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Something very fishy is happening. Get ready for a big "discovery" in the Media about Iraq WMDs in the next few weeks. This David Kay is very suspicious. CNN, for example, did an interview with Kay recently in which he specifically stated, no make that BOASTED, that the world should be prepared for "some big surprises" in the coming days concerning Iraqi WMDs. Also, not the curious connections between the corporation that this David Kay used to work for, SAIC, and the Anthrax suspect Stephen Hatfill.


Monday, June 30, 2003

David Kay has been appointed by CIA Director George Tenet to be Special Advisor for Strategy regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs. This means Kay will go to Iraq and lead the 1,300-member Iraq Survey Group to find those missing weapons of mass destruction. This is an extraordinary development for a number of reasons:

Who is David Kay? He used to work for the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is the former U.N. Special Commission chief nuclear weapons inspector, and as such spent time in Iraq right after the Gulf War looking for nuclear weapons on behalf of the United Nations. He is a former secretary general of the Uranium Institute, now called the World Nuclear Association, an apologist for nuclear power generation (whose co-chairman is currently Hans Blix!). Much more intriguingly, he is a former Corporate Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), an extremely successful privately owned military contractor. He has spent much of the last five to ten years giving presentations in favor of attacking Iraq based on its alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction (for example, see here and here and here and here and here and here and - ahem - here in a Judith Miller article maintained on a State Department web site). Kay's own professional reputation lies in the balance if such weapons of mass destruction are not found.

SAIC is an employee-owned corporation based in San Diego that is known for its extreme aggressiveness in obtaining government, mainly military, contracts, and for its extreme financial success (some background here and here, and a recent story here). It is deeply embedded in the Pentagon. It has been heavily involved in contracts involving the Pentagon's plans for a missile defense system and the Future Combat Systems Program (remember that missile defense, the transformation of the military, and the removal of Saddam are express plans of the PNAC'ers; while PNAC wrote about the need for a 'Pearl Harbor', SAIC likes the expression 'electronic Pearl Harbor' in order to drum up business). SAIC makes electronic counterterrorism equipment, and has benefitted mightily from the 'war on terror' which followed 9-11.

SAIC is involved in Iraq in at least three ways:

the construction and operation of a U. S. propaganda radio station at Umm Qasr, which will be part of a network including a nationwide propaganda television channel and an 'independent' propaganda newspaper

the management of the Iraqis who the Pentagon plans to instal as the lead bureaucrats for the Iraqi government of the future

some other matter which is secret enough that the company won't talk about it, although a good guess might be that it has to do with electronic spying.

The timing of Kay's departure is interesting. He had a very high-level and presumably very lucrative position at a top military contractor until October 2002, when he left to work for yet another think tank (which specializes in miliary policy and terrorism). It is an odd career move, but it freed him up to be an 'independent' commentator in favor of the attack on Iraq (another guy who recently worked for SAIC is anthrax patsy Steven Hatfill). Do you think he ever really left SAIC?

The contract with respect to the Iraqi future government is odd. In February 2003 the Pentagon established the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council under the "Future of Iraq Project" (for background see here). Most members appear to have been drawn from the Iraqi Forum for Democracy, and are led by Emad Dhia. The Iraqis started planning in offices near the Pentagon, were taken to Vienna to prepare for their future duties, and are now in Baghdad. They are employees of SAIC, and therefore we have an example of the ultimate in privatization: the leaders of the future Iraqi bureaucracy are employees of an American corporation! The complete failure of the Americans to properly run Baghdad has probably delayed whatever plans the Pentagon had for these bureaucrats of the future, and it remains to be seen how this all plays out. Khidir Hamza, the man who supplied much of the propaganda background for the lies regarding nuclear weapons of mass destruction, is part of the group being organized by SAIC.

One of the great puzzles of the attack on Iraq is the fact that the Americans have still not yet planted the weapons of mass destruction. With all the military in place it should have been a relatively simple matter to fly in some suspicious chemicals and laboratory equipment, and immediately 'find' them. Why hasn't this happened already? Did they try to do it and suffered some mishap which would account for the delay? Are they afraid that they cannot produce materials that look genuine? Are they afraid that someone in the military or the CIA would leak details of the planting? Obviously, being caught would be disastrous, so it will require a top expert to do the job. Is David Kay that expert? Might he be getting assistance from some military contractor that he used to work for that happens to be in Iraq for other secret and not-so-secret purposes?

We know the weapons aren't there due to the conveniently forgotten testimony of General Hussein Kamel and others, and due to the fact that American rewards and interrogation (carrots and sticks) applied to Iraqi scientists have not revealed one iota of evidence that such weapons still exist or existed prior to the attack on Iraq. We know that Cheney and Rumsfeld and Bush were in receipt of CIA intelligence that should have left them unable to continue to use the excuse of weapons of mass destruction posing an imminent threat to the United States, but in the face of that intelligence they lied over and over again. Now a man who has been warmongering against Iraq for years based on the statement that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, and a man with connections to a large military contractor with extensive ties to the Pentagon's missile defense program and Future Combat Systems Program, is being sent out to find these weapons. Do you think he'll find what he's looking for?

posted 4:13 AM

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MORE ON DAVID KAY 30.Jun.2003 02:09


more on the suspicious mr. david kay....

LINK 30.Jun.2003 02:10


Sorry, here's the link:

gap-filler 30.Jun.2003 12:34


What appear to be incomplete reference notations in the article ("see here and here...etc") are actually live links at the original blog site, referenced at the end of the article:  http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2003_06_01_xymphora_archive.html

Go to that blog to get the links to the references and citations.

James 30.Jun.2003 12:35

Consider this

What makes everyone believe there are no excluded weapons in Iraq? There MUST be. The Bush Administration definitely exaggerated the claims -- we know that from the forged uranium papers, the aluminum tubing fiasco, etc. But everytime U.N. inspectors go into the country, they find banned weapons. Just back in February they found mustard gas.

That old, long since inactive mustard gas could not possibly be the last of the WMD.

Because of the lack of persuasive evidence of WMD before the war, I doubt Iraq had an active program. (Nuclear, chemical, biological, or otherwise). But they had chemical weapons. They had other banned weapons (or borderline-banned), like the al-Samoud missiles, which were capable of a longer range than that allowed by U.N. resolutions.

At some point in the coming weeks and months, we WILL find WMD in Iraq. And they won't necessarily have been planted. What we should all focus on -- mainly the media, of course, but I'm sure they won't -- is the fact that it's completely irrelevant. Because the whole nefarious theory rests upon the nexus of a dictatorial regime, terrorist ties and WMD. And the terrorist ties definitely did not exist. And even if they did, the theory is bunk. And that's what we should be focusing on.

It doesn't matter if weapons whatever are found in Iraq. Because Iraq was never a threat to the United States.

to *consider this* 30.Jun.2003 12:56

Propaganda Free Mind

Yes, they had them. But they destroyed most of them, and certainly all and delivery systems that would have been a threat to the US.

As Scott Ritter says, you can't change basic science. The chemical weapons Bush has made such a big stink about had a limited shelf life. Those "thousands of tons" of chemical WMD that were produced in the 1980s and very early 1990s would be totally useless in this decade. It was always known that the Bush State of the Union address on this point was a lie. The reason the Bush administration has made such a big deal about those stupid two (count them -- two) mobile labs is because they wanted to create the notion that it would be possible to produce tons of NEW CHEMICAL WMD. Originally, Bush officials were saying that there was a fleet of these mobile labs.

All the people that say "we have the receipts, therefore we know Iraq has WMD" should not be using "has" but in fact, "...therefore we know Iraq at least had them at one time."

There will be a more substantial "find." That's for usre. Whether or not it's fabricated remains to be seen!

so far 30.Jun.2003 23:07

Kay doesn't have a clue

so far Kay doesn't seem to have a clue where to look except under rose bushes when someone has admitted that habit of the Husseins of telling ex-weapons scientists to go bury stuff in their own backyard, and he still can't put together this pattern about backyards. He's certainly not in danger of making a lot of real finds, probably because they'd be rusty and past their shelf life, at least, and I'm thinking it's because he doesn't want to make those finds.

What I like to think, is that if we were going to see weapons planted, we'd have seen them already, instead of the Bush admin sticking their necks out onto the uncomfortable chopping block with this pathetic bunch of straws they've been clutching at... but this may not be like planting a knife or a gun or a brick of hashish that "could have come from anywhere," I presume... It's not like Saddam was going to get yellow cake uranium from the Girl Scouts going door to door, I presume... there will have be some plausible documentation of where they got it, either someone we would like to accuse of selling it to them - their good buddy Iran is right out, for example, I would bet - or someone will have to explain how the stuff found its way out of someone else's highly secured military facility somewhere, if a plausible link to a seller can't be found. It may be even harder when Iraq has probably been under considerable scutiny since "Desert Storm". Materials might be traced even if inspections weren't happening, and that sort of evidence should already be in hand, so where is it? This could be perfectly naieve, but it is what I like to think anyway.

I do agree that this matters less and less every day though. I don't think it matters now what they find, I think it's clear that the Bush adminstration never had any reasonable justification at the time it happened.