Stonewalling the Arms Inspectors

Senator Carl Levin, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has publicly challenged the CIA's handling of information about alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "Why did the CIA say that they had provided detailed information to the UN inspectors on all of the high and medium suspect sites with the UN, when they had not?" Levin asked. "Did the CIA act in this way in order not to undermine administration policy? Was there another explanation for this? ... It undermines the credibility of the director of intelligence to be making public statements relative to intelligence which are not factually accurate." Levin wants a Senate investigation into whether US intelligence on Iraq was "shaded or exaggerated."