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04-SIC1 on May 8, 2004

Decided Jul 9, 2004
Report: the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimous report on Iraq
Source: The Senate Intelligence Committee unanimous report on 9/11
    WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
  • Conclusion 1. Most of the major key judgments in the Oct. 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), Iraq's Continuing Programs for WMD, either overstated, or were not supported by, the underlying intelligence reporting. A series of failures led to the mischaracterization of the intelligence.
  • Conclusion 2. The Intelligence Community (IC) did not accurately or adequately explain to policymakers the uncertainties behind the judgments in the Oct. 2002 NIE.
  • Conclusion 3. The Intelligence Community suffered from a collective presumption that Iraq had an active and growing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. This "group think" dynamic led IC analysts, collectors and managers to both interpret ambiguous evidence as conclusively indicative of a WMD program as well as ignore or minimize evidence that Iraq did not have active and expanding WMD programs.
  • Conclusion 4. In a few significant instances, the analysis in the NIE suffers from a "layering" effect whereby assessments were built based on previous judgments without carrying forward the uncertainties of the underlying judgments.
  • Conclusion 5. IC managers did not encourage analysts to challenge their assumptions, fully consider alternative arguments, accurately characterize the intelligence reporting, or counsel analysts who lost their objectivity.
  • Conclusion 6. The Committee found significant short-comings in almost every aspect of human intelligence collection efforts against Iraq's WMD activities, in particular that the IC had no sources collecting against WMD in Iraq after 1998. Most, if not all, of these problems stem from a broken corporate culture and poor management, and will not be solved by additional funding and personnel.
  • Conclusion 7. The CIA, in several significant instances, abused its unique position in the IC, particularly in terms of information sharing, to the detriment of the IC's prewar analysis concerning Iraq's WMD programs.


  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position

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Democrats participating in 04-SIC1

Evan Bayh s1sIN Former Democratic Senator 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Edwards s1sNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1sWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 04-SIC1

Kit Bond s1sMO Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Saxby Chambliss s1sGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Mike DeWine s1sOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006) 
Chuck Hagel s1sNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Trent Lott s1sMS Former Republican Senator (MS, 1989-2007) 
Pat Roberts s1sKS Republican Sr Senator 
Olympia Snowe s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
John Warner s1sVA Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 



Independents participating in 04-SIC1



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 9
Independents: 0


















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