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Qtec
04-18-2006, 04:05 AM
State Department Memo: '16 Words' Were False
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report

Monday 17 April 2006

Eleven days before President Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address in which he said that the US learned from British intelligence that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from Africa - an explosive claim that helped pave the way to war - the State Department told the CIA that the intelligence the uranium claims were based upon were forgeries, according to a newly declassified State Department memo.

The revelation of the warning from the closely guarded State Department memo is the first piece of hard evidence and the strongest to date that the Bush administration manipulated and ignored intelligence information in their zeal to win public support for invading Iraq.

On January 12, 2003, the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) "expressed concerns to the CIA that the documents pertaining to the Iraq-Niger deal were forgeries," the memo dated July 7, 2003, says.

Moreover, the memo says that the State Department's doubts about the veracity of the uranium claims may have been expressed to the intelligence community even earlier.

Those concerns, according to the memo, are the reasons that former Secretary of State Colin Powell refused to cite the uranium claims when he appeared before the United Nations in February 5, 2003, - one week after Bush's State of the Union address - to try and win support for a possible strike against Iraq.

"After considerable back and forth between the CIA, the (State) Department, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association), and the British, Secretary Powell's briefing to the U.N. Security Council did not mention attempted Iraqi procurement of uranium due to CIA concerns raised during the coordination regarding the veracity of the information on the alleged Iraq-Niger agreement," the memo further states.

Iraq's interest in the yellowcake caught the attention of Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Association. ElBaradei had read a copy of the National Intelligence Estimate and had personally contacted the State Department and the National Security Council in hopes of obtaining evidence so his agency could look into it.

ElBaradei sent a letter to the White House and the National Security Council (NSC) in December 2002, warning senior officials he thought the documents were forgeries and should not be cited by the administration as evidence that Iraq was actively trying to obtain WMDs.

ElBaradei said he never received a written response to his letter, despite repeated follow-up calls he made to the White House, the NSC and the State Department.

Vice President Dick Cheney, who made the rounds on the cable news shows that month, tried to discredit ElBaradei's conclusion that the documents were forged.

"I think Mr. ElBaradei frankly is wrong," Cheney said. "[The IAEA] has consistently underestimated or missed what it was Saddam Hussein was doing. I don't have any reason to believe they're any more valid this time than they've been in the past."

As it turns out, ElBaradei was correct, the declassified State Department memo now shows.





Its all coming out now. There was no 'intelligence' failure'. The intelligence was available- they just ignored it and in doing so mislead the US and the world.

Q

Gayle in MD
04-18-2006, 07:20 AM
There's no question in my mind that they lied, intentionally. This is only one nugget of factual proof that they lied, and knew they were lying. The fact that they used Challabi's input at all, show's they didn't care about fact finding. He was a known liar in the intelligence community. Then we also have the British memo's, both discussing the administration's pre-determined agenda for war, and cherry picking of intelligence. Along with all of that, all those who were pushed out, or reamed out, for not building the case for war, many of whom wrote books about their experiences with the Administration, their neglect of bin Laden pre 9/11, and disinterest in the coming attack, which they knew about, and did nothing to stop.

What I can't understand, is how anyone can continue to support this president. To dishonestly send our troops to die, especially in a war which so many intelligence experts warned them about, even within their own group, (Powell, Schenshekki) is the worst kind of treason there could ever be, IMO. Richard Clarke was the foremost expert on bin Laden, terrorism, and al Qaeda, and they ignored his warnings, and pushed him out, along with any others who did not agree to promote their agenda for war in Iraq. They should be thrown in jail. If ever anyone in deserved jail time, it's Bush and cheney. People should be marching in the streets with signs demanding impeachment.

Gayle in Md.

moblsv
04-18-2006, 07:37 AM
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with "a holy vow to never kill again" and a song titled "Let's Impeach the President," the singer said on Monday.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/18/leisure.young.reut/index.html

Gayle in MD
04-18-2006, 07:56 AM
Good Ol' Neil! I think we'll hear more cries for impeachment as time goes on.

Gayle in Md.
So Proud I Didn't Vote For George Bush!