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  •  Earlier Dissenting Views on Iran's Nuclear Weapon (6+ / 0-)

    ...program date back at least a year!  This business of  them finding out about it last week are a load of hooey.

    As Gareth Porter reported November 9, 2007,in InterPress Service,

    A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear programme, and thus make the document more supportive of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's militarily aggressive policy toward Iran...

    There is a split in the intelligence community on how much of a threat the Iranian nuclear programme poses, according to the intelligence official's account. Some analysts who are less independent are willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the alarmist view coming from Cheney's office, but others have rejected that view.

    The draft NIE first completed a year ago, which had included the dissenting views, was not acceptable to the White House, according to the former intelligence officer. "They refused to come out with a version that had dissenting views in it," he says.

    As recently as early October, the official involved in the process was said to be unclear about whether an NIE would be circulated and, if so, what it would say.

    Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi provided a similar account, based on his own sources in the intelligence community. He told IPS that intelligence analysts have had to review and rewrite their findings three times, because of pressure from the White House.

    This business of "we just found out" is plain ol' White House b.s.

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