Well, well, well. It seems that manipulating information is nothing new for Democrats in the White House. I refer to the alterations in Intelligence about ISIS that has a number of analysts up in arms. There will be more on that later on in the post, but it seems this has been going on even longer than was previously known.
I refer to President Clinton, and the latest revelations of how he and the White House cooked the books on information about Iran and the role it played in a deadly attack on US Servicepeople back in 1996. The Washington Times (h/t Facebook friend) has an extensive article on this issue, parts of which are below:
It included FBI interviews with a half-dozen Saudi co-conspirators who revealed they got their passports from the Iranian embassy in Damascus, reported to a top Iranian general and were trained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), officials told The Washington Times.
The revelations about what the Clinton administration knew are taking on new significance with the recent capture of the accused mastermind of the 1996 attack, which has occurred in the shadows of the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.
Ahmed al-Mughassil was arrested in August returning to Lebanon from Iran, and his apprehension has provided fresh evidence of Tehran’s and Hezbollah’s involvement in the attack and their efforts to shield him from justice for two decades, U.S. officials said.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh told The Times that when he first sought the Clinton White House’s help to gain access to the Saudi suspects, he was repeatedly thwarted. When he succeeded by going around Mr. Clinton and returned with the evidence, it was dismissed as “hearsay,” and he was asked not to spread it around because the administration had made a policy decision to warm relations with Tehran and didn’t want to rock the boat, he said.
Indeed, this cozying up to Iran, no matter how badly they behave or how many Americans they help kill, including the US service members killed in this attack. Pandering to state sponsors of terrorism seems to be nothing new for Democratic Presidents, apparently.
There is more:
[…] Chief among the new evidence is a top-secret cable from summer 1999 showing that Mr. Clinton told Iran’s new and more moderate president at the time, Mohammad Khatami, that the U.S. believed Iran had participated in the Khobar Towers truck bombing.
Today, there is little doubt in U.S. circles that Iran and its Saudi Hezbollah arm participated in the deadly Khobar Towers attack. Shortly after Mr. Clinton left office, an indictment was issued against Mr. Mughassil that cited the IRGC’s assistance. And in 2006 a federal judge ruled in a civil case brought by families of the Khobar victims that Iranwas liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for its role in the attack.
The revelations about what Mr. Clinton knew about Iran’s involvement and what was kept from the public could have implications on the campaign trail for his wife Hillary’s emerging Iran policy. Seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Mrs. Clinton has embraced the controversial nuclear deal she helped start with Iran as secretary of state but also declared she wouldn’t hesitate to use military force ifTehran cheats.
And as a precursor to the ISIS intel disruption, seems the intel on this act was also thwarted:
[…] Former Clinton aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the evidence pointing to Iranian involvement had become substantial by 1999. Still, some in the administration worried it was not solid enough to warrant military action, and might have been exaggerated by Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Shia rivalry with Iran. They argued that working for moderation with Mr. Khatami was a better alternative than blaming it for an attack that happened under an earlier regime, the former aides said.
Whatever the case, the White House opted to downplay the concerns, suggesting in public that the evidence linking Iran was “fragmentary” or uncertain. Behind the scenes, steps were also taken to restrict the flow of any further evidence that Iran assisted the Khobar attack, according to interviews with law enforcement and intelligence officials.
Just like the 50 analysts speaking out about the watering down of their work on ISIS, seems Intelligence agents then were upset with how the information about Iran was handled:
[…] At the time, the FBI and the State Department’s intelligence arm were gathering significant new cooperation from Saudi authorities that pointed toward Iranian involvement. But suddenly the flow of information was stopped, officials told The Times.
“We were seeing a line of traffic that led us toward Iranian involvement, and suddenly that traffic was cut off,” recalled Wayne White, a career intelligence officer inside the State Department from 1979 to 2005 who served as deputy director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia.
When the intelligence flow stopped on Iran’s involvement in Khobar, Mr. White said he made a “very heated demand up the chain of command.”
“We did not sit idly by and accept this,” he said in an interview. “When we found out we and the originating agency were being denied intelligence, we went upstairs to the front office to find out what was happening and to let them know we were outraged.”
“We later found out the stream had been cut off by Sandy Berger, and the original agency producing the intelligence was struggling to work around the roadblock,” he said.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)
Seems that President Obama is more like President Clinton than we knew, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, more information has come out about the intel being manipulated on ISIS by the Obama White House. From Fox News:
[…] Critics say this “activity based approach” to battle damage assessments does not present a comprehensive picture of whether ISIS is being degraded, nor does it reflect its resiliency.
For example, despite the year-long campaign to target oil refineries, the terror group has built temporary facilities and maintained the ability to raise money.
Two sources, including Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said the investigation to date shows it is not a problem that begins and ends with CENTCOM, but rather the evidence indicates pressure from Washington.
“What we have seen so far raises real questions, not only about politicized intelligence at the level of the central command, but pressure that they may well have received from the top,” Pompeo, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
“Oh what a tangled web we weave…” Seems deceiving us is a longstanding tradition of the White House. That is not news, I know, but that there is so much being done, then and now, to let sponsors of terrorism against us and terrorist groups off the hook is disturbing at best. The former to ingratiate ourselves to Iran, and the latter to make the Administration look like it is doing more than it is. Truly disturbing.
But what is evident is that the truth indeed wills out. The revelation about President Clinton may impact his wife’s campaign as noted in the article, and the outrage by the intelligence analysts and learning that we are NOT being as successful as Obama would make it seem, will surely bring about some changes.
Well, one can hope so, anyway. That’s the newsflash for today. This is an Open Thread.