T Nation

02/08/07


#1

By Jonathan S. Landay

McClatchy Newspapers

(MCT)

WASHINGTON - A special unit run by former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's top policy aide inappropriately produced "alternative" intelligence reports that wrongly concluded that Saddam Hussein's regime had cooperated with al-Qaida, a Pentagon investigation has determined.

The Department of Defense Inspector General's Office found that former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith and his staff had done nothing illegal or unauthorized.

But Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who requested the investigation, called the findings "devastating" because senior administration officials, particularly Vice President Dick Cheney, used Feith's work to help make their case for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

"We went to war based on the argument of the administration . . . that there was a link between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein and that Saddam Hussein could give al-Qaida and other terrorist groups weapons," Levin said Thursday in an interview with McClatchy Newspapers.

The findings "are about as damning a statement as one can hear, and I think the American people will be absolutely furious," Levin continued. The lawmaker is a longtime critic of the administration's use of exaggerated and erroneous intelligence to justify the invasion and a leading voice for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/16656221.htm
+http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0310-09.htm

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/


#2

"Pentagon office produced 'alternative' intelligence on Iraq"


#3

I'm expecting a fucking knock at my door any second.


#4

For pointing us to the public news stories explaining that the DOD did nothing illegal or unauthorized? Ok, go hide in your bunker, buddy.

Edited to add:
Uh-oh, looks like US News has followed your bold lead and actually reported the news! I guess we should expect their headquarters to get raided or "accidentally" blown up any second now, because those damn Bush Nazis are pulling that shit ALL the TIME.
Source:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-02-08-militaryintelligence_x.htm?csp=34


#5

True enough, but I think Rumsfeld is an asshole of the highest order anyway.


#6

I don't understand, it's "officially" on record now. No more obviousness :stuck_out_tongue:


#7

Right? It's pretty damn official now