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[casi] 10 Appalling Lies We Were Told About Iraq

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LIE #1: "The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear
weapons program ... Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum
tubes and other equipment need for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich
uranium for nuclear weapons."  President Bush, Oct. 7, 2002, in Cincinnati.

FACT: This story, leaked to and breathlessly reported by Judith Miller in the
New York Times, has turned out to be complete baloney. Department of Energy
officials, who monitor nuclear plants, say the tubes could not be used for
enriching uranium. One intelligence analyst, who was part of the tubes
investigation, angrily told The New Republic[2] that, "You had senior American
officials like Condoleezza Rice saying the only use of this aluminum really is
uranium centrifuges. She said that on television. And that's just a lie."

LIE #2: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently
sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."  President Bush,
Jan.28, 2003, in the State of the Union address.

FACT: This whopper was based on a document that the White House already knew
to be a forgery thanks to the CIA. Sold to Italian intelligence by some
hustler, the document carried the signature of an official who had been out of
office for 10 years and referenced a constitution that was no longer in
effect. The ex-ambassador who the CIA sent to check out the story is pissed:
"They knew the Niger story was a flat-out lie," he told the New Republic,
anonymously. "They [the White House] were unpersuasive about aluminum tubes
and added this to make their case more strongly."

LIE #3: "We believe [Saddam] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." 
Vice President Cheney on March 16, 2003 on "Meet the Press."

FACT: There was and is absolutely zero basis for this statement. CIA reports
up through 2002 showed no evidence of an Iraqi nuclear weapons program.

LIE #4: "[The CIA possesses] solid reporting of senior-level contacts between
Iraq and al-Qaeda going back a decade."  CIA Director George Tenet in a
written statement released Oct. 7, 2002 and echoed in that evening's speech by
President Bush.

FACT: Intelligence agencies knew of tentative contacts between Saddam and
al-Qaeda in the early '90s, but found no proof of a continuing relationship.
In other words, by tweaking language, Tenet and Bush spun the intelligence180
degrees to say exactly the opposite of what it suggested.

LIE #5: "We've learned that Iraq has trained al-Qaeda members in bomb-making
and poisons and deadly gases ... Alliance with terrorists could allow the
Iraqi regime to attack America without leaving any fingerprints."  President
Bush, Oct. 7.

FACT: No evidence of this has ever been leaked or produced. Colin Powell told
the U.N. this alleged training took place in a camp in northern Iraq. To his
great embarrassment, the area he indicated was later revealed to be outside
Iraq's control and patrolled by Allied war planes.

LIE #6: "We have also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing
fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse
chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We are concerned that Iraq
is exploring ways of using these UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] for missions
targeting the United States."  President Bush, Oct. 7.

FACT: Said drones can't fly more than 300 miles, and Iraq is 6000 miles from
the U.S. coastline. Furthermore, Iraq's drone-building program wasn't much
more advanced than your average model plane enthusiast. And isn't a "manned
aerial vehicle" just a scary way to say "plane"?

LIE #7: "We have seen intelligence over many months that they have chemical
and biological weapons, and that they have dispersed them and that they're
weaponized and that, in one case at least, the command and control
arrangements have been established."  President Bush, Feb. 8, 2003, in a
national radio address.

FACT: Despite a massive nationwide search by U.S. and British forces, there
are no signs, traces or examples of chemical weapons being deployed in the
field, or anywhere else during the war.

LIE #8: "Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of
between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. That is enough to fill
16,000 battlefield rockets."  Secretary of State Colin Powell, Feb. 5 2003,
in remarks to the UN Security Council.

FACT: Putting aside the glaring fact that not one drop of this massive
stockpile has been found, as previously reported on AlterNet[3] our own
intelligence reports show that these stocks  if they existed  were well past
their use-by date and therefore useless as weapon fodder.

LIE #9: "We know where [Iraq's WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and
Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat."  Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003, in statements to the press.

FACT: Needless to say, no such weapons were found, not to the east, west,
south or north, somewhat or otherwise.

LIE #10: "Yes, we found a biological laboratory in Iraq which the UN
prohibited."  President Bush in remarks in Poland, published internationally
June 1, 2003.

FACT: This was reference to the discovery of two modified truck trailers that
the CIA claimed were are potential mobile biological weapons lab. But British
and American experts  including the State Department's intelligence wing in a
report released this week  have since declared this to be untrue. According
to the British, and much to Prime Minister Tony Blair's embarrassment, the
trailers are actually exactly what Iraq said they were, facilities to fill
weather balloons, sold to them by the British themselves.

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