Tyler Drumheller on Shaping Pre-War Intelligence by Mitch E. Perry

11/29/06

With all of the problems with Iraq right now, the question for Democrats when they take over Congress in January will be – how much will they want to focus on what went wrong in the build up to Iraq.

Critics have said for years that the intelligence that was provided by the CIA and other agencies, like the Defense Intelligence Agency, was shaped in a fashion to provide the pretext to invade Iraq – and they say much of that intelligence was manipulated by the Bush Administration.

Tyler Drumheller is the former CIA chief of the CIA covert operations in Europe. He served in the CIA for 26 years, before quitting the company in disgust last year.

He’s the author of the new book, “ On the Brink : An Insider's Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence.

On page 77 of On the Brink, Drumheller writes: “The More we unearthed evidence suggesting that Saddam had no Weapons of Mass Destruction, the more decision makers believed that he was engaged in an elaborate cover-up to conceal his illegal activities, and that we were not digging deep enough.� We asked Tyler Drumhiller if that was a wide spread feeling among his colleagues at the CIA (roll tape#1 o.q.�it’s kind of a tragic thing�)

That’s Tyler Drumheller, author of the new book “On the Brink: An Insider’s Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence�. We’ll more from him tomorrow night.

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