There's a big flap going on over the latest NIE (National Intelligence Estimate). It has been leaked that this report stipulates that Iraq is a growing source of the growth of terrorism. Naturally, liberals are pointing to this as proof of what is common knowledge.But what about this?:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Tuesday it may declassify an intelligence report in order to respond to Democrats who say the document shows the Iraq war has been a distraction from the war on terrorism.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said officials were "giving serious consideration" to releasing the National Intelligence Estimate on the U.S. terrorism threat to demonstrate that the section being seized on by Democrats is only one part of the overall picture.
The report, part of which was leaked to the media, has become an issue in the runup to November 7 mid-term elections when control of both houses of Congress is at stake.
Aside from the issue, I have a question. Isn't this prima facia proof that the administration uses secret classifications for political purposes? I know that would come a little shock to many, but this seems to be a pretty blatant example. This is a classified report that is being selective declassified in order to support a political agenda .... no?