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02/01/04 - Washington

Kay: Problems with Prewar Intelligence Undermine Pre-emption Policy

The former chief U.S. weapons inspector says flawed intelligence undermines the Bush administration's policy of striking first if U.S. interests are threatened.

David Kay says you can't have a policy of pre-emption if you can't rely on good, accurate intelligence.

He told "Fox News Sunday" that the public will be dubious of other claims by the government until it's clear what went wrong with pre-war intelligence about Iraq's weapons.

On the same show, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said the president, Congress and the intelligence community should admit that mistakes on intelligence were made. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller says until that happens, "we will not go about fixing it to make sure it doesn't happen again."

A top Republican on the committee, Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, says the administration is considering supporting a new independent commission to investigate the intelligence used.

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