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Snowe, Hagel Statement on Release of Phase II Intelligence Report

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the remaining two sections of its inquiry into the pre-Iraq War intelligence. The reports, Whether Public Statements regarding Iraq by U.S. Government Officials were Substantiated by Intelligence and The Intelligence Activities Relating to Iraq Conducted by the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group and the Office of Special Plans with the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, were both approved by the Committee by a vote of 10-5. The first phase of the Committee's investigation into the pre- Iraq War intelligence was released on July 9, 2004. Senators Hagel and Snow released the following statement:

"We endorse the critical and consequential information released today as the final chapter of our inquiry into pre-Iraq War intelligence. As we have repeatedly said, we firmly believe the process should be as transparent as possible to empower the public to arrive at their own conclusions. We expect future administrations to learn from this comprehensive review and avoid making similar mistakes. While the process by which the Committee drafted and approved the reports could have been significantly improved, their release is important, if long overdue. The end of the Phase II investigation in no way precludes the Committee from undertaking additional inquiries on this subject."

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