Statement of the Co-Chairmen of the Commission on the
Intelligence Capabilities of the United States
Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
May 26, 2004
Today the Commission met in its offices in Arlington,
Virginia for a full day of briefings concerning Iraq's WMD
programs prior and subsequent to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Among these briefings were presentations from current and
former officials from the Iraq Survey Group - including
David Kay - and from representatives of the National Intelligence
While our first meeting is focusing primarily on Iraq,
the Commission's mandate is considerably broader. We have
been asked to evaluate comprehensively the quality of U.S.
intelligence on WMD and related 21st Century threats - whether
from state actors or transnational terrorist networks -
and to provide specific recommendations for ensuring that
the Intelligence Community is prepared to identify and warn
the United States Government about such threats in the future.
The Commission has already had productive visits with several
agencies within the Intelligence Community, and has begun
collecting and reviewing intelligence materials. The Commission
will also be examining closely the reports due to be released
soon by the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees
and the National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks Upon
the United States.
Due to the sensitive nature of our work, which concerns
highly classified matters of national security, these meetings
are not open to the public. We nonetheless intend to keep
the public informed of our work, and as we progress we welcome
public input and comment. Toward this end, the Commission
has solicited working papers from a broad array of independent
experts and research institutions, and will launch a website
containing public information about the Commission (http://www.wmd.gov)
by the end of this week.
|The Honorable Laurence H. Silberman
||The Honorable Charles S. Robb