3,740. 8/15/2002

“Between October and December 2001, [Defense Department official Mike] Maloof and [neoconservative scholar David] Wurmser, who called themselves ‘Team B,’ combed through a decade of CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) files looking to find hitherto-overlooked connections, particularly between Saddam’s regime and al-Qaeda. …Once they had completed their analysis, Maloof and Wurmser presented their findings to [Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas] Feith. Maloof says Feith ‘expressed amazement at what we found. Team B concluded that there was ‘consultation, training, financing and collaboration’ between al-Qaeda and Iraq. …On August 15, 2002, Feith presented Team B’s conclusions at CIA headquarters. By then two new researchers were at work for him: DIA analysts Tina Shelton and Chris Carney. Shelton gave the presentation, arguing that Iraq’s alliance with al-Qaeda was an ‘open and shut case’ and that they had a ‘mature, symbiotic relationship.’ CIA director [George] Tenet remembers that he listened politely to this briefing for a few minutes, thinking this is ‘complete crap,’ and quickly found a way to excuse himself. At the CIA, the Team B approach came to be known as ‘Feith-based analysis.’

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Pages 138-139

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