?US intelligence on Iran is inadequate?
A top member of the Congressional Intelligence Panel have said that the US does not have good intelligence on how close Tehran is to developing nuclear weapons.india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 04:59 IST
At a time when the Bush administration is pressurising Iran for its nuclear programme, a top member of the Congressional Intelligence Panel have said that the US does not have good intelligence on how close Tehran is to developing nuclear weapons.
"I'd say we really don't know. We're getting lots of mixed messages. Obviously, we're getting lots of different messages from their leadership, the stuff that they are saying in public", remarked Republican Chair of the House Permanent Select Commission on Intelligence, Peter Hoekstra.
"It all points out the fact we need to do much better in rebuilding our intelligence community, reshaping it, transforming it, making sure that we give public policy -- that we give policymakers the information that they need so that we can make better decisions", he said in the course of a Sunday Talk Show.
Pressed whether the United States really did not know what was taking place in Teheran, Hoekstra responded, "Sometimes it's better to be honest and to say there's a whole lot we don't know about Iran that I wish we did know, and we as public policymakers need to know that as we're moving forward and as decisions are being made on Iran, we don't have all of the information that we would like to have."
The Senior Democrat in the House Panel, Jane Harman seconded what Hoekstra remarked.
"We don't know. Our intelligence is thin. I don't think we have enough sources. I don't think our analysis is sharp enough", the California Democrat said.
First Published: Apr 24, 2006 04:59 IST