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Scott Ritter in Pro-Iraq Movie Deal
NewsMax.com ^ | Sunday Sept. 1, 2002; 12:21 p.m. EDT | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 09/01/2002 9:57:54 AM PDT by Jean S

As many of his media colleagues have done in recent days, NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert invoked the name of former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Sunday to bolster claims that the White House is overstating the threat posed by Iraq.

"Former weapons inspector Scott Ritter has said that Saddam is not a threat; that while he was an inspector about 95 percent of his (WMD) capability was destroyed," Russert announced.

But while the former Marine who was booted out by Iraq in 1998 continues to be cited reverentially by Russert and others, they never seem to get around to mentioning Ritter's reported involvement in a pro-Iraq movie deal that depends on financing from an Iraqi-American supporter of Saddam Hussein.

"The U.S. will definitely not like this film," Ritter himself admitted to the Weekly Standard last November, as he described a return trip to Baghdad in July 2000 that was accomplished with Saddam's blessing.

He was visiting the terrorist state to work on his documentary film, "In Shifting Sands," the goal of which was to chronicle the weapons-inspection process and, according to Ritter, "de-demonize" Iraq.

Though the former weapons inspector claims his 90-minute documentary is objective, he told the Standard it was produced with the approval of the Iraqi government and features interviews with numerous high-level Iraqi officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.

Saddam's one-time nemesis managed to secure the unprecedented access through the help of Shakir al-Khafaji, an Iraqi-American real estate developer who ponied up $400,000 for Ritter's movie.

Ritter confessed that al-Khafaji, who accompanied him to Iraq, is "openly sympathetic with the regime in Baghdad." The well-connected businessman was apparently instrumental in getting him interviews with top Iraqi officials.

Though the former UNSCOM troubleshooter denies that al-Khafaji had any editorial input on the film, Ritter confessed that his documentary could have never been made without the pro-Saddam businessman's help.

"I tried to get independent sources to fund the movie," Ritter told the Standard before turning defensive. "People can talk about the funding all they want. If I'd been able to be bought -- from '95 to '98 the CIA paid me. Did I do their bidding?"

But the real question has nothing to do with whether or not Ritter has been unduly influenced by his recent cozy relationship with a regime the U.S. is set to attack.

The real problem is that the U.S. media continues to cite Ritter as an unbiased authority on the Iraqi threat without breathing a word about his nifty little pro-Iraq movie deal bankrolled by Saddam's wealthy booster.

Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics:

Media Bias
Saddam Hussein/Iraq


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1 posted on 09/01/2002 9:57:54 AM PDT by Jean S
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To: JeanS
Ritter's a strange critter.
2 posted on 09/01/2002 10:03:24 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: JeanS
Ritter is a traitor, and should be punished accordingly.
3 posted on 09/01/2002 10:06:18 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: JeanS
Thar be sumpin' mitey rong with that Ritter boy...
4 posted on 09/01/2002 10:06:50 AM PDT by Vidalia
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To: JeanS
Now Ritter is a guy you know you can trust. He says Iraq is harmless, so I guess it is. Ritter must know. He hasn't looked at anything in 4 years, and was greatly impeded in those prior days, but Hussein says the same thing so they corroborate one another.

I think when Ritter finally understood that Biden was right, that Ritter just didn't make enough money to have a credible opinion...well, at that point, Ritter was able to mature into a credible source.

One guy you don't want near the microphone is David Schippers. He might find your slightest reason to distrust Scott Ritter. By the way, if Ritter was really a Marine, what happened?

5 posted on 09/01/2002 10:11:38 AM PDT by stevem
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To: stevem
Maybe Ritter is a double agent. Perhaps his "documentary" gives him access to spy on the Iraqis.
6 posted on 09/01/2002 10:14:46 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: JeanS
Don't worry -- this news is sure to be the lead off on the evening news broadcast tonight.../sarcasm.
7 posted on 09/01/2002 10:18:51 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JeanS
I saw Ritter's excerpted testimony on, of all places, The Daily Show (I like Lewis Black when he's on).

You could sense from Ritter's expression as he repeatedly stated "Iraq is not a threat" that he was either about to bust out laughing or that he was spelling B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T in Morse code with his jaw clenches.

Indeed, it smelled worse than a beached whale.

8 posted on 09/01/2002 10:32:31 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2
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To: JeanS
Not only is Ritter pro-Iraq in this conflict. When I've seen him on tv he seems quite abnoxious and tries to be intimidating about it. I figured he had a burka in his closet somewhere.
9 posted on 09/01/2002 10:34:36 AM PDT by anncoulteriscool
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To: JeanS
SLANDER!

An Iraqi AMERICAN, financed him producing a documentry about Iraq

An expert on Iraq retained to make a documentry about Iraq, what the hell was he supposed to do a documentry about?

The OJ Simpson trial?

The project was done under the supervision of the state department and FBI, both of who signed off on the financing as being clean and both the state department and the FBI have praised the documentry as accurate and objective.

I hope Tucker Carlson and the other hacks attacking this man are sued into non-existance.

10 posted on 09/01/2002 10:38:40 AM PDT by ContentiousObjector
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To: JeanS
This is all bull. Slander by people who have never seen the film. That documentary was OPENLY CRITICAL of Saddam Hussein and his misrule in Iraq. I am not surprised the Weekly Standard -- run by chickenhawks too frightened to fight but so willing to send others -- would distort the truth about Scott Ritter: A United States Marine and a Gulf War veteran. Anyone else here want to start bashing veterans?
11 posted on 09/01/2002 10:42:05 AM PDT by Zviadist
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To: ContentiousObjector
The project was done under the supervision of the state department and FBI, both of who signed off on the financing as being clean and both the state department and the FBI have praised the documentry as accurate and objective.

I hope Tucker Carlson and the other hacks attacking this man are sued into non-existance.

Well said. You beat me to it. It is amazing the LIES that these chickenhawks will tell about an honorable U.S. Marine and WAR VETERAN! Anyone who knows anything about the film will know how critical it was of Saddam -- who Ritter DESPISES. I can't believe how this slander of a US Marine goes without comment on this website. I guess "conservatives" don't mind sounding like military-hating leftists when it suits their purpose.

Let Tucker Carlson and his boyfriends at Weekly Standard lead the invasion.

12 posted on 09/01/2002 10:45:44 AM PDT by Zviadist
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To: ContentiousObjector
The project was done under the supervision of the state department and FBI, both of who signed off on the financing as being clean and both the state department and the FBI have praised the documentry as accurate and objective.

Do you happen to have a source for that little tidbit? After hearing Scott Ritter's testimony before Congress years ago, he's had quite the turnaround, wouldn't you say?

13 posted on 09/01/2002 10:50:27 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Zviadist
I think what people on this site find extraordinary is that years ago, when Ritter testified before Congress, he was extremely worried they (inspectors) hadn't found everything Saddam had. To hear him today ON TELEVISION (I haven't seen the movie) express confidence that Saddam doesn't have nuclear capability, doesn't make sense. How can he attest to this? Because he was in the country recently and made a movie? He couldn't even attest to it when he was inspecting the country for nuclear weapons - a country which has now gone un-inspected for years.
14 posted on 09/01/2002 10:53:40 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Zviadist; All
TURNING ON THE BULL**IT DETECTOR:

When consider the level of credibility you will assign to posts of Zviadist, I will cite a thread from earlier today discussing Britain's Iain Duncan Smith.

Our full-of-himself Zviadist first said: "By the way, I have spoken at some length with Iain Duncan Smith"

When challenged, he then said: "And I didn't say I "hung out" with him. I merely met him and spoke with him for a couple of minutes."

So "spoken at some length" became "met with him and spoke with him for a couple minutes." Apparently, Zviadist is less than an expert on Duncan Smith than he would wish us to believe.

You may all want to keep this in mind when evaluating anything said here by Zviadist. The name Walter Mitty is coming to mind.

15 posted on 09/01/2002 11:56:09 AM PDT by doug from upland
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To: Zviadist
Two questions for you:

1. Are you a United States citizen?

2. Is your name "Zviadist" taken from the Georgian terrorist group? CLICK

16 posted on 09/01/2002 1:58:25 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: JeanS
while he was an inspector about 95 percent of his (WMD) capability was destroyed

5 percent of a remaining arsenal of WMD is 100 percent too much lethal potential in the hands of someone like Hussein.

It only takes a incredibly small exposure to certain WMD agents to be lethal...

17 posted on 09/01/2002 2:00:50 PM PDT by NorCoGOP
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To: Zviadist
Oh, calm down and quit typing "WAR VETERAN!!!" in such a way. Sheesh.

Doesn't make the man a god or something. Two words: Tim McVeigh.

Now..........think about it for two seconds, and you'll see that Ritter has been two-faced as all hell in his public stances towards Iraq. To deny that is to deny reality.

18 posted on 09/01/2002 2:08:23 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: doug from upland
Two questions? Give me a break. What are you going to do if I refuse to answer your "two questions", call up the TIPS program?

You are about the most empty-headed poster here. Your understanding of world affairs is limited to grunting about places you have never heard of, and you continually embarass yourself.

That said, if you think democratically-elected anti-communists who were murdered by the Shevardnadze dictatorship are terrorists, then it is you who are the raving left-winger and pro-terrorist. After all, what was the most brutal terrorist enterprise in history? Answer: the communist world dictatorship. But, if you wish to discuss the intricacies of post USSR Georgia I would be glad to hear your views. Oh...you know nothing at all about Georgia? Well, I didn't think so. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

19 posted on 09/01/2002 3:53:30 PM PDT by Zviadist
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To: RightOnline
you'll see that Ritter has been two-faced as all hell in his public stances towards Iraq.

Ritter's message has been consistent. It is just that you are not listening beyond the slander that people like Brit Hume and Fox News are pouring on him. Why don't you read his words instead of what the chickenhawk war party are saying about him?

20 posted on 09/01/2002 4:07:40 PM PDT by Zviadist
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To: Zviadist; doug from upland
Oh hush.

Your puffery is ridiculous. The statements made about you by Doug were 'facts'. YOUR DIRECT WORDS. If you don't want to be called on YOUR WORDS then you should think twice before posting them.

I like these quotes and think perhaps they apply to you.

_____________________________________________________________________________

Personal, ad hominem, attacks say more about the speaker
than they do about the intended target.

If, in order to make yourself appear bigger, you must make others appear small, it is perhaps time to examine your premise.

If you cannot support your premise without guile and adhominem attacks, you are on a fool's errand. And only you control the fool.

21 posted on 09/01/2002 4:08:59 PM PDT by justshe
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To: Zviadist
I read his words, pal. Maybe YOU should.
22 posted on 09/01/2002 6:00:28 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Zviadist; justshe
This is wonderful. I received a post from someone who told me you would not answer those questions. He was right. Instead, you launched a diatribe on me.

I made a few simple observations using your own words, and you unfortunately went ballistic. I just found out that you've been here since 1998. It is clear to me why we have never had a dialogue.

We can certainly agree about communism being one of the two great evils of the 20th Century. Beyond that, I really don't think I want to talk to you. I will do my best to refrain from calling you a mental patient.

23 posted on 09/01/2002 7:36:00 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
coming soon the william pitt and scott ritter book!

lol
24 posted on 09/01/2002 9:20:57 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: JeanS
"The real problem is that the U.S. media continues to cite Ritter as an unbiased authority on the Iraqi threat without breathing a word about his nifty little pro-Iraq movie deal bankrolled by Saddam's wealthy booster."

. . .a traitorous bump. . .

25 posted on 09/02/2002 12:39:12 PM PDT by cricket
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To: cricket
Ritter is an idiot.
'NUFF SAID!
26 posted on 09/02/2002 1:12:37 PM PDT by The PeteMan
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To: JeanS
Audio Editions Books on Cassette & CD:: Endgame - 2 cassettes, Abridged (Nonfiction)

Author/Reader: Scott Ritter Hear what the former head of the U.N. Arms Inspection Team recommends to end the ongoing Iraq crisis: bomb Baghdad and kill Saddam Hussein. From the man whose resignation caused a shift in policy toward Iraq. "Disarmingly revealing... righteous throughout."—Boston Globe

27 posted on 09/02/2002 1:14:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: JeanS
September 1998...

Scott Ritter Points to Fear The American arms inspector for the United Nations who recently quit in protest over US policy toward Iraq is back in the news again. Scott Ritter has more to say, now claiming that the United States lacks the will to use force against Saddam Hussein and that the Iraqi leader successfully called our bluff. "It has to be credible force in order for Saddam to flinch, and I think the Iraqis just called the bluff," he said. "There is an illusion of arms control taking place. Right now we are not doing meaningful inspections in Iraq, and if people do not change course the end result will be that Iraq will be able to retain these capabilities." Scott Ritter, of course, is a man who would know what he is talking about. If his assessment is correct, we should certainly give this matter our urgent attention.

28 posted on 09/02/2002 1:19:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: JeanS
August 31, 1998

ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: And it your contention that without a significant and realistic threat of military actionaq will not allow the investigations to begin again, beyond just the monitoring that's already going on?

WILLIAM SCOTT RITTER, JR.: Well, in this I would only echo the words made by the Secretary-General and other personnel back in February, who said that you couldn't have had the February MOU without the real and credible threat of military force. That's an obvious statement. can't expect to enforce the law unless you have the means to carry out the enforcement.

29 posted on 09/02/2002 1:37:56 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jack-A-Roe
Ritter's just being a good capitalist. Selling his soul for a buck and all that...
30 posted on 09/02/2002 9:20:38 PM PDT by zarf
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To: Eccl 10:2
I just saw Louis Black at Zanies in Nashville. Man, is he funny. So much better in person too!
31 posted on 09/02/2002 9:23:38 PM PDT by zarf
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To: JeanS
"I tried to get independent sources to fund the movie," Ritter told the Standard before turning defensive. "People can talk about the funding all they want."

That's the point. People like Russert -- and most other mainstreamers who cite Ritter -- don't want to. Why not?

32 posted on 09/03/2002 12:41:05 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee
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To: zarf
I just saw Louis Black at Zanies in Nashville. Man, is he funny. So much better in person too!

Black on Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca": "A bullet through your brain doesn't take away your pain, IT KILLS YOU!"

Black on Spielberg's P.C. E.T.: "You know what they're saying in those walkie-talkies? 'WHAT THE H*LL HAPPENED TO OUR GUNS?!!!'"

33 posted on 09/03/2002 12:46:20 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee
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