Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Senate Helped "Fix" Intelligence on Iraq

Larisa Alexandrovna at the Democratic Underground found an article at The Raw Story that should be reported in the MSM but I haven't seen it there.

"Senate Intelligence chairman quietly 'fixed' intelligence, and diverted blame from White House over Iraq

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush issued an order to the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department, and his cabinet members that severely curtailed intelligence oversight by restricting classified information to just eight members of Congress.

'The only Members of Congress whom you or your expressly designated officers may brief regarding classified or sensitive law enforcement information,' he writes, 'are the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Intelligence Committees in the House and Senate.'"
Larisa goes on to say, "This is a major story and I have intentionally not quoted any further details as it deserves to be read in it's entirety ..." and I agree with her.