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daily link  Sunday, September 28, 2003


Agency Belittles Information Given by Iraq Defectors: "An internal assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that most of the information provided by Iraqi defectors who were made available by the Iraqi National Congress was of little or no value, according to federal officials briefed on the arrangement.   In addition, several Iraqi defectors introduced to American intelligence agents by the exile organization and its leader, Ahmad Chalabi, invented or exaggerated their credentials as people with direct knowledge of the Iraqi government and its suspected unconventional weapons program, the officials said. The arrangement [was] paid for with taxpayer funds supplied to the exile group under the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.."  11:37:12 PM  permalink  

The Level of Discourse Continues to Slide: Presentations as obfuscators:  "The independent board that investigated the Columbia disaster devoted an entire page of its final report last month to Mr. Tufte's [critique of a PowerPoint briefing]. The board wrote that "it is easy to understand how a senior manager might read this PowerPoint slide and not realize that it addresses a life-threatening situation." In fact, the board said: "During its investigation, the board was surprised to receive similar presentation slides from NASA officials in place of technical reports. The board views the endemic use of PowerPoint briefing slides instead of technical papers as an illustration of the problematic methods of technical communication at NASA.""  9:39:59 AM  permalink  

 

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