Logan wrote about this yesterday, but I wanted to chime in with some crucial context and background. As Colin Powell's right-hand-man during Bush
May 11, 2007

tsr-wilkerson-impeachment.jpg Logan wrote about this yesterday, but I wanted to chime in with some crucial context and background. As Colin Powell's right-hand-man during Bush's first term, Colonel Wilkerson is in a position to know intimate details of the "high crimes" he speaks of. This should be front page news around the country. Why it's not eludes me.

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Now some background: Wilkerson testified before the Democratic Policy Committee -- the only Congressional body that conducted Executive oversight before the November takeover -- back in June 2006, and revealed some startling information about how the administration "cooked the books on intelligence" vis a vis the Office of Special Plans.

In October 2005, Wilkerson delivered a scathing 90 minute speech before the New America Foundation that detailed how the manipulation worked. (VIDEO) In February 2006, he conducted an interview with PBS's NOW and expounded even further on the OSP and how a secret cabal hijacked the intelligence process and sold us a bogus war.

In my opinion, this secretive body is at the very heart of the scandal that is the Iraq War; that's where Doug Feith and the other DoD neocons manipulated intelligence "produced alternative intelligence assessments." The whole story about how we were misled into war has never adequately been told. If the OSP is thoroughly investigated as Wilkerson is pushing for, the flood gates will open and expose all the lies and manipulation. This should be priority #1 for Democratic oversight.

For another example of just how badly the intelligence was manipulated, see this "60 Minutes" clip from last year where European CIA Chief Tyler Drumheller recounts how top Iraqi officials were telling the CIA that Saddam had no WMD, and how this crucial source was entirely ignored by the Bush administration.

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