OT: One Side Heard From

This is bound to get some juices flowing somewhere — but the study’s web site offers up a pretty comprehensive picture: Study: Bush, other officials issued hundreds of false statements before Iraq invasionpdf

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The study concluded that the statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.”

From the study’s web page: The War Card: Orchestrated Deception On The Path To War

The massive database at the heart of this project juxtaposes what President Bush and these seven top officials were saying for public consumption against what was known, or should have been known, on a day-to-day basis. This fully searchable database includes the public statements, drawn from both primary sources (such as official transcripts) and secondary sources (chiefly major news organizations) over the two years beginning on September 11, 2001. It also interlaces relevant information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches, and interviews.

Later: Tim Grieve gives us the comments on the report from this afternoon’s White House briefing (there’s also some positioning on FISA, too).