE (Nutcase Dems seem hell-bent on destruction.. Ours!)

    09/27/2006 10:23:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,137+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/06 | Katherine Shrader and Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON - The White House refused Wednesday to release in full a previously secret intelligence assessment that depicts a growing terrorist threat and has fueled the election-season fight over the Iraq war. Press secretary Tony Snow said releasing the full report, portions of which President Bush declassified on Tuesday, would jeopardize the lives of agents who gathered the information. It would also risk the nation's ability to work with foreign governments and to keep secret its U.S. intelligence-gathering methods, Snow said, and "compromise the independence of people doing intelligence analysis." "If they think their work is constantly going to be...
  • White House Rebuts Bleak Report on Iraq

    09/24/2006 9:51:11 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 1,129+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 25, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano
    The White House on Sunday sharply disagreed with a new U.S. intelligence assessment that the war in Iraq is encouraging global terrorism, as Bush administration officials stressed that anti-American fervor in the Muslim world began long before the Sept. 11 attacks. Peter Watkins, a White House spokesman, declined to talk specifically about the National Intelligence Estimate, a classified analysis that represents a consensus perspective of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. The highly classified report, delivered to policymakers in April, is the first of its kind since the start of the Iraq war in March 2003. In it, the agencies concluded...
  • We could have stopped him

    08/19/2004 7:18:37 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 667+ views
    Guardian ^ | 08/19/04 | Julian Borger
    We could have stopped him The CIA has taken much of the blame for the security lapses that led to 9/11 and the false intelligence on Iraq's WMDs. But now one spy has broken ranks to point the finger at the politicians - and warn that the war on terror could plunge the US into even greater danger. By Julian Borger Friday August 20, 2004 The Guardian These are not happy times at the CIA. In the space of a few short months, two official reports have found the agency principally to blame for failing to prevent the September 11...
  • Help Make Bush Signs for the GOP Convention in Stamford, CT

    08/05/2004 9:00:34 AM PDT · by Hockey Mom II · 19 replies · 744+ views
    August 5, 2004 | Hockey Mom II
    Tonight, Thursday August 5th, the Stamford Victory '04 office is inviting Freepers to come to a "sign-making" party at the Stamford headquarters at 1150 Bedford Street in Stamford, CT from 5 PM to 8 PM. We will be making signs for the GOP Convention and can use all the help we can get. Members from the RNC will be on hand to help out as well. For any further information call us at: (203) 921-2609.
  • REPORT OF THE JOINT INQUIRY INTO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11

    08/05/2004 9:31:05 AM PDT · by Darko · 4 replies · 466+ views
    August 05, 2004 | Darko Trifunovic
    REPORT OF THE JOINT INQUIRY INTO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 –BY THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
  • Who's Sorry Now? (Good article from O'Reilly)

    07/22/2004 6:23:28 PM PDT · by jveritas · 22 replies · 1,519+ views
    July/22/04 | Bill OReilly
    At this point, we have four independent sources that say there was no lying by President Bush and British Prime Minister Blair regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The 9/11 Commission, the Senate Intelligence Committee, Lord Butler's British investigation and Vladimir Putin have all stated that the WMD intelligence was faulty, but the politicians did nothing untoward. So what should be done with the people who accused Bush and Blair of intentionally lying to bring war to the world? Have you heard any of these folks apologize for their slander? I haven't. And let's take the issue one step...
  • Warner: New Report Backs Iraq WMD Claims

    07/20/2004 4:35:44 PM PDT · by renotse · 2 replies · 354+ views
    7/20/2004 | APARNA H. KUMAR
    WASHINGTON - An upcoming report will contain "a good deal of new information" backing up the Bush administration's contention that Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) pursued weapons of mass destruction, Senate Armed Services Committee (news - web sites) Chairman John Warner, R-Va., said Tuesday. The administration cited Saddam's hunger for such weapons as a main reason to invade Iraq (news - web sites) last year. "I'm not suggesting dramatic discoveries," Warner told reporters, but "bits and pieces that Saddam Hussein was clearly defying" international restrictions, "and he and his government had a continuing interest in maintaining the potential to...
  • Iraq intelligence Probes Prove Bush, Blair Weren't Fibbing

    07/20/2004 10:03:47 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 1,020+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 20, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    When President Bush and Prime Minister Blair agreed to official investigations into the intelligence failures in the runup to the war, they did so reluctantly. They had to assume that there just might be something in the files that, once exposed, would damage them. In fact, the two reports — the Senate Intelligence Committee Report in the United States and the Butler Report in Britain — have rescued both leaders. What tipped observers off to the fact that the Senate report would help Bush was that Democrats on the committee began undermining their own report as soon as it was...
  • Senate Report Clouds Leak Investigation

    07/19/2004 8:58:47 AM PDT · by OESY · 21 replies · 1,032+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2004 | DAVID S. CLOUD and GARY FIELDS
    Sparring Over Veracity Of CIA Operative's Husband Could Delay Indictments Past Election WASHINGTON -- A long-running Justice Department investigation into which Bush-administration official leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's name is back where it started: Her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, is finding his credibility under severe assault. And that could have implications for how the leak case is resolved. ... The Senate report and a similar one by British authorities released this month make clear that the question of whether Iraq sought uranium in Africa is a murky one that may never be fully resolved. The reports show that intelligence...
  • Today's "Subliminable" Message: Airs Footage of W While Asking "Who's to Blame for Intel Failure?"

    07/19/2004 4:11:16 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies · 1,428+ views
    The Today Show
    Sometimes The Today Show doesn't even have to get to an interview to indulge its liberal bias. The show opened this morning with a tease for coverage on the 9/11 Commission's report. As various images flashed on the screen, Katie intoned that the report "found a link between Al-Qaeda and Iran and called for changes in the intelligence community." Continuing her intro, Katie stated "the question remains as to who is to blame for the intelligence failures?" and suddenly the screen was filled with . . . footage of Pres. Bush strolling across the White House lawn. Very "subliminable," no?...
  • Demanding Fairness Covering the Wilson-Plame Game: My Phone Call To NIGHTLINE

    07/19/2004 12:39:30 AM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 35 replies · 2,505+ views
    July 19, 2004 | L.N. Smithee
    Where have you gone, Joe Wilson? Now that the Senate Intelligence report has exonerated the Bush Administration of coercing policy-friendly intelligence interpretations(on top of the Senate's finding that Valerie Plame indeed recommended her hubby for the investigating it despite his colorful denials), and the UK's Butler Report reaffirms British intel's belief in Iraqi inquiries into acquiring yellowcake, I noted that all the coverage of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson-as-martyr had dried up, but it wasn't being replaced by Turns-out-Joe Wilson-is-full-of-it coverage. Last Friday morning, I called ABC News in New York, and was referred to a Nightline staffer. I mentioned to...
  • Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq

    07/18/2004 11:38:50 AM PDT · by adam_az · 9 replies · 683+ views
    US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence website ^ | July 7, 2004 | Select Committee on Intelligence, US Senate
    The report is a heavily redacted PDF file. Click on the link to download it. If anyone has a way to convert it to text format so it would be searchable, please do so!!! Some interesting excerpts: For example 'direct meetings between senior Iraqi representatives and top al Qaeda operatives took place from the early 1990s to the present,' meaning Jan, 2003 Multiple, credible sources are cited that Iraq provided al-Qaeda with various kinds of training, combat, bomb-making, along with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training. It confirms this statement by George Tenet: "Iraq has in the past provided training...
  • Reports appear to back Bush on uranium quest

    07/17/2004 11:32:47 PM PDT · by ambrose · 26 replies · 1,340+ views
    Reports appear to back Bush on uranium quest By Richard W. Stevenson and David Johnston, The New York Times News Service July 18, 2004 WASHINGTON - Were those infamous 16 words correct after all? It has been a year and a half since President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address, in which he suggested in a single sentence that Iraq might have been trying to acquire uranium in Africa for its nuclear weapons program. Advertisement And it has been a year since the White House and the CIA acknowledged that the evidence behind that assertion was flawed, opening Bush...
  • Decoding the Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation on Iraq

    07/18/2004 12:04:08 AM PDT · by notforhire · 14 replies · 697+ views
    The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on American intelligence failures in Iraq has produced a rare and curious thing — agreement between left and right. For opposite reasons, both are pushing the absurd notion that the report told us that President Bush was not to blame for giving Americans false information about Iraq. The left has denounced the report as a whitewash that unfairly clears Mr. Bush of charges that he or his aides prodded the Central Intelligence Agency into hyping the Iraqi weapons programs, and purposefully misrepresented the threat from Saddam Hussein. The right agrees with the conclusion, and calls...
  • The Missing Link What the Senate report really says about Iraq and al Qaeda.

    07/17/2004 4:45:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 3,880+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 26, 2004 | Stephen F. Hayes
    WARNING: The page you have accessed is dependent on JAVASCRIPT which is not supported by your browser. Due to this limitation, you may experience unexpected results within this site. The Missing Link From the July 26, 2004 issue: What the Senate report really says about Iraq and al Qaeda.by Stephen F. Hayes 07/26/2004, Volume 009, Issue 43 IN THE FLOOD OF COMMENT that greeted the Senate Intelligence Committee's 511-page report on pre-Iraq war intelligence, no one remarked upon this sentence from the document about the Iraq-al Qaeda connection: "Any indication of a relationship between these two hostile elements could...
  • Bad intelligence: Joseph Farah debunks disinfo on Iraq, warns of next al-Qaida attack

    07/16/2004 4:48:35 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 639+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, July 16, 2004 | Joseph Farah
    Friday, July 16, 2004 Bad intelligence Posted: July 16, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Joseph Farah © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a report telling us what we all already knew – that U.S. intelligence agencies have let us down. I thought we all knew that on Sept. 11. Is it really a shock that the most profound failure of U.S. intelligence since Pearl Harbor wasn't fixed a year later, two years later or even three? It's not shocking to me. But the report is being exploited to the max by politically desperate adversaries of the Bush administration. Instead, what...
  • BUSH TOLD TRUTH ON IRAQ -- Will Democrats Drop Their Wartime Demagoguery?

    07/16/2004 7:42:46 AM PDT · by Apolitical · 17 replies · 987+ views
    It wasn't President Bush who misled America. It was partisan Democrats, who risked national morale during war to advance their partisan interest....
  • CIA's fumbles

    07/16/2004 12:18:16 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 185+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 16, 2004 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com CIA's fumblesBy Terence P. JeffreyPublished July 16, 2004 The Senate Select Intelligence Committee report on prewar U.S. intelligence in Iraq inspires two unexpected questions: (1) Why didn't more elected officials question the Central Intelligence Agency the way Vice President Dick Cheney did? (2) Did any politicians question the CIA enough?     Americans have grown accustomed to the manifest excellence of our armed forces. When our elected leaders told them to take Iraq, they did it in a matter of weeks, with remarkably little collateral damage or loss of life. Government doesn't get any more efficient than the 3rd...
  • The Reality of Saddam’s Threat: The U.S. could not have delayed dealing with Saddam Hussein.

    07/15/2004 2:06:33 PM PDT · by drb9 · 2 replies · 443+ views
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2004 | David B. Rivkin, Jr. & Lee A. Casey
    On Friday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its "Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Pre-war Intelligence Assessment on Iraq." Although this report concluded that the Bush administration did not seek to "coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities," thereby decisively rebutting the oft-invoked charge that the administration had pushed the intelligence community to find a threat from Iraq, the president's opponents have been busy spinning the report's conclusions as evidence that Saddam Hussein simply posed no meaningful threat to the United States. They now assert that Saddam's Iraq...
  • Democrats silent in face of Senate panel's findings

    07/15/2004 3:42:54 AM PDT · by weegee · 17 replies · 1,058+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 15, 2004, 12:28AM | By ROBERT D. NOVAK
    Like Sherlock Holmes' dog that did not bark, the most remarkable aspect of last week's Senate Intelligence Committee report is what its Democratic members did not say. They did not dissent from the committee's findings that Iraq apparently asked about buying yellowcake uranium from Niger. They neither agreed to a conclusion that former diplomat Joseph Wilson was suggested for a mission to Niger by his CIA employee wife nor defended his statements to the contrary. Wilson's activities constituted the only aspects of the yearlong investigation for which the committee's Republican chairman, Sen. Pat Roberts, was unable to win unanimous agreement....
  • Iraq Pre-War Intelligence Report: Additional Views of Chairman Pat Roberts ... (on Wilson, Plame)

    07/14/2004 2:11:05 PM PDT · by Shermy · 53 replies · 1,838+ views
    Roberts' web site ^ | July 9, 2004 | Sen Pat Roberts
    Below are the "Additional Comments" of Sens. Roberts, Hatch and Bond that were appended at the very long Senate Intelligence report, along with other Senator's comments. I've excerpted those that deal with the Niger uranium issue because of the popularity of the topic. ________________________________________ ...Despite our hard and successful work to deliver a unanimous report, however, there were two issues on which the Republicans and Democrats could not agree: 1) whether the Committee should conclude that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s public statements were not based on knowledge he actually possessed, and 2) whether the Committee should conclude that it was...
  • The New Groupthink (Safire on Senate Intel Committee)

    07/13/2004 9:51:55 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 10 replies · 856+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/14/04 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    The New GroupthinkBy WILLIAM SAFIREPublished: July 14, 2004 he salient news in the Senate Intelligence Committee report is this: all you have been hearing about "he lied to us" and "they cooked the books" is a lot of partisan nonsense. The 511-page Senate report concluded this: Nobody in the White House or the Pentagon pressured the C.I.A. to change an intelligence analysis to conform to the judgment that the world would be a safer place with the monstrous Saddam overthrown.Ah, second-guessers say, but what about "groupthink"? Before Gulf War I, the consensus held that Saddam was five to 10 years...
  • CIA was not pressured enough

    07/14/2004 12:00:55 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 189+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, July 14, 2004 | by Terence Jeffrey
    The Senate Select Intelligence Committee report on pre-war U.S. intelligence in Iraq inspires two unexpected questions: 1) Why didn't more elected officials question the Central Intelligence Agency the way Vice President Dick Cheney did? 2) Did any politicians question the CIA enough? Americans have grown accustomed to the manifest excellence of our armed forces. When our elected leaders told them to take Iraq, they did it in a matter of weeks, with remarkably little collateral damage or loss of life. Government doesn't get any more efficient than the 3rd Infantry Division marching through sandstorms to Baghdad. But the Senate report...
  • The Problem With the CIA

    07/13/2004 6:20:31 PM PDT · by Axion · 10 replies · 2,261+ views
    STRAFOR | July 13, 2004 | George Friedman
    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report last week on the Central Intelligence Agency's performance in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The report, the result of efforts by both Democratic and Republican senators, draws three major conclusions: 1. The Bush administration, and in particular the White House, did not force the CIA to reach the conclusion that Iraq harbored or was building weapons of mass destruction. 2. The CIA failed to reach the proper conclusions about Iraq's WMD because of a broken "corporate culture." 3. Implicit in the second conclusion was the recognition that fundamental...
  • Senate Intel Report: Saddam's Nuke Scientists Active Until War

    07/13/2004 5:44:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 560+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/13/04 | Carl Limbacher
    While the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded on Friday that Saddam Hussein didn't have much in the way of weapons of mass destruction, its conclusions on Iraq's nuclear weapons program weren't quite the clean bill of health that the media have suggested they were. For instance, according to the report's "Overall Conclusions" section, "Iraq was procuring dual use equipment that had potential nuclear applications." What's more, the Committee found that "Iraq had kept its cadre of nuclear weapons personnel trained and in positions that could keep their skills intact for eventual use in a reconstituted nuclear program." To be sure, the...
  • Pointing Fingers (Intelligence on Iraq)

    07/13/2004 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Isara · 11 replies · 514+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2004 | Editor
    Intelligence: Congress' report on the failings of the CIA leading up to the war in Iraq is pretty damaging stuff — not just to the CIA itself, but also to those who slashed its budget in the 1990s.It's a little funny watching some of the very same people who voted repeatedly in the 1990s to strip the CIA of its spies and slash its budget now taking it to task for not doing its job.It is true the CIA failed to anticipate Sept. 11 — though it's not clear any organization operating in a democratic society could have done so.It's...
  • Senate Intel Report: Saddam's Nuke Scientists Active Till War

    07/13/2004 11:29:33 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 7 replies · 919+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 7/13/04 | Carl Limbacher
    While the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded on Friday that Saddam Hussein didn't have much in the way of weapons of mass destruction, its conclusions on Iraq's nuclear weapons program weren't quite the clean bill of health that the media has suggested. For instance, according to the report's "Overall Conclusions" section: "Iraq was procuring dual use equipment that had potential nuclear applications." What's more, the Committee found that: "Iraq had kept its cadre of nuclear weapons personnel trained and in positions that could keep their skills intact for eventual use in a reconstituted nuclear program." To be sure, the Committee managed...
  • Bush firmly links terrorism, Hussein

    07/13/2004 12:39:43 PM PDT · by rface · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Kansas City (Missouri) Star (you must be registered, but it's free) ^ | Tue, Jul. 13, 2004 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS and JONATHAN S. LANDAY
    WASHINGTON — President Bush continued to insist Monday that an operational link existed between former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida. His comments came despite reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the commission that's investigating the Sept. 11 attacks that no evidence links Hussein and Islamic terrorists who collaborated to kill Americans. Specifically addressing national security issues for the first time since the Senate report was released Friday, Bush acknowledged “shortcomings” in the intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programs that was used to justify the war. But good intelligence or faulty, the president said war with Iraq was...
  • The Reality of Saddam’s Threat: The U.S. could not have delayed dealing with Saddam Hussein.

    07/13/2004 2:35:22 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 941+ views
    National Review ^ | July 13, 2004 | David B. Rivkin Jr. & Lee A. Casey
    On Friday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its "Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Pre-war Intelligence Assessment on Iraq." Although this report concluded that the Bush administration did not seek to "coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities," thereby decisively rebutting the oft-invoked charge that the administration had pushed the intelligence community to find a threat from Iraq, the president's opponents have been busy spinning the report's conclusions as evidence that Saddam Hussein simply posed no meaningful threat to the United States. They now assert that Saddam's Iraq...
  • The Senate Intelligence Committee Report(EXCELLENT Summary/talking points)

    07/12/2004 5:11:40 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 24 replies · 2,941+ views
    Windsofchange ^ | 07/12/04 | Dan Darling
    The Senate Intelligence Committee Report by Dan Darling at July 11, 2004 01:22 AM I spent the better part of Friday slogging through all 521 pages of the report and identifying the relevant sections of it for Michael Ledeen, which is something that I would seriously recommend that anybody who is genuinely interested in what went wrong on the subject of Iraq do as well. Even the partisan hacks. Especially the partisan hacks. Ledeen is going to have an NRO piece up on a good chunk of this at some point, but in the meantime I thought I'd convey my...
  • Hillary, Top Dems Still Would Have Voted for War

    07/12/2004 6:40:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 1,084+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/13/04 | Dave Eberhart
    Last week Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said, “We in Congress would not have authorized that war -- we would not have authorized that war with 75 votes if we knew what we know now.” ABC’s Ted Koppel, host of Nightline, decided to put the words of the senior Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee to the test. Koppel’s findings, which aired on ABC Radio late Friday night, directly counters Rockefeller’s suggestion that the Senate would not have strongly endorsed the war against Iraq. Koppel reported: “We wanted to see whether the conclusions reached by the Intelligence Committee would have...
  • THE SENATE INTEL REPORT: SO MUCH FOR 'BUSH LIED'

    07/12/2004 3:24:12 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 26 replies · 1,355+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7/10/04 | John Podhoretz
    THE Senate Intelligence Committee report on the intelligence failures gov erning run-up to the Iraq war is a devastating document — for those who might have thought the sole reason to go to war in 2003 was Saddam Hussein's presumed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. The thing is, I don't know a single such person. Those who supported the war, in overwhelming numbers, believed there were multiple justifications for it. Those who opposed and oppose it, in equally overwhelming numbers, weren't swayed by the WMD arguments. Indeed, many of them had no difficulty opposing the war while believing that...
  • The Great Intelligence Committee Report

    07/12/2004 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Renfield · 5 replies · 620+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7-12-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Wow, more than 520 pages. As Dan Darling and I worked through it (and don't miss his more detailed analysis at www.windsofchange.net), we were constantly entertained by big blocks of "redacted" pages. Why don't they just put in ellipses instead of all those blacked-out paragraphs? Maybe the Government Printing Office gets paid by the page, and Congress wants the GPO to have more money? The other great mystery is how the authors expect us to read the report. It's terribly written, and talks breathlessly about "trade craft" when "logic" or "common sense" would do better. It takes multiple sentences to...
  • Senate Intel Report Mirrors Dems' Anti-Bush Memo

    07/12/2004 1:56:02 PM PDT · by ArmyBratproud · 8 replies · 399+ views
    ...In more evidence that Sen. Roberts allowed his Democratic colleagues to control the investigative agenda, key weapons discoveries in Iraq were either downplayed or ignored in the Committee's report, including: The discovery of two tons of low-enriched uranium at Saddam Hussein's massive al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons plant, which, according to U.S. scientists, could have been refined to make at leat one nuclear bomb. The discovery of hundreds of tons of unenriched uranium at the same location. More than a dozen artillary shells containing sarin and mustard gas, uncovered in just the last month.
  • Chron Editors Rewrite Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report

    07/12/2004 10:53:42 AM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 3 replies · 416+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 7/12/04 | Jim Sparkman
    The editors of the S.F. Chronicle have long been convinced that George Bush is the main thing that’s wrong with this country. That judgment borders on a deep hatred that causes them to forget all those little details about journalistic integrity. They produced a lead editorial on Monday that takes the cake in that respect. They simply rewrite the Senate Intelligence Report to say what they wished it had said. Their conclusion is the opposite of what the report concluded insofar as Bush is concerned. Note these opening paragraphs: TRY AS it might, the Bush White House cannot just shrug...
  • You Must Believe

    07/12/2004 11:38:28 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 2 replies · 293+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | Gregg Bish | Gregg Bish
    This past week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the politically charged assessment of the intelligence failures that lead to America's war with Iraq. Very well then, an intelligence agency drained of its resources by the Clinton Administration, hamstrung by limitations in its recruiting and prosecution practices, and sadly diminished in its stature by years of anti-government moviemaking joined the rest of global intelligence services in a great big giant failure of intelligence. Every intelligence service in the world was wrong, and a politically conflicted body doomed to defend a variety of partisan positions is right. Dr. Eric Berne, the founder...
  • Intel Panel Slams CIA on Iraq Prewar Intelligence

    07/12/2004 11:45:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeMajority · 4 replies · 244+ views
    Talon News ^ | 7/12/2004 | Jeff Gannon
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- A yearlong Senate Intelligence Committee investigation concluded the first phase of its work when it issued a report on Friday that was highly critical of the Central Intelligence Agency. The panel said that the intelligence community provided Congress and the White House erroneous and exaggerated analysis of Iraq's weapons capabilities. The panel accused the CIA of "group-think," forming an opinion about Iraq and developing evidence to support it. It also criticized the agency of being "risk adverse" for not having human intelligence assets in Iraq. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member...
  • Additional Views (Stephen Hayes takes on the Senate Intelligence Report)

    07/12/2004 11:09:54 AM PDT · by Peach · 4 replies · 680+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 12, 2004 | Stephen Hayes
    Additional Views Jay Rockefeller takes the president to task for using faulty intelligence in making the case for war. But what did Rockefeller say back in 2002? by Stephen F. Hayes 07/12/2004 8:40:00 AM DEVASTATING. CRITICAL. SCATHING. Those are just some of the adjectives used to describe the report on prewar Iraq intelligence by the Senate Intelligence Committee. I'd like to add another: Hilarious. Okay, not the whole report. But the "additional views" section contributed by the committee's vice chair, Senator Jay Rockefeller (Rockefeller was joined in his view by Senators Carl Levin and Richard Durbin): The Bush Administration's case...
  • Senate Intel Report Goes According to Anti-Bush Plan

    07/12/2004 9:38:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 24 replies · 1,166+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 7/12/04 | Carl Limbacher
    A Senate Intelligence Committee report released Friday that concludes the Bush administration used false information on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to lead America into war follows a secret plan hatched by Committee Democrats last year to damage President Bush's reelection prospects. "Most of the major key judgments" on the Iraqi weapons threat were "either overstated, or were not supported by the underlying intelligence reporting," the Committee report said. "A series of failures, particularly in analytic trade craft, led to the mischaracterization of intelligence." While Republican Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts emphasized that the fault lie primarily with the...
  • LIVE THREAD: Bush to Highlight Counter-Terrorism Victories in Speech

    07/12/2004 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Howlin · 289 replies · 5,576+ views
    Voice of America ^ | July 12, 2004
    President Bush is expected to highlight his administration's progress in the war on terrorism when he speaks Monday at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the southern state of Tennessee. Reports say Mr. Bush will refer to Libya's decision to give up its weapons of mass destruction programs, specifically its nuclear weapons program. Mr. Bush's address comes after last Friday's release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report that harshly criticizes U.S. intelligence agencies' pre-war reporting on Iraq's presumed weapons of mass destruction. Meanwhile, likely Democratic candidate, John Kerry, and his running mate John Edwards, are expected to begin campaigning separately...
  • Of 'Lies' and WMD

    07/11/2004 9:44:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,774+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 12, 2004 | Masthead Editorial
    The Senate vindicates President Bush and exposes Joe Wilson as a partisan fraud. "The Committee did not find any evidence that Administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities." So reads Conclusion 83 of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. The Committee likewise found no evidence of pressure to link Iraq to al Qaeda. So it appears that some of the claims about WMD used by the Bush Administration and others to argue for war in Iraq were mistaken because they were based...
  • Bad Iraq Intelligence Cost Lives, Democrats Say (Barf Alert)

    07/10/2004 10:02:50 PM PDT · by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY · 23 replies · 575+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 7/11/2004 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and JODI WILGOREN
    ALBUQUERQUE, July 10 — Senator John Kerry and Senator John Edwards declared on Friday that slipshod intelligence invoked by President Bush to invade Iraq had cost the nation lives, billions of dollars and international prestige, signaling that the Iraq war would be a central issue in their White House campaign. The presumptive Democratic candidates for president and vice president, in a 30-minute joint interview given after the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report challenging the prewar Iraq intelligence, said Mr. Bush's policies abroad had probably increased, rather than decreased, the prospects of domestic terrorist attacks. And they said the...
  • Panel Describes Long Weakening of Hussein Army

    07/11/2004 12:59:33 AM PDT · by notforhire · 10 replies · 296+ views
    NT Times ^ | 7/11/04 | JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr.
    WASHINGTON, July 10 — The Senate's report on prewar intelligence about Iraq, which asserts that warnings about its illicit weapons were largely unfounded and that its ties to Al Qaeda were tenuous, also undermines another justification for the war: that Saddam Hussein's military posed a threat to regional stability and American interests. In a detailed discussion of Iraq's prewar military posture, the report cites a long series of intelligence reports in the decade before the war that described a formerly potent army's spiral of decay under the weight of economic sanctions and American military pressure. The main risk of an...
  • Senate Intel Report

    07/11/2004 4:44:19 AM PDT · by YOUGOTIT · 2 replies · 302+ views
    Yougotit120
    The report by the Imperial Senate on the Intelligence failures leading up to the WTC attack by America’s enemies is full of half-truths and outright lies. I saw no place where the blame for any intelligence failure was placed, where it should have been, on the left-wing anti-Americans that inhabit the United States Senate. It is evident now more that ever that the XVII amendment to the Constitution has become a dismal failure, and must be repealed. As with the Imperial Senate of Rome that grew into a club of wealthy, fat-cats whose only desire was to remain in power...
  • Senate intelligence failure

    07/10/2004 7:36:05 AM PDT · by dts32041 · 23 replies · 716+ views
    WAshington Times | 10 JUL 04 | Editoral Staff
    Senate intelligence failure - Yesterday, through the release of its long-awaited report, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence unanimously blamed the CIA for errant assertions and mistaken assumptions about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. Much of that scathing criticism is well-deserved. However, the blame must be shared by the members of the committee, who failed badly in their constitutional duty of oversight. There was "a global intelligence failure" at the CIA, said Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican. Many of the declarations of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate have collapsed, and no surprise, since the estimate...
  • As Rationales for War Erode, Issue of Blame Looms Large

    07/09/2004 9:01:50 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 21 replies · 458+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 07/10/04 | Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
    As Rationales for War Erode, Issue of Blame Looms Large By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, July 10, 2004; Page A01 Yesterday's report by the Senate intelligence committee left in shreds two of the Bush administration's main rationales for the war in Iraq: that Iraq had illicit weapons and that it cooperated with al Qaeda. The conclusions are not earthshaking by themselves. Although President Bush and Vice President Cheney have not abandoned either rationale, both were already tattered after similar doubts were voiced over many months by U.S. weapons inspectors in Iraq, the commission probing...
  • Iraq war justified despite Senate report: Wolfowitz

    07/10/2004 5:10:16 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 50 replies · 1,337+ views
    Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a lead architect in the US-led war on Iraq, insisted that the war was justified even after a scathing US Senate report on the quality of pre-war intelligence. Saddam Hussein's refusal to comply with UN resolutions demanding weapons inspections, the brutality of his regime, and his history for developing and using chemical weapons more than justified the war, he said in a speech to Omaha business leaders. A Senate investigation concluded that the US intelligence community "mischaracterised" Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war through "a series of failures," and its key judgments were...
  • Downer defends war decision despite damning US report

    07/10/2004 5:08:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 516+ views
    The Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says Australia did not just rely on American intelligence reports when it decided to take part in the Iraq war. A report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee has dismissed the evidence used to justify the American led invasion of Iraq as 'unreasonable' and 'unsupported'. The committee chairman says the CIA analysis treated uncertain information as truth. Mr Downer defends Australia's part in the war in Iraq. "I don't agree with everything an American senator may say, I am an Australian, and I'm entitled to put an Australian view," he said. "Since the handover of...
  • THE SENATE INTEL REPORT: SO MUCH FOR 'BUSH LIED'

    07/10/2004 2:21:28 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 23 replies · 4,596+ views
    New York Post ^ | 07/10/04 | John Podhoretz
    THE Senate Intelligence Committee report on the intelligence failures gov erning run-up to the Iraq war is a devastating document — for those who might have thought the sole reason to go to war in 2003 was Saddam Hussein's presumed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. The thing is, I don't know a single such person. Those who supported the war, in overwhelming numbers, believed there were multiple justifications for it. Those who opposed and oppose it, in equally overwhelming numbers, weren't swayed by the WMD arguments. Indeed, many of them had no difficulty opposing the war while believing that...