|Allison Hantschel is a blogger and author who posts to the site First Draft. She has a new book called Special Plans: The Blogs & the Faulty Intelligence That Led To War. The book traces the story of Douglas Feith, a key figure in President Bush’s Defense Department in the run-up to the Iraq War. He ran the Office of Special Plans, which was created to collect intelligence on the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.”What Douglas Feith was doing was taking reports from Iraqi defectors who were questionable,” she says. “For example, we were fed a bunch of lines about mobile biological weapons laboratories that were terribly dangerous and could strike us from anywhere. And the main source for that allegation turned out to be an alcoholic cousin to an aid to Ahmed Chalabi.” She adds that Chalabi later turned out to be also shown as less than reliable.
Hantschel is a guest on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now with Coy Barefoot.