Thursday, February 14, 2008

This makes me so mad.

The fact is that the Aministration was "stovepiping" intellegence data, so that the intellegence community would give them an NIE (National Intellegence Estimate) that was favorable to the conclusions they wanted.

It is not true, as Secretary Rice states, that the Administration simply took the NIE and responded to it's conclusion. Again, the Administration gave clear signals, to the CIA, that they wanted a specific conclusion drawn by the NIE. They even went so far as to create a new department (The Office of Special Plans) in the DOD, full of people with little intellegence experience but an anti-Iraq agenda, to give them what they wanted to hear. They did this in case their efforts at "stovepiping" went unheeded at the CIA. When the CIA capitulated, and the Office of Special Plans, concluded what they had created it to conclude, they took it and ran with it.

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