House Task Force Finds Manipulation of ISIS Intel
A Republican task force in the House released a report today wherein lawmakers found the manipulation of crucial military in an effort to paint an unrealistically optimistic picture of America’s fight against ISIS.
Intelligence generated by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) differed from the on-the-ground conclusions, according to task force member Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.)
"The facts on the ground didn't match what the intelligence was saying out of the United States Central Command," Pompeo said on CBS's “This Morning.”
"There's enormous evidence about how this information from talented career professionals inside the analytic arm at CENTCOM did their job and accurately depicted what was going on on the ground,” Pompeo said. “But when it got to very senior levels, that information was changed.”
The task force did not find evidence of orders to manipulate the intelligence coming from the White House, according to CBS.
Their findings do, however, appear to confirm reports about the politicization of military intelligence and could be detrimental to the Obama administration.
According to The Hill:
President Obama rose to office in large part because of his staunch opposition to the war in Iraq, which was built upon faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein acquiring weapons of mass destruction. For his administration to have fallen into the same trap would be deeply embarrassing and could undermine its claims about the international fight against ISIS and other extremists.
The Obama administration has frequently heralded the military gains against ISIS in its self-proclaimed caliphate, even as the extremist group has expanded its operations around the globe.
Last year, numerous intelligence analysts allegedly complained that their assessments were either suppressed or doctored to make America’s efforts appear more effective. Those complaints made their way to the Pentagon’s inspector general who opened an investigation into the matter.
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Tags: President Obama, intelligence community, ISIS