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Posted on 10/02/2003 8:01:55 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree
WMD: Blair was right
WMD threat ... Iraq negotiated with North Korea
By TREVOR KAVANAGH Political Editor
A TERRIFYING new probe yesterday revealed Saddam Hussein WAS secretly preparing for chemical, biological and even nuclear war.
The 13-page document, compiled from the reports of 1,200 arms experts who have been scouring Iraq for two months, says Saddam was determined to resume building nukes.
And he was already negotiating with rogue state North Korea to buy long-range rockets that could have launched nuclear AND chemical warheads at UK bases in the Med.
The experts also unearthed secret bio-weapons labs, new strains of lethal diseases, a deadly bug hidden in a scientists home and evidence of possible chemical weapon tests on human victims.
The report, from Americas Iraq Survey Group, totally vindicates Tony Blairs decision to go to war over WMDs.
ISG chief Dr David Kay says in the report: We have discovered dozens of WMD-related programme activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the UN.
Dr Kays full report revealed to US congressmen yesterday is still top secret.
Vindicated ... Tony Blair But last night Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said: It has produced conclusive and incontrovertible evidence that Iraq was in material breach of UN Resolution 1441.
In his report, Dr Kay admits no actual weapons of mass destruction have yet been found.
But he points out that his experts from America, Britain and Australia have faced a campaign of sabotage, looting, and obstruction and have been subjected to bombings, firefights and threats.
Nevertheless, they have proved Saddam was planning to acquire long-range missiles, possibly nuclear-tipped.
These missiles could have hit UK bases in Cyprus, Turkey and Cairo as The Sun revealed in September.
Dr Kay says: There were plans and advanced design work for new long range missiles with ranges up to at least 1,000km well beyond the 150km limit set by the UN.
The experts found evidence of clandestine attempts between late 1999 and 2002 to get from North Korea technology related to its 1300km No Dong missiles.
Saddam ... making secret plans Chillingly, they also unearthed documents and equipment concealed in scientists homes for resuming uranium enrichment a key stage in the making of nukes.
And Iraqi scientists interviewed by the ISG team confirmed Saddam was determined to develop them.
Dr Kay, a former UN weapons inspector credited with dismantling Saddams nuclear programme in the 1990s, says: They have told us Saddam remained firmly committed to acquiring nuclear weapons.
At least one senior Iraqi official believed, by 2000, Saddam had run out of patience with waiting for sanctions to end and wanted to restart the nuclear programme.
ISG experts found a vial of live botulism hidden in an Iraqi scientists home and fear others are still at large.
Dr Kays report says: The scientist who concealed the vial has identified a large cache of agents that he was asked, but refused, to conceal. The group is searching for the second cache. One ex-biological weapons scientist confirmed a production line could be switched to produce anthrax in a week.
The report also highlights a network of labs and safehouses containing equipment suitable for chemical and biological weapons research.
And it found evidence of a prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of biological weapon agents again explicitly concealed from the UN.
The experts also uncovered new research on deadly viruses Brucella, Congo Crimean Haemorrhagic Fever, ricin and aflatoxin.
Warning ... Sun, Sept 2002 The report says other members of the team discovered a covert capability to make fuel propellant useful ONLY for banned Scud missiles. Dr Kay says the hunt was hampered by Iraqi obstruction, secrecy and sabotage.
He adds: Looting destroyed important evidence of Iraqs WMD programme. This was deliberate. Some personnel crossed borders before and during the conflict and may have taken evidence and weapons-related material.
Even the bulkiest materials we are searching for can be concealed in spaces not much larger than a two-car garage.
Dr Kay said that the ISG team also had the monumental task of examining Iraqs huge conventional weapons caches. So far only ten of 130 have been rigorously searched.
He said the nuclear programme appeared to be in its early stages, adding: The evidence we found will suggest a very tentative restart at the very most rudimentary level.
Downing Street last night hailed Dr Kays interim report as dramatic evidence of Saddams lies.
And a top security source said last night: This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Last night the Ministry of Defence said the vial of botulism found in the Iraqi scientists home could have been weaponised within 48 hours.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dithering UN did not want to know Commentary by TREVOR KAVANAGH
WHAT is most surprising about the damning new evidence against Saddam Hussein is that it should come as a surprise at all.
There was ample proof long before America and Britain went to war that Saddam was spoiling for a fight. The dithering UN just didnt want to know.
What must shock even those like French President Jacques Chirac, who led the crusade to stop us invading, is his terrifying pursuit of nukes.
Dr David Kays report, certain to be howled down by the conspiracy-obsessed anti-war brigade, does more than justify ousting Saddam.
It proves beyond doubt that it was a virtuous act for which the world should be truly grateful.
WMD proof ... David Kay We now know this tyrant had run out of patience and was determined to make Iraq the Arab worlds nuclear power. Uranium enrichment was planned and a supply of ballistic missiles capable of delivering warheads as far away as Cairo, Turkey and Israel was being teed-up with North Korea.
Iraq and North Korea are countries controversially but correctly identified by President George Bush as the Axis of Evil.
That axis includes Iran which is now trying to build nuclear power stations and has warned it might one day use nukes against Israel.
Saudi Arabia is slyly trying to obtain nukes from Pakistan. Egypt wants a nuclear powered desalination plant. The risk of anti-Western regimes going nuclear is too horrifying to contemplate.
That risk has been substantially reduced by the salutary demonstration of Americas and Britains display of resolution and military might.
Left to the tender care of the limp-wristed UN, Saddam would have continued to develop WMDs.
And one day, without a shadow of a doubt, he would have used them to devastating effect on world peace.
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Can someone from the Whitehouse **please** just step up and put the type of spin on this story that the Sun does?
I like Bush, but his media team is terrible!
is that the US media is content to only report what hasn't been found as opposed to what has, and the obvious implication of those findings....
OK ... so it's not surprising, but I was using your quote for reference....
most surprising the biggest pisser.
TERRIFYING DEMOCRATS that this will leak out all year drop by drop. Someone will probably be interviewed on TV next October about how his life was threatened if he didn't finish the nukes.
Blair was right! BUSH was right!
Well, I wouldn't call it "even handed". The report is a little breathless, after all. Which is not surprising, given that The Sun is the most pro-Blair UK tabloid (the UK papers make no pretense of being neutral and objective, quite unlike the US mainstream media elite poseurs).
Nonetheless, the Sun will be a vastly more reliable source of information on Iraq than the NYT, LAT or ABCCBSNBCCNN.
There is a definite pro-Blair bent, but, as you indicated, it is far more accurate than the crapola we are getting in the USA. On a scale of 1 to 10, if "5" is the absolute truth and the lower numbers are liberal, this article is a "6" while the NY Times, et al, are hovering in the 1-2 range.
No, they said, "No Smoking!!! Gum?"
The experts found evidence of clandestine attempts between late 1999 and 2002 to get from North Korea technology related to its 1300km No Dong missiles.-TREVOR KAVANAGH
Heh. He said "No Dong".