Saturday, January 31, 2004

No Evidence of Political Bias in CIA WMD Analysis

No Evidence of Political Bias in CIA WMD Analysis

This won't satisfy Ted Kennedy, whose criticism of the Iraq War was cooked up in Massachussetts for the purpose of winning elections, but Congressional and CIA investigators agree, the intelligence communities conclusion that Iraq had WMD's was not colored by political pressure from the Bush Administration.

"There was pressure and a lot of debate, and people should have a lot of debate, that's quite legitimate," said Richard J. Kerr, former deputy director of the CIA. "But the bottom line is, over a period of several years," the analysts' assessments "were very consistent. They didn't change their views."

Incidentally, no permutation of this story appears in the New York Times.

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