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President Obama’s choice to be the next director of national intelligence supported the view that Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq sent weapons and documents to Syria in the weeks before the 2003 U.S. invasion.
A senior U.S. intelligence official said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and current undersecretary of defense for intelligence, will be the next DNI. A formal announcemente is expected as early as Saturday. …
Gen. Clapper headed the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency between September 2001 to June 2006. The NGA is responsible for creating maps and terrestrial imagery and also assesses what is called “measurement and signature intelligence,” or MASINT, the intelligence function of analyzing such things as radar signals and the composition of air particles, soil samples and other physical characteristics of the earth.
On Iraq, Gen. Clapper said in an interview with The Washington Times in 2004 that “I think probably in the few months running up prior to the onset of combat that … there was probably an intensive effort to disperse into private homes, move documentation and materials out of the country. I think there are any number of things that they would have done.”
The comments came amid the debate over Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs, which some U.S. officials had said were moved out of Iraq prior to the invasion of Iraq with the assistance of Russian military intelligence forces.
Of course he was ignored, his testimony showed that Iraq did in fact have banned WMDs prior to the invasion.
Originally posted by seentoomuch
Here's the link from wiki that describes General Gorge Sada:
I remember hearing the interview with Sada live on Hannity and Colmes and if I recall correctly he named the valley that the WMD was buried. I can't remember the name but I recall that it was biblical. I always wondered why he was ignored after the interview?
Incidentally, we’ve been able to apply our “pull” model to operations outside the Global War on Terrorism as well. We successfully deployed dozens of personnel in support of hurricanes Katrina and Rita readiness, response and recovery operations. As well, we supported the most recent presidential inauguration and Olympiads in Turin and Athens
We have multiple industry partnerships in place, many stemming from the NGA role as the functional manager for the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence, dealing with technology, policy and capability integration across the current multi-intelligence environment. I would like to highlight specifically our engagement with commercial imagery. To date, NGA has invested approximately $1 billion in the industry for acquiring and developing commercial satellite imagery. We are thus supporting the U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy guidance to use commercial remote sensing data, “to the greatest extent possible.” Our ClearView contract vehicle with high-resolution commercial imagery companies has provided nearly $650 million to purchase commercial satellite imagery from the current operational satellites. NGA’s NextView contract vehicle has provided more than $350 million to date to purchase imagery from the next generation of commercial imagery satellites. We anticipate the ultimate ClearView and NextView expenditures will be in the $1.5 billion range.
While the current analytical strength of geospatial intelligence lies in depicting what’s where on the earth, we are also pushing this discipline toward a transformation aimed at predictive analysis –– enabling users to glimpse into the future. Given ongoing research from both federal and industry teams, and the rapid advancement of technological capabilities, I think the possibilities for predictive geospatial intelligence are both immense and exciting.
You're kidding right? The proof was presented to the UNSC who found Saddam in material breach. That's why the world was surprised that the WMDs were not there when the invasion occurred. Saddam had them moved to his allies.
Originally posted by Malcram
What proof is there of this claim that Saddam had these fabled WMDs or that he sent them to Syria? I'd love to see it.
Wow, maybe they'll have to chase these damned elusive WMDs, invading country after country all over the Middle East, just chasing them down. Perfect excuse.
Amazing how the excuse to invade the NEXT country is that the thing you used to justify invading the FIRST country turned out not to be there.
We haven't had insane logic like this since the witch trials.
Originally posted by InvisibleAlbatross
reply to post by NOTurTypical
The inspectors did not find anything. Hans Blix rejected the claims that the weapons were there.
Saddam had weapons many years ago, when he go them from the West. He used them already.