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Intelligence Panel Will Cast Net Beyond Iraq

The commission that President Bush will appoint to investigate the failures of prewar intelligence on Iraq will also review the CIA’s misjudgments about weapons programs in Iran, Libya and North Korea, administration officials said yesterday. Bush said the nine-member panel — which White House officials said would include current and former officials with experience in intelligence matters — will “look at our war against proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, kind of in a broader context.” Although the secret weapons programs of Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea and Pakistan have long been a top concern of U.S. national security officials, the intelligence agencies have missed critical weapons developments in each country. Administration officials have found themselves surprised at recent disclosures about nuclear weapons programs in Iran, Libya and North Korea. And the intelligence community was caught off guard when Pakistan tested a nuclear device in 1998. Full Story

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