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Was the Intelligence manipulated?
Edited on Thu Nov-17-05 04:03 PM by ck4829
The goal of this Research Topic is to find out whether the Intelligence leading up to the War in Iraq was manipulated or not.

1) The Bush Administration DID limit Congressional Access to Intelligence.

Office of the Press Secretary

October 9, 2001


Q: Can you tell us why the President decided to issue the memo to the key Cabinet officials on secrecy? What prompted it, what individual leak, if you will?

MR FLEISCHER: Let me read to you from the memo in question, which is a memo that the President has sent to his members of the Cabinet who would routinely brief Capitol Hill about matters relating to the military or relating to intelligence. And reading from that memo directly it states that, this administration will continue to work to inform the leadership of the Congress about the course of and important developments in our military, intelligence and law enforcement operations. At the same time, we have an obligation to protect military operational security, intelligence sources and methods, and sensitive law enforcement investigations.

And I think that says it all about the memo. It's an effort to make certain that Congress has the information that it needs, while making certain that nobody is put in a position where they inadvertently could give any information that could harm anybody's life, as a very sensitive military campaign is underway.

Q: Can you tell us what prompted the memo?

MR FLEISCHER: It's an overall concern to make certain that information is protected, to save lives, and not put anybody in danger.


Q: It seems to be any classified information. So that's anything that the White House decides should be classified and they don't want to share with Congress.

MR FLEISCHER: The classification decisions are made by the appropriate intelligence officials. And, again, the President is going to make certain that this information is provided to the Congress so the people who need to know it will have full ability to have it, and he wants to make certain that the circle is diminished, so that nothing inadvertent can happen.

Q: Isn't it a huge shift of power to the Executive Branch?

MR FLEISCHER: That's correct -- that's what the President has decided.

2) Bush administration officials made statements which we now KNOW were false, based on the evidence available TO THEM at the time, regarding an alleged Iraqi nuclear program:

Dick Cheney saying the aluminum tubes were 'irrefutable evidence', and Condoleezza Rice said they were 'only really suited for nuclear weapons programs'".

They KNEW, based on reports from their own best experts (Dept. of Energy, as included as caveats in the 2002 NIE), that what they were saying was false. Not only was this NOT "irrefutable evidence" for a nuclear program, it wasn't even the most likely use for them (and certainly wasn't the "only" use). Before the war, the IAEA (the world's best experts on such matters) also disputed this argument, and publicly. ;_ylt=A86.I1kZw3hDKeYAkwL9wxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA

3) Carter: "White House Manipulated Iraq Intel"

The Bush Administration's prewar claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction were "manipulated, at least" to mislead the American people, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday.

The decision to go to war was the culmination of a long-term plan to attack Iraq that resulted from the first President Bush not taking out Saddam, Carter said on NBC's "Today" show.

Carter also said he supports the move by Senate Democrats to force an update on the investigation into prewar intelligence on Iraq, and says Republicans have been dragging their feet on the investigation.
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