The intelligence community’s alleged intelligence fraud to benefit President Barack Obama and his national security team began earlier than originally suspected. According to Fox News Channel’s Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge on Saturday, the manipulation of the intelligence reported by several media outlets is suspected of beginning in 2012. At that time Obama was running for re-election against Republican Mitt Romney and the reports on Islamic terrorism were favorable for the incumbent Obama, according to the Republican chairman of the House intelligence Committee.
In addition, the most “transparent administration” in history has refused to reveal to Congress the number of Americans killed by Iran and its terrorist proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “Obama and Kerry are so hungry for their nuclear agreement to be signed that they don’t want the American people to know the truth: we are dealing with dishonest murderers whose treaties aren’t worth the paper they’re written on,” said former U.S. Marine intelligence operative and police counterterrorism official, Garfield J. Hemminger. “They are refusing to tell us how many fellow Americans were killed by the butchers of Tehran,” he added.
The Defense Department inspector general and congressional investigators are reviewing claims that intelligence on the Islamic State was manipulated to present a more positive picture of the U.S. strategy’s effectiveness. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, said these practices, though, extend to how intelligence on Al Qaeda was handled as well.
“I know for a fact this was going on in 2012, because I was told by informants that this was going on back then,” Nunes, head of the intelligence committee, told Herridge. “We thought this was foolish, [for the United State military] to pull all of our troops out of Iraq, because we thought, just from our own work, that this would be bad, but the [Obama] administration was able to say, ‘No, well, this is what the intelligence says.'”
The revelation of suspected fraud is believed to be the first time that so many intelligence analysts — at least 50 members of the intelligence community — have complained to the Pentagon’s “top cop,” Inspector General Jon Rymer, about the politicizing of the intelligence gathering and analysis function. In July 2012, two of the intelligence analysts filed a complaint with IG Rymer’s office, after months of internal complaints those blowing the whistle were allegedly being ignored by top echelon officials.
Obama’s spokespeople at the White House, including his press secretary fervently denied the administration pressured anyone to manipulate intelligence and even went as far as blaming members of the military. “I believe it’s a Department of Defense inspector general [who is] considering actions that may or may not have been taken by a range of officials inside the Department of Defense. I don’t think there are any accusations that have been made against the White House officials,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told members of the White House press corps.
But Nunes said the House intelligence committee is now working with the House Armed Services Committee, led by Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to present a “united front.” They also claim the investigation is producing more evidence provided by additional whistleblowers who are accepting the guarantee of full congressional protections.