Senate Democrats

Reid Statement on Release of WMD Commission Report

Senator Reid issued the following statement today upon the release of the unclassified report of the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction:

“The President’s WMD Commission report is notable for the ground it covers and the ground it does not.

While the report issued today appears to be a serious review of the deficiencies of U.S. intelligence agencies, it apparently fails to review an equally important aspect of our national security policymaking process — how policymakers use the intelligence they are provided. I believe it is essential that we hold both the intelligence agencies and senior policymakers accountable for their actions.

Last year, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee committed to investigate whether Bush Administration officials misused intelligence. The failure of the report issued today to examine this important issue only serves to increase the need for the chairman to keep that commitment.”