President Barack Obama’s supporters have long accused former President George W. Bush of fabricating intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
But now it’s Obama himself who is being quickly swept up into one of the largest intelligence scandals in recent history — and some of the country’s top security analysts are blowing the whistle.
They’re warning that they’re being pressured to produce intelligence — even if it’s not true — that supports the Obama Administration’s narrative that America is winning the war against ISIS and other Islamic radicals.
And those who don’t are being disciplined — and even fired.
According to a report by the Daily Beast, two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command claim the military forced them out of their jobs because of their “skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria” fighting against ISIS.
Unfortunately, these are just the latest accusations that the Obama Administration is involved in actively manipulating intelligence to make the fight against ISIS appear to be going better than it is.
Reports surfaced from whistle-blowers last year that the Obama Administration was pressuring the intelligence community. But these are the first reported firings of analysts who didn’t toe the party line.
“It’s the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war,” the Daily Beast reports.
The article goes on to say, “One of the analysts alleging reprisals is the top analyst in charge of Syria issues at CENTCOM. He and a colleague doubted rebels’ capabilities and their commitment to U.S. objectives in the region. The analysts have been effectively sidelined from their positions and will no longer be working at CENTCOM, according to two individuals familiar with the dispute, and who spoke on condition of anonymity.”