The Cyber-Spy.Com Usenet Archive Feeds Directly
From The Open And Publicly Available Newsgroup
This Group And Thousands Of Others Are Available
On Most ISP NNTP News Servers On Port 119.
Cyber-Spy.Com Is NOT Responsible For Any Topic,
Opinions Or Content Posted To This Or Any Other
Newsgroup. This Web Archive Of The Newsgroup And
Posts Are For Informational Purposes Only.
From: osama bin kenobi
Approved: APPROVED - Jedi Council
Subject: Treasonous CIA Shadow Government Defies Congress! WW3 To Start Soon
Keywords: Rebel Alliance Galactic Usenet News Service
Summary: May The Force Be With You...Always
Organization: Rebel Alliance Galactic Usenet News Service
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 06:08:47 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2002 23:08:47 PDT
Nothing less than treason, directed by the Amerikan Oiligarchy. Still
think Amerika is a Democracy? Freedom isn't a God-given right, it's
C.I.A. Rejects Request for Report on Preparations for War in Iraq
By JAMES RISEN
The New York Times / R.A.G.U.N.S.
WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency has refused to provide
Congress a comprehensive report on its role in a possible American
campaign against Iraq, setting off a bitter dispute between the agency
and leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Congressional
leaders said today.
In a contentious, closed-door Senate hearing today, agency officials
refused to comply with a request from the committee for a broad review
of how the intelligence community's clandestine role against the
government of Saddam Hussein would be coordinated with the diplomatic
and military actions that the Bush administration is planning.
Lawmakers said they were further incensed because the director of
central intelligence, George J. Tenet, who had been expected to
testify about the Iraq report, did not appear at the classified
hearing. A senior intelligence official said Mr. Tenet was meeting
with President Bush. Instead, the agency was represented by the deputy
director, John McLaughlin, and Robert Walpole, the national
intelligence officer for strategic and nuclear programs.
The agency rejected the committee's request for a report. After the
rejection, Congressional leaders accused the administration of not
providing the information out of fear of revealing divisions among the
State Department, C.I.A., Pentagon and other agencies over the Bush
administration's Iraq strategy.
Government officials said that the agency's response also strongly
suggested that Mr. Bush had already made important decisions on how to
use the C.I.A. in a potential war with Iraq. One senior government
official said it appeared that the C.I.A. did not want to issue an
assessment of the Bush strategy that might appear to be
"second-guessing" of the president's plans.
The dispute was the latest of several confrontations between the
C.I.A. and Congress over access to information about a range of
domestic and foreign policy matters. Just last week, lawyers for the
General Accounting Office and Vice President Dick Cheney argued in
federal court over whether the White House must turn over confidential
information on the energy policy task force that Mr. Cheney headed
The C.I.A,'s rejection of the Congressional request, which some
lawmakers contend was heavily influenced by the White House, comes as
relations between the agency and Congress have badly deteriorated. The
relations have soured over the ongoing investigation by a joint
House-Senate inquiry — composed of members of the Senate and House
intelligence committees — into the missed signals before the Sept. 11
Mr. Tenet in particular has been a target of lawmakers. Last Friday,
Mr. Tenet, a former Senate staffer himself, wrote a scathing letter to
the leaders of the joint Congressional inquiry, denouncing the panel
for writing a briefing paper that questioned the honesty of a senior
C.I.A. official before he even testified.
A senior intelligence official said Mr. Tenet's absence at the hearing
today was unavoidable, and that no slight was intended. The official
said that he missed the hearing because he was at the White House with
Mr. Bush, helping to brief other Congressional leaders on Iraq. The
official said Mr. Tenet had advised the committee staff several days
ago that he would not be able to attend. Mr. Tenet has promised to
testify about the matter in another classified hearing on Friday,
One Congressional official said that the incident has badly damaged
Mr. Tenet's relations with Congress, something that Mr. Tenet had
always worked hard to cultivate.
"I hope we aren't seeing some schoolyard level of petulance," by the
C.I.A., the official said.
While the House and Senate intelligence oversight committee have
received classified information about planned covert operations
against Iraq, the C.I.A. has not told lawmakers how the agency and the
Bush administration see those operations fitting into the larger war
on Iraq, or the global war on terrorism, Congressional officials said.
"What they haven't told us is how does the intelligence piece fit into
the larger offensive against Iraq, or how do these extra demands on
our intelligence capabilities effect our commitment to the war on
terrorism in Afghanistan," said one official.
Congressional leaders complained that they have been left in the dark
on how the intelligence community will be used just as they are about
to debate a resolution to support war with Iraq.
Congressional leaders said the decision to fight the Congressional
request may stem from a fear of exposing divisions within the
intelligence community over the administration's Iraq strategy,
perhaps including a debate between the agency and the Pentagon over
the military's role in intelligence operations in Iraq.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has been moving to strengthen his
control over the military's intelligence apparatus, potentially
setting up a turf war for dominance among American intelligence
officials. Mr. Rumsfeld has also been pushing to expand the role of
American Special Operations Forces into covert operations, including
activities that have traditionally been the preserve of the C.I.A.
Congressional leaders asked for the report in July, and expressed
particular discontent that the C.I.A. did not respond for two months.
Lawmakers had asked that the report be provided in the form of a
national intelligence estimate, a formal document that is supposed to
provide a consensus judgment by the several intelligence agencies.
The committee wanted to see whether analysts at different agencies,
including the C.I.A., the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National
Security Agency and the State Department, have sharply differing views
about the proper role of the intelligence community in Iraq.
But intelligence officials say that a national intelligence estimate
is designed to assess the policies of foreign countries — not those of
the United States. "They were asking for an assessment of U.S. policy,
and that falls outside the realm of the N.I.E., and it gets into the
purview of the commander in chief," an intelligence official said.
Committee members have also expressed anger that the C.I.A. refused to
fully comply with a separate request for another national intelligence
estimate, one that would have provided an overview of the intelligence
community's latest assessment on Iraq. Instead, the C.I.A. provided a
narrower report, dealing specifically with Iraq's program to develop
weapons of mass destruction.
Lawmakers said that Mr. Tenet had assured the committee in early
September that intelligence officials were in the midst of producing
an updated national intelligence estimate on Iraq, and that the
committee would receive it as soon as it was completed.
Instead, the Senate panel received the national intelligence estimate
on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program after 10 p.m. on Tuesday
night, too late for members to read it before Wednesday's hearing.
The committee had "set out an explicit set of requests" for what was
to be included in the Iraq national intelligence estimate, said one
official. Those requirements were not met. "We wanted to know what the
intelligence community's assessment of the effect on a war in Iraq on
neighboring states, and they did not answer that question," the
A senior intelligence official said the 100-page report on Iraq's
weapons of mass destruction program was completed in three weeks under
very tight Congressional deadlines, and the writing had to be
coordinated with several agencies.
Go Back To The Cyber-Spy.Com
Usenet Web Archive Index Of