Tuesday, October 21, 2003

When the Lies Get So Thick...

From Seymour Hersh's New Yorker piece on the weapons of mass destruction fraud. It's getting a lot of pub lately and there are certainly many key paragraphs here, but this one really stands out:

The government of the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, President Bush’s closest ally, was also brought in. As Blair later told a British government inquiry, he and Bush had talked by telephone that summer about the need “to disclose what we knew or as much as we could of what we knew.” Blair loyally took the lead: on September 24th, the British government issued a dossier dramatizing the W.M.D. threat posed by Iraq. In a foreword, Blair proclaimed that “the assessed intelligence has established beyond doubt that Saddam . . . continues in his efforts to develop nuclear weapons.” The dossier noted that intelligence—based, again, largely on the sismi report—showed that Iraq had “sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” A subsequent parliamentary inquiry determined that the published statement had been significantly toned down after the C.I.A. warned its British counterpart not to include the claim in the dossier, and in the final version Niger was not named, nor was sismi.

SISMI is an intelligence gathering/ analysis (a term used advisedly considering...) outfit Rumsfeld's crew set up in the Pentagon, the one created as its detractors claim to circumvent the CIA. Recall the Bush framing, the British government has learned that Iraq is attempting to acquite uranium from Africa... those 16 words as it were. Apparently the British learned this from our intelligence cooking house in the Pentagon. The entire appearance of this being elsewhere determined, or being corroborated by foriegn intelligence, is apparently also crap. This revelation is now largely meaningless considering the discredit of those 16 words. But this really highlights the depth of the intelligence we weren't dealing with.


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