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“Progressive” News Organization Shows It’s War Mongering Underbelly

 

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

 

Caught lying? Is this the best way to put it? Something worse, perhaps, working for a foreign government against the United States while pretending to “stand up for the little guy?”

The Center for Public Integrity, a self confessed “progressive” group with heavy funding and the appearance of “liberal” values just did a “180.” Now they seem to want a war.

What did they do?

They carried a story saying Libya got its chemical weapons from Iran. Here is part of their groundless and deceptive piece intended to support an unprovoked attack on Iran’s civilian population:

The Obama administration is investigating whether Iran supplied the Libyan government of Moammar Gadhafi with hundreds of special artillery shells for chemical weapons that Libya kept secret for decades, U.S. officials said.

The shells, which Libya filled with highly toxic mustard agent, were uncovered in recent weeks by revolutionary fighters at two sites in central Libya. Both are under heavy guard and round-the-clock drone surveillance, U.S. and Libyan officials said. The discovery of the shells has prompted a U.S. intelligence-led probe into how the Libyans obtained them, and several sources said early suspicion had fallen on Iran.

“We are pretty sure we know” the shells were custom-designed and produced in Iran for Libya, said a senior U.S. official, one of several who spoke on condition of anonymity because the sensitivity of the accusation.

The truth?

  • Libya reported these munitions to the United States in 2002 and requested funding to destroy them.
  • The plants that built them were designed by the Israeli’s, based on a similar program that was dismantled in South Africa, a well know chemical and nuclear weapons program between those nations that ended in 1990. In addition to mustard gas, VX and other weapons were produced also. Some were used, killing hundreds, under combined South African and Israeli supervision.
  • Iran had taken part in the program until 1979 but only under the Shah.

Here are more of their bizarre assertions:

Pentagon and CIA analysts have asserted that Iran fired chemical artillery shells at Iraqi troops in 1988, a contention supported by secret Iraqi government documents obtained after the fall of Baghdad in 2003. A 1987 letter, written by Iraq’s military intelligence director and stamped “top secret,” described three Iranian chemical attacks and sought to assess what appeared to be a growing Iranian interest in mustard agent.

“The enemy has chemical bombs/shells,” concluded the letter, part of an archives acquired by the Conflict Records Research Center at National Defense University. It said Iran probably received help from a foreign power in obtaining the chemicals to fill its munitions, and asserted that Tehran was attempting “by various means to reach an advanced stage of chemical agent production.”

The truth:

  • Iraq got their chemical weapons from the US, Britain, West Germany and Norway, brokered by Prescott Bush and Company. It was Iraq, not Iran, that used chemical weapons, including against the Kurds well into the 1990′s.
  • Statements made about Iran, dating back many decades, have absolutely nothing to do with chemcial stockpiles in Libya that had been under US and British oversight for many many years according to this article which includes a state department cable that totally debunks all assertions made by the “Integrity Center.”
  • In fact, it is Israel that helped Gaddafi develop the weapons in question. Curiously, one finds that Israeli citizens make up a signficant portion of the operational leadership of the “Integrity Center.”

The following video provides some proof of the Libya/Israel ties. The article from the “Integrity Center” produces nothing at all, no cable, no names, no testimony and, frankly, runs contrary to common sense.


YouTube – Veterans Today –

If you read the official cable, one taken from Wikileaks, you will note that the “Integrity Center” actually invented the entire story using anonymous sources that we assert they entirely invented. It is utterly impossible for those responsible for this report to not know everything they have written is utterly inaccurate.

Moreover, there could be no intention in printing something as outlandish as this unless “tasked” to support a military strike against Iran based on false and purposefully misleading information.

As no US interests of any kind are served, is it possible that The Center for Public Integrity may well be an agency of a foreign power? Is bothering to ask a question about something so obvious as silly as the article itself?

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S E C R E’T SECTION 01 OF 02 TRIPOLI 000795 NOFORN SIPDIS DEPT FOR NEA/MAG AND ISN/CBC (FERGUSON); NSC FOR MCDERMOTT E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/5/2019 TAGS: PARM, PREL, PGOV, CWC, OPCW, LY SUBJECT: LIBYA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS DESTRUCTION CHIEF DEFENDS EXTENSION REQUEST REF: A) STATE 100809; B) TRIPOLI 490 CLASSIFIED BY: Joan Polaschik, CDA, U.S. Embassy Tripoli, U.S. Department of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d)

1.(S/NF) Summary: Dr. Ahmed Hesnawy, head of Libya‘s chemical weapons destruction program, defended Libya‘s Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) extension request .

HESNAWY JUSTIFIES EXTENSION REQUEST

2.(S) During a September 30 meeting, Pol/Econ Chief jointly delivered ref a demarche with French DCM to the head of the chemical weapons destruction program at Libya‘s National Chemical Weapons (CW) Authority, Dr. Ahmed Hesnawy. During the meeting, Hesnawy also provided a detailed briefing on his progress toward meeting Libya‘s Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) commitments.

3. (S) Hesnawy gave a long explanation of the reasons for the extension request, including resistance from the local community when construction work began at the building site ..

3.(S/NF) Hesnawy then explained that the next problem he confronted was with the civil defense people, who ..

UK EMBASSY WARNS OF HESNAWY’S CONFIDENCE9.(S) In a separate meeting, xxxxxxxxxxxx told P/E Chief that while the MFA IO officer Tajouri Shiradi had made the same request for support for Libya‘s CWC requests, he did not provide as much detail on the progress of the Libyan program. xxxxxxxxxxxx expressed surprise that Hesnawy had met with us, relating that he was an elusive character .

10.(S/NF) Bio info: Hesnawy is a charismatic and gregarious character, who spoke fluent American English. He used American expressions and slang with ease and was clearly trying to endear himself to P/E Chief. He said that he has been head of Libya‘s Chemical Weapons Program for the last 12 years and was intimately aware of every technical detail relating to that program. According to xxxxxxxxxxxx, Hesnawy may be working with National Security Advisor, Muatassim al-Qadhafi, on missile purchase requests.

In their most recent statement on Libya, the UN organization that oversees chemical weapons released the following statement which fails to make any mention of the conspiracy theories from the “Integrity Center.”

 

The OPCW and Libya


The recent crisis in Libya has highlighted the role of the OPCW in eliminating the world’s stockpiles of chemical weapons. When Libya joined the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to become an OPCW Member State in January 2004, the then-government of Libya declared possession of about 25 metric tonnes of a blistering agent, sulfur mustard, and over 3,500 chemical munitions in the form of unfilled aerial bombs.

It also declared nearly 1,400 metric tonnes of precursor chemicals that could produce more lethal weapons like the nerve agent Sarin, as well as three chemical weapons production facilities. The OPCW immediately verified the accuracy of the declaration with on-site inspections and has verified all of Libya’s subsequent destruction activities.

The entire arsenal of aerial bombs was crushed with bulldozers in March 2004, eliminating Libya’s capacity to weaponise its sulfur mustard. In due course, two of the former chemical weapons production facilities were demolished down to their foundations, and with the OPCW’s approval the third facility was converted into a pharmaceuticals plant. With these actions the Libyan government gave up its ability to manufacture warfare agents from the precursor chemicals. Operations to destroy the sulfur mustard finally got underway in October 2010. Over the next four months Libya neutralized nearly 55% of its stockpile and was potentially on track to meet the 15 May 2011 deadline set by the OPCW to finish the job. Unfortunately, a heating component of the neutralization unit malfunctioned in early February of this year and its operations had to be suspended.

The OPCW recalled its on-site inspectors to headquarters in The Hague until destruction activities could resume. These developments coincided with the eruption of protests against the Qaddafi government. Due to the mounting crisis and the imposition of sanctions against the regime, the spare part needed to repair the destruction facility could not be delivered.

The OPCW subsequently moved the destruction deadline to 29 April 2012, the maximum allowable under the Convention. The remaining stocks should be destroyed under the verification of OPCW inspectors as soon as circumstances permit, and steps have been taken in that direction.

On 16 September 2011, the United Nations formally recognised the new government in Tripoli as the legitimate authority of Libya, which assumed Libya‘s obligations under the CWC to complete destruction of the remaining stockpiles. The OPCW Technical Secretariat is now engaged in regular consultations with the Libyan government and other Member States to enable the return of OPCW inspectors to examine conditions at the storage depot and verify destruction operations when they recommence. Further updates on the Organisation’s activities in Libya will be posted on this webpage as they develop.

Our position? Our own politics follow the “Integrity Center” 99% of the time on almost every issue with the exception of inventing false stories to justify waging aggressive war.

This has been done several times recently and it is a reasonable assumption that, rather than being a “progressive group” as they claim, the “Integrity Center” is a neocon front.

Remember what Lenin said:

The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves. Vladimir Ilyich LeninVladimir Ilyich Lenin

The “Integrity Center” does a lot of talking about money in politics and the “evil Koch brothers.” However, what we smell is just another front site for the Koch Brothers and the left hand of Fox News and the Limbaugh gang.