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Congressional Oversight of Intelligence Criticized

In the fall of 2002, as Congress debated waging war in Iraq, copies of a 92-page assessment of Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction sat in two vaults on Capitol Hill, each protected by armed security guards and available to any member who showed up in person, without staff. But only a few ever did. No more than six senators and a handful of House members read beyond the five-page National Intelligence Estimate executive summary, according to several congressional aides responsible for safeguarding the classified material. The lack of congressional attention to the nitty-gritty details of Iraq’s weapons programs is symptomatic of Congress’s approach to a range of intelligence matters, according to current and former intelligence committee members and a broad swath of intelligence experts. Full Story

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