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02-15-2006, 10:01 AM
Secret Saddam WMD Tapes Subject of ABC Nightline Special


(Gold9472: They're so secret, he doesn't even know about them. Also, notice the three letters in the website title? Also, it's not like tapes have never been faked before. Also, WHERE ARE THE WMD?!)

By Sherrie Gossett
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
February 15, 2006

(CNSNews.com) -- Secret audiotapes of Saddam Hussein discussing ways to attack America with weapons of mass destruction will be the subject of an ABC "Nightline" program Wednesday night, a former federal prosecutor told Cybercast News Service.

The tapes are being called the "smoking gun" of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. The New York Sun reported that the tapes have been authenticated and currently are being reviewed by the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The panel's chairman, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), declined to give the Sun details of the content or context of the recordings, saying only that they were provided to his committee by former federal prosecutor John Loftus.

Loftus has been tight-lipped about the tapes, telling the Sun only that he received them from a "former American military intelligence analyst."

On Tuesday night, Loftus told Cybercast News Service that ABC's "Nightline" would air an "extensive report" on the tapes Wednesday night. Loftus also described an ABC News "teaser," which reportedly contains audio of Saddam Hussein discussing ways to attack America with WMD. "Nightline will have a lot more," said Loftus.

The tapes are scheduled to be revealed to the public Friday morning at the opening session of The Intelligence Summit, a conference which brings together intelligence professionals from around the world.

Loftus is president of The Intelligence Summit. Its advisory council includes generals, a former F.B.I. official, a former senior Israeli Mossad officer and the former chair of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, according to information posted on the summit website. Currently a private attorney, Loftus says he works pro bono to help intelligence agents obtain lawful permission to declassify and publish the "hidden secrets of our times."

He purportedly has held some of the highest security clearances in the world with special access to NATO Cosmic, CIA codeword and Top Secret nuclear files.

This year's Intelligence Summit will bring together top terrorism experts including Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of "Funding Evil," 9/11 investigator Jean-Charles Brisard, author of "Zarqawi: the New Face of Al-Qaeda;" former CIA agent Michael Scheurer, author of "Imperial Hubris," and Richard Marcinko, former head of SEAL Team Six, and author of "Rogue Warrior."

The Intelligence Summit will be featured not only in the Wednesday Nightline report but also on ABC World News Tonight.

In a March 2005 addendum to the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) report on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, ISG head Charles Duelfer wrote that while there continue to be reports of WMD in Iraq, the ISG found "such reports are usually scams or misidentification of materials or activities."

A limited number of cases involved the discovery of old chemical munitions produced before 1990, Duelfer wrote. He also reported in the addendum that a large collection of audiotapes from Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council meetings chaired by Saddam was in the process of translation. While he conceded there were "remaining uncertainties," the chief weapons hunter said it was "not likely" the documentation would provide "significant surprises" regarding WMD.

"[T]here were no weapons," Sen. Hillary Clinton, (D-N.Y.) recently commented, "or if there were, they certainly weren't used or they were in some way disposed of or taken out of the country." Her comments were reported in The New York Sun.

On Tuesday night, Loftus praised a Cybercast News Service article published on Oct. 4, 2004, entitled Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties.

The exclusive report featured documents showing numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans.

The documents also demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. The papers showed that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders.

02-15-2006, 05:56 PM
If the tape was real the govnt would have released it a long time ago.

02-15-2006, 07:12 PM
Saddam warned terrorists would hit US: tapes


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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Saddam Hussein told aides he warned America before 1990 that terrorists would launch a huge strike on US soil, even raising the spectre of a nuclear attack, according to secret tapes obtained by ABC News.

The toppled Iraqi leader is heard on the recordings he made in his presidential office during the 1990s, ruling out any such strike by Iraq.

The recordings also feature members of Saddam's family talking about how to conceal data on illegal weapons programs from UN inspectors, according to ABC which was to show the tapes late Wednesday.

"Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans a long time before August 2 and told the British as well and that in the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction," Saddam is heard to say on the tapes.

The mention of "August 2" on the tape, which ABC said was recorded in the mid 1990s, appears to be a reference to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.

Saddam, who is now on trial in Baghdad for war crimes, speculates that an attack with such weapons could be difficult to stop.

"In the future, what would prevent a booby trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?" he said, but added Iraq would not contemplate such an act.

"This is coming, this story is coming but not from Iraq."

The United States argued it could not risk a tyrant like Saddam passing weapons of mass destructioin to terror groups, as part of its justification for war with Iraq in 2003.

No weapons were found, but those in favor of the invasion will likely cite the tapes as evidence that Saddam had in the past hidden weapons programs, and would be likely to reconstitute them if allowed.

ABC said the tapes were recorded in his presidential office by Saddam Hussein himself, and were provided to the station by Bill Tierney, a former member of a UN inspection team who was translating them for the FBI.

At the same meeting at which Saddam speculated on terror strikes, his former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz is heard to say that Iraq is being unfairly accused of involvement in terrorism.

"Sir the biological (weapon) is very easy to make, It's so simple that any biologist can make a bottle of germs and drop it into a water tower and kill 100,000, Aziz said, according to extracts released by ABC news.

"This is not done by a state. No need to accuse a state. An individual can do it."

ABC said the tapes, to be broadcast on its World News Tonight and Nightline programs, also reveal Iraq's bid to hide information about weapons of mass destruction programs.

At what ABC described as a "pivotal" meeting in late April or May 1995, Saddam and senior advisers discuss the discovery by UN teams of a biological weapons program, the existence of which the government had previously denied.

"We did not reveal all that we have," Saddam's son-in-law Hussein Kamel is heard to say.

"Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use."

Hussein Kamal, who was in charge of weapons of mass destruction programs, later defected from Iraq, Jordan, before he was killed in a firefight with Iraqi forces after returning home in February 1996.

02-15-2006, 07:14 PM
The tapes they're talking about were from years ago...

02-15-2006, 07:24 PM

02-15-2006, 07:27 PM

"was recorded in the mid 1990s"