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    Iraq: The Trail of Disinformation What Really Happened by Mike Rivero http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5859 Let s start with a simple fact. The
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      Iraq: The Trail of Disinformation
      What Really Happened
      by Mike Rivero
      http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5859


      Let's start with a simple fact. The United States invaded and
      conquered Iraq on the basis of lies. Even the official report of the
      United States Senate admits as much.
      <http://www.infowars.com/print/iraq/war_on_alie.htm >

      So, where did all this bad information come from? While the culprits
      would like to pin the blame on the Central Intelligence Agency, the
      facts point in a different direction. To cite just one example, the
      now-discredited claim that Saddam was trying to buy "Yellow Cake"
      Uranium from Niger came from the Pentagon, specifically from Paul
      Wolfowitz < http://www.antiwar.com/orig/leopold.php?articleid=1913 >,
      using information the CIA stated was unreliable. Wolfowitz, and his
      assistant Douglas Feith, set up a special office called the "Office of
      Special Plans" in 2001, that fed information to the White House to
      urge the attack on Iraq. Shortly after the invasion, the OSP was
      disbanded.

      So, the trail of the lies that started a war goes from the White
      House, to the Pentagon, to the Office of Special Plans. But where was
      the OSP getting their information? Clearly, they were not using
      information provided by the CIA, or the CIA would not have denounced
      their cources as "unreliable". According to some reports, the OSP was
      using "consultants" who came from outside the Pentagon and operated
      with no oversight or accountability!
      < http://rightweb.irc-online.org/analysis/2004/0402osp.php >

      The Office of Special Plans operated on its own, off the official
      payroll and away from Congressional oversight <
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,999737,00.html >.
      According to several sources, it was the information given out by the
      Office of Special Plans that Dick Cheney "encouraged" the the CIA to
      adopt! So where does the trail lead from the OSP?

      As it turns out, the OSP was getting their information from primarily
      two sources. The first was Ahmed Chalabi, the bank embezzler who would
      be king and didn't care how it came about.
      < http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030707&s=dreyfuss >

      The second, and more damning source, is the office of the Prime
      Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon! As the Office of Special Plans
      poured out the lies that led to war, Israeli officers, up to the rank
      of General, were repeatedly escorted inside the Pentagon to the Office
      of Special Plans
      < http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0807-02.htm > . At no time
      were they required to sign in!

      Douglas Feith would then take this information, despite CIA doubts
      about the credibility of the claims, into private briefings at the
      White House that bypassed CIA.
      < http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07
      /11/wsept11.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/07/11/ixnewstop.html ... > In some
      cases, the CIA was unaware of Feith's private briefings until the OSP
      information became part of White House public policy.

      So, this is the trail of the lies that started a war, beginning at the
      White House, and via Dick Cheney moving upstream to the Pentagon's
      Office of Special Plans, under Wolfowitz and Feith, then from OSP to a
      parallel group operating out of Ariel Sharon's office in Israel.

      That's the trail.

      See also: The Path To War:
      http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/pathtowar.html

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