From the Associated Press:
In a scathing report, a presidential commission said Thursday that America’s spy agencies were “dead wrong” in most of their judgments about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction before the war and that the United States knows “disturbingly little” about the threats posed by many of the nation’s most dangerous adversaries.
The report implicitly absolves the administration of manipulating the intelligence used to launch the 2003 Iraq war, putting the blame for bad intelligence directly on the intelligence community.
Amazingly on Canada.com Katherine Schroder writes an article quoting the same source leaving the above paragraph out. The headline reads: Ã¢Ã¢Ã…Bush administration chastised as ‘dead wrong’ by panel on prewar intelligence on IraqÃ¢Ã¢?. Another fine example of Canadian journalism.
“The daily intelligence briefings given to you before the Iraq war were flawed,” it said. “Through attention-grabbing headlines and repetition of questionable data, these briefings overstated the case that Iraq was rebuilding its WMD programs.”
On al-Qaeda, the commission found that the intelligence community was surprised by the terrorist network’s advances in biological weapons, particularly a virulent strain of a disease that the report keeps secret, identifying it only as “Agent X.”
The report urged Bush to give more authority to Negroponte, his new director of national intelligence, overseeing all of the nation’s 15 spy agencies.
“It won’t be easy to provide this leadership to the intelligence components of the Defense Department or to the CIA,” the commissioners said. “They are some of the government’s most headstrong agencies. Sooner or later, they will try to run around Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢ or over Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢ the DNI. Then, only your determined backing will convince them that we cannot return to the old ways,” the commission told Bush.
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