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Ditto Iran?

Iraq WMD War: Timeline 2007, video/audio, sources


by Charles Judson Harwood Jr.

 2007 


Congress debates, votes
Iraq wmd war timeline: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005-2006, 2007
David Kay
Charles Duelfer
Iran uranium timeline
Israel/Palestine timeline:
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Israel Lobby
Settlements
Blockade, reprisals

John Bolton (Washington D.C.) (senior fellow, AEI: American Enterprise Institute), interviewed by Jon Snow (London) (Channel 4 TV, London, January 11 2007, 7:00 p.m.), video {7:37, source}.

Karen Kwiatkowski (Woodstock Virginia) (USAF 1983-2003, DoD NESA: Near East and South Asia directorate, May 2002-2003 February), interviewed by Scott Horton (Austin Texas) (blog) (Antiwar Radio, Wednesday February 12 2007), audio {30:13, 6.92mb.mp3 rss, source, source, archive} (Iraq/Iran). “Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski Ph.D. tells how she witnessed Douglas Feith and his WINEP/JINSA/AEI buddies deliberately lie the people of this country into war in Iraq.”

Tyler Drumheller (CIA 25 years, 1980-2005, chief of european operations, July 2001-2005 March), interviewed by Joy Cardin (WPR: Wisconsin Public Radio, Ideas Network, Conversations with Joy Cardin, radio WHA studios, Madison Wisconsin, Thursday February 15 2007, 6-9am, at 7:10-8:00 a.m. CT) (“WHA (970 AM) is the oldest continually-operating radio station in the United States, currently the flagship of Wisconsin Public Radio’s talk-based Ideas Network”), audio {40:51, 9.54mb.rm, mp3, archive, search, search}, broadcast by 29 radio stations.

Hans Blix, “Will The U.S. Attack Iran?{pf, copy, copy} (The International Herald Tribune, Paris, February 19 2007).

Robin Butler (Lord Butler of Brockwell) (Secretary, U.K. Cabinet Office, 1988-1998), speech (2:49-2:57 p.m. BT, columns 1230-1232) (U.K. Parliament, House of Lords, London, Thursday February 22 2007), debate, “Iraq” (Hansard, House of Lords, bound volume edition, 5th series, volume 689, 11:39-1:20 p.m., columns 1181-1206, 2:01-4:55 p.m., columns 1211-1262), reported, John Simpson (BBC world affairs editor), “New doubts over Iraq intelligence{pf}, John Simpson, “Iraq: The Road to War,” BBC video (bb) {3:17 bb} {BBC player} (BBC News, March 20 2007). Robin Butler was chairman of the Butler Committee, appointed by Tony Blair, reporting to Tony Blair, which conducted (mostly secret) hearings and published a report (previewed and reflecting editorial changes requested by Tony Blair’s office), Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction {1.1mb.pdf, copy, 1.1mb.pdf} (“Butler Report” “Butler Review” “Butler Inquiry”) (U.K. Cabinet Office, Privy Council, Butler Committee, Report to the U.K. Parliament, House of Commons, HC 898, July 14 2004) (details here).

Hans Blix, interviewed by Niall Stanage, “Blix Blasts Bush's Policy in Iran{pf} (The New York Observer, February 26 2007), comment, Niall Stanage, “Don't misunderestimate them{pf} (The Guardian, “Comment in Free,” London, February 26 2007). “Comment is free is a major expansion of Guardian comment and analysis on the web. It is a collective group blog, bringing together regular columnists from the Guardian and Observer newspapers with other writers and commentators representing a wide range of experience and interests. The aim is to host an open-ended space for debate, dispute, argument and agreement and to invite users to comment on everything they read.”

Hans Blix, “Breakfast Briefing on Iran Crisis for Media Only”, “Hans Blix Assesses Strategic Options in Crisis With Iran” (The Century Foundation, Millennium U.N. Plaza Hotel, U Thant Room, 1 U.N. Plaza, 44th Street at First Avenue, New York City, February 26 2007, 8:15-9:15 a.m), reported, AP: The Associated Press, “Former U.N. weapons chief says U.S., Europe and Security Council are "humiliating" Iran{pf} (The International Herald Tribune, Paris, February 26 2007).

Hans Blix, Javad Zarif (Iran U.N., Ambassador), Richard Haass (President, CFR: Council on Foreign Relations), Jayantha Dhanapala, Sergio de Queiroz Duarte (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conferences, 1995, 2005), James Leach (Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-2007), Michael Krepon (Co-founder, President Emeritus, Henry L. Stimson Center), Sergey Batsanov (former Russian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament), Paolo Cotta-Ramusino (Secretary-General, Pugwash Conferences on Science), Joseph Cirincione (Senior Vice President, CAP: Center for American Progress), conference, “Weapons Threats and International Security: Rebuilding an Unraveled Consensus{pf} (audio links) (The Century Foundation, Millennium U.N. Plaza Hotel, 1 U.N. Plaza, 44th Street at First Avenue, New York City, February 26 2007, 9:30-5:00 p.m. ET), announcement, lunch panel (1:30-3:00 p.m.), Richard C. Leone, presiding (President, The Century Foundation), Richard Haass (President, CFR: Council on Foreign Relations), Javad Zarif (Iran U.N., Ambassador), Carla Anne Robbins, moderator (deputy editorial page editor, The New York Times), “Point/Counterpoint: A Nuclear-Weapons Free Iran,” audio {52:47, 6.89mb.mov, source}.

Karen Kwiatkowski, interviewed by James Harris, Joshua Scheer, “Pentagon Whistle-Blower on the Coming War With Iran{pf} (transcript) (Truthdig, Santa Monica California, Tuesday February 27 2007), audio {32:41, 29.93mb.mp3}.

Hans Blix (Stockholm), interviewed by Paul Harris, “Hans Blix” (CBS, Radio KMOX (“News-Talk 1120”), The Paul Harris Show, St. Louis, Thursday March 2 2007, 2:00-6:00 p.m. CT), audio {13:31, 6.20mb.mp3, ditto, ditto, source, source, rss, rss}.

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), “Looking Ahead: Controlling Weapons of Mass Destruction” (McKendree College, George E. McCammon Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series, Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, Lebanon Illinois, Tuesday March 6 2007, 7:00 p.m.) (“Dr. Hans Blix has been postponed until 8:15 p.m. tonight. His flight has been delayed from Berlin, so unfortunately we will have to start 75 minutes late. Sorry for your inconvenience.”) (“In addition to his March 6 presentation, Blix will lecture McKendree students at 9 a.m. on March 7”), reported, Donna Savarese (studio), Matt Sczesny (McKendree), “Hans Blix at McKendree College” (CBS, KMOV-TV, News 4 at 10, St. Louis Missouri, March 6 2007, 10:00-10:35 p.m.), video {1:54, 6.46mb.wmv}, Angie Leventis, “Blix says time is right to reduce worldwide arms{pf} (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 7 2007).

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), “Disarming Iraq: A firsthand account of the events leading up to the 2003 war” (SIU: Southern Illinois University, 2007 SIU School of Law Hiram H. Lesar Lecture, Student Center Ballrooms C and D, Carbondale, Wednesday March 7 2005, 5:00 p.m.), previews, announced (January 29 2007), invitation {557kb.pdf}, news conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m., reported, Jeff Cunningham (studio), Mary-Ann Maloney (studio), Carly O'Keefe (SIU), “Hans Blix speaks at SIU about Iraq and nuclear arms race{pf} (CBS, KFVS-TV, Heartland News at 10, Cape Girardeau Missouri, March 7 2007, 10:00-10:35, at 10:00 p.m. CT), video {2:05, 7.46mb.wmv}, reported, Christa Stierwalt (studio), Andy Waterman (studio), Max Orenstein (reporting), “R.R.: Hans Blix at SIUC{pf} (PBS, WSIU-TV, River Region Evening Edition, Carbondale Illinois, March 8 2007, 5:00 p.m. CT), video {2:05, 6.49mb.flv}, reported, Alejandro Gonzalez, “Inspector: Iraq war rushed: Weapons expert says United States should have been patient” {pf} (Daily Egyptian, SIUC, Carbondale, March 7 2007), Caleb Hale, “Former U.N. inspector shares views at SIUC{pf} (The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, March 8 2007).

Hans Blix (studio), interviewed Thursday March 8 2007 by Jerome McDonnell (Radio WBEZ, Worldview, CPR: Chicago Public Radio, broadcast Tuesday March 13 2007, 12:00/9:00 p.m. CT), audio {35:50, 16.41mb.mp3 rss, archive, rss}, and by satellite radio (XMPR: XM Public Radio, XM channel 133, March 14, 1:00 a.m. ET), Worldview satellite broadcasts began March 7 2007 {21kb.pdf}.

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), introduced by Charles L. Glaser (professor, deputy dean), “Time for a Revival of Disarmament?” (UC: University of Chicago, The Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago Illinois, Thursday March 8 2007, 4:00-5:30 p.m. CT), announced, rsvp, UC calendar (day), Harris calendar, photo, photo, reported, “Destruction of mass weapons” (UChiBlogo, University of Chicago Magazine's web log, March 12 2007).

Hans Blix, interviewed in Brussels by Anna Botting, “Blix: US Held 'Witch Hunt' (Sky News, “Inside Iraq,” London, Sunday March 11 2007), video, “Hans Blix Speaks To Sky{5:26, 11.69mb.wmv}, Sky transcript, “'It Has Been A Tragedy',” reported, AP: Associated Press, “Blix: Britain Embellished Iraq Dossiers” (The Guardian, London, Monday March 12 2007), “U.N. inspector to speak at BSU{pf} (Idaho Statesman, Monday March 12 2007).

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), “Looking Ahead: Controlling Weapons of Mass Destruction” (BSU: Boise State University, Distinguished Lecture Series 2006-2007, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise Idaho, Monday March 12 2007, 7:00 p.m.) (“a crowd of about 1,600”), audio broadcast {59:59, 27.5mb.mp3, source, browse, search, search, search, stopped: rss menu} (Radio KBSX, NPR News 91, Boise State Radio, Monday March 19 2007, 8:00 p.m.) (“More opportunities to hear Hans Blix”), announced, detail, update, BSU calendar, Anne Wallace Allen, “Ex-weapons inspector Hans Blix to speak at BSU{pf} (Idaho Statesman, March 7 2007), Michael Zirinsky “escorted Mr. Blix over the weekend” (ACE minutes), reported, Anne Wallace Allen, “Blix says U.S. should favor diplomacy: Former U.N. weapons inspector and his team in Iraq never found weapons of mass destruction” {pf} (Idaho Statesman, March 13 2007) (“"For me, it's an affirmation of the good information we had available to us before we went to war, and that we ignored," Jem Hern said”), Sonia Trevizo, “Looking ahead: Hans Blix lectures on diplomacy{pf} (The Arbiter, March 15 2007), Julie in Boise, Sisyphus, Shane, TvA, “'Truth was a casualty in this war'” (Red State Rebels, “Resisting extremism in Idaho and the U.S. since 2003,” March 12 2007) (“a near-capacity crowd” 1995 seats) (“I didn't see a single protester outide the Morrison Center, despite the recent brouhaha over BSU's tilt toward liberal speakers. But Roger Furner of Meridian stood outside before the speech holding a sign which read "Hans Blix for President.").

Hans Blix (studio), interviewed March 12 2007 by Marcia Franklin, “Hans Blix/Weapons of Mass Destruction” (IdahoPTV: Idaho Public Television, Dialogue, Boise Idaho, eipsode 1323, show number 1119, Thursday March 15, 8:30-9:00 p.m. MT, Sunday March 18, 5:30-6:00 p.m.) (“Idaho’s only statewide public affairs program”), video (bb, uhi) {29:09, play 4.62mb.wmv, play 37.18mb.wmv, 194.25mb.wmv, archive, rss menu}, podcast video {66.61mb.mp4}, podcast audio {29:09, 21.9mb.mp3}, audio broadcast (Radio KBSX, NPR News 91, Boise State Radio, Sunday March 18, 11:30am-noon, Radio KISU, Monday March 19, 6:30-7:00 p.m.), rebroadcast, eipsode 1323, show number 1124, IdahoPTV, Thursday/Sunday April 19/22, Boise State Radio, Sunday April 22 2007.

Hans Blix (studio), interviewed March 12 2007 by Bob Kustra (president, Boise State University), “Former U.N. Weapons Inspector, Hans Blix” (Radio KBSX, NPR News 91, Boise State Radio, New Horizons in Education, Boise Idaho, Friday March 16, 5:30-6:00 p.m. MT, Sunday March 18, 11:00-11:30 a.m.) {291kb.pdf}, audio {29:49, 13.72mb.mp3, rss menu, none: rss menu}, rebroadcast, Friday/Sunday May 25/27 2007, audio {29:51, 13.73mb.mp3}.

Tyler Drumheller, Lawrence Wilkerson, John McLaughlin, interviewed by Brian Ross (chief investigative correspondent), introduced by Cynthia McFadden (host) (ABC News, Nightline, New York City, Tuesday March 13 2007, 11:35 p.m. ET), Nightline video segment, “The Reason For War{10:04, 52.69mb.flv}, podcast video {52.32mb.mp4, video rss, audio rss, headlines rss, search} (“Was the U.S. drawn into war in Iraq because of a lie?”), Nightline video web extra, “Colin Powell's Case for War{1:27, 4.04mb.flv} (“Curveball's tales became the centerpiece of this '03 speech to the U.N.”) (Colin Powell’s Curveball-sourced assertions, U.N. Security Council, February 5 2003), preview, Brian Ross, Charles Gibson (anchor) (ABC World News, March 13, broadcast 6:30 p.m. ET), broadcast video segment, “Curveball's Artificial Intelligence{2:29, 8.24mb.flv, headlines rss} (“Ross examines the man whose lies led the Bush administration into the Iraq War”), preview, Brian Ross, Charles Gibson (ABC World News, March 13, webcast 3:00 p.m. ET), webcast video segment, “Meet Curveball, Whose Lies Led to War{2:05, 5.85mb.flv} (“Brian Ross reports on the Iraqi defector who duped the CIA”), entire World News webcast for that day (3:00 p.m. ET): podcast video {17:32, 59.32mb m4v, rss}, audio {17:32, 6.02mb.mp3 at 8:32-10:41, rss}, reported, Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, “Exclusive: Curveball, the Defector Whose Lies Led to War{copy} (ABC News, Brian Ross: The Investigative Team, The Blotter, March 13 2007) {archive, dispatches rss, video rss, audio rss}, Krista Kjellman, “Readers respond to our report on the Iraqi defector who fabricated evidence that led to war” (ABC News, The Blotter, March 14 2007).

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), presented by Mary Elizabeth Francis, Kay and Van Weatherspoon (Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, Distinguished Speaker Series, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte North Carolina, Tuesday, March 13 2007, 8:00 p.m.), Steve Lyttle, “Few tickets left for Blix speech{pf} (The Charlotte Observer, March 6 2007), reported, April Bethea, “Blix tells Charlotte Iraq had no WMDs{pf} (The Charlotte Observer, March 14 2007), Jeremy Markovich (WCNC-TV producer), “Naming your cat "Hans Blix" (WCNC.com blog, Charlotte North Carolina, March 14 2007).

Lawrence Wilkerson (chief of staff to Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005), interviewed by Brian Ross (chief investigative correspondent) (ABC News, Brian Ross: The Investigative Team, Brian Ross Investigates Webcast, New York City, March 14 2007), webcast video, “The Twisted Truth” (“Powell's Ex-Aide Scared of Cheney?”) {7:29, 21.29mb.flv, archive}, podcast video, “Colin Powell's Ex-Aide on Case for Iraq War” {7:29, 44.50mb m4v rss}.

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), private luncheon (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston Massachusetts, Wednesday March 14 2007), reported, Kevin Cullen, “Ex-UN inspector faults US on Iran{pf} (The Boston Globe, March 15 2007).

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), “A Renewal of Disarmament? Freeing the World of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons” (Harvard University, sponsors: Kirkland House, IRC: International Relations Council, WCFIA: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, venue: Kirkland House, Junior Common Room, Cambridge Massachusetts, Wednesday, March 14 2007, 7:00 p.m. ET), photos, ditto, YouTube video (larger) (excerpt) {1:27, 3.88mb.flv, .flv, search, source, search, search}, reported, David K. Hausman, “In Speech, Blix Urges Disarmament{pf} (The Harvard Crimson, March 15 2007) (“the only daily newspaper in Cambridge Massachusetts”).

Disclosure of CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson's Identity and White House Procedures for Safeguarding Classified Information (U.S. Congress 110-1, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Hearing, Friday March 16 2007, 10:00 a.m.), statements, Henry Arnold Waxman (chairman) {193kb.pdf}, Thomas M. Davis III (ranking minority member) {17kb.pdf, source}, witnesses, Valerie Plame Wilson (former CIA covert operations officer) {19kb html, pf, copy} (“In the run-up to the war with Iraq, I worked in the counter-proliferation division of the CIA, still as a covert officer, whose affiliation with the CIA was classified. I raced to discover solid intelligence, for senior policy makers, on Iraq’s presumed weapons of mass destruction programs. While I helped to manage and run worldwide operations against this WMD target from CIA headquarters in Washington, I also traveled to foreign countries, on secret missions, to find vital intelligence.”), James Knodell (Director, Office of Security, The White House), Bill Leonard (Director, Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration), Mark Zaid (attorney), Victoria Toensing (attorney, diGenova & Toensing; chief counsel, SSCI: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1981-1984; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 1984-1988, head of the DoJ terrorism unit) {17kb.pdf, source}, background, “Disclosure of CIA Agent Identity” (committee timeline), Plame affair (Wikipedia), Joseph C. Wilson 4th, “What I Didn't Find in Africa{pf, copy, copy} (The New York Times, July 6 2003), C-Span video {4:03:32, 237mb.rm, schedule, 199713145, 197169-1, search, rss}, committee video {4:14:15, 510mb.wmv}, transcripts {Lexis}: FNS transcripts (panel 1, panel 2, panel 3), CQ transcript (partial, panel-1, panel-1a, panel-1b).

Hans Blix, “Annual Membership Dinner and Gathering with Dr. Hans Blix” (CFPA: Coalition for Peace Action, Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton New Jersey, Sunday March 25 2007, 5:00-9:00 p.m.), reported, Kasi Addison, “Weapons inspector calls for diplomacy in atomic age{pf} (The Star Ledger, Newark New Jersey, March 26 2007), Courtney Gross, “Hans Blix still puts his faith in nuclear diplomacy: Former U.N. weapons inspector addresses Coalition for Peace Action” {pf} (The Princeton Packet, Princeton New Jersey, March 27 2007), Shiriram Harid, “Arms expert outlines military limitations{pf, photo} (The Times of Trenton, Trenton New Jersey, March 28 2007).

Hans Blix, “Is It Time for a Revival of Disarmament?” (Princeton University, sponsors: WWS: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, The Program on Science & Global Security, venue: Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Princeton New Jersey, Monday March 26 2007, 4:30 p.m. ET), video bb {1:17:20 bb, source, source}, notice, WWS calender (day, week, month, year), reported, Rory Kress Weisbord, “Blix blasts Iraq war, calls for nuclear disarmament{pf, photo} (The Daily Princetonian, March 27 2007) (“a standing-room-only crowd in Dodds Auditorium”).

Hans Blix, dinner remarks (speech, Q&As) at a one-day conference, “A World Beyond WMD?” (sponsor, PNA: Project for Nuclear Awareness, venue, NPC: National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C., Wednesday, March 28 2007), Hans Blix, dinner remarks at 7:15 p.m., Q&As at 8:00 p.m. (dinner venue: NPC Holeman lounge, 6:15-8:30 p.m.).

Hans Blix, remarks, chaired by Dominique David (IFRI executive director), “Time for a Revival of Disarmament” (IFRI: Institut Français des Relations Internationales, 27 rue de la Procession, Paris Cedex 15, speaker series, April 2 2007, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CEST).

Hans Blix, interviewed by Andrea Sanke at IFRI: Institut Français des Relations Internationales (France 24, The France 24 Interview, Paris, broadcast April 3 2007, 10:40 p.m. CEST, 8:40 p.m. GMT), video {12:49, 36.02mb.wmv}.

Shelton R. Young (U.S. DoD, Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence), declassified report, Review of the Pre-Iraqi War Activities of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy {5.4mb.pdf, Douglas Feith’s briefing slides} (U.S. Department of Defense, OIG: Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence, Report No. 07-INTEL-04, February 9 2007 Review, Project No. D2006-DINT01-0077.000), released April 5 2007, by Carl Levin (chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee), reported, Peter Spiegel, “Report outlines Pentagon effort to link Iraq, Al Qaeda: Declassified memo shows how officials shaped intelligence” {copy} (Los Angeles Times, April 6 2007), Matt Renner, “Pentagon Officer Created Phony Intel on Iraq/al-Qaeda Link” (Truthout, April 6 2007).

Joe Wilson, interviewed by Charles Goyette (Radio KFNX, The Charles Goyette Show, Phoenix Arizona, Wednesday April 18 2007, 6-9am, at about 8:05 a.m. PT) (“KFNX news talk radio 1100”), audio {36:03, 8.25mb.mp3, ditto, rss, rss} (Antiwar Radio archive), and see, Joseph C. Wilson 4th, “What I Didn't Find in Africa{pf, copy, copy} (The New York Times, July 6 2003) (Niger uranium claim).

David Kay, “WMD: Lessons from Iraq; Lessons for Iran” (U.Pitt: University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, WWPH: Posvar Hall 3911, Wednesday April 18 2007, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET) (“sponsored by a grant from the Ford Foundation”), U.Pitt calendar (month, week, day), reported, Hank Webster, “Former weapons inspector calls for intelligence reform{pf} (The Pitt News, April 19 2007).

“ Hank Webster: Kay’s long experience with the issue of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, a central argument for the war’s formation, supplies him with his respected platform of authority.

In the lead up to the first Gulf War, Kay led a team of U.N. weapons inspectors charged with accounting for Iraq’s chemical, biological and nuclear capabilities. ...

After the first Gulf War, Kay directed investigations through the rest of the 1990s intended to determine the extent of Iraq’s nuclear weapons program.”

David Kay (what did he do and when did he do it)

Prior to the 2003 war on Iraq:

1. David Kay had nothing to do with Iraq’s chemical or biological capabilities.

2. “In the lead up to the first Gulf War” (1991) there were no inspections by anybody (except routine IAEA safeguards inspections, of declared facilities).

3. “After the first Gulf War,” David Kay did not “direct investigations through the rest of the 1990s.”

David Kay spent 32 days in Iraq, as a member of the “IAEA Iraq Action Team.”

All of these days, in the summer of 1991, on 3 trips, during a 3-month period, 26 working days, plus the arrival-evenings and departure-mornings, to and from Bahrain.

On these 3 occasions, David Kay was “chief inspector” of an “IAEA nuclear inspection team,” the title assigned to the team-leader by Hans Blix (IAEA director-general, 1981-1997).

The IAEA fielded an inspection team in Iraq, that first year, on 8 successive occasions, beginning May 15 1991, after the U.N. Security Council adopted the ceasefire agreement (S/Res/687, April 3 1991) {32kb html, 910kb.pdf, copy, and via this, this, or ODS}.

David Kay was chief inspector for 3 of these 8 teams (teams 2/4/6). The 5 other IAEA teams had other people as chief inspector, and UNSCOM too had inspection team leaders (chemical, biological, missiles).

And so, David Kay was never “Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector,” as he is sometimes described.

David Kay had nothing further to do with inspections in Iraq, after 1991, and he left the IAEA on January 15 1992.

These are the dates of his 3 inspection teams:

1. June 26--July 3 1991 (6 working days), the second-half of the work of the second IAEA inspection team (IAEA 2, 18 people), details (U.N. Doc. S/22788, July 15 1991) {860kb.pdf}.

2. July 27--August 10 1991 (13 working days), the fourth IAEA inspection team (IAEA 4, 14 inspectors and 6 supporting staff), details (U.N. Doc. S/22986, August 28 1991) {1.3mb.pdf}.

3. September 22-30 1991 (7 working days), the sixth IAEA inspection team (IAEA 6, number of people not stated), details (U.N. Doc. S/23122, October 8 1991) {923kb.pdf}.

Source: http://www.iaea.org/OurWork/SV/Invo/statements.html (some faulty links).

Reporters, and especially for student newspapers, are rarely experts on anything they report, and they should be able to rely on basic facts supplied by university graduate school faculty and staff, and by the speakers they invite.

The graduate school notice, for this lecture, said this:

“Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector David Kay will discuss lessons learned from our failed assessment of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. ...

David Kay has served as the chief weapons inspector for Iraq throughout the last decade, leading up the many inspections into Iraq after the Gulf War to determine Iraqi nuclear weapons production capability.”

If you’re reporting, investigating, researching, writing, and you discover, that basic facts do not come readily to hand, when you think they should--

That may be a signal.

Someone might want you to not know those facts.

For a reason.

Charles Judson Harwood Jr.
April 20 2007

Hans Blix (studio), interviewed by John Humphrys (BBC Radio 4, On the Ropes, recorded on or before April 18 2007, broadcast Tuesday April 24 2007, 9.00-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:00 p.m.) {BBCcat 07mr7417}, audio {28:59, 9.33mb.rm, search, search, a/v, a/v, search} {BBC player}. (BBC will delete this audio, when it next broadcasts in this time-slot, on Tuesday May 1 2007, at 9:00 a.m.).

Bill Moyers (interviewer/narrator/writer) (blog), Kathleen Hughes (producer/director/writer), “Buying the War: How did the mainstream press get it so wrong?” (WNET/PBS, Bill Moyers Journal, Wednesday April 25 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET) (different local times and repeats on some PBS stations), PBS transcript, audio {1:24:09, 28.89mb.mp3}, video {1:25:00}, 1/5 bb {14:58 26.75mb.wmv, bb1 32.31mb.wmv}, 2/5 bb {18:56 33.75mb, bb2 40.81mb}, 3/5 bb {11:50 21.15mb, bb3 25.56mb}, 4/5 bb {22:31 40.15mb, bb4 48.46mb}, 5/5 bb {16:45 29.91mb, bb5 36.19mb}, the largest U.S. TV network, with 349 U.S. TV stations (336 listed here), and via satellites in the western hemisphere, PBS national feed to AMC-4 (analogue), Wednesday April 25 9:00 p.m., Thursday April 26 1:00/4:00 a.m., and to Dish Network and DirecTV (digital), Thursday April 26 9:00 p.m., Friday April 27 1:00/4:00 a.m., Saturday April 28 9:00 p.m.

Previews:

About The Series: Bill Moyers Journal (“Special premiere airdate: Wednesday April 25 at 9 P.M. on PBS. 90 minutes.”).

Preview: Buying the War,” video {4:49 2.58mb.wmv, bb 3.67mb.wmv}.

David Swanson, “Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25 on PBS{pf, copy, copy, copy} (Let's Try Democracy, Thursday April 12 2007).

Bill Moyers, interviewed by Bob Edwards (XMPR: XM Public Radio, XM channel 133, The Bob Edwards Show, Thursday April 19 2007, 8:00 a.m. ET, rebroadcast, April 20 2007, 7:00/9:00/10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m. ET), rebroadcast, Saturday-Sunday April 21-22 2007 (Bob Edwards Weekend, XMPR 133, Saturday 8:00 a.m. ET, PRI: Public Radio International stations, Saturday-Sunday), audio (excerpt) {17:27, 5mb.mp3, source, source}.

Brian Lowry (chief TV critic), “Bill Moyers Journal: Buying The War{pf} (Variety, Friday April 20 2007).

Greg Mitchell (editor and publisher), “'Devastating' Bill Moyers Probe of Press and Iraq Coming This Week{pf, copy, copy} (Editor and Publisher, Saturday April 21 2007) (“America's oldest journal covering the newspaper industry”).

Peter Johnson, “Moyers hammers the media for 'Buying the War' in Iraq{pf} (USA Today, Monday April 23 2007).

Frazier Moore (AP national TV columnist), “'Bill Moyers Journal' Back on PBS{pf} (San Francisco Chronicle, Monday April 23 2007).

Melanie McFarland (TV critic), “On TV: A strong return for Moyers” (The Seattle Times, Monday April 23 2007).

Joanne Ostrow (TV critic), “Don't miss this show: Bill Moyers' "Buying the War" exposes the media's failure to do their job” {pf, copy} (The Denver Post, April 23 2007).

Bill Moyers, interviewed by Terry Gross, “Bill Moyers, Back on the Beat” (Radio WHYY, Fresh Air, Philadelphia, Monday April 23 2007, 3:00 p.m. ET), audio {31:11, entire hour 20.86mb.mp3 rss menu, news rss}, broadcast by more than 400 U.S. radio stations (205 listed here) of the 800 {110kb.pdf, source} affiliated to NPR: National Public Radio, and by NPR itself, by satellite radio in North America (Sirius channels NPR Now 134, NPR Talk 135), by NPR Worldwide (schedule), via satellites (audio channel on TV tuners and feeds to cable radio and some broadcast radio) and satellite radio (NPR, WorldSpace channel 301) (Afristar-1 east beam, parts of western Africa and Europe, footprint), by AFN Radio: American Forces Network (base cable radio schedule).

Bill Moyers, interviewed by Tavis Smiley (KCET/PBS TV, Tavis Smiley, Los Angeles, Monday April 23 2007, 12:00-1:00 a.m. ET), audio {12:22, 6.62mb.mp3 ditto rss source source}, distributed by PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, the largest U.S. TV network, with 349 U.S. TV stations (336 listed here), and via satellites in the western hemisphere (PBS national feed to Dish Network, DirecTV, AMC-3, AMC-4), and AFN TV: American Forces Network (schedule, next day, AFN News, 8:30 a.m. GMT), not rebroadcast, The Tavis Smiley Show (PRI: Public Radio International, Friday April 27 2007), audio {rss, source, rss, source}.

Dusty Saunders, “Saunders: Moyers skewers media{pf} (Rocky Mountain News, April 24 2007).

M. Charles Bakst (political columnist), “War buildup: anatomy of a press disaster” (The Providence Journal, Tuesday April 24 2007).

Hal Boedeker (TV critic) (blog), “Messengers who were ignored: A documentary takes a searing look at journalism's failings in the lead-up to the Iraq war by celebrating 2 skeptical reporters” {pf, copy} (Orlando Sentinel, Tuesday April 24 2007).

Tom Shales (style columnist), “A Media Role in Selling the War? No Question{pf} (The Washington Post, Wednesday April 25 2007), and see, Tom Shales, “Bill Moyers Gets In the Last Word{pf} (The Washington Post, Saturday December 18 2004).

Bill Moyers (studio), interviewed by Amy Goodman, “Legendary Broadcaster Bill Moyers Returns to Airwaves With Critical Look at How U.S. News Media Helped Bush Admin Sell the Case for War” (Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report, New York City, Wednesday April 25 2007), video {45:53}, audio {45:02}, entire hour show (video/audio) {1:00:05}, audio {27.04mb.mp3}, DemNow transcript {pf}, broadcast by 197 U.S. TV stations and cable channels, 231 U.S. radio stations, 23 Canadian radio stations, by Free Speech TV in North America (schedule) (8:00-9:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m., 7:00-8:00 p.m., 12:00-1:00 a.m. ET), via the Dish Network satellite, and 170 public access TV cable channels (included in the 231, above), reaching 25 million U.S. homes, by Link TV in North America (schedule) (11am-noon, 6-7pm ET) via satellites (DirecTV and Dish Network), by WRN: World Radio Network in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia (schedule) (4-5pm GMT), via 10 satellites (audio channel on TV tuners and feeds to cable radio) and via satellite radio (WRN, WorldSpace channel 305) (Afristar-1 east beam, parts of western Africa and Europe, footprint), by radio stations in the CBAA network: Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

George Tenet, interviewed by Scott Pelley (CBS 60 Minutes correspondent) (preview excerpt), Tracy Smith (reporting) (CBS News, The Early Show, New York City, Wednesday April 25 2007, 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET), videoTenet Denies CIA Torture{1:27, 6.78mb.rm, rss, rss, source, search} (“Ex-CIA director George Tenet defended U.S. treatment of Al Qaeda terror suspects” “In an exclusive 60 Minutes interview, ex-CIA Director George Tenet tells Scott Pelley that the agency does not use torture to extract information from suspected Al Qaeda terrorists”), reported, “Tenet Defends High Value Detainee Program” (ditto) (CBS News, April 25 2007) (“enhanced interrogation techniques”).

George Tenet, interviewed by Scott Pelley (CBS 60 Minutes correspondent) (preview excerpt), reported by Katie Couric, videoTenet: 'Slam Dunk' Misused{2:27, 11.59mb.rm, rss, source, search} (CBS Evening News, New York City, Thursday April 26 2007, 6:30 p.m. ET) (“Tenet reveals how he knew his time was up as CIA director” “George Tenet says the Bush administration’s use of his “slam dunk” comment as the reason America went to war was deceitful and ruined his reputation. Scott Pelley reports.”).

George Tenet, interviewed by Scott Pelley (CBS 60 Minutes correspondent) (preview excerpt), and colloquy with Julie Chen (CBS News, The Early Show, New York City, Friday April 27 2007, 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET), videoTenet interview preview{3:40, 17.34mb.rm, rss, search} (“Scott Pelley speaks with Julie Chen about his exclusive 60 Minutes interview with former CIA director George Tenet, who claims he was a scapegoat of the Bush administration”).

Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, “Ex-C.I.A. Chief, in Book, Assails Cheney on Iraq{pf} (The New York Times, April 27 2007).

Mark Mazzetti (New York Times), interviewed by Steve Inskeep, “Former CIA Chief Says Iraq Threat Not Debated,” audio, ditto, ditto {3:56, 1.83mb.rm} {NPR player} (NPR: National Public Radio, Morning Edition, Washington D.C., April 27 2007, 5-7:00 a.m. ET).

Scott Shane (New York Times), interviewed by Alex Chadwick, “Tenet: No 'Serious Debate' Before Iraq Invasion,” audio, ditto, ditto {3:56, 2.56mb.rm} {NPR player} (NPR: National Public Radio, Day to Day, Washington D.C., April 27 2007, 12-1:00 p.m. ET).

Lawrence Wilkerson, interviewed in Washington D.C. by Jasim Al-Azzawi (Al Jazeera, English TV, Inside Iraq, Doha, Friday April 27 2007, 5:30 p.m. GMT, and repeats), by cable and satellites, transcript, “Fabricating the case for the Iraq War” (Lincoln Madison blog, The Third Path).

 

“ Lawrence Wilkerson: But after, as you said, doing a lot of research, listening to people, talking to people, looking at some of the data that’s come out—

I can’t explain, especially, those two instances:

The one of Curveball.

The other with regard to Shaykh al-Libi, because the Defense Intelligence Agency dissented on Shaykh al-Libi’s “confession” immediately, because it was gained under coercion.

I can’t explain why those two, in particular, very important parts of his presentation, weren’t made available to Secretary Powell at the time, so that he could make a decision as to whether he included them in his presentation.

So I have to conclude now, that there was some, not just politicization of intelligence, some cherry-picking of intelligence, which I’ve always thought there was—

But I have to conclude now, that there were some people in this process who actually colluded, to make a false picture.”

Tyler Drumheller (CIA 25 years, 1980-2005, chief of european operations, July 2001-2005 March), Dana Priest, interviewed by Chris Matthews (MSNBC, Hardball, Washington D.C., Friday April 27 2007, 5:00/7:00 p.m., at 5:36 p.m. ET), MSNBC transcript {pf, menu}, MSNBC videoDiscussing Tenet's new revelations{8:24, 18.48mb.wmv, 19.37mb.flv, rss menu} (“Tyler Drumheller, who worked for ex-CIA chief George Tenet, and Washington Post security correspondent Dana Priest talk about the revelations in Tenet's new book, and his criticism on the lack of serious debate before the Iraq invasion”).

George Tenet, interviewed by Scott Pelley (CBS 60 Minutes correspondent) (preview excerpt, “slam dunk”), reported by Jim Axelrod (chief White House correspondent) (CBS Evening News, New York City, Friday April 27 2007, 6:30 p.m. ET), videoTenet Tells All In New Book{1:54, 9.01mb.rm, rss, search} (“Former CIA director George Tenet’s book hasn’t even come out yet, but his claim – that he was unfairly blamed for the decision to invade Iraq – is already igniting controversy. Jim Axelrod reports.”).

Tom Brokaw (reporting), interviews Charles Duelfer, Robert Baer, introduced by Brian Williams (anchor) (NBC, Nightly News, New York City, Friday April 27 2007, 6:30 p.m. ET, lead item), video (entire segment, in HDTV) “New book says Bush rushed to war{3:43, 8.16mb.wmv, 7.98mb.flv, rss menu} (“NBC’s Tom Brokaw reports on excerpts of a new book by George Tenet, to be published Monday, that accuses the White House of conducting “no serious debate” over whether to go to war in Iraq”), in context, entire half-hour news broadcast (excluding adverts, except for other NBC shows), lead item: netcast video {21:26, 47.26mb.wmv, 47.91mb.flv}, podcast video {21:26, 47.28mb.wmv rss, 112.83mb.mp4 rss}, audio {21:25, 4.91mb.mp3 rss}.

Larry Johnson (blog) (CIA 1986-1989, DoS 1989-1993), Dana Milbank (national political reporter, Washington Post), interviewed by Keith Olbermann (Charlotte North Carolina), and video excerpt of a Senate floor speech by Dick Durbin (April 25), about secret briefings in the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2002 (MSNBC, Countdown, Secaucus New Jersey, Friday April 27 2007, 8pm/midnight ET) (“the highest-rated program on MSNBC”), videoTruth little, truth late on Iraq{14:18, 31.56mb.wmv, 36.44mb.flv, rss menu}, audio {14:18, 3.27mb.mp3, rss menu} (“April 27: Two public officials, former CIA Director George Tenet and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), finally decided to start leveling with the American people about the threat that Iraq was over four years ago. Keith Olbermann asks, ‘Where were you when we needed you?’), MSNBC transcript {pf, menu}.

John McLaughlin (U.S. CIA, DDCI: deputy director of central intelligence, Oct. 19 2000-2004 Nov. 12, DDI: deputy director for intelligence, 1997-2000), interviewed by John King (Washington D.C.) (CNN News, Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, New York City, Friday April 27 2007, 10pm-midnight ET, lead item first hour), CNN transcript {archive}, CNN podcast video {21:37, 127mb.wmv rss, menu} (first 11:00 segment on George Tenet’s book), by cable, by satellites (CNNi schedule), audio simulcast, by satellite radio (CNN, Sirius channel 132, XM channel 122, by CNNi on WorldSpace channel 300) (query: did CNNi feed this to its satellite program?).

Tyler Drumheller, John O. Brennan, Scott Shane, interviewed by Charlie Rose (WNET/PBS TV, Charlie Rose, New York City, Friday April 27 2007, 11:00 p.m. ET), video “A conversation about pre-war intelligence” (Google, larger) {36:10, 84.80mb.flv, ditto, menu, search, search, search, rss, rss} (“A conversation about pre-war intelligence and former CIA director George Tenet with the former chief of CIA clandestine operations in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, John O. Brennan, former chief of staff to George Tenet, and Scott Shane of the New York Times. He co-wrote the April 27th cover story on George Tenet’s new book, At The Center of the Storm.”), distributed by PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, the largest U.S. TV network, with 349 U.S. TV stations (336 listed here), and via satellites in the western hemisphere (PBS national feed to Dish Network, DirecTV, AMC-3, AMC-4).

Scott Shane, “Former C.I.A. Chief's Memoir Irritates Some High-Ranking Readers{pf} (The New York Times, April 28 2007).

Michiko Kakutani, “An Ex-C.I.A. Chief on Iraq and the Slam Dunk That Wasn't{pf} (The New York Times, April 28 2007).

John McLaughlin (CIA, DDCI: deputy director of central intelligence, Oct. 19 2000-2004 Nov. 12, DDI: deputy director for intelligence, 1997-2000), interviewed by Scott Simon (NPR: National Public Radio, Weekend Edition Saturday, Washington D.C., April 28 2007, 8-10:00 a.m. ET), “Former CIA Deputy Discusses Tenet's New Book,” audio, ditto {8:36} {NPR player, rss menu, menu}.

Michael F. Scheuer (CIA 22 years), “Tenet Tries to Shift the Blame. Don't Buy It.{pf} (The Washington Post, Sunday April 29 2007, page B1).

Tyler Drumheller (Tenet/Iraq), William Odom (G.W. Bush, AWOL), Steve Kull (director PIPA, editor WPO) (world attittudes towards the U.S.), interviewed separately by Ian Masters (Pacifica, Radio KPFK, Background Briefing, Los Angeles, Sunday April 29 2007, 11am-1pm PT, first hour), archived audio (bb) {57:31, Drumheller 24:50 at 0:00, 9.88mb.mp3, 32.92mb.mp3, rss, archive}, broadcast audio (both hours, 5-6 week archive) {41mb.mp3, source, rss} (112,000 watts FM, the most powerful radio transmitter on Mount Wilson, “a superpower site, with typical coverage footprints of 5,000 square miles”), Sean Mitchell, “Radio: At KPFK, Ian Masters amps up the debate{pf} (Los Angeles Times, calendarlive.com, Sunday May 13 2007).

George Tenet (U.S. CIA, DCI: Director of Central Intelligence, July 11 1997-2004 July 11, deputy director, July 3 1995-1997 July 11), interviewed by Scott Pelley, “George Tenet, At the Center of the Storm, Former CIA Director Breaks His Silence{pf, rss} (CBS News, 60 Minutes, Sunday April 29 2007, 7:00 p.m. ET), audio {27:05, 12.40mb.mp3, rss menu, archive}, video {27:14}, “George Tenet Interview,” “Tenet: Center of the Storm – Part 1{13:02, 61.48mb.rm, source, search} (“Former CIA Director George Tenet tells Scott Pelley that he thought the U.S. should attack Afghanistan before the September 11 attacks and he knew Iraq was not involved in the attacks”), “Tenet: Center of the Storm – Part 2{14:12, 67.02mb.rm} (“Ex-CIA Director George Tenet tells Scott Pelley that the Bush Administration acted dishonorably when it used his famous "slam dunk" remark about WMD in Iraq to ruin his reputation and his career”). “Former CIA Director George Tenet tells Scott Pelley that he thought the U.S. should attack Afghanistan before the September 11 attacks and he knew Iraq was not involved in the attacks.” “Ex-CIA Director George Tenet appears in his first network television interview to talk about what it was like as the head of the security agency during 9/11, the war on terror and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. He also tells Scott Pelley that the Bush Administration acted dishonorably when it used his famous “slam dunk” remark about WMD in Iraq to ruin his reputation and his career.”

George Tenet, interviewed by Scott Pelley (CBS 60 Minutes correspondent) (excerpt, Valerie Plame), introduced by Russ Mitchell, video “Tenet Felt 'Betrayed' {1:26, 6.84mb.rm, rss} (CBS News, The Early Show, New York City, Monday April 30 2007, 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET) (“In a "60 Minutes" interview with Scott Pelley, former CIA Director George Tenet said he felt betrayed when the Bush administration leaked the name of undercover agent Valerie Plame”).

George Tenet, interviewed by Tom Brokaw, videoEx-CIA chief Tenet discusses book{8:04, 17.85mb.wmv, 15.70mb.flv, rss menu}, netcast video (part-2 of the first hour) {14:25, 31.70mb.wmv, 32.22mb.flv} (NBC News, The Today Show, New York City, Monday April 30 2007, 7-10:00 a.m. ET) (“Former CIA Director George Tenet talks with NBC News' Tom Brokaw about his new book criticizing the run-up to the Iraq war”), reported, Robert Windrem, Alex Johnson, “Tenet claims CIA was scapegoat for war {pf}: In book, ex-director tells of cautioning Bush, others on case against Iraq,” Robert Windrem, Alex Johnson, “The long reach and ambitions of al-Qaida {pf}: Tenet book details chilling plots to kill Gore, acquire nuclear weapons” (NBC News, April 30 2007).

Martha Raddatz (chief White House correspondent), introduced by Christopher Cuomo (news anchor), video “Former CIA Chief Rattles Washington{2:26, 6.75mb.flv, search} (ABC News, Good Morning America, New York City, Monday April 30 2007, 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET), and see, Katherine Shrader (Associated Press), “Tenet's Memoirs Draw Heated Backlash {pf}” (ABC News, April 30 2007).

Tyler Drumheller, John Diamond, Ron Suskind, Tom Ashbrook (host), discussion, “George Tenet Talks” (Radio WBUR, On Point, Boston Massachusetts, Monday April 30 2007, 10-11am ET), audio {48:22, 7.30mb.rm, 20.35mb.mp3 rss} (“Boston’s NPR news station”).

Ray McGovern (CIA 27 years, 1964-1991), interviewed by Charles Goyette (Radio KFNX, The Charles Goyette Show, Phoenix Arizona, Monday April 30 2007, 6-9am PT) (“KFNX news talk radio 1100”), audio {36:05, 8.26mb.mp3, ditto, rss, rss} (Antiwar Radio archive).

Larry Johnson (blog) (CIA 1986-1989, DoS 1989-1993), interviewed by Stephanie Miller (blog) (JRN, The Stephanie Miller Show, Los Angeles, Tuesday April 30 2007, 6-9am PT, 9am-noon ET), podcast audio {5:17, 1.81mb.mp3}, broadcast by 47 U.S. radio stations, and by satellite radio (Sirius Left, Sirius channel 146, schedule).

John O. Brennan (CIA, former deputy executive director; chief of staff to George Tenet; station chief in the middle east), Michael F. Scheuer (CIA 22 years), Jonathan S. Landay (national security and intelligence correspondent, McClatchy), interviewed by Neal Conan (NPR: National Public Radio, Talk of the Nation, Washington D.C., Monday, April 30 2007, 2-4pm, at 2:00 p.m. ET), “Does Tenet Paint True Picture of Post Sept. 11?,” audio, ditto {30:10, rss, menu, rss menu} {NPR player}.

George Tenet, interviewed by Charles Gibson, video (excerpt) “George Tenet Interview with Charlie Gibson” {1:48, 5.20mb.flv, search} (ABC World News, Monday April 30 2007, webcast 3:00 p.m. ET) (“Ex-CIA Director defends his book on the day Center of the Storm hits shelves”), reported, “Former CIA Chief Denies Accusations He Misled Powell Before Iraq Invasion” {pf} (ABC News, April 30 3007).

Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, colloquy, report, excerpts, interview (above) of George Tenet on the Today Show (NBC, Nightly News, New York City, Monday April 30 2007, 6:30 p.m. ET, second item), video (entire segment, in HDTV) “What Tenet knew and when he spoke{3:37, 7.94mb.wmv, 7.61mb.flv} (“April 30: Former CIA director George Tenet faces new criticism over what he knew when, and when he spoke up about the Bush plan for war with Iraq. NBC’s Tom Brokaw reports.”), in context, entire half-hour news broadcast (excluding adverts, except for other NBC shows): netcast video {22:22, 49.32mb.wmv, 50.00mb.flv}, podcast video {22:22, 49.32mb.wmv rss, 117.76mb.mp4 rss}, audio {22:22, 5.12mb.mp3 rss}.

Larry Johnson (blog) (CIA 1986-1989, DoS 1989-1993), David Boren (chairman 1991-1993, Senate Intelligence Committee; president OU: University of Oklahoma), interviewed by Ray Suarez, introduced by Spencer Michels (PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer {rss menu}, Monday April 30 2007, 7:00 p.m.), video bb {15:44 bb}, audio {15:39, 6.44mb.mp3 rss menu}, PBS transcript, “Former CIA Director Tenet's Memoir Sparks Controversy.”

Ray McGovern (CIA 27 years, 1964-1991), interviewed by Tucker Carlson (Los Angeles) (MSNBC, Tucker, Secaucus New Jersey?, Monday April 30 2007, 4-5/6-7 ET), MSNBC transcript {pf, menu}, YouTube video (larger) {7:40, 17.76mb.flv, .flv, search} {video excerpts rss menu, audio excerpt rss menu}.

Philip Giraldi (CIA 16 years, 1976-1992), interviewed by Keith Olbermann (Los Angeles) (MSNBC, Countdown, Secaucus New Jersey, Monday April 30 2007, 8pm/midnight ET) (“the highest-rated program on MSNBC”), transcript {pf, menu}, videoFour years too late{8:24, 19.43mb.wmv, 21.55mb.flv, rss menu}, audio {8:48, 2.02mb.mp3, rss menu} (“April 30: George Tenet’s credibility is questioned after his new book hit the shelves. Countdown host Keith Olbermann talks with former CIA counterterrorism specialist Philip Giraldi of American Conservative magazine”).

George Tenet, interviewed by Larry King (Washington D.C.) (CNN, Larry King Live, Washington D.C., Monday April 30 2007, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), video (15% excerpt, about “slam-dunk” and WMD) {5:54, 17.05mb.wmv rss, search}, CNN transcript {archive}.

Ray McGovern (CIA 27 years, 1964-1991), Larry Johnson (blog) (CIA 1986-1989, DoS 1989-1993), interviewed by Anderson Cooper (Los Angeles) (CNN News, Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, New York City, Monday April 30 2007, 10pm-midnight ET, lead item, both hours), CNN transcripts {archive}: hour-1 (“Former CIA Director Under Fire Over Tell-All Iraq War Book”), hour-2 (“Tenet's Tough Talk”), CNN video segments (“Tenet Talks”), YouTube copy {14:36}, “AC 360: Former CIA officers critisizing George Tenet” hour-1 (larger) {8:25, 16.6mb.flv, .flv, search, search}, hour-2 (larger) {6:11, 14.4mb.flv, .flv}, CNN podcast video {20:52, 123mb.wmv rss, menu} (first 14:15 segment on George Tenent’s book), by cable, by satellites (CNNi schedule), audio simulcast, by satellite radio (CNN, Sirius channel 132, XM channel 122, by CNNi on WorldSpace channel 300) (query: did CNNi feed this to its satellite program?).

George Tenet, interviewed by Harry Smith (CBS News, The Early Show, New York City, Tuesday May 1 2007, 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET), video “Tenet: 'We Were Wrong' {6:00, 28.33mb.rm, rss, search} (“Former CIA Director George Tenet speaks with Harry Smith about his controversial memoir, At the Center of the Storm, and how the CIA was wrong about Saddam stockpiling weapons of mass destruction”), reported, “Former CIA Director Answers Critics{pf} (CBS News, May 1 2007).

George Tenet, interview excerpts/report by Mary Louise Kelly (intelligence correspondent), and colloquy with Melissa Block (host), “Tenet Answers Criticism from Retired CIA Officers,” audio (ditto) {5:41, 2.65mb.rm} (NPR: National Public Radio, All Things Considered {rss}, Washington D.C., Tuesday May 1 2007, 4:00-6:00 p.m., at about 5:30 p.m. ET) (NPR’s evening news, “reaches an audience of approximately 12 million listeners each weekday,” the second most listened to radio news program in the United States, after NPR’s Morning Edition), broadcast at different local times by more than 560 U.S. radio stations (289 listed here), of the 800 NPR affiliates {110kb.pdf, source}, and by NPR itself and AFN radio (American Forces Network), as detailed next.

Ray McGovern (CIA 27 years, 1964-1991), interviewed by Amy Goodman, “Ex-CIA Analyst Accuses Tenet of Hypocrisy For Not Speaking Out Earlier on White House Push For War” (Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report, New York City, Tuesday May 1 2007), DemNow transcript {pf}, video {44:35}, audio {44:35}, entire hour show (video/audio) {59:03}, audio {27.04mb.mp3}.

George Tenet, interviewed in New York City by Mary Louise Kelly (intelligence correspondent), “Tenet Retraces the Path to War in Iraq,” audio, ditto, ditto {8:57, 4.17mb.rm} {NPR player} (NPR: National Public Radio, Morning Edition {rss}, Washington D.C., recorded Tuesday May 1 2007, broadcast Wednesday May 2 2007, 5-7:00 a.m. ET) (“the most widely heard radio news program in the United States” “with nearly 13 million listeners”), broadcast at different local times by more than 600 U.S. radio stations (256 listed here), of the 800 NPR affiliates {110kb.pdf, source}, by NPR itself, NPR Worldwide (schedule), via satellites (audio channel on TV tuners and feeds to cable radio and some broadcast radio) and satellite radio (NPR, WorldSpace channel 301) (Afristar-1 east beam, parts of western Africa and Europe, footprint), by WRN: World Radio Network in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia (schedule) (12:00-2:00 p.m. GMT), via 10 satellites (audio channel on TV tuners and feeds to cable radio) and satellite radio (WRN, WorldSpace channel 305), by AFN Radio: American Forces Network, both radio broadcasts (schedule) and base cable radio (schedule).

James Marcinkowski (CIA 1985-1989), interviewed by Marty Moss-Coane (Radio WHYY, Radio Times, Philadelphia, Wednesday May 2 2006, 10am-noon, at 11am-noon ET), audio {52:01, 24.08mb.mp3, rss} (“We get reaction to George Tenet’s revelations from Jim Marcinkowski, one of six former CIA agents who have criticized Mr. Tenet for being “a willing particpant in a poorly considered policy to start an unnecessary war.” Tenet, the former head of the CIA under the Clinton and Bush administrations, has just released his memoir.”), broadcast also by NPR (National Public Radio) via Sirius satellite radio and NPR Worldwide, and by AFN base cable radio (American Forces Network), as detailed next.

George Tenet, interviewed by Terry Gross, “George Tenet on Life 'At the Center of the Storm' (Radio WHYY, Fresh Air {rss}, Philadelphia, Wednesday May 2 2007, 3-4:00 p.m. ET), audio {29:24, entire hour 46:04, 21.09mb.mp3 rss} {NPR player}, broadcast by more than 400 U.S. radio stations (205 listed here) of the 800 {110kb.pdf, source} affiliated to NPR: National Public Radio, and by NPR itself, by satellite radio in North America (Sirius channels NPR Now 134, NPR Talk 135) and NPR Worldwide (schedule), and by AFN Radio: American Forces Network (base cable radio schedule).

George Tenet, interviewed by Wolf Blitzer (CNN News, The Situation Room, Washington D.C., Wednesday May 2 2007, 4-6/7-8 p.m. ET), CNN transcripts {archive}, 4:00/5:00 p.m., excerpts repeated at 7:00 p.m., CNN video, “Tenet fires back” (37% excerpt, omits WMD, al Qaeda) {8:18, 23.92mb.wmv rss, search} (“CNN’s Wolf Blitzer talks to former CIA director George Tenet about mounting criticism of his new book”), rebroadcast, interview segment (15:45), part of a video podcast (available for about 4 weeks only) (CNN Late Edition, Sunday May 6 2007), linked below.

George Tenet, intervewed by Bill O'Reilly, “Former CIA Director George Tenet Talks with Bill O'Reilly” (FNC: Fox News Channel, The O'Reilly Factor, New York City, Wednesday May 2 2007, 8:00/11:00 p.m. ET), video “George Tenet{18:08, rss} (“Ex-CIA Director discusses War on Terror; 9/11 attacks with Bill O'Reilly”), part-1 {2:18, 21.08mb.wmv}, part-2 {4:32, 11.56mb.wmv}, part-3 {6:28, 16.42mb.wmv}, Fox transcript {pf, archive, archive}, and (Thursday May 3 2007) part-4, “George Tenet on torture{4:50, 12.29mb.wmv} (“Former CIA Director on whether the Agency sanctioned torture”), preview, Jim Angle (Washington correspondent), video “Pre-War Intelligence{3:02, 7.73mb.wmv, rss} (Fox, Special Report with Brit Hume, Washington D.C., Wednesday May 2 2007, 6pm/midnight ET) (“Former CIA Director George Tenet explains why he and others were convinced Saddam Hussein had WMDs”), Fox transcript {pf, archive}.

Michael Scheuer (CIA 22 years), interviewed by Charles Goyette (Radio KFNX, The Charles Goyette Show, Phoenix Arizona, Thursday May 3 2007, 6-9am PT) (“KFNX news talk radio 1100”), audio {17:10, 2.95mb.mp3, ditto, rss, rss} (Antiwar Radio archive).

George Tenet, interviewed by Jim Lehrer (PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer {rss menu}, May 3 2007, 7:00 p.m.), video bb {15:25 bb}, audio {15:39, 6.44mb.mp3 rss menu}, PBS transcript, “Former CIA Director Tenet Responds to Memoir Criticism.”

George Tenet, interviewed by Charlie Rose (WNET/PBS TV, Charlie Rose, New York City, Thursday May 3 2007, 11:00 p.m. ET), video “A conversation with George Tenet” (Google, larger) {37:29, 98.8mb.flv, ditto, menu, search, search, search, rss, rss} (“A conversation with George Tenet, former Director of Central Intelligence for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and author of At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA”), distributed by PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, the largest U.S. TV network, with 349 U.S. TV stations (336 listed here), and via satellites in the western hemisphere (PBS national feed to Dish Network, DirecTV, AMC-3, AMC-4).

George Tenet, interviewed by Chris Stigall (CM, radio KCMO-AM, KCMO Morning Show, Kansas City Missouri, taped Thursday May 3, broadcast Friday May 4 2007, 5-9am CT) (“KCMO 710 Talk Radio” “Fox News & Talk Radio”), audio {10:31, 3.01mb.mp3, source, blog, rss menu}.

Hans Blix, “Luncheon with Dr. Hans Blix” (ABA: American Bar Association, Section of International Law, annual meeting, Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street N.W., Washington D.C., Friday May 4 2007, 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET), C-Span video, “American Bar Association Address by Hans Blix” {47:30, 46.2mb.rm, schedule, 200263335, 197949-1, rss, archive, archive, search, search}, later, Hans Blix, Thomas Graham Jr., Nathan Granoff (moderator), “A Special Session with Dr. Hans Blix and Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. on Addressing Weapons of Mass Destruction” (ABA Section of International Law, National Security Committee, Fairmont Hotel, May 4 2007, 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET), ABA agenda {copy}.

George Tenet, interviewed by Tim Russert (Washington bureau chief) (NBC News, Meet the Press, Washington D.C., Sunday May 6 2007, 9:00 a.m. ET), MSNBC transcript, “Former CIA Director George Tenet defends his new book{pf, menu, rss}, FNS transcript {Tenet archive, MTP archive}, video excerpts {23:30}: 1/4Tenet discusses prewar WMD intelligence{5:54, 13.02mb.wmv, 11.26mb.flv, rss menu} (“May 6: Former CIA chief George Tenet speaks with Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press about reports that he called the case for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq "a slam dunk"), 2/4Did Cheney play 'fast and loose'?{8:19, 18.35mb.wmv, 17.35mb.flv} (“May 6: Former CIA head George Tenet tells Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press about the handling of intelligence on the relationship between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and al-Qaida”), 3/4Warnings of 9/11{6:20, 14.56mb.wmv, 14.56mb.flv} (“May 6: Former CIA chief George Tenet discusses with Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press the warnings before Sept. 11, 2001, that an attack was coming and the U.S. response”), 4/4Al-Qaida and nuclear weapons{2:57, 6.62mb.wmv, 6.41mb.flv} (“May 6: Former CIA head George Tenet tells Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press his thoughts on the possibility of a nuclear attack on U.S. soil”), entire hour (excluding adverts, except for other NBC shows): “NBC Meet the Press Netcast” (latest) (ditto, ditto), this netcast {48:28, 106.87mb.wmv, 102.31mb.flv}, podcast video {48:28, 106mb.wmv rss, 255mb.mp4 rss}, audio {49:02, 11.22mb.mp3 rss menu archive}, broadcast at different local times by 252 {pf} U.S. TV stations, by MSNBC (10:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m. ET), by AFN TV: American Forces Network (schedule), audio broadcast by 86 U.S. radio stations and by C-Span Radio (Radio WCSP-FM, Washington D.C., 12:00/11:00 p.m. ET), simulcast by satellite radio in North America (C-Span Radio, XM channel 132).

George Tenet, interviewed by Wolf Blitzer, a rebroadcast of most of his May 2 Situation Room interview (above) (CNN, Late Edition, “Face to Face,” Sunday May 6 2007, 11am-1pm ET, first hour), CNN transcript {archive}, podcast video (entire 2 hour show, excluding adverts) {1:21:35, Tenet 15:45 at 17:30-33:15, 269mb.wmv, rss, menu}, includes a further 40% of the interview (WMD, al Qaeda) omitted from the May 2 posted video (above), by cable, by satellites (CNNi schedule), audio simulcast, by satellite radio (CNN, Sirius channel 132, XM channel 122, CNNi program on WorldSpace channel 300), audio rebroadcast, by C-Span Radio (Radio WCSP-FM, Washington D.C., 3-4:30 p.m. ET), simulcast by satellite radio in North America (C-Span Radio, XM channel 132).

Ray McGovern (CIA 27 years, 1964-1991), Robert Dallek (Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, published April 24 2007) interviewed separately by Ian Masters (Pacifica, Radio KPFK, Live from the Left Coast, Los Angeles, Sunday May 6 2007, noon-1pm PT) (hour-2 of Background Briefing, 11am-1am), audio (bb) {57:57, McGovern at 0:00-24:50, 9.95mb.mp3, 33.16mb.mp3, rss}, both hours audio (deleted) {41mb.mp3, source, rss}.

George Tenet, interviewed by Chris Matthews (MSNBC, Hardball, Washington D.C., Monday May 7 2007, 5:00/7:00 p.m., at 5:00 p.m. ET), MSNBC transcript {pf, menu}, MSNBC videos {23:20}: part-1Tenet plays Hardball{10:59, 24.20mb.wmv, 22.55mb.flv, rss menu} (“May 7: The man blamed for the faulty intelligence on Iraq’s weapons program is speaking out. Hardball host Chris Matthews talks with former CIA Director George Tenet.”), part-2Tenet plays Hardball – Part Two{12:21, 27.23mb.wmv, 26.86mb.flv} (“May 7: Hardball host Chris Matthews continues his conversation with former CIA Director George Tenet, author of In the Center of the Storm”), web extraTenet plays Hardball” (excerpt) {8:24, 2.81mb.wmv, 19.37mb.flv} (“May 7: Why were the American people told Iraq was involved with 9/11? Hardball host Chris Matthews gets answers from former CIA director George Tenet.”), audio (part-1 only) {10:58, 2.51mb.mp3, rss menu}.

Philip Giraldi (CIA 16 years, 1976-1992), interviewed by Charles Goyette (Radio KFNX, The Charles Goyette Show, Phoenix Arizona, Tuesday May 8 2007, 6-9am, at about 6:10 a.m. PT) (“KFNX news talk radio 1100”), audio {17:22, 2.98mb.mp3, ditto, rss, source, rss} (Antiwar Radio archive).

George Tenet, interviewed by Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, The Daily Show, New York City, Tuesday May 8 2007, 11-11:30 p.m. ET), CC videos {11:57}: “George Tenet Pt. 1copy {4:48, 21.30mb.flv, source, rss menu, rss, search, search} (“After seeing George Tenet’s abuse on other talk shows, Jon offers the former CIA Director a Fresca®”), “George Tenet Pt. 2copy {7:09, 39.94mb.flv, source} (“George Tenet explains his ‘slam dunk’ comment and the ‘contact sport’ of intelligence vs. policy”).

Lawrence Wilkerson (chief of staff to Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005), Steven Erlanger (Jerusalem bureau chief, New York Times), Ken Adelman (CPD, PNAC, DPB, national editor, Washingtonian), Chuck Freilich (WINEP, BCSIA, Israel deputy national security advisor, 2000-2005), Tom Ashbrook (host), discussion, “War Accountability in the US” (Radio WBUR, On Point, Boston Massachusetts, Thursday May 10 2007, 10-11:00 a.m. ET), audio {48:22 at 24:42, 7.30mb.rm, 20.76mb.mp3 rss menu, rss menu, rss} (“Boston’s NPR news station”), reported, David Swanson, “Powell's Chief of Staff Proposes Impeachment{pf, copy} (Let's Try Democracy, Thursday May 10 2007), Brian Todd (CNN correspondent) (CNN News, The Situation Room, Washington D.C., Thursday May 10 2007, 4-6/7-8, at 7-8 p.m. ET), CNN transcript {archive}, CNN video {2:35, 3:82mb.wmv} (Brian Todd making no mention of Radio WBUR and stating, that recorded audio statements made by Wilkerson on Radio WBUR were made to CNN).

Ray McGovern (CIA 27 years, 1964-1991), “L-I-A-R: Four-Letter Word for Tenet{copy} (CounterPunch, Wednesday May 16 2007).

Philip Giraldi (CIA 16 years, 1976-1992), “George Tenet Lies About His Lies{pf} (Antiwar.com, “Smoke and Mirrors”, Wednesday May 16 2007).

Dennis J. Kucinich (chairman, Domestic Policy subcommittee, House Oversight Committee, U.S. Congress 110, candidate for U.S. president, November 4 2008 election), “Question of Personal Privilege,” floor statement, 153 Congressional Record H5638-H5644 {pf} {50kb.txt, 96kb.pdf} (U.S. Congress 110-1, daily edition 153:85, May 23 2007, 11:26:22am-12:36:01pm ET) {SuDoc: X/A.110/1:153/85} (added title, punctuation, paragraphing), C-Span video/text {59:39, Kucinich rss} (C-Span Congressional Chronicle, House, May 23 2007).

 

Thieving Iraq’s oil

“ The Speaker pro tempore: The Chair has been made aware of a valid basis for the gentleman’s point of personal privilege.

The gentleman from Ohio is recognized for 1 hour.

* * *

Dennis Kucinich: This administration has led Congress into thinking that this bill is about fair distribution of oil revenues.

In fact, as I mentioned earlier, except for three scant lines, the entire 33-page hydrocarbon law {391kb.pdf} creates a structure to facilitate the privatization of Iraq oil.

Now, the war in Iraq is a stain on American history.

Let us not further besmirch our nation by participating in an outrageous exploitation of a nation which is in shambles, due to the U.S. intervention.

* * *

Now.

What are others saying?

About this draft Iraqi oil law.

And what it will do.”

* * *

CJHjr: Dennis Kucinich then quoted from these documents:

Gail Russell Chaddock (Washington D.C.), “How will Iraq share the oil? {pf}: In the US, the demand that Iraq pass an oil law is a 'benchmark' that is becoming a flashpoint” (The Christian Science Monitor, Boston Massachusetts, Friday May 18 2007).

Hassan Hafidh (Amman Jordan), “Iraq Oil Law Details Untouched Fields, Blocks–Document{pf, copy pf} (Dow Jones Newswires, New York City, March 5 2007).

Hassan Hafidh (Amman Jordan), “Some Iraqi Politicians Urge Rejection of Draft Oil Law{pf, copy} (Dow Jones Newswires, New York City, March 10 2007).

Daphne Eviatar, “Our Man In Iraq {pf}: Ronald Jonkers is advising the Iraqi government on a new oil law” (The American Lawyer, New York City, April 25 2007).

Kim Gamel, Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sameer N. Yacoub (Baghdad), Yahya Barzani (Sulaimaniyah), “Iraqis: Oil Law Won't Favor Americans{pf, copy} (The Associated Press, ABC News, New York City, January 27 2007), also printed as, “Iraqi Officials Insist Oil Law Won't Favor U.S.” (U.S. Morning Star online, January 28 2007).

Ted Nace, “Time to Do the Math in Iraq{pf} (Common Dreams, Portland Maine, April 18 2007).

Greg Muttitt, Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth{copy} {2.3mb.pdf} (Platform, London, November 2005, with GPF: Global Policy Forum, IPS: Institute for Policy Studies, NEF: New Economics Foundation, Oil Change International, War on Want).

Antonia Juhasz (San Francisco, Oil Change International, Washington D.C.), “Whose Oil Is It, Anyway?{pf, copy pf, copy pf} (The New York Times, March 13 2007).

Hasan Jum'a Awwad (Head, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions), letter to “The Members of the US Congress who Oppose the War on Iraq, Members of the European Parliaments who Oppose the War” (The General Union of Oil Employees in Basra, posted May 13 2007), printed as, “Iraqi Oil Workers Address US Congress{copy} (Oil Change International, Washington D.C., May 12 2007), reported, “Iraqi Oil Workers To Strike Over Privatisation Law” (Indymedia UK, May 11 2007, later-dated blog post).

Hasan Jum'a Awwad al-Asadi (Head, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions), speech, “History Will Not Forgive Those Who Play Recklessly With Our Wealth” (Basra University, Center for Arab Gulf Studies, and The General Union of Oil Employees in Basra, “Responding to the Oil Law – Strategy Conference In Basra,” conference hall, Oil Education Center, Basra Iraq, February 6 2007).

61 senior Iraqi oil professionals, letter dated March 5 2007 to the Speaker and members of the Iraqi Parliament, printed as, “Iraq: Open Letter From Iraqi Oil Experts To Parliament” (MEES: Middle East Economic Survey, volume 49 number 12, March 19 2007).

Michael Schwartz (professor of sociology, faculty director, College of Global Studies, SBU: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York), “The Struggle over Iraqi Oil {pf}: Eyes Eternally on the Prize,” introduction, Tom Engelhardt, “Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, The Prize of Iraqi Oil” (TomDispatch, “a project of The Nation Institute,” May 6 2007).

Greg Muttitt, Oil Pressure {49kb.pdf}: When it comes to oil, the U.S. administration is bypassing democracy in Iraq” (FPIF: Foreign Policy In Focus, August 28 2006) (a joint project of IRC: International Relations Center, Silver City New Mexico, and IPS: Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C.).

Tina Susman (Baghdad), “Iraqis Resist U.S. Pressure to Enact Oil Law{pf, copy, pf} (Los Angeles Times, Sunday, May 13 2007).

Andrzej Zwaniecki, “U.S. Energy Secretary Calls on Iraq To Open Oil Sector” (DoS: U.S. State Department, Washington File, July 21 2006).

Jay Deshmukh (Baghdad), “US wants new Iraq oil law so foreign firms can take part” (AFP: Agence France Presse, AFP 18 1621 GMT 07 06, July 18 2006, Petroleum World, Caracas, July 19 2006).

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“ Dennis Kucinich: Mr. Speaker, the last 50 minutes, that I have spent, talking about the effort to try to privatize Iraq’s oil—

If you go to one of the search engines, you can find perhaps 1 million different citations, relating to this.

So, it is impossible to cover this kind of a subject, even in a period of an hour.

But it needs to be said, that this administration has pushed the Congress to put language in funding bills for Iraq that would set the stage for the privatization of Iraq’s oil.

Madam Speaker, it is clear, that the people of Iraq are under enormous pressure to give up control of their oil.

When you consider—

That there was no cause to go to war against Iraq.

That Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.

That Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

That Iraq had nothing to do with al Qaeda’s role in 9/11.

That the administration kept changing the reason why we went into Iraq.

And here we are.

Years later.

We are still in Iraq.

And enormous pressure is being put on the Iraqi Government, to privatize their oil.

I am here to say that there is another path, that can be taken, and that path is part of H.R. 1234, a bill that I have written, that would enable the war to end, by Congress determining—

That no more money will go for this war.

Telling the administration, that it must open up diplomatic relations with Syria and Iran.

And moving in a direction where we put together an international peacekeeping and security force, that would move in as our troops leave.

And then we set the stage, for real reconciliation, that cannot come with the U.S. serving as an occupying army.

We have a moral responsibility, to the Iraqi people—

Whose country we have ravaged with war, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars of damage.

Whose people may have experienced the loss of perhaps as many as a million Iraqis during this conflict, innocent people.

Whose social bonds have been torn asunder.

We have a moral responsibility, to work, to bring about a program of reconciliation, between the Sunnis, Shiites, and the Kurds, which can only come when we end the occupation.

We have a moral responsibility, to bring about an honest reconstruction program, absent the U.S. contractors, who have been gouging the Iraqi people, and gouging the American taxpayers as well.

But we have to make sure, that the Iraqi people have control of their oil.

I would like to believe, that this war has not been about oil.

I would like to believe, that there was some kind of a righteous cause connected to what we did.

But I know better.

And the proof is in this Hydrocarbon Act.

This Congress has an opportunity to finally take a stand and reject this Hydrocarbon Act.

We can strip out this provision, forcing Iraq to privatize its oil.

We can strip that out of the legislation.

Or we can simply defeat the legislation, because that is in there, and then go back to the boards and tell the President, “Look, Mr. President, we are not going to give you any more money for this war,” which is what I believe we should do.

Tell the President, “This war is over, Mr. President.”

And use the money that is in the pipeline to bring the troops home.

Let’s go and reach out to the international community.

With the end of the occupation, and the closing of bases, we will have people who will start listening to us internationally, and we will have some credibility.

But the morality, which this country rests on, our heart and soul, of who we are as Americans, is not reflected by this obscene attempt to steal the oil resources of Iraq.

That is why I have chosen to take this time to come before the Congress, to lay these facts out for Members of Congress, and for the American people, so that you can see, without question, the relationship between war and this oil, and the relationship between the pressure that is being put on the Iraq Government, right now, and privatization and the continuation of the war.

Let’s end this war.

Let’s end the attempt to control Iraq’s oil.

Let’s challenge the oil companies in this country, as this House has done this morning.

Let’s take a stand for truth and justice.

Let’s take a stand for what is right.

Let us not be seduced by this idea, that somehow we have the military might, and we can, therefore, grab other people’s resources.

That is not what America is about.

America has a higher calling in the world.

It is time we began a process of truth and reconciliation in our own country, in reaching out and creating the healing of America.

But we must first begin with the truth.

And the truth is, what I have told this Congress today.”

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CJHjr: See this: Greg Palast, “Secret US Plans For Iraq's Oil (BBC News, Newsnight, BBC TV-2, London, Thursday March 17 2005, 10:30 p.m.).

Colin Powell (U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005), interviewed by Tim Russert (Washington bureau chief) (NBC News, Meet the Press, Washington D.C., Sunday June 10 2007, 9:00 a.m. ET), MSNBC transcript, “Colin Powell on the war in Iraq, Decision 2008 and much more” {pf, menu, rss}, FNS transcript {Powell archive, MTP archive}, video excerpts {19:16}: 1/5Powell on his role in the run-up to war{8:19, 18.29mb.wmv, 19.0mb.flv, rss menu} (“June 10: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert about pre-war intelligence and his role before the war began”), 2/5Powell calls the war in Iraq a civil war{4:08, 9.06mb.wmv, 9.6mb.flv} (“June 10: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell talks to Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert about why he thinks the war in Iraq is indeed a civil war”), 3/5Powell: 'We didn't prepare ourselves' for the aftermath{4:53, 10.75mb.wmv, 10.6mb.flv} (“June 10: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell answers Tim Russert’s question: ‘Knowing what you know today in Iraq, would you do the same thing?’”), 4/5Powell calls for closing of Guantanamo Bay{1:31, 3.31mb.wmv, 3.6mb.flv} (“June 10: On NBC’s Meet the Press, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the U.S. military prison in Cuba that holds hundreds of terrorism suspects should be closed”), 5/5Who does Colin Powell endorse for president?{0:25, 897kb.wmv, 707mb.flv} (“June 10: The former secretary of state tells NBC’s Tim Russert that he will support the best candidate, regardless of party”), entire hour (excluding adverts, except for other NBC shows): “NBC Meet the Press Netcast” (latest) (ditto, ditto), this netcast {49:28, 109.07mb.wmv, 110.7mb.flv}, podcast video {49:28, Powell 36:46 at 0:00, 109.11mb.wmv rss, 260.40mb.mp4 rss}, audio {49:28, 11.32mb.mp3 rss menu archive}, broadcast at different local times by 252 {pf} U.S. TV stations, by MSNBC (10:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m. ET), by AFN TV: American Forces Network (schedule), audio broadcast by 86 U.S. radio stations and by C-Span Radio (Radio WCSP-FM, Washington D.C., 12:00/11:00 p.m. ET), simulcast by satellite radio in North America (C-Span Radio, XM channel 132).

Dennis J. Kucinich (member of congress, candidate for U.S. president, November 4 2008 election), 30-second campaign ad, “No Blood for Oil” (released, June 11 2007), C-Span video {0:0:33, rss, archive, search, search}, YouTube video (larger) {1.25mb.flv, .flv}.

Tyler Drumheller (CIA 25 years, 1980-2005, chief of european operations, July 2001-2005 March), interviewed by Amy Robach (MSNBC, Countdown, Secaucus New Jersey, Monday June 11 2007, 8pm/midnight ET) (“the highest-rated program on MSNBC”), transcript {pf, menu}, videoPowell on the war{8:24, 17.2mb.wmv, 18.5mb.flv, rss, rss, menu, blog rss, search, search}, audio (different segment) {8:41, 1.99mb.mp3, rss, menu} (“June 11: Since Colin Powell left as secretary of state, he has become increasingly critical of President Bush. Amy Robach talks with Tyler Drumheller, the CIA’s former chief of covert operations.”).

Lawrence Wilkerson (chief of staff to Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005), Robert Baer (CIA 1976-1997), Glenn Greenwald, interviewed separately by Ian Masters (Pacifica, Radio KPFK, Background Briefing, Los Angeles, Sunday June 24 2007, 11am-1pm PT, first hour), audio (bb) {53:44, Wilkerson 21:21 at 0:00, Baer 15:15 at 21:21, Greenwald 17:08 at 36:36, 9.22mb.mp3, 30.75mb.mp3, rss}, both hours audio (deleted) {41.4mb.mp3, source, rss} (112,000 watts FM, the most powerful radio transmitter on Mount Wilson, “a superpower site, with typical coverage footprints of 5,000 square miles”), Sean Mitchell, “Radio: At KPFK, Ian Masters amps up the debate{pf} (Los Angeles Times, calendarlive.com, Sunday May 13 2007).

Seymour Hersh, interviewed by Asra Nomani (Campus Progress, 2007 National Student Conference, Washington D.C., Tuesday June 26 2007, “Morning Foreign Policy Discussion,” 10:45-11:45am ET, venue: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington D.C.), agenda, video {1:00:55, 124.0mb.wmv, source}.

Hans Blix (studio) (President, WFUNA: World Federation of United Nations Associations; Chairman, WMD Commission; Executive Chairman, UNMOVIC, March 1 2000-2003 June 30; IAEA Director General, 1981-1997)), interviewed by Tian Wei (CCTV-9: China Central Television International (English language), Dialogue, Beijing, Tuesday September 4 2007, 11:30am-noon GMT, repeats 4:30pm, 11:30pm, 5am), CCTV video {29:50}: 1/2 {16:00, 39.97mb.wmv}, 2/2 {13:50, 31.98mb.wmv}.

Seymour Hersh, interviewed by Ernst A. Grandits, “Schützer der Demokratie, Der US-amerikanische Journalist Seymour Hersh erhält den Demokratiepreis 2007” {pf} (en: Protectors of Democracy, The American journalist Seymour Hersh Receives the Democracy Prize 2007) (3Sat, Kulturzeit, “Gespräch,” Mainz Germany, Thursday September 27 2007, 7:20-8pm CET) (en: Culture Time, “Interview”), 3Sat video {9:11, 36.0mb.wmv, search, search, search, interview archive: H, archive}.

Hans Blix, remarks (speech, Q&As), introduced by Carol Kessler, “Dr. Hans Blix, From a Cold War to a Cold Peace, Time for a Revival of Disarmament?” {54kb.jpg} (UW: University of Washington, sponsors: JSIS: Jackson School of International Studies, CGS: Center for Global Studies, DSS: Department of Scandinavian Studies, UWAA: Alumni Association, venue: Kane Hall 130, Seattle Washington, Thursday October 18 2007, 7-9pm PT) (“The overflow room, Kane Hall 120, will contain live video and audio stream of the lecture ... Both the main hall {720 seats} and the overflow room {440 seats} have reached capacity {1,160 seats} for the lecture by Dr. Hans Blix.”), calender, events, events, TVW video {1:27:59, 373.55mb.flv}, audio (rm, wm) {1:27:59, Q&As at 53:40, 10.45mb.ra, 60.63mb.mp3 rss} (TVW: Washington State Public Affairs Network), UWTV video (condensed) {58:30, search} (ResearchChannel, video streaming archive, managed by University of Washington), reported, Jackson Rohrbaugh, “Dr. Hans Blix warns of a new Cold War” (The Daily of the University of Washington, Seattle, October 19 2007), broadcast, KUOW audio (condensed) {54:00, 24.72mb.rm, 12.36mb.mp3, 24.72mb.mp3, rss, KUOW menu, menu, NPR source, menu, search} (Radio KUOW, Speaker's Forum, Seattle, Thursday November 29 2007, 8-9pm PT), KUOW schedule.

Hans Blix (studio), interviewed by Steve Scher, “Hans Blix on Cold Peace” (Radio KUOW, Weekday, Seattle, Monday October 22 2006, 9-11am PT, second hour), audio {54:00, 25:17mb.rm, 12.36mb.mp3, 24.72mb.mp3, rss, rss, search}.

Hans Blix (studio), interviewed by Beverly Thomson, “Hans Blix questions U.S. fears over Iran{pf} (CTV, Canada AM, Wednesday October 24 2007, 7:30-10am ET) (“the country’s most-watched morning show”), CTV video {5:07, with weather: 6:53 at 1:30, 11.5mb.wmv, 24.8mb.wmv, archive, search}.

Hans Blix (Stockholm), interviewed by Ghida Fakhry (Washington D.C.) (Al Jazeera English, News, Saturday October 27 2007, AJ YouTube video {5:19, 12.5mb.flv, flv, search, search, search, search, search}.

Lawrence Wilkerson, interviewed by Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, The Colbert Report, New York City, Wednesday October 31 2007, 11:30pm-midnight ET), CC video {5:42, source, source, source, rss menu, search, search, copy: 8.16mb.mov, source} (“Oct 31, 2007: Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson explains that the military will have to pull out of Iraq within the next year.”).

Hans Blix (studio), intervewed by George Negus, Hans Blix Interview” (SBS TV News, Dateline, Sydney, November 7 2007, 8:30-9:30pm), SBS video {11:44, 11.2mb.flv, 28.0mb.flv, 64.7mb.flv, source, search, search, archive}, SBS transcript.

Lawrence Wilkerson (chief of staff to Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005), interviewed by Stephen Sackur (BBC World, BBC News 24, HARDtalk, Thursday-Friday January 7-8 2008) {BBCcat}, BBC video {23:32, 5.9mb.rm, source, rss, search, search, search}.

 

 

Bush/Cheney Doctrine on pre-emptive offensive war

We’re going to attack you.

Not because we’re certain you deserve it (beyond all doubt). And not because we’re satisfied you deserve it (beyond reasonable doubt). And not because you probably deserve it (more likely than not), or possibly deserve it (less likely than not), or even might deserve it (a hint of evidence, an unsubstantiated hypothesis, a theory).

We’re going to attack you, because we are not certain you don’t deserve it.

We have lingering doubt.

We’re not certain (beyond all doubt) you are innocent.

We’re going to attack you, to be on the safe side.

It’s prudent.

And, we’re going to conceal our uncertainty, and assert “conclusive evidence,” because disclosing uncertainty might provoke assertions about our true motives:— That we want permanent military bases in your country. That our friends want to rake-off your oil profits. And reward us, in due course.

And because public debate might disquiet our armed forces, and instill doubt in their minds, that our orders might be unlawful.

Indeed, criminal:

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“ Suspicion is a state of mind of the accuser and not a state of mind or an act by the one accused.

It is a monstrous proposition containing the very essence of license that the state of mind of the accuser shall be the determining factor, in the absence of evidence of guilt, whether the accused shall or shall not be summarily executed. ...

The orders to execute such persons and mere suspects on suspicion only and without proof, were criminal on their face.

Executions pursuant thereto were criminal.

Those who gave or passed down such orders must bear criminal responsibility for passing them down and for their implementation by the units subordinate to them.”

The High Command Case, 11 N.M.T. 462-697 (opinion), at 531 (U.S. Military Tribunal 5, Nürnberg Germany, trial, 5 February-August 13, judgment, October 27-28, 1948), volumes 10-11, Trials of War Criminals before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10 (“Nuernberg, October 1946–April 1949”) (15 volumes, U.S. GPO, Washington D.C., 1949-1953) (“the green series”) {SuDoc: D 102.8, ditto, LCCN: 49045929, 97071903, OCLC: 12799641, UC, WorldCat}, volume 10 (1951, 31+1308 pages) {55.9mb.pdf, source}, volume 11 (1951, 31+755 pages) {58.5mb.pdf}, also reported, Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals (“Selected and Prepared by the United Nations War Crimes Commission”), volume 12, page 86 (15 volumes, U.K. HMSO, London, 1947-1949) {LCCNs: 47022747, 97080284, OCLC: 45912266, UC, WorldCat}.

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“ John Warner: You said, on NBC’s Today Show, on Tuesday, that it was, quote:

“Absolutely prudent.

For the U.S. to go to war.”

Dr. Kay, I concur in those conclusions.

I believe a real and growing threat

has been eliminated.

And a coalition of nations.

Acted prudently.

In the cause of freedom.”

John W. Warner (Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee), Senate Hearing 108-678, January 28 2004, addressing and quoting David Kay, interviewed by Matt Lauer (NBC News, The Today Show, Tuesday January 27 2004, 7:00-10:00 a.m. ET), MSNBC video {7:03, 5.36mb.wmv}, transcript printed, “David Kay Interview,” 150 Congressional Record S315-S316 {pf} {12kb.txt, 38kb.pdf} (U.S. Congress 108-2, daily edition 150:7, January 28 2004) {SuDoc: X/A.108/2:150/7}.

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If they do not fear.

The rule of law:—

All violent criminal enterprises.

Do their killings.

Because.

It’s prudent.

To protect their interests. Achieve their objectives. Deter law-enforcement. Banish the rule of law. Install the rule of force:

The Law of Empire.

And, if they feel the need to persuade anybody, the public for instance, all violent criminal enterprises do the exact same thing:

They lie.

About the facts.

About their motives.

Advancing, for justification, whatever comes to hand, which sounds plausible.

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“ Gustave Mark Gilbert (U.S. Army military intelligence, assigned to the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg Germany):

“We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.”

Hermann Wilhelm Goering (prisoner and defendant):

“Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged.

“Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war, when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece.

Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany.

That is understood.

But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy.

And it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”

Gilbert: “There is one difference,” I pointed out.

“In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives.

And in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”

Goering: “Oh, that is all well and good.

But, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.

That is easy.

All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

It works the same way in any country.””

Hermann Wilhelm Goering, interviewed by Gustave Mark Gilbert, April 18 1946, printed in Nuremberg Diary, pages 278-279 (New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947) {LCCN: 47004157}, (reprint: New York: Da Capo Press, 1995) {LCCN: 95020429}.

Charles Judson Harwood Jr.

 

 

Liar Glossary

A willful liar knows, or believes correctly, what s/he asserts is untrue. In U.S. executive, legislative, or judicial proceedings, this lie is prima facie criminal, if it’s “material”.

A reckless liar does not know, or believe, what s/he asserts is untrue. But s/he does know that s/he doesn’t know it is true. S/he pretends s/he knows. This lie is likewise prima facie criminal (as I suppose). S/he’s not willful as to the asserted fact (because s/he doesn’t know, or believe, it’s untrue). But s/he is willful as to a material omission: That s/he’s ignorant. And merely guessing, hoping, supposing, inferring it’s true, perhaps concealing ambiguities, contrary evidence, credibility issues, and such. Asserting certainty, and concealing ignorance, or uncertainty:— A willful, deceitful, coupling.

A willfully blind liar has a reasonable basis, ostensibly, for believing what s/he asserts is true but, secretly, doubts it, or questions it, or fears it may not be true. And decides to not investigate further, as a reasonable person would, because s/he wants it to be true. This too is a criminal lie (as I suppose), if the jury believes, beyond reasonable doubt, s/he had the opportunity and resources to investigate those doubts, and decided not to, because s/he feared a proper investigation might substantiate those doubts.

A negligent liar believes what s/he asserts is true, but omits to first inquire properly into its truth, in the way a reasonable person would, in the same circumstances. This lie is not criminal, if the jury is not satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the failure to investigate was willful.

For example: The claim by Condoleezza Rice, that she did not read the National Intelligence Estimate, submitted to her office, precisely to inform her about her about a topic central to her legal duties. This document contained caveats, and language of uncertainty, concealed from Congress, and from the public, in the unclassified version published by the CIA, four days later.

A recklessly negligent liar can reasonably foresee, that deadly or other serious consequences will likely result, if the assertion is untrue. And yet, s/he still omits to first inquire properly into its truth, in the way a reasonable person would, in the same circumstances, in light of these heightened consequences. This lie too is not criminal (absent willfulness, as with negligence). But the reckless nature of it supplies the criminal intent for any underlying crime of recklessness (the deadly or other serious consequences which follow from it). For example, involuntary manslaughter. Or “depraved indifference”.

A grossly negligent liar has been put on notice, that the assertion is likely untrue, or possibly untrue. And yet, s/he persists, in later repeating the assertion, without first inquiring properly into its truth, in the way a reasonable person would, in the same circumstances, prompted to do so, by the notice. This lie too is not criminal (absent willfulness).

But, notice can be so significant, in focusing the liar’s mind on the issue, that a jury can feel satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that what previously may have been non-willful negligence, constitutes willful intent to deceive, afterwards, in later assertions, following the notice, or in failing to correct previous assertions, thus elevating the liar to more a culpable category. This depends on how the jury feels about the quality of the notice, the authority of its basis, the competing authority of whatever basis the liar might have, if any, for the assertion, and the opportunity and resources s/he had available, and decided to not use.

For example: The decision by U.S. officials to repeat assertions, and to not correct previous assertions, on the basis of information provided by Mr. Blix and Mr. ElBaradei, that intelligence targets, which U.S. officials supplied, proved to be entirely innocent.

For example: David Kay’s numerous assertions, that Jacques Chirac and Russia said, they believed Iraq had WMD. David Kay was put on notice, by Carl Levin, face to face, in the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing (January 29 2004), that David Kay’s assertions were likely untrue, quoting documents. And yet, David Kay, in the days, weeks, and months after this hearing, repeated these assertions, many, many, times.

An innocent liar reasonably believes, without doubts, what s/he asserts is true, because s/he was lied to by others, and tricked by them into voicing their lie. S/he’s an “innocent agent” of the actual liar(s), blameless, without criminal or moral turpitude.

It’s an honest mistake, if s/he reasonably believes, without doubts, what s/he erroneously asserts is true, if neither s/he, nor anyone one on whom s/he may have relied, was willful, reckless, or negligent in formulating the erroneous assertion. Likewise, if s/he misspeaks:— If s/he says, without realizing it, what s/he did not intend to say, or would not have said, if s/he had thought about it more carefully in context. For example, if s/he was thinking about some other aspect of what s/he said, instead, and was not mentally focused on the erroneous assertion, if it was merely incidental, for example, and not “material” to what s/he was talking about. Or, if s/he forgot what s/he once knew. Or was confused about what s/he thought s/he was talking about.

A simple cure, to all issues about assertions, is to disclose the basis of the assertion: “I believe this, because so-and-so told me so. Because this document seems to prove it.” Et cetera. Such disclosures validate an honest intent, and alert listeners how to investigate the assertion further, if they question it.

But the absence of such disclosures does not necessarily indicate dishonest intent, as people normally facilitate conversation by omitting diversions from the main theme into subsidiary issues about substantiation.

But, on important assertions, on which lives depend, an honest person would normally disclose the basis for a belief, if s/he has any reason to suspect there is any conceivable possibility it may not be true.

The reliability of hearsay is always suspect. Even if the hearsay source is honest, and knowledgeable, the speaker might have misunderstood, or misremembered, what the hearsay speaker actually said. Or the subtleties of it. Its nuances and caveats. And the fact that it too might, in turn, be based on yet further hearsay.

For example: This is the mistake Brian Hutton made in his flawed, inquiry judgment, accepting a hearsay assertion as true, instead of calling for an examination of the source of that hearsay.

I presume Hutton was afraid of what he would find out. In which case, he was willfully blind.

If not, then he was grossly negligent, at the very least, because he well knows, being a judge, the unreliability of hearsay: His experience constitutes “notice,” that he cannot make reliable findings of fact based on hearsay, particularly when the credibility of the witnesses, asserting the hearsay, is at issue.

Brian Hutton was willfully blind, or grossly negligent. He might have been lucky, and be right. But his finding of fact is disputed by Brian Jones, the U.K. expert, who did what Hutton declined to do, and actually investigated the source of the hearsay, as best he could.

But Hutton was not a liar as to the supposed “fact” he found. Because he disclosed the basis for his finding (unreliable hearsay) and, hence, did not represent it to be more authoritative than it is (unauthoritative).

Though he may have lied about his opinion, willfully, recklessly, or negligently (that he believed the fact he found, or that it deserved the dignity of the label “fact,” or “finding,” despite the unreliable hearsay evidence of it).

He made no effort, as far I know, to ask for the intelligence.

His duty was to ask for the underlying intelligence — the “best evidence” of the supposed fact.

And, if the government refused to give it to him, his duty was to report, that he was unable to form an informed, reliable, opinion, and to decline to make any finding of fact on that point.

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Note: All species of lies include material omissions, which are necessary to be stated in order to prevent a truthful assertion from inducing a material erroneous inference, in the mind of the listener. Material omissions are the principal technique of deceit, employed by CIA and other government liars.

For example: The Bush/Blair lie, that Jacques Chirac said he would vote against war, “under any circumstances.” An incendiary lie. A vivid display of criminal intent. An overt act, in a violent criminal conspiracy. Omitting to mention, what he was talking about:— Not war generally, but only about the particular second resolution, then-tabled by the U.S./U.K. (authorizing war after March 17 2003), and a technical explanation of the “circumstances” of the vote, that a “no” vote is not a “veto,” unless there are also 9 “yes” votes, and a majority of the 15-member Security Council had already indicated they too would vote “no,” not “yes,” on that particular resolution, at that particular time. And, what he was not talking about:— The “circumstances” of the inspections. He plainly said (concealed by Bush/Blair in their lie), he would vote for war later, if Saddam frustrated the inspections (then producing promising results). While the assertion is true (he said, “under any circumstances”), the omissions induce an erroneous inference, namely that inspections were fruitless because Saddam knew he could frustrate them without consequences. The truth — which both Bush and Blair chose to conceal, by their material omissions — is the exact opposite.

Another example: David Kay’s assertion, that a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was tested “out” to a range of 500 km. Omitting to mention (if it was the case), that the test was on a circular course, and that its associated radio equipment would not operate beyond a range of 150 km, suggesting its fuel capacity was merely to provide dwell-time over the target area, if it was for photo-reconnaissance. (I don’t know the truth of these UAV issues, merely that Mr. Blix identified them as issues, and that the U.S./U.K. prevented him from investigating them, by attacking Iraq.)

Another example: David Kay’s unequivocal assertions — grooming the public for war, on the BBC’s Newsnight (September 13 2002) and Panorama (September 23 2002) news programs — that the aluminum tubes were “centrifuge tubes.” This was either a willful or reckless lie, if he knew of the contrary opinion of the centrifuge experts (which he is not). Or else a willfully blind lie, or negligent lie, if he had available to him an easy way to discover the opinion of those experts and did not seek it. But, on the topic of material omissions, even if he disagreed with the opinion of the experts (which he is not), their expert opinion is a material “fact,” though they may be mistaken. Hence, it was a separate willful or reckless lie, by him, to omit to mention their expert opinion (if he knew about it) and, as well, the innocent plausible explanation of other experts (which he is not): That the tubes met the specifications for Iraq’s 81mm artillery rocket program. This, if he knew about that possibility, and their opinion, as I presume he did.

  Charles Judson Harwood Jr.

 

Citations

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Related documents:

Efforts to Determine the Status of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction and Related Programs (U.S. Congress 108-2, Senate Hearing S. Hrg. 108-678, January 28 2004, Senate Armed Services Committee) {SuDoc: Y 4.AR 5/3:S.HRG.108-678, LCCN: 2005414430, OCLC: 57070686, GPOCat, LL: paper, microfiche, DL, WorldCat, November 26 2004} (censored, from the internet, by the committee, or by others in the U.S. government), John W. Warner (chairman), Carl Levin (ranking minority member) {11kb html}, witness: David Kay (Head, CIA Iraq Survey Group, June 11 2003-2004 Jan. 23), C-Span video (request) {2:44:45, smil, schedule, 538818909, 180284-1}, broadcast video: part-1 {2:04:09, source}, part-2 {37:49}, transcripts {Lexis}: FDCH transcript {178kb html, copy, source}, FNS transcript {130kb.pdf, copy}.

The Report of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence for Strategy Regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs {report, html} (U.S. Congress 108-2, Senate Hearing S. Hrg. 108-855, October 6 2004, Senate Armed Services Committee) {SuDoc: Y 4.AR 5/3:S.HRG.108-855, LCCN: 2006361858, OCLC: 61718189, GPOCat, LL: paper, microfiche, DL, WorldCat, September 23 2005} (censored, from the internet, by the committee, or by others in the U.S. government), John W. Warner (chairman), Carl Levin (ranking minority member), witnesses: Charles A. Duelfer (Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence for Strategy Regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs), Head (from January 23 2004), CIA Iraq Survey Group) {105kb.pdf}, Joseph J. McMenamin (Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps; Commander, CIA Iraq Survey Group) {223kb.pdf}, C-Span video (request) {3:06:01, smil, 3:05:00, schedule, 142566567, 183823-1}, transcripts {Lexis}: FDCH and FNS {copy}.

Background: The pretexts for war: WMD + France’s veto: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jksonc/iraq-2003d.html

 

 

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