WASHINGTON - The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday said a DVD prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency showing YouTube videos of victims of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was "horrendous."
Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said she had asked the CIA to prepare a DVD for lawmakers that showed evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.
The DVD, which the senator described as "largely victims," is another tool that could be used to persuade lawmakers to give US President Barack Obama congressional approval to carry out a limited military strike against Syria.
"I saw it this morning and it was horrendous," Feinstein told reporters after members of her panel were briefed by Obama's national security team. "I have no doubt chemical weapons have been used," she said.
The DVD, which was compiled by CIA's "open source center," was about a dozen YouTube videos of some of the people who either died or were being treated as a result of the chemical weapons attack, according to a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity.