What does Obama care about? Defeating ISIS and keeping Americans safe? No. All Obama cares about is appearing to defeat ISIS, in order to elect Hillary and other Democrats. And he lies repeatedly, and orders others to lie, in order to accomplish this.
“40% of CENTCOM Analysts Surveyed ‘Experienced an Attempt to Distort or Suppress Intelligence,’” by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News, August 11, 2016 (thanks to Christian):
(CNSNews.com) – The 2015 version of an annual survey of intelligence analysts and their managers conducted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) discovered that 40 percent of the analysts surveyed who were working for the U.S. military’s Central Command—whose area of responsibility includes Syria and Iraq—said “they had experienced an attempt to distort or suppress intelligence in the past year.”
This survey result was affirmed in an interim report released today by a Joint Task Force formed by the chairmen of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Armed Services Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
The task force includes Rep. Ken Calvert (R.-Calif.), who is a member of the appropriations committee; Rep. Mike Pompeo (R.-Kan.), who is a member of the intelligence commmittee; and Rep. Brad Wentrup (R-Ohio), who serves on the intelligence and armed services committees.
The task force, the report says, was created “to investigate the allegations of a whistleblower that intelligence produced by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) had been manipulated to present an unduly positive outlook on CENTCOM’s efforts to train the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”
The Defense Department Inspector General is investigating these allegations separately.
The ODNI survey cited in the House task force report also included comments from CENTCOM intelligence analysts and their managers. According to the task force, “four separate comments alleged that products were delayed or altered to avoid conflicting with senior officials’ testimony to Congress.”
Specifically, the task force report said:
“(U) The annual Analytic Objectivity and Process Survey, directed by the ODNI, was conducted from August through October 2015, and included responses from 125 analysts and managers within CENTCOM. The survey results were significantly worse than those of other IC agencies or COCOMs [Combatant Commands], and showed that a substantial number of CENTCOM respondents felt their supervisors distorted, suppressed, or substantially altered analytic products. Over 50% of analysts responded that CENTCOM procedures, practices, processes and organizational structures hampered objective analysis, and 40% responded that they had experienced an attempt to distort or suppress intelligence in the past year. Yet despite receiving these results in December 2015, CENTCOM and IC leaders did not take corrective actions to address many of the issues identified in the survey results
“(U) In addition to generating the numerical summary-level results, the survey allowed participants to add comments regarding their responses. The Joint Task Force was provided with a redacted copy of these comments, in which all information that could specifically identify the respondents had been removed. Of the 71 comments, 32 included direct allegations of distortion of intelligence to fit a positive narrative, and an additional 26 comments raised broader tradecraft or process concerns. Of note, four separate comments alleged that products were delayed or altered to avoid conflicting with senior officials’ testimony to Congress.”
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Evans, a Defense Department spokesman, said the department would not comment on the task force report while the inspector general’s investigation is ongoing. Lt. Cmdr. Evans said:
“The Department of Defense initiated a separate Inspector General (IG) investigation into this matter. The IG has a responsibility to investigate allegations related to analytic objectivity, and we welcome and support their independent review. That investigation is ongoing, and we will take no action or make any comment that could or could appear to influence the IG’s work.
“While we cannot comment on the specific investigation, we can speak to the Department’s general views of the analytical process. The Intelligence Community routinely provides a wide range of assessments based on multifaceted data related to the current security environment.
“These assessments and the expert analysts who develop them are absolutely vital to our efforts, particularly given the incredibly complex nature of the multi-front fights that are ongoing now in Iraq and Syria. Senior civilian and military leadership consider these assessments during planning and decision-making, along with information gained from various other sources, including the insights provided by commanders on the ground and other key advisors, intelligence collection assets and previous experience.
“Experts sometimes disagree on the interpretation of complex data, and the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense welcome healthy dialogue on these vital national security topics.”