Intelligence Processing in the Contras Research Paper by Master Researcher

Intelligence Processing in the Contras
An analysis of intelligence processing and exploitation in the Iran-Contra involvement.
# 35639 | 3,650 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2003 in Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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Following one portion of the intelligence cycle, this paper focuses on the misrepresentation of facts and intelligence information in the Contra involvement. The paper demonstrates how in this political game, the misuse of information is the result of a many factors. The paper explores the motivations for the Bush Administration's actions and sheds light on the strategic and political context within which it was operating.

Processing and Exploitation
Processing System

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"It is impossible to understand the motivations for the Administration's actions without first understanding the strategic and political context within which it was operating. In describing these circumstances, it is necessary to begin with the fact that the Sandinista Government in Nicaragua is a Communist regime that openly espouses the expansionist, Leninist doctrine of "revolution without borders." Because of this, and because the Sandinistas have behaved in a manner consistent with the doctrine by supporting Communist insurgencies elsewhere in Central America, Nicaragua has become a direct threat to the stability of the governments of its neighbors and to U.S. security interests.
"In 1979, in the belief that it was supporting a turn toward a more pluralistic, more democratic path in Nicaragua, the United States decided, with bipartisan support, to cut off all military aid to the corrupt predecessor dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, supported its removal, and provided $118 million in economic aid to the new regime in its first 18 months. That bipartisan support included some of us who are among the more conservative Members of these Committees."

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