Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Why no investigation of the Niger forgeries by FBI?

The basis for the "16 words in the State of the Union Speech" was a set of forged documents called, collectively, the Niger forgeries. They were provided by the Italian Intelligence Service (SISMI) to both the U.S. and to the British. They were the alleged "proof" that Dick Cheney was told several times by the FBI Director, George Tenet, was not credible. Tenet had references to them removed from at least two speeches given by Cheney in the Fall of 2002.

In his Sunday "60 Minutes" interview Tenet says that the reference to Iraq seeking Uranium in Africa should have been removed from Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech, but that he did not himself read the speech before it was given and it slipped through. (This should be verified with whoever Tenet delegated the vetting of the speech to.)

Sen. Rockerfeller asked the FBI to thoroughly investigate the Niger forgeries years ago. And what has happened? Josh Marshall brings the story up to date.

Between Congressional the government oversight that the Democrats have reinstituted since regaining control of Congress, and the civil suit which Valerie Plame has filed (against Dick Cheney and a cast of characters from the White House), more will come out. Soon, I suspect.

Personally, I think that a key figure is going to be Michael Ledeen, a long-time radical Neoconservative who has strong right-wing connections in Italy and who was deeply involved in the Iran-Contra Affair during the Reagan administration.

So now we wait for the next shoe to drop.

As always, references to Wikipedia should not be considered authoritative. They provide good references.


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Seven Star Hand said...

The pivotal import of Yellowcake, False Flags, & "Big Time" Evil

Hello Richrd and all,

The combination of George Tenet's book, At the Center of the Storm, Eisner & Royce's The Italian Letter and the books and research of many others in recent years now provides enough of a foundation for everyone to finally discern that 9:11 was a "false flag" operation against both the American public and the Muslim world. Likewise, the uncanny synchronicity of Al Qaeda's videos and other activities perfectly timed to reinforce and support the Bush/Cheney administration's political needs coupled with the actions of the Bush admin actually serving to strengthen Al Qaeda's position, now makes perfect sense. The apparent mistakes and chaos that have characterized the Iraq war, the easily prevented resurgence of the Taliban, and permitting Bin Laden to escape Tora Bora to a safe haven in Pakistan all fit the same pattern. It's hard to maintain a state of continuous war if you allow your made-to-order enemies to be defeated too early. It is likewise hard to remain a "war president" if your wars end too soon!

The letterhead used to forge the "Yellowcake letter" that was then used to help "sell" the Iraq war was stolen in Rome on 1/1/2001, more than nine months before 9:11 and before Little W. became president. Consequently, the use of the "Yellow-Cake Lie" was obviously discussed and planned before then! The import of this fact is that the Niger embassy in Rome was burglarized, before Bush became president, to lay the groundwork for the web of deception used to sell the Iraq War, after 9:11. More importantly, it is highly unlikely that the Iraq war could ever have been sold to the American public, without something like 9:11 happening first. Any excuses of other uses for the stolen letterhead are laughable since the letterhead burglary would have been pointless, without 9:11. This evidences foreknowledge of those attacks, a full nine months before they occurred, among other things!