Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cheney and Rice lie About Mobile Labs

Dick Cheney makes a few comments about the 'mobile weapon labs' after the Guardian revealed that they were for filling weather balloons. Again by June 8th, 2003 the British press, public and Tony Blair all knew the truth and the Bush Administration had to have been pretending ignorance of the scandal that the story was causing in Britain. Note that Cheney was still repeating the lie more than 7 months later.

We had intelligence reporting before the war that there were at least seven of these mobile labs that he had gone out and acquired. We’ve, since the war, found two of them. They’re in our possession today, mobile biological facilities that can be used to produce anthrax or smallpox or whatever else you wanted to use during the course of developing the capacity for an attack.
Source, Meet The Press, 9/14/03

". . .we know for example that prior to our going in that he had spent time and effort acquiring mobile biological weapons labs, and we're quite confident he did, in fact, have such a program. We've found a couple of semi trailers at this point which we believe were, in fact, part of that program. . .I would deem that conclusive evidence, if you will, that he did, in fact, have programs for weapons of mass destruction."
Source, National Public Radio, 1/22/04

And now we procede to Condolezza Rice (at the time National Security Advisor) and her claims post Gaurdian reporting.

"Already, we've discovered, uh, uh, trailers, uh, that look remarkably similar to what Colin Powell described in his February 5th speech, biological weapons production facilities."
This Week with George Stephanopolous, ABC (6/8/2003).

"QUESTION: You are confident you will find weapons of mass destruction. MS. RICE: We are confident that we -- I believe that we will find them. I think that we have already found important clues like the biological weapons laboratories that look surprisingly like what Colin Powell described in his speech."
Meet the Press, NBC (6/8/2003).

I find it interesting that on the same day that the Guardian story was published that Rice was doing the morning political shows, saying just the opposite. And from my previous post, Colin Powell appeared on CNN and Fox with the same propaganda on that same day. Just a wild guess, but I would have to wonder if they were "getting out in front" of the British story.

As far as the Washington Post story this week that outlines that the White House had evidence that those 'weapons labs' were in fact not weapons labs and that President Bush claimed with knowledge that they were, the Post quoted Bush on May 29th, two days after the White House knew. Anyway here are several quotes from Bush that were lies about the trailers for filling hydrogen weather balloons.

"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them."
Interview of the President by TVP, Poland, White House (5/29/2003).

"Here's what -- we've discovered a weapons system, biological labs, that Iraq denied she had, and labs that were prohibited under the U.N. resolutions."
President Bush, Russian President Putin Sign Treaty of Moscow, White House (6/1/2003).

"We recently found two mobile biological weapons facilities which were capable of producing biological agents."
President Talks to Troops in Qatar, White House (6/5/2003).

To sort of finalize. The Washington Post puts the date of knowledge of these units as not mobile weapons labs as May 27th, that Bush then ignored that information and publicly stated the opposite. I've also seen quotes by others in the Administration state the wrong information after May 27th, but prior to the Guardian reporting on June 8th. All the quotes for other Administration officials I've used in my various postings are either on the date of the Guardian story or after it.

I did this to make my point, that regardless of what the White House knew on May 27th, they must have certainly been aware of what was happening in Britain due to this story. That Tony Blair was being called a liar by the British press and that the Brits were reading about it.


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