Skip to comments.'Dr. Germ' had bio-weapon program just before war
Posted on 07/08/2006 7:41:18 AM PDT by conservativecorner
The U.S. Army has released a Saddam-regime document revealing the infamous "Dr. Germ" prepared an analysis as late as 2002 of how to employ biological weapons using aircraft.
The document is part of a collection held by the Foreign Military Studies Office, a research and analysis center under the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command. The material is made available to the public though a website.
The analysis by Dr. Germ, Rehab Rasheed Taha, shows how far the Iraqi regime had advanced on its application of the weapon of mass destruction, notes blogger Ed Morrissey
The document which begins: "In the name of Allah, most Merciful, most Compassionate" refers to a March 10, 2002, meeting of the "biological committee" that followed a trip by "delegates" to Moscow.
Taha refers to "aircraft sprayers that are able to scatter dust" and outlines a number of technical issues that indicate the scientist continued to pursue application of biological weapons.
Morrisey notes that in this case, Taha carefully exploited the parameters of U.N. weapons inspectors in order to hide the existence of the source material, its weaponization into the proper size for dissemination and the process by which it's produced.
The memo was issued prior to the vote by Congress in 2002 to authorize force against Iraq. But Morrissey points out its timing also was well after the 9-11 attacks and the renewed focus on the region.
"Saddam and his henchmen not only had every intention of reconstituting their WMD programs, they obviously continued them unabated during the entire twelve-year quagmire while the [weapons inspectors] slept," Morrisey commented.
Last month, two Republican members of Congress trumpeting a newly declassified portion of a government report showing the U.S. has located some 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003 with more likely to be found.
"We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., told reporters.
Santorum read from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, which noted: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."
Within a month or so after 9-11, one of the TV news magazines (Dateline?)
revealed that a US guvmint agency had grave concerns about
chem-bio weapons (pre-9-11)
and decided to run a little test.
The agency wanted to see how easy it would be get a real witches brew going.
They tasked this to some scientists/technicians...and handed them a checkbook.
IIRC, the agency honchos were shocked when the group had a reactor up and running
in weeks with off-the-shelf parts for about $1,000,000.
Is there any reason what-so-ever that the Bush administration waited YEARS to release this information? The Bush admin once held a 80% approval rating, which meant that Republicans would garner an even greater majority in Congress; so this country would become even better.
No, instead of countering left leaning reports, slander and the ilk of Shehan; we held back actual evidence that proved what we stated as a cause to go to war as being true. We allowed slander, lies and gross exagerations to fill the papers, without bothering to present the proof we held in our hands. No wonder the polls are what they are, what idiot allowed this to happen?
Consider Nazi Germany ... how long did we keep the fact that Jews were being held and tortured in concentration camps a secret? Did we keep the sinking of the Luthasana a national secret? Did we keep the U-boat program a secret? How about the exploits of Dr. Mangela? No, we presented the evidence to the world, as we got it. This made our anger greater, and even the leftist cowards dared not nay-say our cause. Our cause was just then, our cause is just now; it's that someone is deliberately keeping us from pooling together; and it doesn't look like it's the Democrats.
The jig is up.
Actually the government did not release much information about the concentration camps for quite some time. Would have made FDR's decision to turn away Jewish refugees including an entire shipload open to the derision he deserved.
I think it is very likely that the military preferred that the information there were unsecured chemical shells still loose in Iraq was supressed, to lessen the likelihood that the "insurgents" would try to locate and use them in IED-style booby-traps.
Where did they get the uranium?
"Where did they get the uranium?"
Mea culpa...I should have said "bio-reactor".
They were just showing how easy it would be for some modestly smart
Islamics to put together a plant to start cranking out anthrax, etc.
I hadn't thought to be more specific about what type of "reactor"
I was talking about.
lots of news out the past couple of days. Looks like the 800 lb gorilla that is these documents is starting to crap.
Good point. I am convinced the 9/11 anthrax attack here in the U.S. was part of the whole 9/11 attack. And that the anthrax came from Iraq. That, more than anything, is why we went into Iraq.
Only problem is, the first attempt to kill us with chemical/biological weapons (the anthrax) failed, with the exception of the few who did die.
I fear there is much, much more anthrax out there somewhere.
Do you remember reading right after 9/11 the account from the pharmicist in Florida who said Mohamad Atta and another hijacker came into his pharmacy looking for something to relieve the rash on their hands? The phamacist said it looked like something that could be a result of chemical burns of some sort.
I also believe North Korea, the fake Palestinians (there is no Palestine) and the Iranian regimes are acting up now because they know something we don't. I know this all sounds like something from a Tom Clancy novel or something, but I believe there will be a joint effort to attack the U.S., Britain, and Israel with something big.
Also, the guy the FBI tried to blame the anthrax on is a former worker at one of the labs we made anthrax here in the U.S. They have never been able to make any of those charges stick, they simply destroyed that guy's life.
I've wondered about this myself. Either they have some grand strategy (I hope) or it's absolute bungling incompetence (more likely).
German investigators link Iraq to anthrax attack.
October 26, 2001. Anova.
Hijacker given anthrax by Iraq
October 27, 2001. The Times.
Saddam behind anthrax attacks?
January 1, 2004. Accuracy in Media.
/11 Hijacker sought treatment for red hands (anthrax).
October 11, 2001. Palm Beach Post.
Tabloid Editor rented apartment to two 9/11 hijackers. The tabloid lost a worker to anthrax.
October 15, 2001. Miami Herald.
Hijackers linked to anthrax.
October 15, 2001. St. Petersburg Times.
9/11 Hijackers treated for anthrax.
March 23, 2002. The New York Times.
April 20, 2002. The Weekly Standard.
Hijacker treated for anthrax.
May 9, 2002. The Wall Street Journal.
Atta tried to buy a cropduster.
June 6, 2002. ABC.
Analysis of anthrax letters.
June 19, 2002. Instapundit.
Freeper My Identity research on anthrax letters. Post #44.
The silica used in the anthrax attacks traced to Iraq.
October 28, 2002. The Washington Post.
Freeper Backhoe's list of links.
February 2, 2003
Freeper Republican Strategist list of links.
February 24, 2003.
Freeper polemikos list of links to investigations regarding anthrax.
December 26, 2003.
Evidence Iraq behind anthrax attacks.
January 1, 2004. Accuracy in Media
Freeper Christie's list of links. Great chart.
September 26, 2004.
Saddam behind anthrax attacks and 9/11 attacks.
And this is precisely why the Bush administration has buried all evidence of Iraq's WMD programs -- because the evidence will fully implicate Russia, France, Germany, and China -- our "friends".
See post #16.
From Captains Quarters. Ed writes for The Weekly Standard as well his own blog. Go there for many recent articles on Iraq and WMD finally coming to light:
Iraqi Documents: Our Friends, The Russians (Updated And Bunped)
One of the reasons that the DoD may have sat on the captured IIS files without translating or releasing them, some speculate, was that the contents may embarrass some of our allies in the overall war on terror. One document released yesterday seems to support that analysis. According to document CMPC-2003-000878, the Russians gave more active support to Saddam prior to the March 2003 invasion than previously known -- and they used Syria as a conduit for their materiel:
Bulletproof Vests from Russia
Thirteen thousand vests were imported from Russia by request from the Presidential Command Office; they were all turned over to Qusai Saddam Hussein eight days before the war. Three Russian experts came with the vests, and the deal had been financed through a wealthy man in al-Kut (180 km south of Baghdad). [The suits] were bought for 250 dollars and then sold to Qusai Saddam Hussein for 600 dollars; they had sneaked into [Iraq] by way of [Syria] after [being] wrapped by Swedish jackets (so as not to embarrass Syria) as well as to deceive the American Intelligence, [however] [the American Intelligence] was able to discover this operation.
This suit is characterized by its ability to withstand a round from an American made M16-A2 (which has a very high speed and a piercing head) from a distance of only 5 meters, and the MG 7.62 [mm] machine gun at the same distance.
Advanced Russian T-72 Heavy Tank Engines
This tank is considered the gem of the Russian (Armored divisions); it has a 125 mm smoothbore barrel, and is capable of firing an APFSD (armor-piercing) round. These tanks suffer from engine [problems] from their use in the Iran-Iraq and Gulf wars. Iraq at most used 25 liters of engine oil per month on these tanks [and] Republican Guard officers always complained about their [the tanks] movement (During Operation Desert Fox in 1998, they were only able to move 6 tanks a distance of 1200 meters from the other 21 tanks.) One characteristic of a Russian armored tank is that the greatest emphasis is put on fire, then force, movement, and armor, in that order. Suddenly, there were new engines imported from Russia, and Republican Guard units were provided with 70 engines for each unit; these engines passed though Syria one month before the war.
This doesn't have much to do with WMD, of course, but the revelation of the movement of tank engines -- seventy of them for every armored unit -- has to raise some eyebrows about the relationship between Washington and Moscow. It also should remind people about the materiel conduit that Syria supplied to Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin, and whether or not that conduit operated bidirectionally. Perhaps the WMD that the US seeks did not stay in Syria at all, but made its way to Russia instead.
UPDATE and BUMP: Another look at our friends in Moscow comes in document CMPC-2003-001950, which details a meeting with the Russian ambassador in March 2003. The diplomats discussed the evacuation of Russian citizens from Iraq, but also discussed current American military assets deployed in the Gulf theater:
3- The ambassador, during the meeting, had given the following information about the American military presence in the Gulf and in the area since March 2. as follows: - 206500 troops, including: 98000 air force troops, 36500 infantry. 90% of these forces are in Kuwait, positioned on board of American warships. - American forces had reached Bobian Island. - 480 tanks. - 1132 armored vehicles. - 296 artillery - 735 Apache Helicopters - 871 combat planes - 106 US navy units, of which 68 are in the Gulf. The rest of them are in Oman, Adan, The Red Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. - 5 aircraft carriers, one of which is nuclear. Three are in the Gulf, one is in the Mediterranean Sea, and another one is on the way. - 583 cruise missiles are positioned on the US navy units. They are distributed over 22 navy units. - 64 cruise missiles are carried by planes. - Ten B-52H heavy bombers are positioned in the Indian Ocean. - Eight B-18 aircrafts are located at the American base in Oman (Tamarid Center).
4- The ambassador had indicated that they were concerned about the increasing number of aircrafts in Jordan . Also, he described the number of those aircrafts, positioned at Al-Sult base, as follows:
- 24 F-16 aircrafts.
- 10 Tornado aircrafts.
- 11 aircraft carrier.
Also, he indicated that there are five A-10 tank destroyer aircrafts located at King Faisal base in Jordan.
5- The ambassador also indicated that a number of the 82nd Division military personnel, which was stationed in Afghanistan, have begun arriving in Kuwait, and that the number has reached 750 to date.
I'm sure the White House would prefer not to have this get around.