Sunday, March 05, 2006

12 Hours Of Saddam Tapes Shows Saddam Talking About Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Well, we now know another reason why the Cheney hunting accident story was so important to the mainstream media. It served as a distraction to some rather important and developing news.

12 hours of Audio tapes recorded from Saddam Hussein’s office have surfaced and in those tapes Saddam talks about his Weapons of Mass Destructions and moving such weapons to Syria before the US led invasion into Iraq.

The first 12 hours of the tapes — there are hundreds more waiting to be translated — are damning, to say the least. They show conclusively that Bush didn't lie when he cited Saddam's WMD plans as one of the big reasons for taking the dictator out.
Nobody disputes the tapes' authenticity. On them, Saddam talks openly of programs involving biological, chemical and, yes, nuclear weapons.

There's more. Indeed, as late as 2000, Saddam can be heard in his office talking with Iraqi scientists about his ongoing plans to build a nuclear device. At one point, he discusses Iraq's plasma uranium program — something that was missed entirely by U.N. weapons inspectors combing Iraq for WMD.

"What was most disturbing," said John Tierney, the ex- FBI agent who translated the tapes, "was the fact that the individuals briefing Saddam were totally unknown to the U.N. Special Commission (or UNSCOM, the group set up to look into Iraq's WMD programs)."
Perhaps most chillingly, the tapes record Iraq Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz talking about how easy it would be to set off a WMD in Washington. The comments come shortly after Saddam muses about using "proxies" in a terror attack.

9-11, anyone?

Of course ABC News and the main stream media left the whole part about proxies out of their report just reporting that Saddam warned the US and British in August about a terrorists attack coming to the US.

Oh, that ever so nice guy Saddam… warning us like that… Wait a minute August well that means Bush Knew!!! that bastard!!! Not so fast my friends. These tapes are from the 1990's, how convienant for ABC to leave that out.

In short, let me repeat this again: President Bush was absolutely right to invade and disarm Saddam — otherwise, he would have completely reconstituted his chemical, nuclear and bio-weapons programs when inspectors left.

Saddam probably knew better than to use them himself against the U.S. But it's likely he wouldn't have hesitated giving one or more to terror groups with which he had routine contact with.

I have been looking all over the place trying to obtain an English translation to these tapes but have not had any luck. The most information I can find in one place is from blogger Pajama Media. The tapes are at the Intelligence Summit website but they are not in English. There is a power point presentation to some key points in English but not a full transcript.
If anyone knows where I can find an English translation of these tapes, either by transcript or audio, let me know.

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