Inquiry Into Possible Distortion of ISIS Analysis

This must be embarrassing:

The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.

The investigation began after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State — were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama, the government officials said.

Fuller details of the claims were not available, including when the assessments were said to have been altered and who at Central Command, or Centcom, the analyst said was responsible. The officials, speaking only on the condition of anonymity about classified matters, said that the recently opened investigation focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence assessments during a review process and then passed them on.

The prospect of skewed intelligence raises new questions about the direction of the government’s war with the Islamic State, and could help explain why pronouncements about the progress of the campaign have varied widely.

  • The Butterfly

    Obama lied, people died.

  • tom_billesley

    Politicians are adept at exerting pressure on advisors to give only the advice that they want to hear and that supports their narrative..

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The alteration here is to say that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam.

  • luna

    I hope the journalists get to the bottom of this. Accurate, timely and unbiased intelligence is vital for good policy making.

    • Minicapt

      It’s the NYTimes; good luck.


  • Everyone Else

    putting the cart before the horse

    POTUS wanted ineffective bombing campaign, and so he needed wrong intelligence to justify it.