It would be difficult to understate the significance of this. When politics is allowed to edit intelligence essential to both National Security and the Electorate, the Republic is endangered.
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall
Last year the Daily Beast published a bombshell report featuring dozens of intelligence community whistleblowers alleging the Obama administration and top tier levels of the military were “cooking the books” on ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture for the American public and to downplay the real threat the terror army posed.
Yes, given the sourcing (Daily Beast) there is cause to reserve judgment. That original article alleges
It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk.
By Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef, the Daily Beast
“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.
Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.
That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months. That’s according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.
Very serious allegations indeed, now born out by Congressional investigation:
Now, a House panel investigating the situation is confirming intelligence reports containing warnings about ISIS, it’s growth, expansion, threat and overall influence, were scrubbed for political purposes.
A House Republican task force has found that officials from the U.S. military’s Central Command altered intelligence reports to portray the U.S. fight against ISIS and al Qaeda in a more positive light than lower-level analysts believed was warranted by the facts on the ground, three officials familiar with the task force’s findings told The Daily Beast.
A roughly 10-page report on the controversy is expected to be released by the end of next week, two officials said. While it contains no definitive evidence that senior Obama administration officials ordered the reports to be doctored, the five-month investigation did corroborate earlier reports that analysts felt the leaders of CENTCOM’s intelligence directorate pressured them to conclude that the threat from ISIS was not as ominous as the analysts believed, the officials said.
“The investigation is ongoing but the report substantiates the claims” that intelligence reports were altered, one official familiar with the report explained to The Daily Beast.
The Obama administration has been putting politics above national security for years. It’s no wonder America and the world have become increasingly less safe.
Indeed they have. It is one of their Seven Deadly Errors.