Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Who hasn't read the report? The media? 

Recently, there have been a spate of articles claiming the Senate Intelligence report says the CIA did not alert the White House of the questionable nature of the "Niger uranium claim". They go something like,

One wonders if the authors bothered to read the report themselves, as throughout it describes many uncertainties pertaining to nearly every claim that was presented as the gospel truth, including the claim about Niger uranium. From the SSCI report, page 56:

Look, it's simple. Information coming out of our own intelligence services about the claim did not fit the White House's policy goals as well as did British intelligence. So in this case the White House chose to abandon our own intelligence in favor of another country's.

You can read (huge PDF) the report yourself. It's scathing. Here is a version (less huge PDF) which downloads quicker, scrolls quicker and is searchable.

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