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  • Greg Cannon
    Ritter does not say how he came by this knowledge, but as a former weapons inspector I suppose he might be privy to such things. ... NEWS: Scott Ritter says US
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 20, 2005
      Ritter does not say how he came by this knowledge, but
      as a former weapons inspector I suppose he might be
      privy to such things.
      --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:

      > To: utepprogressives@yahoogroups.com
      > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
      > Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 03:42:10 -0000
      > Subject: [utepprogressives] Scott Ritter is not a
      > Happy Man
      > http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/2295/
      NEWS: Scott Ritter says US attack on Iran planned for
      Written by Mark Jensen
      Saturday, 19 February 2005

      On Friday evening in Olympia, former UNSCOM weapons
      inspector Scott Ritter appeared with journalist Dahr
      Jamail. -- Ritter made two shocking claims: George
      W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June
      2005, and the U.S. manipulated the results of the Jan.
      30 elections in Iraq....

      By Mark Jensen

      United for Peace of Pierce County (WA)
      February 19, 2005

      Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail
      yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking
      bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in
      Olympia�s Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM
      weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has "signed
      off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed
      the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30
      elections in Iraq.

      Olympians like to call the Capitol Theater "historic,"
      but it's doubtful whether the eighty-year-old edifice
      has ever been the scene of more portentous

      The principal theme of Scott Ritter's talk was
      Americans� duty to protect the U.S. Constitution by
      taking action to bring an end to the illegal war in
      Iraq. But in passing, the former UNSCOM weapons
      inspector stunned his listeners with two
      pronouncements. Ritter said plans for a June attack on
      Iran have been submitted to President George W. Bush,
      and that the president has approved them. He also
      asserted that knowledgeable sources say U.S. officials
      "cooked" the results of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.

      On Iran, Ritter said that President George W. Bush has
      received and signed off on orders for an aerial attack
      on Iran planned for June 2005. Its purported goal is
      the destruction of Iran�s alleged program to develop
      nuclear weapons, but Ritter said neoconservatives in
      the administration also expected that the attack would
      set in motion a chain of events leading to regime
      change in the oil-rich nation of 70 million -- a
      possibility Ritter regards with the greatest

      The former Marine also said that the Jan. 30
      elections, which George W. Bush has called "a turning
      point in the history of Iraq, a milestone in the
      advance of freedom," were not so free after all.
      Ritter said that U.S. authorities in Iraq had
      manipulated the results in order to reduce the
      percentage of the vote received by the United Iraqi
      Alliance from 56% to 48%.

      Asked by UFPPC's Ted Nation about this shocker, Ritter
      said an official involved in the manipulation was the
      source, and that this would soon be reported by a
      Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in a major
      metropolitan magazine -- an obvious allusion to New
      Yorker reporter Seymour M. Hersh.

      On Jan. 17, the New Yorker posted an article by Hersh
      entitled The Coming Wars (New Yorker, January 24-31,
      2005). In it, the well-known investigative journalist
      claimed that for the Bush administration, "The next
      strategic target [is] Iran." Hersh also reported that
      "The Administration has been conducting secret
      reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since
      last summer." According to Hersh, "Defense Department
      civilians, under the leadership of Douglas Feith, have
      been working with Israeli planners and consultants to
      develop and refine potential nuclear,
      chemical-weapons, and missile targets inside Iran. . .
      . Strategists at the headquarters of the U.S. Central
      Command, in Tampa, Florida, have been asked to revise
      the military�s war plan, providing for a maximum
      ground and air invasion of Iran. . . . The hawks in
      the Administration believe that it will soon become
      clear that the Europeans� negotiated approach [to
      Iran] cannot succeed, and that at that time the
      Administration will act."

      Scott Ritter said that although the peace movement
      failed to stop the war in Iraq, it had a chance to
      stop the expansion of the war to other nations like
      Iran and Syria. He held up the specter of a day when
      the Iraq war might be remembered as a relatively minor
      event that preceded an even greater conflagration.

      Scott Ritter's talk was the culmination of a long
      evening devoted to discussion of Iraq and U.S. foreign
      policy. Before Ritter spoke, Dahr Jamail narrated a
      slide show on Iraq focusing on Fallujah. He showed
      more than a hundred vivid photographs taken in Iraq,
      mostly by himself. Many of them showed the horrific
      slaughter of civilians.

      Dahr Jamail argued that U.S. mainstream media sources
      are complicit in the war and help sustain support for
      it by deliberately downplaying the truth about the
      devastation and death it is causing.

      Jamail was, until recently, one of the few unembedded
      journalists in Iraq and one of the only independent
      ones. His reports have gained a substantial following
      and are available online at dahrjamailiraq.com.

      Friday evening's event in Olympia was sponsored by
      South Puget Sound Community College's Student
      Activities Board, Veterans for Peace, 100 Thousand and
      Counting, Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, and
      United for Peace of Pierce County.
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