Guest Commentary --- Don’t Close Your Blinds
- 04-10-2006, 05:35 PM
- 04-11-2006, 01:26 PM
Originally Posted by Bionic
WASHINGTON - Among the treasure trove of information captured after Saddam Hussein's fall were tape recordings of the Iraqi leader discussing weapons of mass destruction with top aides.
Transcripts of Saddam's tapes reviewed by NBC News show him ruminating about future terror attacks in the United States using weapons of mass destruction.
"We shouldn’t be surprised to see a car bomb with nuclear [material] explode [in] Washington, either germ or chemical," Saddam tells aides. "So this is coming,” Saddam says on the tapes, “but not from Iraq," he adds, seeming to indicate that Iraq would not be the source of any such attack.
n unidentified Saddam aide replies that biological weapons are easy to construct: “… any biologist can make it in water tank and kill 100,000 person … so you can’t accuse a country, one person can do it. One American person can do it in a house, next to the White House.”
On another tape, Saddam says future terrorism will be with WMD. "It is possible in the future to see a booby trap and the explosion turns out to be nuclear, germ or chemical."
U.S. intelligence analysts have confirmed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that Saddam’s voice on the audiotapes is authentic. The analysts believe most of the tapes were recorded in the ’90s, after the first Gulf War.
“What the tapes show is that between the first gulf war and the second gulf war, Saddam Hussein had not lost his appetite for, or interest in, weapons of mass destruction,” says Gary Milhollin of the Wisconsin Project, an advocacy group working to slow the spread of weapons of mass destruction. “To the contrary, he was almost obsessed by them.’’
Importantly, though, many U.S. intelligence experts say the 12 hours of tape does not solve the riddle of whether Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 U.S. invasion.
“It certainly shows that he was trying to deceive the U.N., but it doesn't show that he actually had weapons in his possession at the time of the invasion,” says Bill Harlow, a former CIA spokesman and an NBC News analyst.
In the transcripts, one of Saddam’s aides discusses filling missiles with germs. “Yes, the intention is that the missile will be filled with chemical or germ, and when it comes down it will cover a wider circle than the traditional missile,” the aide tells Saddam. Saddam replies: “That’s good, they are teaching us things that will be useful in the future.”
Other aides seem to discuss hiding weapons from U.N. inspectors. “We have not told them the truth about the imported material,” one says. He adds, “Where was the nuclear material transported to? A number of them were transported out of Iraq.” He also says: “We will confess, but not to the biological program.”
The debates over Iraq’s WMD will likely continue. The House Intelligence Committee is pressing U.S. intelligence officials to publicly release more than 35,000 boxes of documents recovered in Iraq after the U.S. invasion. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., does not believe the documents have been fully translated and analyzed.
John Loftus, an author and former federal prosecutor, obtained the Saddam audiotapes through a former U.S. military intelligence analyst, he says. Loftus tells NBC News he will play the tapes this weekend at an intelligence summit he is hosting in the Washington area.
NBC News has not listened to the tapes and has not been able to independently confirm the accuracy of the translations.
Sorry, consdiering the actions in the last 5 years in New York, Washington (seems people forget that they hit the Pentagon...the absolute central military target), London, Madrid, domestic anthrax attacks I am not willing to take the change that Sadamm was bluffing considering the fact he alreayd used them on his own people.For answers to board issues, read the Suggestion and News forum at the bottom of the main page.
04-11-2006, 02:08 PM
Well,. there´re far more people killed in traffic, as by WMD in America, or bomb attacks.
There´s no comparison to the sacrifice the USA made in invading Irak, although
freeing a country from a dictator and terror-regime might look like it´s something good.
I belive most of the public wanted revenge to 9/11 and the world should see, who´s the boss, so the Irak was the next best opportunity, plus the best one with its oil-reserves.
Why didn´t we invent Iran?
Or why didn´t America combat Germany, the pilots and terrorists of 9/11 were educated, studying and living in Germany?
Itßs always the same -the powerful are abusing their power and the law to reinforce their situation and wealth, they´re looking exactly after those, who will do exactly what they want them to do and who will believe in them.
And a great great part of society think they´re led by a wise constitution and all of the laws are just for protecting and enforcing the public wealth and safety.
It´s not! It´s all a big lie and the machines and the powerful will kill and abuse anyone they like to be next to be abused, bashed or instrumentalized for their sick plans, of their own wealth and ideology.
04-11-2006, 02:21 PM
What third world country are you from? This is about the most rediculous statement I've seen in here to date. I'm not even completely sure I (or you) know what you are saying....Originally Posted by Fastflight
We vote for our leaders here.
I kinda like our constitution. Have you read it?
04-11-2006, 05:56 PM
The Iraqi people were not helpless, they are not comparable to children and an abusive father. Our country was formed by fighting for our independence against the most powerful empire in the world, they can't deal with a lunatic dictator? Not to mention they had much more reason to revolt considering the atrocities he was committing.
They should have handled their own business, but the United States (Americans) are the only people who get **** done.
04-11-2006, 07:29 PM
The Kurds and the Sh1tes are more than happy to have the US stands aside and let them use their militias to wipe out the Sunni terrorists and Al Qaeda, using the tactic they see fit.Originally Posted by brogers
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