Three House Panels to Investigate Whether ISIS
Intelligence was Cooked
By Rebecca Kheel
December 12, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "The
Hill" - Three House committees will
jointly investigate allegations U.S. Central Command altered
intelligence reports, their chairmen announced Friday.
“Today, the House Armed Services Committee, the
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House
Appropriations Committee established a Joint Task Force to
investigate allegations that senior U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
officials manipulated intelligence products,” Reps. David Nunes (R-Calif.),
Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said in a
Analysts at Centcom
have alleged that senior officials altered their reports to
paint a rosier picture of the fight against the Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The Pentagon’s inspector general is already
conducting an investigation into the allegations.
Magazine Foreign Policy
reported last month that the task force would be formed.
In their statement, Nunes, Thornberry and
Frelinghuysen said the task force would look into the specific
allegations, as well as whether there are “systemic problems across
the intelligence enterprise in CENTCOM or any other pertinent
Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.)
and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) will lead the investigation.
“Any accusation of intelligence being altered to
fit a political narrative must be fully investigated and those
responsible held accountable,” Pompeo said in a written statement.
“This matters both to those who gather the intelligence, often at
great risk to their personal safety, and to the policymakers who use
this intelligence to make what are often life threatening
interview on Fox News, Thornberry said the issue was too
important to wait to investigate until after the inspector general.
“Now there's an inspector-general investigation —
we don't want to mess that up — but at the same time we're not going
to wait until they conclude,” he told Fox’s Bret Baier. “This is a
very serious matter that we have an obligation to get into.”
Democrats are participating, too, he said in the
“They are participating in the investigation,” he
said. “Their staff had been involved in the discussions we have had
with a variety of folks from Centcom and elsewhere. So again we want
to be careful and do it right, but it's important.”
The task force expects to have preliminary results
early next year, according to the chairmen’s statement.