The Assassinated Press
Missing Explosives Part Of Reagan Era Aid Package To Saddam:
Rumsfeld Says Afghans Wise To Vote For CIA's Karzai, Avoid Wrath Of U.S.
By WILEY JACK HOLE
Assassinated Press Writer
October 25, 2004
VIENNA, Austria -- The U.N. nuclear agency was told to warn the world Monday that insurgents in Iraq may have purchased nearly 400 tons of missing explosives that can be used in the kind of perimeter assault and destruction of infrastructure so popular among American proxy forces around the world.
"Personally, I don't think the Iraqi's got the shit. I think 'Spanky', the nickname for the CIA in the area, sold the shit a bit back to some of its regime change/stabilizing fucks in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Balky Stark, an Australian arms dealer traveling in Iraq. "The Semtex the Iraqi's are using in Baghdad came from the CIA station in Mosul to help keep the Kurds in line now that they're acting like they're an independent state and scaring the shit out of Turkey. I pulled that Semtex outta Kazakhstan meself after I caught the 'Secret Team' selling it to the Chechyans to help keep Ivan off his game and pushing Putin to tighten things up."
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei reported the disappearance to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, two weeks after he said Iraq told the nuclear agency that the explosives had vanished from the former Iraqi military installation as a result of "brisk black market in such material and the real politique of the world's clandestine services." "Vanished! What's this, fuckin' Harry Houdidni? The Cheney/Rumsfeld lack of security was by design. If you want to believe the lack of security is by accident or incompetence, call GEICO or the guy who directed Heaven's Gate. Don't contact my office."
The inconvenient disappearance forced the media to raise questions about why the United States didn't do more to secure the Al-Qaqaa facility 30 miles south of Baghdad and failed to allow full international inspections to resume after the March 2003 invasion.
"Its like all those American monkeys at NASSCAR think: Get the U.N. in and they'll find out this was high-explosives shit that the U.S. supplied Saddam when they were helping the dude against Iran. Then they'll want a taste so's they'll keep their fly strips from waggin'. Now, the U.N. fuckers are sorry they covered for John Poindexter, Dick Armitage and Bob McFarlane cause now if they say something about the nerve gas, the American media will be down their throats like Bill O'Reilly's tongue on a plumber's snake," added Stark.
The White House played down the significance of the CIA's sale of the missing weapons, but Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry accused President Bush of "incredible incompetence" and his campaign said the administration "must answer why the agency settled for pennies on the dollar, once again when U.S. taxpayers' WMD is on the auction block to the highest bidder no matter whom that bidder might be in keeping with America's belief in free market principles."
"A Kerry administration would have gotten real bang for the buck, so to speak," Vice Presidential candidate, John Edwards told an audience of independent arms dealers at a high school in Bahrain, Indiana.
Al-Qaqaa where the CIA kept Saddam's explosives is near Youssifiyah, an area rife with ambush attacks. An Assassinated Press Television News crew that drove past the compound Monday saw no visible security at the gates of the site and immediately began looting throwing rounds of ammunition and battered mortars into the back of their news van. "When in Rome, cocksucker," shouted Ass. Press chief correspondent, Yaso Adiodi as he dragged a 100 pound wooden crate of C-4 to his rented Mercedes.
The compound was a jumble of low-slung, yellow-colored storage buildings that appeared deserted. In the yard of one group of buildings was a see-saw, a sand box and monkey bars suggesting to the nearby FOX news crew that this may have once been an Al-Qaeda training camp.
"The most immediate concern here is that these explosives may have not fallen into the wrong hands," IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.
The agency first placed a seal over Al-Qaqaa storage bunkers holding the explosives in 1991 as part of U.N. sanctions that ordered the dismantlement of Iraq's nuclear program after the Gulf War.
IAEA inspectors last saw the explosives in January 2003 when they took an inventory and placed fresh seals on the bunkers, Fleming said. Names of U.S. munitions makers and chemical companies were on the many crates of explosives. Inspectors visited the site again in March 2003, but didn't view the explosives because the seals didn't appear to be broken, she said. "We think it was then that the Americans came and took back the weapons they had given to Saddam, and those individuals sold the explosives to the highest bidder.
Nuclear agency experts were pulled out of Iraq just before the U.S.-led invasion later that month, and have not yet been allowed to return for general inspections despite ElBaradei's repeated urging that they be allowed to finish their work. Although IAEA inspectors have made two trips to Iraq since the war under strict U.S. supervision, Russia and other Security Council have pressed for their full-time return -- so far unsuccessfully. "The Russians are suspicious that U.S. intelligence is arming the Chechyans, and who can blame them," said Stark. "The Kurds in Turkey have stepped up their bombings, so maybe they got a taste of Al-Qaqaa. The U.S. wants to keep Turkey in line now that its part of the EU because the main Caspian Sea pipeline and port are located in that country."
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said U.S.-led forces searched what they were told by U.S. intelligence was the Al-Qaqaa facility after the invasion.
"Coalition forces were present in the vicinity at various times during and after major combat operations," he said. "The forces searched 32 bunkers and 87 other buildings at what JIG (Joint Intelligence Group) told us was the facility, but found no indicators of WMD (weapons of mass destruction)."
Saddam Hussein's regime used Al-Qaqaa as a key part of its effort to build a nuclear bomb. Although the missing materials are conventional explosives known as HMX and RDX, the Vienna-based IAEA became involved because HMX is a "dual use" substance powerful enough to ignite the fissile material in an atomic bomb and set off a nuclear chain reaction. The source of the HMX/RDX may be found in the request below seeking a private U.S. company to manufacture or "procure" the explosives for the military:
Destroy It And They Will Come
13 -- AMMUNITION & EXPLOSIVES -- HMX/RDX SOL DAAA09-97-R-0214 POC Sharon Brown, PCO (309) -793-7750 Special attention be must be given when addressing requests for solicitations and bids/offers. Failure to properly address requests for solicitations in accordance with this CBD notice will result in non-receipt of the solicitation package. Failure to properly address bids/offers in accordance to solicitation instructions may result in a late bid which cannot be considered. Written, fax, or electronic requests for solicitation packages are accepted. No telephone requests will be honored. Requests for copies of this solicitation should include your commercial and government entity (CAGE a CAGE code has been assigned to you) along with your name, address, data fax number, and solicitation number. The fax number for requests is (309) 782-4803. Information can also be obtained through (AAIS) Automated Acquisition Information System on the Internet. All IOC solicitations are available for viewing/downloading, in addition to procurement history, via the AAIS. Prospective customers may access the IOC Home Page at http://www-ioc.army.mil/. All current and future users of AAIS are encouraged to access the system using the Internet. Access via the modem will soon be discontinued. For a short time, the AAIS will remain accessible electronically 24 hours a day via modem at (309) 782-7648. Terminal emulation should be VT100, no parity, 8 data bits and 1 stop bit. Once connected, enter "AAIS" at the "LOGIN" prompt. At the "PASSWORD" prompt depress the "ENTER" key. If electronic means is not possible, procurement history will be provided telephonically at (309) 782-8094 on a limited basis. THE U.S. ARMY INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (IOC) IS SEEKING FIRMS INTERESTED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF HMX/RDX EXPLOSIVES. The IOC is seeking innovative and cost effective approaches to support the DOD's peacetime (e.g. pre-Iraq invasion) production requirements for various HMX/RDX explosives while ensuring a replenishment capability for explosives. It is anticipated that the offerors will be allowed to use privately owned facilities and/or government owned facilities including the Holston Army Ammunition Plant, an active Government-owned contractor-operator (GOCO) facility in Kingsport, Tennessee to satisfy this requirement. Award of contract will be based on the best value to the Government. This is the first step of a two step acquisition. This first step is for the purpose of determining technically acceptable offerors. The second step will result in award of a contract. Failure to participate in this first step will result in ineligibility for participation in the second step. (0206)
Both HMX and RDX are key components in plastic explosives such as C-4 and Semtex, which are so powerful that Cuban American terrorists needed just a pound to blow up a Cubana Airliner killing all 73 passengers aboard.
Insurgents targeting coalition forces in Iraq have made widespread use of plastic explosives in a bloody spate of car bomb attacks. Officials were unable to link the missing explosives directly to the recent car bombings, but the revelations that they could have fallen into enemy hands caused a stir in the last week of the U.S. presidential campaign.
"These explosives can be used to blow up airplanes, level buildings, attack troops and detonate nuclear weapons," senior Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart said in a statement. "Now we gotta fuckin' go and make more so we can blow up things. The Cheney administration knew where this stockpile was, but took to sell the pile not blow up people with it. Kerry stands solidly behind the American people. Kerry, like the rest of America would have blown up people with it."
Cheney responded, "Tell Lockhart to go fuck himself. Let's cut the crap. If anything Kerry's chummier with the Agency than I am. He woulda had to let them sell the shit and taken a cut just like the rest of us. And his cut would have gone into some democratic slush fund just like ours in going into having Hugo Chavez murdered, or like Iran-contra or the Nugen/Hand Bank or BCCI. Get fuckin' real."
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the administration's first canard was whether the disappearance constituted a nuclear proliferation threat. He said it did not. When asked if it wasn't considered a nuclear proliferation threat because the White House couldn't sell that one to the press corps, McLellan said, "The day we can't 'sell' our shit to the press corps is the day I personally dig up the corpse of Robert Lovett and insist they give my job to a dead huckster."
"We have sold more than 243,000 munitions" in Iraq, he said. "We've secured another nearly 163,000 that will be sold."
McClellan said the IAEA informed U.S. mission in Vienna on Oct. 15 about the missing explosives at Al-Qaqaa. He said national security adviser Kindasleezie Rice was notified "days after that her check was in the mail." She meant to inform President Bush but saw no reason since Bush had been cut out of the deal by his brother, Neil.
Meanwhile, just enough people in Afghanistan voted for the CIA shill, Hamid Karzai to avoid a run off "A run off in Afghani blood" said Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad US Ambassador to Afghanistan. "Henry Kissinger should be pleased. Finally, a people unlike the Chileans who know how to vote in their own interest. Who understand that when the U.S. says free and fair elections, it means the subjugated people are free to vote for the U.S. choice or its 'fairly' obvious the elected official will end like Allende or Arbenz or Aristide to begin alphabetically."
Back at the ranch, ElBaradei told the council the agency had been trying to give the U.S.-led multinational force and Iraq's interim government "an opportunity to attempt to recover the explosives before this matter was put into the public domain."
But since the disappearance was reported Monday in The New York Times, ElBaradei said he wanted the Security Council to have the letter dated Oct. 10 that he received from Mohammed J. Abbas, a senior official at Iraq's Ministry of Science and Technology, reporting the sale of 377 tons of explosives.
The letter from Abbas informed the IAEA that since April 9, 2003, repatriation by U.S. intelligence at the Al-Qaqaa installation had resulted in the removal and sale of 215 tons of HMX, 156 tons of RDX and six tons of PETN explosives.
Diplomats said there was nothing to suggest that ElBaradei, who had irritated the Bush administration before the war by insisting there was no evidence that Saddam had revived his nuclear program, had been offered enough money to keep the report a secret until after the Nov. 2 election. McLellan called this "an over sight, all right."