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May 22, 2003

A Great Test of the CIA

The CIA is supposed to be an Oracle of truth. Even if it cannot predict the future, it is supposed never to lie, to evaluate all possibilities and give its most honest assessment of what it sees to the President. The CIA is supposed to be beyond politics. That is why it's latest assignment, a re-evaluation of the Iraqi threat assessment, is so important.

The director of central intelligence, George J. Tenet, has named a team of retired C.I.A. officers to scour the classified intelligence reports that were circulated inside the government before the war on a range of issues related to Iraq, including those concerning Bagdhad's links to terrorism and unconventional weapons, officials said. The team plans to compare those reports with what has actually been discovered in Iraq since the war ended.

Not like we're ever going to find out the results. They will be classified beyond democracy. The American public will not be able, within the period of GWBush's presidency, to evaluate the results of the most important decision of that presidency.

Wouldn't it be nice if the CIA worked for the American public?

Posted by mbowen at May 22, 2003 06:29 AM

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