his article dated Aug. 29, 2006, Gordon Prather states that the "International
Atomic Energy Agency inspectors had been allowed back into Iraq (in 2000, 2001,
and 2002) to inspect all the remaining nuclear-related sites in Iraq – including
Kuwaitha, where our 'intelligence' had suggested the Iraqis might be doing something
untoward – and found nothing untoward."
have checked the IAEA Web site and there is no mention of these inspection (between
2000-2002). Can you please ask Dr. Prather where he sourced this information
Andre De Angelis
have read those Iraq Safeguards reports for 2000, 2001, and 2002 at the IAEA
Web site, but am not sure now how to access them. However, contained within
the IAEA Action Team Consolidated Reports submitted by ElBaradei each year to
the Security Council – which are still available on-site – are summaries of
those "null" Safeguards reports. Here
is ElBaradei's report for the 1999 Safeguards inspection [.pdf]:
"As I recalled in my letter to the President of the Council of 10 December
1999 (S/2000/120), during the time IAEA was able to perform its mandate in Iraq
pursuant to the above-mentioned Security Council resolutions, the activities
which it was to carry out pursuant to Iraq's Safeguards Agreement with the Agency
in accordance with the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons were
subsumed under the activities pursuant to the Security Council resolutions.
in the light of the fact that the latter activities had ceased in December 1998,
and given the requirements of the IAEA safeguards system, mentioned in my letter
of 10 December, a five-person IAEA team carried out a physical inventory verification
of the nuclear material in Iraq between 22 and 25 January 2000.
informed the IAEA Board of Governors during its recent meeting, the Agency inspectors
were able to verify the nuclear material subject to safeguards, which consists
of low enriched, natural and depleted uranium. Iraq provided the necessary cooperation
for the inspection team to perform its activities effectively and efficiently,
even though the inspection, planned initially for December, could take place
only in January because of the delay in the provision of the necessary visas
by the Government of Iraq."
Here are later
Here is the pertinent part of the last report:
"As it has
for the last two years, the Agency carried out, in January 2002, a verification
of the declared nuclear material in Iraq, pursuant to Iraq's Nonproliferation
Treaty safeguards agreement with the Agency. With the cooperation of the Iraqi
authorities, Agency inspectors were able to verify the presence of the declared
nuclear material remaining in Iraq that is subject to safeguards."
the US Nuke Iran and Syria?
David Henderson not believe that there are not "millions of innocent"
Americans "trying to make their way" "under a really horrible
I do believe that
millions of innocent Americans are trying to make their way under a horrible
government. The largest subset of these millions are those who are in prison
simply for using or selling illegal drugs. I was trusting my readers, though,
to make distinctions among degrees of horror. The governments of Iran and Syria,
in the way they treat the people they govern, are much more horrible than local,
state, and federal governments in the United States.
Real Threat We Face in Britain Is Blair
to read the truth for a change. Just one point. I don't think Blair and Bush
derive their obsessions from Christianity at all. I guess I am quite fanatical
myself, in that I campaign for peace, justice, and an end to poverty as a Christian,
along with millions of non-Christians, of course. I agree that the secular state
is obviously a great historical development – government at all levels is best
when secular. Combining Church and State corrupts both.
Thanks for a blessed
moment of reality in a world of utter crap, anyway.
~ Peter Byrne
Deceptions a Way of Life
Cook's reports from northern Israel are generally accurate and reliable, but
one point he has raised more than once is incorrect – the fact that Arab towns
and villages in the north do not have air-raid sirens is not due to discrimination
(as is the absence of bomb shelters). It is due to the request of the local
Arab councils and municipalities who do not wish to hear the sirens on Holocaust
Day and on Memorial Day (for the fallen in Israel's many wars).
It's a minor point,
but became significant when the Katyusha rockets were falling, and killed Arab
children playing in the street.
reports are sound and praiseworthy.
~ Yael Lotan
am surprised to hear this familiar argument being repeated by someone of Yael
Lotan's stature. In a nondiscriminatory state, especially one that considers
itself under constant threat of war from its neighbors, would we think it reasonable
to learn that the minority ethnic group lacks air raid sirens because it does
not want to participate in memorial days commemorated by the majority ethnic
group? Is it right that Arab communities are unprotected in times of war because
they do not want to stand to attention on Memorial Day, which commemorates the
fall of Jewish soldiers in a war to defeat and destroy the Palestinian nation,
a war in which the friends and relatives of Arab citizens were either killed
or ethnically cleansed? Despite what many Israelis believe, the use of air raid
sirens is not primarily about getting your population to stand to attention
when the state wants it, but about protecting civilians in times of war. The
state of Israel dismally failed its Palestinian citizens, as it has done so
many times before, when they relied on it most.
Trent Lott's house been rebuilt?
personnel in the U.S. and Germany have estimated American casualties in Iraq
at approximately 1,300 per month. For 36 months that's 46,800 American casualties.
Given a death to wounded ratio of 1-to-7 (Vietnam was 1-to-5) that's 6,686 killed
Americans. Why doesn't anyone quote these numbers?
~ Martin Bluestein
U.S. military has reported over four dozen deaths in Germany, Texas, Maryland,
etc., from wounds received in Iraq. Just check this
page and filter by location.
the Iraq action the Bush administration has pulled the HREX documents from the
DOE Web site, although they still continue to recognize that their are over
3.2 million cubic square feet of human radiation experiments.
Our judicial process
has recently ruled against our future veterans and families seeking compensation
on behalf of our atomic veterans and our courts have adopted a policy to protect
our government from being responsible for their actions.
It is estimated
that between 1940 and 1950, 220,000 veterans were exposed to radiation. One
study showed that over 18,000 atomic veterans had filed claims as of Oct. 2004
and that less that 1,900 of them had been approved.
One program (Project
Shad) exposed over 10,000 veterans to biological and chemical weapons and our
courts are still currently protecting the release of these documents.
If you read such
articles as "Wonder
Weapons" by Douglas Pasternak (7/7/97 in U.S. News) you get an understanding
how the Pentagon desires to continue a program of massive human experimentation
even though the mind-control technology doesn't work. I don't think you can
recognize torture as being a program of mind control.
democracy and communism is the accountability and disclosure of all government
and political actions conducted against their own citizens. This is the balance
of justice that totalitarian countries don't have. If your government can do
anything they want to you and you have no form of retribution or action, then
you don't have any constitutional or human rights. Also see "Vets
Exposed to Radiation Lose Ruling" and "DOE
Openness: Human Radiation Experiments."
~ Richard Hellstrom