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Friday, February 6

Iraq intelligence panel includes experts, lawmakers


WASHINGTON - President Bush appointed seven of the nine members of an independent commission charged with investigating whether faulty intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs led the United States to war.

The members:

- Co-chaiman Chuck Robb. Former Democratic senator from Virginia and two-term governor. Served on Armed Services and intelligence committees. Lost 2000 election to Republican George Allen. Was awarded Bronze Star for service as a Marine in Vietnam. Son-in-law of President Lyndon Johnson.

- Co-chairman: Laurence Silberman. Republican retired judge who served on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1985 until last year. Served in Nixon and Ford administrations and as ambassador to Yugoslavia in Carter administration.

- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Serves on Armed Services Committee and chairs commerce committee. Challenged Bush for Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Shot down in Vietnam and held as prisoner of war in Hanoi for five years.

- Lloyd Cutler. Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel to Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Served on several commissions on military strategy and advised former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Carter on arms control treaties.

- Richard Levin. President of Yale University since 1993. Former economics department chairman. Served on presidential commission on U.S. Postal Service reform and on Major League Baseball's expert panel on economics of the sport. Studied at Oxford University while Clinton was in attendance.- William Studeman. Former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and retired Navy admiral. Was acting CIA director in 1995. Served as director of Navy intelligence and as director of National Security Agency in 1980s and 1990s. Appointed to CIA post by President George Bush.

- Patricia Wald. Former U.S. appellate court judge, appointed by Carter. Named chief judge for the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Resigned from federal bench in 1999 to become judge for International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Retired from Yugoslavia panel in 2001.