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WAR: Chalabi, "our friend", gets raided

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posted on May, 20 2004 @ 11:21 AM
CNN posted a story today indicating that the residence of Ahmed Chalabi was raided in a joint venture by U.S. military personnel and Iraqi police.

U.S. military, Iraqi police raid Chalabi's home

Chalabi said the raid was engineered by Baathists who control the Iraqi police and who are now protected by the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Senor said questions about the raid should be addressed to the Iraqi police. "It was an Iraqi-led investigation, an Iraqi-led raid.

Since the beginning, I never trusted this guy. Apparently, I'm not the only one. Not that the Bush administration didn't make a ton of mistakes and miscalculations leading up to our invasion of Iraq, but this guy was a huge one.

[Edited on 20-5-2004 by Nerdling]

posted on May, 20 2004 @ 12:27 PM
Also on a side's some indication as to which news organization is on scene first. Although the difference in these pics could point to additional 'sensationalism' if the CNN photog smashed the picture for effect.

Fox article, picture unbroken

CNN article, same picture smashed

posted on May, 24 2004 @ 04:57 PM
How bad can things get? One the favorite of the Bush Administration excuse to go to war with Iraq yet to be named new leader of the conquered country, Ahmad Chalabi’s fall from grace this week was breathtakingly dramatic. Chalabi's largest backer was senior Pentagon adviser Richard Perle, a major advocate of going to war with Iraq. Instead of admitting the egregious error in handing this power-mad exile so much money and power, Perle defended him to the end.

Yesterday, in a rare display of ‘sour grapes’, Perle said, "The CIA despises Chalabi; the State Department despises him. They did everything they could to put him out of business. Now there is a deliberate effort to marginalize him." Perle added, "He has devoted his life to freeing his country...He is a man of enormous intelligence, and I believe the effort to marginalize him will fail. They will end up looking ridiculous."

The in-fighting of the Bush Administration suggest a government without leadership and one out of control. To compound matters, The WSJ reports, “Recent intelligence, including communications intercepts, suggest Chalabi...provided contacts in Tehran with details of U.S. security operations and political plans, the officials said." (Note the high government officials go unnamed once again

As the rest of the squalid Chalabi story unfolds, here's the question to ask: How did Chalabi get the top secret information in the first place? An interesting and perplexing question with may now compound the problems for the Bush Administration.

The FBI is investigating, but their main interest “is not in Chalabi," said an FBI official. "Our interest is in how he got the information" that he allegedly gave to Iran. "He wasn't privy to information about our operatives and I don't think we'd trust the guy with the kind of secrets that would get our people killed," he said.

What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!


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