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Bush's CIA Critic Claim Exposed as Untrue
Newsmax.com ^ | 9/13/06 | Ron Kessler (Washington Wire)

Posted on 09/13/2006 7:52:05 AM PDT by harpu

WASHINGTON — In a "60 Minutes" interview on April 23, Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's Europe division, made a sensational charge.

He claimed that President Bush and his White House ignored intelligence before the invasion of Iraq indicating that Saddam Hussein had no had weapons of mass destruction.

On the CBS-TV show, and in subsequent media interviews that appeared throughout the world, Drumheller said that the White House was excited about the fact that the CIA was getting information straight from Naji Sabri, the then Iraqi foreign minister. But when the White House found out this source was reliably saying that Saddam had no WMD, Bush and his White House weren't interested.

"He [Sabri] told us that they had no active weapons of mass destruction program," Drumheller told correspondent Ed Bradley in a segment called "A Spy Speaks Out."

"So in the fall of 2002, before going to war, we had it on good authority from a source within Saddam's inner circle that he didn't have an active program for weapons of mass destruction?" Bradley asked.

"Yes," Drumheller said, proclaiming himself outraged.

According to Drumheller, Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice brushed aside the CIA report on what Sabri had to say because "the policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming, and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy."

Drumheller saw "how the Bush administration time and time again welcomed intelligence that fit the president's determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not," Ed Bradley said in the introduction to the "60 Minutes" piece.

Now it appears Drumheller's claim was untrue, according to the findings of a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation. Rather than undercutting the Bush administration's rationale for invading Iraq, Sabri's account shows how well-founded the intelligence on Saddam's weapons program appeared to be.

Ironically, just as Drumheller claimed that Bush ignored the truth about Iraq, the media have ignored the documentation in the Senate report demolishing Drumheller's claim.

An addenda to the Senate report on postwar findings about Iraq's WMD program says all the operational documents relating to Sabri indicate he told the CIA just the opposite of what Drumheller claimed. The Senate report refers to Sabri as a source with direct access to Saddam Hussein and his inner circle but does not name him.

"Both the operations cable and the intelligence report prepared for high-level policy-makers [based on interrogation of the source] said that while Saddam Hussein did not have a nuclear weapon, ‘he was aggressively and covertly developing such a weapon,'" the Senate report said.

The documents said "Iraq was producing and stockpiling chemical weapons," according to the addendum, signed by Sens. Pat Roberts, R–Kan., Orrin G. Hatch, R–Utah, and Saxby Chambliss, R–Ga. Iraq's weapon of last resort was mobile launched chemical weapons, which would be fired at enemy forces and Israel, the CIA documents said.

Moreover, there is "not a single document relating to this case which indicates that the source said Iraq had no WMD programs," the addenda said. "On the contrary, all of the information about this case so far indicates that the information from this source was that Iraq did have WMD programs."

What the source said was consistent with the CIA's October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, the report said. The report added: "The committee is still exploring why the former chief/EUR's public remarks differ so markedly from the documentation."

At least 134 stories and TV shows have referred to Drumheller's claims and his criticism of the CIA and Bush administration in general. One of the stories ran as the second lead of the June 25, 2006 Washington Post.

"Warnings on WMD ‘Fabricator' Were Ignored, Ex-CIA Aide Says," the headline over the Post story said. According to the story, Drumheller was dumbfounded when he saw a classified version of the speech Secretary of State Colin Powell was about to give to the United Nations citing Iraq's biological weapons factories on wheels.

Drumheller claimed he had warned George Tenet, the director of Central Intelligence, in a phone call, and John McLaughlin, the deputy director, in a personal meeting that the source for that claim, code-named "Curveball," was a fabricator.

Not until the 32nd paragraph of the Post story did the reader learn that both Tenet and McLaughlin said they had no recollection of warnings Drumheller allegedly gave them. Both men said they would have taken immediate action if he had.

While two former CIA officials said they recalled Drumheller telling them at the time about warnings he allegedly gave McLaughlin, no meeting with Drumheller appeared on McLaughlin's official calendar, according to the report of the Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, known as the Silverman-Robb commission.

Carroll & Graf is publishing Drumheller's book, "On the Brink: How the White House Has Compromised American Intelligence," written with Elaine Monaghan, on Sept. 28, according to the Amazon listing. The publisher's Web site lists the publication date as this winter.

Neither Drumheller nor a Carroll & Graf spokesperson responded to messages seeking comment.

So far, no media outlet has run the Senate committee's addendum demolishing Drumheller's claim that Bush and his White House did not want to hear the truth about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.


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1 posted on 09/13/2006 7:52:08 AM PDT by harpu
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To: harpu
So far, no media outlet has run the Senate committee's addendum demolishing Drumheller's claim

Bill Keller will get right on that ...

2 posted on 09/13/2006 7:54:06 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: harpu
"a former chief of the CIA's Europe division"

The word "former" really says it all for me.
3 posted on 09/13/2006 7:55:17 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: harpu
Rather than undercutting the Bush administration's rationale for invading Iraq, Sabri's account shows how well-founded the intelligence on Saddam's weapons program appeared to be.

HA HA! Lies from the left again!

4 posted on 09/13/2006 7:55:57 AM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: harpu

THe data does not fit the MSM's universe. As such it must be false data.

Such crap.


5 posted on 09/13/2006 7:57:06 AM PDT by roaddog727 (Bullsh## doesn't get bridges built.)
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To: Howlin; neverdem; harpu

But there is no evidence of MSM bias.

nor have any Iraqi's (or democrats) ever simply LIED before.

Nah.

Never.

/sarchasm - the gaping hole between reality and a liberal's viewpoint.


6 posted on 09/13/2006 7:57:54 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: harpu
Just on gut instinct I saw this fat, sleepy, slow-witted dolt and I said to myself, "Is this the best we can do?" The guy came across like a rural, backwater traffic Judge in 1930's Alabama.

I'd say more than half of the people I see from the CIA, I wouldn't expect them to boil water in Hell successfully.
7 posted on 09/13/2006 7:58:22 AM PDT by Leisler (Read the Koran, real Islam is not peaceful.)
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To: roaddog727

Contributor
Occupation
Date
Amount
Recipient

DRUMHELLER, TYLER S
VIENNA,VA 22182
BUSINESSMAN
6/9/2005
$500
Pryor, Mark

DRUMHELLER, TYLER S
VIENNA,VA 22182
5/11/2005
$300
Landrieu, Mary L

A rat as expected!





8 posted on 09/13/2006 7:58:22 AM PDT by mmyers
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To: harpu

Saddam DID have WMDs and had used chemical weapons previously. The incriminating WMDs were simply taken out of the country before being reached by US forces. There is ample evidence in the paper trail left by Saddam's regeime that WMDsexisted, were being manufactured and nuclear weapons were being actively pursued.


9 posted on 09/13/2006 7:58:23 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: harpu

Who cares?

If it wasn't imminent WMDs we would have made up something else, don't lefties get it? Saddam needed to be taken down before he got WMDs, it was a problem least expensively solved in the sort term before anyone gassed or nuked a city.

Nobody in the world cares about the reasons for the Iraq War except leftists, and they're a bunch of toothless, whining, former hippies. So I say again, who cares?


10 posted on 09/13/2006 7:59:10 AM PDT by wvobiwan (BOYCOTT NYT, LAT, AP, Reuters, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, WaPo, Haaretz, and ALL leftist rags!!!)
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To: harpu
Hmmmm which candidate for President in 2008 is this guy advising. Things went so well for Wilson/JFKerry.
11 posted on 09/13/2006 7:59:27 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: mmyers

Apparently a Clinton mole left behind to explode on order at the worst possible time in the worst possible fashion.

Spineless Sporkweasel Bas#ard.


12 posted on 09/13/2006 8:01:42 AM PDT by roaddog727 (Bullsh## doesn't get bridges built.)
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To: harpu

bump


13 posted on 09/13/2006 8:04:36 AM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: ClearCase_guy

Right after the cadaverous crew at 60 Minutes...


14 posted on 09/13/2006 8:06:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: frogjerk
It really doesn't matter. There will never be any mainstream publicity when the left's lies come out. Since Armitage, nobody talks about Plame anymore, or the years of slander against Bush and Rove.

There is the Iraqi general Sada wrote a book about Iraqi WMDs and even showed where they were probably hidden in Syria, and how they got there. Zero media attention except on Fox.

The left is hell bent to destroy the conservatives, and nothing they ever do is wrong. Narcissism is a disease.
15 posted on 09/13/2006 8:09:25 AM PDT by ritewingwarrior (Where does free speech end, and sedition begin?)
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To: harpu

One "guy" says he didn't. One thousand says he did. We report...you decide.


16 posted on 09/13/2006 8:11:17 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: tobyhill
Good morning.
"The word "former" really says it all for me."

The letters "CIA" say it all for me.

Michael Frazier
17 posted on 09/13/2006 8:16:06 AM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: brazzaville

The left is still running on bush lied? they ahd their asses handed to them twice running on that


18 posted on 09/13/2006 8:19:03 AM PDT by sachem longrifle (proud member of the fond Du lac band of the Ojibwa people)
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To: ritewingwarrior

Wonder if this guy is associated with the VIPs?


19 posted on 09/13/2006 8:28:36 AM PDT by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: harpu
Ironically, just as Drumheller claimed that Bush ignored the truth about Iraq, the media have ignored the documentation in the Senate report demolishing Drumheller's claim.

It's not ironic at all; it simply fits the media pattern.

20 posted on 09/13/2006 8:31:48 AM PDT by SuziQ
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