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[casi] washington lies again




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This is a highlight of an article by Mark Phillips that I find must read. It exposes American lies 
in order to intensify its war against Iraq.RegardsIbrahim Inspectors Call U.S. Tips 'Garbage'
By Mark Phillips
CBS News.com
Thursday 20 February 2003
While diplomatic maneuvering continues over Turkish bases and a new United Nations resolution, 
inside Iraq, U.N. arms inspectors are privately complaining about the quality of U.S. intelligence 
and accusing the United States of sending them on wild-goose chases.
CBS News Correspondent Mark Phillips reports the U.N. has been taking a precise inventory of Iraq's 
al-Samoud 2 missile arsenal, determining how many there are and where they are.

Discovering that the al-Samoud 2 has been flying too far in tests has been one of the inspectors' 
major successes. But the missile has only been exceeding its 93-mile limit by about 15 miles and 
that, the Iraqis say, is because it isn't yet loaded down with its guidance system. The al-Samoud 2 
is not the 800-mile-plus range missile that Secretary of State Colin Powell insists Iraq is 
developing.
In fact, the U.S. claim that Iraq is developing missiles that could hit its neighbors  or U.S. 
troops in the region, or even Israel  is just one of the claims coming from Washington that 
inspectors here are finding increasingly unbelievable. The inspectors have become so frustrated 
trying to chase down unspecific or ambiguous U.S. leads that they've begun to express that anger 
privately in no uncertain terms.
U.N. sources have told CBS News that American tips have lead to one dead end after another.
Example: satellite photographs purporting to show new research buildings at Iraqi nuclear sites. 
When the U.N. went into the new buildings they found "nothing."
Example: Saddam's presidential palaces, where the inspectors went with specific coordinates 
supplied by the U.S. on where to look for incriminating evidence. Again, they found "nothing."
Example: Interviews with scientists about the aluminum tubes the U.S. says Iraq has imported for 
enriching uranium, but which the Iraqis say are for making rockets. Given the size and 
specification of the tubes, the U.N. calls the "Iraqi alibi air tight."

The inspectors do acknowledge, however, that they would not be here at all if not for the threat of 
U.S. military action.
So frustrated have the inspectors become that one source has referred to the U.S. intelligence 
they've been getting as "garbage after garbage after garbage." In fact, Phillips says the source 
used another cruder word. The inspectors find themselves caught between the Iraqis, who are masters 
at the weapons-hiding shell game, and the United States, whose intelligence they've found to be 
circumstantial, outdated or just plain wrong



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