Saturday, May 31, 2003

The VIPs are the Boss 

And here is the most recent memo addressed to Bush, dated May 1, 2003, from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, published on TomPaine.commonsense. Here is an excerpt from the memo:

"Glen Rangwala, the Cambridge University analyst who exposed the plagiarism by British intelligence of "evidence" on Iraq from a graduate student in California, suggests that much of the information on such weapons has come from Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress (INC), which has received Pentagon money for intelligence gathering. "The INC saw the demand and provided what was needed," says Rangwala. "The implication is that they polluted the whole US intelligence effort."

It is well known in intelligence circles that Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has overseen the polluting of the stream of intelligence reporting on Iraq with a flood of fabricated material from Chalabi, who has few supporters and still fewer sources inside Iraq. When both the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency refused to give credence to such reporting, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld set up his own intelligence analysis unit headed by Rich Haver -- a passed-over but still ambitious aspirant to the post of CIA director. The contribution of reporting from émigrés has been highly touted for months by Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, who seem unaware of Machiavelli’s warning that of all intelligence sources, exiles are the least reliable.

In the face of like admonitions from the Intelligence Community, Wolfowitz has chosen to take the offensive. He has stated in public, for example, that CIA analysis "is not worth the paper it is written on."