The agency, called the (OSP), was set up by the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to second-guess CIA information and operated under the patronage of hardline conservatives in the top rungs of the administration, the Pentagon and at the White House, including Vice-President Dick Cheney.
The OSP was an open and largely unfiltered conduit to the White House not only for the Iraqi opposition. It also forged close ties to a parallel, ad hoc intelligence operation inside Ariel Sharon's office in Israel specifically to bypass Mossad and provide the Bush administration with more alarmist reports on Saddam's Iraq than Mossad was prepared to authorise.
"None of the Israelis who came were cleared into the Pentagon through normal channels," said one source familiar with the visits. Instead, they were waved in on Mr Feith's authority without having to fill in the usual forms.
The exchange of information continued a long-standing relationship Mr Feith and other Washington neo-conservatives had with Israel's Likud party.
In 1996, he and Richard Perle - now an influential Pentagon figure - served as advisers to the then Likud leader, Binyamin Netanyahu. In a policy paper they wrote, entitled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, the two advisers said that Saddam would have to be destroyed, and Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iran would have to be overthrown or destabilised, for Israel to be truly safe.
As documented by this article, it was a series of lies after lies after lies that helped push the USA into its illegal and immoral war against Iraq. Iraq was NOT a threat to the U.S., but was viewed by Israel to be an "existential" threat.
Some of these same hucksters, charlatans and Masters of Mendacity are back at it again, trying to scare the U.S. public into fighting another war for Israel, this time against Iran.
With the release of the NIE intelligence report on Iran, the neoCONs and Zionists are howling like dogs scalded by hot water, realizing that their pack of lies are being exposed.
But don't count them out just yet. These are the same group of demented beings that were behind the 9/11 attacks and they will not hestitate one minute to again attack an American city and blame it on the Iranians.
Only when this whole group of liars, thieves and mass murderers are behind bars, will the world be able to take a collective breath.
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