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According to the report below by John Loftus, Saddam Hussein really did have WMD, and the makings were dismantled and removed to Syria.

The report is a summary of findings. Some of the claims are certainly true, but it is hard to say we have a smoking gun here. I like John Loftus and for that reason, I tend to credit what he writes. It would fit with some other things too. But the proof is lacking and there are some serious holes in the story.

My first reaction, which is very probably wrong, is guarded skepticism. Frankly, it seems incredible that all the information, from different sources, which John Loftus cites, was simply ignored or lost. Once or twice could be a coincidence. Repeated failures of this sort conjure up paranoid conspiracy theories. It might be true, but this sounds too much like the Zen guru who can really levitate, but he can only do it when nobody is looking, and of course, you have to pay to see it and become an initiate. Sure, and the aliens landed at Roswell New Mexico, but the FBI is covering up the evidence, right? Caveat Lector.

Loftus tells us:

At the direct request of the Summit, President Bush promptly overruled his national intelligence adviser, John Negroponte, a career State Department man, and ordered that the rest of the captured Saddam tapes and documents be reviewed as rapidly as possible. The Intelligence Summit asked that Saddam's tapes and documents be posted on a public website so that Arabic-speaking volunteers could help with the translation and analysis.



The Web site that displayed the original documents in Arabic is no longer online because of concerns that rogues could get information from it about constructing nuclear weapons. That in itself is confirmation at least of active Iraqi interest in nuclear weapons development, and of a good part of Loftus' story.

Articles based on these materials and about them have appeared from time to time, but they really did not create a major media controversy or discussion. For example see here.

The big question is, if there is substantive proof that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction, why hasn't the Bush administration made it public?? A former top US intelligence operative informed me that in fact just prior to the 2004 elections, US intelligence agencies were desperately searching for such evidence and found no hard intelligence. Likewise there was a great effort made by the Iraq Study Group to find information about WMD, but nothing usable was found. In some cases there was evidence of systematic removal of materials, covered by looting activities. As Loftus notes, there was a facility that was left unguarded for a time. Locals broke in and stole barrels that had apparently been used for storage of uranium yellowcake, resulting in severe injuries.

This information is confirmed, but there is no solid information that the materials were still around a short time before the US invasion or that they were transported to Syria. Similar claims have been made before.

What is new here and interesting is the claim that the real target of the Israeli bombing in Syria was not the one shown in the New York Times, but a different location. It is possible. The original site identified by the New York Times had a few unguarded and very un-nuclear looking buildings on it. Since it has been around since 2001, it could hardly have resulted from Korean attempts to shift their nuclear program to Syria in the last couple of years. But if so, why was the site identified by the New York Times supposedly cleaned up in a hurry by Syria?

Loftus claims that "Israelis" now believe that the Iraqi WMD were transported to Syria. Some Israelis may believe that, but it isn't clear that Israeli intelligence services believe it. While it is undoubtedly true that a lot of Ba'athists escaped to Syria, nobody has produced any hard evidence of stockpiling of dangerous materials in Syria.

Is there something to these allegations? Absolutely maybe. It could be true. Should they be investigated? Absolutely maybe. But we don't have the tools to determine if it is so. Charging for the reports doesn't make it more credible, though it is not illegitimate. If someone wants me to believe it, they will have to show me more. The headline below, "Secret Files Prove Saddam Had WMD" should read, "Report: Secret Files Prove Saddam probably had WMD at some point" - but we know that he had at least some WMD at some point. The UN made him destroy it.

Ami Isseroff


Secret Files Prove Saddam Had WMD
John Loftus 16 Nov 2007


Finally, there are some definitive answers to the mystery of the missing WMD. Civilian volunteers, mostly retired intelligence officers belonging to the non-partisan IntelligenceSummit.org, have been poring over the secret archives captured from Saddam Hussein. The inescapable conclusion is this: Saddam really did have WMD after all, but not in the way the Bush administration believed. A 9,000 word research paper with citations to each captured document has been posted online at LoftusReport.com. This document research has been supplemented with dozens of interviews.

The absolutists on either side of the WMD debate will be more than a bit chagrinned at these disclosures. The documents show a much more complex history than previously suspected. The "Bush lied, people died" chorus has insisted that Saddam had no WMD whatsoever after 1991 - and thus that WMD was no good reason for the war. The Neocon diehards insist that, as in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the treasure-trove is still out there somewhere, buried under the sand dunes of Iraq. Each side is more than a little bit wrong about Saddam's WMD, and each side is only a little bit right about what happened to it.

The gist of the new evidence is this: roughly one quarter of Saddam's WMD was destroyed under UN pressure during the early to mid 1990's. Saddam sold approximately another quarter of his weapons stockpile to his Arab neighbors during the mid to late 1990's. The Russians insisted on removing another quarter in the last few months before the war. The last remaining WMD, the contents of Saddam's nuclear weapons labs, were still inside Iraq on the day when the coalition forces arrived in 2003. His nuclear weapons equipment was hidden in enormous underwater warehouses beneath the Euphrates River. Saddam’s entire nuclear inventory was later stolen from these warehouses right out from under the Americans’ noses. The theft of the unguarded Iraqi nuclear stockpile is perhaps, the worst scandal of the war, suggesting a level of extreme incompetence and gross dereliction of duty that makes the Hurricane Katrina debacle look like a model of efficiency.

Without pointing fingers at the Americans, the Israeli government now believes that Saddam Hussein’s nuclear stockpiles have ended up in weapons dumps in Syria. Debkafile, a somewhat reliable private Israeli intelligence service, has recently published a report claiming that the Syrians were importing North Korean plutonium to be mixed with Saddam’s enriched uranium. Allegedly, the Syrians were close to completing a warhead factory next to Saddam’s WMD dump in Deir al Zour, Syria to produce hundreds, if not thousands, of super toxic “dirty bombs” that would pollute wherever they landed in Israel for the next several thousands of years. Debka alleged that it was this combination factory/WMD dump site which was the target of the recent Israeli air strike in Deir al Zour province..

Senior sources in the Israeli government have privately confirmed to me that the recent New York Times articles and satellite photographs about the Israeli raid on an alleged Syrian nuclear target in Al Tabitha, Syria were of the completely wrong location. Armed with this knowledge, I searched Google Earth satellite photos for the rest of the province of Deir al Zour for a site that would match the unofficial Israeli descriptions: camouflaged black factory building, next to a military ammunition dump, between an airport and an orchard. There is a clear match in only one location, Longitude 35 degrees, 16 minutes 49.31 seconds North, Latitude 40 degrees, 3 minutes, 29.97 seconds East. Analysts and members of the public are invited to determine for themselves whether this was indeed the weapons dump for Saddam’s WMD.

Photos of this complex taken after the Israel raid appear to show that all of the buildings, earthern blast berms, bunkers, roads, even the acres of blackened topsoil, have all been dug up and removed. All that remains are what appear to be smoothed over bomb craters. Of course, that is not of itself definitive proof, but it is extremely suspicious.

It should be noted that the American interrogators had accurate information about a possible Deir al Zour location shortly after the war, but ignored it:

"An Iraqi dissident going by the name of "Abu Abdallah" claims that on March 10, 2003, 50 trucks arrived in Deir Al-Zour, Syria after being loaded in Baghdad. …Abdallah approached his friend who was hesitant to confirm the WMD shipment, but did after Abdallah explained what his sources informed him of. The friend told him not to tell anyone about the shipment."

These interrogation reports should be re-evaluated in light of the recently opened Iraqi secret archives, which we submit are the best evidence. But the captured document evidence should not be overstated. It must be emphasized that there is no one captured Saddam document which mentions both the possession of WMD and the movement to Syria.

Moreover, many of Saddam's own tapes and documents concerning chemical and biological weapons are ambiguous. When read together as a mosaic whole, Saddam's secret files certainly make a persuasive case of massive WMD acquisition right up to a few months before the war. Not only was he buying banned precursors for nerve gas, he was ordering the chemicals to make Zyklon B, the Nazis favorite gas at Auschwitz. However odious and well documented his purchases in 2002, there is no direct evidence of any CW or BW actually remaining inside Iraq on the day the war started in 2003. As stated in more detail in my full report, the British, Ukrainian and American secret services all believed that the Russians had organized a last minute evacuation of CW and BW stockpiles from Baghdad to Syria.

We know from Saddam’s documents that huge quantities of CW and BW were in fact produced, and there is no record of their destruction. But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Therefore, at least as to chemical and biological weapons, the evidence is compelling, but not conclusive. There is no one individual document or audiotape that contains a smoking gun.

There is no ambiguity, however, about captured tape ISGQ-2003-M0007379, in which Saddam is briefed on his secret nuclear weapons project. This meeting clearly took place in 2002 or afterwards: almost a decade after the State Department claimed that Saddam had abandoned his nuclear weapons research.

Moreover the tape describes a laser enrichment process for uranium that had never been known by the UN inspectors to even exist in Iraq, and Saddam's nuclear briefers on the tape were Iraqi scientists who had never been on any weapons inspector’s list. The tape explicitly discusses how civilian plasma research could be used as a cover for military plasma research necessary to build a hydrogen bomb.

When this tape came to the attention of the International Intelligence Summit, a non-profit, non-partisan educational forum focusing on global intelligence affairs, the organization asked the NSA to verify the voiceprints of Saddam and his cronies, invited a certified translator to present Saddam’s nuclear tapes to the public, and then invited leading intelligence analysts to comment.

At the direct request of the Summit, President Bush promptly overruled his national intelligence adviser, John Negroponte, a career State Department man, and ordered that the rest of the captured Saddam tapes and documents be reviewed as rapidly as possible. The Intelligence Summit asked that Saddam's tapes and documents be posted on a public website so that Arabic-speaking volunteers could help with the translation and analysis.

At first, the public website seemed like a good idea. Another document was quickly discovered, dated November 2002, describing an expensive plan to remove radioactive contamination from an isotope production building. The document cites the return of UNMOVIC inspectors as the reason for cleaning up the evidence of radioactivity. This is not far from a smoking gun: there were not supposed to be any nuclear production plants in Iraq in 2002.

Then a barrage of near-smoking guns opened up. Document after document from Saddam's files was posted unread on the public website, each one describing how to make a nuclear bomb in more detail than the last. These documents, dated just before the war, show that Saddam had accumulated just about every secret there was for the construction of nuclear weapons. The Iraqi intelligence files contain so much accurate information on the atom bomb that the translators’ public website had to be closed for reasons of national security.

If Saddam had nuclear weapons facilities, where was he hiding them? Iraqi informants showed US investigators where Saddam had constructed huge underwater storage facilities beneath the Euphrates River. The tunnel entrances were still sealed with tons of concrete. The US investigators who approached the sealed entrances were later determined to have been exposed to radiation. Incredibly, their reports were lost in the postwar confusion, and Saddam’s underground nuclear storage sites were left unguarded for the next three years. Still, the eyewitness testimony about the sealed underwater warehouses matched with radiation exposure is strong circumstantial evidence that some amount of radioactive material was still present in Iraq on the day the war began.

Our volunteer researchers discovered the actual movement order from the Iraqi high command ordering all the remaining special equipment to be moved into the underground sites only a few weeks before the onset of the war. The date of the movement order suggests that President Bush, who clearly knew nothing of the specifics of the underground nuclear sites, or even that a nuclear weapons program still existed in Iraq, may have been accidentally correct about the main point of the war: the discovery of Saddam’s secret nuclear program, even in hindsight, arguably provides sufficient legal justification for the previous use of force.

Saddam’s nuclear documents compel any reasonable person to the conclusion that, more probably than not, there were in fact nuclear WMD sites, components, and programs hidden inside Iraq at the time the Coalition forces invaded. In view of these newly discovered documents, it can be concluded, more probably than not, that Saddam did have a nuclear weapons program in 2001-2002, and that it is reasonably certain that he would have continued his efforts towards making a nuclear bomb in 2003 had he not been stopped by the Coalition forces. Four years after the war began, we still do not have all the answers, but we have many of them. Ninety percent of the Saddam files have never been read, let alone translated. It is time to utterly reject the conventional wisdom that there were no WMD in Iraq and look to the best evidence: Saddam’s own files on WMD. The truth is what it is, the documents speak for themselves.

John Loftus is President of IntelligenceSummit.org, which is entirely free of government funding, and depends solely upon private contributions for its support. Mr. Loftus’ full research paper on Iraqi WMD can be found at www.LoftusReport.com [It costs $$$ - A.I.].

From: Secret Files Prove Saddam Had WMD


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In support of John Loftus:

1. The United States Defense Intelligence Agency knew that the WMDs had been removed to Syria before the United States attacked Iraq.
2. The Joint Chiefs decided that to attack Syria would be beyond the capabilities of the U.S. Military then and for the foreseeable future.
3. An attack upon Syria by the United States would have ignited a full blown war in the Middle-East with most, if not all, of the Arab countries siding with Syria.
4. Syria possessed then (and still does) massive quantities of Chemical and Biological weapons that would have been immediately released against Israel. The U.S. would have been blamed for not bringing Israel on board as a partner (which the U.S. would never do).
5. Syria still possesses massive quantities of Chemical and Biological weapons, along with Russian supplied delivery systems capable of hitting any City or Town in Israel. Nuf Said?....

Bill Maniaci, Saturday, November 24th


Ami:

It's not just Loftus making this claim. The former air vice marshall of Iraq, a Christian, (Michel George, I think his name is) published a book about a year ago in which he claims that Russian special forces were involved in moving CW, etc., out of Iraq in fall 2002 and cleaning up the facilities, for which the Russian general in charge was awarded a major honour. One of Saddam's senior scientists also wrote about being instructed to bury a centrifuge in his own garden by one of Saddam's sons or sons-in-law.

Saddam was most definitely not in his box.

Lynne T, Tuesday, November 20th


Ami simply misunderstod my central point. The UN claimed that Saddam destroywed all of his WMD as of 1991. The captured records I cite show saddam was still in the wmd business in 2001-2003. Huge difference.

ps: if anyone thinks five bucks is too much for six months of my research, i will pay it myself. i did for Ami.

john loftus, Monday, November 19th


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