…to gain his fortune and lose his soul
Looks like the going rate for lying to America and sending soldiers to die in Iraq is about $20,000 these days:
A former Energy Department intelligence chief who agreed with the White House claim that Iraq had reconstituted its defunct nuclear-arms program was awarded a total of $20,500 in bonuses during the build-up to the war, WorldNetDaily has learned.
Thomas Rider, as acting director of Energy’s intelligence office, overruled senior intelligence officers on his staff in voting for the position at a National Foreign Intelligence Board meeting at CIA headquarters last September.
His officers argued at a pre-briefing at Energy headquarters that there was no hard evidence to support the alarming Iraq nuclear charge, and asked to join State Department’s dissenting opinion, Energy officials say.
Rider ordered them to “shut up and sit down,” according to sources familiar with the meeting.
As a result, State was the intelligence community’s lone dissenter in the key National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, something the Bush administration is quick to remind critics of its prewar intelligence. So far no banned weapons have been found in Iraq to confirm its charges.
The secret 90-page report, prepared Oct. 1, was rushed to sway members of Congress ahead of a key vote on granting the White House war-making authority. It also formed the underlying evidence for the White House’s decision to go to war.
“That’s a hell of a lot of money for an intelligence director who had no experience or background in intelligence, and who’d only been running the office for nine months,” said one source who requested anonymity. “Something’s fishy.”
Rider declined to talk about the payments.
“I’m really not going to talk about my personal life,” he told WorldNetDaily.
Rider, a long-time human resources bureaucrat, served nine months as acting director of Energy’s intelligence office. He stepped down in February, the month before the war.
Energy officials say Rider rubber-stamped the administration’s conclusion that Baghdad was reactivating a nuclear weapons program over the objections of Energy’s nuclear weapons research labs and senior members of his own staff.
…and this is from right-wing World Net Daily.