Senate Coverup Committee update: The Phase II report on the misuse of Iraq intelligence will not examine how “political appointees at the Pentagon deliberately distorted intelligence and subverted analysis by the Central Intelligence Agency to gin up support for the invasion.” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) “didn’t offer a timetable” for an investigation into “activities before the war by the office of former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith.”
The Bush administration is seeking $348 million for base construction as part of its 2006 emergency Iraq war funding bill, raising concerns over whether the bases are intended as permanent sites for U.S. forces.
Badr Corps death squads are targeting gay Iraqis, using tactics imported from Iran.
Based on data compiled by the IAEA, U.S. experts are hyping the Iran threat, warning the country could be as little as two to three years away from having nuclear weapons. One U.S. official says of the estimates, “Admittedly, those are significant assumptions.” Nuclear experts estimate Iran is ten years away from a nuclear weapon.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sen. Rick Santorum is on the one hand “trying to set himself apart from the White House” in public while also quietly embracing Bush’s financial support.