4,000. 10/1/2002

"The heart of the [CIA] agency's case [in their October 1, 2002, National Intelligence Estimate] was built around four factual claims–that Iraq was trying to buy a kind of uranium ore called yellowcake in Niger; that Iraq was trying to buy thousands of aluminum tubes that could be used as rotors in a centrifuge to separate fissionable material; that magnets, high-speed balancing machines, and machine tools on the Iraqi shopping list were intended for its bomb program; and that Saddam himself was taking a personal interest in the program and in the community of scientists who were running it. In every case the Senate committee found that the evidence for these claims was thin and nonexistent, and it strongly suggested that the CIA's analysts and estimate writers consistently ignored or dismissed evidence that undermined or contradicted their central claims."

 – The Military Error, Thomas Powers, 10/1/2002

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