Deep Soup Saturday Reading

Unhappy Clapper

Unhappy Clapper

Barack Obama’s intelligence chief is said to be in frequent and unusual contact with a military intelligence officer at the center of a growing scandal over rosy portrayals of the war against the Islamic State, the Guardian has learned.

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, is said to talk nearly every day with the head of US Central Command’s intelligence wing, Army Major General Steven Grove – “which is highly, highly unusual”, according to a former intelligence official.

Grove is said to be implicated in a Pentagon inquiry into manipulated war intelligence.

In communications, Clapper, who is far more senior than Grove, is said to tell Grove how the war looks from his vantage point, and question Grove about Central Command’s assessments. Such a situation could place inherent pressure on a subordinate, sources said.

Knowledgeable former officials are doubtful that Clapper directly intends to manipulate intelligence. And they do not say that the director of national intelligence – who apologized to his Senate overseers in 2013 for publicly misleading Congress on the scope of domestic surveillance – ordered Grove or anyone else to change the command’s assessment of the war.

But one former intelligence official said Clapper “has to be careful of the Cheney effect, going over to the CIA and how does that affect people” – a reference to pressure felt by CIA analysts before the 2003 Iraq invasion to portray Saddam Hussein as posing a more dire threat than he actually did, following then Vice-President Dick Cheney’s direct interaction with far more junior analysts and officials.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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8 Responses to Deep Soup Saturday Reading

  1. º¿carol says:

    I can’t believe it. I had to google Mazda Miata to see if that was a car, or a motorcycle. I’m pretty sure I would have remembered what it was if I were 10 years younger.

    I’m no opera fan either. I don’t like country music or opera. Not overly fond of jazz either, the kind where they wander off the melody of the song and improvise. Turns into noise to me, until when winding down they find their way back to the melody. And I’ve been a musician all my life.

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  2. º¿carol says:

    My window of opportunity to mow was Thursday and I didn’t do it. Yesterday, too damp, today….drizzling off and on all morning. Plus it’s pretty cool outside. It’s 57° right now and breezy. I guess mowing will be tomorrow.

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  3. jimhitchcock says:

    Holy Moly, Rupert Murdoch has bought National Geographic??

    Proposed Real Times covers:

    Space: Are Hillary’s Emails out there?

    The Worlds Stupidest Glaciers, and how we get rid of them

    Contacting the lost Maschu Piro Tribe: Can we please make these savages put on some pants?

    The Great Wall of China: 5,000 years without a Mexican

    And…Sluts of the Rainforest: How Experts rate their tits

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  4. Den says:

    Rupert needs to be sent into space without a suit, along with Dick, Rummy and a bunch more I could list but won’t because it is a waste of time
    Hot, humid, and smoky here, not even fit to go outside, I went for beer and groceries but am staying indoors, yuk! so much for a nice weekend.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Philandering Michigan lawmakers.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Tokyo Seoul after 22 minutes on the sticks. Slight haze today.

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  7. Den says:

    Fajitas @ El Portal, yum!, off to the ArrrVeee…

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