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News :: War and Militarism
Kucinich Calls For Hearings on Negroponte’s False And Misleading Report on Iran
22 Sep 2006
We cannot and must not permit this Administration to build a case for war against Iran on falsehoods and pretext. We have seen similar patterns with the twisting of intelligence to create a war against Iraq and we must not let this happen again. I ask that the Subcommittee invite the DNI to appear immediately before the Committee. It is imperative that our questions be answered in an expeditious manner.
Kucinich Calls For Congressional Hearings On Negroponte’s Role In The Release Of A False And Misleading Report On Iran

In Letter Kucinich, Ranking Member of the House Government Reform
Subcommittee On National Security, Emerging Threats and International,
Calls For Congressional Hearings On The Role Of The Director of
National Intelligence (DNI) In The Release Of A False And Misleading
Report On Iran

Letter to Chairman Shays

Washington, Sep 15 -

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House
Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats
and International Relations, today, called on Chairman Christopher
Shays (R-CT) to hold hearings on a false and misleading report approved
by the Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, on Iran’s
nuclear weapon capabilities.

Below is the text of Kucinich’s letter:

Dear Mr. Chairman:

According to the Washington Post (“U.N. Inspectors Dispute Iran
Report by House Panel,” September 14, 2006), the Director of National
Intelligence (DNI) conducted a prepublication review of a House
Intelligence Committee staff report on Iran which has come under
scrutiny for making false, misleading and unsubstantiated assertions
about Iran’s nuclear program.

In the article, a spokesperson for the DNI confirmed that the agency
did review the report prior to its publication. Yet, the final
committee staff report “included at least a dozen claims that were
either demonstrably wrong or impossible to substantiate,” including the
gross exaggeration that the level of uranium enrichment by Iranian
nuclear plants has now reached “weapons-grade” levels of 90%, when in
reality the correct enrichment level found by the International Atomic
Energy Agency was 3.6%. (Letter from IAEA Director of External
Relations and Policy Coordination Vilmos Cserveny to Chairman Peter
Hoekstra, September 12, 2006.)

The publication of false, misleading and unsubstantiated statements
by a House Committee is regrettable, but the role of the DNI raises
important questions:

1) Was the text of the report given to DNI for review identical to
the text later released to the public by the Committee? 2) Did the DNI
recognize those claims made in the report that were wrong or impossible
to substantiate at the time DNI conducted its prepublication review? 3)
During its review, did DNI also note the same false, misleading and
unsubstantiated statements as those deemed by the IAEA in its letter to
the Committee to be wrong or impossible to substantiate? 4) In its
response to the Committee, did DNI state the inaccuracies it found, and
seek correction or clarification of those parts of the prepublication
report? 5) Did the DNI approve the report, in spite of false and
exaggerated claims made in the report?

There are troubling signs, which this Subcommittee has attempted to
investigate, that the Administration is leading the U.S. toward a
military conflict with Iran.

In June, our Subcommittee held a classified members briefing, at my
request, to investigate independent reports published in the New Yorker
magazine and the Guardian that U.S. military personnel have been or are
already deployed inside and around Iran, gathering intelligence and
targeting information, and reports published in Newsweek, ABC News and
GQ magazine, that the U.S. has been planning and is now recruiting
members of MEK to conduct lethal operations and destabilizing
operations inside Iran.

Unfortunately, neither the Department of State nor the Department of
Defense chose to appear for the classified briefing. Nearly three
months later, the Subcommittee has been unable to question State or DOD
directly on those reports. However, this Subcommittee was briefed by
the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and I believe that
the Subcommittee should use its oversight authority to compare the
statements and information provided to Members about Iran’s nuclear
program at the briefing, with information provided to the House
Intelligence Committee for their report.

These are precisely the sort of questions this Subcommittee is
designed to pursue. The latest report implicating DNI passivity or
complicity in embellishing the danger of the Iranian nuclear program
should be aggressively investigated by our Subcommittee immediately. We
cannot and must not permit this Administration to build a case for war
against Iran on falsehoods and pretext. We have seen similar patterns
with the twisting of intelligence to create a war against Iraq and we
must not let this happen again. I ask that the Subcommittee invite the
DNI to appear immediately before the Committee. It is imperative that
our questions be answered in an expeditious manner.

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Kucinich Ranking Member House Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International
Relations

http://kucinich.house.gov/



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