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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:16 PM
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War Profiteer Woolsey Furnished False Iraqi Intelligence

Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction

Lobbyists, aides to senior officials and others encouraged invasion and now help firms pursue contracts. They see no conflict.


Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey is a prominent example of the phenomenon, mixing his business interests with what he contends are the country's strategic interests. He left the CIA in 1995, but he remains a senior government advisor on intelligence and national security issues, including Iraq. Meanwhile, he works for two private companies that do business in Iraq and is a partner in a company that invests in firms that provide security and anti-terrorism services.

Woolsey said in an interview that he was not directly involved with the companies' Iraq-related ventures. But as a vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm, he was a featured speaker in May 2003 at a conference co-sponsored by the company at which about 80 corporate executives and others paid up to $1,100 to hear about the economic outlook and business opportunities in Iraq.

Before the war, Woolsey was a founding member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an organization set up in 2002 at the request of the White House to help build public backing for war in Iraq. He also wrote about a need for regime change and sat on the CIA advisory board and the Defense Policy Board, whose unpaid members have provided advice on Iraq and other matters to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Woolsey is part of a small group that shows with unusual clarity the interlocking nature of the way the insider system can work. Moving in the same social circles, often sitting together on government panels and working with like-minded think tanks and advocacy groups, they wrote letters to the White House urging military action in Iraq, formed organizations that pressed for invasion and pushed legislation that authorized aid to exile groups.

Ex-CIA chief's role in faulty intel detailed


By Jonathan S. Landay And Warren P. Strobel


WASHINGTON - A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks.

R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator. A senior U.S. official summarized portions of the report for Knight Ridder on condition of anonymity because it's top secret.

Woolsey's previously undisclosed role in the case of Maj. Mohammad Harith casts new light on how prominent invasion advocates outside the government used their ties to senior officials in the Bush administration to help make the case for war. There's no indication Woolsey was aware Harith's information was unreliable. The report said that on Feb. 11, 2002, Woolsey telephoned Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Linton Wells about the defector and told him how to contact the man, who had been produced by an Iraqi exile group eager to oust Hussein. Wells said he passed the information to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

By using his Pentagon contacts, Woolsey provided a direct pipeline for Harith's information that bypassed the CIA, which for years had been highly distrustful of the exile group that produced Harith. The Senate Intelligence Committee didn't address that issue last week in its 511-page report on Iraq intelligence.
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buycitgo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:09 PM
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1. amazing how nobody cares about that stuff, isn't it?
I think I started a thread on the Knight Ridder article.

I know I linked it, and it got very little, if any, response

guess we need more threads on Michael Moore's education

Woolsey is a real SOS, btw.

every time I see his slimy, smirking face on TV, SUPPORTING the war, I want to Elvisize it.

he's PNAC, too, right?
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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:33 PM
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2. Yep, PNAC through & through.
The first level of the whole PNAC "adventure" is bold faced war profiteering.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:44 PM
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3. I've seen a couple of threads about this
Amazing it doesn't get more response though.

Just like the WTO... or Haiti...
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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 11:04 PM
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6. Yep. It's like we've reached outrage overload.
Personally, I find the FACT that most neocons (including Cheney and Pappy Bush) are unabashed, easily proven war profiteers to be perhaps the most under-reported aspect of BushCo.

But there is so much filth to chose from ...
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oldcoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:59 PM
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4. Kick
This is too important to get buried.
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sadiesworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 05:24 PM
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5. No mention on my teevee.
Of course, how could it compare to Berger taking his own notes and copies of his own docs out of the archives?! :puke:
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