February 12, 2004

Intel Reform

"The CIA is making changes in how it handles intelligence after identifying specific problems in its disputed prewar assessment that Iraq's Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, officials said yesterday.

CIA Director George J. Tenet, whose agency's performance is under intense scrutiny, has ordered an end to the long-standing practice of withholding from analysts details about the clandestine agents who provide the information that analysts must evaluate, officials said.

The changes were ordered after an internal CIA review revealed several occasions when CIA analysts mistakenly believed that Iraq weapons data had been confirmed by multiple sources, when in fact it had come from a single source, Jami A. Miscik, deputy director for intelligence, said in a speech yesterday to the agency's analysts. The misunderstanding arose because CIA operatives had given analysts ambiguous information."

More here.

This doesn't strike me as the actions of an Administration dwelling pitiably in cocooned and clueless denial.

This strikes me as an administration intent on improving the quality of its intelligence product for key customers in the Beltway (and, to be sure, getting ahead of the vociferous--and so often blisteringly hypocritical-- Congressional criticisms of Langley).

Good on Tenet.

Posted by Gregory at February 12, 2004 09:49 AM
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