The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today finally released the final two reports of its investigation into pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
“Before taking the country to war, this Administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller in a news release.
“Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence,” Rockefeller said. “In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.”
A summary of the report’s conclusions, which would have been most useful about four years ago, is presented here, with links to the newly released reports.
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