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  • Bush's CIA Critic Claim Exposed as Untrue

    09/13/2006 7:52:05 AM PDT · by harpu · 53 replies · 2,316+ views ^ | 9/13/06 | Ron Kessler (Washington Wire)
    WASHINGTON — In a "60 Minutes" interview on April 23, Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's Europe division, made a sensational charge. He claimed that President Bush and his White House ignored intelligence before the invasion of Iraq indicating that Saddam Hussein had no had weapons of mass destruction. On the CBS-TV show, and in subsequent media interviews that appeared throughout the world, Drumheller said that the White House was excited about the fact that the CIA was getting information straight from Naji Sabri, the then Iraqi foreign minister. But when the White House found out this source...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Democrats Target Pentagon Planning

    11/24/2003 3:19:36 PM PST · by Maria S · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The sordid tale now making the rounds in the "mainstream" press of a rogue Pentagon intelligence operation has all the elements of an urban legend: heavy breathing, a secret basement office "down by the ramp" and government officials who form a hidden alliance based on long-ago ties to an obscure but influential university guru. Only the work of a few good men with the courage to face up to this "cabal" - and a few crusader-journalists to help them - can make the demons scatter and scare the dark ones into the light. Or so the story goes on those...
  • Nigergate: the dangerous relations between Democrat Senators and ex spies

    11/15/2005 10:52:47 AM PST · by parnasokan · 48 replies · 2,034+ views
    november 15, 2005
    Nigergate: the dangerous relations between Democrat Senators and ex spies Here follows an interesting article from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. I make no comment at all other than ‘read it’. Very soon, under the title “The Rockefeller Connection”, I will post something revealing, something important that until now passed completely under the Radar Screen. Stay tuned .. Nigergate: the dangerous relations between Democrat Senators and ex spies Il GIORNALE 13 November 2005 By Gian Marco Chiocci and Mario Sechi October 9 2002, Rome. Elisabetta Burba, journalist with Panorama magazine, crosses Via Veneto. At the American Embassy someone is waiting...
  • Alleged Bin Laden Contact in Iraq Gov't

    08/11/2005 11:03:21 PM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 15 replies · 1,412+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 12, 2005
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An American accused in court papers of having ties to Osama bin Laden is now working for the Iraqi government's Foreign Ministry, U.S. officials and a former CIA counterterrorism chief say. Iraqi-born Tarik A. Hamdi was the ``American contact'' for one of bin Laden's front organizations and gave a satellite telephone battery to a bin Laden aide in Afghanistan for a phone used by the terrorist leader, according to an affidavit from Customs Agent David Kane.The affidavit was unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., along with a federal indictment charging Hamdi with lying...
  • Faulty Sources Isikoff & MSM previously used: Karen Kwiatkowski & Patrick Lang

    05/19/2005 5:55:33 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 51 replies · 3,790+ views
    NRO and Iraq News ^ | 5-17-05 | Michael Rubin
    Two items: [1] From Laurie Mylroie's "Iraq News" Newsletter - Tue, 17 May 2005 20:03:39 -0400 Subject: Michael Rubin, Prior Isikoff Use of Faulty Source From the list of Michael Rubin, previously at DoD and now at AEI (May 17, 2005): This was not the first time Michael Isikoff has used faulty or fabricated sources. In reporting the myth that Doug Feith’s office created its own intelligence unit, he relied on Karen Kwiatkowski, who associated with the Lyndon LaRouche movement. Kwiatkowski said on tape that she was Isikoff’s chief source. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the U.S....
  • Iranian Alert - February 7, 2005 - "Ayatollahs shaken by Bush's support for pro-Democracy students"

    02/06/2005 2:19:29 PM PST · by freedom44 · 58 replies · 2,883+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2/06/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story TEHRAN, 4 Feb. (IPS) A visibly worried Islamic Republic reacted angrily on Thursday at the US President's open support for the Iranian people's struggle for democracy and freedom. "To the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you", President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union Address Wednesday night, naming also the Islamic Republic as the world’s major sponsor of international terrorism. Mr. Bush's proposed referendum on the future of the Iranian regime has received strong support from the Iranians. Mr. Bush’s backing for the...
  • Iranian Alert - February 6, 2005 - Iranian Regime's celebration at the Marriott Hotel CANCELED!

    02/06/2005 2:38:16 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 17 replies · 1,866+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Iranian Regime's planned celebration at the Marriott Hotel CANCELED!Iran just took a hit from the Free Republic and the blogosphere. The Marriott corporation has just announce that it had canceled an event to celebrate the “Islamic victory against America.” The event, billing itself as: “"Twenty Sixth Anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution and bDeath to America Dayb",” was scheduled for tomorrow. I reported last Tuesday, the Iranian government had booked the use of the Bethesda Marritott. The opposition to the event was lead by Dr. Iman Foroutan, executive director of and...
  • Iranian Alert - February 5, 2005 - Iran goal: Nuke in first 6 months of 2005

    02/05/2005 3:42:25 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 26 replies · 2,019+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran goal: Nuke in first 6 months of 2005 Iranian opposition group NCRI claims in Paris that Iran hopes to develop a nuclear bomb “in first half of 2005.” Spokesman says Tehran has obtained polonium-210 and beryllium to start chain reaction for nuclear fission, hiding these processes from UN watchdog. Iran is already far advanced on two additional elements for bomb – nuclear fuel and delivery system. A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Iran gives `Israeli spy' 10 years in jail - Reuters Tehran Friday Sermon: Iranians Will Punch Americans in the Mouth...
  • Iranian Alert - February 4, 2005 - Capitol Hill Mulls 'Regime Change' in Iran

    02/04/2005 7:18:17 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 2,134+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Capitol Hill Mulls 'Regime Change' in Iran Thursday, February 03, 2005 By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos WASHINGTON — Though the Bush administration denies it has any designs on changing Iran's theocracy, members of Congress are planning ways to assist in a possible "regime change." Movements are afoot in both the House and Senate to pass legislation that would enable the U.S. government to support foreign and domestic pro-democracy groups opposed to the current Islamic republic of Iran. Aides for Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said the senator is drafting legislation that would resemble a bill he introduced in the last...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years’ worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. “The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily,” he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies’ reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...
  • Iranian Alert - February 3, 2005 - President Bush to the Iranian people..."America stands with you"

    02/02/2005 9:17:20 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 80 replies · 2,424+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.3.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story President Bush Stands with the Iranian PeopleExcerpts of the Presidents State of the Union speech discussing Iran (Courtesy of Today, Iran remains the world's primary state sponsor of terror - pursuing nuclear weapons while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve. We are working with European allies to make clear to the Iranian regime that it must give up its uranium enrichment program and any plutonium re-processing, and end its support for terror. And to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you....
  • Iranian Alert - February 2, 2005 - Ukraine 'Sold Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Iran'

    02/01/2005 10:56:32 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,700+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.2.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ukraine 'Sold Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Iran' 2.2.2005 A senior lawmaker alleges that Ukraine sold nuclear-capable cruise missiles to Iran and China in violation of international non-proliferation treaties and is demanding the new government launch a full investigation. The allegations were made in a letter by lawmaker Hrihory Omelchenko and addressed to President Viktor Yushchenko, a reformist who took office last week. Yushchenko, who takes over from Leonid Kuchma, has promised a thorough investigation of corruption and misdeeds that allegedly flourished during his predecessor’s 10 years as president. Kuchma allegedly sanctioned the sale of sophisticated radar systems...
  • Iranian Alert - February 1, 2005 - Stop Iran's "Death to American" Event at Bethesda, MD Marriott

    02/01/2005 2:23:40 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 22 replies · 2,209+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Stop Iranian "Death to America" Celebration Scheduled for February 6th at the Marriott of Bethesda, MDM From: The Office of Iran of Tomorrow Movement To : John. W. Marriott Jr., CEO Marriott International, Inc. 10400 Fernwood Dr. Bethesda, MD 20817 January 28, 2005 It has recently come to our attention that the Director of the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington D.C., Mr. Ali Jazini, has reserved a large section of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center for a celebration of the “Twenty Sixth Anniversary of the glorious victory of...
  • Iranian Alert - January 31, 2005 - "Iran would make any aggressor pay dearly"

    01/30/2005 7:13:44 PM PST · by freedom44 · 26 replies · 1,914+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2/1/05 | Freedom44
    Top Story Iran would make any aggressor pay dearly: armed forces commander TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (MNA) -- The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Salimi, said here on Sunday that Iran will sound the defense as soon as the enemy starts to beat the drums of war. The Iranian Armed Forces regard all foreign threats against the country as serious and are ready to respond to them, he told the Mehr News Agency. “We regard any threat as serious, although it might not be new or likely to be materialized. They have been threatening the Islamic...
  • Iranian Alert - January 30, 2005 - Iran Warns The EU: Iran may reconsider nuclear cooperation

    01/30/2005 2:44:34 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 29 replies · 2,134+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran’s Khamenei warns EU may reconsider nuclear cooperation(AFP)29 January 2005 TEHERAN - Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned European powers Saturday that they must take their nuclear negotiations with Iran seriously, otherwise Tehran will reconsider its cooperation.“The Europeans negotiating with Iran should know that they are dealing with a great, cultured nation... if Iranian officials feel that there is no seriousness in the European negotiations, the process will change,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.His comments followed the emergence of reports that the EU was hardening its stance towards Iran and calling...
  • Iranian Alert - January 29, 2005 - United States and Europe Differ Over Strategy on Iran

    01/28/2005 9:15:31 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 1,704+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story United States and Europe Differ Over Strategy on Iran By ELAINE SCIOLINO Published: January 29, 2005 ARIS, Jan. 28 - President Bush's second term has barely begun, and Iran is already shaping up as its most serious diplomatic challenge. But conflicting pronouncements by Mr. Bush and his national security team have left Iran frustrated and angry about the direction of American policy, and the Europeans more determined than ever to push Washington to embrace their engagement strategy. To the outside world, the administration seems divided over whether to promote the overthrow of Iran's Islamic Republic -...
  • Iranian Alert - January 28, 2005 - Iran Will Never Dismantle Nuke Program

    01/28/2005 2:36:21 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,196+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Will Never Dismantle Nuke Program PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Iran has vowed never to dismantle its uranium enrichment programme, a day after a confidential EU document showed that France, Britain and Germany had told Tehran they would not settle for anything less. Iran has temporarily frozen its enrichment programme, [DZ note: not really] a process of purifying uranium for use as fuel in nuclear power plants or weapons, but insists that atomic fuel production is a sovereign right it will never abandon. Asked whether Iran would dismantle the programme, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Gholamali Khoshroo,...
  • Iranian Alert - January 27, 2005 - USAF playing cat and mouse game over Iran

    01/27/2005 2:56:37 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 28 replies · 2,737+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story USAF playing cat and mouse game over Iran Richard Sale, UPI Intelligence Correspondent:The U.S. Air Force is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iran's ayatollahs, flying American combat aircraft into Iranian airspace in an attempt to lure Tehran into turning on air defense radars, thus allowing U.S. pilots to grid the system for use in future targeting data, administration officials said. "We have to know which targets to attack and how to attack them," said one, speaking on condition of anonymity. ... "These Iranian air defense positions are not just being observed, they're...
  • Former CIA officers appeal to current analysts to make public any anti-war information

    03/14/2003 11:45:02 AM PST · by kattracks · 39 replies · 817+ views
    AP | 3/14/03 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A small group composed mostly of retired CIA officers is appealing to colleagues still inside to go public with any evidence the Bush administration is slanting intelligence to support its case for war with Iraq. Members of the group contend the Bush administration has released information on Iraq that meets only its ends -- while ignoring or withholding contrary reporting. They also say the administration's public evidence about the immediacy of Iraq's threat to the United States and its alleged ties to al-Qaida is unconvincing, and accuse policy-makers of pushing out some information that does not meet...
  • Report: Nichols Admits Okla. Bombing Role (still shocking years later)

    11/28/2004 8:15:21 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 33 replies · 2,704+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 28, 7:49 PM EST | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Terry Nichols admitted during plea negotiations in his state trial last year that he played a major role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a newspaper reported Sunday. Nichols admitted to prosecutors in a signed statement that he helped Timothy McVeigh make the bomb that killed 168 people in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, The Oklahoman reported. McVeigh was put to death for masterminding the attack. "McVeigh told me what to do," Nichols said in the statement, which was prepared with the aid of his attorneys. Nichols, 49, is serving life sentences without...
  • Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden's hands(Yet another book)

    06/18/2004 6:37:24 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 26 replies · 426+ views
    Guardian ^ | 06/19/04 | Julian Borger
    Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden's hands Al-Qaida may 'reward' American president with strike aimed at keeping him in office, senior intelligence man says Julian Borger in Washington Saturday June 19, 2004 The Guardian A senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Qaida and that an "avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked" war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands. Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts...
  • Sheila Macvicar: 1999 ABC News - TARGET AMERICA: THE TERRORIST WAR (Crime and Justice)

    10/04/2004 12:42:28 PM PDT · by christie · 21 replies · 2,646+ views
    Radio America ^ | January 14, 1999 | ABC News
    . TARGET AMERICA: THE TERRORIST WAR | January 14, 1999 BYLINE: J. Miller, J. Mcwethy, Sheila Macvicar, Cynti McFadden A portion of the TV show is available on an MP3 file. Here is the transcript of the segment on the MP3. This is just a small portion of the show. In Germany, Mamdouh Salim, alleged to be a key military advisor and believed to be privy to bin Laden's most secret projects, is also apprehended. The U.S. government alleges he was under secret orders to procure enriched uranium for the purpose of developing nuclear weapons. These are allegations bin...
  • Web of Conspiracies. False rumors go from fringe staff go mainstream-again and again.

    05/18/2004 7:03:21 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 49 replies · 1,502+ views
    NRO ^ | May 18, 2004, 8:36 a.m. | Michael Rubin
    On May 13, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy berated Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the Senate Armed Services Committee, condemning "disaster after disaster" in U.S. Iraq policy. Well before the Abu Ghraib revelations, Kennedy has sought to transform Iraqi freedom from a philosophical and strategic issue into a partisan debate, without regard either to reality or result. On April 6, Kennedy called Iraq "George Bush's Vietnam." On March 5, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy, speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, took the president to task for allegedly exaggerating the threat posed by Iraq: "The evidence so far leads to...
  • FBI investigating intelligence leaks to Iran

    05/25/2004 11:49:06 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 27 replies · 326+ views
    ABC Online ^ | Wednesday, 26 May , 2004 | Tanya Nolan
    TANYA NOLAN: As the President talks up the future of Iraq, Washington has launched an investigation into some of the past claims for going to war. The FBI has been asked to look at claims that some government officials had allegedly provided unauthorised and highly classified information to Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress that was then passed on to Iran. The investigation comes amid claims that Iran used the US to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, by providing intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to Mr Chalabi and the INC – intelligence which later was proved to be false. A member...
  • The book on Richard Clarke

    03/30/2004 11:47:02 AM PST · by BushisTheMan · 6 replies · 318+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 03/22/2004 | Dan Eggen and Walter Pincus
    Style has served him well, but self-promotion made him enemies Richard Clarke, President Bush's former adviser on cybersecurity, and an expert on counterterrorism, speaks during an interview in Boston in 2002. Minutes after the second jetliner hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Richard A. Clarke recounts in his new book, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice anointed him "crisis manager." The assignment meant Clarke, the White House counterterrorism adviser, found himself ordering around high-level officials and urging his superiors to ground air traffic, according to his account. Clarke also takes credit for barring President Bush from immediately returning...
  • Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Arrest yields al-Qaeda contacts in North America

    03/02/2003 7:08:21 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 150 replies · 1,140+ views ^ | March 03, 2003 | From correspondents in Washington and Pakistan
    ACCUSED September 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was carrying the names and phone numbers of members of al-Qaeda sleeper cells in North America when he was arrested, intelligence officials have said. His detention in Pakistan could disrupt acts of terror in the planning stages, authorities in Washington said. Vincent Cannistraro, a former counter-terrorism chief for the CIA, said Mohammed would likely be interrogated "with some urgency" about al-Qaeda attacks that might be imminent. Western intelligence officials have said Mohammed actively recruited terrorists for a new wave of attacks against Americans at home and abroad. He is also alleged to have...
  • Sept 11 Suspect 'Gives Up Cell Members' (Khalid Shaikh Mohammed)

    03/02/2003 4:21:06 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 1,237+ views
    IOL ^ | 3-2-2003
    Sept 11 suspect 'gives up cell members' March 02 2003 at 08:40PM Washington - When captured in Pakistan on Saturday, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was carrying the names and phone numbers of members of al-Qaeda sleeper cells in North America, according to intelligence officials. His arrest could disrupt acts of terror in the planning stages, authorities said. Vincent Cannistraro, a former counter terrorism chief for the CIA, said Mohammed likely would be interrogated "with some urgency" about al-Qaeda attacks that might be imminent. Western intelligence officials said Mohammed actively recruited terrorists for a new wave of attacks against Americans at home...