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I'm a 30 year old San Francisco resident by way of Virginia, currently working as an alumni affairs officer at a major research university in the Bay Area. I mainly write about politics, sports, music, and culture. I am a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Foreign Affairs. I am hoping to begin a master's degree program in Journalism in the next few years.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Senate findings attack pre-war intelligence

Today the Senate Intelligence Committe released it's findings on the validity of the CIA's intelligence information before the war in Iraq and the resulting report is not a pretty one. The committee accused the CIA of "group think" that lead to overstated or outright false analysis of the threat Saddam's Iraq posed. In a striking passage, the report lays bare their thoughts:

"This 'group think' dynamic led Intelligence Community analysts, collectors and managers to both interpret ambiguous evidence as conclusively indicative of a WMD program as well as ignore or minimize evidence that Iraq did not have active and expanding weapons of mass destruction programs."

The full text (in PDF format) of the conclusions section of the committee's report can be found here.


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