Friday, January 16, 2009


Dear Chairman Roberts: I am increasingly dismayed by the delay in completing the Committee's "Phase II" investigation into intelligence prior to the Iraq War. As you know, the Committee voted unanimously on February 12, 2004, to investigate five questions on pre-war intelligence, including the use of intelligence by policymakers. Nearly eighteen months later, much work remains before these questions will be satisfactorily answered. In addition to the terms set out early last year, the Committee should address the significant issues raised by the so-called "Downing Street Memo"--whether the "intelligence and facts were being fixed" to support the policy of using military force against Iraq. This claim raises serious questions about the use of intelligence and whether intelligence resources were unduly focused away from other priorities in order to provide additional--and as we have found--flawed intelligence on Iraq. It would also be my preference to include in Phase II any new revelations concerning the CURVEBALL case since the Committee's first Iraq report---I urge you to take whatever steps are needed to complete the Phase II investigation----Senator Dianne Feinstein

No comments: