McCain: Senate Could Hold Hearing on Reports of 'Cooked' ISIS Intel
A new report claims that intelligence assessments on ISIS were watered down by senior Pentagon officials so that they would fit with the White House's positive narrative about the fight against the terror army.
The Daily Beast report, entitled "Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked," states:
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.
The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.
“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on "America's Newsroom" that the Obama administration has either been getting bad intelligence or "they're cooking it."
"We see not only out of CENTCOM but also out the administration, statement after statement about how well we're doing. Remember when [they said] we were about to retake Ramadi a couple of months ago? The fact is that it's not true. They either got bad intelligence or they're cooking the intelligence. One of the two," said McCain.
McCain said there's "no doubt" the Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, will have a hearing on the matter if these whistleblowers come forward.
Right now, he said the committee is looking into the allegations.
McCain went on to slam the administration's foreign policy for bringing about the worsening refugee crisis in Europe.
Watch the full interview above.