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"Ex-Officer Spurned on WMD Claim

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"Ex-Officer Spurned on WMD Claim

By ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 8, 2006

Source  TheNewYorkSun.com

"A former special investigator for the Pentagon during the Iraq war said he found four sealed underground bunkers in southern Iraq that he is sure contain stocks of chemical and biological weapons. But when he asked American weapons inspectors to check out the sites, he was rebuffed.

David Gaubatz, a former member of the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations, was assigned to the Talill Air Base in Nasiriyah at the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His job was to pick up any intelligence on the whereabouts of senior Baathists and weapons of mass destruction and then send the information to the American weapons inspectors gathering in Baghdad that would later become the Iraq Survey Group. For his intelligence work he received accolades and meritorious service medals in 2003 and prior years. Before the war he helped uncover a spy in the Saudi military. He also assisted with the rescue and repatriation to America of the family of Mohammed Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer who helped save Private Jessica Lynch.

Mr. Gaubatz said he walked the streets of the largely Shiite city of Nasiriyah, interviewing local police, former senior civilian and military leaders in Saddam Hussein's regime, and local civilians.

Between March and July 2003, Mr. Gaubatz was taken by these sources to four locations - three in and around Nasiriyah and one near the port of Umm Qasr, where he was shown underground concrete bunkers with the tunnels leading to them deliberately flooded. In each case, he was told the facilities contained stocks of biological and chemical weapons, along with missiles whose range exceeded that mandated under U.N. sanctions. But because the facilities were sealed off with concrete walls, in some cases up to 5 feet thick, he did not get inside. He filed reports with photographs, exact grid coordinates, and testimony from multiple sources. And then he waited for the Iraq Survey Group to come to the sites. But in all but one case, they never arrived.

Mr. Gaubatz's new disclosures shed doubt on the thoroughness of the Iraq Survey Group's search for the weapons of mass destruction that were one of the Bush administration's main reasons for the war. Two chief inspectors from the group, David Kay and Charles Duelfer, concluded that they could not find evidence of the promised stockpiles. Mr. Kay refused to be interviewed for this story and Mr. Duelfer did not return email. The CIA referred these questions to Mr. Duelfer.

The new information from the former investigator could also end up helping the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which recently reopened the question of what happened to the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Like many current and former American and Israeli officials, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Peter Hoekstra, says is not convinced Saddam either destroyed or never had the stockpiles of illicit weapons he was said to be concealing between 1991 and 2003." ........

http://www.nysun.com/article/27183

"Mr. Gaubatz said each site he visited had similar characteristics. "Everything was buried and under water. They would drain canals and parts of the rivers. They would build tunnels underneath and they would let the water come back in," he said. But the water would only be allowed back into the tunnels after concrete walls were installed sealing off the secret caches of unconventional arms, Mr. Gaubatz said. He added that the tunnels in all four sites were wide enough for tractors. One of the giveaways, he said, was that homes near the sites were equipped with gas masks and other items to protect against a chemical weapons attack."

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http://www.nysun.com/article/27183?page_no=2

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Comments

1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 8, 2006, 11:02 pm
They will find the wmd after Bush leaves office.
2.
konaneComment by konane - February 8, 2006, 11:18 pm
You're probably correct because it seems that many who are supposed to be "assisting" have a decided political agenda to paint a picture they want to be seen rather than a real one.

Even though illusion is often bought it's becoming more and more transparent as information is being made public.

Thanks for reading, thanks for your comments!!
3.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 9, 2006, 12:00 am
[You're probably correct because it seems that many who are supposed to be "assisting" have a decided political agenda to paint a picture they want to be seen rather than a real one. ]

That is my thought on the matter too.

4.
konaneComment by konane - February 9, 2006, 9:38 am
That exact issue is becoming too obvious, too transparent in far too many instances. For that reason I hope the entire lid is blown off and the truth comes tumbling out very soon.

Porter Goss doing a housecleaning at the CIA is a sterling beginning.

I seriously doubt any of those agendas to be political but do believe big money has been steering a few rogues here and there in an attempt to undermine at the very least. Follow the money trail ......... there's one somewhere.

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