[Marxism] "Tell more lies to frame Iran, " war pig politicians demand of CIA

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Thu Aug 24 00:54:36 MDT 2006


Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times, 8/24:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/24/washington/24intel.html  (registration
required)

Some senior Bush administration officials and top Republican lawmakers are
voicing anger that American spy agencies have not issued more ominous
warnings about the threats that they say Iran presents to the United States.

Some policy makers have accused intelligence agencies of playing down Iran's
role in Hezbollah's recent attacks against Israel and overestimating the
time it would take for Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

The complaints, expressed privately in recent weeks, surfaced in a
Congressional report about Iran released Wednesday. They echo the tensions
that divided the administration and the Central Intelligence Agency during
the prelude to the war in Iraq. 

The new report, from the House Intelligence Committee, led by Representative
Peter Hoekstra, Republican of Michigan, portrayed Iran as a growing threat
and criticized American spy agencies for cautious assessments about Iran's
weapons programs. "Intelligence community managers and analysts must provide
their best analytical judgments about Iranian W.M.D. programs and not shy
away from provocative conclusions or bury disagreements in consensus
assessments," the report said, using the abbreviation for weapons of mass
destruction like nuclear arms. [...]

Some policy makers also said they were displeased that American spy agencies
were playing down intelligence reports - including some from the Israeli
government - of extensive contacts recently between Hezbollah and members of
Iran's Revolutionary Guard. "The people in the community are unwilling to
make judgment calls and don't know how to link anything together," one
senior United States official said.

"We're not in a court of law," he said. "When they say there is 'no
evidence,' you have to ask them what they mean, what is the meaning of the
term 'evidence'?" [...]

Several intelligence officials said that American spy agencies had made
assessments in recent weeks that despite established ties between Iran and
Hezbollah and a well-documented history of Iran arming the organization,
there was no credible evidence to suggest either that Iran ordered the
Hezbollah raid that touched off the recent fighting or that Iran was
directly controlling attacks against Israel.

"There are no provable signs of Iranian direction on the ground," said one
intelligence official in Washington. "Nobody should think that Hezbollah is
a remote-controlled entity." American military assessments have broadly
echoed this view, say people who maintain close ties to military
intelligence officers.

"Does Iran profit from all of this? Yes," said Gen. Wayne A. Downing Jr.,
the retired former commander of the Special Operations Command and a White
House counterterrorism adviser during President Bush's first term. "But is
Iran pulling the strings? The guys I'm talking to say, 'no.' "  [...]

The consensus of the intelligence agencies is that Iran is still years away
from building a nuclear weapon. Such an assessment angers some in
Washington, who say that it ignores the prospect that Iran could be aided by
current nuclear powers like North Korea. "When the intelligence community
says Iran is 5 to 10 years away from a nuclear weapon, I ask: 'If North
Korea were to ship them a nuke tomorrow, how close would they be then?" said
Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House of
Representatives.

"The intelligence community is dedicated to predicting the least dangerous
world possible," he said.





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