President Bush's Comission on Weapons of Mass Destruction is calling for MASSIVE changes in sharing of intelligence between agencies. **GOI Comment**(How is it that an American President does not have the BEST intelligence in the country, if not the world?!! Why would the most powerful and credible person in the United States of America fail to check and re-check the information on weapons of mass destruction before hauling America into a full-scale WAR?!! The Bush administration is just as at fault for the intelligence failure as the CIA or any other agency. I'm sorry but as President you have to have control and understanding of the latest intelligence when making HUGE decisions as to if you are going to invade a country of not. It is TOTALLY unacceptable that we invaded a country and later found out that we were 100% WRONG in our intelligence).
Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Prewar Intelligence on Iraq:
Senators concluded that the CIA kept key information from its own and other agencies’ analysts, engaged in “group think” by failing to challenge the assumption that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and allowed Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell to make false statements.**GOI Comment** (This report implies that since the CIA didn't challenge the assumption of weapons of mass destruction that Bush and Powell had no choice but to make false statements. Like the President of the United States has no culpability in this matter. This is like the CEO of a company claiming he had NO idea that the company was involved in shady, financial dealings. It IS the business of the President of the country to know what was is going on and to make sound and safe decisions in regards to the security and integrity of the country. That is why HE is the President and not ME!! He was ALLOWED...give me a goddamn break!! This isn't like the President can act like some 4 year old who just goes on instinct. Instinct and "gut decisions/re-actions just do not cut when you're the President of the most powerful country on the planent. I'm sorry.)
Duelfer Iraq Weapons Investigation:
Charles Duelfer, the chief U.S. arms inspector, said he found no evidence that Iraq produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991 and that Saddam Hussein’s ability to develop such weapons had diminished, not grown, during a dozen years of sanctions imposed on Iraq. But Duelfer supported Bush’s argument that Saddam remained a threat.**GOI Comment** (There are A LOT dictators in this world and most of them could be seen as "threats" to America but we do not invade their countries and wage full scale war with them. If that was the case then we would be invading most of Africa, South America and South Asia!)
Sept. 11 Commission:
America’s leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but the commission stopped short of saying the suicide hijackings could have been prevented. While the panel did not fault Bush or former President Clinton, it said both failed to make anti-terrorism a top priority.**GOI Comment** (Yeah, I agree here that both Bush and Clinton failed miserably in assessing the importance of anti-terrorism measures).
Sept. 11 Commission on Aviation:
A portion of the Sept. 11 Commission report said the Federal Aviation Administration received repeated warnings in the months prior to Sept. 11 about al-Qaida and its desire to attack airlines. **GOI Comment** (Yeah, especially when Bush received a memo stating that "bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S.!!!" Hello??? Anyone home?? That's a pretty big warning sign. I think even I could have figured THAT one out. And yet, a majority of Americans STILL chose to re-elect this wooden post of a man. That scares me about the mind set and political savvy of the average American. Yikes. Needless to say I think the average American needs to read a little more about what their President is saying and doing.)
Joint Inquiry Into Sept. 11 From the House and Senate Intelligence Committees:
The committees’ final report identified numerous blunders, oversights and miscalculations that prevented authorities from stopping the attacks **GOI Comment** (The findings of this report make it sound like the Three Stooges are in charge of our country. Yikes again. Anyone else as concerned as I am about all of this yet?)
CIA Inspector General Inquiry Into Sept. 11 Failures:
The report is expected to find personal culpability for Sept. 11. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., has called for its release.**GOI Comment** (What are the chances of THIS report being released. It has probably already been burned 3 times over and dumped in the Potomac River outside Wash., D.C.)
Justice Department Inspector General Investigation:
The inspector general investigated handling of intelligence information prior to Sept. 11, including the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only U.S. defendant indicted in connection with the attacks. The inspector general is trying to get approval to release an unclassified version.**GOI Comment**(Again, why is this "classified." As a democracy RUN by the PEOPLE shouldn't we have the right to see and read this document?? I doubt it is being classified because it's release would "jeopardize" the safety of the American public. It's more like, it's being "classified to protect someone's ASS. Hmmm, I wonder who??)
Justice Department Inspector General Report on Prisoner Abuse:
The report found that the warden and guards at an unidentified federal prison discriminated and retaliated against Muslim inmates.**GOI Comment**(Oops. Is a democracy not supposed to discriminate and retaliated against people??
Church Report Into Prisoner Abuse:
Vice Adm. Albert Church’s report said there was no single explanation for the mistreatment of Iraqi, Afghan and other prisoners under the control of U.S. military personnel.**GOI Comment** (Oops again. I guess no one is at fault though huh? Kind of like how the President was "allowed" to go to war.)