THE LIE OF THE CENTURY
The Downing Street Memo is only the beginning of the proof we were all lied to.
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[pdf version]"All war is based on deception." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because
most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually
lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.
President McKinley told the American people that the USS Maine had been sunk in Havana Harbor by a Spanish
mine. The American people, outraged by this apparent unprovoked attack, supported the Spanish American War. The Captain of
the USS Maine had insisted the ship was sunk by a coal bin explosion, investigations after the war proved that such had indeed
been the case. There had been no mine.
||FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack. It wasn't. The United States saw war with Japan as the means to get into
war with Germany, which Americans opposed. So Roosevelt needed Japan to appear to strike first. Following an 8-step plan devised by the Office of Naval Intelligence, Roosevelt intentionally provoked Japan into the attack. Contrary
to the official story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence, but sent messages intercepted and decoded by US intercept stations. Tricked by the lie of a surprise attack, Americans marched off
to war. |
|President Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin to send Americans off to fight in Vietnam. There were no torpedoes
in the water in the Gulf. LBJ took advantage of an inexperienced sonar man's report to goad Congress into escalating the Vietnam
It is inescapable historical reality that leaders
of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory"
to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.
This brings us to the present case.
Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did
President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?
This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy.
This is, as they say, a smoking gun.
But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it had become obvious that the US Government,
aided by that of Great Britain, was lying to create the public support for a war in Iraq.
First off is Tony Blair's "Dodgy Dossier", a document released by the Prime Minister that made many of the claims used to support the push for
war. The dossier soon collapsed when it was revealed that much of it had been plagiarized from a 12-year old student thesis
The contents of the dossier, however much they seemed to create a good case for invasion, were obsolete
This use of material that could not possibly be relevant at the time is clear proof of a deliberate
attempt to deceive.
Then there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories". Proffered in the absence
of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media,
with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly
of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.
The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations such as this one to
the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.
This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas
generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured
the units and sold them to Iraq.
Colin Powell's speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after another. Powell claimed that Iraq
had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and Powell's
own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion,
no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.
||Powell also claimed to the United Nations that the photo at left showed "Decontamination Vehicles".
But when United Nations inspectors visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they were
just firefighting equipment. |
Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the palm trees of Western Iraq.
None were ever found.
Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax. None was ever found.
Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had already confirmed that it was destroyed.
The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as "standards" for testing. When the UN suspected that the US samples
had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out.
Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological
weapons. The only drones found were short-range reconnaissance drones.
Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical and biological warfare
agents. Powell gave no basis for that claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted the claim.
No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following the invasion.
Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had authorized his field commanders to
use biological weapons. No such weapons were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none were
ever found in Iraq.
Powell claimed that 122mm warheads found by the UN inspectors were chemical weapons. The warheads were
empty, and showed no signs of ever having contained chemical weapons.
Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of illegal long-range Scud missiles. None were ever found.
Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that Saddam was supporting Osama Bin Laden. But independent translation of the tape revealed Osama's wish for Saddam's death.
||Colin Powell's UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high flying aircraft and spacecraft.
On the photos were circles and arrows and labels pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as laboratories
and storage areas for Saddam's massive weapons of mass destruction program. Nothing in the photos actually suggested what
the blobby shapes were and inspections which followed the invasion, all of them turned out to be rather benign. In at least
one case, the satellite Powell claimed had taken one of the pictures had actually been out of operation at the time. And many questioned why Powell was showing black and white photos when the satellites in use at the time
over Iraq took color images.|
Another piece of evidence consists of documents which President Bush referenced as in his 2003 State
of the Union Speech. According to Bush, these documents proved that Iraq was buying tons of uranium oxide, called "Yellow
Cake" from Niger. Since Israel had bombed Iraq's nuclear power plant years before, it was claimed that the only reason Saddam
would have for buying uranium oxide was to build bombs.
|This hoax fell apart fast when it was pointed out that Iraq has a great deal
of uranium ore inside their own borders and no need to import any from Niger or anywhere else. The I.A.E.A. then blew the
cover off the fraud by announcing that the documents Bush had used were not only forgeries, but too obvious to believe that anyone in the Bush administration did not know they were forgeries!
In the end, the real proof that we were lied to about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction
is that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found. That means that every single piece of paper that purported to prove
that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was by default a fraud, a hoax, and a lie. There could be no evidence that supported
the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction because Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. In a way, the existence
of any faked documents about Iraq's WMDs is actually an admission of guilt. If one is taking the time to create fake documents,
the implication is that the faker is already aware that there are no genuine documents.
What the US Government had, ALL that they had, were copied student papers, forged "Yellow
Cake" documents, balloon inflators posing as bioweapons labs, and photos with misleading labels on them. And somewhere along
the line, someone decided to put those misleading labels on those photos, to pretend that balloon inflators are portable bioweapons
labs, and to pass off 12-year old stolen student papers as contemporary analysis.
And THAT shows an intention to deceive.
Lawyers call this "Mens Rea", which
means "Guilty Mind". TV lawyer shows call it "Malice of forethought". This means that not only did the Bush Administration
lie to the people and to the US Congress, but knew they were doing something illegal at the time that they did it.
All the talk about "Intelligence failure" is just
another lie. There was no failure. Indeed the Army agents who erroneously claimed that missile tubes were parts
for a uranium centrifuge received bonuses, while the Pentagon smeared Hans Blix, and John Bolton orchestrated the firing of Jose Bustani, the director
of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, because Bustani was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors
The President of the United States and his Neocon
associates lied to the people of the United States to send them off on a war of conquest.
Defenders of the government will point to the cases
listed at the top of the page as proof that lying to the people is a normal part of the leader's job and we should all get
used to it. And because "Everybody does it" that we should not single out the present administration. But this is madness.
We do not catch all the murderers, yet when we catch a murderer, we deal with them as harshly as possible, in order to deter
Right now, we have the criminals at hand. and, while
other leaders in history have lied to start wars, for the first time in history, the lie stands exposed while the war started
with the lies still rages on, to the death and detriment of our young men and women in uniform. We cannot in good moral conscience
ignore this lie, this crime, lest we encourage future leaders to continue to lie to use to send our kids off to pointless
wars. Lying to start a war is more than an impeachable offence; it the highest possible crime a government can commit against
their own people. Lying to start a war is not only missapropriation of the nation's military and the nation's money under
false pretenses, but it is outright murder committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal of the trust each
and every person who serves in the military places in their civilian leadership. By lying to start a war, the Bsuh administration
has told the military fatalities and their families that they have no right to know why they were sent to their deaths. It's
none of their business.
Our nation is founded on the principle of rule with
the consent of the governed. Because We The People do not consent to be lied to, a government that lies rules without the
consent of the governed, and ruling without the consent of the governed is slavery.
You should be more than angry. You should be in
a rage. You should be in a rage no less than that of the families of those young men and women who have been killed and maimed
in this war started with a lie.You need to be in a rage and you need to act on that rage because even as I type these words,
the same government that lied about Iraq's nuclear weapons is telling the exact same lies about Iran's nuclear capabilities.
The writing is on the wall; having gotten away with lying to start the war in Iraq, the US Government will lie to start a
war in Iran, and after that another, and after that another, and another and another and another because as long as you remain
silent, and as long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.
As long as you remain inactive, the liars have
no reason to stop.
It is time to
fire the liars.
"The only thing necessary for
the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing" .
|U.S.C. TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 § 1001. |
Except as otherwise provided in this section, WHOEVER, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative,
or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or
covers up by ANY trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement
or representation; or
(3) makes or USES any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false,
fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party's counsel, for statements, representations,
writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect
to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment
practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any
office or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority
of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.
SO HERE IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO
The Bush administration and their friends in the media want this story to go away. More than want it to go away, they
are in a panic, and will do everything they can to stop it. They will use every dirty trick, every paid shill, every presstitute
that they can. Already there is a report that the Michael Jackson jury is "expected" to reach a verdict just before the Conyers
So, I want YOU to copy this article off, post it everywhere.
This article is placed in the public domain. Mail it to your friends. Then send it to your local media and your Congresscritters and have everyone you know do the same. Get on the phones. Flood
The term is "Viral Marketing" where you get the people who
need a product to market it for you. Well, this nation NEEDS this "product". It needs to know that this war was started with
lies. INTENTIONAL lies. And they need to know there is something they can do about it, and that is to start pounding on the
doors of power.
Because when a flood of such messages reaches the Congress and the media, what they will hear is that there is no more time. Either they
will deal with these lies and the liars, in full, or they will lose all credibility as a government and as media.
A government that lies to the people cannot be the legal government
of this land. Make sure that they understand that YOU understand that the Constitution does not allow the government to lie
to the people. Calling themselves the government does not make it so if they act unconstitutionally and illegally. The Constitution
is the original "Contract with America" and a government that lies stands in clear breach of that contract.
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But when a long train of abuses and
usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right,
it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
-- "The Declaration of Independence"