CIA Faces Iraq Weapons Rap

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CIA Faces Iraq Weapons Rap


Byline: By Bill Peters

The CIA was today facing criticism over the alleged threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

A damning report out today lays blame on the CIA for flawed estimates on Iraq.

But some of the agency's intelligence analysts did tell the Senate Intelligence Committee they felt a need to emphasise one piece of evidence over another.

Republicans and Democrats on the committee have said their report on pre-war intelligence is a tough critique of the intelligence agencies' performance.

One US official familiar with the report said it accused its analytic side of not being rigorous or careful in its intelligence assessments.

A Democratic congressional aide said some lawmakers think a hawkish atmosphere encouraging an Iraq invasion contributed to an environment of pressure that analysts operated in.

While analysts told the committee they did not literally feel pressured, some said that they felt they needed to emphasise certain information.

Several Democrats plan to offer this opinion in one of at least a half dozen alternative views that will be attached to the 500-page report. …

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