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    05/19/2005 7:24:17 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 21 replies · 799+ views
    RCP ^ | Thursday, May 19 2005 | Tom Bevan
    In light of the Newsweek debacle, I thought it apropos to revisit another example of the MSM's willingness to inject stories into the media bloodstream with the intent of trying to damage this president and his administration. I'm referring specifically to The New York Times and the story of Al Qaqaa.First, a little backstory. Three weeks ago I sat on a panel with Clifford May discussing new media. May cited his experience with the Al Qaqaa story as an example of the growing power and speed with which new media can analyze, critique, and rebut charges emanating from the MSM.You...
  • REMBERING AL QAQAA (NY Slimes Accountable?)

    02/28/2005 4:37:09 PM PST · by CT CONSERVATIVE · 12 replies · 701+ views
    NRO The Corner ^ | 2/28/05 | Cliff May
    Let me add this to Byron’s fine story today: The New York Times has never investigated – and never had its ombudsman, Daniel Okrent, investigate – this extraordinarily newsworthy question: Was the Grey Lady manipulated by a UN official, Mohammed ElBaradei, as part of a plot to affect the outcome of a U.S. presidential election?
  • 101st Airborne Vet: 'No Way' Explosives Were at Al Qaqaa

    10/27/2004 10:52:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 32 replies · 922+ views ^ | 10/28/04 | Carl Limbacher
    A former GI with the 101st Airborne Division who was among the first Americans on the scene at Saddam Hussein's Al Qaqaa weapons depot said Wednesday there was no way the bunkers he inspected housed 380 tons of high explosives as reported by the New York Times. "When we walked into the bunkers that apparently nobody [else] went into, there is no way there were 380 tons of explosives in those bunkers," 101st Airborne veteran Ken Dixon told the Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" Wednesday night. Instead, said Dixon, the weapons that were left behind at Al Qaqaa were...
  • New York Times responds to Clifford May column(Bill Keller defends Iraq ammo story)

    11/26/2004 8:12:15 AM PST · by Pikamax · 12 replies · 1,286+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | 11/24/04 | Bill Keller and Clifford May
    New York Times responds to Clifford May column -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scripps Howard News Service (SH) - The following letter by Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, was written in response to a Clifford D. May column that was distributed by Scripps Howard on Oct. 27. Also included is an answer by May to the Keller letter. To the editor: I'm all for freedom of debate, but Scripps Howard owes its subscribers an apology for the commentary it distributed recently under the byline of Clifford D. May. Mr. May - whom you identify as a one-time New York Times...
  • Kerry's Latest Betrayal........My Son

    11/14/2004 4:12:10 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 89 replies · 4,137+ views
    As a longtime investigative researcher and journalist, I knew that politics could be down and dirty, but I didn't expect (despite premonitions thereof), that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., would betray my son in the same manner that he had betrayed his fellow Swift Boat servicemen, and then all the American servicemen and women who served honorably in Vietnam so long ago. But I was wrong. I thought that he might have a little decency left in him, a decency that would spare the fighting men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom from his demeaning smears and lies. Al Qaqaa, the...
  • Elite Russian Commandos Concealed Iraq Weapons Removal (Nuke Accessories at Qaa Qaa, Iraq)

    11/06/2004 5:57:56 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 10 replies · 1,602+ views
    Russia has become the focus of a US investigation into the removal of special weapons from Iraq in the months leading up to the March 2003 US military invasion.European intelligence has uncovered documents that link Russian spetsnaz troos to the removal of Russian made arms and explosives.Asked if the Russians worked at the Al Qaa Qaa facility where 380 tons of RDX and HMX explosives had been stored, a defense official said:'The likelihood is 99 percent that if the Russians did not work at that facility, they had helped to create a specific task force within Mukhabarat to do so.'
  • Looted Al QaQaa 'explosives' are in fact urinary antiseptic

    11/04/2004 6:49:55 PM PST · by Right Wing Professor · 115 replies · 5,119+ views
    Exclusive (So far) to FR ^ | 11/4/2004 | Gerard S Harbison, AKA Right Wing Professor
    The Los Angeles Times this morning ran an article on the alleged looting of the Al QaQaa explosives. Pivotal to the article, whcih relied on unidentified GI alleged witnesses to the looting, was this: One soldier said U.S. forces watched the looters' trucks loaded with bags marked "hexamine" — a key ingredient for HMX — being driven away from the facility. Unsure what hexamine was, the troops later did an Internet search and learned of its explosive power. "We found out this was stuff you don't smoke around," the soldier said. The trouble is, it's completely bogus. Hexamine isn't an...

    11/04/2004 12:02:01 PM PST · by Mayflower Sister · 69 replies · 1,935+ views
    Now that Kerry's been soundly defeated, has anyone heard ONE WORD about the missing explosives?
  • NY SLimes About To Hit Bush Tomm. A.M.

    11/01/2004 3:47:34 PM PST · by montereyp1 · 70 replies · 273+ views
    BOMBGATE [Rich Lowry] Word is that the New York Times is working on another controversial story about it that could be in tomorrow's paper. Posted at 06:32 PM ME: I hope they think it was worth it when Bush is in office and their circulation drops. These people are garbage.

    11/01/2004 12:35:20 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 238+ views
    NROTC ^ | Cliff May
    Bill Safire’s column today advances the case that UN official Mohamed ElBaradei has attempted to influence an American election by circulating false or misleading information. (Whether he succeeds or not remains to be determined.) Money quote: ElBaradei “has long known about the presence of ‘nuclear trigger’ explosives (evidence of Saddam's nuclear ambitions?) in one of Iraq's thousands of ammo dumps. But, The Wall Street Journal reports that with exquisite political timing, on Oct. 1 ElBaradei sent a ‘reminder’ to a Baathist science minister renewing the U.N. interest in these particular explosives. That produced a dutiful letter from the Iraqi bureaucrat...
  • 377 tons small part of absent Iraq explosives

    10/31/2004 12:17:12 PM PST · by Calvarys_Soldier · 13 replies · 578+ views ^ | 10/31/04 | Calvarys_Soldier
    Even after the U.S. military secured some 400,000 tons of munitions, as many as 250,000 tons remain unaccounted for. But with the names of other sites popping up everywhere — al-Mahaweel, Baqouba, Ukhaider, Qaim — experts say the al-Qaqaa stash is only a tiny fraction of what’s buried in the sands of Iraq. “There is something truly absurd about focusing on 377 tons,” said Anthony Cordesman, a defense analyst and Iraq expert with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He contends Iraq’s prewar stockpiles “were probably in excess of 650,000 tons.” A nation ‘awash in weapons’ Through mid-September,...
  • Photos: Northern weapons removed before U.S. arrival

    10/30/2004 11:03:22 PM PDT · by HereComesTheGOP · 18 replies · 2,646+ views ^ | October 31, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern | Aaron Klein
    Photos: Northern weapons removed before U.S. arrival Coordinated effort by Saddam's fedayeen to take munitions before allies secured areas Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's fedayeen removed weapons and ammunition from a storage facility in northern Iraq, similar to the al-Qaqaa facility at the center of current controversy, before the U.S. victory and prior to the arrival of the 101st Airborne Division to secure the area, according to photos obtained by WorldNetDaily from an Army intelligence source. Army sources say the removal operations by Saddam's troops at the northern site were coordinated and likely systemic, and could indicate the southern al-Qaqaa...
  • "At Large w/ Geraldo Rivera: Explosives at al-QaQaa Are Now Killing Our Servicemen

    10/30/2004 7:44:38 PM PDT · by Pirate21 · 121 replies · 3,082+ views
    At Large with Geraldo Rivera on FOXNews Channel | 10/30/2004 | Pirate21
    Geraldo just interviewed Col. David Hunt and allowed him to allege that the al-QaQaa explosives are now killing our servicemen!*&! Perhaps this segment was pre-recorded, but then FOXNews needs to make an announcement and not broadcast the word "Live" in the corner.
  • FROM A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE CAMPAIGN (good news - al-CaCa backfiring against Kerry in internal polls)

    10/28/2004 11:14:27 AM PDT · by ambrose · 27 replies · 2,060+ views
    FROM A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE CAMPAIGN [10/28 02:07 PM] Just heard from a source close to the campaign, tuned in to the conversations at the highest levels. According to the Bushies, the last few days have seen a huge burst of momentum in their numbers. They think Bush is ahead by a few points nationally. They expect the next round of tracking polls to show a bit of a bump. The internal polls show a significant lead in Florida (outside margin of error) and Arkansas is out of play, with a Bill Clinton visit or without. As for most...
  • Today Show OBL Effect: The Missing Explosives that Didn't Bark

    10/30/2004 5:31:48 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 1,963+ views
    The Today Show - Weekend Edition | governsleast governsbest
    A quick report on this Saturday morning's edition of The Today Show. I'll get into some details below, but here's all people really need to know. Time spent in crucial first half-hour discussing OBL tape: virtually all. Tim e spent discussing missing explosives: virtually none. Joe Lockhart came on and tried to spin things as best he could, but you could see his heart wasn't in it. He knows that as long as the topic is OBL and the war on terror, his man is losing. Mary Matalin was the first guest, and she emphasized the great strides W has...
  • Reporter saw insurgents loot Qaqaa arms depot

    10/29/2004 9:42:48 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 85 replies · 1,800+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Oct 30, 2004 | Katrin Bennhold
    PARIS A French journalist who visited the Qaqaa munitions depot south of Baghdad in November last year said she witnessed Islamic insurgents looting vast supplies of explosives more than six months after the demise of Saddam Hussein's regime. The account of Sara Daniel, which will be published Wednesday in the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, lends further weight to allegations that American occupying forces in Iraq failed to protect hundreds of tons of munitions from extremists plotting attacks against their own troops. Much of the controversy has centered around the disappearance of about 380 tons of the powerful HMX explosive....
  • Report: Russia Took Iraqi Arms

    10/29/2004 7:17:58 AM PDT · by HereComesTheGOP · 54 replies · 2,255+ views ^ | 10/29/04 | Combined Reports
    A high-ranking U.S. defense official said Russian forces "almost certainly" smuggled a cache of high explosives out of Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in March 2003, The Washington Times reported Thursday. Defense Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov dismissed the allegations as "absurd" and "ridiculous." The Washington Times, basing its report on an interview with John Shaw, the deputy U.S. undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said Russian special forces had probably helped spirit out the hundreds of tons of high explosives that went missing from the al-Qaqaa base. Two weeks ago, Iraqi officials told the UN's International Atomic Energy...
  • The CIA in deep Qaqaa

    10/30/2004 4:41:17 AM PDT · by Ginifer · 26 replies · 1,228+ views ^ | October 30, 2004 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    Since new CIA Director Porter Goss blocked the October Surprise agency left-wingers had prepared against Bush (discussed in "Porter At The Pass" last week), they desperately rigged another one, working with Mohammed ElBaradei at the U.N. What nobody is focusing on in Al Qaqaagate is that the CIA is behind it. The anti-Bush lefties are now known as the "Rogue Weasels" at Langley, and they are frantic to do whatever they can to elect Kerry. They cooked up this entire phony "tons of missing explosives" scandal, sweet-talked the head of the U.N.'s nuclear inspection agency, ElBaradei, to carry their water...
  • Giuliani: Kerry's criticism defames American troops

    10/29/2004 8:44:13 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 625+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 10/29/2004 | JON FOX
    WILKES-BARRE - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called Sen. John Kerry's criticism of the Bush administration regarding 380 tons of missing explosives in Iraq "shameful." Speaking before about a crowd of about 150 packed into the Republican campaign headquarters Thursday afternoon, Giuliani said that by attacking President Bush, Kerry is impugning the performance of American troops. "What's he's saying by inference is that our troops didn't do their jobs. He's blaming it on the president, but the people that were there, the people on the ground, were our military. "He's talking about at most 380 tons of explosives...
  • Kerry Rides a Really Slow Horse

    10/29/2004 6:29:19 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 13 replies · 730+ views
    Powerline ^ | 10/28/2004 | Hindrocket
    I've never understood the Kerry campaign's decision to make Al Qaqaa--that is, an attack on the competence of the U.S. Army, based on essentially no evidence--the centerpiece of the last week of the campaign. On the merits, the issue has fizzled. We now know (although it has not been widely reported) that around half of the explosives in question were surreptitiously removed from the site by Saddam Hussein prior to January 2003; this is acknowledged in the IAEA report of that date. We also know that American troops secured the area starting on April 3, 2003, and thereafter it is...
  • A Rough Week For President Bush

    10/29/2004 6:44:11 PM PDT · by RecallMoran · 161 replies · 4,292+ views
    CBS News Web site ^ | October 29, 2004 | By David Paul Kuhn,
    The airing of a tape of Osama bin Laden capped a week of bad news for President Bush that threatened to derail his candidacy in the final days of the presidential election. For Mr. Bush, it was one piece of bad news after another – reporting of hundreds of tons of explosives looted in Iraq, tens of billions more for the war. And late this afternoon, a tape of bin Laden airing nationwide, where America’s chief adversary appears in good health and secure. Even before the latest bin Laden tape, Sen. John Kerry had put President Bush on the defensive...

    10/29/2004 6:13:10 PM PDT · by carlr · 46 replies · 1,458+ views
    It`s incredible, congressman Nadler was just attacking President Bush on allowing nuclear material to be looted and in the hands of terroists but than admitted that under a Kerry presidency Sadaam would still be in power.I didn`t think they had any material that could be considered a WMD according to the dims.
  • U.N., Major News Outlets Attempt to Undermine Election

    10/29/2004 8:25:13 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 14 replies · 623+ views
    My dad emailed this to me | Jaillene.Erickson
    U.N., Major News Outlets Attempt to Undermine Election "October Surprise" by New York Times has Been Debunked   Just days before the Presidential election, a leaked United Nations memo was used in a news story by the New York Times (NYT) as evidence of recently lost munitions at Al-Qaqaa in Iraq. The front page of the October 25, 2004, New York Times, reported with urgency that 380 tons of explosives were missing from an Iraqi facility that was suppose to be guarded by the U.S. military. The story makes no mention of when this took place but implies it was...
  • Report: Russia Took Iraqi Arms

    10/29/2004 3:22:17 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 2 replies · 332+ views
    Moscow ^ | October 29, 2004 | Staff
    Report: Russia Took Iraqi Arms Combined Reports A high-ranking U.S. defense official said Russian forces "almost certainly" smuggled a cache of high explosives out of Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in March 2003, The Washington Times reported Thursday. Defense Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov dismissed the allegations as "absurd" and "ridiculous." The Washington Times, basing its report on an interview with John Shaw, the deputy U.S. undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said Russian special forces had probably helped spirit out the hundreds of tons of high explosives that went missing from the al-Qaqaa base. Two weeks ago, Iraqi...
  • NY Times Responds To Me: Re:Missing Explosives

    10/28/2004 8:10:29 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 38 replies · 2,523+ views
    NY Times Editor | 10-28-2004 | my favorite headache
    Just got this e-mail from the NY Times Editor: I thought you'd be interested in this response which comes from the Executive Editor. Our front page story of October 25 reported accurately that a senior official at Iraq's Ministry of Science & Technology informed the International Atomic Energy Agency in a letter on October 10 that the materials were lost from the Al-Qaqaa site after April 9, 2003, through "the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security." As the story further reported, the IAEA took an inventory of the materials in January, 2003. In early...
  • 'Incompetence': John Kerry demonstrates his with factually unsupported denunciations

    10/29/2004 3:24:01 PM PDT · by hamboy · 2 replies · 554+ views
    The Center for Security Policy ^ | Friday, October 29, 2004 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.,
    Did the Russians help Saddam pre-war to cover the tracks of their conventional, WMD arms trade? (Washington, D.C.): Intrigue surrounding the disappearance of 377 tons of explosives from the al-Qaqaa facility in Iraq seems to be deepening, while preliminary reports that the material was lost due to American negligence appear to be among the least likely of explanations. As initially suggested to the public by the New York Times, large quantities of powerful HMX and RDX - plastic high-explosives that can be used for civilian purposes but are particularly well suited to military ones (including triggering nuclear weapons) and terrorist...
  • Anti-Bush protesters at Bush rally [Pics]

    10/29/2004 10:27:01 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 45 replies · 3,159+ views
    Yahoo news photos ^ | 10-29-04 | Martinez Monsivais
    Fri Oct 29, 1:12 PM ET Anti-Bush protesters chant and hold up signs at a campaign rally for President Bush (news - web sites) at Verizon Wireless Arena Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 in Manchester, N.H. The protesters where blaming Bush for the 386 tons of explosives missing in Iraq (news - web sites) while the U.S. has been in control. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    10/29/2004 2:09:21 PM PDT · by tvn · 6 replies · 852+ views
    Media Ethics Project ^ | October 29, 2004 | Mefia Ethics Project
    Media Ethics Project (“MEP”) of New York today submitted a request to the Thornburgh Commission to investigate the recent news reports of CBS News concerning 350 tons of missing explosives in Iraq. The Commission headed by former US Attorney General Richard Thornburgh was recently appointed by Viacom, Inc. to investigate certain reports by CBS News concerning the Reserve Guard service of President Bush allegedly based on use of forged documents. MEP is a newly formed group seeking to focus on the public interest responsibilities of mass media organizations. A key focus of today’s MEP filing is to seek an expansion...
  • U.S. Team Took 250 Tons of Iraqi Munitions

    10/29/2004 2:28:36 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 19 replies · 789+ views
    FOXN ^ | 10/29/04 | Bret Baier, Ian McCaleb
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army officer came forward Friday to say a team from his 3rd Infantry Division took about 250 tons of munitions and other material from the Al-Qaqaa (search) arms-storage facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in April 2003. Explosives were part of the load taken by the team, but Major Austin Pearson was unable to say what percentage they accounted for. The material was then destroyed, he said. The Pentagon believes the disclosure helps explain what happened to 377 tons of high explosives that the International Atomic Energy Agency said disappeared after the U.S.-led invasion.
  • Pentagon: US Forces Removed 250 Tons of Al Qaqaa Explosives

    10/29/2004 11:15:15 AM PDT · by mrustow · 58 replies · 1,324+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 29 October 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    In a noontime press conference today at the Pentagon, Pentagon spokesman Larry Dirita and Army Maj. Austin Pearson, an ammunition management officer who was at the Iraqi ammunition depot Al Qaqaa in spring, 2003 with the Army 3rd Infantry Division, cast doubt on the New York Times/CBS News report alleging that 377 tons of Iraqi munitions had disappeared from the site, after it had come under American control in April, 2003. Maj. Austin estimated that his unit removed 200-250 tons of munitions, and Mr. Dirita emphasized that reports that 141 tons of RDX explosives were at the facility under IAEA...
  • Pentagon says U-S military likely destroyed some ammunition from al-Qaqaa

    10/29/2004 10:50:27 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 7 replies · 422+ views
    KAAL-TV ^ | 10-29-04 | AP
    Pentagon says U-S military likely destroyed some ammunition from al-Qaqaa Updated: 10-29-2004 12:13:38 PM PENTAGON (AP) - Pentagon officials say the U-S military destroyed "the types of ammunition" T-V reports suggest were looted from an Iraqi military site. A military officer who led a unit charged with disposing of dangerous ammunition says he took material from the al-Qaqaa (al-KAH'-kah) site. At a news conference, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said the material taken by the disposal team included "a lot of plastic explosives." Di Rita says the facts of the missing explosives are still unclear. But, he says "the types...
  • The Return of the RDX

    10/29/2004 5:36:36 AM PDT · by Renfield · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Belmont Club ^ | 10-29-04 | Wretchard
    A report by ABC's 5 EyeWitness News, KSTP has images of the Al Qa Qaa site showing bunkers containing drums of explosive. KSTP says the images were taken on April 18, 2003 while a news unit was touring the area with members of the 101st Airborne. View the images by following the link. Using GPS technology and talking with members of the 101st Airborne Division, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has determined the crew embedded with the troops may have been on the southern edge of the Al Qaqaa installation, where the ammunition disappeared. The news crew was based just south of...
  • Why the Explosives Story is a Dud for the Dems (an Imaginary Conversation)

    10/29/2004 7:34:05 AM PDT · by LS · 17 replies · 565+ views
    self | 10/29/04 | LS
    I'm convinced that the "missing explosives" story not only is a dud for Dems, but that it backfires on many levels. It is simply too complicated for John and Joan Q. Public to follow. Imagine the following conversation: Dem shill: "Bush lost the weapons in Iraq." Voter: "There were weapons in Iraq?" Shill: "Yeah, and Bush didn't guard them." Voter: "You mean WMDs?" Shill: "No, no. Not WMDs. There were no WMDs in Iraq. Explosives." Voter: "I thought WMDs were explosives, among other things." Shill: "They are but these aren't. I mean, these are not WMDs. These were weapons. Explosives."...
  • Pentagon Briefing on 200 tons of Al QaQaa explosives destroyed in April 2003 (DRUDGE)

    10/29/2004 8:28:02 AM PDT · by rocklobster11 · 1,363 replies · 55,468+ views
    Fox News
    <p>Brit Baer on Fox News just announced. Coming up in 1 hour.</p>
  • Iraqi Officials: Explosives May Have Vanished Before Invasion

    10/29/2004 6:21:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies · 809+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 10/29/04 9:13 am | Staff
    Officials with the Iraqi agency cited by the New York Times earlier this week as the source for its claim that 380 tons of high explosives went missing from the Al Qaqaa weapons depot after the U.S. liberation said Friday that the report might be wrong. "How, where, when [the explosives were] taken, all these questions, we don't have answers," Dr. Rashad M. Omar, Iraq's Minister of Science and Technology, told the New York Times. Mohamed al-Sharaa, who heads up the national monitoring directorate at the ministry, backed Dr. Omar's account, telling the Times: "We don't say it's impossible" that...
  • Bill Gertz: Photos point to removal of weapons [Iraqi Arms Update 10/29/04]

    10/28/2004 9:52:08 PM PDT · by icecold · 35 replies · 3,062+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/29/04 | Gertz
    U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained satellite photographs of truck convoys that were at several weapons sites in Iraq in the weeks before U.S. military operations were launched, defense officials said yesterday. The photographs indicate that Iraq was moving arms and equipment from its known weapons sites, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. According to one official, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, known as NGA, "documented the movement of long convoys of trucks from various areas around Baghdad to the Syrian border."
  • Photo, video show Iraqi complex before, after invasion; Items bolster different theories ...

    10/28/2004 9:52:24 PM PDT · by ambrose · 47 replies · 3,090+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/28
    Photo, video show Iraqi complex before, after invasion Items bolster different theories on missing explosives WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two more bits of possible evidence surfaced Thursday in the mystery of the missing Iraqi explosives, but they appear to bolster two different scenarios as to what may have happened to the cache. The Pentagon released a photo showing activity before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 outside a bunker at the weapons dump where nearly 380 tons of explosives reportedly disappeared. While the photo might lend support to but does not prove the Pentagon's theory that the high-grade explosives...
  • LA Times: Munitions Issue Cuts Both Ways

    10/28/2004 11:17:09 PM PDT · by ambrose · 3 replies · 304+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/29
    October 29, 2004 YARDLEY, Pa. — Seeking to turn the controversy over missing explosives in Iraq to his advantage, President Bush on Thursday said Sen. John F. Kerry was willing to put "politics ahead of facts" on the issue, while the Democratic presidential candidate called on Bush to start taking responsibility for mistakes in Iraq. -snip- Rove and other Bush aides said they remained optimistic that the president would win reelection, saying their internal polling suggested they were leading Kerry in all battleground states except Pennsylvania, where the candidates weretied. At a rally in Westlake, Ohio, outside Cleveland, two dozen...
  • US releases pre-war photo of Iraqi weapons

    10/28/2004 11:22:58 PM PDT · by ambrose · 7 replies · 407+ views
    AFP | 10/29
    US releases pre-war photo of Iraqi weapons By Jim Mannion Washington - On Thursday the Pentagon released an aerial photograph of the Iraqi facility where hundreds of tons of powerful explosives have gone missing, showing two trucks parked by a bunker just before the American-led invasion. The issue of the missing weapons has taken the forefront of the American presidential race. The bunker was at Al Qaqaa Explosives Storage facility where the high explosives were kept under seals placed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, but United States Defence Department spokesperson Lawrence DiRita said US officials did not know what...
  • Bush Fires Back; Russia May Have Taken Iraqi Explosives

    10/28/2004 11:42:21 PM PDT · by HereComesTheGOP · 13 replies · 720+ views
    Talon News ^ | 10/28/04 | Bobby Eberle
    HOUSTON (Talon News) -- President George W. Bush broke a three-day silence on Wednesday regarding the issue of missing explosives in Iraq, an issue which the media, the Democrats, and presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry have used to criticize the president's post war planning and security efforts. Reports now indicate that Russia may have removed the explosives prior to U.S. forces arriving at the Iraqi installation of Al Qaqaa. Led by CBS News and the New York Times, the media began reporting earlier this week on a cache of explosives that were reported missing in Iraq. In stepping through the...
  • AP: TV Video May Show Missing Explosives

    10/29/2004 2:03:51 AM PDT · by ambrose · 34 replies · 1,172+ views
    AP ^ | 10/29
    Posted on Fri, Oct. 29, 2004 TV Video May Show Missing Explosives Associated Press WASHINGTON - Videotape shot by a Minnesota television crew traveling with U.S. troops in Iraq when they first opened the bunkers at the Al-Qaqaa munitions base nine days after the fall of Saddam Hussein shows what appeared to be high explosives still in barrels and bearing the markings of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The video taken by KSTP of St. Paul on April 18, 2003, could reinforce suggestions that tons of explosives missing from a munitions installation in Iraq were looted after the U.S. invasion...
  • When did the explosives go missing? "Neither they [Iraqi authorities] nor we know" - IAEA Spokesman

    10/29/2004 2:29:52 AM PDT · by AndyPH · 7 replies · 503+ views
    IAEA Division of Public Information (MTPI)
    I had a recent e-mail exchange with Mr. Gwozdecky, spokesperson and director for IAEA's Division of Public Information. I wrote the following; "More recently the IAEA has raised understandable concerns about an amount of explosives reported missing from the Al Qaqaa complex by the interim Iraqi authorities. The exact quantities and composition of the missing explosives is not clear from media reports. Are you in a position to give more detail on the quantities of explosives such as HMX and RDX reported missing? Is it known from which inventories the missing amounts are deduced and over which time period the...
  • Dept. of Defense Satellite Photo

    10/28/2004 8:32:57 PM PDT · by icecold · 11 replies · 1,082+ views
    This picture shows two trucks parked outside one of the 56 bunkers of the Al Qa Qaa Explosive Storage Complex approximately 20 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on March 17, 2003. It is not believed that all 56 bunkers contained High Melting Explosive also known as HMX. A large, tractor-trailer (yellow arrow) is loaded with white containers with a smaller truck parked behind it. The International Atomic Energy Association inspectors identified bunkers in this complex as containing High Melting Explosive. We believe members of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission visited the Al Qa Qaa complex on March...
  • Updated 10:32 PM 10/28/04 Gertz: Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms

    10/28/2004 8:01:36 PM PDT · by notkerry · 15 replies · 1,181+ views ^ | 10/28/04 @ 10:32pm | Bill Gertz
    A second defense official said documents on the Russian support to Iraq reveal that Saddam's government paid the Kremlin for the special forces to provide security for Iraq's Russian arms and to conduct counterintelligence activities designed to prevent U.S. and Western intelligence services from learning about the arms pipeline through Syria. The Russian arms-removal program was initiated after Yevgeny Primakov, the former Russian intelligence chief, could not persuade Saddam to give in to U.S. and Western demands, this official said. . . . . the most important and useful arms and explosives appear to have been separated and moved out...
  • Gertz Says Russians Did Remove Weapons

    10/28/2004 7:29:47 PM PDT · by tomahawk · 145 replies · 4,981+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/28/04 | Bill Gertz
    On Great (Fox News), Bill Gertz said he is coming out with an article that U.S. intelligence stands behind assessment that the Russian GRU moved weapons out of Iraq in the time leading up to the war. He also said it would take weeks for the story to develop.
  • MORE KSTP on Explosives (they did NOT break the seal)

    10/28/2004 5:55:42 PM PDT · by KFAT · 34 replies · 1,556+ views
    A 5 Eyewitness News crew in Iraq may have been just a door away from materials that could be used to detonate nuclear weapons. The evidence is in videotape shot by Reporter Dean Staley and Photographer Joe Caffrey at or near the Al Qaqaa munitions facility. The video shows a cable locking a door shut. That cable is connected by a copper colored seal. A spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency told 5 Eyewitness News that seal appears to be one used by their inspectors. "In Iraq they were used when there was a concern that this could have...

    10/28/2004 5:54:13 PM PDT · by notkerry · 77 replies · 4,391+ views ^ | Updated: 10/28/2004 04:49:35 PM
    A 5 Eyewitness News crew in Iraq may have been just a door away from materials that could be used to detonate nuclear weapons. The evidence is in videotape shot by Reporter Dean Staley and Photographer Joe Caffrey at or near the Al Qaqaa munitions facility. PICTURES AT The video shows a cable locking a door shut. That cable is connected by a copper colored seal. A spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency told 5 Eyewitness News that seal appears to be one used by their inspectors. "In Iraq they were used when there was a concern that...
  • Edwards calls on Bush to show proof that he directed troops to secure site (CaCa)

    10/28/2004 5:53:04 PM PDT · by ambrose · 45 replies · 1,009+ views
    AP ^ | 10/28
    Posted on Thu, Oct. 28, 2004 Edwards calls on Bush to show proof that he directed troops to secure site LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press DULUTH, Minn. - Sen. John Edwards, blaming President Bush for a missing cache of explosives in Iraq, called on the Republican to show proof that he directed troops to secure the military depot near Baghdad where the material had been stored. "If George Bush is going to have his friends out there blaming the troops, then he ought to have the evidence to go with his claim. George Bush, you need to show America the order...

    10/28/2004 4:06:48 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 65 replies · 2,589+ views
    International News Analysis (INA Today) ^ | October 28, 2004 | Toby Westerman
    PENTAGON REVELATIONS -- OMINOUS FOR ANTI-TERROR CAMPAIGN, U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION October 28, 2004 By Toby Westerman Copyright 2004 International News Analysis Today Today's shocking revelations that Russian special forces assisted Saddam Hussein's intelligence units in transporting weapons and other war material out of Iraq raise grave issues for both the war on terror and the fast approaching U.S. presidential election. Two Defense Department officials described to Bill Gertz of the Washington Times how Russian "spetsnaz" units organized large truck convoys to move Iraq's most powerful weaponry and related material into Syria, Lebanon, and possibly Iran, just before the U.S.-led...
  • Fox News Panel: Iraq Missing Weapons Lie Hurting Kerry

    10/28/2004 4:06:22 PM PDT · by pabianice · 44 replies · 847+ views
    Fox Evening News with Brit Hume | 10/28/04
    Panel surprised me by agreeing that the NYT/CBS/Kerry lie about "stolen Iraqi weapons" has stopped Bush's momentuum and may cost him the election. I was surprised and disappointed with their conclusion. Only Krauthhammer suggested that the story may backfire on Kerry before the election.