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Blix Dismisses Blair's Weapons Claim
Ananova ^ | 12-16-2003

Posted on 12/16/2003 2:50:04 PM PST by blam

Blix dismisses Blair's weapons claim

Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has dismissed claims Saddam Hussein had laboratories for developing weapons of mass destruction.

His comments came as Tony Blair said that the British-American Iraq Survey Group had already uncovered "massive" evidence of a network of secret laboratories.

Mr Blair made the claim in an interview with the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

He said: "I think in any event we have got to carry on the work that we are doing, because contrary to some of the things that appear, the Iraq Survey Group has already found massive evidence of a huge system of clandestine laboratories, workings by scientists, plans to develop long range ballistic missiles," he said.

"Now, frankly, these things weren't being developed unless they were developed for a purpose."

But Dr Blix told the BBC that the ISG, led by David Kay, had failed to produce any concrete evidence that the laboratories they had found were working on WMD.

"I'm talking about the reactions to the David Kay report where he says that 'we have found laboratories' - well that's innuendo that laboratories were for WMD."

Earlier, at the launch in Sweden of a new independent commission on WMD, Dr Blix said it was "increasingly clear" that Saddam had not had any WMD when he was ousted by US and British forces.

Story filed: 20:53 Tuesday 16th December 2003


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blair; blairs; blix; claim; dismisses; iraq; iraqiwmd; isg; kay; labs; weapons; wmd

1 posted on 12/16/2003 2:50:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has dismissed claims Saddam Hussein had laboratories for developing weapons of mass destruction.

Hey, Hans, if I were you I'd get right to the bank and cash your latest check from Saddam. And I wouldn't be expecting any more.

2 posted on 12/16/2003 2:53:35 PM PST by dirtboy (New Ben and Jerry's flavor - Howard Dean Swirl - no ice cream, just fruit at bottom)
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To: blam
What was that phrase we used before Operation Iraqi Freedom...

Oh yeah...


3 posted on 12/16/2003 2:55:25 PM PST by petuniasevan (Lost - NO! Locationally Challenged - YES!)
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To: blam
I think we really have to start controlling the language....we are no longer looking for WMD. We are looking for more WMD. Uranium enrichment centrifuge, Congo Fever, botulinum toxin, 1,300 km missile deal with N. Korea, hidden labs (that the clueless Swede thinks were for curing cancer) etc.
4 posted on 12/16/2003 2:59:10 PM PST by blanknoone
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To: blam
JANUARY 2003 mid : (IRAQ, UN, ONE SCIENTIST SEARCHED HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PAPERS, ANOTHER WAS CAUGHT BY IRAQ TRYING TO ESCAPE, WAS PROBABLY EXECUTED) UNITED NATIONS weapons inspectors in Iraq revealed last night that they had discovered 3,000 documents linked to nuclear arms technology while searching a scientist's house. The documents were recovered from the home of Faleh Hassan, an Iraqi physicist and director of a military installation west of Baghdad. Mohamed El Baradei, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Hassan's papers related to a laser technique for enriching uranium, a component of nuclear weapons. ...* This weekend American intelligence officers were investigating a report that a senior official in Iraq's ministry of industry and military industrialisation, which oversees weapons production, had been killed. He had been trying to flee the country for Jordan with his wife and two children a week ago, but had been stopped. "He was trying to leave with information, but the Mukhabarat [intelligence service] are watching him and all people like him," said an Iraqi source opposed to the regime. "They brought him back to Baghdad. We think he [was] executed." There has been no confirmation of the claim.
5 posted on 12/16/2003 3:00:10 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: dirtboy
This man is so self serving that it's ridiculous. I don't think that this article mentioned that Hans has been hired by this independent, Swedish commission to head a commission on nuclear proliferation which plans to work in conjunction with the UN.

Blix also stated (on FOX) that he didn't think that Saddam had any WMD, that it was just a matter of pride to disclose that he had long ago destroyed the WMDs.
6 posted on 12/16/2003 3:00:23 PM PST by Eva
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To: blam
JANUARY 16, 2003 : (UN INSPECTORS FIND WARHEADS DESIGNED TO CARRY CHEMICAL WEAPONS) In their first significant disovery, UN weapons inspectors find 12 warheads designed to carry cheamical weapons. The inspectors believe the warheads were not accounted for in Iraq's 12,000 page submission to the security council. Iraq weapons inspectors find empty chemical warheads - http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/page/0,12438,793802,00.html.(
7 posted on 12/16/2003 3:01:07 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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JANUARY 27, 2003 : (UN WEAPONS INSPECTOR BLIX REPORT ON IRAQ) Chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said in his January 27 report that tons of Iraqi chemical and biological agents and precursors were unaccounted for. Over the years, well over half of the precursor materials and a majority of the tools and know-how for their conversion into weapons were sold to Iraq by German firms - both prior to and after the 1991 Gulf War. - "A POLEMIC : Germany's leading role in arming Iraq," By Marc Erikson, Asia Times Online Co, Ltd., Feb 5, 2003
8 posted on 12/16/2003 3:02:36 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
JANUARY 27, 2003 : (UN INSPECTOR BLIX LISTS IRAQ'S WMD ISSUES) This is Blix's own list of WMD's and issues he highlighted, from his speech to the UN on Jan 27th, 2003, written up in the Daily News, UK., same day :


Chemicals:
Some 6,500 chemical bombs containing 1,000 tons of chemical agents and 'several thousand' chemical rocket warheads, known from previous declarations, are unaccounted for. Inspectors found a 'laboratory quantity' of thiodiglycol, a precursor of mustard gas.
Iraq claims it destroyed its stocks of VX gas after it proved to be of poor quality. But the UN says it has evidence that the VX was 'weaponised'.
The discovery of 122mm chemical rockets may be the tip of the iceberg. 'Several thousand' chemical rockets are unaccounted for.
Iraq has repaired equipment at a chemical plant previously destroyed by the UN, supposedly for the production of chlorine and phenols.

Biological weapons:
Iraq claims to have destroyed 8,500 liters of anthrax, but has provided little evidence.
Iraq deliberately omitted to declare 650kg of bacterial growth medium. This could produce 5,000 liters of anthrax.

Missles:
Iraq has supplied Al Samoud 2 and Al Fatah missles - both with ranges exceeding the 150km limit - to it's army. These missiles are 'prima facie cases of proscribed systems'.
Iraq has rebuilt casting chambers, previously destroyed by the UN and possibly used to make missiles with ranges above 150km.
Iraq has imported 380 rocket engines which could be used for the Al Samoud missiles.
Iraq has 'illegally' imported chemicals used in missile propellants, also guidance and control systems.

9 posted on 12/16/2003 3:03:53 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
Notice how quickly the spin began to counter what Blair said today.
10 posted on 12/16/2003 3:04:00 PM PST by Dog (First question to Saddam..........Where is Scott Speicher??)
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To: blam
Hans couldn't find his tush without a map and GPS.
11 posted on 12/16/2003 3:04:20 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: blam
That boy couldn't find his Blix with both Hans.
12 posted on 12/16/2003 3:05:14 PM PST by uglybiker (Bill Clinton STILL sucks!)
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To: blam
FEBRUARY 9, 2003 : (NORTHERN IRAQ : MUSHIR & 5 OTHERS ASSASSINATED) "Then, on Feb. 9, a prominent secular Kurdish leader, Gen. Shawkat Haji Mushir, and five others were murdered in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq in apparent retaliation for the Powell expose of Ansar and Zarqawi." (A Freeper, Remole, noted: "Remember that the next time someone asks for specific information that proves Iraq's Bio-Chemical weaponry or links between Iraq and Al-Qaeda. Every time the West presents specific information, someone (namely, our intelligence sources) gets killed.")
13 posted on 12/16/2003 3:06:58 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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FEBRUARY 9, 2003 : (NORTHERN IRAQ : MUSHIR ASSASSINATED) Then, on Feb. 9, a prominent secular Kurdish leader, Gen. Shawkat Haji Mushir, and five others were murdered in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq in apparent retaliation for the Powell expose of Ansar and Zarqawi. The modus operandi of the murder was eerily similar to the September 2001 bin Laden-sponsored assassination of Afghan resistance leader, Ahmed Shah Masood, where al Qaeda operatives posing as journalists exploded the TV camcorder in Masood's face. - "Hand in Glove (Iraq and al Qaeda) ," by Mansoor Ijaz, National Review , Feb.18, 2003
14 posted on 12/16/2003 3:07:33 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
FEBRUARY 12 2003 : (UN INSPECTORS ANNOUNCE THEY FOUND IRAQ HAS ILLEGAL MISSILES) The UN weapons inspectors announce they have discovered that Iraq possesses illegal missiles: its Samoud 2 rockets exceed the maximum range of 150km set down in the 1991 Gulf war ceasefire agreement. - UN team finds Iraq has illegal missiles - http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/page/0,12438,793802,00.html
15 posted on 12/16/2003 3:08:46 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
Is there a site with detailed WMD violations? Would be nice ammo for the upcoming Dean absurdities....
16 posted on 12/16/2003 3:09:29 PM PST by Fenris6
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To: blam
Anyone wishing to buy a Christmas present for Hans Blix?

He really likes Vanity Fair soft & sheer women's brief panties with lace insets, size 10. Oh, and his favorite color is pink because it makes him look so pretty when he dances around the room and looks in the mirrors. (Don't worry that your purchase will be one too many! His supply has greatly reduced over the past 7 months or so.)
17 posted on 12/16/2003 3:12:03 PM PST by arasina (What will YOU do when Howard Dean or Hillary Clinton is president?)
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To: blam
Like vermin, they're crawling out of the woodwork today. Scott Ritter was on Court TV this afternoon, lambasting everything we're doing in Iraq.
18 posted on 12/16/2003 3:12:49 PM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: blam
FEBRUARY 2003 : (BLIX SAYS IRAQ ADMITS IT HAS "FOUND" BOMB WITH BIOLOGICAL WARHEAD THAT HAD NOT BEEN DISARMED) Iraq has admitted it has found a bomb with a possible biological warhead, and a stash of documents on weapons disposal, said Hans Blix, the head of the UN Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic), yesterday. He also described the declarations as "positive", and said they would be investigated further. President Bush dismissed the Iraqi admissions, which came in a series of letters to Mr Blix over the past few days, as token gestures designed to fend off the threat of invasion by giving the appearance of cooperation. The president told journalists he expected to see Saddam Hussein "playing games" with the international community. "He will all of a sudden find a weapon that he claimed he didn't have," Mr Bush said. "I suspect that he will try to fool the world one more time." Iraqi weapons inspectors said they began excavating a weapons dump 100 kilometres south of Baghdad last week, and found it contained the remnants of munitions destroyed in 1991. Mr Blix said he had received a letter in which the Iraqi government "tells us that they have found an R400 bomb containing a liquid in a site which is known to us, at which they did dispose of biological weapons before". The Iraqi government claimed to have destroyed all its biological R400 stockpile in 1991, but as proof it provided only the diary of one officer who recounted the destruction of 157 bombs - 100 filled with botulinum toxin, 50 with anthrax and seven with aflatoxin. Mr Blix said he had not received an official response from Baghdad on his demand that it begin destroying its Samoud missiles. In an interview with the US television network, CBS, to be broadcast today, President Saddam denies the missiles break UN rules, but Mr Blix said the remarks did not represent "an official response to us".- "White House scorns bomb find," byJulian Borger and Suzanne Goldenberg, guardian.co.uk , February 25, 2003

19 posted on 12/16/2003 3:13:14 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
Poor Hans...
He never anticipated that the dumb cowboy from Texas, with his army of trailer trash from upstart America - could ever defeat the powerful Arab armies of Saddam....

He felt safe, that his incompetence would never be proved in public - by FACTS discovered by troops on the ground...

Poor little bastard -- soon the whole world will be forced to acknowledge the incompetence and corruption of the brilliant Hans and the U.N...

F'em all....
U.N. Internationalist?
We don't need no Internationalists,
We don't need no stinkin U.N.....

Semper Fi
20 posted on 12/16/2003 3:13:37 PM PST by river rat
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To: piasa
MARCH 2003 : (IAEA : EL BARADEI SAYS IRAQ MENTIONED IT HAD AN AGENT IN AFRICA WHO HAD VISITED NIGER IN FEBRUARY 1999) He said Baghdad suggested the visit by an unidentified Iraqi official to a number of African countries, including Niger, in February 1999, might have given rise to the allegations. - VOA News Report, V-O-A Correspondent ALEX BELIDA, 03/07/03, via
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/iraq/2003/iraq-030307-2d189eab.htm.


21 posted on 12/16/2003 3:15:48 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
MARCH 2003 : (JORDAN BASE POISON PLOT : JORDAN EXPELS IRAQI DIPLOMATS)
22 posted on 12/16/2003 3:16:41 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: MizSterious
One would have thought that ol' Scotty would have been comfortable on "Slime Time Live".
23 posted on 12/16/2003 3:17:30 PM PST by fhayek
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To: blam
MARCH 1, 2003 : (DEADLINE FOR IRAQ TO DESTROY MISSILES AND ROCKET ENGINES) UNMOVIC has reportedly ordered Iraq to destroy all of its Al Samoud 2 missiles and 380 rocket engines that were illegally imported by Saturday, March 1. This is also the date that a written report from UNMOVIC is due to the United Nations Security Council. - http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq-timeline.htm.


24 posted on 12/16/2003 3:17:57 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
MARCH 2003 first week : (CUBA : CASTRO TELLS IRAQ TO DESTROY ITS WMD & COMMENTS ON IRAN ) President Fidel Castro has urged Baghdad to destroy "the last cubic centimetre of chemical or biological weapons" to remove any pretext Washington might have to attack it. At the close of the new Cuban parliamentary legislature, in which Castro's re-election as head of the government and the state came as no surprise, the Cuban leader praised Iraq's decision to destroy its Al-Samoud 2 missiles. "The American Government will no longer have the least legal or moral pretext to attack Iraq," Castro said. He slammed Washington for closing its eyes to atomic weapons held by Israel having provided the means for their transportation. "Only the complete truth ... would give the Iraqi people enough moral strength and international support to defend their homeland and integrity right up to the last drop of blood," he said. Castro acknowledged that Iraq had "committed two grave and unjustifiable actions" in invading Iran and occupying Kuwait, but had also had to endure "very hard action" itself. Iraq "is not in a position, militarily speaking, to constitute the least risk to US security or of their allies in the region", Castro said.- "Castro tells Iraq: destroy weapons," Agence France-Presse , March 7, 2003
25 posted on 12/16/2003 3:18:47 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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MARCH 7, 2003 : (UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL : INSPECTOR BLIX REPORT ON IRAQ), Mar 08, 2003-- In a 173-page dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix says Baghdad may possess about 10,000 liters of anthrax, Scud missile warheads filled with deadly biological and chemical agents, and drones that far exceed the 150-kilometer (93-mile) limit. The report, obtained late Friday by The Associated Press, traces the history of Iraq's weapons programs and outlines the many areas where questions remain - many old but some new.
Blix told the Security Council earlier in the day that he planned to cull the document and compile a list of key remaining disarmament tasks by the end of March that Iraq must complete. The table of contents reflects the scope of the unanswered questions: missile technology, aerial bombs, spray devices and drones, mustard gas, Sarin, chemical processing equipment, Botulism toxin, ricin, genetic engineering and viral research - and the list goes on.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described the document as "a shocking indictment of the record of Saddam Hussein's deception and deceit, but above all, of the danger which he poses to the region and to the world." Britain and the United States, which are seeking Security Council approval for a war against Iraq, can find plenty of ammunition in the dossier to support their argument that Baghdad has failed to cooperate and fully disarm. But opponents of a rush to war counter that Iraq is starting to provide evidence - and therefore U.N. weapons inspections should continue.
Blix has previously questioned Iraq's reporting of its destruction of anthrax supplies from 1988 to 1991. He said Iraq declared that it produced 8,445 liters but cited evidence in the new report that it produced more. "The strong presumption is that about 10,000 liters of anthrax was not destroyed and may still exist," he said. In addition, "Iraq currently possesses the technology and materials, including fermenters, bacterial growth media and seed stock, to enable it to produce anthrax."
"Many of the skilled personnel familiar with anthrax production have been transferred to civilian industries. There does not appear to be any choke points, which would prevent Iraq from producing anthrax on at least the scale of its pre-1991 level," Blix said.
The chief inspector also expressed concern about Iraq's program to build pilot-less aircraft known as drones, citing intelligence reports that Saddam Hussein is developing vehicles with a range of 500 kilometers (312 miles) - far exceeding the 150-kilometer (93-mile) limit. While small, Blix said, drones can be used to spray biological warfare agents such as anthrax. Iraq hasn't declared the development of any drones that fly automatically, though it has declared that it developed two vehicles controlled from the ground or other aircraft with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), he said, adding that this must be investigated. "Recent inspections have also revealed the existence of a drone with a wingspan of 7.45 meters (24.43 feet) that has not been declared by Iraq.
Officials at the inspection site stated that the drone had been test flown," Blix said. The chief inspector also expressed concern that Baghdad may be developing or planning missiles other than the Al Samoud 2 - which Iraq has started destroying - that may also have ranges exceeding 150 kilometers (93 miles). "Indications of this come from solid propellant casting chambers Iraq has acquired through indigenous production, or from the repair of old chambers," he said. "The size of these chambers would enable the manufacture of a missile system with a range much greater than 150 kilometers (93 miles)."
Blix said Iraq must also produce evidence to prove it has fully abandoned its program to develop a medium-range ballistic missile with a range of between 1,000 and 3,000 kilometers (625 and 1,875 miles). On Scud-B missiles, he said, "the lack of documentation to support the destruction of Scud-B liquid propellant, and the fact that approximately 50 warheads were not accounted for among the remnants of unilateral destruction, suggest that these items may have been retained for a proscribed missile force."
Iraq must also account for up to 30 chemical and biological Scud-type warheads which it claims it destroyed, he said. One way would be to provide minutes from a committee formed in 1991 to address the issue of retaining banned material and weapons, he said. Copyright 2003 Associated Press, All rights reserved - "Chief inspector says Baghdad may possess 10,000 liters of anthrax," by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) , March 8, 2003
26 posted on 12/16/2003 3:21:42 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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MARCH 8, 2003 : (UN : BLIX BURIED INFO ON IRAQI DRONE, DID NOT MENTION IT IN PRESENTATION TO SECURITY COUNCIL) A report declassified by the United Nations yesterday revealed that weapons inspectors had recently found an undeclared Iraqi drone that could threaten troops with a biological attack. U.S. officials were outraged that U.N. weapons chief Hans Blix did not tell the Security Council about the unpiloted plane, but instead tried to bury the bombshell revelation in his 173-page report, the Times of London reports. Secretary of State Colin Powell had informed the Security Council last month that Iraq had test-flown a drone. In another section of the report, U.N. inspectors warn Iraq also has spraying devices that could be used to disperse chemical and biological agents from an airplane, the paper reported. The report also warns that Iraq has huge stockpiles of anthrax and may be developing long-range missiles that could possess small pox. - "U.N. BURIED IRAQ-DRONE REPORT," by CLEMENTE LISI, New York Post, 3/08/03

27 posted on 12/16/2003 3:23:13 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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MARCH 10, 2003 : (IRAQ HAD ROCKETS MADE OF MATERIALS IT HAD FALSLEY CLAIMED WERE DETROYED) More to discuss than the drones today, looks like : Fox cable news reports that Iraq has a new, previously undiscovered type of rocket built out of materials Iraq already claimed it had destroyed.They are capable of being used in biochem warfare. - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/861006/posts?page=4
28 posted on 12/16/2003 3:24:47 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
Gee, we were wondering what happened to Mr McGoo?
29 posted on 12/16/2003 3:25:00 PM PST by bray (The Wicked Witch of NY is Taking the Rats Down in Flames!)
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To: blam
Didn't Hans Blix have a son?

And named him Scotty "Pedo" Ritter

30 posted on 12/16/2003 3:25:58 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: piasa
MARCH ? 2003 Monday : (SARGAT, IRAQ) Kurdish soldiers on Monday continued sporadic fighting in several villages around Halabja and along the Iran-Iraq border near the village of Sargat, site of a destroyed building once allegedly used by Ansar militants to produce poison. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday the Sargat compound was probably the site where militants made a biological toxin, traces of which were later found by police in London. "We think that's probably where the ricin that was found in London came (from)" he told CNN's "Late Edition." "At least the operatives and maybe some of the formulas came from this site." British police raided a London apartment in January and found traces of ricin, a powerful poison made from castor plant beans. U.S. officials believe the poison and those arrested were linked to Ansar. - "Raid Finds al-Qaida Tie to Iraq Militants (Strongest Evidence Yet)," by DAFNA LINZER and BORZOU DARAGAHI, AP , 3/31/03


31 posted on 12/16/2003 3:27:36 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: blam
I dismiss Mr. Blix's dismissal.
32 posted on 12/16/2003 3:30:19 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: bray
Ol' McGoo inevitably turns up on the tails of any announcement concerning Iraqi WMD.

He expects us to believe, I suppose, that Iraq assssinated two scientists out of fear they were telling Kay about the recently discovered Iraqi cancer cure, which no doubt has a patent pending.

33 posted on 12/16/2003 3:30:56 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Dog
What's the pay-off for Blix and Ritter at this point? Other than leftist propaganda pushing that is. Really, what benefits them by continuing to be so vocal in their resistance to the reports and evidence?

Saddam is gone. France and Germany, potential revenue source for Blix & Company are cut out of the reconstruction contracts,~~ would they continue to keep Blixie on the payroll just to bash Bush/Blair?

The UN....is whining and won't go back into Iraq. Are they so invested in criticizing the coalition they've made Blix a lifetime pig suckling at the UN teat to spout their official line?

Blix and Ritter are sticking their necks out big time at this point IMO. To be so adamant. With such denial.

?? What are they getting out of this??

Prairie
34 posted on 12/16/2003 3:41:25 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Rejoice in the love God has shown by sending His Son to live among us and in our hearts.)
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To: prairiebreeze
?? What are they getting out of this??

If justice was served, a good ass whippin'.

35 posted on 12/16/2003 4:23:16 PM PST by 11Bush
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