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November 23, 2015

More on Obama's Intel Book-Cooking

Shane Harris & Nancy Youssef:

[T]he allegations of misconduct have extended to a possible cover-up, with some analysts accusing the senior intelligence officials at Centcom, Maj. Gen. Steven Grove and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, of deleting emails and files from computer systems before the inspector general could examine them, three individuals familiar with the investigation told The Daily Beast.

One U.S. official said the alleged activity could amount to obstruction and interference with the inspector general’s investigation, which began last summer. He noted that files relevant to the investigation began to disappear from Centcom computers after the Pentagon watchdog’s staff began their work.


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In interviews, several individuals have described Centcom as having a "toxic climate," in which Grove in particular created an expectation: Those who toe the official, upbeat line about the fight against ISIS are rewarded, while those who don’t are marginalized.

Later in the argument, it cites a National Intelligence Estimate which was written to agree with Obama's claim that Al Qaeda no longer posed a direct threat to the American Homeland. Former DIA chief Michael Flynn refused to sign off on it.

Oh: This is old, but new to me. Flynn says that Obama didn't just ignore the warnings that he was arming the groups that would merge into ISIS: He actually supported those groups, as a conscious decision, despite the warnings.

Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?

Flynn: I think the administration.

Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?

Flynn: I don't know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.

Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they're doing.

More on this, please.



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