Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Government Cuts off Iraq Intel to Congress

One of the barometers of the relative success or failure of the occupation of Iraq are the Kroll reports -- reports issued by Kroll Security International that report the number of daily attacks by insurgents in Iraq.

However, after The Washington Post published a front-page story saying that "the Kroll reports suggest a broad and intensifying campaign of insurgent violence," a government official sent an e-mail to congressional aides stating: "This is the last Kroll report to come in. After the WPost story, they shut it down..."

I guess they didn't want people to know there were over 2,300 attacks in Iraq in just the past 30 days.

Now they're saying that they have "restricted its circulation to those contractors and grantees who continue to work in Iraq." Congressional officials can still request the reports, but they will be "restricted to those who need it for security planning in Iraq."

Which is a polite way of saying that it doesn't matter if you're a member of the House or Senate... you're probably not going to get access to inteligence as to how often US soldiers are being attacked in Iraq.

Apparently, our government thinks that Congress functions best in a state of cowed ignorance.

That said, if anyone out there in Iraq has regular access to the Kroll Reports, I'd be glad to get them in the hands of not only our politicians, but the media as well. Hell, I could even shop them around for you... so long as I get my 20% commission. ;-)

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