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High-Level Deception Over WMD

Sunday, 20 March 2005 12:00 AM

The report of hundreds of tons of missing munitions made its way into the mainstream media late in the 2004 presidential campaign. The combined team of CBS and the New York Times fed the story to a desperate Democrat team seeking the White House. The leaked report was immediately picked up by Senator John Kerry and used against President Bush. Yet the real story behind the missing munitions remained untold.

"The whole issue is like Sherlock Holmes' dog that didn't bark," stated John Shaw, former deputy under secretary for international technology security at the Bush Defense Department.

"The story on the missing munitions was clearly a setup by CBS/NYT that was starting to leak, so the Times printed it on Monday the 27th of October, 2004. I was struck by the fact that Kerry himself was instantly on the attack, convincing me that his people had been assured that our intelligence services had nothing on the subject and hence Bush was defenseless," noted Shaw.

"My office was literally the only place in the U.S. government that had been totally focused on non-WMD stuff, and as my office had become officially an offshoot of the Defense Department Inspector General's office none of the regular intelligence folks knew what we had," stated Shaw.

The source of information discovered by Shaw and his team is amazing. Shaw noted that some of his information came from Russian documents recovered inside Iraq.

"Virtually everything I had either came from open sources or from the Russian documents that my guy systematically analyzed for nearly nine months. That is, none of it was from classified U.S. sources," said Shaw.

"I surfaced the Russian implementation of their 2001 plan to move and destroy all evidence of their activities in Iraq. My main source for all of that was here in the U.S. when the 'missing munitions' story broke, and he verified the details of what I had said," noted Shaw.

However, according to Shaw, the greatest opposition to the news that Moscow was smuggling WMDs out of Iraq was not from the Times or CBS. Instead, the firestorm came from inside the Defense Department in the form of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Lawrence DiRita.

"What I had not expected was the firestorm from DiRita," said Shaw.

"I had two calls from him before I got into the office about 9:45, but he was 'in a meeting' when I returned the call. There was also an 'urgent' message from Dave Patterson, Wolfowitz's assistant, who told me merely to have absolutely no more contact with the press. When I finally got a call back from DiRita at the end of the day, it was a diatribe about how I wouldn't listen to all of his good advice."

"I suggested that the way he had screwed up the story for two days had put the President in jeopardy, and that I had personally gone out on a limb as the only person in the government who knew what happened," stated Shaw.

"I had shut down the Kerry campaign within hours, and ... there was an awareness at the highest political levels of the White House that this was so," said Shaw.

"What followed was what was curious. Logically, the story should have at least provided the President a day or two of political respite to look into a serious problem but it was slapped down without comment."

"I was refused permission to go on Nightline the day the story broke and no reporter was given access to me or my office to fill in the details of the story. The general word that was passed seemed to be that I was a loose cannon and hence not credible," said Shaw.

"As it was wholly in the President's interest to have the missing munitions story killed immediately – as it was within hours of my going public with the story – why did they give so much pushback to the story?" asked Shaw.

"Bill Gertz, who had broken the story, said he had never had such heavy pushback, ever! All the principals said either that they knew nothing of my story, or intimated that it must have been rumor," noted Shaw.

"Then, the day after we won the election I got a call from one of DiRita's staff, saying he wanted my resignation by the 10th of December. I understand why they wanted me out because of the corruption stories (inside Iraq), but the Russian/Syrian connection on the surface should not have been a killing offense," said Shaw.

"Why was everyone going bananas that I publicly fingered the Russians? Or was it Syria? Did I trip the first wire on a plan to go into Syria, using perhaps a Lebanese pretext?" asked Shaw.

"When I refused to resign – they reorganized my office out of existence," said Shaw flatly.

Ironically, Shaw tried to provide his information to the U.S. intelligence community. The CIA, DIA and Defense Department leadership seemed more interested in protecting their respective turfs than taking reliable information on the whereabouts of the Iraqi WMDs.

"I had tried for months to provide information through my DIA briefer on British and Russian commentary on the size and makeup of the insurgency, but the interest was limited and up the food chain vaguely hostile," claimed Shaw.

"The one time I had tried to share real-time movements of heavy truck traffic toward the Syrian border, the DIA both denigrated my stuff as 'Israeli disinformation' and then complained that I was in their rice bowl," said Shaw, noting the resistance inside the U.S. intelligence community.

Shaw's story should interest the New York Times and CBS. Yet the liberal mainstream media are still wrestling with the fact that Saddam had WMDs.

Shaw's story should interest the DIA, CIA and NSA. Yet the ghosts inside the intelligence departments are more interested in keeping their jobs than doing a good job.

The failure of U.S. intelligence inside Iraq and after 9/11 was, after all, predictable. The perversion of U.S. intelligence during the 1990s by the Clinton administration led to failure after failure – in Iraq, in China, in North Korea, in Kosovo, in Somalia, in Sudan and, eventually, in America.

"The fact that U.S. intelligence was a day late and a dollar short regarding both WMD and the 277 tons of high-powered munitions is hardly startling," concluded John Shaw.


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