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Scott Ritter Denounces Powell Report
Japan Today ^ | February 6, 2K3 | Japan Today

Posted on 02/07/2003 5:35:49 PM PST by rdb3

  Saturday, February 8, 2003

Ritter dismisses Powell report

Thursday, February 6, 2003 at 17:30 JST
TOKYO — Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Thursday dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's allegation before the U.N. Security Council that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction as "unsubstantiated" and based only on "circumstantial evidence."

"There's nothing here that's conclusive proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction," Ritter, a former U.S. Marine and outspoken critic of Washington's policy on Iraq who participated in U.N. weapons inspections there from 1991 to 1998, told Kyodo News in an interview.

"Everything in here is circumstantial, everything in here mirrors the kind of allegations the U.S. has made in the past in regard to Iraq's weapons program," he said.

Powell on Wednesday presented what he described as "irrefutable and undeniable" evidence that Iraq has been deceiving U.N. arms inspectors and hiding banned weapons. He played intercepted telephone conversations between Iraqi officials and showed satellite photos as part of the U.S. drive to convince the world of the need to disarm Iraq, by military force if necessary.

"He just hits you, hits you, hits you with circumstantial evidence, and he confuses people — and he lied, he lied to people, he misled people," Ritter said of Powell.

Ritter argued that the United States is giving weapons inspectors too little time to do their job.

He said many things in Powell's presentation should be properly investigated, such as a Nov 26 communications intercept in which two senior Iraqi military officers were overheard talking about the need to hide from U.N. weapons inspectors a "modified vehicle" made by an Iraqi company that Powell said is "well known to have been involved in prohibited weapons systems activity."

"What vehicle? I mean, obviously Colin Powell's concerned, he presented it, so let's find out what the vehicle is — but let's not bomb Iraq based upon that," Ritter said.

Ritter also questioned the veracity of Powell's allegation that Iraq still possesses vast amounts of anthrax and described as irrelevant his repeated references to dry powder anthrax contained in envelopes and sent through the U.S. postal system in the fall of 2001, which killed two people and created a national panic.

"What anthrax is he talking about?" he said, adding that Iraq is only known to have produced liquid bulk anthrax, which has a shelf life of only three years.

He said the last known batch of liquid bulk anthrax was produced in 1991 at a state-owned factory blown up in 1996.

"Colin Powell holds up a vial of dry powder anthrax and he makes allusions to the attack in the United States through the letters. That was U.S. government anthrax! It had nothing to do with Iraq," Ritter said.

Ritter accused Powell of engaging in "classic bait-and-switch" in his U.N. presentation, catching his listeners' attention with one piece of information and then putting up an irrelevant photograph "to make them think the two are the same when they're not."

"I mean, the photographs are real but what do the photographs show," he said. "The Powell presentation is not evidence...It's a very confusing presentation. What does it mean? What does it represent? How does it all link up? It doesn't link up."

"Iraq, anthrax, vial, dry powder — what connection do they have? None," he said.

Ritter termed a "fabrication" Powell's assertion that Iraq may have 18 trucks from which it can produce biological agents such as anthrax or botulinum toxin, and noted that U.N. inspectors who followed up on such U.S. intelligence based on defectors' testimony were only able to find two trucks used for testing food.

"They had nothing to do with biological laboratories. That's what (U.N. chief inspector) Hans Blix says. He says, 'There's no mobile lab."'

"You know who came up with the idea of mobile trucks? The inspectors...We sat back one day and said, 'If we were the Iraqis, how would we hide biological production? We'd put them on trucks,"' Ritter said.

"So we designed it and we went out looking for them. But the problem is, you look for something that you have no evidence exists, but by postulating the existence you create the perception of existence. Now we look for trucks...and we don't find them," he said.

In his presentation, Powell spoke of the futility of trying to find the trucks in question among the thousands that travel Iraqi roads daily without Baghdad voluntarily surrendering the information.

Ritter, however, said Powell was merely trying to create an impression that U.N. inspections could never work.

"You can never expect the inspectors to find these 18 trucks," he said, because "these trucks don't exist."

Defectors' reports, he said, could be misleading, especially those coming from people associated with the opposition Iraqi National Congress, who he said could have been "pre-briefed in advance to tell lies."

"Are these legitimate defectors or are they deliberately out there falsifying testimony? I don't know. What I do know is I'm not willing to put American lives on the line based on the testimony from an Iraqi defector. I want something a little bit more solid than that," Ritter said.

But he stressed he is not arguing that Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction — merely that the U.N. inspectors should be given sufficient time to do their job in Iraq and make a final determination based on solid evidence. (Kyodo News)

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For your, ummm, pleasure.

T-minus 36 days until the birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
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1 posted on 02/07/2003 5:35:49 PM PST by rdb3
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To: Poohbah; mhking; MadIvan; JohnHuang2
The stench crosses the Pacific.

T-minus 37 days until the birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that Internet Explorer cannot.

2 posted on 02/07/2003 5:36:57 PM PST by rdb3 (The ballad of a menace...)
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To: rdb3
Who gives a f**k what Comrade Traitor Scott bin Pedophile Ritter thinks about the Powell Report!!!! He ought to be shot for his treason.
3 posted on 02/07/2003 5:37:45 PM PST by Sparta (Statism is a mental illness)
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To: rdb3
Is he going back to Iraq anytime soon? Please say yes.
4 posted on 02/07/2003 5:37:45 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: rdb3
He ought to commit Hari Kari there while he's at it, the perv!
5 posted on 02/07/2003 5:38:33 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Sparta
Who gives a f**k what Comrade Traitor Scott bin Pedophile Ritter thinks about the Powell Report!!!!

I know, I know. Still, just informing everyone what he's still up to.

T-minus 36 days until the birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that Internet Explorer cannot.

6 posted on 02/07/2003 5:41:05 PM PST by rdb3 (The ballad of a menace...)
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To: rdb3
For your, ummm, pleasure. (LOL.)

/ / / / /
What? No pedophile alert?
7 posted on 02/07/2003 5:43:34 PM PST by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: Sparta
read later
8 posted on 02/07/2003 5:43:56 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: rdb3
Scott Who?...
9 posted on 02/07/2003 5:44:53 PM PST by arly
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To: rdb3

Ritter poses with a picture of his true love

10 posted on 02/07/2003 5:44:55 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (((Ritter=Benedict Arnold)))
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To: rdb3
Hey, can we all nominate this guy for a "human shield" position at an Iraqi AA missile battery site?
11 posted on 02/07/2003 5:45:01 PM PST by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: rdb3
IDIOTTTER farts again.

12 posted on 02/07/2003 5:45:12 PM PST by Quix (21st FREEPCARD FINISHED--going to get back to it soonish)
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To: rdb3
Scott who?
13 posted on 02/07/2003 5:45:34 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Stir the pot...don't let anything settle to the bottom where the lawyers can feed off of it!)
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To: rdb3
based only on "circumstantial evidence."

That would be evidence collected at the scene of the crime? The best evidence there is? Yeah, that should cause the charges to be dismissed. NOT.

14 posted on 02/07/2003 5:46:39 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: BenR2
I thought that'd be redundant. I like my style, ya know? ;-)
15 posted on 02/07/2003 5:46:41 PM PST by rdb3 (The ballad of a menace...)
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To: rdb3
I hear that Michael Jackson is lonely.

I hear that Michael Jackson considers himself, Peter Pan.

Michael Jackson exhibits effeminate characteristics.

BINGO

Calling Scott Ritter for a rendezvous!

16 posted on 02/07/2003 5:46:54 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: rdb3
Considering what's already come out about this guy [and yet he's still faithfully carrying the water for his handlers], the stuff Saddam has on him must be FAR, FAR worse.
17 posted on 02/07/2003 5:47:57 PM PST by Route66 (America's Mainstreet)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hey Ritter! This one can watch, she can say whatever you want (over and over), and I'm pretty sure she's not a cop.


18 posted on 02/07/2003 5:49:20 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Eleven. Exactly. One louder.)
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To: RightWhale
A fingerprint lifted from a smoking gun is circumstantial evidence.
19 posted on 02/07/2003 5:49:49 PM PST by CharacterCounts
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To: rdb3
Almost as much as I look foward to the main course of our troops exposing Saddam's weapons of mass destruction after the war is over, I look foward to the after dinner mint of watching Scott Ritter forever dicredited and disgraced.
20 posted on 02/07/2003 5:50:02 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: rdb3
After Scott Ritter gave his speech in Japan, I wonder if he was offered a Samarai Sword in hopes he would do the honorable thing?
21 posted on 02/07/2003 5:50:40 PM PST by MJY1288 (In God we trust)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
FYI - Ritter still at it :-(

Was really hoping that with the bad press (in SOME places, oddly absent in others) that he would take a lower profile...

22 posted on 02/07/2003 5:51:16 PM PST by Tamzee (There are 10 types of people... those who read binary, and those who don't.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
ritter has a stare that makes him look like a person who has had a little bit of iraqi psy ops performed on him. Spooky.
23 posted on 02/07/2003 5:51:21 PM PST by zeaal
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To: rdb3
I can't stand this traitor bastard and like you I'm Army. However, my son in law who is Marine Corps through and through, should not be allowed anywhere near Scott Ritter. He has to raise my grandkids and that would be tough to do from a jail cell.
24 posted on 02/07/2003 5:52:19 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: rdb3
"pre-briefed in advance to tell lies."

First, if you were pre-briefed, wouldn't it always be in advance. How do you pre-brief someone after the fact.

Two. It sounds like Ritter is projecting at little here.

25 posted on 02/07/2003 5:53:32 PM PST by CharacterCounts
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To: BenR2
The man is a disgrace to the Marine Corps and all that it stands for.

And did they mention, he gave the interview outside a McDonald's, while waiting for some "hot" 16 year old?

26 posted on 02/07/2003 5:54:45 PM PST by CT
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I think he should be headin for Guantanamo Bay about now!! Doesn't this pr&cK ever shut up??? Go away Twitter!!
27 posted on 02/07/2003 5:54:51 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (all us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: rdb3
Can we shoot him now? Or is he exiled to Japan?
28 posted on 02/07/2003 5:54:55 PM PST by swheats
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
I know one thing for sure. She has more brains than he has.
29 posted on 02/07/2003 5:55:26 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (((Get Saddam Now!)))
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To: rdb3
More from the Ritter Japan Pervert talk here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/838060/posts?page=
30 posted on 02/07/2003 5:56:30 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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what is the purpose of this post. this clown is a sex abuser


31 posted on 02/07/2003 5:57:15 PM PST by The Wizard (Demonrats are enemies of America)
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To: swheats
Can we shoot him now?

I'd be more than happy to, sis. I really would.

32 posted on 02/07/2003 5:57:23 PM PST by rdb3 (The ballad of a menace...)
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To: rdb3
hey scott why dont you go inspect your local girl scout troop and shut the f##k up
33 posted on 02/07/2003 5:58:10 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: The Wizard
So we can trash him even more :-)
34 posted on 02/07/2003 5:59:04 PM PST by MJY1288 (In God we trust)
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To: Sparta
"He ought to be shot for his treason."

He really should be charged with treason. But then so should Clinton for selling us out to the Chinese.

There has to be some way to muzzle this guy.
35 posted on 02/07/2003 5:59:46 PM PST by Domestic Church
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To: The Wizard
Please see my post #6 for your answer.
36 posted on 02/07/2003 6:00:04 PM PST by rdb3 (The ballad of a menace...)
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To: rdb3
Where is this guy getting the money to fly around the world and why is he Iraq's most ardent defender? How good could his judgement be if he contacts very young girls about jerking of on them?
37 posted on 02/07/2003 6:00:13 PM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: rdb3
Saddam really came out ahead when he bought that X-10 camera from the pop-up ad.
38 posted on 02/07/2003 6:01:18 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Route66
BINGO!!
39 posted on 02/07/2003 6:01:59 PM PST by hewhowaits
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To: TC Rider
That was a good one!
40 posted on 02/07/2003 6:02:32 PM PST by rdb3 (The ballad of a menace...)
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To: swheats
"Can we shoot him now?"

I don't know if you saw the clash between Scott Ritter and General MacInerny on FOX NEWS w/Greta. I will bet the General would do it himself

41 posted on 02/07/2003 6:02:43 PM PST by MJY1288 (In God we trust)
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To: RightWhale
That would be evidence collected at the scene of the crime? The best evidence there is?

There are only two types of evidence as I understand it, circumstantial and eyewitness.

Of the two I will take circumstantial any day of the week.

42 posted on 02/07/2003 6:03:45 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Operation Snuggles Freedom)
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To: TC Rider
ROFLMAO
43 posted on 02/07/2003 6:03:47 PM PST by MJY1288 (In God we trust)
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To: zeaal
He's probably thinking about converting to Islam so he can commit suicide and get his hands of the 72 virgins in Heaven, most of whom are probably underage.
44 posted on 02/07/2003 6:04:56 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (((Get Saddam and Ritter Now!)))
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To: rdb3
Well congratulations to Scott Ritter for taking enough time out from his pedofile adventures to read Powell's report.
This is progress.
45 posted on 02/07/2003 6:05:47 PM PST by Jorge
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To: RightWhale
In 1998, the former lavish Hollywood want-a-be, Defense Secretary Bill Cohen, carried a 5 pound bag of sugar to every tube show he could get on. This bag of sugar was to represent the amount of anthrax that bad boy Saddam had.

I think he had that same bag of sugar when he and Maddie Lowbright had their townhall meeting to prepare us for Clinton's almost "wag the tail" war. (The townhall meeting which Clinton could not show his face.)

Ritter was onboard with "get Saddam", until he got his clock cleaned in Congress.

Where did all that anthrax go? Is Ritter saying Clinton groupies were lying?

46 posted on 02/07/2003 6:08:07 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: rdb3
I thought that'd be redundant. I like my style, ya know? ;-)

////
True. You ALWAYS be stylin', man!
47 posted on 02/07/2003 6:08:59 PM PST by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: MJY1288
I don't know if you saw the clash between Scott Ritter and General MacInerny on FOX NEWS w/Greta. I will bet the General would do it himself

/ / / /
That I would have loved to have seen!
48 posted on 02/07/2003 6:11:13 PM PST by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: BenR2
SEX OFFENDER ALERT

TRAITOR ALERT

49 posted on 02/07/2003 6:11:49 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07


50 posted on 02/07/2003 6:17:29 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (((Get Saddam and Ritter Now!)))
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