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 The Truth is Puttin’ on its Shoes: An Inquiry Into the "Innocent" Mr. Rove - A BuzzFlash Guest Commentary
As the war was being sold, intelligence cooked, and the media spun, Rove and the White House had informed intelligence operatives and scientists that they were not to publicly repudiate the phony claims about aluminum tubes, which the White House falsely argued were part of an Iraqi gas centrifuge to make enriched uranium.
One national reporter told me that calls to scientists and intelligence operatives to ask about the aluminum tubes, which turned out to be rocket bodies, yielded the confession the scientists and intelligence agents had been ordered to say nothing.
Rove told the campaign reporters that they were "making too much of a few missed meetings." In 48 hours, the exact language was used on network television by Novak, who described the controversy of Mr.
www.buzzflash.com /contributors/03/09/30_moore.html   (1160 words)

  
 Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
With respect to Iraq's interest in procuring high-strength aluminum tubes, the ISG concluded that the Iraqi attempt to procure the tubes is best explained by Iraq's efforts to produce effective 81 millimeter rockets; the ISG uncovered no evidence that the tubes were intended for use in a gas centrifuge.
While we have attempted to write this report in a way that is accessible to those not acquainted with the world of intelligence, we have included a primer on the U.S. Intelligence Community at Appendix C of this report for readers who are new to the subject.
While the intelligence services of many other nations also thought that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, in the end it was the United States that put its credibility on the line, making this one of the most public--and most damaging--intelligence failures in recent American history.
www.wmd.gov /report/report.html   (17788 words)

  
 Independent Iraq Intelligence Commission Act of 2003 (S. 1946)
The first was that Iraq had made, quote: "several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon." He failed to mention that neither the Department of Energy nor the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research believed that the tubes were intended for that purpose.
David Kay, who heads up the Iraqi Survey Group, has stated that Iraq's nuclear program was only at the, quote: "very most rudimentary level." The Administration has yet to produce evidence of the high-level ties between Iraq and al Qaeda that it warned of prior to the war.
As the President stated, quote: "Should Iraq acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within year." This was the context for the President's claim made in the State of the Union address that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium from Africa.
www.fas.org /irp/congress/2003_cr/s1946.html   (3583 words)

  
 TalkLeft: Bush Gave One-Sided Data on Iraq: New York Times
Speaking to a group of Wyoming Republicans in September, Vice President Dick Cheney said the United States now had "irrefutable evidence" - thousands of tubes made of high-strength aluminum, tubes that the Bush administration said were destined for clandestine Iraqi uranium centrifuges, before some were seized at the behest of the United States.
One result was a largely one-sided presentation to the public that did not convey the depth of evidence and argument against the administration's most tangible proof of a revived nuclear weapons program in Iraq.
It is obvious he would have had them as soon as possible once the UN went away, and it is obvious he would have slipped them to al-Qaida, who even the 9/11 Commission report says he was having informal contacts with.
talkleft.com /new_archives/008110.html   (3583 words)

  
 NucNews - July 31, 2003
The sources said Obeidi also disputed evidence cited by the administration -- namely Iraq's purchase of aluminum tubes that various officials said were for a new centrifuge program to enrich uranium for nuclear bombs.
Several key Iraqi officials questioned the significance of evidence cited by the Bush administration to suggest that Hussein was stepping up efforts to develop new weapons of mass destruction programs.
Obeidi said the tubes were for rockets, as Iraq had said before the war.
nucnews.net /nucnews/2003nn/0307nn/030731nn.htm   (3583 words)

  
 Alexander Cockburn: Judy Miller's War
This one was by Miller and Michael Gordon, promoting the aluminum tube nonsense: "In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium." All lies of course.
ay all Judith Miller's New York Times stories end to end, from late 2001 to June 2003 and you get a desolate picture of a reporter with an agenda, both manipulating and being manipulated by US government officials, Iraqi exiles and defectors, an entire Noah's Ark of scam-artists.
And while Miller, either under her own single by-line or with NYT colleagues, was touting the bioterror threat, her book Germs, co-authored with Times-men Steven Engelberg and William Broad was in the bookstores and climbing the best seller lists.
www.counterpunch.org /cockburn08182003.html   (1724 words)

  
 Aluminum Tubing Is an Indicator of an Iraqi Gas Centrifuge Program: But Is the Tubing Specifically for Centrifuges?
The aluminum tubes Zippe used were not anodized or did not have any other type of coating.
Before an aluminum tube of the type in the earlier shipment could be used in a centrifuge, it would be necessary to modify it by cutting it in half and reducing its wall thickness to less than one millimeter.
This task can be accomplished by cutting the tube and shaving aluminum off the wall until the required thickness is obtained.
www.isis-online.org /publications/iraq/aluminumtubes.html   (1724 words)

  
 One Thousand Reasons
But as the vice president told a group of Wyoming Republicans that September, the United States had "irrefutable evidence" - thousands of tubes made of high-strength aluminum, tubes that the Bush administration said were destined for clandestine Iraqi uranium centrifuges, before some were seized at the behest of the United States.
Florida Senator Bob Graham, the Democrat who co-chaired Congress's probe into the September 11 attacks, wrote that Saudi government agents were part of a support network in the United States for two hijackers who took part in the devastating strikes, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.
One year ago, in July 2003, Undersecretary of State Paula J. Dobriansky wrote, "Indeed, the commitment of the United States to the human rights of Iraq's women is unshakable and manifested clearly by our activities on the ground as well as our policy statements."
thousandreasons.net /listB.php   (1724 words)

  
 Cursor.org - Table of Contents page
Murray Waas reports that 'What Bush Was Told About Iraq' contained "information at odds with his justifications for going to war," including details of a "sharp debate within the government over the aluminum tubes" being publicly cited as "clear evidence of an Iraqi nuclear program."
Documents cited in a lawsuit by a defunct Islamic charity "may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by President Bush's secret eavesdropping program," reports the Washington Post.
And a Bay Area TV station asks: "Did the National Guard spy on 'Raging Grannies?
www.cursor.org   (3376 words)

  
 Yakima Valley Peace Advocates Network - Media Analysis
This disinformation included the alleged weapons of mass destruction (still missing in action), the forged documents and aluminum tubes put forth as evidence of an Iraqi nuclear program, and other falsehoods.
In fact, he opted for a discretionary war, one waged not so much to preempt terrorism -- although that was part of the mix -- as to reorder the Middle East.
The real mystery is whether Bush himself realized how weak the evidence for a preemptive war was or was being manipulated by a cadre of disciplined administration aides who long had sought a war with Iraq.
www.yvpan.net /_sgt/mi_1.htm   (3376 words)

  
 NucNews - January 29, 2003
For example, the report makes the claim that "Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons".
The aim of the publication is "to reveal the disinformation and propaganda of the Iraqi regime".
Oddly, the report also cites the January 6 discovery of previously undisclosed warheads for chemical weapons discovered by UN inspectors as an example of Iraq lies and deception.
nucnews.net /nucnews/2003nn/0301nn/030129nn.htm   (20943 words)

  
 The Progress of UN Disarmament in Iraq: An Assessment Report
Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons." U.S. Government, George W. Bush, President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat, Speech delivered at Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 October 2002.
If the current inspection regime is able to continue, and if it has not only the cooperation of Iraq but the full support of the United States and other members of the Security Council, significant progress can be achieved in the coming months toward the goal of the effective disarmament of Iraq.
IAEA chief ElBaradei reported on 27 January that UN inspectors "have resumed the monitoring of Iraq's rivers, canals, and lakes to detect the presence of certain radioisotopes." A wide range of environmental samples and surface swipes are being collected from locations across Iraq and taken to IAEA laboratories for analysis.
www.fourthfreedom.org /Applications/cms.php?page_id=21   (20943 words)

  
 Events leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq
The team of CIA officers presents what is later described as a compelling case that the aluminum tubes, which in July had been intercepted by the US in Jordan on their way to Iraq (see July 2001), had been intended for use as rotors in a gas centrifuge program.
It arises directly from the Iraqi regime's own actions—its history of aggression, and its drive toward an arsenal of terror.
In May 2002, Zarqawi goes to Baghdad and has an amputation performed on his leg, which had been injured when he was fleeing US forces in Afghanistan.
www.cooperativeresearch.org /timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_timeline_of_the_2003_invasion_of_iraq&startpos=200#complete_timeline_of_the_2003_invasion_of_iraq_181   (4428 words)

  
 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
There's a reason that they were on the prohibited list of the nuclear supplies group: Magnets, balancing machines, yes, aluminum tubes, about which the consensus view was that they were suitable for use in centrifuges to spin material for nuclear weapons."
For example, we know that in late January, the Iraqi intelligence service transported chemical and biological agents to areas far away from Baghdad, near the Syrian and Turkish borders, in order to conceal them, and they have concealed them, from the prying eyes of inspectors.
We knew that he had, as Colin Powell talked about in his presentation at the United Nations, an active procurement network to procure items, many of which, by the way, were on the prohibited list of the nuclear suppliers group.
www.carnegieendowment.org /static/npp/bush_admin_quotes.cfm   (13344 words)

  
 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
There's a reason that they were on the prohibited list of the nuclear supplies group: Magnets, balancing machines, yes, aluminum tubes, about which the consensus view was that they were suitable for use in centrifuges to spin material for nuclear weapons."
The Iraqi military holds artillery and missile systems at Corps level throughout the Armed Forces and conducts regular training with them.
It's called a "national intelligence estimate," and the overwhelming bulk of the evidence in there, not about a data point here or a data point there, but about what Saddam Hussein was doing, was that he had weapons of mass destruction.
www.carnegieendowment.org /static/npp/bush_admin_quotes.cfm   (13344 words)

  
 Aluminum Tubing Is an Indicator of an Iraqi Gas Centrifuge Program: But Is the Tubing Specifically for Centrifuges?
Aluminum Tubing Is an Indicator of an Iraqi Gas Centrifuge Program: But Is the Tubing Specifically for Centrifuges?
Outer casings are rather non-sensitive centrifuge components that are thick-walled tubes designed to contain a failing rotor and preserve the vacuum of the machine.
Centrifuge Rotor A much more likely candidate for a centrifuge component is the rotor, a thin-walled tube that spins at high speeds, causing the uranium to enrich in the isotope uranium 235.
www.isis-online.org /publications/iraq/aluminumtubes.html   (13344 words)

  
 washingtonpost.com: The Contortions of the Pro-War Democrats
War opponents questioned the administration's claims about Hussein's links to al Qaeda, Iraq's ability to launch a quick strike against U.S. allies in the region and the Iraqi government's alleged attempts to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes to be used as centrifuges for enrich uranium.
Many grass-roots Democrats were questioning the administration's assertions about the threat posed by Iraq long before the White House acknowledged last week that it should not have included the Iraq nuclear assertion in the president's State of the Union speech.
Then there was Kerry again on CNN Wednesday morning, criticizing not only the administration's post-war planning, but also raising questions about the administration's handling of intelligence, particularly the claim that Hussein was seeking the material for nuclear weapons in Africa.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A1273-2003Jul16?language=printer   (13344 words)

  
 Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 Archives
Last week TPM reported on the travails of Iraqi nuclear scientist Mahdi Obeidi and why the CIA has him stashed away in Kuwait -- as opposed to letting him come to the US, as promised -- because he wouldn't say the right things about the aluminum tubes and chemical weapons and the rest of it.
August 10, 2003- August 16, 2003
I'm not prejudging who that candidate is. I'm just saying that Democrats who are seriously interested in having a new president in eighteen months need to choose a candidate with that double-division of the electorate in mind.
www.talkingpointsmemo.com /archives/week_2003_08_10.php   (4249 words)

  
 Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 Archives
Last week TPM reported on the travails of Iraqi nuclear scientist Mahdi Obeidi and why the CIA has him stashed away in Kuwait -- as opposed to letting him come to the US, as promised -- because he wouldn't say the right things about the aluminum tubes and chemical weapons and the rest of it.
August 10, 2003- August 16, 2003
I'm not prejudging who that candidate is. I'm just saying that Democrats who are seriously interested in having a new president in eighteen months need to choose a candidate with that double-division of the electorate in mind.
www.talkingpointsmemo.com /archives/week_2003_08_10.php   (4249 words)

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