Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Questions We Want Answered

The press needs to dig deeper on this issue.

At the beginning of 2001, a few weeks before George Bush took office, there was a break-in at the Niger embassy in Rome. Strangely, nothing of value was taken. Months later came 9/11 and a month after that, as George Bush wondered how to get back at the terrorists, a report from the Italian security service (Sismi) reached the CIA: Iraq was seeking to buy uranium.

Disappointingly for the neocons, the CIA sent Ambassador Joseph Wilson to Niger to check the story: he reported that it was nonsense. When the story was repeated by Bush, Wilson went public. His wife, CIA agent Valerie Plame, was then outed by the White House. Hence Rove's predicament.

An organisation called the Office of Special Plans (OSP) was set up in the Pentagon by Douglas Feith, a former consultant to Israel's Likud party, to prepare for the war. In the words of Robert Baer, a distinguished former CIA man, it was a "competing intelligence shop at the Pentagon"..."if you didn't like the answer you're getting from the CIA". In short, bogus stories would get a second chance at the OSP.

A clue to the ancestry of these black arts can be found in 1980, when right-wing Republicans wanted Ronald Reagan elected. They publicised a story that Billy Carter, the then President Jimmy Carter's colourful brother, had received $50,000 (£28,000) from the Libyan government.

The story was always denied by the President and no evidence of the payment was found, but the story helped to elect Reagan. Its source? Sismi, and an associate of a man called Michael Ledeen.

Ledeen is an intriguing and enduring presence in the murkier parts of US foreign policy. He is an American specialist on Italy with a long-standing commitment to Israel. According to The New York Times, in December 2001, a few months after the CIA first heard the Niger claims, Ledeen flew to Rome with Manucher Ghorbanifar, a former Iranian arms dealer, and two officials from OSP, one of whom was Larry Franklin. In Rome they met the head of Sismi.

Some months later, the documents were published, having been sold to an Italian journalist by a Roman businessman linked to Sismi. So far, so circumstantial. One man who might well know the answer to all this is Vincent Cannistraro, the former head of counter terrorism operations at the CIA. His belief is that the documents were produced in the US but "funnelled through the Italians". When an interviewer asked Cannistraro "if I said Michael Ledeen", he reportedly replied "I don't think it's a proven case ...You'd be very close"

The Independent


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi, in two different audio interviews, also points to Ledeen with regard to the memo.


10/11/2005 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How these neocon parasites could burrow their way so deep into the US government's foreign policy apparatus will be the question that remains once the truth unfolds.

The evidence was glaring that their true loyalties were not to the US, but to Israel. How did they get security clearances?

Americans, true Americans, need to address their critical systems, since they were breached so easily by Israeli agents posing as DOD officials.

10/11/2005 07:51:00 PM  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed, there is much of this tale still to be revealed. And I still believe it will.
BUT, and this is vital (certainly in Australia), do the general public really care? Oz has very few troops in Iraq, for instance, so much less invested, unlike the US, with body bags arriving home every day.
It's the job of us all, and the press, to make sure lying politicians who take us to war are prosecuted.

10/11/2005 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As well as lying journalists who write for rags like Counterpunch.

10/12/2005 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The public haven't put all the dots together, but they will. Of that we can be certain. It took years for twhat we know now about the Zionists to break through the fog put out by the "American" media.

And it wasn't CounterPunch that lied America into 2000 dead and billions of dollars down the tubes, it was LIARS AND SCHEMERS AND MANIPULATORS AND SLIMERS like Judith Miller and Richard Cohen and Charles Krauthammer and William Safire and Bill Kristol and Richard Perle and Douglas Feith and the dwarf, Lewis Libby, ad infinitum.

Counterpunch, indeed. How pathetic.

10/13/2005 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else hear this interesting tidbit: Lewis Libby was Marc Rich's lawyer? Rich was the billionaire pardoned by Clinton at the end to much controversy, but Junior sealed the Clinton papers by executive order so we will never know.

Rich is also said to be deeply involved with the Mossad.

So when you see Billary and Senior smiling together during a round of golf you will know that both parties are out to screw us "A-mur-cans."

10/15/2005 09:08:00 AM  

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