America safer now that Saddam has been captured?
No, America is safer because the D.C. snipers
have been captured, as one comedic writer put
David Kay thinks the U.S. intelligence community
owes an explanation to President Bush and the
rest of the country as to why no weapons of mass
destruction have been found in Iraq.
here's four solid reasons why the Bush administration
and the "liberal" media have no excuse claiming
they were "misled."
Bush Administration Officials And The "Liberal"
Media Didn't Want To Hear The Truth
the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in
March 2003, the London Observer reported on a
"top secret" memo leak, written by a U.S. National
Security Agency official.
memo revealed that, in an attempt to end Iraqi
weapons inspections and get a war resolution passed
in the United Nations, American spooks were "mounting
a surge" of surveillance, targeting countries
on the Security Council with a special focus on
the six "undecided" countries.
surveillance intercepted diplomatic chit-chat
by tapping home and office phones, as well as
e-mails, with the hopes "the whole gamut of information(would)
give U.S. policymakers an edge in obtaining results
favorable to U.S. goals."
NSA memo also requested help from British intelligence
in the illegal surveillance operation.
as you read the words of this column, a 29-year-old
Brit named Katharine Gun is facing two years in
prison for her role in helping to bring the memo
to public light (for more information go to www.accuracy.org/gun).
Even Though He Notified Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Chairman Joseph Biden Of His Willingness
To Testify For The Pre-War Senate Hearings On
The "Iraqi Threat," Hans Von Sponeck Was Not Invited
To The Discussion Table
Sponeck is a former United Nations assistant secretary
general and the former head of the U.N. oil-for-food
program in Iraq.
Sponeck resigned his post several years ago in
protest of the sanctions, realizing that not only
was the oil-for-food program inadequate from the
beginning, its hands were tied; not by the Iraqi
government but by the "Washington consensus").
"I feel very agitated by the deliberate distortions
and misrepresentations" being made about Iraq,
Von Sponeck told me in September 2002. "You have
this attempt to portray Iraq in a way that makes
it look to the average person in the U.S. as if
Iraq is a threat to their security. I don't know
by what stretch of the imagination that claim
can be made."
worked in Iraq on the ground for several years,
and after having been to Iraq with a German TV
news crew in the weeks preceding Biden's senate
hearings, Von Sponeck visited two of the sites
that both media and government officials claimed
were likely sites for the production of chemical
and biological weapons.
of those sites is called Al Dora. It is on the
outskirts of Baghdad. That facility was disabled
by Mr. (Scott) Ritter and the other inspectors
in1996. I visited there in 1999 and it was totally
disabled. It was a shell with destroyed machinery.
two weeks ago, with a German television crew,
we saw exactly the same thing. We didn't even
Speaking Of Ritter, He Wasn't Called To Testify
years before the invasion of Iraq and one year
after Ritter, former UNSCOM chief inspector wrote
his book "Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem --Once
And For All," I interviewed him on several occasions.
And I also listened to what the other UNSCOM inspectors
had to say.
rehash. When UNSCOM realized that Iraqi officials
had been lying about its weapons program, Ritter
was the expert they called to find what Saddam
was hiding, and where, and then to destroy it.
bear personal witness through seven years as a
chief weapons inspector in Iraq for the United
Nations to both the scope of Iraq's weapons of
mass destruction programs and the effectiveness
of the U.N. weapons inspectors in ultimately eliminating
them," Ritter explained.
the time UNSCOM ended its work in 1998, it had
stripped Iraq of 90 to 95percent of its WMD. The
missing 5 to 10 percent, Ritter said, was likely
destroyed in the 1991 Gulf War, making 100 percent
quantitative compliance with the U.N. disarmament
mandate an impossible benchmark.
UNSCOM inspectors agreed, saying they were being
pushed by U.S. planners to go on wild goose chases.
lot of information we were given was provided
to us by the Americans. It was either out of date,
incorrect or it was completely false and designed
to take us down the wrong path," explained former
UNSCOM inspector Roger Hill.
inspector Chris Cobb-Smith also was convinced
the inspections had become politicized by what
he described as a U.S. effort to purposely provoke
confrontations of "access."
inspectors' suspicions, their boss back in New
York, Richard Butler, decided in 1997 to base
their work solely on U.S. intelligence sources,
which effectively gave U.S. policymakers cover
to move the disarmament goal posts by simply asserting
it had weapons "intelligenceš about some site.
resigned in frustration and since then, as he
traveled the country trying to educate the public,
the "liberal" media were paying more attention
to the neocons who were trying to discredit Ritter,
going so far as to claim he was being paid by
And My Number One Reason Why The Bush Administration
And The "Liberal" Media Should Not Be Given
A You-Were-Duped-Pass Is Because A Marginal "Out
Of The Intelligence Loop" Columnist Like Myself
Was Writing About The Lack Of WMD In Iraq Before
amazing what you can discover if you pay attention
to what our political and opinion leaders choose
Posted: February 3, 2004