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Edelman: DoD IG Report on PreWar Intel "Egreg
Memo Demonstrates Pentagon Damage Control Efforts
02/15/2007 08:15 AM ET
In a newly-released memo, Eric Edelman, under secretary of defense for policy and a defender of predecessor Doug Feith, attacked the recently-released IG report on pre-war intelligence, characterizing portions of it as "egregious."

Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball reported on the Edelman memo, which they report demonstrates the clout and tactics of current and former Cheney aides, since Edelman's written protest convinced Pentagon Inspector-General Thomas Gimble to drop recommended policy changes from his report.

"In the original draft of his report, Gimble recommended that the Defense Department policy office establish new internal controls to make sure that officials there do not conduct 'intelligence activities.' He also recommended that any alternative judgments be clearly labeled as such?and that policy officials spell out precisely how they diverged from those of the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies.

But after reviewing a copy of Gimble's draft, Edelman wrote a 52-page response, dated Jan. 16, 2007, that rejected virtually everything the inspector-general had to say (except Gimble's conclusions that Feith's activities were not illegal). Edelman described the report as having 'numerous factual inaccuracies, omissions and mischaracterizations."

See here for an alternate view of Feith's assessments from Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired former USAF colonel and former member of the Pentagon unit.

For further reading, in recent days I have posted a piece quoting former CIA offical Michael Scheuer's views on the Feith assessments, and the letter fromSenators Hoyer, Reyes, and Skelton asking Robert Gates what measures he proposes be put in place to prevent the kind of flawed assessments the DoD's IG report found came from Feith's unit.

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