Last December a former CIA officer
filed a lawsuit in Federal court. He said: In the spring of 2001
he was told by an informant (a man involved in purchasing centrifuge parts)
that Iraq had basically abandoned its nuclear ambition, having given up its
uranium enrichment program. The CIA officer's job was to gather intel
on illicit weapons, yet his reports were put aside and he was told to shift
his interests elsewhere. In other words: "Screw off!"
It's interesting to note that the CIA assessment changed that
same year, when apparently a little wind-up bird chirped that Iraq was
seeking high strength aluminum tubes from China, which the agency
decided were for uranium enrichment. Thus in 2002 the agency
conveniently hardened its view and Bush made it part of his
rational for shock and awe, which then turned out to be part
of the administration's BIG LIE.
Of course this case has been classified up and down and
sideways in order to conceal the embarrassing facts from us ordinary
types. Natch. Also, take note, as the NY Times points out,
that said unnamed officer worked in the same unit of the CIA as Valerie
Plame. Remember her? Wilson's wife? How she was outed? WMDs?
This unnamed CIA officer brought
suit against the agency because he was accused of having sex with a
female contact and of diverting informant payment money to his own
pocket; and then in 2004, he was fired. Same 'ol, same 'ol, but
far-right Republicans will defend their leader with every nasty verbal
weapon at hand, until they sink up to their eyeballs in the
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