Who’s a flake now, Soledad?
For months, weâ€™ve all wondered who this â€œCurveballâ€ is who fed the U.S. intelligence community bogus information that helped lead us into this disaster in Iraq. Now the truth comes out: he is Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who did study chemical engineering but made poor gradesâ€. Poor grades, eh? One wonders if Mr. Alwanâ€™s grades were as poor as those of George W. Bush. If so, perhaps that explains why the Bush Administration put so much stock in a man who had never actually managed a biological weapons facility.
A great article by Chris Barrick for the paper of Dr. Paul’s old college fraternity.
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Scott Horton: There’s this lady named Sibel Edmonds, and she lived in Iran and Turkey and moved to the US, became a US citizen and after the attacks of September 11 she heard FBI agents on TV saying ‘We need translators, we need help here, we’re at war against the enemy and so forth and we need to be able to translate what they’re saying to each other on the telephone.’
So she did her patriotic duty and volunteered. Actually, they already had her application from before and had lost it in the paper work or something, so they fast tracked her right into the translation department, and, my best understanding, I think she only worked in the translation department as a contractor for the FBI translation department between September 11 to early spring of 2002. That was it. Not even half a year.
Yet, apparently, during the time that Mrs. Edmonds spent there, working at the FBI, doing these translations, she found out some things that people with power would prefer that she hadn’t found out. Now, there’s big news, she’s willing to spill her guts, defy her gag order, and tell everything she knows to any major TV outlet in the US who will sign a contract with her, promising to air the entire segment unedited, and here to discuss this is my friend Luke Ryland, he goes by ‘Lukery’ in the blogosphere, and he runs Let Sibel Edmonds Speak. blogspot.com. You can sometimes find him posting up at my blog, TheStressBlog as well. Welcome to the show, Luke.
Luke Ryland: GDay Scott.
SH: Luke is on the other side of planet earth in Australia, so there might be a bit of a delay here.
LR: Not only that, it’s also 3.30am here and I’ve just stumbled out of bed, so that might also cause some delays.
SH: Heh. Why don’t you tell us basically about Sibel’s offer to the TV news networks, and their response so far.
LR: Well, you gave a pretty good introduction there to Sibelâ€™s case. You and I have discussed it before, and you’ve had Sibel on your show a number of times. You’ve done a great job covering her story. The problem is that nobody else has covered her story very well. Continue reading
(CNN) â€“ Saudi Arabia could have helped the United States prevent al Qaeda’s 2001 attacks on New York and Washington if American officials had consulted Saudi authorities in a “credible” way, the kingdom’s former ambassador said in a documentary aired Thursday.
The comments by Prince Bandar bin Sultan are similar to the remarks this week by Saudi King Abdullah that suggested Britain could have prevented the July 2005 train bombings in London if it had heeded warnings from Riyadh.
Speaking to the Arabic satellite network Al-Arabiya on Thursday, Bandar — now Abdullah’s national security adviser — said Saudi intelligence was “actively following” most of the September 11, 2001, plotters “with precision.”
“If U.S. security authorities had engaged their Saudi counterparts in a serious and credible manner, in my opinion, we would have avoided what happened,” he said. …
The September 11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. All but four of the suicide hijackers who carried out the plot were Saudi nationals, and after the attacks, the kingdom was widely criticized for having tolerated Islamic militancy.
The Saudis have called the criticism unfair, pointing out that al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden‘s original grievance was against the country’s ruling family, which invited U.S. troops into the kingdom after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Update: a bit longer clip is available here.
Soledad O’Brian, filling in on CNN 360, just introduced a clip of her new interview of Dr. Paul by invoking the proverbial “some say,” with “Ron Paul is eccentric, others say he’s just flakey.”
She then played a clip of an interview to play tomorrow night in which Ron calmly and eloquently denies the “threat” from Iran, explaining that they are a third rate nation which is not going to attack us. He said that if the US would back off it would remove their incentive for wanting nuclear weapons, cited nuclear powers around the world that we don’t attack and said the true threat is all the war propaganda being used to incite hatred to justify war just as before the invasion of Iraq.
Pretty flakey huh?
Update: here‘s the transcript:
O’BRIEN: Quick programming note for you. Tomorrow on 360, candid talk from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Some call the die-hard libertarian eccentric. Some people say, no, he’s just flaky. But he’s been drawing impressive crowds. He’s raising lots of cash, even while he’s really trailing in the polls. He’s also stirring the pot with some of his controversial views.
So, one of the things I asked him was whether he would be OK with Iran having nuclear weapons. And here’s what he told me.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REP. RON PAUL (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I would prefer them not to. And I think, if we had a different foreign policy, they wouldn’t have an incentive.
But, if they did, I wouldn’t — I wouldn’t do that much about it. I wouldn’t bomb them. I mean, they’re a third-rate nation. They’re not going to attack us. They are incapable of even attacking their neighbors. They are incapable of and they have no history of doing this.
So, to stir up hatred that’s so unnecessary and needless just doesn’t make any sense. I mean, the Pakistanis have them. There’s a lot of nuclear weapons floating around in the old Soviet Union. So, it isn’t the nuclear weapons. We’re just looking for an excuse.
This is war propaganda to give us — get the American people behind the bombing of Iran, just like the war propaganda got us all worked up and thought we had to go get Saddam Hussein, which was absolutely unnecessary.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
(Note: Dr. Paul is not included in the “we” that thought war with Iraq was necessary. Here’s one of his speeches in opposition to the war. His nice manners apparently keep him from mentioning that he wasn’t one of the fooled in front of a fool.)