Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Holdin' down the fort, holdin' down the fort, we shall go a writin' while holdin' down the fort…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 3:48 PM Permalink

…although stories such as this one do nothing to inspire trust or admiration for the government of the United States as led by our worst president that could be imagined.

There is again another long-time veteran of the CIA, whose name and library card have been confiscated, suing bushco to prove the juicing up of Iraq info and the outright lies of the administration to take us to war. He alleges that exactly the same methods are now being used to presage war with Iran:
A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.

The onetime undercover agent, who has been barred by the CIA from using his real name, filed a motion in federal court late Friday asking the government to declassify legal documents describing what he says was a deliberate suppression of findings on Iran that were contrary to agency views at the time.[…]

The consensus view on Iran's nuclear program shifted dramatically last December with the release of a landmark intelligence report that concluded that Iran halted work on nuclear weapons design in 2003. The publication of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran undermined the CIA's rationale for censoring the former officer's lawsuit, said his attorney, Roy Krieger. "On five occasions he was ordered to either falsify his reporting on WMD in the Near East, or not to file his reports at all," Krieger said in an interview.

In court documents and in statements by his attorney, the former officer contends that his 22-year CIA career collapsed after he questioned CIA doctrine about the nuclear programs of Iraq and Iran. As a native of the Middle East and a fluent speaker of both Farsi and Arabic, he had been assigned undercover work in the Persian Gulf region, where he successfully recruited an informant with access to sensitive information about Iran's nuclear program, Krieger said.

The informant provided secret evidence that Tehran had halted its research into designing and building a nuclear weapon. Yet, when the operative sought to file reports on the findings, his attempts were "thwarted by CIA employees," according to court papers. Later he was told to "remove himself from any further handling" of the informant, the documents say.
It might have been easy to discount reports such as this until it's apparent that the oh-so-familiar Republican slime machine has already made unsubstantiated charges to proactively attempt to destroy the credibility of the agent filing suit, a trademarked, patented, copyrighted, systematically run and managed specialty of bushco, inc.
In the months after the conflict, the operative became the target of two internal investigations, one of them alleging an improper sexual relationship with a female informant, and the other alleging financial improprieties. Krieger said his client cooperated with investigators in both cases and the allegations of wrongdoing were never substantiated. Krieger contends in court documents that the investigations were a "pretext to discredit."[…}

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano declined to comment on the specifics of the case but flatly rejected the allegation that the agency had suppressed reports. "It would be wrong to suggest that agency managers direct their officers to falsify the intelligence they collect or to suppress it for political reasons," he said. "That's not our policy. That's not what we're about."
Sorry Mr. Agent Man, but the CIA under bush has been proven to lie, alter and falsify reports, and use the full array of dirty tricks to lie this country into one unnecessary war for Iraqi oil, and it is steadily making preparations, including the spreading of false information regarding the nuclear ambitions of Iran, as a pretext for another illegal war of aggression with that country.

Hell, next they'll be drawing up attack plans to attack Alabama to silence Senator Richard Shelby's bombastic bs. Actually, that would be pretty cool, now that I think about it.

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