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Rep. Reyes Says Iraq Intel Was Manipulated

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Reyes says U.S. intelligence was ‘manipulated’

Yet incoming committee chairman wants to focus on future in Iraq, not past

Dec 29, 2006

WASHINGTON – Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes says he’d rather figure out how to stabilize Iraq and bring the troops home than get bogged down investigating what went wrong.

Despite that pledge, he does plan to revisit one bit of history: What he sees as the government’s improper classification of a letter he wrote during the congressional debate on the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In the letter, he questioned the intelligence used to take the country to war and specifically the "epiphany in the intelligence community" that al-Qaida and the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein were linked, Reyes says. Based on the answers to questions he’d asked since Sept. 11, 2001, he said that assessment was "a complete turnaround" for U.S. analysts.

"We now know that the intelligence was cherry-picked and manipulated," Reyes said in a recent interview. "I thought it was real petty to get (the letter) classified."

Reyes is taking over the House Intelligence Committee at a pivotal time, as the Democrats try to shape the U.S. course on Iraq and Afghanistan, government surveillance programs and other national security questions. The retired Border Patrol agent hasn’t seen his party in control of the House since 1994…

Lest we forget, Mr. Reyes is the same Middle East maven who didn’t know that Al Qaeda members are of the Sunni persuasion.

It’s going to be a long two years.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 29th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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