Saturday, December 03, 2005

THE CURVE BALL SAGA: More Proof That Bush Lied

In case you're still among the shrinking minority of people who still believe George W. Bush told the truth during the prologue to the travesty in Iraq, I would like to present the following story.

I don't know how many of you read the November 20 edition of the LA Times, but for those of you who are intesreted, reporters Bob Drogin and John Goetz wrote lengthy, and I might add, revealing, article about how the Germans obtained faulty intelligence from an Iraqi dissident.

In a nutshell, the sorty goes likes this:

An Iraqi immigrant snookered the German equivalent of the CIA, convinicng them that Saddam possessed Wapons of Mass Destruction. That may sound good to the decreasing few who still support this misguided Administration, but there's a smoking gun in the picture. German intelligence discovered that their informant was a pathological liar. He wanted to guarantee his status as an Iraqi immigrant in Germany, so he made up a story about Weapons of Mass Destruction to guarantee acceptance. To make matters even worse, the German intelligence service caught on to all of this and actually tried to warn the United States government that their inofmration had been incorrect. When did this warning come forth?

Brace yourselves.

Before Colin Powell made his infamous presentation before the United Nations; before we went to war in Iraq.

For those of you who want to read the entire story, you may do so by looking at the November 20 2005 edition of The Los Angeles Times in 13 page (7,000 word story) called The Curve Ball Saga: How U.S. Fell Under The Spell of Curve Ball.

And Brian, I'm sorry it took me so long to get hopping on this. Thanks for the information It was quite, quite helpful. I usually read a broad range of mateiral, from the New York Times to the Weekly Standard, and a lot of things in between, but for some reason this one never reached me until today. Thanks for the input.




Rhino-itall said...

Brandon said...

Nie try, but your link doesn't even lead to a respectable news article. Rather, it's a biased, right wing op ed piece. What I recommended was a well-researched piece of journalism by a respected, mainstream print medium. I admire your tenacity, but the fact that you consider this to be a reputable form of reporting explains why you're living in such a deluded fantasy world. Moreover your link wanders aimlessly through unrelated material before it even hints at what we were traking about. I know the Attention Deficit Disorder there is running at a fevered pitch, but would you at least try to stay on topic?

And I might have even more bad news for you before the end of the day. I just don't know if I want to continue it on this particular post or if I want to open another can of worms. I might actually do both, just for the sake of convenience.

Brandon said...

With new allegations about the Lincoln Group and phony news stories in Iraq, a more important aspect of the propaganda which preceded the Iraq Invasion has either been under reported out actually ignored.

In case you were wondering, some of the Bush Administration's information about Weapons of mass Destruction in Iraq actually came from a pathological liar named Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri. For those of you who missed this story, al-Haideri was an Iraqi defector who flunked a polygraph test, but whose lurid story about secret Weapons of Mass Destruction was accepted hook, line, and sinker by the all to eager Bush Administration during the run up to our invasion of Iraq.

So just who pray tell is Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri? Put simply, Al Haideri is a stooge for the Iraqi International Congress, a front organization which was created by the right wing Rendon Group in 1991. In other words, the organization which had been pushing for the removal of Saddam Hussein was actually the creation of the ubiquitous right wing Rendon Group. It installed Achmed Chalabi to run the organization, and acted as a an advisor to the Iraqi National Congress throughout the 1990s. More important, it also served as a right wing media advisor, pciking two friendly journalists, the now infamous Judith Miller who wrote the first story which officially claimed that there was evidence for WMDs in Iraq, and an Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist,Paul Moran who had ties to both, the Iraqi National Congress and to Rendon. (Moran, incidentally, was killed on March 22, 2003 in a car bomb explosionn in Northern Kurdistan.)

Once again it appears as a Bush Administration's sources (al-Haideri and Rendon) are proven liars. In the case of Al Haideri, the man flunked a polygraph test and yet his information was deemed factual.

For those of you who would like to read the full length story as it appeared in the November online edition of Rolling Stone Magazine, please be so kind as to go to:

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