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September 09, 2015

50 Spies Aver: The Intelligence on ISIS Was "Cooked" To Become "Happy Talk" To Support Obama's Spin that ISIS Is JV and Being Handily Beaten

A scandal-free administration.

No Drama Obama doesn't want the American people to know that he's fucking up everywhere.

So, how does a president who's failing catastrophically overseas hide that information from his domestic audience?

Simple answer, really: You lie about everything.

Shane Harris and Nancy Yousef:

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.

"The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command," one defense official said.

...

[The first complaint filed by two analysts] was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months.

The accusations suggest that a large number of people tracking the inner workings of the terror groups think that their reports are being manipulated to fit a public narrative. The allegations echoed charges that political appointees and senior officials cherry-picked intelligence about Iraq's supposed weapons program in 2002 and 2003.

...

Some of those CENTCOM analysts described the sizeable cadre of protesting analysts as a "revolt" by intelligence professionals who are paid to give their honest assessment, based on facts, and not to be influenced by national-level policy. The analysts have accused senior-level leaders, including the commander in charge of intelligence and his deputy in CENTCOM, of changing their analyses to be more in line with the Obama administration's public contention that the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda is making progress.

I can only excerpt that as a tease. More specifics at the Daily Beast.






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