Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wikileaks cables reveal extent of US government's lying to its own people and the world

Readers will no doubt remember the famous and impassioned speech by Colin Powell at the United Nations Security Council where he justified the invasion and subsequent massacre of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi’s because the US’s old pal Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.  

We now know this to have been a lie in order to allow the US to remove Hussein who was becoming more unreliable in the pursuit of US capitalism’s interests in the region.  Iraqi oil was a nationalized industry for example.

Here is one of the cables released by Wikileaks last week.  If there is any doubt that the roots of terrorism or antagonism to the US government and it’s policies is based on the brutal and violent imposition of US imperial policies this should clear it up. Iraq was telling the truth, Powell and the US lied.  Millions of people around the world know this.  Americans too often tend to ignore it. Hundreds of thousands of people including thousands of young Americans have died as US politicians lied.

Powell, Bush, Blair, Rumsefeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Hilary Clinton , Obama are a all bunch of murderers and war criminals.  Is there any doubt what is at the root of extreme paranoia at the sight of US presence on the part of N. Korea and Iran?   It is US capitalism that is the most destructive and destabilizing force in the world today; it is the duty of American workers and the middle class to put a stop to it; surely, if we know the truth, we cannot remain silent. The policies of the US government are designed to advance the interest of the multinational corporations and those who profit from this situation.  As we read this, and with an upcoming Grand Prix expected to take place in Bahrain, people are being tortured and imprisoned for protesting against an absolute monarch and for democratic reforms and a republic.  This is all in the presence of 30,000 US troops. The original is here
Thank you Bradley Manning

The bold emphasis below we added.


2003 February 6, 00:21 (Thursday)
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Issue with the secretary's February 5 presentation

1. (u) Iraqi FM Naji Sabri submitted the following letter to the Security Council (s/2003/132), concerning the us presentation to the council on February 5. The full text of the letter follows in para 2.

2. (u) begin text. The government of the United States has announced that it has called for a meeting of the Security Council on 5 February 2003 at which United States secretary of state Colin Powell will present what has been dubbed "evidence of Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction."

This play-acting has become transparent after the submission by the united states of more than one report filled with allegations and accusations devoid of any evidence to substantiate them, such as the report annexed to the speech of united states president Bush before the general assembly on 12 September 2002, entitled "a decade of deception and defiance," and the report of the central intelligence agency (CIA) of October 2002, entitled "Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs." In both those reports, the bush administration accused Iraq of developing weapons of mass destruction at more than 50 sites. British prime minister tony Blair has played a supporting role in this regard, publishing a similar report in October 2002 in which he claimed that there existed specific sites in Iraq at which weapons of mass destruction were being developed.

 After Iraq accepted the return of the inspectors on 16 September 2002 and agreed to deal with security council resolution 1441 (2002), the united nations monitoring, verification and inspection commission (unmovic) and the international atomic energy agency (iaea) were requested to accord priority, in resuming inspections, to sites alleged by the united states and Britain to be developing weapons of mass destruction programmes.

Inspection work began on 27 November 2002. After two months of intensive inspections involving the use of state-of-the-art equipment for detecting any proscribed nuclear, chemical or biological activity and the analysis of water, soil and air samples all over Iraq during 518 tours of inspection comprising all the sites that were the object of president bush's and prime minister Blair’s accusations, as well as numerous other sites, including residential quarters in Iraqi cities, the report of Messrs.’ Blix and ElBaradei, submitted to the security council on 27 January 2003, substantiated Iraq’s declarations and consequently confirmed that the reports of president bush and prime minister Blair were devoid of truth and had been drafted in order to distort the picture of Iraq and create pretexts for aggression against Iraq and against the region as a whole.

Perhaps this fact explains the urgent requests addressed to states by Messrs.’ Blix and ElBaradei to provide unmovic and iaea with verifiable evidence of any proscribed activities, substances or materials in Iraq and the insistence of states members of the security council that those states which are alleging that Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction submit their evidence to unmovic and iaea pursuant to paragraph 10 of resolution 1441 (2002), which reads, "requests all member states to give full support to unmovic and the iaea in the discharge of their mandates, including by providing any information related to prohibited programmes or other aspects of their mandates ..."

On the basis of the above text, contained in the security council resolution, we request the government of the united states, through you, to submit immediately its alleged evidence to the technical committee entrusted by the united nations with verifying such allegations, namely unmovic (if they relate to proscribed activities in the chemical, biological or missile fields) or iaea (if they relate to proscribed activities in the nuclear field), so as to enable the two organizations to begin their investigations immediately and inform the security council and the international community of the extent to which those allegations are correct.

In this connection, we caution against using the general assembly or the security council as forums for spreading false accusations and fabricated evidence in open disregard for the mechanisms prescribed by the security council

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