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Proof the administration manipulated intelligence?

There's a phrase that I've repeatedly used in recent days as I've heard the administration profusely denying this and that, from allegations of torture and abuse of detainees to an ever-increasing outcry that the administration misrepresented the intelligence and misled us into war. "Methinks thou dost protest too much." The White House (with all of its minions of misinformation) has launched an all out offensive against war critics and Democrats, who dare to question the administration's (mis)representations of the intelligence in the run-up to the war. They've attacked their opponents in the most ironic of ways, calling the allegations of dishonesty by the administration as dishonest — the pot calling the kettle black. The president, the vice president, the White House communications director, the White House press secretary, et al., all denying the allegations by not really denying them at all, but rather trying to cast the focus (and blame) on the critics. Their defense? "We all saw the same intelligence and we all reached the same conclusion." But did Congress really see the same intelligence or was it presented in a manipulated way? Think Progress has this interesting bit of information:
From “Saddam Hussein’s Development of Weapons of Mass Destruction” [White House website]:

In 2001, an Iraqi defector, Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri, said he had visited twenty secret facilities for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. … Mr. Saeed said Iraq used companies to purchase equipment with the blessing of the United Nations -- and then secretly used the equipment for their weapons programs.

None of al-Haideri’s claims were true. Today’s Rolling Stone reveals that the administration’s use of al-Haideri’s lies to justify the Iraq war were “the product of a clandestine operation…that had been set up and funded by the CIA and the Pentagon for the express purpose of selling a war.”

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Who's rewriting history? The same people who manufactured the original fiction.

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