WMD never existed, says chief American arms inspector
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WMD never existed, says chief American arms inspector
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Saddam's WMD never existed, says chief American arms inspector

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5571.htm

24 January 2004: ((The Independent) David Kay, who stood down yesterday as head of the Bush administration's hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said that he did not believe that any stockpiles of such weapons ever existed.

Mr Kay, a former UN inspector, said that most of what was going to be found in the hunt for Saddam Hussein's WMD had already been uncovered. The returning of sovereignty to the Iraqis would make the search more difficult, he added. "I don't think they existed," Mr Kay said, referring to Saddam's alleged stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. "What everyone was talking about is stockpiles produced after the end of the [1991] Gulf War and I don't think there was a large-scale production programme in the Nineties."

Mr Kay's comments will be an embarrassment for the Bush administration. Earlier this week the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, one of Washington's most outspoken hawks who led the rallying cry for war insisting that Saddam possessed WMD, said the outcome of the search was not clear. "I think the jury is still out," he said. "It's going to take ... time to look in all of the cubby holes and ammo dumps in Iraq."

Despite having the resources of more than 1,000 personnel dedicated to the hunt for such weapons, an interim report issued by Mr Kay in October conceded that no weapons had been found, even though there was evidence Iraq had retained the "template" of a weapons programme.

The Bush administration appears determined to continue its public stance that such weapons could be discovered.

Donald Anderson, the Labour chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said that Mr Kay's comments posed serious problems for British and American intelligence agencies. "My understanding is that the President and the Prime Minister were acting on intelligence then available [at the time of deciding to go to war]. So this raises very important questions about the quality of that intelligence," he told BBC's Newsnight.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "It is important that people are patient and we let the Iraq Survey Group do its work. Their work is continuing and we should await the outcome of that. Our position is unchanged."
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New WMD blow for Blair :

Survey chief resigns saying Iraq never had stockpiles
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1130333,00.html

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US chief Iraq arms expert quits:

The head of the team searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, David Kay, has resigned. Mr Kay said he did not believe Iraq possessed large stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3425429.stm

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Annan: Iraq weapons report should be taken seriously:

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has said a statement by the outgoing chief US arms hunter that Iraq had no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction should be taken seriously.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1031122.htm

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"It's Just Wrong What We're Doing":

In an exclusive interview, repentant Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara breaks his silence on Iraq: The United States, he says, is making the same mistakes all over again. 'Yet we were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5575.htm

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Blair 'must admit WMD defeat':

Opposition MPs have called for a public inquiry : The prime minister must admit defeat on the issue of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, Robin Cook has demanded.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3425529.stm

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Cheney Delusional? :

Cheney claims al Qaeda link to Hussein : He also says regime had program for prohibited weapons
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/01/23/MNG3M4G9GV1.DTL

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Exposing The Lies:

Cheney's Iraq Deceptions Leave NPR Speechless
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5573.htm

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A History Of Lies:

WMD, Who Said What and When ?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3569.htm

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Lone Cowboy :

US Vice President Dick Cheney, seeking to erase the image of the United States as a lone cowboy, called for increased world cooperation and effective international institutions to help wage its war on terrorism. Cheney, a main architect of the controversial US doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes, reiterated Washington's readiness to use force if necessary.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/67770/1/.html

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Who pays for the lies?:

Five More GIs, several Iraqi civilians killeed In Iraq:

A car bomb exploded on Saturday in Khaldiyah, a town west of Baghdad, killing three American soldiers and injuring six soldiers and several Iraqi civilians, the military said. Two other American soldiers were killed earlier Saturday in a roadside bombing near Fallujah.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040124/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_attack

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Who pays for the lies?:

Images Of War
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2604.htm

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President Bush's "Bring Them On" Picture Album
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4173.htm

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Royal Flush:

Out of the blood and murk of Iraq, yet another sinister connection is emerging, a skein of corruption tying Dick Cheney's Halliburton, the Bush Family fortunes -- and a mysterious Kuwaiti company that peddles material for building weapons of mass destruction.
http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/stories/2004/01/23/120.html

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The New Inquisition:

According to the old saying, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The problem is that in much of the world, and particularly in the United States, the designated watchmen of the public interest are asleep at their posts.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20040118t000000-0500_54490_obs_the_new_inquisition.asp

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Ex-U.N. arms expert to head U.S. hunt in Iraq :

Despite the many reports he had written for the United Nations on Iraq's arms, Duelfer recently expressed doubts unconventional weapons will ever be found.
http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4198335

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In case you missed it:

Kay: Iraq search team making significant finds - Oct. 5, 2003
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/10/05/kay.wmd/

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In case you missed it: Inspector

Optimistic About Iraq WMD Hunt:

David Kay (search), a former chief weapons inspector for the United Nations, said his search team is making new discoveries everyday that help expose "the full extent and nature of Saddam [Hussein]'s program." August 01, 2003
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,93470,00.html

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Ashcroft Says U.S. Not Greedy for Empire:

"If you look at the United States and its performance, and where it is in the world and what it does in the world, it's not an aggressor," Ashcroft told the World Economic Forum in Davos.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4197612

See also:
http://tinyurl.com/2wbjo

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Iraq Shiites split over UN:

Radical Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr branded the UN a "dishonest" body which served America's agenda and had no role to play in future Iraqi elections.
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/040123/1/3hgyq.html

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Key US Iraq ally backs Shia chief's elections demand :

Ahmad Chalabi, one of Washington's staunchest allies on Iraq's interim Governing Council, on Friday added to Washington's difficulties with its exit strategy from Baghdad by joining calls for direct elections before the country returns to self-rule.
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281271420&p=1012571727172

http://tinyurl.com/3a9mc

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US, Hat In Hand, Back At UN :

It is with a certain air of controlled desperation that the Bush administration has asked for a bailout in Iraq from the long-scorned United Nations. Having invaded Iraq without a UN mandate last March, the administration didn't think to mention any role for the world organization when Administrator Paul Bremer reached an agreement with the American-created Iraqi Governing Council last November for a transfer of sovereignty less than six months from now.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-12-04-iraq-disclosure-usat_x.htm

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Of course the White House fears free elections in Iraq :

Only an appointocracy can be trusted to accept US troops and corporations
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1130138,00.html

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German trial hears how Iranian agent warned US of impending al-Qaida attack :

The United States was warned of impending September 11 terrorist attacks by an Iranian spy, but ignored him, German secret service agents testified yesterday in the trial of an alleged al-Qaida terrorist.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1130338,00.html

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The Finality of Evil : America vs. Human Nature :

From the audacious title, to an opening that quotes Thomas Paine's rebuke of the "sunshine patriot," to a proposal for immediately widening the war against al-Qaeda to include Hamas and Hezbollah, An End to Evil is a worthy election-year polemic from Richard Perle and David Frum.
http://www.reason.com/hod/jt012204.shtml

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Cherie [Blair] said Bush 'stole' power and tackled him on executions: :

TONY BLAIR has been embarrassed by his wife’s displays of open animosity towards President Bush, according to a forthcoming biography of the Prime Minister.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5574.htm

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Afghan probe into children killed by US attack :

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that his government had launched an inquiry into allegations that US troops killed 11 civilians, including women and children, during a recent operation.
http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13369721

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In case you missed it:

John Pilger: Power, Propaganda and Conscience in The War On Terror.

A must read
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5568.htm

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National Guard survey hints at exodus :

A recent survey of 5,000 soldiers from 15 states showed that the rate at which Army Guard members choose to leave the military could jump — to 20-22% a year
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-01-22-guard_x.htm

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Arafat: Time running out for two-state solution :

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat told a British newspaper in an interview published Saturday that "time is running out for the two-state solution," and blamed Israel's construction of the West Bank separation fence and its settlement policy.
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/386384.html

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Too late for two states?:

It's scarcely surprising that Palestinian enthusiasm for the two-state consensus is eroding. The Oslo agreement may have brought the Palestinian leadership home, but it also required them to act as security sub-contractors for Israel in what amounted to a souped-up colony.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5572.htm

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Washington Trades Human Rights for Oil in Azerbaijan:

"In light of President Bush's recent statements on democracy in neighboring countries in the Middle East, U.S. inaction on Azerbaijan is particularly troubling."
http://www.oneworld.net/article/view/77470/1/

More on this topic.
http://tinyurl.com/2fc5m

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Uzbeks Fear a Georgia-Style Revolution:

The Uzbek government is seeking to tighten control over international human rights and democracy organizations, fearing that some are promoting a revolution similar to that in Georgia two months ago, officials with the groups said.
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/01/23/015.html

Background on Uzbekistan
http://tinyurl.com/2bnqq

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Computer Reportedly Seized From Frist's Office:

Federal investigators reportedly have seized a staff computer in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office in a probe to find Republican aides who improperly accessed Democrats' memos on opposing judicial nominees.
http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/state/article/0,1406,KNS_348_2600932,00.html

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The Other America:

Either the president doesn't get it, or he is deliberately ignoring the hard times that have enveloped millions of Americans on his watch.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5576.htm

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Huge layoffs expected at Kraft Foods:

Kraft Foods Inc. is expected to announce thousands of job cuts early next week as part of Chief Executive Roger Deromedi's plan to cut costs and put more muscle into marketing.
http://www.sunspot.net/business/investing/bal-kraft0123,0,7846043.story?coll=b

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Ford To Announce Layoffs Monday:

Ford says the layoffs would start April 26th.
http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_article_lc.asp?storyid=53896

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Packing Plant Layoffs:

A Des Moines' Iowa Packing Company has been sold, and half of the more than 500 employees may not get their jobs back.
http://www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1613442&nav=2HABKN7s

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934 jobs to be lost due to Citibank decision:

Citibank is closing a credit-card operations center in Trevose, Pa., resulting in the loss of 934 jobs.
http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2004/01/19/daily44.html

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Alltel To Eliminate Up To Six Hundred Positions Nationwide :

The Little Rock-based company expects to let go of 400 to 600 employees, as they consolidate parts of the wireless and wireline divisions.
http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0104/121130.html

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Meijer cuts workers, more layoffs planned:

The family-owned and operated grocery and general merchandise retailer operates 158 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
http://www.lsj.com/news/business/040124_meijer_7c.html

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Motorola to close Boynton plant, with 240 laid off :

Of the 370 jobs at the cell-phone plant in Quantum Park, 240 people will be laid off
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/local/sfl-zmotorola23jan23,0,4762605.story?coll=sfla-business-front

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Sears cuts 240 call center jobs:

For the second time this week, hundreds of workers at a call center in Louisville are being laid off as a national company consolidates its support operations in other cities.
http://louisville.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2004/01/19/daily34.html

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Laid-Off Workers Just Can’t Find Comparable Jobs:

For millions of Americans today, being employed means lowering your expectations.
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/Business/job_quality_040112.html

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State jobless rate climbs to 7.2% :

Michigan was a lousy place to find work in 2003. But the climate for job-seekers became even bleaker last month as the state's unemployment rate jumped to 7.2 percent
http://www.mlive.com/news/statewide/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1074894002248040.xml

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US fast-tracks 'dirty bomb' case :

The US Supreme Court has promised a prompt hearing for the government's appeal against the release of "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3424895.stm

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Canada: Police conducted three other searches in leak probe, records indicate:

"There should have been a rigorous balancing of freedom of the press, when a confidential source was at stake, before those warrants were issued,"
http://www.canada.com/news/national/story.html?id=D8FE0C75-372F-42F4-8866-8437A5DA661D

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UK: Tonge sacked over suicide comment:

Jenny Tonge has been asked by Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy to quit his front bench following her remarks about Palestinian suicide bombers.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3421669.stm




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