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Judge Laurence Silberman, who investigated the CIA’s mis-assessment of Saddam Hussein’s weapons capabilities, remarked in a May 4, 2005, report titled ‘U.S. Intelligence Reform and the WMD Commission Report:’ ” ‘It would have been eminently justifiable to have told the President [Bush] and the Congress that it was likely that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction based on his past use, insufficient indications of destruction, and his deceptive behavior.’ But the CIA had made ‘a grave, grave mistake in concluding that there was a ninety percent degree of certainty that he had weapons of mass destruction. And it was a grave mistake not based on hindsight,’ he said. ‘The evidence was completely frail, some quite faulty, and their tradecraft wasn’t good. Moreover, there was such an abysmal lack of internal communication within the intelligence community that often the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing.’ ”

 – Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Page 572

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