Lies, Lies and damn Lies.
Dear Liberty Committee,
I disagree that Col. Powell made a convincing speech at the UN. I invite you to read my compilation which follows. I am also sending another email, which reveals that much of the terror and fear regarding Iraq is contrived by the administration in its attempt to continue the Bush vs. Hussein feud.
I appreciate your concerns and your very realistic view that a war could escalate and cause the US far greater damage than it would satisfy.
Truly Yours, Bruce,
I want our Congress to do what it is required to do. To call the administration for any action which violates the US Constitution. Congress is actually in default if you fail to confront this aggression. Congress must immediately legislate that NO offensive be launched anywhere in the world without 2/3 of Congress agreeing.
First I want to point out that words are twisted by those who WANT to validify WAR!
Than some rational to NOT INVADE Iraq.
Finally is a link to Powell’s UN Address (including the deceit)
Dr. Blix has immediately responded twice in as many days that his reports were manipulated by this administration to wrongly justify war!
Wednesday February 5, 2003
The chief UN weapons inspector yesterday dismissed what has been billed as a central claim of the speech the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, will make today to the UN security council. Hans Blix said there was no evidence of mobile biological weapons laboratories or of Iraq trying to foil inspectors by moving equipment before his teams arrived.
In a series of leaks or previews, the state department has said Mr Powell will allege that Iraq moved mobile biological weapons laboratories ahead of an inspection. Dr Blix said he had already inspected two alleged mobile labs and found nothing: “Two food-testing trucks have been inspected and nothing has been found.”
News Telegraph Com
Fiasco over the Saddam dossier
By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent
Than I offer the following reports of the LIES, LIES, and DAMN LIES told by this Administration to deceive the people of the USA and the Congress!
Downing Street admitted making a serious error yesterday as it emerged that a dossier against Saddam Hussein was partly copied from a student’s PhD thesis and cobbled together by Alastair Campbell’s propaganda machine.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman conceded that Downing Street “should have acknowledged” that sections of the dossier about how Saddam conceals weapons of mass destruction, were lifted directly from a paper by Ibrahim al-Marashi, a Californian student.
Mr al-Marashi’s work was published last year in the Israel-based Middle East Review of International Affairs and is regarded as a serious and authoritative piece of research.
But Downing Street admitted it never asked him for permission to reproduce large chunks of it for its own dossier entitled Iraq, Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation.
The Government suggested its document was based on up-to-date intelligence but Mr al-Marashi’s work related to events around the time of the Gulf War in 1991.
<Note this document is TWELVE years old! (bruce)>
Last night Mr al-Marashi told The Telegraph some of the data used by Downing Street was “inflated”.
He said he was “not angry” at the Government’s failure to credit him or ask his permission, but added: “They could have asked me out of courtesy.”
Other parts of the document - released by the Government on Monday in an attempt to persuade skeptics of the case for war - were lifted from the defense journal Jane’s Intelligence Review.
Blair Acknowledges Flaws in Iraq Dossier
Britain Took Some Material That Powell Cited at U.N. From 12-Year-Old Academic
By Glenn Frankel
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, February 8, 2003; Page A15
LONDON, Feb. 7 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official spokesman today conceded that his office copied material from three academic papers into special intelligence dossier on Iraq that was released to the public this week. The spokesman said the information was used without attribution but insisted it was accurate.
Critics of the government began attacking the dossier’s credibility after British television news reported that sections of something the government had presented as a compendium of its own material, including sensitive spy data, were actually taken from publicly available academic papers.
The dossier was cited and praised by U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell during his presentation on Iraq to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. “It’s embarrassing for the prime minister and for poor old Colin Powell,” said Charles Heyman, editor of Jane’s World Armies. The controversy has compounded Blair’s difficulties in rallying a skeptical British public behind his strong support for the United States and possible military action in Iraq. While no opinion polls have yet been reported, editorials and politicians outside Blair’s circle have generally discounted Powell’s U.N. address and a public relations campaign that Blair mounted this week.
The incident also opened a rare window on what seems to be a dispute about Iraq between the prime minister’s office and British intelligence services. The spy agencies have been much more cautious than Blair in their assessment of Iraq’s development of weapons of mass destruction and links with the al Qaeda terror network.
‘A Policy of Evasion and Deception’
Feb 8, 2:54 PM EST
Iraqi Ambassador Denies Terror Links
By ZARAR KHAN
Associated Press Writer
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Iraq’s ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday denied U.S. allegations that his embassy had ties to terrorist groups.
Ambassador Kadhem Abdul Hameed Alrawi, at a press conference in Karachi, said U.S. claims were part of an American pretext for war with Iraq.
“We had no connection with al-Qaida, with Osama bin Laden, with Taliban or any terrorist group,” he said.
Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed on Wednesday at the U.N. Security Council that Iraq’s embassy in Pakistan had served as a liaison between al-Qaida - bin Laden’s terror network - and the Iraqi leadership from the late 1990s until 2001, though he give no details.
Bin Laden was a guest at the time of the Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan, and Pakistan was one of just three countries to recognize the Taliban.
The rebuttals from Alrawi were an elaboration of earlier Iraqi denials. They came as top U.N. weapons inspectors returned to Baghdad Saturday in a second bid for Iraqi compliance with Security Council calls for Saddam Hussein to disarm.
Alrawi said Iraq has already complied.
“We produced whatever we needed to defend our country before 1990,” he said in an apparent reference to weapons in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. “But after 1991, we complied thoroughly with the U.N. resolutions,” he said, referring to the 1991 Gulf War.
Alrawi also denied U.S. claims that Iraq harbored Abu Musab Zarqawi, who has been linked to the murder of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan.
“We don’t know any Abu Musab Zarqawi. They know him,” Alrawi said, referring to U.S. officials. “This is nothing - they are looking for pretexts to attack Iraq.”
LONDON (AP) - Jane’s Information Group, the company that publishes journals and articles about military affairs, said three of its pieces had appeared unaccredited in a British government dossier on Iraq.
<Uncredited? Gov wants us to honor copy write? Gov is poor example! (bruce)>
NEW NON WAR developments;
Saturday, February 8
From The Associated Press:
Feb 8, 3:36 PM EST
U.N. Arms Chiefs Open Talks With Iraqis
By CHARLES J. HANLEY
AP Special Correspondent
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.N. disarmament chiefs went face to face with their Iraqi counterparts Saturday in “useful” and “very substantial” talks to find out what Baghdad did with stores of anthrax, nerve gas and other forbidden arms.
After more than four hours of meetings, U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei reported the Iraqis had presented unspecified “explanations on some of the issues.” The discussions resume on Sunday.
The talks were pivotal, but they were “not the last chance” for peace, ElBaradei said, apparently trying to counter talk in Washington that the time for diplomacy had all but run out.
ElBaradei and chief U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix were looking for quick Iraqi concessions on practical matters in the disarmament effort here, such as clearance to fly American U-2 reconnaissance planes in support of their inspections.
They were also hoping to ensure that meetings continue with weapons scientists in private. Another scientist submitted to a private interview Saturday - the fifth in three days - signaling a possible breakthrough on this issue.
Germany: no case for war with Iraq German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Saturday that he remained unconvinced of the case for a war against Iraq. He rejected suggestions that Europe was divided on the issue, saying public opinion was firmly against war. http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1430_A_774512_1_A,00.html
North Korea warns final showdown with US will be a nuclear one An increasingly belligerent North Korea has warned of “total war” with the United States, predicting a conflict with it would develop into a nuclear one. And in a further deterioration of the nuclear crisis, the chief of the North Korean Army, Kim Yong-chun, called on his generals to win a “brilliant victory in the final showdown with US imperialists”.
Bush threatens military action against North Korea With tensions rapidly spiralling out of control on the Korean peninsula, US Dictator Bush added further fuel to the fire yesterday by bluntly warning North Korea that, while the US was seeking a diplomatic solution, “all options are on the table, of course.”
Following is Powell’s speech, including the obviousley intended deceit:
Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Following is the full text of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations on Iraq.
POWELL: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today.
This is important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441.
Last November 8, this council passed Resolution 1441 by a unanimous vote. The purpose of that resolution was to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. Iraq had already been found guilty of material breach of its obligations, stretching back over 16 previous resolutions and 12 years.
Resolution 1441 was not dealing with an innocent party, but a regime this council has repeatedly convicted over the years. Resolution 1441 gave Iraq one last chance, one last chance to come into compliance or to face serious consequences. No council member present in voting on that day had any allusions about the nature and intent of the resolution or what serious consequences meant if Iraq did not comply.
And to assist in its disarmament, we called on Iraq to cooperate with returning inspectors from UNMOVIC and IAEA.
We laid down tough standards for Iraq to meet to allow the inspectors to do their job. This council placed the burden on Iraq to comply and disarm and not on the inspectors to find that which Iraq has gone out of its way to conceal for so long. Inspectors are inspectors; they are not detectives.
I asked for this session today for two purposes: First, to support the core assessments made by Dr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei. As Dr. Blix reported to this council on January 27th, quote, “Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament which was demanded of it,” unquote.
And as Dr. ElBaradei reported, Iraq’s declaration of December 7, quote, “did not provide any new information relevant to certain questions that have been outstanding since 1998.” My second purpose today is to provide you with additional information, to share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction as well as Iraq’s involvement in terrorism, which is also the subject of Resolution 1441 and other earlier resolutions.