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    CIA director disputes Cheney assertions on Iraq

    By Jonathan S. Landay
    Knight Ridder Newspapers

    Posted on Tue, Mar. 09, 2004

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director George Tenet on Tuesday rejected recent assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that Iraq cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network and that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program.

    Tenet's comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee are likely to fuel friction between the White House and intelligence agencies over the failure so far to find any of the banned weapons stockpiles that President Bush, in justifying his case for war, charged Saddam Hussein with concealing.

    Tenet at first appeared to defend the administration, saying that he didn't believe the White House misrepresented intelligence provided by the CIA.

    The administration's statements, he said, reflected a prewar intelligence consensus that Saddam had stockpiled chemical and biological weapons and was pursuing nuclear bombs.

    But under sharp questioning by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Tenet reversed himself, saying there had been instances when he had warned administration officials that they were misstating the threat posed by Iraq.

    "I'm not going to sit here and tell you what my interaction was ... and what I did and didn't do, except that you have to have confidence to know that when I believed that somebody was misconstruing intelligence, I said something about it," Tenet said. "I don't stand up publicly and do it."

    Tenet admitted to Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the committee's senior Democrat, that he had told Cheney that the vice president was wrong in saying that two truck trailers recovered in Iraq were "conclusive evidence" that Saddam had a biological weapons program.

    Cheney made the assertion in a Jan. 22 interview with National Public Radio.

    Tenet said that U.S. intelligence agencies still disagree on the purpose of the trailers. Some analysts believe they were mobile biological-weapons facilities; others think they may have been for making hydrogen gas for weather balloons.

    Levin also questioned Tenet about a Jan. 9 interview with the Rocky Mountain News, in which Cheney cited a November article in the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, as "the best source of information" on cooperation between Saddam and al-Qaida.

    The article was based on a leaked top-secret memorandum. It purportedly set out evidence, compiled by a special Pentagon intelligence cell, that Saddam was in league with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. It was written by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, the third-highest Pentagon official and a key proponent of the war.

    "Did the CIA agree with the contents of the Feith document?" asked Levin.

    "Senator, we did not clear the document," replied Tenet. "We did not agree with the way the data was characterized in that document."

    Tenet, who pointed out that the Pentagon, too, had disavowed the document, said he learned of the article Monday night, and he planned to speak with Cheney about the CIA's view of the Feith document.


    In building the case for war, Bush, Cheney and other top officials relied in part on assessments by the CIA and other agencies. But they concealed disputes and dissents over Iraq's weapons programs and links to terrorists that were raging among analysts, U.S. diplomats and military officials.

    They also used exaggerated and fabricated information from defectors and former Iraqi exile groups that was fed directly into Cheney's office and the Pentagon. Those groups included the Iraqi National Congress, whose leader, Ahmad Chalabi, was close to hawks around Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the White House, but who was distrusted by the CIA and the State Department.

    Adm. Lowell Jacoby, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the military's main intelligence arm, said that "some" information provided by defectors had checked out, but that they also gave material that was "fabricated or embellished."
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  • #2
    hey..that's what you get for getting in bed with Ahmed Chalabi....

    see that guy on 60 minutes..holy crap

    and congrats on backing a fundamental shiite who doens't want women to get the vote

    way to go George and dick!
    Are you on the list?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SLUBLUE@Mar 10 2004, 09:32 AM
      hey..that's what you get for getting in bed with Ahmed Chalabi....

      see that guy on 60 minutes..holy crap

      and congrats on backing a fundamental shiite who doens't want women to get the vote

      way to go George and dick!
      Article 12. All Iraqis are equal in their rights without regard to gender, sect, opinion, belief, nationality, religion, or origin, and they are equal before the law. Discrimination against an Iraqi citizen on the basis of his gender, nationality, religion, or origin is prohibited. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the security of his person. No one may be deprived of his life or liberty, except in accordance with legal procedures. All are equal before the courts.

      Article 20.

      (A)      Every Iraqi who fulfills the conditions stipulated in the electoral law has the right to stand for election and cast his ballot secretly in free, open, fair, competitive, and periodic elections.

      ( B )      No Iraqi may be discriminated against for purposes of voting in elections on the basis of gender, religion, sect, race, belief, ethnic origin, language, wealth, or literacy.
      Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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      • #4
        Dog Bites Man, dvy6.

        Cheney makes Tricky Dick look like a man of integrity.
        His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
        Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lazydaze+Mar 10 2004, 09:40 AM-->
          QUOTE(lazydaze @ Mar 10 2004, 09:40 AM)

        • #6
          the temporary constitution says that if any provice votes down a measure of the constitution it doesn't ratify, the shiites say that's not fair
          actually says 3 provinces.
          Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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          • #7
            Originally posted by lazydaze@Mar 10 2004, 09:45 AM
            the temporary constitution says that if any provice votes down a measure of the constitution it doesn't ratify, the shiites say that's not fair
            actually says 3 provinces.
            Kurdistan is 3 provinces
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            • #8
              so.
              Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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              • #9
                if you can't see the writing on the wall....
                Are you on the list?

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                • #10
                  No, I can't.

                  Lucky for me, actually, lucky for all Iraqi's, the future is a blank canvas.
                  Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by lazydaze@Mar 10 2004, 10:45 AM
                    No, I can't.

                    Lucky for me, actually, lucky for all Iraqi's, the future is a blank canvas.
                    Don't forget that "Made by the USA" watermark on it.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Iowa_Card+Mar 10 2004, 10:52 AM-->
                      QUOTE(Iowa_Card @ Mar 10 2004, 10:52 AM)

                    • #13
                      Originally posted by lazydaze+Mar 10 2004, 10:53 AM-->
                      QUOTE(lazydaze @ Mar 10 2004, 10:53 AM)
                      Originally posted by [email protected] 10 2004, 10:52 AM

                    • #14
                      Originally posted by Iowa_Card@Mar 10 2004, 11:08 AM
                      I'm sure that the US will have a say in the formal Iraq constitution. I wonder if the US will insist that the definition of marriage be included?
                      I'm pretty sure the dominance of Islam will take care of that.
                      "Need some wood?" -- George W. Bush, October 8, 2004

                      "Historians will judge if this war is just, not your punk ass." -- Dave Glover, December 8, 2004

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                      • #15
                        No excuses here, but is it out of the realm of possibility that the information came from someone other than CIA?

                        Given how haphazzard our intelligence efforts have been in the past decade I'd consider that a possibility.

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