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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:29 AM
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US supplied Saddam with weapons- chemical or other
Can someone point me to a link with info on this?
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:32 AM
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1. Google is your friend
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evermind Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:41 AM
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7. That counterpunch article has the goods..
.. from about 37(!) paragraphs in...

"The US spent virtually an entire decade making sure that Saddam Hussein had almost whatever he wanted... US export control policy was directed by US foreign policy as formulated by the State Department, and it was US foreign policy to assist the regime of Saddam Hussein."

A 1994 US Senate report revealed that US companies were licenced by the commerce department to export a "witch's brew" of biological and chemical materials, including bacillus anthracis (which causes anthrax) and clostridium botulinum (the source of botulism). The American Type Culture Collection made 70 shipments of the anthrax bug and other pathogenic agents.

The report also noted that US exports to Iraq included the precursors to chemical warfare agents, plans for chemical and biological warfare facilities and chemical warhead filling equipment. US firms supplied advanced and specialised computers, lasers, testing and analysing equipment. Among the better-known companies were Hewlett Packard, Unisys, Data General and Honeywell.

Billions of dollars worth of raw materials, machinery and equipment, missile technology and other "dual-use" items were also supplied by West German, French, Italian, British, Swiss and Austrian corporations, with the approval of their governments (German firms even sold Iraq entire factories capable of mass-producing poison gas). Much of this was purchased with funds freed by the US CCC credits.
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rwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:33 AM
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2. This is why
the bush* people are terrified of Saddam's trial going forward.It will bring out unimaginable dirt.
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klyon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:36 AM
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5. I have been thinking the same thing
watch out for a stroke....he will never testify is my guess

KL
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:34 AM
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3. Here's one thing that looks promising...
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EarlG ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:34 AM
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4. Here's a very recent one
Saddam's germ war plot is traced back to one Oxford cow

A BRITISH cow that died in an Oxfordshire field in 1937 has emerged as the source of Saddam Hussain's "weapons of mass destruction" programme that led to the Iraq war.

An ear from the cow was sent to an English laboratory, where scientists discovered anthrax spores that were later used in secret biological warfare tests by Winston Churchill.

The culture was sent to the United States, which exported samples to Iraq during Saddam's war against Iran in the 1980s. Inspectors have found that this batch of anthrax was the dictators choice in his attempts to create biological weapons.

The discovery has angered some British politicians. Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby, has renewed his call, supported by 126 MPs in the last Parliament, for a UN investigation into whether Washington broke a weapons control agreement. "It just makes them look more hypocritical than ever," he said.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1726745,00.ht...
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:48 AM
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9. No wonder they thought Iraq had WMD
Since they supplied them with everything. Grrrrr.
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dutchdoctor Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:36 AM
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6. washington post 2001
link

Baghdad also acknowledged that it had received the two Vollum strains and five other strains of anthrax bacterium from the American Type Culture Collection, a commercial germ bank now located near Manassas, Va.

Iraqi documents later obtained by the United Nations indicated that Baghdad subsequently filled more than 50 bombs and missile warheads with a liquid form of Vollum anthrax.

DNA analysis conducted on remnants of Iraq's Al-Hussein warheads at the Al-Nibai missile destruction site revealed traces of bacteria similar to the Vollum anthrax strain. "I can't say with one hundred percent certainty that they are identical," Spertzel said. "But they are consistent with Vollum."

The U.S. company also sold Iraq several strains of Clostridiumbotulinum, a poisonous toxin that paralyzes the muscles and lungs and kills by suffocation. Iraq acknowledged producing at least 19,000 liters of botulinum toxin, using more than half to fill at least 116 bombs and missile warheads.
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 10:42 AM
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8. Thanks and look at this on a Conservative site
Edited on Wed Aug-10-05 10:44 AM by HeeBGBz
Iraq Invasion: The Road to Folly

Ignorant of Iraq, void of strategic vision, and viewing the Mideast through the neoconservative prism, Bush steers America toward a quagmire.


"Just before the 1991 Gulf War, this writer discovered a group of British scientific technicians in Baghdad who had been seconded to Iraq by the British Ministry of Defense and the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, to help Baghdad develop biological weapons. The British technicians were based at the secret biowarfare complex at Salman Pak where they were developing anthrax, botulism and possibly Q-fever for Saddams military with the full knowledge and support of the British and American governments. Other British scientists were developing poison gas for Iraq. They showed me documents confirming that the feeder stocks for Iraqs germ weapons had been supplied by the United States."

This seems to be an old article prior to Saddam's capture.
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