A retired Army Sgt. has further revealed that US military intelligence reports regarding terrorist activity in Iraq are being fundamentally manipulated and changed in order to fit with more positive public statements made by the Obama administration.
Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class William Kotel told the Washington Examiner that intelligence has been “grossly thrown to the side” by higher ups within U.S. Central Command (Centcom), dating back to the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
According to the report, Kotel claims he was forced out of CENTCOM after raising a red flag on “missing pieces” that were removed from intelligence reports.
Kotel specifically pointed to an official report he wrote which contained information regarding an Iraqi target who had overseen an operation to steal U.S. money from the Central Bank of Iraq.
Kotel claims that the intelligence was removed from his final report by senior officials.
Kotel also suggests that warnings regarding imminent terror attacks in Iraq were not acted on immediately, or communicated to military stationed there, but instead subjected to a lengthy bureaucratic process within the Pentagon, sometimes taking weeks to be processed.
The retired Sgt. also told reporters that he and his colleagues were given “implied orders” not to report facts on the ground in Iraq regarding terrorist activity. Instead, they were encouraged to substitute economic or environmental information for terror related intelligence, according to the report.
Describing the policy of discarding credible terror intelligence as “really disheartening,” Kotel said “They’ve spent more money and time trying to push down this intelligence … than they have actually spending time and effort on real security.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that up to 50 operatives working with CENTCOM, the US Military’s intelligence arm, have charged that their assessments of the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda are being altered by senior officials to paint a more rosy picture, in order to fit with the Obama administration’s claims that the US is winning the war on terror.
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One defense official even described the situation as a “cancer within the senior level of the intelligence command,” while others have described the working environment at CENTCOM as “Stalinist”.
Since the information came out, the Pentagon’s inspector general announced that an investigation is underway, with two Senate and three House committees also now investigating the matter as well.
There are concerns among representatives that whistleblowers within the military could be targeted for retaliation for speaking out on the tainted intelligence reports.
GOP Reps. Duncan Hunter and Mike Coffman, along with Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier and Mike Thompson, penned a letter last week to the Pentagon requesting reports on any instances of potential retaliation against whistleblowers.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.