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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

04-SIC3 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
    NIGER CONCLUSIONS
  • Conclusion 16. The language in the Oct. 2002 National Intelligence Estimate that "Iraq also began vigorously trying to procure uranium ore and yellowcake" overstated what the Intelligence Community (IC) knew about Iraq's possible procurement attempts.
  • Conclusion 18. When documents regarding the Iraq-Niger uranium reporting [weakening the Iraq-Niger connection] became available to the IC in October 2002, CIA analysts and operations officers should have made an effort to obtain copies. As a result of not obtaining the documents, CIA Iraq nuclear analysts continued to report on Iraqi efforts to procure uranium from Africa and continued to approve the use of such language in Administration publications and speeches.
  • Conclusion 19. Even after obtaining the forged documents and being alerted by a State Department analyst about problems with them, analysts at both the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) did not examine them carefully enough to see the obvious problems with the documents. Both agencies continued to publish assessments that Iraq may have been seeking uranium from Africa. In addition, CIA continued to approve the use of similar language in Administration publications and speeches, including the State of the Union.
  • Conclusion 21. When coordinating the State of the Union, no CIA analysts or officials told the National Security Council (NSC) to remove the "16 words" or that there were concerns about the credibility of the Iraq-Niger uranium reporting. A CIA official's original testimony to the Committee that he told an NSC official to remove the words "Niger" and "500 tons" from the speech, is incorrect.
  • Conclusion 22. The Director of the CIA should have taken the time to read the State of the Union speech and fact check it himself. Had he done so, he would have been able to alert the NSC if he still had concerns about the use of the Iraq-Niger uranium reporting in a Presidential speech.


  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false

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Democrats participating in 04-SIC3

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-SIC3

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-SIC3



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 9
Independents: 0


















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