Rachel Maddow also had promoted Wilkerson as a credible witness to White House knowledge of "evidence-free" detentions and human rights violations, but Maddow stopped short of airing Wilkerson's most hair-raising admonitions. Cenk Uygur was pushed out of his MSNBC hosting gig for refusing to "be cool" with management and change his "tone".
Wilkerson's Mystery Media Tour
Going back to February 2006, PBS had the first exclusive with Wilkerson in a show called NOW hosted by David Brancaccio - in the same broadcast Hans Blix said he was accosted and threatened by Dick Cheney who told him to lie to President Bush about nukes in Iraq. But as early as October of 2003, Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker had been publishing leaks of the "stovepiping" of information that led to the Bush Iraq Team pimping bad intel and burying good intel.
Using second-hand intelligence obtained from a rabid anti-Saddam exile in Germany, from black sites run by Egyptians, and reports relying on forged documents coming from Niger and Berlusconi's "governmedia" complex in Italy, the evidence showing the war was a hoax has been pouring out steadily for at least eight years.
The key witness 'Curveball' had been covered in the past by 60 Minutes, but it was only last February when Huffington Post and others reported he admitted making everything up - and the Germans knew this. This was kept from Powell whose credibility dwarfed the others in the Bush White House. George Bush valued the war hero who defeated Saddam in the first Gulf War, but overrode his objections and ultimately used Powell as the foil after civil war engulfed Iraq and the costly, bloody fiasco turned into a protracted quagmire.
Powell became a political target but Wilkerson was the witness who couldn't be smeared, a 31 year Army vet and distinguished sideman to Powell at JSOC, experienced military nuts-and-bolts policy planner and senior US Marine Corp War College administrator, honors-level instructor in national security and military policy at George Washington University at William and Mary. If God wanted to put someone in a position to help the US stay out of a dumb war, this was it.
Wilkerson told Cenk Uygur in a 2009 broadcast of The Young Turks he felt the Bush White House was fishy from the start. Early on, the State Department's Ambassador at large Richard Haass tasked Wilkerson with creating a George Marshall-style inter-agency panel linking the military's Joint staff and State Department planners, but Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld forbade it.
Vice President Cheney also prevented State from establishing diplomatic talks with Iran using bureaucratic "rope-a-dope", in stalling, delaying and "stymying" national security staff and "principles meetings".
The most biting attack I've seen on Wilkerson - painful because it's true - was that if the intel was bad, he was a part of the operation that produced it - he wrote the report that was supposed to corroborate sixteen intelligence agencies and vet the Iraq war for the office of the Secretary of State. He and Powell were dissenters that capitulated, that didn't resign, that didn't immediately go public, that coordinated stories for the 9/11 Commission report. They were the military brass that ironically fell on their swords first.
Powell and Wilkerson have amped up their rhetoric since learning of the BND, CIA and DIA dissents that were never relayed. In truth, Wilkerson has been telling his story for years, but no one was listening. If the network news really wanted ratings, public trust or even revenue, they would be fighting over exclusives to headline what Wilkerson says about Cheney.
Powell, who resigned with two wars raging, has said he believes that after a storied career he is reduced to the guy who made speeches to the UN and Congress based on bad intel. He asked Al Jazeera this weekend to "imagine my surprise" when "four corroborated sources" turned out to be one shady, shaky exile, adding "Hello?".
New Whistleblowers Joining Old Whistleblowers
With Wilkerson making headlines saying he is "willing to testify", interest grows anew. Another report comes from an intelligence operative codenamed "Iron Man" at the Asymmetrical Threats Division of Joint Forces Intelligence Command (JFIC) who was tracking and monitoring Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda since 1999 but says he was pulled off the case as the 9-11 attacks were imminent. He saw major portions of his research disappear in reports given to Congressional investigators.
"Iron Man" also complained internally about this and recently shared a copy of such a complaint, obtained by FOIA request, with Jefferey Kaye and Jason Leopold of TruthOut. Iron Man joins many who came before:
Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar under Clinton and Bush believes Tenet and two other CIA officials improperly withheld the whereabouts of two of the hijackers from other agencies as they tried to "flip" them. Clarke also said they later engaged in a cover up.
Hugh Shelton, Bush's own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs who said the Iraq War was based on 'series of lies' and that WMD deception was intentional.
David Wurmser, Cheney's former Middle East adviser resigned in disgust after we spent $20 million manipulating elections in Gaza, paying Fatah intimidation squads only to see Hamas win anyway.
J. Gerald Hebert was another Bush DOJ veteran calling for an investigation of Bush era crimes and now we hear of Obama involvement as well.
Retired Army Maj. General Antonio Taguba investigated Abu Ghraib for the Army and found "there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes." In Bush Administration Committed "War Crimes", he writes "the only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."
Robert Baer, a twenty-one year CIA veteran agent and the subject of the Academy Award winning film Syriana, has called for prosecution of lawbreaking during interrogations.
Former White House Secretary Scott McClellan revealed in 2008 that Karl Rove's ties to "friendly" media allowed him to "call Sean...call whoever" when they wanted talking points on the radio to push the Iraq war. It worked because US citizens do not demand accurate or relevant reporting from their major network media.
(OpEdNews Contributing Editor since October 2006) Inner city schoolteacher from New York, mostly covering media manipulation. I put election/finance reform ahead of all issues but also advocate for fiscal conservatism, ethics in journalism and (more...)