21st Century Wire says…
Inter-agency infighting can have huge effects on reaching and implementing tangible solutions.
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An investigation is underway into U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) after a civilian analyst from the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) accused them of distorting and reworking conclusions regarding their bombing campaign against ISIS.
The distorted analysis was prepared for government officials and even President Obama.
According to a report by the New York Times:
“Fuller details of the claims were not available, including when the assessments were said to have been altered and who at Central Command, or Centcom, the analyst said was responsible. The officials, speaking only on the condition of anonymity about classified matters, said that the recently opened investigation focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence assessments during a review process and then passed them on.”
The investigation is reported by the New York Times as being an ‘unusual move’, beyond everyday intelligence disputes.
DIA Headquarters. (Photo Credit: DIA)
Dissenting opinions are encouraged among intelligence agencies and must be acknowledged in reports, but specific rules state that information ‘must not be distorted’ by specific departmental agendas and ideas.
Officials with access to classified documents have said the campaign against ISIS is doing very little to weaken to the group. All it seems to be doing is putting a lot of money into the pockets of the Military Industrial Complex.
Unified combatant commands. (Photo Credit: Lencer)
Saying one thing while doing another may as well be official policy at this point. Failing to weaken ISIS will only strengthen the case for a ground invasion, and then the ball will really be in CENTCOM’s court.
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