Web Site Assembles U.S. Prewar Claims

It is now possible, at a single web site, to access the record of our government's leaders and their statements about the now-discredited claims linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda or warning that he possessed WMD.

The NY Times reports that "The Center for Public Integrity, a research group that focuses on ethics in government and public policy, designed the new Web site to allow simple searches for specific phrases, such as “mushroom cloud” or “yellowcake uranium,” in transcripts and documents totaling some 380,000 words, including remarks by President Bush and most of his top advisers in the two years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

The web site, www.publicintegrity.org , is experiencing heavy traffic at this time and may not connect immediately.

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..since it is an article FROM the NY Times.

Sunday, March 13, 2005 10:17 a.m. EST
N.Y. Times: Iraq Had WMD 'Stockpiles' in 2003

“In a stunning about-face, the New York Times reported Sunday that when the U.S. attacked Iraq in March 2003, Saddam Hussein possessed "stockpiles of monitored chemicals and materials," as well as sophisticated equipment to manufacture nuclear and biological weapons, which was removed to "a neighboring state" before the U.S. could secure the weapons sites.

The U.N.'s Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission [UNMOVIC] "has filed regular reports to the Security Council since last May," the paper said, "about the dismantlement of important weapons installations and the export of dangerous materials to foreign states."
"Officials of the commission and the [International] Atomic Energy Agency have repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to report on what it knows of the fate of the thousands of pieces of monitored equipment and stockpiles of monitored chemicals and materials."

Last fall, IAEA director Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei confirmed that "nuclear-related materials" had gone missing from monitored sites, calling on Iraqi officials to start the process of accounting for the missing stockpiles still ostensibly under the agency's supervision.

Quoting Sami al-Araji, Iraq's deputy minister of industry since the 1980s, the Times said:
"It appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery away."
Calling the operation "sophisticated," Dr. Araji said the removal effort featured "cranes and the lorries, and they depleted the whole sites," adding, "They knew what they were doing."

The top Iraqi defense official said equipment capable of making parts for missiles as well as chemical, biological and nuclear arms was missing from 8 or 10 sites that were the heart of Iraq's WMD program.
Dr. Araji said that if the equipment had left the country, its most likely destination was a neighboring state.
The United Nations, worried that the nuclear material and equipment could be used in clandestine bomb production, has been hunting for it throughout the Middle East, largely unsuccessfully, the Times said.”







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You cited NewMax and the Washington Times; couldn't find a link to the National Inquirer?

Why wouldn't the NYT trumpet yet another shining example of the absolute stupidity and carelessness of this administration? Allowing stockpiles of chemicals and equipment, that were known about and monitored BEFORE the invasion, to be stolen from right under King George's nose just shows how little he actually cared about preventing WMD's from falling into the wrong hands. It's always been about the oil, baby. When General Petraeus pointed out to US Rep Tom Lantos from their helicopter how the troops were rolling past the stockpiles on their way to Baghdad, he said,"That's probably going to come back to haunt us."

The WMD case was only made to further heighten what's known as the morality of war. In essence it's the belief that the most just cause will eventually win support.

As with other wars this became secondary as the war progressed. It's something the professors will discuss for hundreds of years but it's of little consequence to the war itself.

Libs is right about the NY Times playing the trumpet of war loudly prior to the war. This has been a stay in NY press since the press wars of Pulitzer and Hearst (google them + Spanish American War). However they have turned their stance after the bodies started coming home. This isn't just a trait of the Times but of most of the US media. It again shows why I support something more than just allowing publishers to dictate media standards. (However I'm equally not in favor of government regulation)

Sensor, attacking the messenger and not the message is a tool of the propagandist.

If anything this should teach the public (but I doubt it will) of the benefits of economy of force. The ability to get the most impact as possible with as few people as possible. Because no military will ever be able to change a society but it can institute a few changes to the society.



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