Skip to comments.Pre-war Satellite Pics Show Truck Activity at Al Qaqaa
Posted on 10/28/2004 8:01:08 AM PDT by Carl/NewsMax
The Pentagon is examining evidence that could further discredit a report by the New York Times that hundreds of tons of high explosives were looted by terrorists from a major Iraqi weapons facility after the U.S. invaded in March 2003.
"Senior Pentagon officials say they are analyzing some satellite images from the Al Qaqaa facility south of Baghdad from before the war," the Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reported late Wednesday.
"Apparently, they show some large truck activity at that facility, [indicating] possibly that Saddam Hussein was moving the explosives out," Baier told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren.
Photos showing a pre-war truck convoy at Al Qaqaa would comport, Baier said, with a January 2003 report by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency revealing that 158 tons of the high explosive RDX had already gone missing from the site.
Experts say that to remove the 380 tons of high explosives reported missing from Al Qaqaa by the New York Times, it would take at least 40 trucks with a ten-ton capacity.
On Wednesday Iraq war veteran Ken Dixon, who was with the 101st Airborne division when it reached Al Qaqaa on April 10, said he noticed tracks from heavy truck tires outside the three bunkers he inspected.
I haven't seen the thread on this...
I apologize if this has been discussed ad nauseum..
Interesting if anyone can find any holes in this story or obvious fakery
But there were seals! Did someone break the seals? Boy the UN will talk about this!!!!
See Kerry. See Kerry with a gun. See Kerry shoot the gun. See Kerry shoot the gun in his foot.
More important is where the trucks stopped
IRAQ'S WEAPONS IN SYRIA: SENIOR SYRIAN JOURNALIST
The more I hear about a convoy heading to Syria, the more I have to smile. This was the convoy (or one of many) that many intel officials were saying was used to smuggle WMD's out of Iraq in advance of the coalition. I can forsee a mass declassification coming real soon and I honestly believe we are going to hear of WMD's in Syria. Those of us on this board have known this for a while. To think that the partisan press's attempt for last minute election engineering will ultimately lead to killing their own long held claims of "no WMDs, no justification, Bush lied" is just too damned rich.
The seals are bunk. Anyone can bribe an IAEA inspector for extra seals. My understanding is the last IAEA inspection was closed (check the seals... don't open the bunkers)
...or just take the hinges off the doors.
I'm sure someone did break the seals. Some of the seals I saw on videotape the other day looked like blue plastic wire ties that any heavy duty wire cutter could easily snip.
I heard a report this morning that, yes, there were seals on the front doors, but that there were other passages to go out.
I received a letter from them in which they planned to continue printing all facets of the explosives issues until they were resolved.
Again I wrote to them; and this time I was less than courteous to them, for I felt that again they were wrong about our President. This time there was no response.
Silence is not golden! Instead, it is a sign of guilt and lack of humility.
My theory is they ended up somewhere in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon or in Syria.
Where's my club?!
I remember them talking about this as we prepared to go in - there was much specualation that WMD and other weapons were probably being moved into Syria for "safekeeping". How convenient for the MSM to "forget" this and build attacks based on lies...
Seals are a joke.
The MSM refers to the seals as if they are fool proof. The whole thing is a joke.
Seals are not Fort Knox.
Some people see a baby seal. I see a coat and gloves.
I got a pocket sized multi-purpose tool that could probably cut those seals. It's called a Leatherman. I agree, the whole thing is an absolute joke.
LOL. I like Newsmax's politics, but sometimes their writing skill needs a little polish.
My new Leatherman is in a nice leather sheath. It is so much better than my old one.
I'm listening to Garrison talk about how this story hasn't been helping the Dems as much as they wanted it to. But they are assured that the Dems have anyone big hit piece up their sleeve. Speculating that Tom Delay will be indicted. Has anybody heard anything else?
Yep! In fact, I think this story could backfire and get back to the issue so many of us talked about over a year ago: That Saddam not only moved these explosives out before the war...but also his WMDs. It's amazing to listen to the media's sudden concern for these missing explosives, when they had no such concerns when other people were making these same claims over a year ago.
Hell, these people ignored UNMOVIC's report earlier this year...and Paul Martin's speech (from Canada), about how Saddam's weapons were taken out before the war and were even being found as far north as the Netherlands. Only now...a week before the election, does the media begin to take an interest in this story. And they can't even get the details right.
Hoping someone saved the photos or posts anothe URL where they may be viewed. Someone who saved the original thread should be able to extract the source.
I am fully aware of that.
The way I understood the news report was that if the IAEA saw the seals still intack on such and such a date really means nothing because there were other passages they could have been taken out of.
Just reporting what I heard on the news.
I'm not referring to you. I am referring to the MSM. Sorry if I wasn't clear!
The poster was most likely DioGenesis
Here are his archives pages: 3-5-03 on..
al-Qaqa missiles site:
Thanks for the info on KSTP TV! It is nice to know ahead of time where that piece of 'news' came from, if it surfaces in the MSM. I used to get that channel on our cable out here in the boonies, but it was replaced by Fox News Channel a number of years ago..thankfully!!
The Bible Code is pretty interesting but it just a myth, the Bible Code is not real.
Anything further from Bret today?
I saw this crap on DU... It is not the explosives that the UN is talking about not the 370 tons... Our military is much more competent than John Kerry is giving them credit for. The bottom line is the weapons were moved before we got there and Kerry is isolating the military with this. If he wants to criticize someone he needs to start criticizing the UN. Kerry is the most dangerous man in America right now he is starting his 1971 rhetoric again and we should be expecting the anarchists to rise up and start spitting on our troops and calling them baby killers and Bush Puppets.. How ignorant can these liberals be.
Bottom line we did not go to war fast enough.... What does John Kerry say to that?
It's sick that our people have to spend half of their valuable time refuting lies put out by Kerry and Friends instead of fighting the war on terror, and I wish Bush and Cheney would point that out.
IAEA inspectors check a seal on a bunker with high explosives.
Yep, my 8 y.o. pocket knife could bust that, lol.
I still say that if Bush or Cheney had claimed on Sunday that there were tons and tons of NUCLEAR TRIGGERS monitored by the IAEA which disappeared just before the invasion, the left would have screamed "more WMD lies! October Surprise! dirty politics!"
But the NYT and Kerry stepped in it, big time, by publicizing the story and then having THE TRUTH turn around and bite them!!!
Tinfoil hat time: Maybe there IS something to the idea that the Clintons are trying to wreck the Kerry campaign. Did the story come from one of the many clinton people advising Kerry's campaign? LOL!
Or maybe the left is just so desperate and stupid.
link won't boot.
Seals, IAEA Seals, are like any other seal. It's not to keep people out, it's to indicate tampering, evidence of entry, etc.
The seals were not used to keep Saddam out, they were used to indicate he went in.
So what's everyone saying about that? Seals - broken or not when our military got there?
IMHO, from what I've heard and read, they didn't find any seals on the bunkers. They saw locks and wires, but no seals.
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