The House Armed Services Committee, Permanent Select Committee, and Appropriations Committee have agreed to establish a Joint Task Force today, which is to conduct a full investigation into allegations that Central Command (Centcom) deliberately doctored intelligence on the ISIS war before sending it to lawmakers, so as to paint a rosier picture of how the war is going.
The allegations became public back in August, and at the time the Pentagon Inspectors General, which is conducting their own investigation, informed both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees that there were credible claims the ISIS reports they’d received were “deliberately skewed.”
Since then, the Pentagon’s investigation has grown significantly, and they’ve seized Centcom emails related to the allegations. Armed Services chair Mac Thornberry (R – TX) says the allegations are growing too important for Congress to simply sit back and wait for the Pentagon’s inquiry without conducting their own.
The chairmen of the three committees say they expect the task force to have its preliminary results some time early next year. The Pentagon Inspectors General have not offered a similar timetable on when updates will be coming.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria - November 18th, 2018
- Clashes Between Pro-Turkish Rebel Factions Kill 25 in Syria's Afrin - November 18th, 2018
- Top White House Advocate of Severe Sanctions Against Saudis Resigns - November 18th, 2018
- Trump Says CIA Assessment of Khashoggi Murder 'Premature' - November 18th, 2018
- Pro-Saudi Forces Launch New Offensive Against Houthis in NW Yemen - November 18th, 2018