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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Pre-War Intelligence and Super-Duper Confidential Intergalactic Info!

Happy Saturday.

Vietnam War Intelligence 'Deliberately Skewed,' Secret Study Says

Well, it's a start:
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 - The National Security Agency has released hundreds of pages of long-secret documents on the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, which played a critical role in significantly expanding the American commitment to the Vietnam War.

The material, posted on the Internet overnight Wednesday, included one of the largest collections of secret intercepted communications ever made available.

The most provocative document is a 2001 article in which an agency historian argued that the agency's intelligence officers "deliberately skewed" the evidence passed on to policy makers and the public to falsely suggest that North Vietnamese ships had attacked American destroyers on Aug. 4, 1964.

Based on the assertion that such an attack had occurred, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered airstrikes on North Vietnam and Congress passed a broad resolution authorizing military action.
Let's re-do those first few paragraphs:
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 - The (FBI or CIA) has released hundreds of pages of long-secret documents on the (Niger) incident, which played a critical role in significantly expanding the American commitment to the (Operation Desert Whatever).

The material, posted on the Internet overnight Wednesday, included one of the largest collections of secret intercepted communications ever made available.

The most provocative document is a (2003) article in which an agency historian argued that (the Bush Administration) "deliberately skewed" the evidence passed on to policy makers and the public to falsely suggest that (Saddam Hussein tried to buy nuclear materials from Niger).

Based on the assertion that such an attack had occurred, President (George W. Bush) ordered airstrikes on (Baghdad) and Congress passed a broad resolution authorizing military action.
History never repeats

I tell myself before I go to sleep

Back to the first article:
The historian, Robert J. Hanyok, wrote the article in an internal publication and it was classified top secret despite the fact that it dealt with events in 1964. Word of Mr. Hanyok's findings leaked to historians outside the agency, who requested the article under the Freedom of Information Act in 2003.

Some intelligence officials said they believed the article's release was delayed because the agency was wary of comparisons between the roles of flawed intelligence in the Vietnam War and in the war in Iraq.

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Edwin E. Moïse, a historian at Clemson University who wrote a book on the Gulf of Tonkin incident, said the agency did the right thing in making public Mr. Hanyok's damning case.

"A lot of people at the agency haven't been happy that communications intelligence was used to support a wrong conclusion," he said.
ON THAT NOTE...

FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Prewar Intelligence

Well, it's a start:
WASHINGTON — The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.
Forged documents = the Niger documents.
The documents inspired intense U.S. interest in the buildup to the war — and they led the CIA to send a former ambassador to the African nation of Niger to investigate whether Iraq had sought the materials there.

The ambassador, Joseph C. Wilson IV, found little evidence to support such a claim, and the documents were later deemed to have been forged.

The documents in question included letters on Niger government letterhead and purported contracts showing sales of uranium to Iraq.

They were provided in 2002 to an Italian magazine, which turned them over to the U.S. Embassy in Rome.

The FBI's decision to reopen the investigation reverses the agency's announcement last month that it had finished a two-year inquiry and concluded that the forgeries were part of a moneymaking scheme — and not an effort to manipulate U.S. foreign policy.
Ha.

Qucik question: WHO WAS THE "BUYER?"

Someone had to PAY the forger for the docs.

Assuming that...this was just a "moneymaking scheme."

Capice?
Those findings concerned some members of the Senate Intelligence Committee after published reports that the FBI had not interviewed a former Italian spy named Rocco Martino, who was identified as the original source of the documents.
I've asked this question (on this blog) a few times before, but...Rocco Martino?

What bad B-movie is that character from?!
Federal officials familiar with the case say investigators might examine whether the forgeries were instigated by U.S. citizens who advocated an invasion of Iraq or by members of the Iraqi National Congress — the group led by Ahmad Chalabi that worked closely with Bush administration officials in the buildup to the war.
Okay: Now we're getting somewhere.
But the senior federal official said, "I don't expect the results to be any different. I think the answer is going to be that [Martino] wasn't acting in behalf of any government or intelligence agency. This guy was trying to peddle this to whoever he could."
Damn: Now we're taking two steps back.
"I was surprised that [the FBI] ever closed it without coming to a conclusion as to the source," said former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who was chairman of the Intelligence Committee when the Niger uranium claims first surfaced in the U.S. "It looks as if it's a fairly straightforward investigation trail to who the source was. And I'm glad the FBI has resumed the hunt."
Ditto.

Methinks that some of the career folks in the intelligence community are SICK AND TIRED of getting blamed for "pre-war intelligence failures," and are swinging back at the dudes (natch Neo-cons) who "fixed the facts to fit the policy."

Downing Street Memo, people.
The claim that Iraq had obtained or was seeking uranium in Niger was a central part of the administration's case for war.

It was mentioned explicitly in late 2002 by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and in January 2003 by Bush to illustrate the threat posed by Iraq's then-president, Saddam Hussein.

In March 2003, the International Atomic Energy Agency concluded that the documents on which the Niger claim was partly based were forgeries. Then-CIA Director George J. Tenet later took responsibility for allowing the claim into Bush's State of the Union speech.
Final bit of info:
Recent accounts in the Italian press said that Martino, a businessman and former freelance spy who was fired from the Italian military intelligence agency, obtained the documents from a female friend who worked at Niger's embassy in Rome.

Martino has said he was working with a more senior Italian intelligence agent, Col. Antonio Nucero, and peddled the documents to French intelligence and eventually, in 2002, to Italian journalist Elisabetta Burba.
Love the "female friend" character.

"Can Selma Hayek do an Italian accent? Get her agent on the phone, would ya?"

"She's with...?"

"CAA. Must be."

The plot thickens, so please read the above mentioned article.

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PARTY LINE: "Though we found no evidence that 'pre-war intelligence' was deliberately manipulated, we can all agree that we must take steps to insure that future pre-war intelligence is...not. Or soemthing to that effect."

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Hey, here's a quick re-post of a previous story, b/c Brandoland was just mentioned on WashingtonPost.com!

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Now...a story near and dear to my heart, because it involves two of my favorite subjects; L. Ron and New Mexico.

From the Washington Post --

A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles

Our dear friends in the big blue building on Sunset are up to something in the Land of Enchantment:
From the state that gave us Roswell, the epicenter of UFO lore since 1947, comes a report from an Albuquerque TV station about its discovery of strange landscape markings in the remote desert. They're etched in New Mexico's barren northern reaches, resemble crop circles and are recognizable only from a high altitude.

Also, they are directly connected to the Church of Scientology.

(Cue theremin music.)

The church tried to persuade station KRQE not to air its report last week about the aerial signposts marking a Scientology compound that includes a huge vault "built into a mountainside," the station said on its Web site. The tunnel was constructed to protect the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded the church in the 1950s.
You need a mountain vault to protect copies of "Battleship Earth?!"

What's wrong with the "Author Services" building on Hollywood Blvd.?
The archiving project, which the church has acknowledged, includes engraving Hubbard's writings on stainless steel tablets and encasing them in titanium capsules.
Cool.
It is overseen by a Scientology corporation called the Church of Spiritual Technology.

Based in Los Angeles --
Of course --
...the corporation dispatched an official named Jane McNairn and an attorney to visit the TV station in an effort to squelch the story, KRQE news director Michelle Donaldson said.

The church offered a tour of the underground facility if KRQE would kill the piece, the station said in its newscast.

Scientology also called KRQE's owner, Emmis Communications, and "sought the help of a powerful New Mexican lawmaker" to lobby against airing the piece, the station reported on its Web site.

McNairn did not respond to messages requesting comment; an employee said that McNairn was traveling last week, and that no one else from the church would be able to comment.

What do the markings mean?

For starters, the interlocking circles and diamonds match the logo of the Church of Spiritual Technology, which had the vault constructed in a mesa in the late 1980s. The $2.5 million construction job was done by Denman and Associates of Santa Fe, but company Vice President Sally Butler said of the circles, "If there is anything like that out there, it had nothing to do with us."

Perhaps the signs are just a proud expression of the Scientology brand. But there are other, more intriguing theories.

Former Scientologists familiar with Hubbard's teachings on reincarnation say the symbol marks a "return point" so loyal staff members know where they can find the founder's works when they travel here in the future from other places in the universe.
They'd better be careful.

Remember: Last week, a former Canadian Defense Minister claimed that the Bushies were building a moon laser to blast aliens.

(See Friday's Brandoland for more on that particular story.)
"As a lifetime staff member, you sign a billion-year contract. It's not just symbolic," said Bruce Hines of Denver, who spent 30 years in Scientology but is now critical of it. "You know you are coming back and you will defend the movement no matter what. . . . The fact that they would etch this into the desert to be seen from space, it fits into the whole ideology."

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The church maintains two other vaults in California to preserve Hubbard's materials and words, according to Hines and another longtime staff member who also quit a couple of years ago, Chuck Beatty of Pittsburgh.
Bet there's a vault in the basement of the "Life Exhibition" building near Ivar.
"The whole purpose of putting these teachings in the underground vaults was expressly so that in the event that everything gets wiped out somehow, someone would be willing to locate them and they would still be there," said Beatty, who spent 28 years in Scientology.

Some loyalists are tasked specifically with the "super-duper confidential" job of coming back to Earth in the far-off future, he added.
I'm going to assume that "super-duper confidential" is one of their terms.

They do get lazy with some of their words and phrases - from time to time.

On that note, the Psychiatry Kills Museum (on Sunset) has been re-named.

It's now called...the Psychiatry and Industry of Death Museum.

No joke.

BTW: The Cat & the Fiddle is still the Cat & the Fiddle.

"Hey, this is the 'Red Rocker' Sammy Hagar, and when I'm in New Mexico I listen to New Mexico's rock and roll leader, Rock 108 KFMG Albuquerque! Yow!!"

More on Sunday.

(Got another story re: a defense contractor taking big cash outta E-raq.)

1 Comments:

  • Governments deny the space aliens because they and their UFOs are creations of Satan sent to hell to fool alot of people; except for CIA and NASA that made a deal to teleport time to other planets, etc. to make sure we are all in the same boat. So, Bush wants to destroy them. They are here to help, not destroy. Think about it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:26 AM  

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