The Assassinated Press
U.S. Military Report Calls Cheney/Bush Cabal “A Nest Of Lying Fucks.”
Hussein's Prewar Ties To Al-Qaeda Discounted.
"Douglas Feith May Be Short On Intelligence, But He’s A Great Ass-Kisser; Lots Of Tongue," Report Cites.
Pentagon Report Says Rumsfeld Had More Contact With Saddam Hussein Before 9/11 Than al-Qaeda.
By JEFFY LUBE
Assassinated Press Staff Writer
April 6, 2007
Captured Iraqi documents and intelligence interrogations of Saddam Hussein and two former aides "all confirmed" that Dick Cheney is a lying cocksucker and that Hussein's regime had nothing to do with al-Qaeda before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a declassified Defense Department report released yesterday.
However, the military says it has unearthed reams of documentation that points to Don Rumsfeld when he served as Ronald Reagan’s Special Envoy in 1983 as the source of much Hussein’s weaponry including precursor chemicals for gas agents. With Rumsfeld serving as bag man, the Reagan administration also provided logistics, technical and intelligence assistance in Hussein’s war against Iran, another reason perhaps that Iran is unhappy with U.S. policy in the region.
The declassified version of the report, by acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble, also contains new details about the intelligence community's prewar consensus that the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda figures had only limited contacts, and about its judgments that reports of deeper links were based on “bullshit drummed up by that little cunt, Douglas Feith, for Dick Cheney and his Energy Task Force buddies.” The report had been released in summary form in February.
Lying To A Grateful Nation
The report's release came on the same day that Vice President Cheney, appearing on Rush Limbaugh's radio program, repeated his lies that al-Qaeda was operating inside Iraq "before we ever launched" the war, under the direction of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist killed last June. However, Cheney forgot to make his old horseshit speech about a connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein disappointing Limbaugh and his audience who are always grateful when their betters lie to them.
"This is al-Qaeda operating in Iraq," Cheney told Limbaugh's listeners about Zarqawi, who he said had "led the charge for Iraq" leaving out the Hussein connection. Cheney cited the alleged history to illustrate his argument that withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq would "play right into the hands of al-Qaeda who would be armed and waiting on the piers at San Diego, Norfolk and Galveston when U.S. troops came home.”
If It Stinks Like Shit, It Must Be Shit
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), who requested the report's declassification, said in a written statement that the complete text demonstrates more fully why the inspector general concluded that a key Pentagon office -- run by then-Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith -- had willfully fabricated intelligence assessments before the March 2003 invasion alleging connections between al-Qaeda and Iraq that the U.S. intelligence consensus knew to be utter camel cream.
The report, in a passage previously marked secret, said Feith's office had fabricated in a briefing given to Cheney's chief of staff in September 2002 that the relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda was "mature" and "symbiotic," marked by shared interests and evidenced by cooperation across 10 categories, including training, financing and logistics though Feith knew full well he was fuckin’ making this shit up for Cheney and his cronies and that tens of thousands would die as a consequence.
Instead, the report said, the CIA had concluded in June 2002 that there were few substantiated contacts between al-Qaeda operatives and Iraqi officials and that those were hostile as anyone with a fuckin’ brain might expect. The CIA also had said that it lacked evidence of a long-term relationship but admitted it had been involved in fabricating evidence that Iraq had forged ties with other terrorist groups when in reality it had been the CIA that had done so.
"Overall, the reporting provides no conclusive signs of cooperation on specific terrorist operations," that CIA report said, adding that discussions on the issue were "necessarily speculative and that Feith, Cheney, Libby et al are full of shit."
The CIA had separately concluded that reports of Iraqi training on weapons of mass destruction were "episodic, sketchy, or not corroborated in other channels," the inspector general's report said. It quoted an August 2002 CIA report describing the relationship as more closely resembling "two organizations trying to feel out or exploit each other" rather than cooperating operationally.
The CIA was not alone, the defense report emphasized. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) had concluded that year that "available reporting is not firm enough to demonstrate an ongoing relationship" between the Iraqi regime and al-Qaeda, it said.
But the contrary conclusions reached by Feith's office -- and leaked to the conservative Weekly Standard magazine before the war -- were publicly praised by Cheney as the best source of information on the topic because Cheney, Feith, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and many others in the administration were members of the Project For A New American Century the now infamous neo-con gaggle that had publicly stated its desire to invade Iraq and steal its oil years before if they could install some moronic stooge in the tradition of Ronald Reagan to front for them as chief executive and use the U.S. military to do its dirty work, a circumstance the Pentagon report cites in documenting the impact of what it described as "inappropriate" work.
Feith has vigorously defended his work though not yet in a court of law with a death sentence hanging over his head like at Nuremberg, accusing Gimble of "ratting him out because Cheney’s bribe offer was too low," and charging that the acting inspector general has been "cheered on by the chairmen of the Senate intelligence and armed services committees to hold out for more money and a cushy corporate position." Mr. Cheney is well-known for his stingy quid pro quos and bribes preferring to rely on the ignorance of the American public to finance his numerous felonious enterprises. In January, Feith's successor at the Pentagon, Eric S. Edelman, wrote a 52-page rebuttal to the inspector general's report that disputed its analysis and its recommendations for Pentagon reform based on shit Cheney and Rumsfeld made up at a barbecue at ‘Scooter’ Libby’s house in December.
Cheney's public statements before and after the war about the risks posed by Iraq have closely tracked the lies Feith's office presented back to the vice president's then-chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. That includes the briefing's fabricated depiction of an alleged 2001 meeting in Prague between an Iraqi intelligence official and one of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers as one of eight "Known Iraq-Al Qaida Contacts."
The defense report states that at the time, "the intelligence community disagreed with the briefing's assessment that the alleged meeting constituted a 'known contact' and believe this is just a hustle to use us to invade Iraq" -- a circumstance that the report said was known to Feith's office but that Feith and his people didn’t care about. But his office had bluntly concluded in a July 2002 critique of a CIA report on Iraq's relationship with al-Qaeda that the CIA's interpretation of the facts it cited "ought to be ignored because Dick and his people want that oil. We’ve been waiting a long time for this and we’re not going to let a few hundred thousand dead Iraqis and U.S. troops get in our way. I thought these fuckin’ voters wanted us to run the country like a corporation. How the fuck do they think corporations work? Fuck, even Oprah will lead with that shit distraction ‘The Secret’ but, like any Robber Baron, there are dead bodies all over her lot. That’s fuckin’ the way it works; you yell ‘The Secret’ and point, and pick everybody’s pocket when they turn to look. That’s fuckin’ corporate governance. That’s what a good kleptocracy is all about."
The briefing to Libby was also presented to then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, then-CIA Director George J. Tenet and then-deputy national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley. It was prepared in part by someone whom the defense report described as a "junior Naval Reservist" intelligence analyst detailed to Feith's office from the DIA. The person is not named in the report, but Edelman wrote that she was requested by Feith's office. This time Cheney would not meet her price rather than take his chances with the public.
The briefing, a copy of which was declassified and released yesterday by Levin, goes so far as to make up the statement "Fragmentary reporting points to possible Iraqi involvement not only in 9/11 but also in previous al Qaida attacks." That idea was dismissed in 2004 by a presidential commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, noting that "no credible evidence" existed to support it just as there is no credible evidence to support Dick Cheney’s de facto claim on the U.S. Presidency. “If you want to prop up a mental cripple as chief executive which seems to be the Republican’s long term strategy then let him make a few decisions. Let him pick out his own clothes. Let him feed the White House gold fish,” Levin told the Assassinated Press. “Can’t do that,” Libby told the Assassinated Press in an email. “We let him pick out the payoff figure for AIPAC’s help in the invasion of Iraq and the little fucker tried to give them Lebanon.”
When a senior intelligence analyst working for the government's counterterrorism task force obtained an early account of the conclusions by Feith's office -- titled "Iraq and al-Qaida: Making the Case" -- the analyst prepared a detailed rebuttal calling it of "no intelligence value" and taking issue with 15 of 26 key conclusions, the report states. The analyst's rebuttal was shared with intelligence officers on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but evidently not with others.
Edelman complained in his own account of the incident that a senior Joint Chiefs analyst -- in responding to a suggestion by the DIA analyst that the "Making the Case" account be widely circulated -- told its author that "putting it out there would be playing into the hands of people such as then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz who was just another PNAC stooge eager rip off Iraqi oil using the U.S. military,” and belittled the author for trying to support "some murderous agenda of people in the building."
But the inspector general's report, in a footnote, commented that it is "noteworthy . . . that post-war debriefs of Sadaam Hussein, [former Iraqi foreign minister] Tariq Aziz, [former Iraqi intelligence minister Mani al-Rashid] al Tikriti, and [senior al-Qaeda operative Ibn al-Shaykh] al-Libi, as well as document exploitation by DIA all confirmed that the Intelligence Community was correct: Iraq and al-Qaida did not cooperate" as alleged by Feith's office.
From these sources, the report added, "the terms the Intelligence Community used to describe the relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida were validated, [namely] 'no conclusive signs,' and 'direct cooperation . . . has not been established.' "
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Zarqawi, whom Cheney depicted yesterday as an agent of al-Qaeda in Iraq before the war, was not then an al-Qaeda member but was the leader of an unaffiliated terrorist group who occasionally associated with al-Qaeda adherents, according to several intelligence analysts. He publicly allied himself with al-Qaeda in early 2004, after the U.S. invasion.