But the committee absolved the Bush administration of charges that it put pressure on analysts to reach pre-set conclusions.
The bipartisan committee said it found no evidence that administration officials pressured agencies to change their judgments on Iraq weapons programs.
"The committee did not find any evidence that administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities," it said.
It specifically cleared Vice President Dick Cheney, a leading advocate of the war, of charges that he tried to bend the evidence to fit his agenda.
"The committee found no evidence that the Vice President's visits to the Central Intelligence Agency were attempts to pressure analysts, were perceived as intended to pressure analysts by those who participated in the briefings on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs, or did pressure analysts to change their assessments," the report said.
Also, some very interesting observations
on the Niger
* uranium claims.
Now, the question is, what do we do about our intelligence system? Do we tear the whole thing down and start again or is it fixable as is?
Update: As usual, the folks at DU respond with
"it's lie" or "it's a coverup" and the same old tired cliches.
*edited, obviously. I need a proofreader.