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  • Egypt Found to Have Developed Chemical Weapons For Iraq

    03/15/2005 7:27:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 685+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 15, '05 | staff
    As Israel considers allowing Egypt to control the critical Philadelphi corridor along Israel’s border, startling revelations about Egyptian chemical weapons proliferation are coming to light. Egypt secretly helped former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his chemical weapons program, according to a CIA report. The report, authored by the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group, says that Egypt sent specialists to Iraq in the 1980s to help him manufacture poison gas. Iraq later used the gas against Iranian citizens as well as Iraqi Kurds. The report says that the Iraqi government paid Egypt $12 million, "in return for assistance with production and storage...
  • The 550 Tons of Yellowcake

    07/08/2008 10:35:21 AM PDT · by pissant · 24 replies · 613+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 7/8/08 | Randall Hoven
    For years, the media and Democrats have sold the public an understanding that Gerorge W. Bush fabricated a story that Saddam Hussein had a WMD program in order to justify invading Iraq, which invasion then becomes "based on a lie." About 550 metric tons of yellowcake concentrated uranium were recently shipped out of Iraq. It had been part of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. That much was recently reported by the Associated Press . I wrote an article for American Thinker that commented on that story the day it appeared. That yellowcake stockpile pre-dated 1991, and had been under the UN's...
  • Media Ignore Saddam's Uranium Bombshell

    02/20/2006 6:15:06 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 27 replies · 1,957+ views
    News Max ^ | Feb. 20, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Tape recordings released over the weekend show that Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons program at least as recently as 2000 - but the press has decided the bombshell development isn't newsworthy. Speaking at the Intelligence Group Summit in Arlington, Va., Saddam tapes translator Bill Tierney revealed that in one recorded conversation, the Iraqi dictator can be heard discussing a plan to enrich uranium using a technique known as plasma separation. Though U.S. weapons inspectors found that 1.8 tons of Saddam's 500 ton uranium stockpile had been partially enriched, they failed to turn up any evidence of an ongoing...

    02/05/2006 9:13:22 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Rightwing Nuthouse ^ | January 26, 2006 | Staff
    For almost three years, the conventional wisdom regarding Iraq WMD’s prior to our invasion was that Saddam never had them, we knew it, Bush lied, and we invaded anyway because we wanted their oil, or to establish military bases, or because George Bush is a meany, or because the Jews told us to, or…just because America is eeeevil and we like to throw our weight around just to remind the Europeans of that fact every once and while. I pretty much accepted this CW - well, not all that other stuff but certainly the analysis that Saddam did not have...
  • Saddam's WMD Moved to Syria, An Israeli Says

    12/15/2005 5:14:36 AM PST · by mal · 75 replies · 2,589+ views
    Saddam Hussein moved his chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started, Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom says. The assertion comes as President Bush said yesterday that much of the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was incorrect. The Israeli officer, Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, asserted that Saddam spirited his chemical weapons out of the country on the eve of the war. "He transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria," General Yaalon told The New York Sun over dinner in New York on Tuesday night. "No one went to Syria to find it."
  • U.N. Procurement Scandal: Ties to Saddam and Al Qaeda

    10/22/2005 12:55:43 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 86 replies · 2,621+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — The scandal engulfing the United Nations Procurement Department () now appears to be bottomless. It also shows signs of growing more sinister, especially where it involves a mysterious private company called IHC Services (), which did big business with the procurement department until it was removed from U.N. rosters in June. New details of how dark the scandal could prove to be have emerged from the private sale of IHC on June 3, 2005, just as the procurement scandal was about to break. It now appears that while doing business with the U.N., IHC had links both to Saddam...
  • WSJ: Multilateralism a la Francaise - Saddam sure liked doing business with the French.

    10/14/2005 5:52:05 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2005 | Editorial
    In reviewing the career of French diplomat Jean-Bernard Mérimée, two key moments stand out. In June 1995, Mr. Mérimée, then France's ambassador to the U.N., announced he was largely satisfied with the progress Iraq had made on disarmament and wanted sanctions lifted sooner rather than later. And this week, a French investigative magistrate brought Mr. Mérimée in for questioning on an allegation that he took a bribe from Saddam in the form of 11 million barrels of oil. So now we know what French officialdom means by the word "multilateralism": One part involves speechifying about the need for international "consensus"...
  • U.N. Mystery Man: Who Is Jean-Bernard Merimee and What's His Oil-for-Food Tie?

    07/29/2005 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 5 replies · 1,118+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2005 | Claudia Rosett
    NEW YORK — As investigations proliferate into the United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal, one of the more intriguing mysteries involves a former French diplomat with a direct link to the U.N.’s executive suite: Jean-Bernard Merimee (search). The 68-year-old Merimee, one of several individuals now under investigation in France for alleged involvement in Saddam Hussein’s Oil-for-Food scams, is well known for his role in the early 1990s as French ambassador to the United Nations. What investigators have not so far highlighted is that during the period Merimee is alleged to have come into commercial contact with Saddam’s regime, starting in December 2001,...
  • What Charles Duelfer Missed

    06/21/2005 6:03:57 AM PDT · by Quilla · 10 replies · 3,176+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 21, 2005 | Christopher S. Carson
    It pains me to be hard on Charles Duelfer. A smart and dedicated civil servant with vast experience in Iraq, he at least had an understandable reason for wrapping up his investigation into Iraq’s WMD programs: Osama bin Laden’s man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was trying to blow him up. Dr. Duelfer told London’s Independent in April of this year that a car bomb set by Zarqawi’s men “tried to get me and my follow car. Two of my guards were killed and one was badly wounded. My hearing's not been right since." This was the unofficial reason that...
  • Inspector: Saddam Created WMD 'Ambiguity'

    05/24/2005 7:20:30 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 16 replies · 857+ views
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Saddam Hussein may have "created a certain ambiguity" about his weapons capabilities before the second Gulf War for two reasons: pride and the threat of Iran, the former top U.S. arms hunter said Tuesday. Charles Duelfer told the Council on Foreign Relations that it was easy for the U.S. government to misinterpret Saddam's actions, but the former dictator didn't necessarily have only Washington in mind when he shut U.N. inspectors out of weapons sites after 1998. That left the world to wonder whether he was rebuilding his banned weapons programs. "There was a greater concern than...
  • Senate points to Russian officials in Iraq scam

    05/15/2005 11:34:47 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 87 replies · 1,725+ views
    Saddam Hussein's government provided senior Russian officials with oil rights worth millions of dollars under the oil-for-food program in an effort to lift U.N. sanctions against Iraq, according to a U.S. Senate Committee report released on Monday. The oil allocations were "compensation for support," Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The report, based on documents as well as interviews with Ramadan and Tareq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister, pointed to Alexander Voloshin, former chief of staff to President Vladimir Putin in the Russian Presidential Council, and ultranationalist parliamentarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Both men had...
  • Zarqawi Targeted Weapons Searcher Duelfer

    04/30/2005 3:49:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 878+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/30/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Terrorists dispatched by al-Qaida ringleader Abu Musab al Zarqawi attacked Iraq Survey Group chief Charles Duelfer and killed two of his bodyguards, Duelfer tells U.K.'s Independent newspaper. "A car bomb tried to get me and my follow car," Duelfer revealed Thursday. "Two of my guards were killed and one was badly wounded." "My hearing's not been right since," the top weapons searcher added. In an addendum to his report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that was released this week, Duelfer notes: "The Iraq Survey Group lost two more brave individuals in a suicide car bomb attack. SFC Clinton Wisdom...
  • Misreporting the Duelfer report, again

    04/28/2005 11:16:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 718+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2005 | Masthead Editorial
    The Washington Misreporting the Duelfer report, againPublished April 28, 2005 The mainstream media is playing another misbegotten round of "gotcha" with President Bush on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. This week, the CIA issued a follow-up to its October 2004 Iraqi Survey Group report, saying its investigations into possible WMD transfers from Iraq to Syria before the war were inconclusive and warranted further investigation. Predictably, the media did not convey that message. Instead, it cherry-picked the findings.     "Report Finds No Evidence Syria Hid Arms," The Washington Post's headline blared. Actually, the report, by the CIA's chief weapons inspector,...
  • WMD Searcher Finds Secret Saddam Tapes

    04/28/2005 8:15:54 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 24 replies · 2,187+ views ^ | April 28, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Iraq Survey Group Chief Charles Duelfer announced Tuesday that his team had uncovered "a large collection" of tape recordings of Saddam Hussein as he chaired top secret military meetings - evidence that could prove once and for all whether the Iraqi dictator had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. attacked in March 2003. In an addendum to his WMD report that was released this week, Duelfer revealed: "A substantial effort continues to examine the documents that have been recovered from the former Regime. . . . For example, a large collection of audiotapes from Revolutionary Command Council meetings chaired...
  • Panel's Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons

    03/28/2005 10:22:36 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 7 replies · 1,244+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 29, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON, March 28 - The final report of a presidential commission studying American intelligence failures regarding illicit weapons includes a searing critique of how the C.I.A. and other agencies never properly assessed Saddam Hussein's political maneuverings or the possibility that he no longer had weapon stockpiles, according to officials who have seen the report's executive summary. The report also proposes broad changes in the sharing of information among intelligence agencies that go well beyond the legislation passed by Congress late last year that set up a director of national intelligence to coordinate action among all 15 agencies. Those recommendations are...
  • Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says

    03/12/2005 5:56:56 PM PST · by Valin · 20 replies · 2,100+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/05 | JAMES GLANZ / WILLIAM J. BROAD
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 12 - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting. The Iraqi official, Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery...
  • Post gets it all wrong in Page One headline

    10/09/2004 4:29:59 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 11 replies · 843+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | October 9, 2004 | Joyce Howard Price
    The Washington Post yesterday said a quotation used in its lead Page One headline in Thursday's paper -- that the United States got it "almost all wrong" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- was not new and was incorrectly attributed to the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq. In an article on Thursday, The Post identified Charles A. Duelfer, whom the Bush administration picked to complete a U.S. investigation of Iraq's weapons programs, as the source of that remark. The dispatch by Dana Priest and Walter Pincus reported that Mr. Duelfer, chairman of the CIA's Iraq Survey Group,...
  • PICTURES FROM THE DUELFER REPORT and a few personal pics from GI's

    02/28/2005 6:36:21 AM PST · by Blackrain4xmas · 17 replies · 1,329+ views ^ | 2/27/05 | Sam Pender
    I took some time the other day and cut/paste pics from the Duelfer Report that show examples of how Saddam easily could have complied with the inspection process for 12yrs, but CLEARLY chose not to. I also converted the pics to jpgs, but don't know how to post them here, so I put them on my own site. I think they're important to view since they show in no uncertain terms that Saddam's Iraq was a WMD threat despite a lack of stockpiles. I think they also encourage people to actually sit down and at least flip through the Duelfer...
  • Duelfer, the UN, and the New York Times

    01/27/2005 6:20:10 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 402+ views
    Project for the New American Century ^ | January 20, 2005 | Daniel McKivergan
    MEMORANDUM TO: OPINION LEADERSFROM: DANIEL MCKIVERGAN, Deputy DirectorSUBJECT: Duelfer, the UN, and the New York Times Yesterday, the Washington Post reported ("Search for Banned Arms In Iraq Ended Last Month") that the conclusions reached in Charles Duelfer's September 2004 report on Iraq's weapons programs will be the "final word" on the subject. The New York Times editorial board weighed in today. The Times notes that what the "Iraqi invasion has actually proved is that the weapons inspection worked, that international sanctions - deeply, deeply messy as they turned out to be - worked, and that in the case of Saddam...

    01/12/2005 8:41:31 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 146 replies · 2,274+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/12/05
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. inspectors have ended their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in recent weeks, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN. The search ended almost two years after President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, citing concerns that Saddam Hussein was building weapons of mass destruction and may have hidden weapons stockpiles. Members of the Iraq Survey Group were continuing to examine hundreds of documents and would investigate any new leads, the official said.