House intelligence committee demands CIA report

House intelligence committee demands CIA report

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Looks like this is getting really serious, and I'm just hoping the CIA doesn't fake the report.

The Times has more about the latest White House scandal and coverup; in excerpts:

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee have called on the Central Intelligence Agency to release an internal report examining the agency's performance in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks, Congressional officials said on Wednesday.

But one Democratic member of the panel, Representative Rush D. Holt of New Jersey, mentioned the request in a written statement in which he said the C.I.A. "should avoid any appearance of holding back this report for fear that it would reflect badly on the administration."

The review, by the agency's inspector general, an independent internal investigator, was sought in December 2002 by the joint Congressional committee that investigated intelligence failures leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11. The purpose, that panel said, should be to determine "whether and to what extent personnel at all levels should be held accountable" for any mistakes that contributed to the failure to disrupt the attacks.

It is not clear to what extent the draft report blames individuals at the agency for mistakes in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks. But in his written statement, Mr. Holt cited "multiple press accounts" in saying that "the C.I.A. report concludes that senior intelligence officials failed to do all that they could have to prevent the attacks, and that White House officials were not as focused on the Al Qaeda threat as previously asserted."

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