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“Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball’s WMD lies” – Justice demands war crimes indictment of ‘Big Lie’ Powell; corporate media hides his huge dossier of WMD falsehoods at UN speech, exposed in “The Lie of The Century” [Guardian / Whatreallyhappened.com]

Posted in CIA, George W. Bush, Haiti, Iraq, Pentagon, State Department, U.K., US imperialism, USA, Vietnam, War crimes, Whatreallyhappened.com on February 21, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

This isn’t even recounting Powell’s role as warmonger propagandist back in the Vietnam War, his major lies and unindicted war crimes in the first Gulf War [recorded by former U.S. Atty. General Ramsey Clark in his seminal book “The Fire This Time”] or his duplicitous role in the “coup-napping” of Haiti’s Aristide [see “Godfather Colin Powell, Gangster of Haiti – Kevin Pina’s Notes on ‘The Killing Fields’ @ Blackcommentator].  A damning aspect of the Guardian and corporate media outlets of their ilk is that Powell’s sheer infamy is virtually erased in the kind of article like the one they’ve produced, misrepresenting the sinisterly-manipulated Iraq invasion as a well-intentioned “intelligence failure” error, virtually ensuring similar future hoaxes –  and future genocidal wars -– Zuo Shou 左手

Colin Powell cartoon courtesy The Black Commentator

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February 16, 2011

Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball’s WMD lies

~ Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence ~

Ed Pilkington in New York, Helen Pidd in Berlin and Martin Chulov

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"…It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable," he [Powell] told the Guardian . "The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA as to why this wasn’t known before the false information was put into the NIE sent to Congress, the president’s state of the union address and my 5 February presentation to the UN."

On 5 February 2003, a month before the invasion, Powell went before the UN security council to make the case for war.  In his speech he referred to "firsthand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails … The source was an eyewitness who supervised one of these facilities".  It is now known that the source, Janabi, made up the story….”

Full article here

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BUT COLIN POWELL’S LIES AT THE UN SPEECH WENT FAR, FAR BEYOND THOSE OF “…[a single] eyewitness [Curveball] who supervised one of these facilities…”

THE LIE OF THE CENTURY

By Mike Rivero

whatreallyhappened.com

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…It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused.  It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars.  It is undeniable fact…

[in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq] there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories".  Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations such as this one to the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.

This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons.  This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.


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Colin Powell’s speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after another.  Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and Powell’s own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.


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Powell also claimed to the United Nations that the photo on the left showed "Decontamination Vehicles".  But when United Nations inspectors visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they were just firefighting equipment.

Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the palm trees of Western Iraq.  None were ever found.

Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax.  None was ever found.

Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas.  The UN had already confirmed that it was destroyed.  The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as "standards" for testing.  When the UN suspected that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out.

Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological weapons. The only drones found were short-range reconnaissance drones.

Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical and biological warfare agents.  Powell gave no basis for that claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted the claim.  No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following the invasion.

Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had authorized his field commanders to use biological weapons.  No such weapons were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none were ever found in Iraq.

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The Big Lie Selling You War with North Korea — Photographic exposé of South Korea’s frame-up hoax [whatreallyhappened.com]

Posted in Black propaganda, Cheonan sinking, Korea, south Korea, Whatreallyhappened.com with tags , on May 26, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

While I don’t agree with much of his libertarian views nor his politically erratic selection of articles for his blog, Mike Rivero’s Whatreallyhappened.com site is an excellent spot for finding slam-dunk debunkings of US government and MSM lies and hoaxes, especially those perpetrated overseas.  He does it again with this destruction of the “case” against North Korea in the Cheonan incident.  I am very imperfectly able to replicate his blog’s presentation and encourage everyone to look at the original site for best appreciation of the exposé.  -左手

What can I say; here we go again!

I hardly need to go down the list of lies used to start US wars.  We have been though that over and over again.

Nor do I need to elucidate on the many reasons why the US Government is in desperate need for yet another war with which to scare the American people into acceptance of more takes [sic] and fewer rights and freedoms.

Anyone with half a brain realizes that the US Government, unable to gain support for an invasion of Iran, has changed gears and decided that North Korea will be the next step towards World War III.  [That’s not the only possible explanation for the US and S. Korea to perpetrate this frame-up at this time. -左手]

Here is the big lie…

Let us start with a cloned copy of the official South Korean website detailing the sinking of the Cheosan.

From that website we get the following picture of the remains of a torpedo dredged from the bottom of the ocean.

 
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The official claim that North Korea fired this torpedo at a South Korean warship is based on the following blueprint of a North Korean torpedo claimed to be the weapon recovered from the ocean floor.

There are several differences between the torpedo plans and the actual torpedo recovered from the floor of the ocean. But I am going to focus on just one.

Take a close look where the tail cone assembly (indicated by the bulkhead at the leading edge of the fins) attaches to the torpedo main hull. A major component of all modern torpedoes are the fin actuators. These are the small motors that adjust the rudder and dive planes of the torpedo in order to maintain the intended depth and course to target.

Note that the blueprints of the North Korean torpedo show these actuators forward of the tail cone assembly, that is to say in front of the bulkhead that marks where the fin assembly attaches to the torpedo.

Now let us look at the torpedo actually recovered from the bottom of the ocean near where the Cheosan was attacked.

Note that the recovered torpedo these actuators are built INSIDE the tail cone assembly, that is to say to the REAR of the bulkhead that marks where the fin assembly attaches to the torpedo.

And again, as seen in the official released photo of the recovered torpedo.

In short, the torpedo recovered from the ocean where Cheosan was attacked is NOT the same torpedo shown in the North Korean plans. As I stated above, there are additional differences as well between the blueprints and the actual torpedo, but the actuators are the clincher.

The torpedo recovered fronm the oceasn where the Cheosan was sunk is not the North Korean torpedo shown in the blueprints.

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