The CIA helping UNSCOM

By Paul Eedle

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CIA directorís statement to Congress

Declassified internal CIA cable

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(Emphasis is ours)

George J. Tenet, Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testifying to the US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in 1997:

"In the months immediately following the Gulf War, we turned our intelligence assets to identifying and characterizing Iraq's CW and BW capabilities. The primary focus of our intelligence efforts during 1993 and 1994 consisted of supporting UNSCOM inspections, assessing Iraq's declarations on issues of weapons of mass destruction, refining collection requirements, and interpreting intelligence to attempt to root out the remaining Iraqi CW capabilities."

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(Emphasis is ours)

Here's an example of a CIA cable from 1991 showing the UNSCOM was reporting to the CIA. For more, go to the GulfLINK website which archives hundreds of declassified CIA documents as part of a U.S. Department of Defence service for veterans of the Gulf War. This particular URL, if you want to check it, is:

http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/cgi-bin/texis/sea rch/gulfsearch/~NwXYeSf-JCJJYecqJ3HeGzEG4xoGo eGzEGYIuFmeuqBcl0auNfR0yaNERfZNIaI70gfEPagZTT fIIfZNaZNaf2EngBJJYexf3AGGGtfeGzEG4xoG/view.h tml (phew!)


SUBJECT: SUBJ: THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMISSION ON IRAQ (UNSCOM) HAS MADE AVAILABLE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION DERIVED
FROM THE UNSCOM 9/CW-2 (15 TO 22 AUGUST 1991) MISSION INSPECTION REPORT: NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE

TO FACILITATE ELECTRONIC ACCESS, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN
TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON
REQUEST.

ANNEX R

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS POSED BY UNSCOM 9 ON CHEMICAL AGENTS AND SYNTHETIC PROCESSES

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WHY WAS THE ORIGINAL DECLARATION OF 155-MM MUSTARD SHELLS SO INCOMPLETE?

A: THE DECLARATION FOR KHAMISIYAH WAS NOT MADE UNTIL AFTER 18 APRIL BECAUSE ON 18 APRIL KHAMISIYAH WAS STILL IN THE HANDS
OF THE COALITION FORCES. WE DID NOT KNOW UNTIL AFTER THEIR WITHDRAWAL HOW MANY MUSTARD GAS SHELLS HAD BEEN LEFT THERE, IF ANY.

(COMMENT: EVEN IF CORRECT, THIS DOESN'T, OF COURSE, ANSWER THE QUESTION IN RELATION OF THE MUSTARD SHELLS AT FALLUJAH)
 

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