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The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
Report to the President of the United States
March 31, 2005

    Click on an issue category below for more detailed excerpts.
Foreign Policy
  • Libyan disarmament was a CIA success story.
  • Government Reform
  • Rethink flawed Presidential daily intelligence briefings.
  • CIA yielded to conventional wisdom, not political pressure.
  • Homeland Security
  • Innovate intelligence-gathering for future hard targets.
  • Assessments of al Qaida in Afghanistan in 2001 were accurate.
  • CIA needs more focus on counterterrorism.
  • So-called Legal Issues are myths; not real CIA hindrances.
  • Intelligence community shares information poorly.
  • CIA should work more with scientists to understand WMDs.
  • War & Peace
  • CIA assessments ib Iraqi WMDs were all wrong.
  • Belief in Iraqi nukes was poor analysis of aluminum tubes.
  • Belief in Iraqi BWs was based on one unreliable person.
  • Belief in Iraqi CWs was based on flawed imagery.
  • Iraq never had delivery systems to attack US mainland.
  • CIA never questioned assumption that Saddam had WMDs.
  • Conclusions on Iran and North Korea are all classified.

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    • Charles_Robb, Commission chair
    • John McCain, Commission member
    • Laurence Silberman, Commision co-chair
    • Other Commission members:
    • Richard Levin
    • Henry Rowen
    • Walter Slocombe
    • William Studeman
    • Patricia Wald
    • Charles Vest
    • Lloyd Cutler

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