Now, far too late to save to save Kirk Straseskie or console his father, the press and the intelligence community have begun to wake up to the fact that they and the American people were deceived. We�re finding out that Colin Powell denounced some of the claims about Iraqi weapons as �bullshit� before his speech to the UN in February. A newly formed group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity wrote a letter to the President protesting “a policy and intelligence fiasco of monumental proportions.” An Army intelligence officer told Time Magazine that Donald Rumsfeld was �deeply, almost pathologically, distorting the intelligence“. Greg Thielmann, recently retired from the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research says that the Bush administration �was grossly distorting the intelligence� on both weapons and the Iraq-Al Qaida connection.

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