Pre-war National Intelligence Council documents available online
Kid Oakland sends us a request to try to let more people know that these documents are available and can be searched. Here's the link to his blog and the larger story for context: Kid Oakland's blog.
For a flavor of what Kid O sees as the importance:Washington Post writers Walter Pincus and Karen De Young detailed last Saturday that new pre-war documents released by a Senate Intelligence Panel show that the consensus view of US intelligence agencies was that a US invasion of Iraq would "be likely to spark violent sectarian divides and provide al-Qaeda with new opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan" and "'result in a surge of political Islam and increased funding for terrorist groups" in the Muslim world."
Those two documents, Principal Challenges in Post Saddam Iraq and Regional Consequences of Regime Change in Iraq, are now available online in their public, yet redacted, and in places, poorly photocopied, versions posted within a PDF published by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at their website. For a direct link to download the pdf, click here.
Again, Kid Oakland gives his full explanation of the importance and why he hopes folks in the "blogosphere" start searching and reviewing these documents on his blog k / o politics and culture.
I know how many of you just love to dig through stuff like this! heh