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[casi] Comments on Panorama programme on Iraq inspections

'Chasing Saddam's Weapons' Panorama is on BBC1 at the moment:

I have just written the following:

'I have two comments on your programme on Iraq being broadcast at the

1. The reporter claims that in the past, weapons inspectors lacked the
powers to inspect presidential sites. This is factually wrong: there
was a Memorandum of Understanding agreed between Iraq and the UN laying
down the procedures for such inspections, and such inspections took

2. On spying, the reporter says that the Iraqi propaganda machine has
been working overtime calling the inspectors spies. This ignores the
fact that the US had indeed run spying activities through the UN
weapons inspections process.'

Dr. Eric Herring
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