The Iraq War: An Examination of Curveball and the HUMINT Officers

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The 21st century has been marred by war and terror at the global level. Much of this chaos is a result of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September, 11 2001 in the United States. As a result of this attack, new conflicts and wars began in order to prevent such disasters again. Unfortunately, the Iraq War was started under false conditions. The intelligence source named Curveball presented some information regarding the threat that Iraq posed to the US that led much of the effort to proceed with this engagement. Much of this information was wrong or fabricated. The purpose of this essay is to examine Curveball and the HUMINT officers who dealt with this source in order to identify what went wrong in the process and discuss ways in which the system may be improved with better vetting techniques and practices. Today, Iraq still remains a very bloody, dangerous and unstable place where a normal and peaceful way of life is hard to see. The role of HUMINT officers in relation to this conflict is enormous. Silverstein (2007) wrote a very damning article suggesting failures throughout the intelligence community. The impact was summed up as follows: "the Curveball case explains the forces at play that led to worst intelligence failure in American history and it also explains how we went down a rabbit hole in Iraq. It's not the only reason we went into Iraq but when you deconstruct the intelligence, obviously with benefit of hindsight, it's clear that a

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