Can The CIA Be Fixed?

As coalition deaths in Iraq reached 1,000 last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued its much anticipated report on the intelligence that led the U.S. into war. The report offers a blistering critique of the CIA for exaggerating the threat of Saddam Hussein's illegal weapons. Among its conclusions: in 2002, two months after Vice President Dick Cheney claimed Saddam was pursuing nuclear and smallpox weapons, the CIA pumped up its assessment of both threats based on unsupported or nonexistent intelligence and on analysis that was "at minimum, misleading." The report quotes the CIA's highest-ranking analyst as saying she instructed her underlings...

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