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Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Were Rewarded

Washington Post
Saturday, May 28, 2005

Two Army analysts whose work has been cited as part of a key intelligence failure on Iraq -- the claim that aluminum tubes sought by the Baghdad government were most likely meant for a nuclear weapons program rather than for rockets -- have received job performance awards in each of the past three years, officials said.

The civilian analysts, former military men considered experts on foreign and U.S. weaponry, work at the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), one of three U.S. agencies singled out for particular criticism by President Bush's commission that investigated U.S. intelligence.

The Army analysts concluded that it was highly unlikely that the tubes were for use in Iraq's rocket arsenal, a finding that bolstered a CIA contention that they were destined for nuclear centrifuges, which was in turn cited by the Bush administration as proof that Saddam Hussein was reconstituting Iraq's nuclear weapons program.

The problem, according to the commission, which cited the two analysts' work, is that they did not seek or obtain information available from the Energy Department and elsewhere showing that the tubes were indeed the type used for years as rocket-motor cases by Iraq's military. The panel said the finding represented a "serious lapse in analytic tradecraft" because the center's personnel "could and should have conducted a more exhaustive examination of the question."

Pentagon spokesmen said the awards for the analysts were to recognize their overall contributions on the job over the course of each year. But some current and former officials, including those who called attention to the awards, said the episode shows how the administration has failed to hold people accountable for mistakes on prewar intelligence.


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Of course they did. ame with Bolton - he also cooked up false intelligence. They are being rewarded, because they did what the administration wanted - they lied about Iraq so we could attack them.

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In Bushland, up is down, black is white and the recent attacks in Iraq show the rebels are getting weaker...

Remember, Tenent got the Medal of Freedom along with that loser Brenner, late of the CPA who lost 8.8 billion in oil funds that can't be found...

Boy, it is time for Impeachment...let her rip

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Nothing in gov is crazier than the bonus/reward system. I have watched it for a sufficent period of time that I am no longer surprised by it. It is out of control. Multiply this injustice by the total number of Fed workers and you'll have a clue as to how insane it is.

oh, and just as you'd suspect, most of the awards go to upper mgmt.

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i dont get one thing..

what the heck is soo special about aluminum tubes.. they are used in various feilds..

ok i will stock a few dozen of aluminum tubes.. CIA come get me
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RE: Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Were Rewarded

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i dont get one thing..

what the heck is soo special about aluminum tubes.. they are used in various feilds..

ok i will stock a few dozen of aluminum tubes.. CIA come get me
Don't laugh. It can happen.

Aluminum is a material that in most of its forms and alloys, has very poor mechanical properties. For the applications in question, you need very special aluminum. No one considering a special personal relationship with aluminum tubing would use this stuff as it is outrageously expensive, and can only be produced by a few sources. Thus, it is easy to attract unwanted attention when you get into the act of buying it. For personal use the cheap stuff will do fine. Jim
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RE: Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Were Rewarded

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i dont get one thing..

what the heck is soo special about aluminum tubes.. they are used in various feilds..

ok i will stock a few dozen of aluminum tubes.. CIA come get me
To separate certain chemicals you have to spin them in centerfuges. The aluminum tubes make up the arms of the centerfuge. The smoothness of the aluminum effects the quality of some of these chemicals. The tubes were actually used to cast artillery shells and artillery rockets. The intelligence analysts at the Dept of Energy pointed out to these bozos that the tubes in question were not the correct type for nuke production because they were of the wrong smoothness, and were most likely for artillery production.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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