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[casi] US fails to provide inspectors intelligence

This has been quite evident all along.Plans for the invasion include Special
Forces securing bio-weapons and chemical sites. So why were the inspectors
informed of where these are? Because then an invasion would not be

Cheers, Ken Hanly

Intelligence value in Iraq questioned
Where are all the illegal weapons?

Bob Drogin and Greg Miller
Los Angeles Times
Mar. 8, 2003 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS - On the eve of a possible war in Iraq, a question looms
increasingly large: If U.S. intelligence is so good, why are U.N. experts
still unable to confirm that Saddam Hussein is actively concealing and
producing illegal weapons?

That troubling issue erupted Friday when top U.N. weapons inspectors
expressed frustration with the quality of intelligence they have been given.

"I would rather have twice the amount of high-quality information about
sites to inspect than twice the number of expert inspectors to send," Hans
Blix, who heads the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission,
told the U.N. Security Council.

Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, went
further, charging that documents may have been faked to suggest the country
of Niger sold uranium to Iraq from 1999 to 2001.

He said inspectors concluded the documents were "not authentic" after
scrutinizing "the form, format, contents and signatures ... of the alleged
procurement-related documentation."

ElBaradei also rejected three other key claims that U.S. intelligence
officials have repeatedly cited to support charges that Iraq is secretly
trying to build nuclear weapons.

Although investigations are continuing, ElBaradei said, nuclear experts have
found "no indication" that Iraq has tried to import high-strength aluminum
tubes or specialized ring magnets for centrifuge enrichment of uranium.

Inspectors also have found "no indication" that Iraq has "any indication of
nuclear-related prohibited activities" in newly erected buildings or other
sites identified by satellite, ElBaradei said.

"After three months of intrusive inspections, we have to date found no
evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program
in Iraq," ElBaradei said.

Bush administration officials insist they are providing all relevant
information to the U.N. teams. But some officials privately concede that
both the quality and quantity of intelligence is surprisingly thin.

"We have some information, not a lot," said one U.S. official who is
familiar with the CIA's daily "packages" of material it delivers to a
Canadian official who handles intelligence issues for Blix at the United
Nations. Although U.N. teams have conducted nearly 600 inspections of about
350 locations since November, only 44 were of new sites based on fresh tips.

The issue spilled into Congress this week, when Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.,
accused the administration of deliberately withholding information on
suspected Iraqi weapons facilities from Blix's teams.

Levin, ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member
of the Intelligence committee, said the inspectors have been given "only a
small fraction" of the sites that appear on lists in the intelligence

Levin also accused the White House of seeking to undermine the inspections,
saying the administration has withheld data in part "because they genuinely
believe the inspections were useless and said so from the beginning."

But CIA officials rejected the charges. In a letter to lawmakers released
Thursday, CIA Director George Tenet said the agency has "provided detailed
information on all of the high value and moderate sites" to the United

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