claimed that it found key documents among the rubble of the
Iraqi intelligence building
WASHINGTON, April 30
(IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – After the U.S. and Britain
were shown to be providing bogus "intelligence" documents to the U.N. Security
Council to proved Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, the
world's media is now being fed a steady stream of U.S.-found Iraqi
"intelligence" documents from the rubble of Iraq's intelligence
The problem with these
documents is that they are being provided by the U.S. military to
some of its "favored" reporters, Wayne
Madsen, an American investigative journalist, wrote Wednesday,
April 30, in the Online Journal.
"The Telegraph's April
27 Sunday edition reported that its correspondent in Baghdad, Inigo
Gilmore, had been invited into the intelligence headquarters by U.S.
troops and miraculously "found" amid the rubble a document
indicating that Iraq invited Osama bin Laden to visit Iraq in March
1998," elaborated Madsen, author of the forthcoming book, "America's
Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II."
He said Gilmore told the BBC
that he noticed some "erased" information on the documents he
Gilmore said the erasures were
apparently made with a combination of black marker ink and
correction fluid, adding that he scraped away at the paper with a
razor and "miraculously" found the name bin Laden in three
Dismissing the claims as
"spurious," the investigative journalist said: "If one holds up such
a sheet of paper at a 45 degree angle and under a bright
phosphorescent light, the lettering under the ink can be ‘read’
because the lettering almost appears to be ‘raised’."
"If a razor blade were used to
scrape away the markings, the indelible ink and the toner ink would
be obliterated. The standard procedure for redacting a classified
document is to only use a black indelible marker to mask classified
information," Madsen averred.
The American journalist said
that the U.S. let favored journalists to walk freely about some of
Iraqi government facilities, such as intelligence headquarters, to
find any "shred" of paper that can be used in its smear campaign
against Iraq but clamped water-tight security on other facilities,
chief among which the oil ministry.
"The reason for this is
obvious. While the intelligence building can be salted with phony
intelligence documents, the Oil Ministry is likely rife with
documents showing the links between Saddam Hussein and Dick Cheney's
old firm, Halliburton.
"The company signed more than
$73 million in contracts with Saddam's government when Cheney was
its chief executive officer. The contracts, negotiated with two
Halliburton subsidiaries—Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump
Co.—were part of the U.N. oil-for-food program," said Madsen.
He added that the reports about
Cheney's "links" to Saddam Hussein's oil industry have been papered
over by media sources, including ABC News, The Washington
Post, and The Texas Observer.
The American investigative
journalist said that America's propaganda channel, Fox News,
featured the "found" document on its lead story on its Fox Sunday
"Fox anchorman Tony Snow asked
the ethically-tainted Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi
about the document. Chalabi responded, saying the document provided
enough information that Saddam Hussein was knowledgeable about the
September 11 attacks on the United States," he said.
Madsen further said that the
"found" documents were also aimed at tarnishing the image of some
leading anti-war activists such as George Galloway, the famed
British MP and member of Labor Party.
He said that the so-called
documents "revealed" that "anti-Bush" Galloway had solicited
hundreds of thousands of dollars from Iraq, which were skimmed from
the country's oil-for-food program.
Madsen recalled that Galloway
immediately smelled the rat of a disinformation campaign when he
responded to The Telegraph about the "found" document.
"Maybe it's the product of the same forgers who forged so
many other things in this whole Iraq picture . . . It would not be
the Iraqi regime that was forging it. It would be people like you
[Telegraph journalists] and the Government whose policies you
have supported," Galloway said.
The American investigative
journalist noted that the "smoking gun" document on Galloway was
further played up on Fox News Sunday.
"William Kristol, a leader of
the neo-conservatives, and Fox's Brit Hume, a right-wing ideologue,
said the documents implicating Galloway in accepting money from
Saddam Hussein were the 'tip of the iceberg,'" he said.
Fox also announced that
Galloway may have given classified satellite imagery to al-
"As is so often the case, the
Fox News panelists provided no evidence for their slanderous
claims," said Madsen.
Madsen also said that such
newspapers like The Telegraph and channels like Fox News are
taking advantage of their "octopus" sources to disseminate their
right-wing propaganda "masked as news."
"To understand the process, it
is important to understand the relationship between The Daily
Telegraph and its parent company, the Hollinger Corporation,
which is owned by British subject and former Canadian Conrad
"Hollinger, Like Rupert
Murdoch's News Corporation, is a mega-media company that spins
right-wing propaganda around the world through 379 newspapers,
including the Jerusalem Post.
"Tom Rose, the publisher of the
Jerusalem Post, is a major supporter of Ariel Sharon's Likud Party
and is a favorite guest on the right-wing talk shows on Clear
Channel radio stations, including that of G. Gordon Liddy of
"Clear Channel, headquartered
in Dallas, is owned by close Bush supporters and one-time business
partners. To add to the spider's web, one of Rose's Jerusalem Post
directors is Richard Perle, a member of Donald Rumsfeld's advisory
board," said Madsen.
is no right of rebuttal for the accused. They are guilty as charged
by a whipped up public that gets its information from the
telescreens of the corporate media," he