WASHINGTON, DC 20510-6050

June 26, 2003

The Honorable George Tenet
Director of Central Intelligence
Washington, DC 20505

Dear Director Tenet:

An article in today's New York Times indicates that "The State Department's intelligence division is disputing the Central Intelligence Agency's conclusion that mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making biological weapons, United States government officials said today."

This same article noted that "In a classified June 2 memorandum, the officials said, the department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research said it was premature to conclude that the trailers were evidence of an Iraqi biological weapons program, as President Bush has done." The article also noted that "Officials said the C.I.A. and D.I.A. did not consult with other intelligence agencies before issuing the report."

On May 28, the CIA posted a report on its website, complete with photographs entitled Iraqi Mobile Biological Warfare Agent Production Plants. The report states that the two trailers found in Iraq "probably are part of a two- or possibly three-trailer unit. Both trailers we have found probably are designed to produce BW agent in unconcentrated liquid slurry." The report also concludes that "Coalition experts on fermentation and systems engineering examined the trailer found in late April and have been unable to identify any legitimate industrial use ... that would justify the effort and expense of a mobile production capability. ...We ... agree with the experts that BW agent production is the only consistent, logical purpose for these vehicles."

I would like to ask several questions about the New York Times article and the May 28 report on the CIA website.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Source: http://www.levin.senate.gov/cialetter.pdf