4,364. 1/15/2003

In January 2003, an unnamed official in the CIA was told, ” ‘if [President] Bush wants to go to war, it’s your job to give him a reason to do so,’ according to the official. It was the first time the official had ever heard anyone order employees to slant their analysis for political purposes.” He continued, ” ‘This is something that the American public, if they ever heard, if they ever knew, they would be outraged.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 333-334

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