Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Intel Analysts Punished For Telling The Truth

Here's the latest from our phony war against ISIS:

Two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria, three sources with knowledge of their claim told The Daily Beast. It’s the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war.

One of the analysts alleging reprisals is the top analyst in charge of Syria issues at CENTCOM. He and a colleague doubted rebels’ capabilities and their commitment to U.S. objectives in the region. The analysts have been effectively sidelined from their positions and will no longer be working at CENTCOM, according to two individuals familiar with the dispute, and who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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We are ill served by generals and admirals who cook intelligence to inflate their budgets and their sense of personal worth. It is they, and not analysts who try to tell the truth, who should be fired:

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase in several years, driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows.

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This money would have been far better spent shoring up Social Security, repairing US infrastructure, and feeding our hungry children.

But N-O-O-O-O-O ... it had to be poured down a rat hole in the Middle East. How stupid is that?

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