Tuesday, July 06, 2004

CIA said to have withheld intelligence from President Bush

The New York Times is reporting that the CIA had intelligence suggesting Saddam Hussein had given up weapons of mass destruction, but the CIA failed to deliver that intelligence to President Bush prior to the Iraq War. This intelligence failure was uncovered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which reportedly is to make the information public soon in a scathing report.

The report likely will not make it clear whether the CIA withheld the information on their own initiative, or because they had been asked to do so, with a wink and a nod, by the Vice President. Earlier reports had suggested Administration officials were not interested in information that did not support their cause, and went so far as establishing their own intelligence unit within the DoD to take a fresh look at intelligence that supported their cause.