Remember the big stink that the Left made over Bush’s failure to act on intelligence about Al Qaeda’s plans before 9/11?
I wonder what they will say about this:
Analysts at U.S. Central Command were pressured to ease off negative assessments about the Islamic State threat and were even told in an email to “cut it out,” Fox News has learned – as an investigation expands into whether intelligence reports were altered to present a more positive picture.
Fox News is told by a source close to the CENTCOM analysts that the pressure on them included at least two emails saying they needed to “cut it out” and “toe the line.”
Separately, a former Pentagon official told Fox News there apparently was an attempt to destroy the communications. The Pentagon official said the email warnings were “not well received” by the analysts.
Those emails, among others, are now in the possession of the Pentagon inspector general. The IG’s probe is expanding into whether intelligence assessments were changed to give a more positive picture of the anti-ISIS campaign.
The former Pentagon official said there were “multiple assessments” from military intelligence and the CIA regarding the “rapid rise” of ISIS in Iraq and North Africa in the year leading up to the group’s territory grab in 2014.
Similar intelligence was included in the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB – the intelligence community’s most authoritative product — during the same time period. Yet the official, who was part of the White House discussions, said the administration kept “kicking the can down the road.” The official said there was no discussion of the military involvement needed to make a difference.
Actually, I don’t have to wonder. They’ll try to ignore it. They’ll claim it’s from Fox News and therefore lies. Then they’ll say “But BUSH!” And of course the media will claim the GOP has politicized the issue.
If this story is true, (and you know it’s true) this is criminal malfeasance. If this isn’t an impeachable offense, what is?
But don’t hold your breath. France has done more damage to ISIS in one week than Obama has done since day one.
Here’s a story from a couple weeks ago I never talked about:
President Barack Obama is not interested in hearing intelligence information about Islamist groups he does not consider to be terrorist groups — even if they’re on the U.S. list of designated terrorists, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed on the Steve Malzberg Show Thursday.
The host of Full Measure told Malzberg that according to sources close to the White House, Obama stubbornly refuses to hear about intelligence surrounding radical Islamic terror groups.
“I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind, I would say closed his mind, they say, to the intelligence they try to bring him about various groups he does not consider terrorists even if they’re on the U.S. list of designated terrorists,” Attkisson said. “I don’t know the reasoning for it — I’ve only been told by those who have allegedly attempted to present him, or been in the circle that has attempted to present him, with certain intelligence that they said he doesn’t want it, he said he doesn’t want it or he won’t read it in some instances.”
Meanwhile, Obama wants to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into our country. He claims his administration will vet them thoroughly.