Skip to comments.2001 Iraqi Document: Saddam Approved the Re-Use of Nuclear Equipments (Important Translation).
Posted on 10/24/2006 12:55:08 PM PDT by jveritas
In what is so far the most important evidence of Saddam personal involvement in re-building Iraq nuclear program , document CMPC-2003-012331.pdf dated January 2001 indicates that during a meeting between Saddam and the Staff of the Iraqi Atomic Energy Organization Saddam was asked by the Organization Staff to give his permission for re-using the infamous Degussa Vacuum furnaces that were used in the previous and prohibited Iraq nuclear program. These furnaces can be used to melt uranium and other nuclear related activities.
The Degussa Vacuum furnaces were supplied to Iraq in the 1980s by a German firm (Degussa AG based in Frankfurt Germany) and these furnaces later on became the subject of investigations of the German firm in the early 1990s where the company claimed that they did not know that Iraq would have used them in its nuclear program. The New York Times had an article in 1998 titled An Iraqi Defector Warns of Iraq's Nuclear Weapons Research where the Degussa furnaces were mentioned as part of previous Iraq nuclear program and the controversy surrounding the sale of these furnaces and the investigations later on(link: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sanders/214/other/news/iraqi_defector.html ). The irony is that this is not only a New York Times article but also it was written by JUDITH MILLER and JAMES RISEN once of the worst accusers (liars) that the Bush administration lied about Iraq WMD.
Also the Degussa furnaces supplied to Iraq were mentioned in articles written by David Albright (An American nuclear scientist) explaining how the Degussa furnaces were used in the previous Iraqi nuclear program. Mr. Albright wrote the article to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists back in 1992-1993 and you find the links about these articles ( http://www.thebulletin.org/article.php?art_ofn=apr92albright , http://www.thebulletin.org/article.php?art_ofn=dec93albrighta> ).
Again this document carries a lot of importance since it proves without any doubt that Saddam was directly involved with his nuclear scientists to re-build their nuclear program. President Bush in a speech dated October 7 2002 mentioned that Saddam has held numerous meetings with his nuclear Scientists and this quote from President Bush speech: The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his "nuclear mujahideen" -- his nuclear holy warriors (Link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/20021007-8.html ).
The translation will include memos. The first one is from Senior Deputy Minister of Iraq Military Industrialization Committee to the Chairman of Iraq Atomic Energy Organization asking him to allocate the Degussa Vacuum furnaces, the second memo a reply from Iraq Atomic Energy Organization saying that they will do so and that they got the approval of Saddam Hussein to re-use these equipments.
Beginning of the translation of memo 1 of CMPC-2003-012331.pdf
In the Name of God the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
The Republic of Iraq, The Presidency of the Republic, The Military Industrialization Committee
Secret and Confidential
To: The Atomic Energy Organization- The Office of the Chairman
Subject: Allocation of Degussa Vacuum Furnaces
Please approve the allocation of the mentioned furnaces and quantity (2) with its accessories because of our dire need for it to implement the works and projects tasked to our committee. And we empower engineer Samir Ibrahim for follow up and receiving.
Marahem Saaab Al Hassan
Senior Deputy Minister for Military Industrialization
End of translation of memo 1
Beginning of translation of memo 2 of CMPC-2003-012331.pdf
Mr. Respected General Director
Subject: Allocation of Vacuum Furnaces
Regarding the letter of the Senior Deputy Minister of the Military Industrialization numbered 2/4/83 on 25/1/2001 I would like to clarify the following:
1. We do not have primaries about the subject.
2. There was a communication with the Energy Organization about the furnaces and it was revealed that the furnaces were delivered to the Physics Department in the Atomic Energy Organization upon the instruction of Mr. Chairman of the Energy Organization to take advantage of these equipments ( During the meeting with the President The Leader God protect and shepherd him and the Organization Staff asked his Excellency to take advantage of these equipments) and these equipments were received two moths ago by the Physics Department.
The furnaces do not have the seal of the Agency but it was among the equipments of the previous program that were included in the list prepared by the agency.
End of translation of memo 2
Very Important Ping.
The complete picture of Saddam's Iraq is clearly in focus now for anyone who cares to look.
David Kay: "It was absolutely prudent to go to war. The system was collapsing, Iraq was a country with desire to develop WMDs, and it was attracting terrorists like flies to honey."
Smoking gun? Damn sure looks like it! Once again, great work!
What else did they think he'd do with something like that? Of course they knew what it was for.
Thanks...you're right it is an important document.
So the IAEA knew the furnaces were there and the intention of the previous program. Why wouldn't they have a seal? I know absolutely nothing about these furnaces - how big they are or how difficult to transport. Why were they left in Iraq with no seal?
Looks to be a very important find, jveritas. Your work is much appreciated.
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The Degussa Vacuum furnaces were supplied to Iraq in the 1980s by a German firm (Degussa AG based in Frankfurt Germany)
At the time Saddam handed his last-minute "compliance" to the UN in late 2002, there were some articles (NYT was one place I believe) about how he seemed to be using the disclosures to blackmail certain German companies, or something to that effect. I have the articles somewhere but will need to dig them up.
Check this out.......
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Thanks. I do remember something about removal of seals. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.
But there's the rub. So few "care to look." This should be headline material for all the networks, but it doesn't even get a mention, let alone a headline.
I actually had one lady the other day tell me that the UN sanctions against Iraq said that Saddam didn't have any WMD. I asked her if she knew what UN sanctions were, and she said yes, but wouldn't describe what she thought they were.
She also said that WE gave Saddam the weapons he used on the Kurds. I pointed out to her that, no matter where he got them, his use of the weapons on the Kurds proved he had WMD. Her response? "No it doesn't!"
They're looney, I tell ya.
Not yet :)
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