Skip to comments.WMDs still in Iraq?
Posted on 06/05/2006 2:38:43 PM PDT by Renfield
Sean Osborne, Associate Director and Senior Analyst at the Northeast Intelligence Network relays a stunning report on the frustrations of retired Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) agent Paul Dave Gaubatz. According to Gaubatz he has had a three year battle in trying to get the Iraqi Survey Group (ISG) or any other appropriate agency to investigate four sites in Iraq suspected of having biological and chemical weapons.
Gaubitz, a 20 year active duty veteran, was also a specially trained US Federal counter-intelligence agent and Arabic linguist. In April of 2003 he was sent to Iraq and while there,
had identified (with other Federal Agents) 4 sites that were highly suspected of containing biological and/or chemical weapons. The sites were identified by very credible Iraqis who had knowledge and access to the areas. They risked their lives to provide intelligence about the sites and to take U.S. personnel to the locations. The sites would require heavy equipment to exploit the sites. The material was alleged to be buried deep and under water. To this date the sites have not been inspected.
I first spoke publicly about the WMD sites never being searched only after the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) and the White House announced in late 2004 that the search for WMD was over.
Over two years ago, I wrote this article for AT about the flawed search procedures used by the ISG, and about the ISGs habit of contradicting or downplaying chemical weapons caches found by trained Coalition forces. Now, Agent Gaubitz has reinforced my suspicions of an agency seemingly unable, or more than likely, unwilling to find evidence of Saddams WMD stockpile.
According to Gaubitz timeline, he deployed as a civilian agent to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) first into Saudi Arabia and then Nasiriyah, Iraq (Tallil Air base) from January to July 2003. He had two primary missions: Counter-terrorism and locating WMD. In April through July 2003, he and five other federal agents identified four suspected WMD sites in southern Iraq. He made numerous attempts to ISG to get the sites exploited.
To date (5 May 2006) this has not happened. Since that time, he stayed in contact with U.S. Government personnel and Iraqis who had reported the original WMD sites.
In recent months, he contacted Representative Pete Hoekstra and has held meetings with Congressman Curt Weldon. At this point he notes the process became very political in that Weldon
did not want to inform any member of the DOD because he did not trust them. Congressman Hoekstra told him he shouldnt say that. The Congressmen told me they did not want to inform any member of the Democratic Party because if we get to the sites and they have been exploited by insurgents/terrorists during the last 3 years, it would be very embarrassing to them and President Bush. Congressmen Weldon stated if we go to Iraq and locate the WMD it would help with the upcoming elections.
Gaubitz also maintains that Sharon Behn of the Washington Times interviewed him several times via phone and emails about the WMD sites and obtaining background information about the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) losing all of the reports submitted by Gaubitz and the other Agents assigned to Tallil Air Base Nasiriyah, Iraq. Later, he was informed by Behn that she was not going to publish the article despite (in Gaubitz view) the facts having been corroborated. His belief is that the article had been squashed.
I have no further insight into Gaubitz meetings with the Congressmen, or his interviews with Sharon Behn. I can say his frustrations with the ISG are remarkably similar to my experiences with them in the summer of 2003. Amazingly, the case is still not closed on Saddams WMD. Only now, its possible that terrorists may have possession of WMD at the sites that we willingly chose not to exploit and secure.
Hat Tip: Dr. Mohamed Ibn Guadi
2002 Document: Chemical Material Hidden Underground (Translation)
Is EVERYTHING about politics in D.C.? Jeez. Maybe nobody wants to worry about underwater WMDs since they would apparently be "safe" where they are. I still think much of the stockpiles went to Syria.
When will the Bushies realize they need a P.R. win? Badly.
It would seem appropriate to me to send your recent translation of the possible WMD that was buried in concrete and a copy of this piece to everyone that any reader here thinks might get this word out. Your comment?
Special@foxnews.com (Brit Hume)
Studiob@foxnews.com (Shep Smith)
Myword@foxnews.com (John Gibson)
Beltway@foxnews.com (Barnes & Kondracke)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ann Coulter)
http://intelligence.senate.gov/ (Senate Intelligence Committee)
I tried to post this earlier, but FR doesn't allow posts directly from the Northeast Intelligence Network. I don't know why.
Let's see, if WMDs are sitting about in Iraq and unguarded, and Terrorists are about, isn't that exactly the thing we were worried about when we went in? WMD falling into the wrong hands?
I don't get it, but then, there is a lot I don't get these days. I guess this article gets filed in that catch-all category:
"Important if true."
Remember the retired, high ranking official from the Iraqi army who came forward about 6 months ago, claiming WMD was moved out of Iraq before the invasion? He was on Fox News Channel for about two days and then was never heard from again.
The MSM totally ignored this guy and his claims. Will Katie Couric interview him now on the CBS Evening News? How about that fat a--, Tim Russert?
Well, when I was at Tallil, we had several people come down with illnesses when they checked out a chemical site right at the airbase!
It would NOT have been very difficult to determine if that location had a WMD site. Our guys spent only a few hours in the complex, and they were messed up for hours.
We were at Tallil from 5/03 through 11/03.
Sean sort of stirred things up with this one!
I have come to the conclusion that our side does not want to find real WMD in Iraq. Our reactions to the discoveries that have already occurred have been to hush them up- just not talk about them. That would gibe with our efforts to trash the morale of the troops by these public investigations of "atrocities." Such things, if suspected are properly handled by pulling the troops suspected to rear areas for the duration and any judicial measures to be taken after the end of hostilities.
The Bushies seem to be actively suppressing opportunities for good P.R.
You know...his dad basically did this. Quit defending himself and basically set himself up to lose an election that shouldn't have been losable when we got landed with Clinton.
Please do my FRiend and thank you very much in helping getting the truth out.