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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 08:30 PM
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CSM - Intelligence quagmire: How to gauge the new IQ
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0721/p02s01-usfp.html

After rare move to declassify documents, intelligence wars may transform spying.

By Faye Bowers and Peter Grier | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON Washington's debate over what the US and Britain knew about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) - and when they knew it - has become so heated and public that it may affect the nature and usefulness of future intelligence operations.


For one thing, the unveiling of specific data about Iraq and its dissection in the media could make it harder to convince the spy services of other nations to cooperate fully again with US or British counterparts. In the shadowy world of intelligence-sharing, few like uncontrolled publicity. Spies or other human-intelligence "assets" within target countries may become similarly leery.

For another, the administration may now be the White House that cried wolf. Unless convincing evidence of Iraqi WMD surfaces, and soon, critics might charge that intelligence evidence regarding other crises, such as North Korea, is being manipulated for political purposes.

Thus many experts say it's important to get to the bottom of what happened, and fix it, for the sake of US credibility. If nothing else, Bush's new strategy of preemption, based on taking out regimes posing imminent threats, relies more on intelligence than on other tools.

"We need public hearings, even an independent investigation," says Jim Walsh, an international-security expert at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. "The one thing the preemption strategy requires more than any other strategy we've had since World War II is intelligence not only of high quality, but intelligence that is seen as completely credible."

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indictrichardperle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:53 PM
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1. its the OSP.......the whole world knows
our "intelligence" is a pack of lies created in the OSP. The UN security council, France, Russia, Germany, noone is going to believe a god damned thing we say. Wolfowitz, Feith, Shulsky.....they just make crap up.

This lates episode with NK is a good example. SK doesnt believe us.
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