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Tigress DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-05 11:08 PM
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56. Truth Out on Bolton from 4/13 - Let's ask Ray McGovern to dig up facts...
This article first appeared on TomPaine.com
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/041505E.shtml
by Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern now works at Tell the Word, an activity of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. During his 27-year career as a CIA analyst, he chaired National Intelligence Estimates and conducted morning briefings of senior officials in the White House and elsewhere. He serves on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.


Looks like Will Pitt thought Ray's take on Bolton was a good one. Maybe he can look into this. He's already documenting Republican Carl Ford of INR - Intelligence and Research ( the ones who had it right pre-Iraq about no WMD)- as saying....

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Ford emphasized that politicization is the main danger to intelligence analysis. He described politicization as a "team sport" since at least two are needed-the one exerting political pressure and the "weasel." He described in some detail Bolton's attempt to bully an INR analyst into changing his conclusions to fit Bolton's extreme views on Cuba's biological warfare capability. The analyst, who is several grade levels lower than Under Secretary Bolton but no weasel, stood firm and was treated to a torrent of verbal abuse. Later, when Bolton made it clear to Ford that the analyst should be removed, Ford said, in effect, over his dead body.

furthermore...
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To his credit, Ford gave his analyst strong support. Nonetheless, this crass attempt at politicization threw such a fright into INR analysts that Ford decided to use the incident as an important teaching moment for staff and instituted defense-against-politicization training.

The former INR chief made it clear that he considered Bolton's behavior beyond the pale and told his analysts that, were they to encounter such pressure they had just two requirements: (1) do not bend to it; and (2) report it to the director of INR immediately. Ford reported Bolton's behavior to then-Secretary Powell, and later Powell went over to INR to address the staff and give a highly visible attaboy to the analyst who had stood his ground.


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