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This is utterly disgusting but predictable. The CIA now takes the blame for the fabricated lies about Uranium from Niger. Baby Bush was completely innocent, a poor dupe, an innocent victim, just a gosh darn babe in the woods who was misled...just like during 9-11, the anthrax attacks, Enron, and other coincidences
CIA Chief Admits Iraq Uranium Claim Error
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By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - CIA Director George Tenet gave Congress and the White House the accountability they demanded, declaring Friday that the blame for President Bush's false allegation about an Iraqi nuclear deal rested squarely with him and his agency.

The CIA should never have let Bush repeat a British allegation that Iraq was seeking uranium from the African country of Niger when U.S. intelligence analysts could not corroborate it, Tenet said in a statement. Ultimately, it proved false.

"These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president," Tenet said, referring to Bush's State of the Union speech in January.

Tenet's extraordinary statement was released after Bush and his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, blamed the error on the CIA and members of Congress called for someone to be held accountable.

"This was a mistake," the director said.

CIA and administration officials said that despite the mea culpa, they did not expect Tenet to resign. The Democrat is the long holdover from the Clinton administration and, while distrusted by some conservatives, has enjoyed Bush's confidence.

"I've heard no discussion along those lines," CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said Friday night when asked whether Tenet would consider resigning. Other administration officials noted that Rice and Bush, while placing blame on Tenet's agency, also expressed confidence in the CIA director.

Tenet said the responsibility for vetting the allegations included in Bush's speech rested with CIA.

"Let me be clear about several things right up front," he said. "First, CIA approved the president's State of the Union address before it was delivered. Second, I am responsible for the approval process in my agency. And third, the president had every reason to believe that the text presented to him was sound."

Tenet said CIA officials reviewed portions of the draft speech and raised some concerns with national security aides at the White House that prompted changes in the language. But he said the CIA officials failed to stop the remark from being uttered despite the doubts about its validity.

"Officials who were reviewing the draft remarks on uranium raised several concerns about the fragmentary nature of the intelligence with National Security Council colleagues," Tenet said. "Some of the language was changed. From what we know now, agency officials in the end concurred that the text in the speech was factually correct that the British government report said that Iraq sought uranium from Africa."

"This should not have been the test for clearing a presidential address," the statement continued. "This did not rise to the level of certainty which should be required for presidential speeches, and CIA should have ensured that it was removed."

Tenet's two-page statement came at the end of a tumultuous 24 hours in which reports surfaced suggesting the CIA had raised concerns about the nature of the African allegations before the president made his speech.

That prompted Bush and Rice to take issue. On a trip in Africa, they said Tenet's agency approved the language in the speech and never raised objections to them.

Members of Congress called on the CIA to be held accountable. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said Tenet was ultimately responsible for the mistake.

"The director of central intelligence is the principal adviser to the president on intelligence matters," Roberts said. "He should have told the president. He failed. He failed to do so," Roberts said.

Tenet said there were "legitimate questions" about the CIA's conduct and he sought in his statement to explain his agency's role.

Although the CIA did not learn until well after the president's speech in January that some documents obtained by British intelligence that formed the basis of the Iraq-Niger uranium allegations were forged, CIA officials recognized at the beginning that the allegation was based on "fragmentary intelligence gathered in late 2001 and early 2002," the director said.

A former diplomat was sent by the CIA to the region to check on the allegations and reported back that one of the Nigerian officials he met "stated that he was unaware of any contract being signed between Niger and rogue states for the sale of uranium during his tenure in office," Tenet said.

"The same former official also said that in June 1999 a businessman approached him and insisted that the former official meet with an Iraqi delegation to discuss 'expanding commercial relations' between Iraq and Niger. The former official interpreted the overture as an attempt to discuss uranium sales," Tenet said.

The diplomat sent to the region has alleged he believed Vice President Dick Cheney's office was apprised of the findings of his trip. But Tenet stated that the CIA "did not brief it to the president, vice president or other senior administration officials."

Tenet said when British officials in fall 2002 discussed making the Niger information public, his agency expressed their reservations to the British about the quality of the intelligence.

A CIA report that came out in October 2002 mentioned the allegations but did not give them full credence, stating "we cannot confirm whether Iraq succeeded in acquiring uranium ore." In addition, the report noted that State Department intelligence analysts found the allegations "highly dubious."

Because of the doubts, Tenet said he never included the allegations in his own congressional testimonies or public statements about Iraqi efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

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message to CIA (since you troll on Portland IMC) 11.Jul.2003 20:06


You know, more and more of your friends are seeing outside the need-to-now box. The big picture is straightforward. The President abrogated his duty to the constitution and it's up to you to leak the truth. Blaming the intelligence agencies is joke. We all know what's really going on here.

Nixon was ousted, in part, because the intelligence agencies could well see that he was a liability to the entire system. Spooks, wake up and smell the coffee. Bush is a liability to your entire system.

Time to turn.

A Lie Repeated Is Still A Lie 11.Jul.2003 21:16


CIA either failed us all on 911, or pulled off a victorious coup for the pResident. It's well known the CIA is in the business of lying for decades. Covering for Bush is just one more bullshit lie churned out by the CIA. Reminds me of Oliver North: "I broke constitutional law because I love America." This isn't going to whitewash so easily, with thousands of US troops wounded, hundreds dead, and thousands of Iraqis needlessly slaughtered for Bush's oil buddies. Bush is a moron, but still guilty of misleading the nation.

USC Title 18, Section 2331, (a new category) - "domestic terrorism" - has been created and means activities that:

"involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping, and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States."

Bush lied about Saddam's WMD capabilities (criminal fraud) to intimidate and coerce the public and congress to get his oil war in Iraq. Bush is, by definition of his own Patriot Act, a terrorist. Impeach Bush! Impeach Cheney, who visited the CIA several times to pressure them for bogus intel to "justify" their oil grab. Fire Tenet and send them all to Guantanamo! They're all domestic terrorists--the most loathsome and despicable kind: morally bankrupt American wolves dressed in Christian clothing.

Vote to impeach!

message to George Tenet 11.Jul.2003 21:18


'Tenet ordered to fall on his sword.'

And if you believe this, I have a watch to sell you.

The CIA is an instrument of the President. And for the most part they follow the President's orders. Tenet may be a team player, but given the CIA's history hardly anybody is going to believe this sudden "change of heart", all the more so because the CIA did try to warn Great Britain against using the forged documents, and nobody is going to believe that the CIA was giving such warnings, in hindsight a prudent and accurate concern, to Tony Blair but not to George Bush.

Tenet better stay out of canoes and small planes from now on, because nothing would cement his "confession" more firmly than a funeral.

CIA should join the Resistance. 11.Jul.2003 22:02

Agent of the Resistance.

If you CIA guys are real Americans, you won't let a Likudnik agent get away with selling out his country to wage war on behalf of a foreign power. Expose the fake president.

WHO'S Your Daddy? 12.Jul.2003 02:15


SOME former directors make it big . . .
United Liars Of America
United Liars Of America

The tide is turning 12.Jul.2003 03:12


From a political standpoint, Bush should have kept his mouth shut. This is a disaster for Bush. He's now clearly blaming the CIA, instead of allowing aids to leak statements simply implying culpability on the part of the CIA.

If the Democrats will grow a backbone, this issue will not go away. (And things like Dean calling for the resignation of administration officials, which gets press, is great. Even though he was only able to grow half of a backbone, and not name particular officials who should resign.)

Bush is a popular figure with most Americans because they see him as a stand-up kind of guy, an honest guy and a plain-spoken man of values. (Whether or not that's true, that's why he's popular). Yet everyone can see that Bush is just shifting blame here. Even if CIA did clear the statement, because it was "factually correct, i.e. that the British government report said that Iraq sought uranium from Africa," it's still Bush's fault. His National Security Council had the evidence the document was a forgery. His CIA cleared it. He read it to the nation.

Why can't this man stand-up and admit some guilt in the matter?

I think most people will see this for what it is, and Bush's support will further erode.

A CBS News Poll on the 10th shows Bush's approval rating dropping, his approval rating wrt his handling of Iraq dropping, a clear majority believing the President exaggerated claims of Iraqi WMD (56% yes, 44% no), etc. The public cites the economy as their top concern -- by a 5-1 margin compared to the Iraq War/Foreign Policy -- and only 41% approve of the President's handling of the economy.

That means even a significant number of Republicans disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy.

Lest the economy turns around -- in terms of jobs, not GDP -- Bush will be screwed in '04.

let's rewrite the headline of this story... 12.Jul.2003 07:10

this thing here

"In an effort to make this story die in a hurry, the white house hauls out loyal servant who then takes the blame for something that wasn't his responsibility at all."

did tenet go over and over the draft of the state of the union speech with his speech writers?

did tenet stand before the full house and the nation on january 29th and deliver that state of the union speech?

did tenet give the order to commence hostilities against the nation of iraq on that night in march?

no, that definitely wasn't tenet.

what did tenet and his corporate "division", the C.I.A., do in all this? they warned both the office of the v.p. and the white house that the niger link was sketchy at best.

so, how does the C.I.A. go from warning those in charge to being the ones taking the blame for those in charge?

that's called sick loyalty...

well 12.Jul.2003 07:26

ya know

Where are Rumsfeld et al in all of this? Is that where they get their intelligence, are they briefed entirely by the President's speeches, or is there more "who knew what when" that ought to be asked. The story here strikes me as being as butchered as every other story out of the White House these days...

As of this morning Bush reportedly considers the matter "closed" (sure, I bet he'd like that), but if that's all Bush knows about what he's reading to people, there's still a big problem. Where's all that confidence that this or that will be found if it all comes from the CIA recommending or failing to recommend deletion of a line? The bottom line there is that if it's all Tenet's fault, Bush has no idea what goes on the world or what he reads, but just reads it. That may be the way it is, but pushing as much confidence on that basis still makes him a con man or something.

Imagine all that war power in the hands of a fellow who's entire knowlege of critical, key war issues exists entirely as it flashes by a teleprompter, and not in his own brain. Houston, we have a big problem, do you copy?