Friday, July 02, 2004

More Evidence of PRESSURE on CIA to Manipulate Iraqi Data Shocking, No? Also today, as Atrios also points out, Brad DeLong takes down James Hoagland's utterly fucking amazing re-writing of his OWN history that Winston Smith could truly appreciate. The level of clusterfuckery is going ever higher:
In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, CIA analysts were ordered repeatedly to redo intelligence assessments concluded that Al Qaeda had no operational ties to Iraq, according to a veteran CIA counter-terrorism official who has written a book that is sharply critical of the decision to go to war with Iraq. Agency analysts never altered their conclusions, but saw the pressure to revisit their work as a clear indication that Bush administration officials were seeking a different answer regarding Iraq and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the CIA officer said in an interview with The Times. "We on the Bin Laden side [of the agency's analytic ranks] were required repeatedly to check, double-check and triple-check our files about a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq," said the officer, who spoke on condition that he be identified only by his first name, Mike. Asked whether he attributed the demands to an eagerness among officials at the White House or the Pentagon to find evidence of a link, he said: "You could not help but assume that was the case. They knew the answer [they wanted] before they asked the question."
Lest those of you who are avid newsjunkies be misled this is the same CIA insider that wrote Imperial Hubris (since revealed in another publication but not here) and not yet a third individual. Though, face it there are plenty of people who will eventually confirm it. What a steaming load of crap this administration continually deals out.
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