Sunday, January 08, 2006

Stephen Hayes on the mountain of unexplored intelligence

Summary: About 50,000 of 2 million items have been analyzed. From the material that has been looked at, we've learned that between 1999 & 2002, elite Iraqi military units trained an estimated 8 thousand islamic terrorists. The group assigned to this material is understaffed and still hasn't been able to set up a good system to vet everything. A congressman from Michigan, Pete Hoekstra, has been trying for weeks to get some documents, but to no avail. Some want the material to be declassified entirely. The administration is hesitant because it's afraid the press will cherry pick materials to undercut the war effort. As for pooling more resources into ciphering the material, the Administration is choosing instead to those resources in analyzing data for current and future threats.

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