Scathing Senate Report Out on Iraq Intelligence

JULY 9, 2004 - Posted at 11:09 a.m. CDT

CAPITOL HILL - A report from a Senate panel says U.S. intelligence agencies gave inflated or wrong conclusions before the Iraq war.

The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee blasts outgoing CIA chief George Tenet.  It says he twisted advice to top policy makers with the CIA's view, knocking out dissenting views from other intelligence agencies.

The bipartisan report says many of the problems haven't been fixed, and that they can't be fixed with money alone.

The report faults Tenet for not personally reviewing President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address, which contained now-disputed claims about Iraq.

It says analysts ignored or discounted conflicting information about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, because they all assumed from the start that Iraq had such weapons.

The report also says the intelligence community fell victim to what it calls a false "group think."

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