Government officials who pushed the Iraq War in 2002-2003 are fond of claiming that they were simply deceived by “bad intelligence,” but the process was not that simple. In reality, there was a mutually reinforcing scheme to flood the U.S. intelligence community with false data and then to pressure the analysts not to show professional skepticism.
Government officials who are fond of exonerating themselves by saying they were deceived by bad intelligence, need to be exposed as war criminals, because they deceived the American public, that alibi is bogus. How come millions of us and people throughout the world were not deceived by " bad intelligence " tells me they wanted this Iraq war and they had to know they were approving a legacy of lies based on the disingenuous intelligence they were told to believe.
"Hoagland also criticized the CIA for not taking seriously a possible Iraqi link to 9/11.
"Hoagland’s column was followed by a Page One article in The New York Times, which was headlined “Defectors Cite Iraqi Training for Terrorism.” It relied on Khodada, the second source in Turkey (who was later identified as Abu Zeinab al-Qurairy, a former senior officer in Iraq’s intelligence agency, the Mukhabarat), and a lower-ranking member of Mukhabarat."
If Mr. Parry took the content of the Downing Street Memo to heart, he might realize that these defectors/baboons were called in to serve up the necessary pretext. It wasn't that their testimony was relied upon, neither assumed accurate. It fit the C.I.A's very own mantra--setting up a case for plausible deniability.
By making a series of defector-stooges into the custodians of faulty information, those who were fixing a case for war could be "forgiven" for their sins. Taking the place of their planned diabolical acts of malfeasance they could argue (in their own defense, should they ever be found out) that the information they received turned out to be inaccurate.
It's a tactic so long tried, true, and transparent that Mr. Parry's reluctance to notice it (or the Truth about 911) is glaring.
In Janine Wedel's lectures and book on The Shadow Elite the most stellar insight she conveys is that when formerly government-operated functions become privatized, the chains of both accountability and "command" become murky. That allows govt. officials to say--check with the private company, and private company employees to say "check with the govt. agency." In other words, it's a Catch-22 that lacks any definitive means of clarity or redress.
In parallel fashion, when a set of informers are set up to plant information so that those talking points become the common cred of the media's cognoscenti, again, no clear chain of accountability (in this case to truth and its source) can be established.
To the criminal mind, this inability to link cause with effect works very well when it comes to claiming impunity. And THAT is really what these complex mazes of lies are all about. For reporters like Parry and Hedges operating like Peter Seller's "Pink Panther"--they apparently get so involved with following a trail that they fail to notice the Big Fraud, itself.
Sometimes being too close to the action mars the view (or big picture).
Exhibit A: Pink Panther-style nonsense:
"Source Two was one of four human sources referred to by Secretary of State Colin Powell in his United Nations speech on Feb. 5, 2003. When asked how a “fabricator” could have been used for such an important speech, a CIA analyst who worked on Powell’s speech said, “we lost the thread of concern … as time progressed I don’t think we remembered.”
C'mon, Parry: This fish rots from the head!
It wasn't that the bottom feeders were generating shittola out of thin air; they were TASKED with coming up with enough shit to ensure that at least some of it would stick!
What American citizen was in any position to discern? Who among us lived in either Iran or Iraq to know the truth firsthand?
"Not surprisingly, the CIA and DIA case officers concluded that Source Eighteen was a fabricator. But the sludge of INC-connected misinformation and disinformation continued to ooze through the U.S. intelligence community and to foul the American intelligence product – in part because there was little pressure from above demanding strict quality controls."
Quality controls? You've got to be kidding. This was Theater of the Absurd crossed with the Marquis de Sade (torture at Guantanamo, all sexed up and such), crossed with Kafka's "The Trial," crossed with the Third Reich!
Lies upon lies and reporters hunkering down through these massive piles of ca-ca searching for truth?
Like I said... Pink Panther of the most sinister (fostering The Supreme Crime--War of Aggression) sort.
And this gem:
"Despite those objections and the lack of direct U.S. contact with Curve Ball, he earned a rating as “credible” or “very credible,” and his information became a core element of the Bush administration’s case for invading Iraq."
Who defines credible and for what purposes?
We're still living in an era where banks--taking 14% interest on our credit cards (added to late fees and other usurious devices) still manage to lose many trillions, yet turn around and are given the right to grant honest citizens credit-ratings.
Welcome to Upside-down world meets Inverted Totalitarianism. Mr. Parry, you're still living a Disney version of Democracy. Time to step up to that abyss (911) and look past your fears of Truth.
THIS IS right-on:
"Today, you can see a similar process as the Obama administration relies on “strategic communications” – a mix of psy-ops, propaganda and P.R. – to advance its strategic goals of “regime change” in Syria, maintenance of an anti-Russian regime in Ukraine, and escalation of hostilities with Russia."
My exact thoughts- Although Robert Parry puts out some fairly good stuff, I couldn't finish reading this article- I keep seeing the face of Scott Ritter, that Marine weapons inspector who while calling Bullshit, was slimed and set up as some sex pervert- He was one brave man and look what those bastards did to him-
You have it exactly right!
Paul Pillar's "Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform."
"A career of nearly three decades with the CIA and the National Intelligence Council showed Paul R. Pillar that intelligence reforms, especially measures enacted since 9/11, can be deeply misguided. They often miss the sources that underwrite failed policy and misperceive our ability to read outside influences. They also misconceive the intelligence-policy relationship and promote changes that weaken intelligence-gathering operations.
In this book, Pillar confronts the intelligence myths Americans have come to rely on to explain national tragedies, including the belief that intelligence drives major national security decisions and can be fixed to avoid future failures. Pillar believes these assumptions waste critical resources and create harmful policies, diverting attention away from smarter reform, and they keep Americans from recognizing the limits of obtainable knowledge.
Pillar revisits U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War and highlights the small role intelligence played in those decisions, and he demonstrates the negligible effect that America's most notorious intelligence failures had on U.S. policy and interests. He then reviews in detail the events of 9/11 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, condemning the 9/11 commission and the George W. Bush administration for their portrayals of the role of intelligence. Pillar offers an original approach to better informing U.S. policy, which involves insulating intelligence management from politicization and reducing the politically appointed layer in the executive branch to combat slanted perceptions of foreign threats. Pillar concludes with principles for adapting foreign policy to inevitable uncertainties."
As a Marine Vietnam Veteran (Combat Intelligence NCO assigned to battalion Scouts), I strongly suggest aggregation and dissemination of Actionable Intelligence (AI) must be precise, unimpeachable, progressive, and timely from numerous sources. This AI must objectively and strategically link community, national and international issues, and concomitant political and economic strategies enabling citizens to have significant and sustainable impact on their lives as decision makers through numerous channels of public diplomacy, organized communities and communication.
Therefore, one of the greatest challenges is going beyond the villains, grossly incompetent national security officials, political minions and lapdog pundits, victims and heroes of the 9/11 Attack (and subsequent vile debacle in Iraq and untenable tragedy in Afghanistan) to intensive, comprehensive, open debates about those critical issues of our national and economic security, human and civil rights, sustainable defense and foreign policy objectives, and how best to counterattack terrorism and eliminate its underlying roots and hateful true believers everywhere.
We must deeply understand the very complex nature of genuine fears, threats, and the concomitant measured responses, which will eliminate the obsolete components, assumptions and foundations of post-World War II U.S. Foreign Policy, and their most devastating impacts on communities here and abroad.
As citizens of a democracy, we must, repeat, must demand and integrate "the dots" to fully comprehend the enormous challenges before us. We must rethink our political and diplomatic relations, passionately reflecting on and changing our values and allegiances that has had and continues to have brutal effects on our fellow humans. We must strongly influence our foreign policy debates and policy making that has profound impacts on hundreds of millions of men, women, and children.
This task will take incredible moral courage as intense and sustained as our Veterans and Warriors serving in harms’ way purportedly protecting our Nation and way of life. Legitimacy of moral life depends on the willingness of men and women to struggle with such questions before they decide what to do. Also Karl Jaspers, a Jewish-tainted German WW II philosopher notes, “all men, like all nations, are tested twice in the moral realm ~ first by what they do, then by what they make of what they do. A condition of responsibility denotes a kind of second chance: men are, as if by a kind of grace, given a chance to repay to the living what it is they find themselves owing the dead.”
Americans...Get 'R Done. Semper Fidelis.