BULLETIN: U.S. INTEL MISUSED….Knight Ridder, your best source for non-bullshit coverage of U.S. intelligence activities, informs us that Abu Musab al Zarqawi didn’t visit Syria after all, despite loud reports to the contrary two weeks ago:

Three officials who said that the reports of Zarqawi’s travels were apparently bogus spoke on condition of anonymity because intelligence matters are classified and because discussing the mistaken report could embarrass the White House and trigger retaliation against them.

….One of the U.S. officials said the initial report was based on a single human source, who has since changed his story significantly. Another official said the source and his information were quickly dismissed as unreliable by intelligence officials but caught the attention of some political appointees.

Golly. Political appointees publicized unreliable intel for its PR value? I hope someone tells the president about this.