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Wednesday, November 23

Congress Didn't Get The Same Intelligence

The following is a short version of this fabulous article in the National Journal Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel. This has some good stuff that will arm you with information in case there are any Faux Spews watchers at your Thanksgiving festivities:

Bush said that congress had the same intelligence before the war that he had and then he failed to disclose that he had more evidence to the contrary. Alas comes yet another PDB from Sept 21, 2001 that explained to an eager bush who so desperately wanted Hussein and al Qaida to be linked so that we could go to war with Iraq, that Hussein only wanted to monitor the terrorist group because they were a threat to his secular regime. uh oh.

The Senate Intelligence committee wants to see all the PDB's because they may prove that the war for Iraq based on misrepresented intelligence. That means that perhaps the bushistas lied their way into a war. The Bushistas refuse to turn over those documents because they will be found out.

"What the President was told on September 21," said one former high-level official, "was consistent with everything he has been told since-that the evidence was just not there."
The article then says that the 9/11 Commission determined that
"... the CIA and other agencies did indeed provide policy makers with accurate information regarding the lack of evidence of ties between Al Qaeda and Iraq."
But days before asking congress for authorization to go to war, Rumsfeld et al made up a story and professed"
" have been given information from U.S. intelligence assessments showing evidence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link."
Then Bush and Rummy lied to theAmerican people some more:

"You can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror," President Bush said on September 25, 2002.

The next day, Rumsfeld said, "We have what we consider to be credible evidence that Al Qaeda leaders have sought contacts with Iraq who could help them acquire … weapons-of-mass-destruction capabilities."

Cheny went around spouting that Mohammed Atta went to the Czech Republic before 9/11 to meet with an Iraqi intelligence official. The story was not true but Cheney kept repeating it despite the CIA telling him it wasn't true. In fact Atta was in Virginia Beach at the time he was purported to be in the Czech Republic. The 9/11 Commission also said that the meeting didn't happen. Cheney continued to lie even when the Czechs disavowed the story.

There was a super secret little part of the Pentagon that met in the "cone of silence" which the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking into. Douglas Feith set up that intelligence group which contradicted the CIA intelligence which was given to congress. Maloof and Wurmser were the guys there who had their own intelligence in the super secret room in the Pentagon but these clowns had no experience in intelligence analysis. That is where Bush, Cheney, et al got their erroneous public statements! Rummy liked their intelligence better since it could be used to go to war. Cheney liked it because it would back up his case for war.

Wolfowitz was so happy with the super secret Pentagon group that he wanted them to prepare an erroneous and super secret 'Iraqi Intelligence Briefing' in order to show the difference between them and the bad, bad CIA. Not only that, they wanted more evidencee on the story about Atta meeting the Iraqi official in Prague despite CIA and FBI claims to the contrary!

The article goes on to explain that the bushistas didn't really hate Wilson or Plame after Wilson's trip to Niger. The administration merely hates the CIA and believed that Wilson's message was set up by the CIA. Cheney loved the intelligence that was manufactured by the super secret Pentagon group so much that he lauded them and said it wasn't like "the crap we are all so used to getting out of the CIA."

So there you go. They are a bunch of liars.
But we already knew that..

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