Iraq Intelligence

Pentagon office produced `alternative' intelligence on Iraq

A special unit run by former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfelds top policy aide inappropriately produced alternative intelligence reports that wrongly concluded that Saddam Husseins regime had cooperated with al-Qaida, a Pentagon investigation has determined. The Department of Defense Inspector Generals Office found that former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith and his staff had done nothing illegal or unauthorized. | 02/08/07 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Pentagon office produced `alternative' intelligence on Iraq, 2/8/07

A special unit run by former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfelds top policy aide inappropriately produced alternative intelligence reports that wrongly concluded that Saddam Husseins regime had cooperated with al-Qaida, a Pentagon investigation has determined. The Department of Defense Inspector Generals Office found that former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith and his staff had done nothing illegal. | 02/08/07 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Senator says Cheney delayed investigation into prewar intelligence

Vice President Dick Cheney exerted "constant" pressure on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration's use of flawed intelligence on Iraq, the panel's Democratic chairman charged Thursday. | 01/25/07 11:40:10 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Iraq war diverts focus from terrorism on Afghan border, 1/23/07

Despite President Bushs repeated warnings that al-Qaida wants to turn Iraq into a base from which to attack the United States, administration terrorism experts believe theres a graver and more immediate threat from Pakistans tribal areas. But the war in Iraq is constraining the presidents ability to respond. An intelligence assessment given to Congress, together with a new policy review calling for more troops and funding for civilian programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, point to the Bush administrations growing dilemma: how to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan at the same time. | 01/23/07 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Administration leaving out important details on Iraq, 1/14/07

President Bush and his aides, explaining their reasons for sending more American troops to Iraq, are offering an incomplete, oversimplified and possibly untrue version of events there that raises new questions about the accuracy of the administrations statements about Iraq. President Bush unveiled the new version on Wednesday during his nationally televised speech announcing his new Iraq policy. | 01/14/07 03:00:00 By - Mark Seibel

Study says violence in Iraq has been underreported, 12/6/06

The Bush administration routinely has underreported the level of violence in Iraq in order to disguise its policy failings, the Iraq Study Group report said Wednesday. | 12/06/06 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Pat Roberts may be leaving Senate Intelligence Committee, 11/30/06

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is preparing to leave the Senate Intelligence Committee after an intense four years as chairman, according to Senate officials. Roberts has been a lightning rod for partisan criticism throughout his tenure, which began just weeks before the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. | 11/30/06 03:00:00 By - Matt Stearns

Experts question proposals in leaked Iraq memo, 11/29/06

It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to implement most of the key ideas for quelling the Iraqi civil war that are outlined in a classified Nov. 8 memo to President Bush from National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, experts said Wednesday. Trying to push anti-U.S. Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr out of the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as the memo suggests, would be throwing gasoline on a fire, they said. | 11/29/06 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft said to have received warning of attack, 10/2/06

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The State Departments disclosure Monday that the pair was briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what the Bush administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or dont remember the warning. | 10/02/06 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay, Warren P. Strobel, and John Walcott

In a replay of Iraq, a battle is brewing over intelligence on Iran, 9/15/06

In an echo of the intelligence wars that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a high-stakes struggle is brewing within the Bush administration and in Congress over Irans suspected nuclear weapons program and involvement in terrorism. | 09/15/06 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

Senate reports say Saddam rejected cooperating with terrorists, 9/8/06

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein rejected pleas for assistance from Osama bin Laden and tried to capture terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi when he was in Iraq, a Senate Intelligence Committee report released Friday found, casting further doubt on the Bush administrations rationale for invading Iraq. The report was released along with a second one that said false information from the exile group Iraqi National Congress was widely distributed in prewar intelligence reports and used to support assessments about Iraqs weapons and links to terrorism. | 09/08/06 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Margaret Talev

Senate panel reports progress in probe of pre-war intelligence, 8/3/06

Capitol Hills intelligence wars took a step closer to resolution Thursday, but the biggest battle is likely far from concluded. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved two of the reports in its oft-delayed, much-maligned investigation into whether the Bush administration misused intelligence leading up to the war in Iraq, committee chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas said. | 08/03/06 03:00:00 By - Matt Stearns

Bush has little leverage to deal with abundant global crises, 7/12/06

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Bushs foreign policy has been driven by blunt talk, a willingness to threaten or use military force, and a belief that American power can reorder the world. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality, a White House aide famously told journalist-author Ron Suskind in 2002. Reality has bitten back. From the corpse-strewn streets of Baghdad to Irans uranium-enrichment plants, from Israels escalating conflicts in Gaza and Lebanon to North Korean missile launch pads, the White House faces developments that appear to be getting worse for U.S. interests. | 07/12/06 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Bush administration refuses to talk directly with its main foes, 5/4/06

Last month, the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea wanted to meet privately with his North Korean counterpart, hoping he could persuade Pyongyang to return to talks on eliminating its nuclear weapons program.

But the meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Premier Kim Kye Gwan on the sidelines of a conference in Tokyo never took place. | 05/04/06 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Special prosecutor amends allegation against Libby, 4/12/06

The special prosecutor investigating Vice President Dick Cheneys former chief of staff, I. Lewis Scooter Libby, has amended one of the allegations against the White House aide that was contained in documents filed in federal court last week. The change downplays the importance that the CIA gave to Iraqs purported attempt to buy uranium from the African nation of Niger. Further, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald corrected the allegation that Libby had described the suspected uranium purchase as a key judgment of the CIA a term of art in the intelligence community that gives the accusation high significance. | 04/12/06 03:00:00 By - Knight Ridder Newspapers

Q&A on Bush's decision to leak intelligence data, 4/10/06

Here are some questions and answers about the latest developments in the controversy over President Bushs decision to leak parts of the major prewar U.S. intelligence assessment of Iraqs alleged illegal weapons programs. | 04/10/06 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Bush approved leak of classified information about Iraq, Libby says, 4/6/06

President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheneys former top aide to divulge classified intelligence information to a New York Times reporter in an effort to defend the presidents decision to go war against Iraq, according to court papers made public Thursday. The court documents indicate that Bush and Cheney authorized the release of the intelligence information after former Ambassador Joseph Wilson wrote a July 6, 2003, op-ed piece charging that the administrations claim that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was trying to obtain uranium from Niger was false. Some intelligence agencies also disputed the White Houses allegation at the time, and it later proved to be false. | 04/06/06 03:00:00 By - William Douglas

Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003, 2/28/06

WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war, according to former senior intelligence officials who helped craft the reports. | 02/28/06 16:34:44 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Congress doesn't see same intelligence as president, report finds, 12/15/05

President Bush and top administration officials have access to a much broader ranger of intelligence reports than members of Congress do, a nonpartisan congressional research agency said in a report Thursday, raising questions about recent assertions by the president. Bush has said that Democratic lawmakers who authorized the use of force against Iraq and now criticize the war saw the same pre-invasion intelligence on Iraqs weapons of mass destruction that he did. | 12/15/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

White House expresses concern about paid-for news in Iraq, 12/1/05

The White House and a senior Republican lawmaker expressed concern Thursday over reports that the U.S. military has been paying Iraqi news media to produce positive stories about the U.S. militarys efforts to bring stability to Iraq. The U.S. military command in Baghdad, meanwhile, defended the practice, saying that it was needed to counter falsehoods and propaganda from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. | 12/01/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

U.S. military pays Iraqis for positive news stories on war, 11/30/05

U.S. Army officers have been secretly paying Iraqi journalists to produce upbeat newspaper, radio and television reports about American military operations and the conduct of the war in Iraq. U.S. officials in Washington said the payments were made through the Baghdad Press Club, an organization they said was created more than a year ago by U.S. Army officers. They are part of an extensive American military-run information campaign including psychological warfare experts intended to build popular support for U.S.-led stabilization efforts and erode support for Sunni Muslim insurgents. Many military officials said they were concerned that the payments to Iraqi journalists and other covert information operations in Iraq had become so extensive that they were corroding the effort to build democracy and undermining U.S. credibility in Iraq. | 11/30/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Debate heats up about the U.S. presence in Iraq, 11/23/05

Should we stay or should we go? The fundamental question about what the United States should do in Iraq is being asked with greater fervor across America and in the nations capital. The Bush administration is arguing that the nation must stay the course to prevent Iraq from becoming an oil-rich haven for terrorists and to keep the country from spiraling into a bloody civil war that could destabilize the Middle East. If they are not stopped, the terrorists will be able to advance their agenda to develop weapons of mass destruction, to destroy Israel, to intimidate Europe, to break our will and blackmail our government into isolation, President Bush said earlier this month at Alaskas Elmendorf Air Force Base. But Bush is fighting waning public confidence in his handling of Iraq and weariness with a war thats claimed more than 2,100 American lives and costs billions of dollars each month. | 11/23/05 03:00:00 By - William Douglas and James Kuhnhenn

In challenging war's critics, administration tinkers with truth, 11/16/05

Vice President Dick Cheney turned up the White House rhetoric Wednesday in attacking critics of the Iraq war, accusing some unnamed lawmakers of lacking backbone.

Cheneys rough-edged remarks were the latest in the Bush administrations campaign to challenge critics of the war, accusing them of twisting the historical record about how and why the war was launched. Yet in accusing Iraq war critics of rewriting history, Bush, Cheney and other senior administration officials are tinkering with the truth themselves. Knight Ridder addresses the administrations main assertions. | 11/16/05 03:00:00 By - James Kuhnhenn and Jonathan S. Landay

Ex-intelligence officials want Rove's security clearance suspended, 11/15/05

Sixteen former CIA and military intelligence officials on Tuesday urged President Bush to suspend his top political adviser Karl Roves security clearance following revelations that he played a role in outing CIA officer Valerie Plame. We are asking that you immediately suspend the clearances of all White House personnel who spoke to reporters about (Plames) affiliation with the CIA. They have mishandled classified information and no longer deserve the level of trust required to have access to this nations secrets, the former officials, some of whom were covert operatives, wrote Bush. | 11/15/05 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Bush denies his administration misused prewar intelligence, 11/11/05

TOBYHANNA, Pa. - President Bush on Friday offered his most vigorous defense yet of his decision to invade Iraq, rejecting as "false" and "baseless" accusations that his administration twisted intelligence to support its case for war. | 11/11/05 16:29:59 By - By Michael P. Buffer and Jonathan S. Landay

Operatives say CIA exemption on torture a mistake

Administration officials, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, are vigorously lobbying Congress to exempt the CIA from a ban on mistreatment of detainees. But many former and some current CIA operatives say — morality aside — that mistreatment and torture aren't useful interrogation tactics and the loophole should be rejected. | 11/10/05 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Iraqi politician denies giving false prewar intelligence to U.S.

Controversial Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi refused to apologize Wednesday for providing the U.S. government with false information on Saddam Hussein's weapons and ties to terrorists, calling charges that he did so an "urban myth." | 11/09/05 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Questions about Chalabi pose dilemma for Bush administration

When Iraq's controversial deputy prime minister, Ahmad Chalabi, arrives in Washington on Tuesday for an eight-day visit, he'll bring a lot of baggage and a tough question for the Bush administration: Is Chalabi with us or against us? | 11/06/05 03:00:00 By - John Walcott

Italy provided U.S. with faulty uranium intelligence, officials insist

Contrary to Italian government denials, a powerful Italian military intelligence agency passed bogus allegations to the United States of an Iraqi effort to buy uranium ore from the African nation of Niger for a nuclear bomb program, U.S. officials said Friday. | 11/04/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Cheney's new security adviser linked to bogus information on Iraq

Vice President Dick Cheney replaced I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby as his national security adviser on Monday with an aide identified by a former Iraqi exile group as the White House official to whom it fed information on Iraq that turned out to be erroneous. | 10/31/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Indictment doesn't clear up mystery at heart of CIA leak probe

At the heart of Friday's indictment of a top White House aide remain two unsolved mysteries.

Who forged the documents that claimed Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium for nuclear weapons in the African country of Niger?

How did a version of the tale get into President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address, even though U.S. intelligence agencies never confirmed it and some intelligence analysts doubted it? | 10/28/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

CIA leak illustrates selective use of intelligence on Iraq

The grand jury probe into the leak of a covert CIA officer's name has opened a new window into how the Bush administration used intelligence from dubious sources to make a case for a pre-emptive war and discarded information that undercut its rationale for attacking Iraq. | 10/25/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

British documents portray determined U.S. march to war

Highly classified documents leaked in Britain appear to provide new evidence that President Bush and his national security team decided to invade Iraq much earlier than they have acknowledged and marched to war without dwelling on the potential perils. | 06/17/05 18:28:55 By - Warren P. Strobel

Amidst doubts, CIA hangs on to control of Iraqi intelligence service

The CIA has so far refused to hand over control of Iraq's intelligence service to the newly elected Iraqi government in a turf war that exposes serious doubts the Bush administration has over the ability of Iraqi leaders to fight the insurgency and worries about the new government's close ties to Iran. | 05/08/05 03:00:00 By - Hannah Allam and Warren P. Strobel

British memo indicates Bush made intelligence fit Iraq policy

A highly classified British memo, leaked in the midst of Britain's just-concluded election campaign, indicates that President Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by summer 2002 and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy. | 05/05/05 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

U.S. intelligence on Iraq 'dead wrong,' commission finds

The multibillion-dollar U.S. intelligence community was "dead wrong" in its prewar assessment of Iraq's weapons programs and can't accurately gauge the future threat from countries such as Iran and North Korea, a presidential commission concluded in a caustic account Thursday. | 03/31/05 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Ron Hutcheson

Big gaps remain in intelligence on al-Qaida, report finds

U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated al-Qaida's efforts to develop biological weapons and still don't have a full understanding of the terrorist group's chemical-weapons programs, the presidential commission investigating the performance of American intelligence reported Thursday. | 03/31/05 03:00:00 By - John Walcott

Old problems dog new intelligence gathering, panel concludes

A presidential commission that's investigating U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq has concluded that many of the same weaknesses that plagued American efforts to investigate Saddam Hussein's regime are preventing the United States from collecting accurate intelligence on Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs. | 03/29/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott

Knight Ridder journalists among winners of Headliner Awards, 3/9/05

Knight Ridder journalists won three first-place awards in the 71st annual National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest journalism contests. Jonathan S. Landay, Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott of the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau won the first-place award in the news series, circulation over 75,000, category for their series of articles on How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq. | 03/09/05 03:00:00 By - Knight Ridder Newspapers

CIA, Pentagon reject recommendation on paramilitary operations

The CIA and the Defense Department have rejected a call by the independent 9-11 commission to consolidate secret U.S. paramilitary operations within the Pentagon, including those in which the U.S. government wants its hand to remain hidden. | 02/16/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Analysis: Iraqi insurgency growing larger, more effective

The United States is steadily losing ground to the Iraqi insurgency, according to every key military yardstick. | 01/21/05 03:00:00 By - Tom Lasseter and Jonathan S. Landay

New intelligence reports raise questions about U.S. mission in Iraq

A series of new U.S. intelligence assessments on Iraq paints a grim picture of the road ahead and concludes that there's little likelihood that President Bush's goals can be attained in the near future. | 01/17/05 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

U.S. intelligence report forecasts India, China will be major powers in 2020

The world of 2020 is likely to be one in which Asia is the main engine of the global economy, India and China are major powers and al-Qaida-inspired Islamist movements have spread to Muslim communities outside the Middle East, a new U.S. intelligence report said Thursday. | 01/13/05 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

U.S. isn't winning against Iraqi insurgents, agencies warn

The CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department have warned President Bush that the United States and its Iraqi allies aren't winning the battle against Iraqi insurgents who are trying to derail the country's Jan. 30 elections, according to administration officials. | 12/17/04 15:21:52 By - Warren P. Strobel, John Walcott and Jonathan S. Landay

Bush administration planning to increase pressure on Iran

As 150,000 U.S. troops battle to stabilize Iraq, some officials in the Bush administration are already planning to turn up the heat on another member of the president's axis of evil. | 12/07/04 15:32:14 By - Warren P. Strobel

After day of cabinet resignations, many fear a shift to the right

Secretary of State Colin Powell's resignation and a flood of high-level departures at the State Department and CIA remove the cautionary voices that had often acted as a brake on President Bush's aggressive foreign policy. | 11/17/04 15:25:39 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Bush expected to capitalize on victory by moving quickly in Iraq

President Bush's re-election gives him greater freedom of action in Iraq, and he's expected to move quickly to try to stabilize the country, beginning with a major assault on Sunni Muslim insurgents. | 11/03/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam

Post-election purge, reform appears likely within CIA

Porter Goss' initial moves as CIA director appear to herald a post- election purge at the already troubled spy agency, according to current and former top U.S. intelligence officials. Goss, a former Republican congressman, has put at least four former Capitol Hill Republican staffers into top positions in his CIA office and has given them broad authority to make personnel and restructuring decisions, the current and former intelligence officials said. | 10/22/04 15:34:51 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Iraq's future path uncertain because of insurgency

After nearly 19 months of combat, more than 1,000 American soldiers dead and $119 billion spent, the central question about Iraq isnít whether it will become a beacon of democracy in the Middle East but whether the United States can prevent it from becoming a black hole of instability. | 10/17/04 19:26:42 By - Ken Dilanian

Post-war planning non-existent

In March 2003, days before the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, American war planners and intelligence officials met at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina to review the Bush administration's plans to oust Saddam Hussein and implant democracy in Iraq. | 10/17/04 15:37:54 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

Iraq reconstruction efforts overcome by ongoing violence

In 1992, the United States launched a covert psychological warfare operation to convince regular Iraqi soldiers that they could keep their jobs if war came and they didn't fight for Saddam Hussein. For 11 years, the pledge was made in leaflets dropped from aircraft, in clandestine radio broadcasts, in covert contacts with Iraqi officers and in U.S. public statements.

But when war came, the United States broke its promises. | 09/16/04 15:41:36 By - Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott

Surge in violence threatens Iraq elections, U.S. exit strategy

The U.S. strategy to create a stable, democratic Iraq is in danger of failing, current and former U.S. officials say, and the anti-American insurgency is growing larger, more sophisticated and more violent. | 09/14/04 16:40:26 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Surge in violence threatens Iraq elections, U.S. exit strategy, 9/14/04

The U.S. strategy to create a stable, democratic Iraq is in danger of failing, current and former U.S. officials say, and the anti-American insurgency is growing larger, more sophisticated and more violent. A wave of brazen attacks across Iraq has included the deadliest single bombing in Baghdad in six months on Tuesday and at least seven bombings in the capital on Sunday. The violence increasingly appears to threaten nationwide elections planned for January, which are key to President Bushs hopes for reducing the number of U.S. troops, now 140,000, and making a graceful exit from Iraq. | 09/14/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Terror arrests part of global effort to foil attacks

U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials said Thursday they have launched a massive, worldwide effort to foil planned terrorist attacks in the United States and Britain this fall, and have apprehended an al-Qaida operative with knowledge of the plans. | 08/05/04 16:42:18 By - Warren P. Strobel and Shashank Bengali

Former CIA director used Pentagon ties to introduce Iraqi defector

A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks. | 07/15/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

British data on Iraq flawed, not misused, report finds, 7/14/04

Prime Minister Tony Blair used seriously flawed intelligence to sell his nation on the need for a preemptive war on Iraq, but he didnt intentionally mislead, according to an official inquiry into prewar intelligence released Wednesday. Five months in the making, the report on British intelligence was widely seen as a threat to Blairs slipping grip on office. But initial reaction indicated that the report may not be sufficiently damaging to threaten Blairs grip on power. | 07/14/04 03:00:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Intelligence experts cast doubt on ties between Iraq, al-Qaida

Defenders of President Bush's charges that Saddam Hussein worked with al-Qaida have been citing what they say is new evidence that could help substantiate one of the administration's main justifications for invading Iraq. | 06/21/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Alliance between Chalabi, U.S. conservatives now in ruins

In June 2001, at an annual retreat in fashionable Beaver Creek, Colo., for current and former world leaders, Pentagon adviser Richard Perle introduced two men to each other who would help guide the United States to war in Iraq. | 05/28/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Relationship with Chalabi proves costly for Bush administration

Of all the Bush administration's missteps in Iraq, the worst may have been listening to Ahmad Chalabi. | 05/23/04 16:48:35 By - John Walcott

Officials investigate how INC's Chalabi obtained U.S. intelligence

The U.S. government has launched an investigation to determine how Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi obtained highly classified American intelligence that was then passed to Iran, Bush administration officials said Friday. | 05/21/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

Iraqi group linked to questionable intelligence loses U.S. funding

The Pentagon is cutting off funds for a former Iraqi exile group that supplied defectors who provided exaggerated, fabricated and unproved information on Iraq's weapons programs and said Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as liberators, U.S. officials said Tuesday. | 05/18/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

White House released claims of defector deemed unreliable by CIA

The Bush administration helped rally public and congressional support for a preemptive invasion of Iraq by publicizing the claims of an Iraqi defector months after he showed deception in a lie detector test and had been rejected as unreliable by U.S. intelligence agencies. | 05/17/04 16:56:35 By - Jonathan S. Landay

List of articles cited by the Information Collection Program (ICP)

Summary of ICP product cited in major English-language news outlets worldwide (October 2001-May 2002) | 05/15/04 13:47:29 By -

Iraqi exile group may have violated rules barring it from lobbying

An Iraqi exile group may have violated restrictions against using taxpayer funds to lobby when it campaigned for U.S. action to oust Saddam Hussein, according to documents and U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter. | 04/22/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Intelligence memo before 9-11 noted suspicions of possible hijackings

A month before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush received a top-secret briefing memo that included information about suspected terrorist preparations for hijackings, surveillance at federal buildings in New York and an anonymous tip that supporters of Osama bin Laden were in the United States "planning attacks with explosives." | 04/10/04 16:59:43 By - Ron Hutcheson

As fighting continues, quest to bring democracy to Iraq nears failure

President Bush invaded Iraq hoping to spread democracy across the Middle East, but after the worst week of violence since Saddam Hussein was overthrown, he's now struggling to avoid a costly, humiliating defeat. | 04/09/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Senior U.S. officials say battle could be turning point in Iraq

Bush administration officials sought Tuesday to cast the rebellion in Iraq as the work of a minority, saying plans to transfer sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30 remain on target despite spreading violence. | 04/06/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

INC supplied defectors who were sources of questionable pre-war information, officials say

The Iraqi National Congress, a U.S.-funded group of former Iraqi exiles, supplied the four defectors whose claims that Saddam Hussein had mobile biological warfare facilities now are being questioned by Secretary of State Colin Powell. | 04/03/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Drew Brown

With 90 days to handover of Iraq control, U.S. faces big obstacles

A counter on the Coalition Provisional Authority's Web site announces how long until the United States returns sovereignty to the Iraqi people. On Friday, it stood at 90 days. | 04/02/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Faulty intelligence continues to plague U.S. efforts in Iraq

Meager, mishandled and made-up intelligence plagued the U.S.-led mission in Iraq long before the war and continues to plague it now. Many of the Bush administrations charges about Iraq's weapons programs and ties to terrorism now appear to have been wrong. U.S. troops are battling a stubborn insurgency that their civilian leaders didn't expect. | 03/19/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay, Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

Iraqi exile group fed false information to news media

The former Iraqi exile group that gave the Bush administration exaggerated and fabricated intelligence on Iraq also fed much of the same information to leading newspapers, news agencies and magazines in the United States, Britain and Australia. | 03/15/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Tish Wells

White House responds to Knight Ridder article

The following is a letter from Sean McCormack, spokesman for the president's National Security Council, in response to a March 3 story by Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel and John Walcott of the Knight Ridder Washington bureau. The story said that the Bush administration's case that Saddam Hussein had ties to al-Qaida was based on even shakier intelligence than the claims he had large stocks of weapons of mass destruction. For your information, McCormack was asked for comment before the story was published, and the story was held for one day to give him time to respond. He did not do so at that time. | 03/13/04 17:02:13 By -

CIA director disputes Cheney assertions on Iraq

CIA Director George Tenet on Tuesday rejected recent assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that Iraq cooperated with the al Qaida terrorist network and that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program. | 03/09/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Doubts cast on efforts to link Saddam, al-Qaida

The Bush administration's claim that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had ties to al-Qaida — one of the administration's central arguments for a pre-emptive war — appears to have been based on even less solid intelligence than the administration's claims that Iraq had hidden stocks of chemical and biological weapons. | 03/02/04 17:04:50 By - Warren P. Strobel, Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott

Iraqi National Congress faces growing number of investigations

The Iraqi National Congress, long championed by officials at the White House, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, is facing a growing number of investigations into its provision of bogus intelligence on Iraq and whether some of its members may have tried to cash in on the fall of Saddam Hussein. | 02/27/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Rumsfeld advisor who vocally endorsed Saddam's ouster resigns

Richard Perle, one of the most outspoken advocates for invading Iraq, has quietly resigned from the Defense Policy Board, an influential bipartisan Pentagon advisory group. | 02/25/04 17:07:47 By - Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Joseph Galloway

Officials: U.S. still paying millions to group that provided false Iraqi intelligence

The Department of Defense is continuing to pay millions of dollars for information from the former Iraqi opposition group that produced some of the exaggerated and fabricated intelligence President Bush used to argue his case for war. | 02/21/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Most pre-war information from Iraqi defectors was iffy, officials say

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that almost all of the Iraqi defectors whose information helped make the Bush administration's case against Saddam Hussein exaggerated what they knew, fabricated tales or were "coached" by others on what to say. | 02/13/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Panel to probe whether officials exaggerated prewar intelligence

A Senate committee will expand its probe of prewar Iraq intelligence to investigate whether some administration officials exaggerated the available information to build their case for a pre-emptive war. | 02/12/04 17:10:28 By - Alan Bjerga and John Walcott

Doubts, dissent stripped from public version of Iraq assessment

The public version of the U.S. intelligence community's key prewar assessment of Iraq's illicit arms programs was stripped of dissenting opinions, warnings of insufficient information and doubts about deposed dictator Saddam Hussein's intentions, a review of the document and its once-classified version shows. | 02/09/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

What went wrong with Iraq intelligence?

The Bush administration's case that Iraq had chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs before the U.S. invasion weakened further this week, with new revelations from CIA Director George Tenet about problems with U.S. intelligence. | 02/06/04 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Intelligence officials warned that Iraq WMD information was iffy

Dubious intelligence about Iraq's biological weapons programs found its way into the Bush administration's case for a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq despite the fact that officials warned in May 2002 that some of the information might be unreliable or fabricated. | 02/06/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Knight Ridder journalists honored for stories on war planning

Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel of the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau received the Raymond Clapper Memorial Award from the Washington Press Club Foundation on Wednesday for their coverage last year of the Bush administration's use of faulty intelligence in planning the war in Iraq. | 02/04/04 19:33:20 By -

Iraq intelligence efforts led by Cheney magnified errors, officials say

What went wrong with intelligence on Iraq will never be known unless the inquiry proposed by President Bush examines secret intelligence efforts led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon hawks, current and former U.S officials said Monday. | 02/02/04 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

U.S. restricts Iraq reconstruction contract bids to coalition members, 12/9/03

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is restricting the bidding on $18.6 billion in Iraq reconstruction contracts to companies from nations in the U.S.-led coalition, shutting out firms from countries that opposed the U.S. invasion, including France, Germany and Russia.

| 12/09/03 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

More Iraqis supporting resistance, CIA report says

A new, top-secret CIA report from Iraq warns that growing numbers of Iraqis are concluding that the U.S.-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance. | 11/11/03 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Saddam wanted secret negotiations with U.S., officials say

Intermediaries for ousted dictator Saddam Hussein made numerous attempts to open secret contacts with the Bush administration to head off a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, but the administration rebuffed or ignored the efforts, U.S. officials said Wednesday. | 11/05/03 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

CIA investigated tip on WMD from previously discredited source

As the Bush administration intensified the hunt for evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the CIA reluctantly agreed to look into reports from a previously discredited source that highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons was smuggled from Iraq to Iran, U.S. officials said. | 10/14/03 13:51:35 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Questions, criticism surround information that led to start of war

In a speech last August, Vice President Dick Cheney said he was convinced that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein "will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon." Iraq, he continued, was amassing weapons of mass destruction to use "against our friends, against our allies and against us." | 07/18/03 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Lawmakers: U.S. intelligence based on `fragmentary information', 7/15/03

WASHINGTON—Large stockpiles of banned weapons probably don't exist in Iraq, the bipartisan leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee concluded Tuesday after a trip to Baghdad.

| 07/15/03 03:00:00 By - Frank Davies

No real planning for postwar Iraq

The small circle of senior civilians in the Defense Department who dominated planning for postwar Iraq failed to prepare for the setbacks that have erupted over the past two months. | 07/11/03 13:59:52 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Bush administration pushed for proof linking Saddam, al-Qaida

The Bush administration pressed the CIA in the run-up to the war on Iraq to look for evidence of close cooperation between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein, but the agency found no proof, according to an internal CIA intelligence review. | 07/03/03 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

Internal review backs CIA on Iraq, but notes lack of details

The CIA was justified in telling President Bush and top aides last fall that Saddam Hussein was still seeking weapons of mass destruction, but the agency often lacked precise, up-to-date information about the threat that those weapons posed, an internal CIA review has found. | 07/02/03 14:03:28 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

U. N. committee finds no connection between Iraq, al-Qaida

Members of a special U.N. terrorism committee investigating al-Qaida said Thursday that they had seen no evidence of the terrorist network's alleged ties with Iraq, which were a major justification President Bush cited for going to war. | 06/26/03 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

White House was warned of dubious intelligence used in speech, official says

Making his case for war with Iraq, President Bush in his State of the Union address this year accused Saddam Hussein of trying to buy uranium from Africa even though the CIA had warned White House and other officials that the story didn't check out. | 06/12/03 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Data didn't back Bush claims on Iraqi weapons, officials say

President Bush and his top aides made prewar claims about Iraq's weapons programs that weren't always backed up by available U.S. intelligence and painted a threatening picture that was far starker than what American spies knew, according to current and former intelligence officials and a review of available documents. | 06/06/03 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Data didn't back Bush claims on Iraqi weapons, officials say, 6/06/03

President Bush and his top aides made prewar claims about Iraq's weapons programs that weren't always backed up by available U.S. intelligence and painted a threatening picture that was far starker than what American spies knew, according to current and former intelligence officials and a review of available documents. | 06/06/03 14:26:28 By - Warren P. Strobel

Failure to find weapons in Iraq leads to intelligence scrutiny

Dramatic claims by President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other top officials that Iraq was hiding vast stocks of banned weapons so far have proven to be without foundation, raising serious questions about whether U.S. intelligence on Iraq was twisted for political reasons — or simply wrong. | 06/02/03 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

Troubling questions over justification for war in Iraq

Some of President Bush's top advisers, who had hoped the war in Iraq would be the turning point in the battle against terrorism and the centerpiece of the president's re-election campaign, fear it is instead becoming a political, diplomatic and military mess. | 05/30/03 03:00:00 By - John Walcott

Data didn't back Bush claims on Iraqi weapons, officials say, 4/19/03

President Bush and his top aides made prewar claims about Iraq's weapons programs that weren't always backed up by available U.S. intelligence and painted a threatening picture that was far starker than what American spies knew, according to current and former intelligence officials and a review of available documents. | 04/19/03 14:31:14 By - Warren P. Strobel

Some in Bush administration turn sights on Syria

With the Iraqi regime crumbling, some officials in the Bush administration and Congress are turning their sights on neighboring Syria, demanding that it, too, end support for terrorism and halt weapons-of-mass- destruction programs. | 04/11/03 14:56:27 By - Warren P. Strobel

Bush faces tough choices for post-war Iraq

The war seems won, but how does the United States secure the peace? While it might be an exaggeration to say the hardest part lies ahead, President Bush must move deftly to ensure that today's scenes of jubilation in Baghdad do not turn into scenes of chaos and anti-American resentment tomorrow, according to current and former U.S. officials. | 04/10/03 14:58:49 By - Warren P. Strobel

Bush's aides did not warn that U.S. troops could face stiff resistance in Iraq

President Bush's aides did not forcefully present him with dissenting views from CIA and State and Defense Department officials who warned that U.S.-led forces could face stiff resistance in Iraq, according to three senior administration officials. | 03/28/03 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

For Bush, support for war with Iraq comes with a price tag

A public dispute this week over how much the United States will pay Turkey to help it weather a war in Iraq has highlighted the fact that President Bush is having to buy support for his policies toward Saddam Hussein. | 02/19/03 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Rifts could derail plans for transition to democracy in Iraq

New rifts between the Bush administration and the Iraqi opposition are threatening to derail U.S.-led planning for a smooth transition to democracy in Iraq after an invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. The feuding underscores the potential quagmire that awaits the tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers who would occupy a post-war Iraq to keep the country from being torn apart by regional, ethnic and sectarian tensions that Saddam has kept in check by force. | 02/13/03 15:01:26 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Bush administration scoffs at Iraq's weapons report

The Bush administration rejected Iraq's weapons declaration Thursday, saying it was riddled with omissions and warning Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein that he had moved his nation closer to war as a result.

Secretary of State Colin Powell called the 12,000-page document that Iraq delivered two weeks ago "a catalog of recycled information and flagrant omissions." He said it failed to account for chemical and biological weapons Iraq was known to possess before 1998 or weapons development it had undertaken since. | 12/20/02 13:07:35 By - Warren P. Strobel and Diego Ibarguen

White House maintains its case against Iraq

The White House said Thursday that President Bush has evidence that Iraq retains hidden caches of weapons of mass destruction, dramatically raising the stakes in the U.S. confrontation with Saddam Hussein and suggesting that Bush is preparing for war. Top aides to Saddam have said Iraq will report to the United Nations this weekend that Iraq is free of the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and missiles that it was barred from possessing after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. | 12/06/02 13:10:34 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Infighting among U.S. intelligence agencies fuels dispute over Iraq

The Pentagon and the CIA are waging a bitter feud over secret intelligence that is being used to shape U.S. policy toward Iraq, according to current and former U.S. officials. | 10/24/02 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay

Some in Bush administration have misgivings about Iraq policy

While President Bush marshals congressional and international support for invading Iraq, a growing number of military officers, intelligence professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep misgivings about the administration's double-time march toward war. | 10/07/02 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

CIA report reveals analysts' split over extent of Iraqi nuclear threat

The CIA released a new report Friday on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that added little to earlier appraisals but exposed a sharp dispute among U.S. intelligence experts over Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program. | 10/04/02 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Lawmakers to grapple with Bush's Iraq policy during hearings

Picture U.S. troops advancing up the monumentally wide boulevards of central Baghdad, greeted joyously by throngs of Iraqis who have just overthrown Saddam Hussein and his dictatorship. | 09/22/02 13:21:12 By - By Warren P. Strobel

Iraq has been unable to get materials needed for nuclear bomb, experts say

President Bush said Thursday that Iraq could make a nuclear bomb within a year after getting enriched uranium or plutonium. But Saddam Hussein has been unable to get that nuclear fuel for more than a decade. | 09/12/02 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Lack of hard evidence of Iraqi weapons worries top U.S. officials

Senior U.S. officials with access to top-secret intelligence on Iraq say they have detected no alarming increase in the threat that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein poses to American security and Middle East stability. | 09/06/02 03:00:00 By - Jonathan S. Landay

Planning unit is another sign Bush is preparing to oust Saddam

Aides to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have created a special Iraq planning unit, composed largely of civilians, to oversee a military campaign against Saddam Hussein, the latest sign that President Bush is methodically preparing an invasion to oust the Iraqi leader. | 08/16/02 13:14:30 By - Warren P. Strobel

Top Senate Republican joins push for congressional approval of any Iraq attack

A top Senate Republican joined Democratic lawmakers Wednesday in urging President Bush to seek Congress's approval for any attack on Iraq. | 07/31/02 19:02:30 By - Warren P. Strobel

Lawmakers want Bush to seek congressional approval before attacking Iraq, 7/31/02

WASHINGTON—A top Senate Republican joined Democratic lawmakers Wednesday in urging President Bush to seek Congress's approval for any attack on Iraq.

| 07/31/02 03:00:00 By - Warren P. Strobel

Iran - not Iraq - is top terrorism sponsor, U.S. report says

The State Department on Tuesday identified Iran, not Iraq, as the country that most actively sponsors international terrorism. | 03/22/02 13:24:05 By - Warren P. Strobel

Bush's unconditional declaration of war raises questions, concerns

As U.S. troops wage their fiercest battles yet in Afghanistan, President Bush's war on terrorism is spreading to other dangerous battlefronts in a global campaign with no apparent end or boundaries. | 03/08/02 13:26:47 By - Ron Hutcheson and Jonathan S. Landay

Iraqi opposition leader suspected of misusing U.S. funds, but may get more

Now that President Bush has decided to get rid of Saddam Hussein, Americans are likely to start hearing about an Iraqi exile named Ahmad Chalabi, the most prominent leader of the opposition to his country's dictator. | 02/20/02 13:31:28 By - Warren P. Strobel

Bush has decided to overthrow Hussein

President Bush has decided to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power and ordered the CIA, the Pentagon and other agencies to devise a combination of military, diplomatic and covert steps to achieve that goal, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday. | 02/13/02 13:34:44 By - Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott

Bush's 'axis of evil' statements cause worldwide controversy

President Bush's declaration that countries such as Iran, Iraq and North Korea represent an "axis of evil" that must be prevented from acquiring weapons of mass destruction touched off questions and controversy Wednesday around the globe. | 01/31/02 13:37:25 By - Warren P. Strobel

Former CIA Director looks for evidence that Iraq had a role in attacks

Senior Pentagon officials who want to expand the war against terrorism to Iraq authorized a trip to Great Britain last month by former CIA director James Woolsey in search of evidence that Saddam Hussein played a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. officials told Knight Ridder. | 10/11/01 16:38:31 By - Warren P. Strobel

Experts say Iraq, Hussein not likely tied to attacks

While President Bush's top advisers debate whether to target Iraq for devastating bombardment as part of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, U.S. officials and terrorism experts say there is little evidence Saddam Hussein's regime played a role in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. | 09/22/01 16:41:33 By - Warren P. Strobel

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