Congress Still Torn on Pre-War Intelligence

Back in 2006, when Republicans were in charge, GOP Sens. Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe sided with Democrats to release a section on post-war findings about Iraq's WMD programs and links to terrorism as well as a look at the use by the intelligence community of information provided by the Iraqi National Congress.

Phase II of the Intel Committee's assessment began only after Democrats complained that an initial assessment did not go far enough. Phase I was released in July 2004.

Congress Still Searching for Truth

Things move slowly on Capitol Hill, and while the chapters released Thursday are the end of the committee's look at pre-war intelligence, its search for truth goes on.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who sits on the committee, said today that the report raises some questions about whether Rumsfeld was truthful in his 2002 testimony before Congress when he said that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were buried in bunkers. The existence of such weapons was something suspected by the intelligence community, but not verified.

Lying to Congress is against the law, although Wyden did not say he believes Rumsfeld should be charged with criminal wrongdoing — at least not without further investigation, he said.

"This has been a long process, many of us feel an overly long process, but it was essential for us to answer these questions about how we got into Iraq so that there would be genuine public accountability," Wyden said.

"And with respect to some of the statements that Secretary Rumsfeld made that I have outlined perhaps in painstaking detail this morning, I think further review is warranted."

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