U.S. Central Command “Modified” Data to Make ISIS Situation Look More Positive

On May 28, 2015, an analyst assigned to CENTCOM filed a formal complaint with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Inspector General (DIA IG) regarding a matter of “urgent concern” and requested that the DIA IG transmit his complaint to Congress. The DIA IG moved it up the line to the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community, who then forwarded it to the congressional intelligence committees.

The complaint alleged that senior leaders within the CENTCOM Intelligence Directorate and the joint intelligence center, (including the Director of Intelligence (James  Clapper) and other senior intelligence staff, violated regulations, tradecraft standards, and professional ethics by modifying intelligence assessments to present an unduly positive outlook on CENTCOM efforts to train the ISF and combat ISIL.

The joint task force of the House Intelligence Committee found that the whistleblower’s complaints were accurate. Intelligence reports about the U.S. war against ISIS typically provided a more positive depiction of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts than was warranted by facts on the ground and were consistently more positive than analysis produced by other elements of the Intelligence Community (full report embedded below). In other words the analysis was manipulated to make it look like the U.S. efforts against ISIS were doing better than it actually reported…

Please read the full post (which embeds the committee report) by clicking on this link to Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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