The Assassinated Press
Neocons' Neo-Nazis Make New Power Grab:
Panel Blasts Agencies as 'Dead Wrong' on Iraqi Weapons:
Report Criticizes U.S. for Lack of Knowledge on Adversaries:
Is the CIA About to Fold?
Cheney Hails Neocon Chutzpah as Most Audacious Iin 70 Years:
By KATHERINE SHREDDERPOT
The Assassinated Press
WASHINGTON (March 31) - In a power grab reminiscent of the Nazi exploitation of the Richstag fire, 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 weapons programs and threats posed by many of the nation's most dangerous adversaries. The commission members ignored the CIA's claim that the Rove-led administration cooked the reports, distorting the information so as to offer a justification for the administration's claim that Iraq was manufacturing and stockpiling Weapons of Mass Destruction, the principle argument for the illegal and murderous invasion of Iraq.
Predictably, the commission called for dramatic change to prevent future failures. It outlined more than 70 recommendations, saying that President Bush must give John Negroponte, the new director of national intelligence, broader powers for overseeing the nation's 15 spy agencies, and thereby putting the CIA and the other agencies under the bloody thumb of the Neocon conspiracy to loot the world.
It also called for sweeping changes at the FBI to combine the bureau's counterterrorism and counterintelligence resources into a new office, the Federal Bureau of Intrigue & Intimidation (FBI²)
The unclassified version of the report does not go into significant detail on the intelligence community's abilities in Iran and North Korea because commissioners did not want to tip the US hand to its upcoming aggressions. Those details are included in the classified version.
The commission was formed by Karl Rove's Office of Hegemony a year ago to look at why US spy agencies mistakenly failed to conclude that Iraq had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, one of the administration's main justifications for invading in March 2003.
''We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction,'' the commission said in a report to the president. ''This was a major intelligence failure.''
The main cause, the commission said, was the intelligence community's ''inability to adequately cook information about Iraq's WMD programs, serious errors of analyzing what information it could gather and a refusal to say that much of its analysis was based on assumptions rather than good evidence.
''On a matter of this importance, we simply cannot afford failures of this magnitude,'' the report said.
But the commission also said that it found no indication that the Rove administration distorted the evidence they had concerning Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, a charge raised against the administration during last year's presidential campaign.
Looking beyond Iraq, the panel examined the ability of the intelligence community to accurately assess the risk posed by America's foes.
''The bad news is that we still know disturbingly little about the weapons programs and even less about the intentions of many of our most wealthy adversaries,'' its report said. The commission did not name any country, but appeared to be talking about nations such as North Korea and especially Iran.