President Bush is reportedly considering an independent probe into intelligence
about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, which was used to justify last year's
There has been no official word from the White House, but news sources cite
congressional sources who say an announcement by Mr. Bush supporting an independent
commission is "imminent."
The Bush administration has been under increasing pressure by for an independent
probe of prewar intelligence.
Last week, the former chief U.S. weapons expert in Iraq, David Kay, said
he believed pre-war intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons was "almost all wrong."
He added that he did not believe that any stockpiles of nuclear, chemical
or biological weapons will be found there.
White House officials have been saying that an independent commission should
wait until a more wide-ranging search for banned weapons in Iraq is completed.
They also say the Central Intelligence Agency has already opened its own inquiry,
indicating that such a probe should be sufficient.
The developments come one year after Secretary of State Colin Powell told
the United Nations Security Council that U.S. intelligence on Iraq's banned
weapons were "facts" and not "assertions."