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Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies

By Reuters
February 17, 2011

Former Secretary of States Colin Powell: He's not happy (AFP)

Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

Powell’s landmark speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, cited intelligence about Iraq leader Saddam Hussein’s bioweapons programme gained from a defector, codenamed Curveball.

But he has now admitted that he lied to topple the dictator, in an interview with the Guardian.

“It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable,” Powell told the British newspaper.

“The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) as to why this wasn’t known before the false information was put into the (report) sent to Congress, the president’s state of the union address and my 5 February presentation to the UN.”

The defector, real name Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, told the Guardian that he lied to the BND, Germany’s secret service, by claiming in 2000 that Iraq had mobile bioweapons trucks and had built clandestine factories.

During Powell’s speech, Janabi was described as “an Iraqi chemical engineer” who “supervised one of these facilities.”

“He actually was present during biological agent production runs and was also at the site when an accident occurred in 1998,” Powell told the UN.

Janabi was exposed as an unreliable source when the BND visited Bassil Latif, his former boss at the Military Industries Commission in Iraq, who said there were no trucks or factories.

However, the BND continued to cooperate with the trained chemical engineer, and the false statements were eventually passed on to senior US policymakers by the intelligence services.

The resulting conflict claimed more than 100,000 civilian lives and ruined the political standing of the then US president George W. Bush and his defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Hans-Christian Stroebele, a Green deputy in Germany’s federal parliament, told the Guardian Janabi had arguably broken the German law which forbids warmongering.

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13 Responses to Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies

  1. griff

    February 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Billions per year on “intelligence,” and we go to war based on one “informant?” Come on, Colin. We’re not all stupid yet.

  2. Tom

    February 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Powell’s credibility vanished when he joined the Bush administration. His false outrage about being shown to be a fool and a war criminal is as believable as are his honest desire to serve his country in that criminal administration.

  3. woody188

    February 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Powell knew before the speech the information wasn’t valid. Here’s an article from CNN back in 2005.

  4. Carl Nemo

    February 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    It’s amazing that General Powell is being disingenuous concerning the intel.

    For many months prior to his U.N. speech DIA generals were trying to intimidate their analysts to “cook the intel” related to satellite imaging analysis. They were told flat no so they couldn’t compromise the fine men and women that actually do the mission. Seemingly they had their marching orders from the Cheney~Feith~Wolfowitz “cooked intel” pipeline to supply such. So here we now have Powell with his many years experience with the b.s. that goes on at highest levels of our military services, trusting such.

    Scott Ritter a former weapons inspector post Gulf War I was adamant there were no WMD’s prior to the 2003 incursion, but no one listened to him and the MSM treated him like a oddity; ie., a pariah because he wasn’t climbing onboard with the WMD story.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Ritter

    Folks, our government went rogue for sure under G.W. Bush/Cheney and it seems they’ve dealt a deadly blow to U.S. creditbility in addition to allowing knaves on Wall Street, the center banks and mega insurers to destroy us financially too.

    These scoundrels in all levels and functions of government need to be ferreted out, indicted and hopefully made to pay dearly for their crimes against “We the People” and humanity as a whole…!

    As a followup comment: Our imaging analysts knew about “Curveball” even prior to the invasion along with the warning from the BND (German intel) about his reliability as an informant; ie., NONE! This disclosure on the part of the German’s in fact caused rift between our intel agencies because they weren’t playing ball with the Bushistas. We’re talking about serious corruption in high places along with thousands of lives lost on both our side and innocent Iraqi’s too as collateral damage. Bush, Cheney, Feith, Wolfowitz et al. are “war criminals” plain and simple and need to be brought to justice.

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. SDRSr

    February 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “We’re talking about serious corruption in high places along with thousands of lives lost on both our side and innocent Iraqi’s too as collateral damage. Bush, Cheney, Feith, Wolfowitz et al. are “war criminals” plain and simple and need to be brought to justice.”

    OMG! I agree with Carl Nemo on one thing.

    For those that cry our Constitution can not with stand it. I beg to greatly differ with you, The framers wrote the Constitution to survive just such an event. Now if they could just keep politics out of it it would be a fair trail.

    SDRSr

  6. b mcclellan

    February 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    News Flash,
    Colin’s constipated conscience develops diarrhea.

    Mr Powell was released from the ER early this morning following a procedure to remove a Texas size toilet plunger from his throat.

    Doctors marveled at his ability to breathe upon arrival at emergency services, but soon realized the former Secretary didn’t need oxygen as he has always talked out of his ass. Hack..

  7. DejaVuAllOver

    February 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Colin’s clot continues to clog his colon en-compasing his cranium.

  8. b mcclellan

    February 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I’m amazed he hasn’t retracted his retraction, yet.
    Maybe he has a life threatening illness.
    Time to fess up ? Medals too heavy ?
    Maybe he and all the fallen Generals meet in conclave with intent to usurp their unlawful masters power and return it to the people.

    I got it, need power tour,
    got stock in Borders.

    I know, don’t get your hopes up.. spinurt

  9. jim0001

    February 18, 2011 at 12:20 am

    If you believe Powell, you can also believe Ritter.
    Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.
    From a self-aggrandizing Sec. of State / Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to a self-aggrandizing very junior grade Scott Ritter…Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.

  10. skinny dog

    February 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

    He’s surprised? Nonsense. He’s just covering his butt.

    The book “Curveball” came out in 2007, and detailed the Iraqi defector’s lies, and German Intelligence’s reactions to them, in excruciating detail. Are we to believe that no one that Powell knows ever flipped through the book and mentioned the hot parts to him? And he never asked the CIA for their side of the story?

    He ruined his reputation in front of the whole world with that speech, and he knows it.

  11. eve

    February 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Bush, Cheney, Feith, Wolfowitz et al. are “war criminals” plain and simple and need to be brought to justice.
    CARL NEMO

    In a fair sane world, yes. In modern day US?
    They need to re-investigate 911. The questions have not been answered.

    Colin Powell is lying, like those he shilled for.