Intelligence Officials Confirm that Intelligence Is Being Politicized to Justify War In Syria

They Confirm This Is Iraq 2.0

We documented yesterday that the U.S. is “fixing the intelligence around the policy” of justifying war in Syria, just as it did with the Iraq war.

Raymond McGovern – 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior government officials – forcefully drives this point home today:

My former CIA analyst colleague, Paul R. Pillar [a 28-year CIA veteran, and deputy director for the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center], who, as National Intelligence Officer for the Middle East before the attack on Iraq, experienced up-front and personal the extreme pressure that intelligence analysts feel when a president has decided to make war, addressed this problem recently in “The Risk of Distorting Intelligence.” Pillar pointed out that an Associated Press story on the Obama administration’s preparation of the public for a military strike on Syria included these statements:

“The White House ideally wants intelligence that links the attack [with chemical weapons] directly to Assad or someone in his inner circle, to rule out the possibility that a rogue element of the military act[ed] without Assad’s authorization. That quest for added intelligence has delayed the release of the report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence laying out evidence against Assad. … The CIA and the Pentagon have been working to gather more human intelligence tying Assad to the attack.”

Pillar adds, “When one hears that policy-makers want not just intelligence on a particular subject but intelligence that supports a particular conclusion about that subject, antennae ought to go up. A ‘quest’ for conclusion-bolstering material is fundamentally different from an open-minded use of intelligence to inform policy decisions yet to be made. It is instead a matter of making a public (and Congressional) case to support a decision already made.”

This was the kind of highly politicized “policy kitchen” in which intelligence analysts and other officials were pressured to serve as cooks whipping up the frothy broth labeled “Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons,” lauded by Secretary of State Kerry on Friday. The manner in which it was issued shows it to be a “policy statement,” NOT an “intelligence summary,” as widely described in the media. And, clearly, there were too many cooks involved.

In contrast to key past issuances of similarly high political sensitivity, the “Government Assessment” released on Friday does not appear under the letterhead of the Director of National Intelligence as was the case, for example, with the official statement issued on Sept. 28, 2012, “on the intelligence related to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”

This break in customary practice may have been simply a function of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper being in such bad odor among those lawmakers who still care about truth. Clapper has confessed to telling Congress, under oath, “clearly erroneous” things about the National Security Agency’s surveillance abuses.

Thus, the administration runs some risk in trotting out Clapper this week to testify before the intelligence and national security committees of Congress. Perhaps the White House has decided it has to rely on Clapper’s demonstrated gift for lying with a straight face (though sweaty pate); or it may be counting on short-term memory loss on the part of the many superannuated and/or distracted members of Congress.

Clapper’s Record

Well before Obama appointed him Director of National Intelligence three years ago, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper showed himself to be a subscriber to the George Tenet doctrine of compliant malleability, having helped Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld falsify the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Did no one tell Obama about Clapper’s key role in the cooking of intelligence before the Iraq War?

Rumsfeld handpicked Clapper to be the first civilian director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), where he served during the crucial period of September 2001 to June 2006. NGA’s responsibilities included analysis of satellite imagery – the most capable and likely collection resource to discover weapons of mass destruction facilities in Iraq or to verify Iraqi “defector” reports of hidden WMD caches.

So why didn’t NGA point out the absence of WMD evidence or note the many discrepancies in the stories being told by the “defectors” – many of whom were coached by the pro-invasion Iraqi National Congress? The answer: Clapper knew which side his bread was buttered on. Instead of speaking truth to power, he not only fell in with the Tenet school of obeisance, but also glommed onto Donald Rumsfeld’s aphorism: “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Working for Rumsfeld, Clapper’s job, pure and simple, was to stifle any untutored-to-the-ways-of-Washington analyst who might ask unwelcome questions like: Could the reason there is not a trace of Iraqi WMD in any of the satellite imagery be that there is none there – and that the Pentagon’s favorite “defectors” are lying through their teeth?

When no WMD caches were found, it was Clapper who suggested, without a shred of evidence, that Saddam Hussein had sent the phantom WMD to Syria, a theory that also was pushed by neocons both to deflect criticism of their false assurances about Iraq’s WMD and to open a new military front against another Israeli nemesis, Syria.  (It appears that time may have finally come.)


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  • Marschall Clark

    stop your winning. its a done deal. with 20 war ships and 3 air force squadrons in the area. Syria is finished.

  • FranklinBeenz

    this site has gone from honest investigative journalism to the bad habit with biased agenda of hyperbolic journalism, stopping just short of the typical conspiracy website that loses all credibility

    • gooserooster

      You say that just because you disagree with the article, because it doesn’t follow the “narrative”. You should bo to the CNN or MSNB web site if you want the same old line.
      Tow the line!

      • Franklin Beenz

        obviously you cannot read … my opinion has nothing to do with any narrative, it has do with precisely what I wrote … and it has to do with what has happened to this site over the last year or so, not necessarily so much with this particular piece

      • whatever

        You beginners (at the language) are funny! I think you’re looking for the “Toe the line” thing. It means stand in line in exactly the same way (toes on the line). Tow the line means get on one end of a rope and pull it and whatever is attached to it, toward you.

        Got it now? You’re welcome.

        • gooserooster

          Thanks for the English lesson. So you are telling me you didn’t understand my intent? Consider it a double entendre. You may have thought I was attempting to use the colloquialism “toe the line”, but really, I was using the phrase in the context of “get(ing) on one end of a rope and pull it and whatever is attached to it, toward you.”

          Lets see how well you speak Farsi after only 6 years of living in Tehran.

          • whatever

            You beginners are funny, though. I’d guess that “tow the line” is a bit of a stretch for what you’re saying. Consider me chastised. Next time I will let you go on and on and say whatever you want without once trying to help you and I’m sure you’ll do just fine without me. And you can handle the Farsi on your own, thanks.

  • tom brown

    these people been caught lying so many times there is no credibility left. every word is a lie. every thought is a lie.

  • jarhead1969

    Catholic mystics of the highest integrity have warned the following:

    Firstly from Alois Irimaier (1894-1959) who in the 1950’s warned of his visions that detailed the attack from Russia including a “naval confrontation in the Med. Sea between Russian and American warships” and of a huge battle near “ALEPPO” in Syria between large American and Russian forces where the Russians “win”.

    – Sister Lucia of Fatima in 1990 warned that “Russia will attack America”.
    – Blessed Sister Elena Aiello (1895-1961), mystic who bore the stigmata of Christ said in 1960 that “Russia will attack and overrun all of Europe and she will attack America with her ‘secret’ armies”
    – In 1984, a German mystic was asked by Pope JPII what he had seen in his visions to which he replied: I saw the sky black with planes and missiles coming out of Russia towards the West (Europe) and two submarines surfacing on the East and West Coast of America and firing their missiles at the coastal cities.

    Many more mystics have warned exactly the same and have given detail of the coming conflagration: First total economic collapse – a Naval confrontation in the Med. Sea between Russian and American Warships – then extremely violent civil war and revolution combined in all Western European countries and America – and when all is in turmoil Russia and her allies attack both Europe and America in massive landings and movements. These same mystics indicate that Russia and China were and are producing and amassing incredible amounts of military hardware, planes, missiles, etc without the knowledge of the West. Russia wins everywhere for two years before God then intervenes and turns the tide.

    These mystics say that God is going to do nothing now, He is going to let our enemies punish us severely before He intervenes when His Justice has been appeased for the sins of abortion, homosexuality, pornography, contraception, divorce, drugs( and all those who aided and abetted these crimes against both the natural law and God’s laws), etc and for the now happening great “apostasy” of Christianity and the abandoning of near 2000 years of the faith. Both the hierarchy of the Church and the world will be severely punished. Our Lady said at Akita, Japan in 1976 that when the “Chastisement” comes there will not be a soul that will not be terrified as it will surpass anything man could imagine. When all is over from this coming revolution/civil war (approx 4-12 months) and following WWIII (approx 4 years long) will follow the greatest era of peace and prosperity the world has ever seen since its beginning for a few generations until man falls again and then comes the anti-christ.

    At first it will seem that both the Church and the world are finished but then God intervenes, and this time it will be absolutely evident of His intervention, then the tide turns and our enemies are completely annihilated, those both within our country and from without. We win in the end but over 75% of the world dies.

    No electricity, gas, food, water, stores, nothing for near two years in America but civil war and revolution followed by a foreign invasion that is helped by traitors within our own government, but again, not at first, but in time “we win” and they are annihilated, every single one of them.


    – “JR Nyquist and Patriots who Think:” read this carefully although just a short overview.
    – “WW3 Prophecies and Visions from Central Europe”
    -” The Prophecies of Blessed Elena Aiello”, Italian mystic and stigmatic- who also warned that several whole countries will cease to exist.
    – “The Three Days Darkness” warned by many saints including St. Padre Pio which is to happen at the end and cause the end of WWIII during which “all” remaining enemies of the Church and God, both within and without will be killed.

    Food, clothes, arms and munitions for protection, and get out of the cities as these mystics warn that every single major city in the world will be destroyed by either war and fighting or by the elements. Find a place, cabin, farm, relative, somewhere out of the cities to retreat to. We can see from these and many more prophecies from reputable mystics and saints, that Obama and the Marxists have taken over our country and are about to deliver it to our enemies.

    Pray the Rosary every day and wear the Brown Scapular.

  • Pravda01

    Intelligence and US – two which don’t fit.

  • Taters

    “Hmmm…no gas here- Assad must have moved it to Iran”.