50 US Spies “Revolt” Exposing How Their Reports are Cooked to Manipulate the Public about ISIS

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By Jay Syrmopoulos

More than 50 U.S. military intelligence analysts operating out of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) have staged what has been called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence professionals. The revolt comes after announcing that their intelligence reports were being altered and manipulated to fit the public narrative that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS.

The analysts are assigned to U.S. CENTCOM, but are officially employed by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the intelligence branch of the Pentagon.

“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official told The Daily Beast.

The disturbing revelations came after more than 50 intelligence analysts filed formal complaints, causing the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the matter.

According to the report by The Daily Beast:

Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.

That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months. That’s according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.

The sheer number of complaints indicates a massive and systemic problem that exposes an incapability of the military to accurately assess intelligence reports, perhaps at the behest of their civilian counterparts in the White House.

The complaints claim that key aspects of intelligence assessments were removed or altered as to not accurately represent the conclusions of the analyst. Aside from the censorship and alteration of reports, the complaint also alleges a “Stalinist” working environment.

The intelligence analysts have come forward to report that they believe their intelligence reports are being intentionally manipulated by senior military officials to fit the administration’s public narrative.

According to The Daily Beast:

Many described a climate in which analysts felt they could not give a candid assessment of the situation in Iraq and Syria. Some felt it was a product of commanders protecting their career advancement by putting the best spin on the war.

Some reports crafted by the analysts that were too negative in their assessment of the war were sent back the chain of the command or not shared up the chain, several analysts said. Still others, feeling the climate around them, self-censored so their reports affirmed already-held beliefs.

While over the past few months numerous major cities have fallen into ISIS hands, including Ramadi and Fallujah, the official line from the Obama administration has steadfastly remained that everything is going smoothly.

A number of the analysts described a situation in which they were pressured by senior commanders, and attempted to air their complaints internally, before finally going to the inspector general after their efforts to rectify the situation internally failed.

The military seemed to attempt to mitigate the situation.

“While we cannot comment on ongoing investigations, we can speak to the process and about the valued contributions of the Intelligence Community (IC),” Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, director of public affairs for U.S. Central Command, told The Daily Beast.

“The IC routinely produces a wide range of subjective assessments related to the current security environment. Prior to publication, it is customary for the IC to coordinate these intelligence assessments. More specifically, members of the IC are typically provided an opportunity to comment on draft assessments. However, it is ultimately up to the primary agency or organization whether or not they incorporate any recommended changes or additions.”

The idea that America is once again cherry-picking intelligence, as it did in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, is a worrisome proposition with potentially ominous consequences.

“They were frustrated because they didn’t do the right thing then,” and speak up, referring to the failure of analysts to challenge the false intelligence reports about the disputed Iraqi weapons program in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a defense official told The Daily Beast.

An unprecedented number of intelligence analysts, who are paid to give their honest assessments of the ongoing war against ISIS, have come forward to expose senior military officials that are drastically altering their reports, perhaps Americans should take heed.

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  • GomeznSA

    3 quick questions come to mind: 1) who is doing the manipulating of the reports; 2) why (most of us have some ideas on that); 3) are they doing it primarily to fool the public or their ‘boss’? One can look back at history to see how the general staff conducted their affairs with adolf to get some ideas, mainly they were playing CYA.

    • SovereignPatriot88

      This is the type of behavior that usually does them in. It is continually reported that they are succeeding when in fact they are failing. Perhaps they do it because they are afraid of their boss, president or whatever. And because they think that they are winning, they do not take the necessary measures against their enemies. In movies, this usually happens before the bad guy does any real damage. In reality it usually happens after.

  • mirageseekr

    ““They were frustrated because they didn’t do the right thing then,” and speak up,”

    So we couldn’t trust them then, but we should now? This will be the line of crap they use to justify boots on the ground and more endless war just wait and see. Big brother has to “protect” us from the boogeyman they created. Don’t believe it folks.

    • Vows of Vengeance

      Yes, big bad ISIS are taking over the WORLD! Now turn in all weapons so the government can protect you. Go to the nearest Camp (walmarts) and take a shot so you don’t get sick while staying (spread a new virus) and let the UN make up laws for you. Russians and Chinese are here to help. Only the governments can help you.

      • ZephyrLux

        LOL, Uhhu….

    • RedTickAlert

      I actually think the scenario is slightly different. Firstly the US led whatever created ISIS and AQ – FACT then they funded then and supplied them and so on FACT, thinking that they could control the.
      I reckon they have opened Pandora’s box and these nut jobs are out of control now.
      Let us just assume that only 5% of the ISIS deaths caused by the air sorties, we read about are true – that would infuriate the other 95% wouldn’t it ?.

      To a certain extent it is the same with the Kurds. A so called US ally that is being used for its area of high oil production and then Turkey – a NATO member – goes and bombs the fock out of them – add to that the new military and energy agreements they have made with China and Russia …….!!!
      I reckon and I hope actually, that the arrogance of American foreign policy has backfired – if you notice, Saudi, Turkey and Russia saw their mistake early on and whoosh the panic button has now been pressed.
      Suddenly after all this time, we have the NATO forces, Australia and others all promising a bigger push on ISIS – why because they know the worm has turned.
      Just my view

  • Razedbywolvs

    “in 2003 it was reported that Zarqawi was killed in a bombing raid in Iraq, but in 2004 it was also reported that he was arrested in Fallujah so apparently miraculously resurrected from the dead and then arrested. Then in 2005, without reports in the meantime indicating how or when or why he was released from – or escaped from – custody in Fallujah, or how he was never arrested in Fallujah in the first place he was arrested again in Baquba. Then later in 2005 he was reported as being evacuated from Iraq altogether. By whom and to where I’m not exactly certain, but at any rate he was evacuated from Iraq, supposedly, but then in 2005 he was reported as being killed in fighting in Iraq once again and then in 2006 he was killed in fighting once again! Presumably for the last time this time.”
    No wonder there doing better than we thought. Allah keeps resurrecting there fighters from the dead. It is apparent that the US needs to invest heavily in Necromancers and Wizards to fight the zombie ISIS horde.
    Wizards are easy to train but Necromancers are very difficult. This is going to take a lot of tax dollars.

    • ZephyrLux

      What a garbage ‘report.’

      ” Then in 2005, without reports in the meantime indicating how or when or why he was released from – or escaped from – custody in Fallujah”

      Why/how he escaped is literally in the first sentence of the article he just linked to. What a moron.

      • RedTickAlert

        I think and hope he is being sarcastic and having a laugh, hence “the US needs to invest heavily in Necromancers and Wizards to fight the zombie ISIS horde.” – hope so anyway

      • Razedbywolvs

        Can you copy and paste the first sentience of that article please.
        I am getting “As bombs start dropping in Syria and Iraq, the world is once again being asked to cower in fear of a shadowy terror group that most people hadn’t heard of just a few months ago.”

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  • cmb

    Saw this with senior military just a few years ago and not just in this arena

    • ZephyrLux

      CYA is a time honored tradition the world over!

  • Infidel51

    I see 50 people who will shortly be unemployed or blackmailed into submission or perhaps framed for petty crimes as well.

    • RedTickAlert

      Maybe they are sent abroad – travelling on a Malaysian aircraft for a team bonding session

      • Infidel51

        I am sure several will jump off of buildings too.

  • Ken, Megapolis

    Suppose you had a team of analysts who are keeping a close watch on Wall Street and making their usual reports. Then their Superiors find the data not fitting with their own preconceived market sentiments. You don’t need me to tell you how hopeless advice then gets given to honest investors who stand to lose millions through no fault of their own now do you?
    War and Wall Street both need ACCURATE information to go on.
    Failure to comply with what is really happening is a place I refuse to dwell.
    Yet strangely praying for Wall Street and War Efforts not myself. . .

  • elfmom55

    ISIS is CIA/Mossad. They had to replace the Al-Qaida boogyman.

  • ccambridge

    Madrasa educated Obama waters down the truth because he does indeed support a global caliphate and ISIS and the elimination of the Judeo Christian western world and culture. By stating there is no fire, it makes his agenda much easier.

  • chinaeggman

    Reminds me of the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ propaganda. Who believes them anyway? We regularly get fed propaganda, not news. Wake up!