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  • Document: Associated Press (AP) Employee Spies For Saddam Intelligence Service. (Translation)

    09/09/2006 12:54:49 PM PDT · by jveritas · 95 replies · 6,743+ views
    Document ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf dated July 25 2000 is a report from an Iraqi Intelligence officer to different Iraqi Intelligence Directorates talking about information provided to them from a trusted source that works in the Associated Press (AP). The information is about the formation a newly formed UN weapons inspectors team called UNMOVIC. Translation of page 4 and 5 of ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf Republic of Iraq The Presidency of the Republic The Intelligence Service Date: 25/7/2000 Number: 6146 Secret To: 5th / 4th / 13th Directorates We were informed from one of our sources (the degree of trust in him is good) who works...
  • Saddam Document: Associated Press (AP) Employee Spies For Saddam Intelligence Service

    09/04/2009 6:40:07 PM PDT · by jveritas · 14 replies · 1,162+ views
    Saddam Regime Documents | September 4 2009 | jveritas
    I posted this Saddam regime document translation on September 9 2006 but in light of the Associated Press despicable act to publish a picture of a dying Marine Hero, I think it is worth reposting again to show what the despicable AP is really about. Document ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf dated July 25 2000 is a report from an Iraqi Intelligence officer to different Iraqi Intelligence Directorates talking about information provided to them from a trusted source that works in the Associated Press (AP). The information is about the formation a newly formed UN weapons inspectors team called UNMOVIC. Translation of page 4...
  • Top Secret: Bush Told the Truth About WMD

    09/07/2007 7:01:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 69 replies · 3,800+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/7/2007 | Deborah Weiss
    The secret’s out: on August 24th, 2007, UN weapons inspectors found 6 to 8 vials of chemical weapons sitting in an office at the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) headquarters in NYC. They found the vials when archiving files due to the fact that UNMOVIC is closing down its mission. They placed the vials in a sealed package and put them in a safe located in a secured room. Subsequently, on August 29, 2007, UNMOVIC employees discovered the inventory list which listed the content of the vials. The vials contained the chemical phosgene, which according to the...
  • Threat Matrix: September 2007

    09/01/2007 6:24:54 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 2,388 replies · 42,310+ views
    The Birth of al Qaedastan In the year 2016, the world may find itself gloomily marking September 6 as the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan. The Emirate received de facto recognition when the Taliban used the name on the ceasefire agreement they signed with Pakistan on that day in 2006. If things go terribly wrong in the coming decade, they could come to rule a mountainous fragment of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Emirate would be a nightmare state: Osama bin Laden as sultan, Ayman al Zawahiri as vizier, and Mullah Omar the spiritual...
  • U.N. Team Still Looks for Iraq's WMD

    06/02/2007 6:50:58 AM PDT · by HawaiianGecko · 20 replies · 904+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/2/2007 | Colum Lynch
    UNITED NATIONS -- More than four years after the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations is spending millions of dollars in Iraqi oil money to continue the hunt for Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction. ... ... "Look, Iraq is not Denmark," he said. "They've made botulin, anthrax, VX, sarin; they've made the whole spectrum of horrifying items, and they've used them. We don't know how things are going to develop in the region, and we want to be sure there are some controls." ... ...The United States and Britain have recently mounted a concerted push to shut...
  • Iraqi Documents: UNMOVIC Knew Of Renewed WMD Efforts

    07/07/2006 4:49:27 PM PDT · by auzerais · 24 replies · 1,785+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | July 7, 2006 | Captain Ed
    Iraqi Documents: UNMOVIC Knew Of Renewed WMD Efforts Continuing my review of the many documents released from the DocEx files over the last two days, I found yet another interesting piece of information regarding Saddam Hussein's pursuit of WMD. In a summary of a larger document, the translators found that Iraq had restarted its processing of castor-bean extraction, from which ricin can be developed -- and that UNMOVIC discovered it in December 2002. From CMPC-2003-003766-HT.pdf, with line breaks and emphases mine: Ricin toxin is found in the bean of the castor plant. UNMOVIC inspections since December 2002 have verified that...
  • 2002 Document: Orders To Watch For Americans Burying WMD in The Western Desert (Translation)

    07/05/2006 7:28:40 AM PDT · by jveritas · 78 replies · 6,665+ views
    Document ISGQ-2003-0044 ISGQ-2003-00044390 390 contains a November/27/2002 Top Secret and Urgent memo from the Baath Party Command in Fallujah and in relation to another letter from the office of the Presidential Secretariat (Saddam Hussein Personal Secretary) and it is addressed to all the People Commands in the Anbar Province (The Western Desert) asking them to watch for Americans or Zionists (Israelis) forces that can potentially bury prohibited materials, WMD, in the Anbar province so it will frame Iraq and find an excuse to punish Iraq according to the memo. The Anbar province which is the hot bed of the terrorists...
  • In Search of Saddam Hussein's WMD: The Documents Tell the Story pt 5 of 5

    04/07/2006 8:34:13 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 13 replies · 1,302+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | 040706 | Sam Pender
    What exactly was moved out of Iraq? Two weeks before the war started, Hans Blix presented a report called, Unresolved Disarmament Issues. For those who don't trust or believe the Bush Administration's claims about WMD, this report is a much better description of the alleged threat that Saddam's Regime posed. After the war, the Iraq Survey Group scoured the country looking to answer the Unresolved Disarmament Issues and to assess the threat of WMD posed by Saddam's regime. Combined, the before and after reports are a little under 1200 pages. The difference between the two-that is to say the Remaining...
  • Even UN Admits Weapons Material Missing - (US military, Bush know facts they can't reveal now!)

    07/19/2005 4:00:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 1,204+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | JULY 15, 2005 | KEVIN M. ROETEN
    It seems many may be in for the shock of their lives. But you never hear this information from mainstream ‘media’. We only hear that there is ‘no’ connection between Hussein and al-Qaeda. The ‘UN’, and New York Times are not exactly conservative ‘bastions’. But they’ve recently found evidence that may soften the most stubborn liberal idealist. Even some Christians are ‘doubting’ that the existing war on terrorism is a ‘Just War’. Lest we forget, in the beatitudes, Jesus says “Blessed are the peacemakers”. But that same Jesus told His disciples “let him who has no sword sell his mantle...
  • U.N.: Weapons Equipment Missing in Iraq

    06/02/2005 7:06:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 1,634+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. satellite imagery experts have determined that material that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons and banned long-range missiles has been removed from 109 sites in Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors said in a report obtained Thursday. U.N. inspectors have been blocked from returning to Iraq since the U.S.-led war in 2003 so they have been using satellite photos to see what happened to the sites that were subject to U.N. monitoring because their equipment had both civilian and military uses. In the report to the U.N. Security Council, acting chief weapons inspector Demetrius Perricos...
  • UN employee questioned in [NYC] grenade blast

    05/05/2005 3:00:19 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 19 replies · 919+ views
    crains ny ^ | 5/5/5
    Two makeshift grenades exploded outside the building housing the British consulate in New York City Thursday morning at 3:35 a.m., causing minimal damage but no injuries. A United Nations employee from the Netherlands is being questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in connection with the explosion, according to the Associated Press, citing law enforcement sources. The man was reportedly found loitering near the building shortly after the incident. A U.N. official told the AP that investigators were questioning an analyst with UNMOVIC, a U.N. commission responsible for eliminating Iraq's biological, chemical and long-range missile programs. Authorities said...
  • Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says

    03/12/2005 5:56:56 PM PST · by Valin · 20 replies · 2,100+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/05 | JAMES GLANZ / WILLIAM J. BROAD
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 12 - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting. The Iraqi official, Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery...
  • N.Y. Times: Iraq Had WMD 'Stockpiles' in 2003

    03/13/2005 5:53:53 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 50 replies · 4,096+ views
    NEWMAX.COM ^ | MARCH 13, 2005 | CARL LIMBACHER
    In a stunning about-face, the New York Times reported Sunday that when the U.S. attacked Iraq in March 2003, Saddam Hussein possessed "stockpiles of monitored chemicals and materials," as well as sophisticated equipment to manufacture nuclear and biological weapons, which was removed to "a neighboring state" before the U.S. could secure the weapons sites. The U.N.'s Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission [UNMOVIC] "has filed regular reports to the Security Council since last May," the paper said, "about the dismantlement of important weapons installations and the export of dangerous materials to foreign states." "Officials of the commission and the [International] Atomic...
  • U.N.: Satellite shows Iraq stripped sites

    03/04/2005 7:45:15 PM PST · by TexKat · 27 replies · 1,390+ views
    AP ^ | 3/4/05 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - Satellite imagery has revealed that approximately 90 sites in Iraq subject to U.N. inspection and monitoring have been stripped of equipment or razed, the chief U.N. weapons inspector said in a report Friday. Demetrius Perricos said experts from the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, which he leads, also noted repairs and new construction at 10 sites. The commission, known as UNMOVIC, previously reported the looting and razing of sites that contained equipment and materials that were subject to inspection because of their potential for use in chemical or biological weapons or the long-range missiles to deliver...
  • Hidden Paul Martin firm linking leftwing activists to Information Highway

    02/03/2005 7:45:37 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 7 replies · 652+ views
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/cover020305.htm ^ | February 3, 2005 | Judi McLeod & David Hawkins
    Move over Teresa Heinz-Kerry, here comes Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. Lansdowne Technologies Inc. (LTI), the Paul Martin corporation that somehow disappeared from Martin's public disclosure statements circa 1995, is in a business similar to the Heinz-Kerry charitable organization that links leftwing activists and UN radicals to specially designed Internet communications and virtual private networks. Between the woman who coveted being America's First Lady and the Prime Minister of the country next door, top advocates of One World Government are being expedited in droves onto the Information Highway. Through the Tides Foundation, back in the early 1990s Heinz-Kerry (Mrs. John...
  • Iraq wants U.N. to lift sanctions and remnants of sanctions and missing money returned

    02/01/2005 8:16:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 46 replies · 1,979+ views
    AP ^ | 2/1/5 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq wants the United Nations to lift all sanctions and stop using the country's oil revenue to pay compensation to victims of the 1991 Gulf War and the salaries of U.N. weapons inspectors, Iraq's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday. Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie called sanctions "anachronistic and inappropriate" and said it's time for the Security Council to recognize that Iraq is a "much more internationally friendly" country that wants to be at peace with its neighbors. No longer needed, he said, was the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, which was responsible for dismantling Iraqi programs to build chemical...
  • Dutchman suspected of aiding Saddam in war crimes is arrested

    A MAN suspected of helping former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein commit war crimes and genocide by supplying him with materials for chemical weapons, has been arrested by the Netherlands authorities. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old man, identified as Frans van Anraat by Dutch television, was arrested at his Amsterdam home on Monday as he prepared to leave the Netherlands. "According to the United Nations, the Dutchman is one of the most important middlemen in Iraq’s acquisition of chemical material," Dutch prosecutors said in a statement. "The man is suspected of supplying thousands of tonnes of raw materials for chemical weapons between...
  • WHAT THE IAEA DID

    10/26/2004 3:07:23 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 894+ views
    NROTC ^ | October 26, 2004 | Mark R. Levin
    The following is a statement released by the UN, which describes in some detail UN inspections of Al-Qaqaa State Company in January 2003, several months before U.S. forces reached the facility. It appears that the UN inspectors did nothing to secure these munitions. --------------------------------------- A statement by Spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs on (UNMOVIC),(IAEA) activities IRAQ MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS January 11, 2003 1. The IAEA Inspection Team: A. First group: The group set out from Al-Qanat Hotel at 8:30 a.m. It consisted of (4) inspectors. At 9:00 a.m., the group reached Al-Qaqaa State Company, one of the companies...
  • Have War Critics Even Read the Duelfer Report? The Saddam regime was an imminent threat

    10/14/2004 5:37:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 1,310+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2004 | RICHARD SPERTZEL
    After the release of the Iraq Survey Group's Duelfer report, the headlines blazed "No WMD Found." ...This reflects the notion that Iraq was only a threat if it had military munitions filled with WMD. The claim "Iraq was not an imminent threat" was also expounded by pundits that seemingly crawled out of the woodwork as well as those opposed to President Bush. But have these individuals read carefully the report...? While no facilities were found producing chemical or biological agents on a large scale, many clandestine laboratories operating under the Iraqi Intelligence Services were found to be engaged in small-scale...
  • Iraq nuclear bomb-making material found in scrap - and What David Kay really said about WMD.

    10/05/2004 3:44:11 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 16 replies · 1,712+ views
    looksmart-find articles-American Metal Market ^ | January 20,2004 | Reed Business Information, Gale Group
    Nuclear bomb-making material found in scrap - yellowcake uranium oxide. PHILADELPHIA -- Workers at a Dutch scrap metals company discovered a key ingredient for manufacturing nuclear bombs within a cargo of scrap steel bought from the Middle East. Dock sensors at the Jewometaal Stainless Processing BV facility in Rotterdam, Netherlands, helped workers locate a small canister containing uranium oxide, also known as "yellowcake," an essential ingredient for manufacturing nuclear warheads, according to the Associated Press. Scientists later confirmed that the material was indeed uranium oxide, which has no other use outside of bomb making. According to published reports, the discovery...
  • UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq (could be a repost, but uncertain. CHECK THE DATE!)

    08/31/2004 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Trident/Delta · 19 replies · 1,347+ views
    Pure Pursuit Intelligence E-Mail | June 18, 2004 | Rod D. Martin
    In a report which might alternately be termed “stunning” or “terrifying”, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war. Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war. UNMOVIC executive chairman Demetrius Perricos detailed not only the export of thousands of tons of missile components, nuclear reactor vessels and fermenters for chemical and biological warheads, but...
  • UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq

    08/30/2004 3:59:47 PM PDT · by MikeA · 61 replies · 4,595+ views
    The Vanguard ^ | June 18, 2004 | Rod D. Martin
    In a report which might alternately be termed ?stunning? or ?terrifying?, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war. Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war. UNMOVIC executive chairman Demetrius Perricos detailed not only the export of thousands of tons of missile components, nuclear reactor vessels and fermenters for chemical and biological warheads, but...
  • Exporting Saddam's WMDs (Perricos’ smile has disappeared)

    06/24/2004 9:37:51 AM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 8 replies · 458+ views
    frontpagemagazine ^ | june 18 2004 | ben johnson
    The assertion that Saddam Hussein had no Weapons of Mass Destruction prior to last year’s liberation has been rendered absurd – by United Nations weapons inspectors. Demetrius Perricos, acting chairman of UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), recently disclosed that his inspectors have been busily tracking shipments of illicit Iraqi WMD components around the world. The Associated Press announced that UNMOVIC inspectors have found dozens of engines from banned al-Samoud 2 (SA2) missiles, which were shipped out of Iraq as “scrap metal.” Most recently, UNMOVIC agents found 20 SA-2 engines in Jordan, along with a great deal of other...
  • UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq

    06/24/2004 12:35:11 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 201 replies · 7,756+ views
    The Vanguard ^ | June 18, 2004 | Rod D. Martin
    UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq © June 18, 2004, Rod D. Martin In a report which might alternately be termed “stunning” or “terrifying”, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war. Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war. UNMOVIC executive chairman Demetrius Perricos detailed not only the export of thousands of tons...
  • Exporting Saddam's WMDs

    06/18/2004 1:41:15 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 772+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 6/18/04 | Ben Johnson
    The assertion that Saddam Hussein had no Weapons of Mass Destruction prior to last year’s liberation has been rendered absurd – by United Nations weapons inspectors. Demetrius Perricos, acting chairman of UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), recently disclosed that his inspectors have been busily tracking shipments of illicit Iraqi WMD components around the world. The Associated Press announced that UNMOVIC inspectors have found dozens of engines from banned al-Samoud 2 (SA2) missiles, which were shipped out of Iraq as “scrap metal.” Most recently, UNMOVIC agents found 20 SA-2 engines in Jordan, along with a great deal of other WMD...
  • Another Ignored Discovery

    06/16/2004 4:31:38 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 17 replies · 319+ views
    TAS ^ | 6/16/2004 | Steven Martinovich
    With the media's focus on chronicling every attack on coalition forces or terrorist attack against Iraqi civilians in Iraq, they might be forgiven for missing other stories occasionally. Reporting democracy at the local level or the opening of a new school isn't sexy work for the most part. It's the equivalent of traveling halfway across the world to cover stories that local beat reporters write every day in your local paper. That focus on Iraqi insurgents, however, seems to have blinded almost everyone to a major story that surfaced last week since it was largely ignored by the media with...
  • Another Ignored Discovery

    06/15/2004 9:55:18 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies · 1,065+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6/16/2004 | Steven Martinovich
    With the media's focus on chronicling every attack on coalition forces or terrorist attack against Iraqi civilians in Iraq, they might be forgiven for missing other stories occasionally. Reporting democracy at the local level or the opening of a new school isn't sexy work for the most part. It's the equivalent of traveling halfway across the world to cover stories that local beat reporters write every day in your local paper. That focus on Iraqi insurgents, however, seems to have blinded almost everyone to a major story that surfaced last week since it was largely ignored by the media with...
  • UNMOVIC Comes Clean on Saddam's WMD and It's Worried

    06/14/2004 3:23:53 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 27 replies · 885+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 14, 2004
    For some of us, Iraq's possession of WMD was axiomatic. Saddam had it and used it in the late 1980s (Halabja and Iran) and early 1990s (southern Iraq after the aborted Shi'ite uprising). It was there in the mid-1990s; UN inspectors found it. It was there in the late 1990s; UN inspectors said so. There was no evidence that he had gotten rid of it. Deductive reasoning said it must still be there. For others, deduction ran the other way: If you can't find it, it must not be there. On June 9th, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission...
  • Evidence Mounts: While Liberal Halted the 'Rush to War,' Saddam Was Hiding the Evidence

    06/13/2004 6:24:17 AM PDT · by Kerry Crusher · 53 replies · 470+ views
    www.crushkerry.com ^ | 6.13.04 | www.crushkerry.com
    Hillary Clinton. Ted Kennedy. Howard Dean. The United Nations. Al Gore. They, in the words of David Kay, were all wrong. But because he is the Democrat nominee for President of the United States, John Kerry bears the greatest burden. These useless idiots have committed a blunder of historic proportions. They decelerated the Bush administration’s “rush to war” against Saddam Hussein. And now, according to the United Nations (yes, the United Nations) Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction are out there, on the black market, or perhaps already in the hands of anti-American terrorist. Big media has largely ignored the new...
  • UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

    06/11/2004 1:17:07 PM PDT · by freebilly · 207 replies · 9,577+ views
    The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003. The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program. The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite...
  • Banned Iraqi Missile Engines Found in Jordan -UN

    06/09/2004 11:28:14 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 14 replies · 299+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 9th
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Engines for long-range missiles have turned up in Jordan from unguarded sites in Iraq that were once monitored for materials that could produce banned weapons, U.N. inspectors said on Wednesday. In a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting, Demetrius Perricos, the acting director of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission, warned that too many pieces of equipment were leaving Iraq, some as scrap. "We found a few more engines and a few other items in Jordan," Perricos told Reuters. "It is getting bad. Too many things are coming out." UNMOVIC, using photographs and serial numbers, previously...
  • U.N. Plans Long-Term Monitoring of Iraq

    12/03/2003 7:42:32 PM PST · by TexKat · 3 replies · 401+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/03 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. weapons inspectors are planning for possible monitoring of Iraq's biological, chemical and missile programs despite being barred from the country by the United States, according to a report to the U.N. Security Council. The quarterly report released Wednesday by the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, known as UNMOVIC, outlines a range of activities undertaken by the U.N. inspectors to seek new information about Iraq's weapons programs and to prepare for a possible future role. U.N. inspectors were pulled out of Iraq in March, just before the U.S.-led war that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. After the...
  • 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...
  • Ex-U.N. Inspector Blix Gets Book Deal (while we're speaking of scams...)

    09/25/2003 12:08:17 PM PDT · by mhking · 6 replies · 199+ views
    NEW YORK - Hans Blix, the United Nations inspector who clashed often with the Bush administration over allegations of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, has a book deal. Pantheon hopes to publish Blix's book, currently untitled, in the spring of 2004. "The core of the book will be the four months leading up to the invasion of Iraq," Pantheon editor Dan Frank said Thursday. "It will give readers a clear sense of what the U.N. does and the ins and outs of diplomacy." Frank said Blix has written about a half to two-thirds of what should be a...
  • Saddam's Illogic? Relax, he [Air Marshal Brian Burridge] explained.

    06/19/2003 6:55:54 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 2 replies · 199+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 19, 2003 | Jed Babbin
    At the risk of injecting some facts into the current "Bush lied us into war" campaign, I've been talking to some of the people who might actually know something about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Though NRO lacks the budget of CBS — we wouldn't buy interviews anyway, and only wish we could promise our sources stardom on MTV — we still manage to get facts the old-fashioned way. We ask questions, and sometimes get lucky enough to get the right people to answer. One person who not only knew what the intel said about Saddam's WMD but had...
  • Statements to the UN Security Council by two Inspectors and Members of the SC, 7 Mar 2003

    03/07/2003 6:37:39 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 20 replies · 410+ views
    United Nations ^ | 7 March 2003 | Inspectors and Security Council Members
    07/03/2003 Press ReleaseSC/7682 NOTE: FOLLOWING ARE SUMMARIES OF STATEMENTS MADE TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING TODAY, 7 MARCH. A COMPLETE SUMMARY OF THE MEETING WILL APPEAR AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING AS PRESS RELEASE SC/7682. Background When the Security Council met this morning to consider the situation between Iraq and Kuwait, it had before it a note from the Secretary-General (document S/2003/232) transmitting the twelfth quarterly report of the Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) in accordance with paragraph 12 of Security Council resolution 1284 (1999), covering UNMOVIC’s activities from 1 December 2002...
  • U.S. Comes Up Empty in Iraq Weapons Hunt

    04/23/2003 2:30:53 PM PDT · by Brian S · 60 replies · 307+ views
    U.S. Searches More Than 80 Iraqi Sites for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Comes Up Empty WASHINGTON April 23 — American forces are changing their search strategy after coming up empty at most of the top suspected weapons sites in Iraq, officials said Wednesday. And the White House appeared to be trying to scale back expectations that weapons of mass destruction will be found. Troops on the ground have searched more than 80 sites that prewar U.S. intelligence judged the most likely hiding places for chemical and biological weapons as well as evidence of an Iraqi nuclear program, Defense Department officials...
  • Iraqi researchers were ordered to destroy experiments ahead of U.N. searches

    04/23/2003 12:04:24 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 187+ views
    Associated Press | April 23, 2003 | NIKO PRICE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Six Iraqi scientists working at different Baghdad research institutions were ordered to destroy some bacteria and equipment and hide more in their homes before visits from U.N. weapons inspectors in the months leading up to the war, the scientists told The Associated Press. In separate interviews, all of the scientists said they were involved in civilian research projects and none knew of any programs for weapons of mass destruction. It was not clear why their materials, ostensibly for nonmilitary research, were ordered destroyed. But their accounts indicate the government of Saddam Hussein may have had...
  • 'Russian spies told Saddam how Bush would justify war'

    04/19/2003 4:28:40 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 532+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | April 20, 2003 | David Harrison
    David Harrison in Baghdad uncovers the secret documents which expose the extent of Moscow's involvement The full extent of the help given to Saddam Hussein by Russia's intelligence services is laid bare in secret documents uncovered by The Telegraph. As well as spying on Tony Blair, Russian agents reported to Iraq that President George W. Bush hoped to justify war by provoking a conflict with the UN weapons inspectors. The documents were obtained from the smoking ruins of the federal headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service (Iris) in central Baghdad. They show that, only months before war began, the Russian...
  • Former UN weapons chief backs US claims Syria concealed weapons

    04/14/2003 10:39:45 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 336+ views
    Agence France-Presse | April 15, 2003
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Former chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler backed US claims Tuesday that Syria helped conceal Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, saying he saw evidence of it. The former Australian diplomat said he had seen intelligence when he headed the UN team in Iraq from 1997 until 1999 which seemed to indicate Syria had helped keep Iraq's weapons of mass destruction hidden. "I was shown some intelligence information, from overhead imagery and so on, that the Iraqis had moved some containers of stuff across the border into Syria," Butler told ABC Radio. "We had reason to believe...
  • Arms Secrets Revealed in Spies' Files

    04/12/2003 6:16:33 PM PDT · by mware · 14 replies · 374+ views
    The Oberver ^ | 04-16-03 | Patrick Graham
    Arms secrets revealed in spies' files Patrick Graham in Baghdad Sunday April 13, 2003 The Observer Iraqi intelligence agents were ordered to take files and computers with information about weapons of mass destruction home from their offices before United Nations weapons inspectors arrived late last year, say documents found at a security headquarters in Baghdad. The handwritten notes from a meeting between a departmental director and operatives on 23 September last year were in a red notebook I found lying on a desk at the surveillance centre of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, the Mukhabarat. Agents at a meeting on 18...
  • Weapons teams scour Iraq - Secret units in desperate hunt for banned arsenal

    04/11/2003 6:48:38 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 211+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | April 12, 2003 | Nicholas Watt, Owen Bowcott and Richard Norton-Taylor
    Britain and the United States have bypassed the United Nations to establish a secret team of inspectors to resume the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a sign of the desperation in London and Washington to find a "smoking gun" to justify the war that the Anglo-American team has already conducted three inspections in the past two weeks. No banned weapons have so far been found. The decision to set up a new group of inspectors, dubbed US-movic because they are an American-led rival to Unmovic, will infuriate the UN. Kofi Annan, the secretary general,...
  • UN Chief Arms Inspector Announces Retirement

    03/27/2003 4:09:54 PM PST · by txradioguy · 95 replies · 360+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 27 Mar. 2003 | Stewart Stogel
    UN Chief Arms Inspector Announces Retirement Stewart Stogel Thursday, March 27, 2003 Hans Blix To Leave UN July 1 New York--United Nations--"My contract expires at the end of June and I do not propose to stay beyond that," said UN Chief Arms Inspector Hans Blixi in an interview with NewsMax Thursday. Blix's intention to call it quits later this year first surfaced in a NewsMax Insider Report earlier this month. Blix joined the UN in March 2000, after serving as Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (the UN atomic watchdog) for 17 years. Before he left the IAEA in...
  • Kofi Says Inspections Will Continue!

    03/24/2003 7:03:14 AM PST · by laz17 · 158 replies · 339+ views
    Fox News | 3/24/03
    Kofi Annan just announced that once the war is over, UN inspections will continue. What the hell is this pygmy smoking?
  • BBC: Blix to brief UN as war looms

    03/19/2003 7:44:58 AM PST · by Boundless · 20 replies · 208+ views
    BBC ^ | 2003-03-19 14:17 GMT | Barnaby Mason
    ...several foreign ministers are attending a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday to hear the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, set out what Iraq still has to do to account for its weapons of mass destruction.
  • Plane carrying U.N. weapons inspectors leaves Iraq after U.S. ultimatum to Saddam

    03/17/2003 11:45:13 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Associated Prress | March 18, 2003
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Mar 18, 2003 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- U.N. weapons inspectors pulled out of Iraq on Tuesday after U.S. President George W. Bush issued a final ultimatum for Saddam Hussein to step down or face war. A plane carrying the inspectors took off from Saddam International Airport at about 10:25 a.m (0725 GMT). The plane was expected to head to Laranca, Cyprus where the inspectors have a rear base. U.N. spokesman Hiro Ueki said 56 inspectors as well as support staff were on board. Reporters at the airport saw about 80 people boarding buses for the plane...
  • "Cluster Document" aka UNRESOLVED DISARMAMENT ISSUES (Blix's 173 page report)

    03/10/2003 7:10:33 AM PST · by Big Otto · 68 replies · 946+ views
    UNMOVIC Working document 6 March 2003 UNRESOLVED DISARMAMENT ISSUES IRAQ’S PROSCRIBED WEAPONS PROGRAMMES 6 March 2003 go here for the whole enchilada - very interesting reading!! http://www.un.org/Depts/unmovic/documents/UNMOVIC%20UDI%20Working%20Document%206%20March%2003.pdf
  • No more talks on scrapping Iraqi missiles -Blix

    02/24/2003 10:07:07 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 210+ views
    Reuters | February 24, 2003
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (Reuters) - U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Monday Iraq must begin destroying its Al-Samoud missiles by Saturday, rejecting Baghdad's bid for more time to hold technical talks. "We have set a date for the commencement of the destruction of these missiles and we expect that to be respected," Blix told reporters. Asked whether there would be any further negotiation with the Iraqis on the missiles' destruction, he responded: "I do not expect that. There will be a discussion about the pace in which the destruction will take place," he said. Blix ordered...
  • Key dates in coming diplomatic battle at UN over Iraq

    02/23/2003 3:02:20 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 233+ views
    Agence France-Presse | February 23, 2003
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23 (AFP) - Key dates in the coming diplomatic battle in the UN Security Council over Iraq follow. February 24 -- Chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix meets with the college of commissioners, or governing board, of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). The board is to approve a three-month update on the work of UNMOVIC which Blix must submit to the Security Council by February 28. February 25 -- UNITED NATIONS: The US ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte, and his British counterpart, Jeremy Greenstock, are expected to table a draft resolution...
  • Iraq press conference at 15H00 GMT (10 A.M. EST) to respond to Blix demands for missile destruction

    02/23/2003 2:39:11 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 43 replies · 229+ views
    The Iraqi response on missiles Al Samoud 2 waited Sunday evening The general manager of the organization of control of Iraqi disarmament Hossam Mohamed Amine must make an intervention in front of the press Sunday with 15H00 GMT, announced the ministry for Information.Cette conference press intervenes whereas an answer of the Iraqis is awaited on the fate which will be reserved for the missiles Al-Samoud 2 whose destruction required by the inspectors of Onu.M. Hans Blix, head of Audit Board, of checking and of inspection of UNO (Cocovinu), has given until March 1 to Iraqis to start to destroy...