Under Pressure

Sometimes it’s useful to read things for yourself. You know that media accounts of the SSCI report say it exonerates the Bush administration of allegations that they pressured analysts. As I’ve emphasized before, this conclusion is at odds with a very large number of press accounts, so I’d be interested to know what the evidence is for the conclusion that all these reporters got things wrong. Turn to page 284 and you’ll see that the case is airtight:

Conclusion 83. The Committee did not find any evidence that administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or presssure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities.

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Conclusion 84. The Committee found no evidence that the Vice President’s visits to the Central Intelligence Agency were attempts to pressure analysts, were perceived as intended to pressure analysts by those who participated in the briefings on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs, or did pressure analysts to change their assessments.

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[End of pressure discussion]

That’s good enough for me!