5,459. 10/28/2003

According to an October 28, 2003, Financial Times article: “In congressional testimony [on October 24, 2003], former CIA Counterterrorism chief Vince Cannistraro said that in the weeks and months leading up to the war in Iraq, the White House had exerted unprecedented pressure on the CIA and other intelligence agencies to come up with evidence linking Iraq to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Pressure was also placed on analysts, he said, to show that Baghdad was trying to build a nuclear bomb. ‘They were looking for those selective pieces of intelligence that would support the policy,’ Cannistraro said.”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 335-336

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