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Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report

Unless you read the newspapers, you would not have heard that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a long awaited report subscribing to the notion that the administration engaged in a propaganda campaign that lead the country into an unnecessary war. 

 

If it were only that straight forward.  Eight of the democrats on the committee and two of the republicans arrived at the aforementioned conclusion.  The other republicans attached minority statements, rightly so, that reminded the committee of the democratic statements not mentioned in the report, that had also been made overstating the case for war. 

 

I am just an ordinary citizen and I am lost trying to figure out all of this double talk.  What is the point of this exercise in futility? 

 

Taking responsibility for one’s actions has always been associated for me, with integrity, sound ethics, and rational behavior.  Where have we gone?  I will let you be the judge.

  

You can find the report at http://intelligence.senate.gov.

 

The following conclusions were found on the MSNBC website:

 

  1. Most of the major key judgments in the Intelligence Community’s October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), Iraq’s Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction, either overstated, or were not supported by, the underlying intelligence reporting. A series of failures, particularly in analytic trade craft, led to the mischaracterization of the intelligence.
  2. The Intelligence Community did not accurately or adequately explain to policymakers the uncertainties behind the judgments in the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate.
  3. The Intelligence Community (1C) suffered from a collective presumption that Iraq had an active and growing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. 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. This presumption was so strong that formalized IC mechanisms established to challenge assumptions and group think were not utilized.
  4.  In a few significant instances, the analysis in the National Intelligence Estimate suffers from a “layering” effect whereby assessments were built based on previous judgments without carrying forward the uncertainties of the underlying judgments.
  5. In each instance where the Committee found an analytic or collection failure, it resulted in part from a failure of Intelligence Community managers throughout their leadership chains to adequately supervise the work of their analysts and collectors. They did not encourage analysts to challenge their assumptions, fully consider alternative arguments, accurately characterize the intelligence reporting, or counsel analysts who lost their objectivity.
  6. The Committee found significant short-comings in almost every aspect of the Intelligence Community’s human intelligence collection efforts against Iraq‘s weapons of mass destruction activities, in particular that the Community had no sources collecting against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after 1998. Most, if not all, of these problems stem from a broken corporate culture and poor management, and will not be solved by additional funding and personnel.
  7. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in several significant instances, abused its unique position in the Intelligence Community, particularly in terms of information sharing, to the detriment of the Intelligence Community’s prewar analysis concerning Iraq‘s weapons of mass destruction programs.
  8. OVERALL CONCLUSIONS – TERRORISM   Intelligence Community analysts lack a consistent post-September 11 approach to analyzing and reporting on terrorist threats

WHY THE HYPE ???? – scott mcclellen

A younger friend approached me last week and asked me what I thought about the Scott McClellen book.  My response was, “not much”.  This was information that I already had.  What was the hype about? 

There were those who thought it quite grandiose that we were observing someone in this administration acting as a true patriot and placing loyalty to the country above loyalty to the President. Unfortunately I was not one of those high minded individuals.  To me it looked like an opportunistic individual publicly stating the obvious and risking nothing from an embarrassed, incompetent, and impotent administration. 

 

With that said, I want to take the opportunity to THANK the people and institutions that did risk the title of “people who lacked patriotism”, but demonstrated the sound judgment, wisdom and true PATRIOTISM to stand against the authorization of war.  We need to take a look at these people and question our past stand and our current stand. 

 

HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY LOVE OUR COUNTRY AND THE IDEALS THAT WE WERE FOUNDED ON??????????

 

WE WERE NOT LISTENING OR PAYING ATTENTION THE FIRST TIME.  WHAT WILL WE DO NOW??????

 

DNay votes in the Senate (21 Democrats, 1 Republican, and 1 Independent):aniel Akaka (D-HI)

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM),        Barbara Boxer (D-CA),         Robert Byrd (D-WV),

Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)           Kent Conrad (D-ND)             Jon Corzine (D-NJ)

Mark Dayton (D-MN)          Richard Durbin (D-IL)           Russ Feingold (D-WI)

Bob Graham (D-FL) Daniel Inouye (D-HI)            James Jeffords (I-VT)

Edward Kennedy (D-MA)     Patrick Leahy (D-VT)            Carl Levin (D-MI)

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)   Patty Murray (D-WA)           Jack Reed (D-RI)

Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)          Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Paul Wellstone (D-MN)        Ron Wyden (D-OR)

 

Nay votes in the House of Representatives (126 Democrats, 6 Republicans, and 1 Independent):

Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)      Thomas Allen (D-ME)           Joe Baca (D-CA)

Brian Baird (D-WA) John Baldacci (D-ME)           Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Gresham Barrett (R-SC)       Xavier Becerra (D-CA)         Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

David Bonior (D-MI)             Robert Brady (D-PA)            Corinne Brown (D-FL)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)         Lois Capps (D-CA)                Michael Capuano (D-MA)

Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)     Julia Carson (D-IN)               William Clay Jr. (D-MO)

Eva Clayton (D-NC)              James Clyburn (D-SC)          Gary Condit (D-CA)

John Conyers Jr. (D-MI)      Jerry Costello (D-IL)             William Coyne (D-PA)

Elijah Cummings (D-MD)     Susan Davis (D-CA)              Danny Davis (D-IL)

Peter DeFazio (D-OR)           Diana DeGette (D-CO)         Bill Delahunt (D-MA)

Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)          John Dingell (D-MI)              Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

Mike Doyle (D-PA)               John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)       Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

Lane Evans (D-IL)                 Sam Farr (D-CA)                   Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Bob Filner (D-CA)                 Barney Frank (D-MA)          Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)

Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)            Alcee Hastings (D-FL)          Earl Hilliard (D-AL)

Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)      Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)        Rush Holt (D-NJ)

Mike Honda (D-CA) Darlene Hooley (D-OR)        John Hostettler (R-IN)

Amo Houghton (R-NY)          Jay Inslee (D-WA)                 Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)

Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH)        Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Dale Kildee (D-MI)               Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI)

Jerry Kleczka (D-WI)            Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)       John LaFalce (D-NY)

James Langevin (D-RI)         Rick Larsen (D-WA)             John Larson (D-CT)

Jim Leach (R-IA)                   Barbara Lee (D-CA) Sandy Levin (D-MI)

John Lewis (D-GA)                Bill Lipinski (D-IL)                Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

James Maloney (D-CT)        Robert Matsui (D-CA)          Karen McCarthy (D-MO)

Betty McCollum (D-MN)      Jim McDermott-D-WA)        Jim McGovern (D-MA)

Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)   Carrie Meek (D-FL)              Gregory Meeks (D-NY)

Robert Menendez (D-NJ)     Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA)

George Miller (D-CA)           Alan Mollohan (D-WV)         Jim Moran (D-VA)

Connie Morella (R-MD)*     Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)          Grace Napolitano (D-CA)

Richard Neal (D-MA)           Jim Oberstar (D-MN)           David Obey (D-WI)

John Olver (D-MA)               Major Owens (D-NY)            Frank Pallone Jr.(D-NJ)

Ed Pastor (D-AZ)                   Ron Paul (R-TX)                    Donald Payne (D-NJ)

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)             David Price (D-NC)               Nick Rahall (D-WV)

Charles Rangel (D-NY)         Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)         Lynn Rivers (D-MI)

Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)          Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)          

Bobby Rush (D-IL)                Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN)   Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)           Thomas Sawyer (D-OH)        Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Bobby Scott (D-Virginia)       Jose Serrano (D-NY)             Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

Vic Snyder (D-AR)                Hilda Solis (D-CA)                 Pete Stark (D-CA)

Ted Strickland (D-OH)          Burt Stupak (DMI)               Mike Thompson (D-CA)

Bennie Thompson (D-MS)    John Tierney (D-MA)            Edolphus Towns (D-NY)

Mark Udall (D-CO)               Tom Udall (D-NM)                Nydia Velaquez (D-NY)

Pete Visclosky (D-IN)           Maxine Waters (D-CA)         Diane Watson (D-CA)

Melvin Watt (D-NC)             Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)           David Wu (D-OR)

 

 

Then there were people like Scott Ritter and Brent Scowcroft who voiced loudly the warning against a pre-emptive road to war. 

 

The only news organization that we have left besides NPR and PBS, the McClatchy News Organization.