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CHENEY DID IT!
Smoking Gun Court Case Revealed
Yet Crucial Context and even Cheney's Name Totally Missing
MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 9 December: You won't find Vice-President Cheney mentioned in this eye-opening page 2 Washington Post
article today. Indeed, as is so often the case with the corporate
media these days, they report facts but often misreport, distort, or
purposefully downplay the all-important damning context.
The 'Weapons of Mass
Destruction' mantra was all the rage not so long ago in the pages of
American newspapers, especially the NYTimes and The Washington Post.
Dangerously threatening WMD was the repeatedly stated reason for the
invasion/occupation of Iraq. The Senate in fact would probably not
have voted as it did had the WMD fabrications not been so forcefully
and repeatedly propagated. The National Security Adviser, soon to be
Secretary of State, and the Vice-President, both repeatedly raised the
spectre of nuclear clouds and imminent attack from Iraq's purported
huge arsenal of WMD; the case for which, said the CIA Director, was a
'slam dunk'. And Secretary of State Colin Powell's spell-binding
speech to the world before the Security Council in February of last year just before the historic invasion was all about the ominous Iraqi 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'.
And yet, in this eye-opening story today about a very unusual
court case brought by a former senior CIA analysis which could serve as
the smoking gun
that the Bush/Cheney administration purposefully cooked the WMD books
there's not a single mention of the unprecedented 9 or more once secret
visits to the CIA of VP Cheney or the real potential significance of
this legal political bombshell.
Officer Alleges CIA Retaliation
Lawsuit Says Agency Urged False Reporting on Iraqi Arms
By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2004; Page A02
A senior CIA operative who handled sensitive informants
in Iraq asserts that CIA managers asked him to falsify his reporting on
weapons of mass destruction and retaliated against him after he refused.
The operative, who remains under cover, asserts in a lawsuit made
public yesterday that a co-worker warned him in 2001 "that CIA
management planned to 'get him' for his role in reporting intelligence
contrary to official CIA dogma."
The subject of that reporting has been blacked out by the CIA, and
the word "Iraq" does not appear in the heavily redacted version of the
legal complaint, but the remaining language and context make clear that
the officer's work related to prewar intelligence on Iraq's alleged
weapons of mass destruction.
In the lawsuit, the officer asserts that CIA managers retaliated
against him for refusing their demands by beginning a
counterintelligence investigation of allegations that he had sex with a
female asset and by initiating an inspector general's investigation
into allegations that he stole money meant to be used to pay human
Those investigations, the lawsuit asserts, were "initiated for the
sole purpose of discrediting him and retaliating against him for
questioning the integrity of the WMD reporting . . . and for refusing
to falsify his intelligence reporting to support the politically
mandated conclusion" of matters that are redacted in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit marks the first public instance in which a CIA employee
has charged directly that agency officials pressured him to produce
intelligence to support the administration's prewar position that
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a grave and gathering threat,
and to suppress information that ran counter to that view.
"Their official dogma was contradicted by his reporting and they did
not want to hear it," said Roy Krieger, the officer's attorney.
Anya Guilsher, a CIA spokeswoman, said the agency could not comment
on the lawsuit but added, "The notion that CIA managers order officers
to falsify reports is flat wrong. Our mission is to call it like we see
it and report the facts."
Critics of the Iraq war have asserted the administration pressured
analysts and operators to produce information that bolstered the
administration's case for invading Iraq. Congressional investigations
did not find evidence to support that charge, but found that the CIA
did not have enough spies in Iraq and that the analysis of the highly
circumstantial evidence was mischaracterized as firmer than it was.
No biological or chemical weapons have been found in Iraq. A
subsequent CIA-led investigation found that Iraq was nowhere near
producing a nuclear weapon, as the administration had asserted.
The unnamed operative is a 23-year officer of Middle Eastern descent
who spent much of his career on secret and covert operations to collect
intelligence on and interdict weapons of mass destruction, the lawsuit
In 2002, the lawsuit says, the CIA officer "attempted to report
routine intelligence" from a human asset "but was thwarted by CIA
superiors." It goes on to say that he was subsequently approached by a
senior desk officer "who insisted that Plaintiff falsify his
reporting," and that when he refused, the "management" of the CIA's
Counterproliferation Division ordered that he "remove himself from any
further 'handling' " of the unnamed asset, who is referred elsewhere in
the document as "a highly respected human asset."
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Friday
and placed in the public court docket yesterday after a judge said it
could proceed using a pseudonym for the plaintiff, says his superiors
falsely promised him that they would report his findings to President
Bush and falsely claimed that they had disseminated some of his other
reports through normal channels.
In 2003, the lawsuit says, the CIA officer learned of the
counterintelligence investigation of allegations that he was having sex
with a female asset. Five days later, it says, he was told that a
promotion was being canceled "because of pressure from the DDO [Deputy
Director of Operations] James Pavitt."
Pavitt declined to comment.
In September 2003, the CIA placed the officer on administrative
leave without explanation, the lawsuit says. Eight months later, it
says, the inspector general's office advised him that he was under
investigation for "diverting to his own use monies provided him for
payment to human assets." The document says the allegations were made
by the same managers who had asked him to falsify reports.
In August 2004, he was terminated "for unspecified reasons," the
lawsuit says. It requests that his employment, salary and promotions be
restored and that the CIA pay compensatory damages and legal fees.
In a letter to CIA acting general counsel John Rizzo dated Dec. 6,
Krieger requested a meeting between the officer and CIA Director Porter
J. Goss because of "the serious nature of the allegations in this case,
including deliberately misleading the President on intelligence
concerning weapons of mass destruction."
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(December 16, 2004)
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(December 14, 2004)
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Latest Washington Israeli Spy Scandal Escalating
(December 13, 2004)
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(December 13, 2004)
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(December 11, 2004)
From the heart of the Washington Republican 'National Security' establishment, Harlan Ullman warns that the U.S. has sailed into very dangerous times and appears like the TITANIC headed for disaster. The dangers Ullman warns are in many ways as much from within as from without. The TITANIC metaphor is a powerful one, and Ullman repeats it a number of times for emphasis.
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(December 10, 2004)
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(December 9, 2004)
In this eye-opening story today about a very unusual court case brought by a former senior CIA analysis which could serve as the smoking gun that the Bush/Cheney administration purposefully cooked the WMD books there's not a single mention of the unprecedented 9 or more once secret visits to the CIA of VP Cheney or the real potential significance of this legal political bombshell.
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(December 8, 2004)
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(December 7, 2004)
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(December 6, 2004)
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(December 2, 2004)
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(December 1, 2004)
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