CIA Sabotaged UN Weapons Inspections
Posted 14 February 2003 - 03:39 AM
The story is so significant that I am presenting it here as it appeared in The London Independent:
CIA 'sabotaged inspections and hid weapons details'
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
14 February 2003
Senior democrats have accused the CIA of sabotaging weapons inspections in Iraq by refusing to co-operate fully with the UN and withholding crucial information about Saddam Hussein's arsenal.
Led by Senator Carl Levin, the Democrats accused the CIA of making an assessment that the inspections were unlikely to be a success and then ensuring they would not be. They have accused the CIA director of lying about what information on the suspected location of weapons of mass destruction had been passed on.
The row is of heightened significance given the Bush administration's preparations to argue later today before the UN Security Council that the inspections have run their course and it is now time to move to military action.
France, Russia, Germany and other members of the Security Council are likely to back a counter-proposal to increase the number of inspectors, providing them, if necessary, with the support of armed UN soldiers, as a means of avoiding a military strike.
The accusation of US sabotage emerged from a series of Senate hearings on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, George Tenet, the CIA director, told the armed services committee panel that the agency had provided the UN inspectors with all the information it had on "high" and "moderate" interest locations inside Iraq
Posted 14 February 2003 - 04:19 AM
According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll published today (2/14), a majority of Americans favor giving United Nations weapons inspectors more time to complete their work.
The poll also found the President Bush's approval rating has crashed from 64 percent to 54 percent.
The Times reports that 59 percent of Americans say they believe the president should give the UN more time. A total of 63 percent say the U.S. should not act without the support of its allies. And 56 percent say Bush should wait for UN approval.
Here is a link to the story:
Posted 14 February 2003 - 04:34 AM
And here's an excerpt from his website that summarizes his job as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee:
Senator Levin has been a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since 1997. The Senate created the Select Committee on Intelligence in May 1976 after the Church Committee investigation into U.S. intelligence activities documented a series of abuses and illegal acts performed by U.S. officials both domestically and abroad. Fifteen Senators serve on the Select Committee on Intelligence, with the majority party in Congress having one more member than the minority. Senators serve eight-year terms on the Committee.
In addition to its role in annually authorizing appropriations for U.S. intelligence activities, the Select Committee on Intelligence has primary responsibility for congressional oversight of the Central Intelligence Committee (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the other federal government organizations comprising the U.S. intelligence community. The Select Committee on Intelligence also handles presidential nominations referred to the Senate for the positions of the Director of Central Intelligence, the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence and the Inspector General of the CIA. The Intelligence Committee also reviews treaties referred to the Senate for ratification as necessary to determine the ability of the U.S. intelligence community to verify the provisions of the treaty under consideration.
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