The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is accused of manipulated the intelligence reports about ISIS in Iraq and Syria to make U.S. efforts seem more fruitful.
The accusations have been made in a “hard-hitting government task force report” released today, according to CBS News.
The report claims reports issued by CENTCOM were contradictory to the initial internal assessments made by its analysts.
The U.S. Central Command, located at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, has an area of responsibility that spans 4 million square miles across twenty nations, including two combat operations -Operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support.
“The facts on the ground didn’t match what the intelligence was saying out of the United States Central Command,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the task force.
“There’s enormous evidence about how this information from talented career professionals inside the analytic arm at CENTCOM did their job and accurately depicted what was going on on the ground, but when it got to very senior levels, that information was changed,” Pompeo said.
The task force was initiated after a whistle blower complaint -under investigation by the DoD inspector general- was made by a senior analyst at CENTCOM.
The task force found that even CENTCOM’s public statements were far more positive that what was actually occurring on the ground.
The report claims to absolve the White House of any wrong doing, stating the manipulation was isolated to CENTCOM.
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