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According to CNN, "An angry President Bush Tuesday said he would declassify an intelligence document that reportedly finds that the Iraq war increased the terrorist threat to the United States, saying the American people should come to their own conclusions."

Remember though what happened back in 2002.

When the president was called on to release the Iraq WMD NIE, they had all the information casting doubts on Iraqi WMD removed from the public document.

And, also, what about the other NIE we now learn they're sitting on? The one just on Iraq. Let's see that one too. In time for the election.

Okay, it sounds like that Iraq/Terrorism NIE isn't the only one out there.

We've been making calls all morning. And it turns there's another NIE the White House is apparently sitting on. This one's entirely on the situation in Iraq. And the word we keep hearing to describe the findings are "bleak."

We'll have a full write up shortly at TPMmuckraker.

The Allen campaign is trying to respond to Larry Sabato's charges last night. (Sabato went to college with Allen and says Allen isn't telling the truth when he says he never used the N-word in college.) But not with a response from Allen himself. Allen's campaign strategist Chris LaCivita tells the AP: "Larry is obviously relying on words he heard from someone else. We believe it's completely inaccurate."

Unless something has changed in the last day or so, Allen's running for senate. So I doubt he can himself avoid getting asked about Sabato.

When he does, in print or on video, let us know.

Is he welcome at the party? Sen. Roberts (R-KS), chairman of the senate intel committee, says release the Iraq/Terrorism NIE.

Another witness comes forward about George Allen's apparently habitual use of the N-word. This guy talked to the Times.

(ed.note: As it happens, this actually isn't the new revelation I referred to earlier. That one's still coming.)

Late Update: Okay, that wasn't the report I was referring to. But the report I got wind of turns out to be about the same new witness. This one's at TNR.

Is this the straw that broke Macaca's back?

As you've probably heard, Larry Sabato, establishment political analyst and election forecaster, was on Hardball tonight. And he said whether Sen. Allen's denies it today or not, Allen did use the N-word in college. Here's a short video of the exchange in question. (Both men graduated from UVA in 1974.)

You'll remember that just this morning, Allen pointedly denied reports in Salon that he was a regular user of the racial epithet in college.

Late Update: You can see the full segment here from MSNBC. See it all, Sabato says a lot more, none of it good for Allen.

Major General Batiste says the same thing ...

The conduct of the Iraq war fueled Islamic fundamentalism across the globe and created more enemies for the United States, a retired U.S. Army general who served in the conflict said on Monday.

The views of retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste buttressed an assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies, which intelligence officials said concluded the war had inspired Islamist extremists and made the militant movement more dangerous.

The Iraq conflict, which began in March 2003, made "America arguably less safe now than it was on September 11, 2001," Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005, told a hearing on the war called by U.S. Senate Democrats.


The people on the inside apparently think the same thing. The president just won't let them speak.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) says yes, release it ...

U.S. Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) today responded to news reports about the April 2006 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). Representing the consensus judgment of the United States’ intelligence community, the report concluded that the War in Iraq had increased the threat of terrorism.

"Our intelligence agencies acknowledge what President Bush and Republicans in Congress deny,” said Stark. “The Republican response to 9/11 has made us less secure. The War in Iraq is increasing the likelihood of an attack on American soil. If the White House disagrees, it should review the National Intelligence Estimate and make public either a complete or a redacted version of the report."

"Shortly after the war began, the administration eagerly declassified parts of a prior intelligence estimate on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” continued Stark. “Why do Republicans refuse to do so now? Might silence indicate complicity?"


Have you called your member of Congress? Which side are they on?

Uh boy. I hear there's more about to pop on ye olde George Allen N-word front. Apparently, in the next hour or so.

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