Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
23 comments

General News

Fake Photos Helped Lead U.S. to Invade Iraq

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (49 fans)

opednews.com

            Add faked photos to the list of lies told by the Bush–Cheney Administration before its invasion of Iraq.

 

            In a town hall meeting in Bloomsburg, Pa., this week, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a 12-term congressman, said that shortly before Congress was scheduled to vote on authorizing military force against Iraq, top officials of the CIA showed select members of Congress three photographs it alleged were Iraqi Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. Kanjorski said he was told that the drones were capable of carrying nuclear, biological, or chemical agents, and could strike 1,000 miles inland of east coast or west coast cities.

 

            Kanjorski said he and four or five other congressmen in the room were told there may be drones on freighters headed to the U.S. Both secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and President Bush wandered into and out of the briefing room, Kanjorski said.

 

            Kanjorski said it was the second time he was called to the White House for a briefing. He had opposed giving the President the powers to go to war, and said that he hadn’t changed his mind after a first meeting. Until he saw the pictures, Kanjorski said, “I hadn’t thought that Iraq was a threat.” That second meeting changed everything. After he left that meeting, said Kanjorski, he was willing to give the President the authorization he wanted since the drones “represented an imminent danger.”

 

            Kanjorski said he went to see Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a retired Marine colonel. Murtha, said Kanjorski, “turned white” when told about the drones; Murtha, a former intelligence officer, believed that such information was classified.

 

            Several years later, Kanjorski said he learned that the pictures were “a god-damned lie,” apparently taken by CIA photographers in the desert in the southwest of the U.S. The drone story itself had already been disproved, although not many major media carried that story.

              In October 2002, President Bush said in Cincinnati that “Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological; weapons across broad areas.” He said that he was concerned “that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVs for missions targeting the United States.” In that same speech, he claimed, “Iraq possesses ballistic missiles with a likely range of hundreds of miles—far enough to strike Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and other nations—in a region where more than 135,000 American civilians and service members live and work.” Bush further claimed, “Surveillance photos reveal that the regime is rebuilding facilities that it had used to produce chemical and biological weapons.” Those claims were later proven false.

            Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said that at the time the President made his speech, intelligence analysts had already discounted that threat. Nelson had told Florida Today in December 2003 that no analysts had “found anything that resembles an UAV that has that capability.” Any drones that Iraq did have, John Pike, director of Global Security, a major military and intelligence “think tank,” told Florida Today, had limited range, and would not be able to target Tel Aviv, let alone the U.S.

 

            Nelson, on the floor of the Senate in January 2004, said that the information presented by the Administration was crucial in getting him and others to authorize a pre-emptive strike.

  [Assisting on this story were Bill Frost, and John and Sandie Walker. In a four-day period after that meeting in northeast Pennsylvania, Rep. Kanjorski did not return phone calls to follow up on his statements. The Department of Defense and the CIA did not comment. Certain representatives who could confirm the meeting were unavailable. Dr. Brasch, an award-winning journalist and journalism professor, is author of America’s Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government’s Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights and ‘Unaccepted’: The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina. Forthcoming is Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush]

 

www.walterbrasch.com

Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism emeritus. His current books are Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution , America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional (more...)
 
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Twelve Angry White People: Jury Nullification in a Pennsylvania Coal Town

Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA are Sinking

Truckin' to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession

Former OEN Managing Editor Files Lawsuit Against Philly Police, City. Charge: Constitutional Violations in Her Arrest

Keystone XL, Through Transcanada, Uses Eminent Domain to Seize Texan's Land

Rush to Judgment: Talk Radio's 'Truth Detector' Blows a Fuse--Again

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
11 people are discussing this page, with 23 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

the only WMD's Saddam ever had were sold to hi... by martinweiss on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 7:08:09 AM
If it is true, then take all those involved in thi... by Geraldo on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 7:54:13 AM
So, who's really being lied to here?  Rep... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 8:51:48 AM
Is there a reason you hide behind a handle, even o... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 9:12:03 AM
Where I come from a chickenhawk is a pervert who p... by walley on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 9:58:45 AM
I feel for your sheltered, imprisoned life that of... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 11:19:06 AM
I used my definition of chickenhawk from my experi... by walley on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 12:37:36 PM
It is true, as Chickenhawk claims, that a drone wa... by Brasch on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 10:22:08 AM
My team found THREE drones.  I've never s... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 11:22:57 AM
It's no secret who I am.  My name is CJ G... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 11:16:55 AM
CJ Chicknhuk, why is your tone -- that's the t... by Jami on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 1:14:47 PM
MY name is J Mitchell.... by Jami on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 1:16:48 PM
Too bad I didn't ask.  I don't need y... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 2:31:53 PM
If you think I remember all of them, and then, som... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 2:43:42 PM
I'm talking about personal experience here, no... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 8:14:03 PM
thanks for getting that straight. I'd think, s... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 10:33:15 PM
Just so I don't need to waste my time looking ... by drasile on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 2:50:49 PM
I don't dispute that chcknhwk found three dron... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 3:33:32 PM
I have no knowledge of this flotilla of UAVs comin... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 8:12:08 PM
During all the propaganda and fear-mongering in 20... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 9:31:44 PM
Well, I feel for you that your only definition of ... by CJ on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 10:07:01 PM
was obviously bogus. You could tell by watching Po... by nikolai on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 3:48:34 PM
The drone Chickenhawk is referring to , were proba... by Gareece on Sunday, Sep 2, 2007 at 6:59:24 PM