12/14/2005

Media is a Plural - Rory O'Connor's Blog � Able Danger and Unaccountability

Great piece, check it out. -- law

Money quote:

“How do you account for the intelligence failures…in Iraq?” Wolfowitz was asked.

“Well,” he said after a long pause, “I don’t have to.”

To [Dana] Milbank, the pass-the-buck, laissez-faire attitude exhibited by Wolfowitz “was an unexpected response from a man who, as the Pentagon’s No. 2, sat atop 80 percent of the nation’s intelligence budget and an intelligence agency that made particularly aggressive claims about Iraq’s weapons.


A December 8 Washington Post article by Dana Milbank, “Intelligence Design and the Architecture of War,” described a question-and-answer session that followed a recent National Press Club speech by former deputy defense secretary (now World Bank president) Paul Wolfowitz.

“How do you account for the intelligence failures…in Iraq?” Wolfowitz was asked.

“Well,” he said after a long pause, “I don’t have to.”

Precisely. That very lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Pentagon continues to be one of the biggest reasons why the world’s only superpower is losing the war on terror.

Accountability for intelligence failures, Wolfowitz explained, just wasn’t his problem. “And it’s not just because I don’t work for the U.S. government anymore,” he said. “In my old job I didn’t have to. I was like everyone else outside the intelligence community… We relied on the intelligence community for those judgments, so the question is, in a way, how do they account for it?”

To Milbank, the pass-the-buck, laissez-faire attitude exhibited by Wolfowitz “was an unexpected response from a man who, as the Pentagon’s No. 2, sat atop 80 percent of the nation’s intelligence budget and an intelligence agency that made particularly aggressive claims about Iraq’s weapons.”

But after months of chasing the Pentagon for answers about, and accountability for, intelligence failures relative to the Able Danger data mining operation – which purportedly identified four 9/11 hijackers a year before the worst terror attacks ever on US soil – the Wolfowitz “What Me Worry?” response was exactly what I expected....

Media is a Plural - Rory O'Connor's Blog � Able Danger and Unaccountability

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