This is an extremely alarming tale of a situation where analysts go against better judgement to mold a story to fit their needs... in this case to invade Iraq and begin a war. Unfortunately this is information from second hand analysts, intelligeYep,
This is an extremely alarming tale of a situation where analysts go against better judgement to mold a story to fit their needs... in this case to invade Iraq and begin a war. Unfortunately this is information from second hand analysts, intelligence operatives in Germany, so we are not even talking about first hand accounts for a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). It is extremely alarming that the information itself was only being relayed by German intelligence during the peak necessity of the required information.
It must have been an even harder blow to go back and realize that the source in question was not even a valid source, not top of his class, fired for sexual innuendos, hard to work for, linked to other false sources, etc. (ohhh and an alcoholic that was continuously updating and molding his stories). Basically a look into his background early on would have showed these red flags and hinted that he was a fabricator but by the time it occurred it was too late. This is a classic case of humans only seeing what they want to see, and disregarding all contrary evidence to those "facts" they wish to believe.
Then of course there is the part where government agencies push people out of their careers when they refuse to hide the truth from the public. That's what gets me, how many peoples jobs and careers are sacrificed just for wanting to tell the truth, even if the truth is hard to swallow. Then again, being humiliated in the public eye can be a hard thing. It's food for thought, but to know that all of the evidence that was used to push the invasion into Iraq came from an unreliable fabricator, well... it's hard to swallow....more