US 'selected' Iraq intelligence A former CIA official has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" its intelligence on Iraq before the 2003 invasion. "It has become clear that official intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicised," Mr Pillar writes. Full text here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4702054.stm Not the first time this 'thought' has been floated, but the first time I've seen a (then) US intelligence insider going on record with the claims. For anybody who was even remotely involved in the lead up to the Iraq invasion, what he writes is/was blindingly obvious. Awaiting semi-intelligable one-line rebuttals from neo_com, dogface et. al. pointing out that Mr Pillar is a (known) left-wing traitor and fully paid-up card-carrying member of the "ultra-left wing democrat" conspiracy.