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Monday, October 31, 2005

Another War Launched on Distorted Intelligence

Posted by on October 31 at 11:40 AM

Check out this eerie story in today’s New York Times. Apparently, the National Security Agency has been sitting on a report that shows the intelligence that caused the U.S. to declare war on Vietnam was deliberately falsified. And why has the NSA been sitting on this report, written by respected NSA historian Robert J. Hanyok, since 2001?

Mr. Hanyok’s findings were published nearly five years ago in a classified in-house journal, and starting in 2002 he and other government historians argued that it should be made public. But their effort was rebuffed by higher-level agency policymakers, who by the next year were fearful that it might prompt uncomfortable comparisons with the flawed intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq, according to an intelligence official familiar with some internal discussions of the matter.