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Aerial view of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Langley, Virginia

Carol M. Highsmith

Analysis & Opinions - Political Violence @ a Glance

How Does Intelligence Become Politicized?

| Dec. 19, 2017

"Since the debates over whether intelligence on Iraqi WMD was manipulated in the run-up to the invasion in 2003, academic researchers have made great progress in understanding how intelligence becomes politicized. They have found that politicization can happen from the top down, when politicians pressure intelligence agencies to produce analysis supportive of their policies. Intelligence officers themselves can also manipulate information for political ends in a bottom-up process."