Single-Source War


The White House's only response to Drumheller's whistle-blowing has been that the Iraqi turncoat was a single source and therefore wasn't reliable. As Drumheller points out, this is a crock.

"They certainly took information that came from single sources on uranium, on the yellowcake story and on several other stories with no corroboration at all and so you can't say you only listen to one source, because on many issues they only listened to one source," says Drumheller.

"So you're saying that if there was a single source and that information from that source backed up the case they were trying to build, then that single source was ok, but if it didn't, then the single source was not ok, because he couldn't be corroborated," Bradley asked.

"Unfortunately, that's what it looks like."

Let's remember that the administration's only source on Iraq's mobile weapons labs was a defector in the hands of German intelligence —codename Curveball —whom the agency never even interviewed in person. (Read the LA Times' definitive and maddening investigation into "The Curveball Saga" here.

Let's also remember that the allegation that Iraq and al Qaeda were collaborating on chemical weapons training came from a single source: al Qaeda captive Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, whom the CIA tortured with a water board until he made up a story that he thought his American captors wanted to hear.

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