I didn’t know Matthew Aid, a leading scholar of the National Security Agency who passed away this week, but I learned a lot from his book The Secret Sentry. For anyone who wants to know how NSA really works, his book is a good place to start. Easier yet, take a look at this document collection that Aid put together for the non-profit National Security Archive.
The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was far from the first time when U.S. government officials, including senior military commanders and the White House, “cherry picked” intelligence information to fit preconceived notions or policies and ignored intelligence which ran contrary to their expectations. The Secret Sentry and the documents posted today show that widespread manipulation of intelligence also occurred during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Source: The Secret Sentry Declassified