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Institutional Arrogance

woodbutcherjohn Wrote: May 12, 2012 10:17 AM
It seems as though you have forgotten, don't know or are simply in denial about the fact that North NEVER lied to Congress. Here's another little fact for you to chew on: Iran-contra was nothing more than a failed witch hunt. The only conviction (North) was overturned due to judicial misconduct. He never spent a minute behind bars.

WASHINGTON -- Last week, this column described a deadly suicide attack by the Haqqani network on a secure compound outside Kabul, Afghanistan, and the failure of NATO officials to heed human intelligence that might have saved lives. I wrote, "The intel provided included information on how to precisely locate the terrorists. When I asked why the attack wasn't prevented, I was told: 'It was HUMINT. Nobody pays attention to HUMINT.'"

Shortly after the column appeared, a senior U.S. intelligence officer -- and a friend -- admonished me, "It's not just HUMINT." He described the problem as "institutional arrogance" and a failure...