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June 5, 2008
Whitehouse, Intelligence Committee, speak on Iraq
The Senate Committee on Intelligence today released the final two sections of its report on prewar intelligence.
Members of the committee, including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., are speaking on the Senate floor about findings of the report, which includes several instances where the committee concludes that statements made by the administration in support of going to war in Iraq were not supported by the intelligence.
Statements by the president and the vice president indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the United States were contradicted by available intelligence information.
Statements by President Bush and Vice President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in Iraq, in terms of the political, security, and economic, did not reflect the concerns and uncertainties expressed in the intelligence products.
The intelligence community did not confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 as the vice president repeatedly claimed.
Watch the hearings live on C-SPAN.
Members of the committee are scheduled to discuss the findings further at a press conference later this morning.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
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