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February 09, 2006

Ex-Officer Claims: I Knew Where WMD's Were, But They Wouldn't Let Me Inspect

Strange if true:

A former special investigator for the Pentagon during the Iraq war said he found four sealed underground bunkers in southern Iraq that he is sure contain stocks of chemical and biological weapons. But when he asked American weapons inspectors to check out the sites, he was rebuffed.

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Between March and July 2003, Mr. Gaubatz was taken by these sources to four locations - three in and around Nasiriyah and one near the port of Umm Qasr, where he was shown underground concrete bunkers with the tunnels leading to them deliberately flooded. In each case, he was told the facilities contained stocks of biological and chemical weapons, along with missiles whose range exceeded that mandated under U.N. sanctions. But because the facilities were sealed off with concrete walls, in some cases up to 5 feet thick, he did not get inside. He filed reports with photographs, exact grid coordinates, and testimony from multiple sources. And then he waited for the Iraq Survey Group to come to the sites. But in all but one case, they never arrived.

Mr. Gaubatz's new disclosures shed doubt on the thoroughness of the Iraq Survey Group's search for the weapons of mass destruction that were one of the Bush administration's main reasons for the war.

Well! They were sealed by concrete! All righty then. No way to get past concrete for the US Military, I guess.

Thanks to Jack Straw.

Related: The Syrian Connection: Drip, drip, drip. Not proof of WMD's being sent to Syria, but it is interesting that Syria was sending weapons to Iraq before the war. Trade routes tend to be two-way affairs.

Thanks to Ogre Gunner.


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