Last September, it was uncovered that 50 or so intelligence analysts were having their ISIS intel reports altered by their superiors. Now some new light has been shed on the possible scandal. It seems that this “practice” has yet to stop and high-level officials may have been privy to it.
Another set of allegations, separate from the complaints from last year, indicate that the director of the National Intelligence, James Clapper, was aware of the document tampering. These complaints came directly from a series of surveys conducted at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI,) but the agency did not investigate the claims because of the existing investigation. These survey responses were included in a large report released December for the review of national intelligence officials.
These are not claims that should be taken lightly. Yet, Clapper claims to that he had no idea about these complaints or the tampering and deletion of ISIS intel documents by officials. “It is an almost sacred writ … in the intelligence profession never to politicize intelligence. I don’t engage in it. I never have, and I don’t condone it when it’s identified,” said Clapper to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Clapper is now being criticized for not doing his job to protect and uphold the intelligence agency’s reports.
With two different sets of accusations, the reason for this illegal behavior is being heavily speculated. The majority of new sources and the analysts from CENTCOM have indicated that the altering of the reports was done on the behalf of the Obama’s administration. The deletion and changing of documents was done to give the appearance that the US campaign led by the president was making progress.
If this is the case, it just proves that Obama isn’t scared to play dirty to fool the public that his ISIS campaign is “advancing.”
Editor’s note: As a former intel officer, there can be nothing worse than risking your life to get accurate intelligence, only to have politicians falsify it to justify their own agenda. The people of the CIA are of the highest integrity. Their clearances can take over a year, making sure they are above reproach. Political appointees are unfortunately not vetted so well.