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Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2003 at 4:16 AM
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Monday, June 30, 2003
David Kay has been
by CIA Director George Tenet to be Special Advisor for Strategy regarding
Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs. This means Kay will go to Iraq and
lead the 1,300-member Iraq Survey
Group to find those missing weapons of mass destruction. This is an
extraordinary development for a number of reasons:
- Who is David Kay? He used to work for the International Atomic Energy
Agency. He is the former U.N. Special Commission chief nuclear weapons
inspector, and as such spent time in Iraq right after the Gulf War looking
for nuclear weapons on behalf of the United Nations. He is a former secretary
general of the Uranium Institute, now called the World Nuclear
Association, an apologist for nuclear power generation (whose co-chairman
is currently Hans Blix!). Much more intriguingly, he is a former Corporate
Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC),
an extremely successful privately owned military contractor. He has spent
much of the last five to ten years giving presentations in favor of
attacking Iraq based on its alleged possession of weapons of mass
destruction (for example, see here
and - ahem - here
in a Judith Miller article maintained on a State Department web
site). Kay's own professional reputation lies in the balance if such
weapons of mass destruction are not found.
- SAIC is an employee-owned corporation
based in San Diego that is known for its extreme aggressiveness in
obtaining government, mainly military, contracts, and for its extreme
financial success (some background here
and a recent story here).
It is deeply
embedded in the Pentagon. It has been heavily involved in contracts
involving the Pentagon's plans for a missile defense
system and the Future
Combat Systems Program (remember that missile defense, the transformation
of the military, and the removal of Saddam are express plans of the
PNAC'ers; while PNAC wrote about the need for a 'Pearl Harbor', SAIC likes
'electronic Pearl Harbor' in order to drum up business). SAIC makes
electronic counterterrorism equipment, and has benefitted mightily from
the 'war on terror' which followed 9-11.
- SAIC is involved in Iraq in at least three ways:
- the construction and operation of a U. S. propaganda radio
station at Umm Qasr, which will be part of a network including a
nationwide propaganda television channel and an 'independent'
- the management of the Iraqis who the Pentagon plans to instal as the
lead bureaucrats for the Iraqi government of the future
- some other matter which is secret enough that the company won't
talk about it, although a good guess might be that it has to do with
- The timing of Kay's departure is interesting. He had a very high-level
and presumably very lucrative position at a top military contractor until
October 2002, when he left to work for yet another think
tank (which specializes in miliary policy and terrorism). It is an odd
career move, but it freed him up to be an 'independent' commentator in
favor of the attack on Iraq (another guy who recently worked for SAIC is
anthrax patsy Steven Hatfill).
Do you think he ever really left SAIC?
- The contract with respect to the Iraqi future government is odd. In
February 2003 the Pentagon established the Iraqi
and Development Council under the "Future of Iraq Project" (for
background see here).
Most members appear to have been drawn from the Iraqi
Forum for Democracy, and are led by Emad Dhia. The Iraqis started planning
in offices near the Pentagon, were taken to Vienna to prepare for their
future duties, and are now in Baghdad. They are employees of SAIC, and
therefore we have an example of the ultimate in privatization: the leaders
of the future Iraqi bureaucracy are employees
of an American corporation! The complete failure of the Americans to
properly run Baghdad has probably delayed whatever plans the Pentagon had
for these bureaucrats of the future, and it remains to be seen how this
all plays out. Khidir Hamza,
the man who supplied much of the propaganda background for the lies
regarding nuclear weapons of mass destruction, is part of the group being
organized by SAIC.
- One of the great puzzles of the attack on Iraq is the fact that the
Americans have still not yet planted the weapons of mass destruction. With
all the military in place it should have been a relatively simple matter
to fly in some suspicious chemicals and laboratory equipment, and
immediately 'find' them. Why hasn't this happened already? Did they try to
do it and suffered some mishap which would account for the delay? Are they
afraid that they cannot produce materials that look genuine? Are they
afraid that someone in the military or the CIA would leak details of the
planting? Obviously, being caught would be disastrous, so it will require
a top expert to do the job. Is David Kay that expert? Might he be getting
assistance from some military contractor that he used to work for that
happens to be in Iraq for other secret and not-so-secret purposes?
We know the weapons aren't there due to the conveniently forgotten testimony
of General Hussein Kamel
and others, and due to the fact that American rewards and interrogation
(carrots and sticks) applied to Iraqi scientists have not revealed one iota of
evidence that such weapons still exist or existed prior to the attack on Iraq.
We know that Cheney and Rumsfeld and Bush were in receipt of CIA intelligence
that should have left them unable to continue to use the excuse of weapons of
mass destruction posing an imminent threat to the United States, but in the
face of that intelligence they lied over and over again. Now a man who has
been warmongering against Iraq for years based on the statement that Saddam
had weapons of mass destruction, and a man with connections to a large
military contractor with extensive ties to the Pentagon's missile defense
program and Future Combat Systems Program, is being sent out to find these
weapons. Do you think he'll find what he's looking for?
Sunday, June 29, 2003
George Galloway has launched his libel
action against the Daily Telegraph for claiming that it had found
documents that proved he was being paid by Saddam. The only problem with this
is that Hollinger, which owns the paper, appears to be close to broke.
Incompetent leadership by Conrad Black, coupled with massive overcompensation
taken by Black and his cronies, has left the company in terrible
The problems were so obvious that the shareholders even had the audacity to
complain about it and Black had to offer some concessions, concessions which
he is now trying to get out
I have no sympathy for shareholders who invest in a company with such a
convoluted share structure that there may be no one alive who can determine
who owns what, not to mention a company which is the current manifestation of
a newspaper group set up originally to be an organ of propaganda for British
intelligence, a role it still seems to take more seriously than making money
for its shareholders. If Hollinger has no money, how will Galloway receive his
damages? I suggest a solution from the 'Seinfeld'
comedy program: Conrad Black can become George Galloway's butler. Black looks
the part - he reminds me of a coarse version of the role played by Charles Laughton
in the movie
Ruggles of Red Gap - and he must have been the recipient of a lot of
butlering over his life, and so would know exactly what to do.
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