Bush administration knew Iraq had no WMD’s


This video from the USA says about itself:

Tyler Drumheller, now-retired CIA officer, appears on 60 Minutes to talk about the Bush Administration’s phony, manufactured “intelligence” that they used as the justification to invade Iraq.

Treason, anyone?

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Bush, Cheney and Rice were personally told that Iraq had no WMDs

THE US ThinkProgress website has published the text of the ‘60 Minutes’ TV interview with former CIA official Tyler Drumheller who revealed that in October 2002 a very highly placed Iraqi government official revealed that Iraq had no wmds and that Bush, Cheney, and Rice were personally told this information.

In October 2002, the CIA had made, what it termed, a major intelligence breakthrough on Iraq’s nuclear programme.

Naji Sabri, Iraq’s foreign minister made an agreement to reveal Iraq’s military secrets to the CIA. Tyler Drumheller was in charge of the operation and was questioned on ‘60 Minutes’ by Ed Bradley.

The transcript shows that Drumheller said: ‘This was a very high inner circle of Saddam Hussein, someone who would know what he was talking about.’

Bradley: You knew you could trust this guy?’

Drumheller: We continued to validate him the whole way through.

Bradley: According to Drumheller, CIA Director George Tenet delivered the news about the Iraqi foreign minister at a high level meeting at the White House.

Drumheller: The President, the Vice President, Dr. Rice.

Bradley: And at that meeting?

Drumheller: They were enthusiastic because they said they were excited that we had a high-level penetration of Iraqis.

Bradley: And what did this high level source tell you?

Drumheller: He told us that they had no active weapons of mass destruction programme.

Bradley: So, in the fall of 2002, before going to war, we had it on good authority from a source within Saddam’s inner circle that he didn’t have an active programme for weapons of mass destruction?

Drumheller: Yes.

Bradley: There’s no doubt in your mind about that?

Drumheller: No doubt in my mind at all.

Bradley: It directly contradicts, though, what the President and his staff were telling us.

Drumheller: The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming, and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy.

Bradley: Drumheller expected the White House to ask for more information from the Iraqi foreign minister. He was taken aback by what happened.

Drumheller: The group that was dealing with preparations for the Iraq war came back and said they’re no longer interested. And we said, Well, what about the intel? And they said, Well, this isn’t about intel anymore. This is about regime change.

Bradley: And if I understand you correctly, when the White House learned that you had this source from the inner circle of Saddam Hussein, they were thrilled with that.

Drumheller: The first we heard, they were. Yes.

Bradley: But when they learned what it was that he had to say, that Saddam did not have the capability to wage nuclear war, weapons of mass destruction?

Drumheller: They stopped being interested in the intelligence.

Bradley: The White House declined to respond to Drumheller’s account of Naji Sabri’ s role, but Secretary of State Rice has said that Sabri, the Iraqi foreign minister-turned-US spy, was just one source, and therefore his information wasn’t reliable.

Drumheller: They certainly took information that came from single sources on uranium, on the yellowcake story and on several other stories that had no corroboration at all, and so you can’t say you only listen to one source, because on many issues they only listened to one source.

Bradley: So you’re saying that if there was a single source and that information from that source backed up the case they were trying to build, then that single source was okay, but if it didn’t, then the single source was not okay because he couldn’t be corroborated.

Drumheller: Unfortunately, that’s what it looks like.

Recently Mike Barker made a Freedom of Information request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office [in Britain] in relation to two letters written by Sabri.

Dated 2 September 2012 it asked to ‘Please confirm these extracts from two letters from Dr Naji Sabri, Minister for Foreign Affairs under President Saddam Hussein, sent to Kofi Annan Secretary General to the UN.

‘Letter dated 11 June 2002 from the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General.

‘On instructions from my Government, I have the honour to transmit to you, enclosed herewith, a letter dated 11 June 2002 from Mr Naji Sabri, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, concerning threats by the United States of America to use its nuclear capability against a number of States, including Iraq.

‘I should be grateful if you would have this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.

‘(Signed) Mohammed A. Aldouri.’

The letter stated: ‘Secretary-General

‘On 10 March 2002 United States newspapers leaked information on a confidential report by the United States Department of Defense (the Pentagon) entitled “Re-evaluation of the nuclear situation”, in which it is stated that the Administration of President George W Bush had ordered the Department of Defense to prepare contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against China, Iraq, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic, and that the Department of Defense had submitted the report to the Senate on 8 January 2002. Later, senior United States Administration officials confirmed the information in the report
‘(Signed) Naji Sabri’

The second letter stated: ‘Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq’

September 16, 2002.’

‘Mr. Kofi Annan,

‘The Secretary General of the United Nations

‘Dear Secretary-General, held in your office in New York on 14 and 15 September 2002, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. . .

‘I am pleased to inform you of the decision of the Government of the Republic of Iraq to allow the return of the United Nations weapons inspectors to Iraq without conditions.

‘The Government of the Republic of Iraq has responded, by this decision, to your appeal, to the appeal of the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, as well as those of Arab, Islamic and other friendly countries.

‘The Government of the Republic of Iraq has based its decision concerning the return of inspectors on its desire to complete the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and to remove any doubts that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction…

‘This decision is also based on your statement to the General Assembly on 12 September 2002 that the decision by the Government of the Republic of Iraq is the indispensable first step towards an assurance that Iraq no longer possesses weapons of mass destruction and, equally importantly, towards a comprehensive solution that includes the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iraq and the timely implementation of other provisions of the relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 687(1991).

‘To this end, the Government of the Republic of Iraq is ready to discuss the practical arrangements necessary for the immediate resumption of inspections.

‘In this context, the Government of the Republic of Iraq reiterates the importance of the commitment of all Member States of the Security Council and the United Nations to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Iraq, as stipulated in the relevant Security Council resolutions and article (II) of the Charter of the United Nations.

‘I would be grateful if you bring this letter to the attention of the Security Council members.

‘Please accept, Mr Secretary-General the assurances of my highest consideration.

‘Dr Naji Sabri

‘Minister of Foreign Affairs

‘Republic of Iraq’

While Iraq wanted peace, the US and the UK were determined to go to war and commenced the destruction of Iraq and its infrastructure shortly afterwards, killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and turning millions into refugees.

Argentine torture general sentenced


This video from Democracy Now! in the USA includes Bone Fragments Discovered at Argentine Torture Site.

From Big News Network:

86 year old Argentine general gets life in prison

Friday 28th August, 2009

A former general who ran a detention centre during Argentina’s military dictatorship has been sentenced to life in prison for human rights violations.

Santiago Omar Riveros was commander of the notorious Campo de Mayo prison near Buenos Aires where an estimated 5,000 prisoners were held during the 1976-83 dictatorship.

Santiago Omar Riveros was found guilty this week of torturing and beating to death Floreal Avellaneda, a 15 year old boy, and of abducting his mother Iris.

The two were abducted one month after the 1976 military coup, in order to find out the whereabouts of Floreal Avellaneda’s father, a Communist Party union leader of the same name.

Iris was released after nearly three years of detention and torture; her son’s body was found washed up on the Uruguayan coast, bound by the hands and feet, and with signs of beating.

“This sentence is an important achievement in the fight for justice for the victims of Argentina’s ‘dirty war’ and the struggle against impunity enjoyed by so many of the perpetrators,” said Javier Zuniga, Amnesty International’s special adviser.

The teenager’s father said he was satisfied with the verdict, but called for Santiago Omar Riveros to receive no clemency.”The sentence must be served in a common prison. Even if he dies in prison, he will never suffer what we suffered,” he said.

The former general, who is now 86, is accused of more than 40 crimes against humanity involving victims of the era’s so-called “disappeared”. During the years of military rule, headed by General Leopoldo Galtieri, around 30,000 people vanished at the hands of the security forces and are still unaccounted for.

See also here.

So justice at last, 33 years after the crimes.

I hope that we will not have to wait for 33 years before those guilty of recent torture policies in the USA (like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld) will have to stand trial.

Cheney ‘OK’ with violating felony torture statute: here.

Bloggers accuse Washington Post of aiding, abetting Cheney: here.

In an interview Sunday, former vice president Dick Cheney defended the brutal interrogations carried out at CIA secret prisons and denounced the proposed investigation of a handful of CIA agents: here.

In the spring of 2003, long before Abu Ghraib or secret prisons became part of the American vocabulary, a pair of recently hired lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union noticed a handful of news reports about allegations of abuse of prisoners in American custody: here.

Dutch-Argentine accomplice of dictatorship’s crimes: here.

Cheney’s hunting and other disasters


From BuzzFlash in the USA:

Lawyer Shot by Cheney While Hunting Still Has Shotgun Pellets in Jaw and Gums

Submitted by BuzzFlash on Sun, 07/19/2009 – 12:51pm.

BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Dick Cheney is the disaster that keeps on giving.

From a failure to heed warnings about a possible 9/11, to a disastrous war in Iraq, to torture, to breaking the law, to PlameGate…oh so much evil; even shooting a friend in the face who covered for Dick, after Cheney left him bleeding and Dick had a stiff drink.

Well, of all places to discover the current state of the shot attorney, Harry Whittington, it was quite a surprise to see an update in Walter Scott’s Republican leaning “Personality Parade” in the Sunday newspaper supplement, “Parade”:

“Q Did Harry Whittington, the lawyer whom former Vice President Cheney accidentally shot while hunting quail in Texas, recover fully from his wounds?—J.D. Stewart, San Diego, Calif.

A “It took a while, and I still have a lot of metal in me—30 or so pellets, some in my jaw and gums,” Whittington tells us. “But that was three years ago in February, and these days I’m at the gym by 6 a.m. and at my office by 8:30. At 82, I’m still a lawyer and still giving thanks for every day of my life.””

It appears that so many have taken a bullet for Dick, including his daughter Liz (who knows far more about Cheney’s actions than she lets on.)

But Harry Whittington, he took a direct hit from Cheney and still has metal in his body to prove it.

Now, that’s truly a guy who knows how to literally take a bullet for the Dick.

Memoirs to reveal Dick Cheney thought Bush had gone soft on war on terror: here.

Reversing the decline of Texas quails: here.

Bush’s, Cheney’s personal involvement in torture


This video from the USA is called Is Karl Rove Scared About Possible Torture Prosecutions?

By Tom Eley in the USA:

Bush, top cabinet officials monitored torture of detainees

23 April 2009

Former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other top Bush administration officials had detailed knowledge of the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture tactics and approved them, according to a front-page article published Wednesday by the New York Times.

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee released the results of its investigation into the treatment of alleged terrorists in military prisons. Among its major findings, the 231-page report confirms that CIA torture began months before the drafting of the recently released Bush Justice Department legal memos that sanctioned it.

This confirmed that the memos were nothing more than pseudo-legal rationalizations for illegal policies that were already being carried out. They were concocted in order to provide an ex post facto legal cover for CIA torturers and the government officials, from Bush on down, who gave the orders for their actions.

Rice gave early approval for CIA waterboarding, Senate report reveals: here.

Wednesday’s lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal threatens President Obama with all-out opposition to any effort to hold Bush administration officials responsible for authorizing torture by the CIA and military: here.

UN envoy: US must prosecute on torture: here.

Buckling before Republican attacks, President Obama and leading Democrats have signaled their opposition to any investigation, even a whitewash “truth commission,” into the torture of “terror suspects” under the Bush administration: here.

Spain’s Socialist Party government suppresses torture probe of Bush officials: here.

Joe Wilson Wants Dick Cheney to Let It All Hang Out: here.

Mark Fiore animated cartoon on US Republicans: here.