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U.S. Central Command

Congress Calls Out The Military For Its Rosy ISIS Intel

It's something both Republicans and Democrats agree on.

By Eugene Daniels | August 11, 2016

Finally, there's something bringing Democratic and Republican lawmakers together: the manipulation of intelligence reports about ISIS. 

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Two separate congressional investigations reached basically the same conclusion: Senior officials at U.S. Central Command presented a more positive depiction of the fight against ISIS in Iraq in Syria than the facts really warranted. 

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Rep. Mike Pompeo, a leader of the Republicans' investigation, said this information manipulation "may well have resulted in putting American troops at risk as policymakers relied on this intelligence when formulating policy and allocating resources for the fight." The blame was placed all the way at the very top of CENTCOM's pecking order — just without naming names. 

The other investigation led by House Democrats found CENTCOM "created an overly insular process for producing intelligence assessments" and "insufficiently accommodated dissenting views."

This basically calls into question just how much of a success the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS has been, at least when it comes to the CENTCOM version of events. But the reports also didn't find any evidence the White House or anyone in the administration ordered that any of the reports be changed. 

The Republican-led joint task force says this is just a preliminary report and the investigation is still going on. That's in addition to another investigation by the Department of Defense. 

This video includes clips from U.S. Central Command. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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