Thursday, July 19, 2007

Saddam's Secret Tapes

(from my WOMANTalk column)

We often need to look back at the history of facts in order to see if our current view is in line with the truth. And no where is this needed more than on the war in Iraq. (Please don't miss the links at the bottom)

Remember this? ...

Bill Tierney, a former military intelligence officer and an UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq from 1996-1998, told Fox News' Hannity & Colmes on last year that Saddaem Hussein was heavily involved with terrorism, and that translations of 12 of the dictator's 'secret tapes' recorded at his palace office, reveal he talked about attacks that were coming to Washington DC. The tapes have been confirmed by U.S. officials as being authentic.

According to Tierney, he was contacted by the National Virtual Translation Center, which is run by the FBI, to translate the tapes which reveal, among other things, conversations between Saddam Hussein and Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz about terrorist attacks on America via missiles, and chemical and biological WMD.

On one of the tapes Tariq Aziz told Saddam:

"The biological [attack] is very easy to make. It's so simple that any biologist can make a bottle of germs and drop it into a water tower and kill 100,000. This is not done by a state. No need to accuse a state. An individual can do it."
The two also talked about their need for help from Brazil, France and Russia.

Tapes dated August 1995 reveal one of Saddam's sons-in-law, Hussein Kamel, explaining how Iraq hid its biological weapons program from U.N. inspectors:

"We did not reveal all that we have. We did not reveal the volume of chemical weapons we had produced."

Kamel also said Iraq had not revealed:
"the type of weapons, nor the volume of the materials we imported."

Alan Colmes said on the above mentioned broadcast, that WMD did not exist in Iraq when the U.S. went to war, because David Kay said they were destroyed in 1998 with the bombing ordered by Bill Clinton. To which Tierney said:

"I'm so happy you said that. I was on the targeting shop at CENTCOM. Alright? I'm gonna tell you something: Before we went in there, the Iraqis moved all their equipment out, except for a few massive machines that they couldn't move. That four days of bombing was a joke. They rebuilt everything."

In 1992 tremendous efforts were made in Iraq to rebuild electric stations outside of Basra to divert power in order to build two different types of nuclear weapons, one called a 'special bomb' by Hussein.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the tapes show, "Saddam had a fixation on weapons of mass destruction and he had a fixation on hiding what he was doing from the U.N. inspectors."

Frontpage interview with Tierney on "Where the WMD went"
Russia moved WMD from Iraq to Syria
Pictures of Saddam's WMD arsenal


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