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Mr. John Loftus is a man worth listening to. He has worked with NATO, the CIA, and the Israeli army.
He is an expert on the nuclear weapons situation in both Iran and Iraq. He is a respected author, former US government Prosecutor, and former Army intelligence officer. He is the founder of The Intelligence Summit, and he serves on the Board of Advisers to Public Information Research.
John Loftus’s credentials also include service to the Jewish people. As a young army officer he helped train Israeli soldiers in the use of the American TOW missiles (Tube-launched, Optically tracked,
Wire-guided) – anti-tank missiles – during the Yom Kippur War. Those missiles were said to be a main factor in turning the tide of the war to Israel’s favor, destroying convoys of Syrian tanks coming in from the Sinai. In the 1970s Loftus worked for the US Department of Justice, in the Office of Special Investigations. He was directly involved in prosecuting and deporting Nazi war criminals.
Let’s look at what Mr. Loftus has to say about the nuclear regimes of both Iraq and Iran.
Mr. Loftus contends we may all have been misled about both Iraq and Iran, and their zeal to build weapons of mass destruction with the intent to annihilate the Jewish state. Loftus is quite critical of the Iran deal, which the Americans and P5 group (the UN Security Council’s five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the US and Germany) negotiated with Iran. This was a highly publicized –
and highly criticized – deal to exchange billions of dollars for a commitment from Iran to halt its nuclear program for a decade.
In the race to stop Iran from getting the bomb, many have wondered whether diplomatic channels could be effective against a regime determined to scoff at the Americans and destroy Israel. Some have held that there was little choice, since military options – especially given the cost to America from invading Iraq – could be calamitous.
To this day, a fierce debate rages over whether Saddam Hussein actually had any operational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) at the time of the US led invasion of Iraq in March of 2003. But Loftus believes that the US invasion did actually remove the nuclear threat from Iraq.
After the Pentagon’s release of 600,000 pages of declassified intelligence documents, Loftus suggests that the invasion of Iraq may have prevented Saddam from continuing an ongoing trade in chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons. The data reveals that Saddam did have a nuclear weapons program in 2001-2002, and that he most likely would have continued his efforts towards making a nuclear bomb had he not been stopped by the Coalition forces’ invasion.
One might ask: why haven’t we heard about this from the media? “Because it’s embarrassing,” Loftus claims. “It’s the biggest story of decade. New intelligence documents show the mainstream media got it horribly wrong.”
Loftus asserts that top Iraqi officials wanted to destroy Israel, and worked diligently towards that goal. In the Spring of 2003 Hamas and Iraqi officials discussed mutual cooperation for striking Israeli and American targets. The Palestinian Front and the Syrians supported Iraqi plans to bomb Israel in the foreseeable future.
Even al-Qaeda long sought the ability to use nuclear “dirty” bombs,
which combine conventional explosives (such as dynamite) with radioactive material. A 1998 indictment handed down by then-President
Bill Clinton’s Justice Department noted that Osama bin Laden himself had said that al-Qaeda would cooperate with the government of Iraq to distribute such weapons. The following year, ABC News confirmed the connection. The al-Qaeda/Iraq link has been also confirmed in translated declassified documents from US intelligence.
Iraqi intelligence agents met with Bin Laden in 1995 and they spoke several times over the course of a decade. Some seven months before 9/11, al-Qaeda and Iraq discussed striking American targets, and a year later they discussed WMD buried in the area of Halab, Syria.
Saddam’s secret files contain direct references to aiding anthrax attacks in the United States, planning the “Blessed July” bombings in London, and aiding numerous attacks against Israel. It’s well known that Saddam Hussein paid each suicide bombers’ family a $25,000.00 reward.
Among the newly declassified documents are Saddam’s actual tape recordings of the meetings of a special group for WMD. The National Security Agency has confirmed this, and the results were documented in a special edition of TV’s ABC Frontline in February 2006.
Saddam played a well-documented cat-and-mouse game with UN weapons inspectors. Saddam’s intelligence services sent out a memo ordering his staff not to destroy any WMD, but rather to conceal all prohibited materials.
Between 1999 and 2001 an official Iraqi “top secret” memo noted that the Iraqi army had a “chemical platoon” that was undergoing training in every form of illegal chemical weapons. Saddam wanted to expand his chemical weapons capability, and between January and September 2002 his Military Industrial Commission approved the production of various types of nerve gas.
In October 2002 Saddam’s Director of Planning ordered more than forty tons of various chemicals which, when mixed together, would make Zyklon B – the poison gas used by the Nazis to kill millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
Saddam himself was briefed on his secret nuclear weapons project in a taped meeting about a year before Coalition forces entered Iraq. The tape describes a laser enrichment process for uranium which UN inspectors had not even known existed in Iraq. Saddam’s advisors who were heard speaking on the tape were Iraqi scientists who had never been on any weapons inspector’s list. The advisors speaking on the tape explicitly discussed research that could be used to build a hydrogen bomb. In 2002 Saddam even tried to purchase uranium ore from three African nations.
A document dated November, 2002 describes an expansive plan to remove radioactive contamination from an isotope production building in Iraq.
Document after document from Saddam’s files were posted on a public website. Each document which was posted described in more detail than the last how to make a nuclear bomb, says Loftus. These documents, dated just before the war, show that Saddam had accumulated nearly every secret there was for the construction of nuclear weapons. The Iraqi intelligence files contain so much accurate information on the atom bomb that the translators’ public website, which carried the documents was closed for reasons of national security.
The question begs asking: where did the stockpile of Saddam’s weapons go in 2003? Loftus says that there is evidence which suggests that one-quarter of Iraq’s WMD had already been destroyed due to United Nations pressure during the early to mid-1990s. Another quarter was sold to Iraq’s Arab neighbors during the same period. A third quarter was removed from Iraq shortly before the 2003 invasion, due to pressure from Russia, which still had considerable influence with Saddam at the time. Those materials, Loftus maintains, made their way into Syrian hands.
Documents from Saddam’s governmentcredit the Russians with helping hide illegal weapons from the UN, since they too were working hand-in-hand with Iraqi scientists on WMD. It was the Russians, after all, who supplied Saddam with ninety-nine percent of his chemical and biological weapons, according to GlobalSecurity.org, and confirmed by the State Department’s Office for Export Controls Cooperation.
Part of the UN cat-and-mouse game, Loftus theorizes, was Saddam’s tactic of making a show of publicly destroying aged and corroding chemical weapons that didn’t work in the first place. This charade provided Saddam with a temporary reprieve, while he continued to work on fulfilling his real nuclear ambitions.
Finally, Loftus says, Iraq’s remaining quarter of WMD – along with its nuclear weapons labs and materials – were still in Iraq when coalition forces invaded, hidden in underground warehouses beneath the Euphrates River. These were hidden because apparently Saddam wanted to avoid the UN inspections, as well as a repetition of the Israeli raid on his Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.
In a March 2007 conference, David Gaubatz, from the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, was assigned to support the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group in the hunt for Saddam’s WMD. He was one of the first weapons hunters to arrive in Iraq in April 2003.
Gaubatz made connections with the Iraqi police, who showed him how during the last six months of 2002 Saddam built four huge cofferdams (watertight enclosures) along the Euphrates River. Deep pits were excavated and huge underground bomb-proof warehouses were installed with five foot thick concrete ceilings. Underwater facilities are extremely expensive to construct and are usually built for only one precise purpose. The twenty-five feet of water overhead would conceal almost all of the radiation emissions from inside the underground warehouses.
While the medical files for Gaubatz and his team confirm they were exposed to radiation, the team members were unable to enter any of the underground sites to explore the source of the radiation, as the tunnels leading to the surface had been plugged with concrete and filled with water.
The order to transfer the remaining sensitive military materials, whether completed or not, to the “underground facilities” was found among Saddam’s intelligence files. The movement order came just before the invasion of Iraq.
Gaubatz, twice decorated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for his work in Iraq, returned to the United States in 2004. Gaubatz discovered three years later that substantial amounts of WMD had been taken out of Iraq, and had gone undetected by the Americans. By the time Gaubatz alerted the US government, the CIA reported back that all four of the underground warehouses had been looted.
Loftus argues this nuclear inventory was stolen and spirited out of Iraq right under the nose of the U.S. forces, revealing a massive intelligence failure.
Intelligence experts have discovered a WMD trail leading from Iraq to Syria. Syria’s plan was to produce radioactive “dirty bombs” for use against Israel. Loftus suggests that the 2008 mysterious Israeli air strike against Syria was intended to destroy the facility carrying out this nuclear work.
Via his contacts through the Syrian intelligence network – including truck drivers who drove the WMD to the site the Israelis raided – and satellite photos, Loftus contends that he can pinpoint the precise locations of some of the missing Iraqi nuclear materials.
John Shaw, a high level official with the US Department of Defense, tracked the mass of conventional weapons and prohibited technology that was found in Iraq. He had been studying the inflow of conventional weapons into Iraq in 2002 when he came across the simultaneous outflow of WMD from Iraq to Syria.
Shaw was able to develop relationships with the British Secret Intelligence Service and senior members of the Ukrainian intelligence service. The Ukrainians, part of the Coalition in Iraq, gained access to the records of the Russian Spezsnatz (Special Purpose Forces) units that had secretly been ordered to Iraq at the end of 2002. This elite unit includes a group specially trained to remove all evidence of Russian arms transfers from client states.
According to Iraqi intelligence files, in January 2003 Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji told German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder that Chinese Intelligence “says that Iraq has moved weapons of mass destruction to Syria.” On March 16, 2003 – only weeks before the war – the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff ordered the transfer of “Special Ammunition” – the code for chemical weapons.
Shaw maintains that three Western spy services discovered that Russian soldiers had been dispatched to Iraq. Spetznatz units were smuggling Saddam’s stash of weaponsout. Shaw has collected all the details of the plan, the identity of the units and their commanders, and the dates of their entry and exit of Iraq.
The elite of the intelligence community confirmed Shaw’s discoveries – British intelligence, the Pentagon, the US State Department, high ranking Iraqi officials, the former Israeli Chief of Staff, and others.
Meanwhile, US spy satellites picked up shipping convoys. The Syrians had dug ditches sixty feet deep, and were observed dumping the contents of the tanker trucks into them under the cover of night. They were then seen filling in the ditches and replanting crops over them before dawn.
In March 2003 one of the drivers of the tanker trucks delivered information about the digging/dumping/covering project to Coalition forces. The driver’s testimony points to the WMD landing at Deir al Zour, Syria, and points to an as yet to be built burgeoning nuclear facility in the same region.
It turns out that Deir al Zour was determined to be the site of a partially constructed Syrian nuclear facility that the Israelis destroyed in their 2008 airstrike.
A U.S. House of Representatives’ report confirmed that Saddam was shifting his WMD programs outside of Iraq. Additionally, Yossef Bodansky, a senior consultant of the US Departments of Defense and State, and former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, notes that in 2002 chemical weapons from Iraq were shipped to Iran.
That’s right, Iran.
Moreover, some tens of thousands of advanced centrifuges were manufactured in Malaysia for Libya’s Colonel Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein. Quaddafi’s centrifuges have since been accounted for; but Saddam’s centrifuges are still missing.
We learn from all this a lesson on how one country was able to mislead the world. Iran, being three times the size of Iraq, may perhaps learn from Iraq’s fatal mistakes, and may now be shrewder than its neighbor. But then again, Iran’s leadership may be even more strident, having already broken its “weapons deal” by testing a long range missile this past October.
Perhaps the most revealing discovery to come from Loftus’ review of Iraqi intelligence reports was that neither diplomacy, nor sanctions – and not even the threat of utter annihilation – convinced Saddam to peacefully part with his WMD program.
We can only hope that his counterparts in Iran will learn from his fate.
John Loftus is the author and co-author of several books on Nazis, espionage, and similar topics including The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People (1994), Unholy Trinity: The Vatican, the Nazis, and the Swiss Banks (1998), America’s Nazi Secret: An Insider’s History of How the United States Department of Justice Obstructed Congress by: Blocking Congressional Investigations into Famous American Families Who Funded Hitler, Stalin and Arab Terrorists; Lying to Congress, the GAO and the CIA about the Postwar Immigration of Eastern European Nazi War Criminals to the US; and Concealing from the 9/11 Investigators the Role of the Arab Nazi War Criminals in Recruiting Modern Middle Eastern Terrorist Groups. (2010).