Friday, September 08, 2006
Senate committee to release Iraq intelligence reports


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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate Intelligence Committee will release two of five long-delayed reports Friday on how the Bush administration built its case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the committee's leaders announced.

One report will cover how intelligence agencies used information provided by the Iraqi National Congress, a U.S.-backed exile group that funneled reports on Iraqi weapons programs to American officials. The other will compare the results of a post-invasion survey of Iraqi weapons programs with pre-war assessments.

The probes follow a July 2004 report that blamed the CIA and other intelligence agencies for purveying the mistaken belief that Iraq had restarted its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs.

Democrats have complained the committee's investigation has taken too long. Last November, they invoked a rarely used Senate rule that cleared the chamber of everyone but legislators and a few top aides to discuss the matter -- a controversial move that ended with a renewed pledge to complete the probe.

Republicans counter that a Pentagon inspector-general is still investigating the Defense Department's Office of Special Plans, a group that analyzed intelligence and reported to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld prior to the invasion.
Posted By CNN's Congressional Unit: 9/08/2006 10:55:00 AM ET | Permalink
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