Panel to probe CIA failure to predict extent of insurgency Spy agencies' prewar analyses 'were just wrong'
As it prepares to release a report highly critical of the CIA for overestimating the prewar Iraq threat, the Senate Intelligence Committee is beginning a new probe, this time into why U.S. spy agencies failed to foresee the strength of the postwar insurgency there. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., called the new investigation ”phase two” of the committee’s probe of the U.S. intelligence community’s performance. ”We’re going to look into the prewar intelligence on postwar Iraq,” Roberts said in an interview. Recalling classified intelligence briefings CIA officials gave the committee before the Iraq war, Roberts said the resistance to the U.S.-led occupation ”was underestimated as to the perseverance of foreign terrorist involvement, Iraqi Republican Guard and Baath Party elements and on down the list.” Full Story