Intelligence and Claims of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Powell all said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. So did Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. France and Russia never denied it. David Kay, America-s former top weapons inspector, once thought so too but has concluded that he and other intelligence experts -were all wrong- about what they were telling political leaders. Skeptics, both here and abroad, still suspect evidence was manipulated to justify war in Iraq. How could so many intelligence agencies have been so wrong about weapons of mass destruction? What was the intelligence based on? Were analysts stuck with out-dated assumptions? What kind of evidence should be required to justify pre-emptive war? We speak with journalists, former CIA intelligence officials, political scientists and the head of the Carnegie Institute's Non-Proliferation Project.
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Bennet's article on trade, today's suicide bombing in Jerusalem

David Kay's (October, 2003) testimony

The Hutton Report

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Senate Select Intelligence Committee

UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

President Bush on space exploration

Fienberg's article on how to help Hubble



Warren Olney