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Iraq: A Failure of Intelligence

Program #MCRA001. Recorded in Taos, NM on October 26, 2003.

When is a lie a lie? What if the Bush Administration deliberately lied about the reasons to attack Iraq? What if intelligence was "cooked"? We know for certain that documents were forged and that outdated information was plagiarized off the Internet and then presented as evidence. Remember Colin Powell's address to the UN before the war? He proudly announced "My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources....What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence." Wow. Look at Powell's text now. The only things you can verify are some definite and indefinite articles and a few pronouns, prepositions and verbs. Rarely in the long history of government lying has there been such a flagrant example of mendacity and prevarication. The consequences? Thousands are dead. And the U.S. military is in Iraq for years to come.

Speaker(s):

Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern is a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. He helped form Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. Sam Adams was McGovern’s colleague at the CIA. McGovern and several other former intelligence officials went to Russia in October to honor Edward Snowden with the Sam Adams Award. Ray McGovern also works for Tell the Word, a ministry of the inner-city Washington D.C. Church of the Saviour.

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