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Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction that we told ourselves were here? - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Oct. 22nd, 2003

12:05 pm - Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction that we told ourselves were here?

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Very interesting article in the New Yorker about just how bad things really are with the quality of work being done by the US Intelligence community.

Most shocking is the claim that the forged Nigerian documents were actually made by ex-CIA agents trying to expose the bad practices of the CIA.

Another explanation was provided by a former senior C.I.A. officer. He had begun talking to me about the Niger papers in March, when I first wrote about the forgery, and said, "Somebody deliberately let something false get in there." He became more forthcoming in subsequent months, eventually saying that a small group of disgruntled retired C.I.A. clandestine operators had banded together in the late summer of last year and drafted the fraudulent documents themselves.

"The agency guys were so pissed at Cheney," -- the former officer said. "They said, 'O.K, we're going to put the bite on these guys.'" My source said that he was first told of the fabrication late last year, at one of the many holiday gatherings in the Washington area of past and present C.I.A. officials. "Everyone was bragging about it -- 'Here's what we did. It was cool, cool, cool.'" These retirees, he said, had superb contacts among current officers in the agency and were informed in detail of the sismi intelligence.

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From:bdar
Date:October 22nd, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
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(blink, blink)

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!!!

Because I don't know what else to say to that.
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From:khudirambose
Date:October 22nd, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
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its really unfortunate what they got away with.
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From:assclouds
Date:October 22nd, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)
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Whats unfortunate is that they did it -- and that nothing has come of it from the governmental side of things. These guys plant fake 'information', brag about it at the CIA spring formal, and the government still claims that it is real, factual, and is worthwhile evidence to support the murder of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

The Bush administration is so entrenched in this policy of interventionism and fell for the gag so well that they conquered a soverign country and still won't admit that the information is false.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:October 22nd, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
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Well, of course, the deeper they go the worse it'll be for them to 'fess up.
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From:juvenilia
Date:October 22nd, 2003 02:29 pm (UTC)
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i TOTALLY want to crash the CIA spring formal. i can make a bunch of fake documents too. can we go, jay? please???
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 22nd, 2003 06:20 pm (UTC)
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This "evidence" is irrelevant. They were going to invade Iraq regardless of what evidence was or wasn't presented.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:October 22nd, 2003 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Well irrelevant to the march to war. Not irrelevant to the question of whether the government is made up of a bunch of fuckwits.

Hi Arun.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:October 22nd, 2003 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Though of course, if the falsehood of the statement had come out between January (State of the Union) and March (War) it might have led to some serious discomfort and back peddaling on the administration's part. It might have put a real chink in the armor of the "mountain of evidence" that they supposedly had.

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From:khudirambose
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:36 am (UTC)
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yeah.
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