The Washington Post has an eye-opening article on intel gathering prior to the current US war in Iraq.
The article discusses an email sent to Powell several days prior to his U.N. address stating that "all those sources are suspect or unreliable." The analyst received a dismissive response: "This war's going to happen regardless of what Curve Ball said or didn't say, and . . . the Powers That Be probably aren't terribly interested in whether Curve Ball [the code name for the source] knows what he's talking about." This doesn't jibe too well with Powell's assertion, before the U.N., that "every statement I make today is backed by sources, solid sources."
Thanks to Last Day of My Life for bringing this to our attention.