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I hope I’m wrong, but AFAICT, of the several investigation by various legislative, executive bodies, there’s only one investigation into the WH’s use of the intelligence on Iraq to sell the war to the US electorate and the Congress. That is the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s investigation.
CHAIRMAN ROBERTS AND VICE CHAIRMAN ROCKEFELLER ISSUE STATEMENT ON INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE’S REVIEW OF PRE WAR INTELLIGENCE IN IRAQ
February 12, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman, and Senator Jay Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Vice Chairman, of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee unanimously agreed to refine the terms of reference of the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into pre war intelligence with regard to Iraq. The new terms are as follows:
A. The matters set forth in the joint release of the Chairman and Vice Chairman on June 20, 2003:
1. the quantity and quality of U.S. intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction programs, ties to terrorist groups, Saddam Hussein’s threat to stability and security in the region, and his repression of his own people;
2. the objectivity, reasonableness, independence, and accuracy of the judgments reached by the Intelligence Community;
3. whether those judgments were properly disseminated to policy makers in the Executive Branch and Congress;
4. whether any influence was brought to bear on anyone to shape their analysis to support policy objectives; and
5. other issues we mutually identify in the course of the Committee’s review;
B. the collection of intelligence on Iraq from the end of the Gulf War to the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom;
C. whether public statements and reports and testimony regarding Iraq by U.S. Government officials made between the Gulf War period and the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom were substantiated by intelligence information;
D. the postwar findings about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and weapons programs and links to terrorism and how they compare with prewar assessments;
E. prewar intelligence assessments about postwar Iraq;
F. **any intelligence activities relating to Iraq conducted by the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group (PCTEG) and the *Office of Special Plans ** * within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and
G. the use by the Intelligence Community of information provided by the Iraqi National Congress (INC).
[the INC’s Information Collection Program (ICP)]
Rumsfeld and others have publicly denied that the OSP and the PCTEG ever gathered or collected intelligence. This denial notably doesn’t address the allegations raised that these units selectively extracted, “cherry picked,” items from raw intelligence reports gathered by other agencies, to make the case for the invasion of Iraq. Allegations that on more than one occasion, items that had been previously determined to be dubious or outright false were picked from the raw intel reports and presented to Congress, and via the WH, the electorate.
Rumsfeld has also denied that the OSP and the PCTEG “bypassed” DCI Tenet.
Compare this quote from the CIA’s intel factbook re the Intelligence Community, “…offices within the Department of Defense for collection of specialized national foreign intelligence through reconnaissance programs…” with the statements from Pentagon officials denying that either of the two groups gathered or collected intelligence.
The OSP and PCTEG are not members of the intelligence community, therefore not obligated to report to Tenet. The intelligence community was not on the route, and therefore could not possibly be “bypassed.”