Intel commission recommends action

April 2, 2005 at 6:59 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- President Bush's commission on intelligence has said the director of national intelligence should take action against those responsible for pre-war failures.

Co-chairmen Charles Robb and Laurence Silberman said incoming director John Negroponte should seek action against the agencies and individuals that failed to accurately assess Iraq's weapons programs, the Washington Post reported.

"Wrong calls and failures to correct the record we believe were so serious that the DNI ought to look at those institutions and decide specific remedies," said Robb, a former democratic senator from Virginia, during a joint interview with Silberman, a retired appellate court judge.

Silberman said if any actions are taken, "we would hope it would be by the CIA first," and then "the DNI would look at them all."

The commission's report, released Thursday, detailed how U.S. intelligence agencies were "dead wrong" in their belief that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. The nine-member panel, appointed by Bush last year to review the nation's intelligence system, concluded that grave shortcomings in those agencies persist and threaten the nation's ability to protect itself.

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