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Your AP headline on George Tenant’s speech, “No Imminent Threat in Iraq,” was nothing if not an outrageous contortion of the contents of the speech and constitutes a textbook example of how the public is often misled by a highly partisan media. Anyone who listened to the speech knows that

Tenet’s main points were: (1) Not only did the CIA tell the president, but every major intelligence agency in Europe and the Middle East concluded that Iraq had WMDs before the war; (2) the administration did not put any pressure on the CIA to doctor the intelligence reporting; (3) inspections confirmed that Iraq was conducting research and the development of both chemical and biological weapons; and (4) we need far more time to find if such weapons exist.

Contrast your AP headline with the Sacramento Bee’s headline of the same day: “Tenet: No Pressure on CIA,” and a child can see that The Union’s AP headline disregarded the substance of the speech and substituted the writer’s and Associated Press’ opinions on the war. As an op-ed piece, it was fine, and we need to debate these issues. As a news release, it was utterly misleading.



Nick Chickering

Nevada City


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