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So Many Actions in Feb/March 2002 - So Little Acknowledgment that War Decision Was Made


"Authorized by a presidential finding signed by President Bush in February or March 2002, the Scorpions were part of a policy of "regime change" in Iraq. The covert members, many of whom were exiles recruited by the Kurds, were trained in target identification, explosives and small arms at two secret bases in Jordan, according to one U.S. government official."

Why does this line up with Blair's visit to the ranch and agreement to help attack Iraq?
Why does this line up with Cheney's beginning to lie about nuclear weapons programs in Iraq?
...with the military telling Sen. Graham that troops were being moved to Iraq for a war?
...with senior US officials telling both Knight Ridder and Seymour Hersh the war would happen?
...with Time Magazine reporting that Bush said "Fuck Saddam, we're taking him out!"?
Why is the President still permitted to state unquestioned on US television that the decision to go to war had not been made?

Before the War, CIA Reportedly Trained a Team of Iraqis to Aid US
By Dana Priest and Josh White
The Washington Post

Wednesday 03 August 2005

Before the war in Iraq began, the CIA recruited and trained an Iraqi paramilitary group, code-named the Scorpions, to foment rebellion, conduct sabotage, and help CIA paramilitaries who entered Baghdad and other cities target buildings and individuals, according to three current and former intelligence officials with knowledge of the unit.

The CIA spent millions of dollars on the Scorpions, whose existence has not been previously disclosed, even giving them former Soviet Hind helicopters. But most of the unit's prewar missions -- spray-painting graffiti on walls; cutting electricity; "sowing confusion," as one said -- were delayed or canceled because of poor training or planning, said officials briefed on the unit. The speed of the invasion negated the need for most of their missions, others said.

After Baghdad fell, the CIA used the Scorpions to try to infiltrate the insurgency, to help out in interrogations, and, from time to time, to do "the dirty work," as one intelligence official put it.

In one case, members of the unit, wearing masks and carrying clubs and pipes, beat up an Iraqi general in the presence of CIA and military personnel, according to investigative documents reviewed by The Washington Post and according to several defense and intelligence officials.

Post inquiries about the case prompted the CIA to brief the House and Senate intelligence committees on the unit, said several members of Congress and two defense officials.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, asked if he was satisfied with the information he received on the unit, said, "Yes -- if it existed." But he added: "We're not spending a lot of time going back and dissecting tactical programs."

CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise declined to comment on the unit. Defense Department spokesmen referred comments on the unit to the CIA. All former and current government officials interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the classified nature of the Scorpions.

Authorized by a presidential finding signed by President Bush in February or March 2002, the Scorpions were part of a policy of "regime change" in Iraq. The covert members, many of whom were exiles recruited by the Kurds, were trained in target identification, explosives and small arms at two secret bases in Jordan, according to one U.S. government official.

They were sent surreptitiously into Iraq before the war and were in cities such as Baghdad, Fallujah and Qaim to give the impression that a rebellion was underway and to conduct light sabotage, according to the two defense sources and the three former and current intelligence officials.

"They painted X's [for targeting] on buildings and things like that," said one former intelligence officer.

After the initial combat phase of the war, the CIA used the paramilitary units as translators and to fetch supplies and retrieve informants in an increasingly dangerous Iraq where CIA officers largely stayed within the protected Green Zone, according to the officials.

CIA control over the unit became weaker as chaos grew in Iraq. "Even though they were set up by us, they weren't well supervised," said an intelligence official.

"At some point, and it's not really clear how this happened, they started being used in interrogations . . . because they spoke the local dialect" and were caught roughing up detainees, Curtis E. Ryan, an Army investigator, told a military court in Colorado where four soldiers are charged in connection with the death of Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush in 2003.

Many of the paramilitaries did not speak English. When they entered Iraq after the invasion, because they wore civilian clothes and traveled in civilian vehicles, the Scorpion teams were often mistaken for insurgents. On a couple of occasions, U.S. soldiers unknowingly tracked the teams as insurgents and focused on their official safe houses as possible targets until they were discovered to be working with U.S. officials.

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THE UNHOLY TRINITY; BUSH -ROVE –CHENEY; PROPAGANDA-EXPLOITATION- VIOLENCE!

The blood of our soldiers, is the cement that holds together Bush’s Folly, the War in Iraq! Supporters of this war are accomplices, who help promote the ILLUSION OF LIBERTY. We watch a country destroyed, the death of its citizens, while the Bush government covertly{not so much} pressures a new government to go its way! We see how terror is used as the excuse as only a tyrant would use it, to convince a nation they require him as a leader! Terrorism that wasn’t significant until we invaded a country under false pretenses to provide an Over-Blown Ego a legacy! Terrorism that only increased as Bush declared He and His Gang were a “Law Unto Themselves

I can not believe that anyone in the House or Senate can still back the White House after reading something like this. How do these men and women in leadership have the guts to go back to their constituency and face them if they still support the lies and deceptions? This country has paid so dearly for Bush's "agenda". Families have made the greatest sacrifice and have been lied to. Mothers have lost their sons for what? Iraq is a pile of rubble for what? Our deficit is out of control for what?

Great speech Susan, but we do not live in a democracy. We have a representative republic, where we elect representatives.

Also, Paul Hackett, even though he says things we want to hear about bush, he also spouts the same line about HAVING to stay in Iraq.

Iraq is unwinnable, and we should pull out now before the world community tires of our imperialistic romp through the middle east.

The "insurgency" is now estimated at 200,000 soldiers, and we have only 130,000 or so on the ground. My fear is that our forces will be over run, and we will lose all of those Americans, giving bush an excuse to, I shudder to say it...nuke Iraq.

It is obvious that our corrupt, so called representatives, could care less, and are only worried about re-election. Write them and threaten to organize against their re-election, and you might, just maybe, see a change.

I agree we should leave Iraq.The world community has been fed up with Bush Policies for a long time!

All the military seem to be on orders conform their opinions with the so-called Commander in Chief I still feel Hackett is the best.

Representative Republic- a new name? We elect them to represent us!Vote those in who will do that, the Conyers, Boxers and Last I heard it was still called and I will not give up on our "Democracy!

I do write our Reps and agree everyone should do so!

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