The Politics of Iraqi WMD: What We’ve Not Been Told

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs

26 June 2006: According to a portion of a report that has recently been declassified, U.S. forces have located 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003. At a news conference last week, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum stated: “We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons.” The senator read from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, stating that “since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”

On Monday, June 26, 2006, retired AFOSI agent Dave Gaubatz was on the FoxNews Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” which aired at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. He discussed his findings about the presence of WMDs in Iraq with Mr. Cavuto.


UPDATE: 9 pm EDT 24 June 2006: An unexpected source of corroboration has been located. This source can be found at THIS LINK. [b]Excerpt:[/b] An extremely plugged-in reader with sources on the Hill writes:

It is only partially true to say that the wmd counted in the [NGIC] report are old– There are NEW “things” which have NOT been uncovered before, and which MAY all be from that period, but some of it is in pristine condition. End of excerpt.

I have also been informed by Dave Gaubatz that some of the Iraqi sources who led him to the WMD storage sites have been assassinated since he left the country in 2003.

23 June 2006: Depending entirely upon one’s political point of view, one might be tempted to think that the issue of Iraqi WMD has been settled by the release of the unclassified portions of the April 2006 National Ground Intelligence Center report this past week. The declassification of certain portions of the NGIC report came, as has been reported by the Northeast Intelligence Network, as a result of the June 19 direct request of Congressman Peter Hoekstra to the Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte. Ambassador Negroponte then had the classified document reviewed and cherry-picked of data deemed releasable to the American public. Two days later the de-classified document was sent to Congressman Hoekstra and several other members of Congress. One day later the document was released to the public. Republican’s immediately claimed this de-classified report vindicated the pre-war intelligence from the Bush Administration of existing Iraqi WMD. Democrat’s immediately pooh-poohed the report as nothing of the sort by claiming the 500 recovered WMD weapons were far too old and degraded to be dangerous and were of pre-1991 manufacture.

Exclusive to the Northeast Intelligence Network these issues can be resolved and laid to rest, vindicating the Bush Administration and yet admonishing the Administration, the US intelligence community and the US military that the job of securing Iraqi WMD is not yet mission complete. Not by a long shot.

The Northeast Intelligence Network has learned from an anonymous source that what lies at the core of this issue is the fact that the United States military has found stocks of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq which are in good condition. Quite to the contrary of the Democrat claims in dismissing the NGIC release, old bio-chemical weapons of mass destruction remain very lethal to human beings as well as comprising the banned weapons the regime of Saddam Hussein was supposed to have destroyed per the ceasefire agreement that ended the Gulf War of 1991. Furthermore the unreported Iraqi stocks found in good condition pose an even greater danger to civilians and Coalition troops engaged in insurgent warfare in Iraq and around the world. Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched, in part, to rid the world of Iraqi WMD. Now we’ve proven these banned weapons still do exist in Iraq, and the un-plugged holes in the Duelfer report are far more lethal than anyone outside of compartmented intelligence rooms realizes.

This is the primary reason the Northeast Intelligence Network must insist that the Bush Administration, the many Congressmen, the Department of Defense and the US Intelligence community who are well aware of this urgent issue take immediate measures upon the actionable intelligence we have reported coming from retired AFOSI agent Dave Gaubatz. Mr. Gaubatz met with US government agents from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Wednesday, 14 June 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The highly professional agents assured Gaubatz the issue was being looked into. Additionally we also know that prominent Republican Congressmen have known of the four additional WMD sites due to direct briefings given by Dave Gaubatz. They also knew that this issue was going to receive mass media attention with impending reports by media giants such as the New York Times. Therein rests the rationale for the hasty and partial declassification of the NGIC report and its subsequent release exactly one week to the day later since Dave Gaubatz met with federal agents of the DIA and CIA. The American people were thus thrown a virtually meatless bone with the release of the declassified report and Dave Gaubatz’ self-imposed mission to have the four WMD sites his AFOSI team discovered in Iraq was subjected to a politically-based preemption.

There are viable and in good condition biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction still in Iraq TODAY. There are four additional sites, and perhaps many more, which HAVE NOT been secured, searched and exploited for their potential WMD contents since 2003. This is 2006 and everyone in the government and many in the media are aware of the race against time to secure such weapons from getting into terrorist hands. That threat is an unthinkable, unmentionable horror to all civilized people around the world. It is the duty of the US government to get the job done immediately without another moment’s hesitation or politically expedient delay. We demand such action NOW.

Addendum of FACTS regarding the Iraqi chemical weapon known as “Mustard Gas”:

* The weaponized blister agent produced by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and known commonly as ‘Mustard Gas’ (HD) has been found in international lab testing to be not less than 80% pure. This FACT renders Iraqi-produced Mustard Agent to be capable of long periods of storage in bulk or weaponized forms.

* In corroboration of the above, in tests conducted by both UNSCOM and UNMOVIC the Iraqi Mustard agent was found to be in good and deployable condition years after its original production.[/b]

*Iraq had received assistance from many German companies dating back to the 1980’s up to as recently as 1990.[/b] Germany was the originator of the worlds most lethal versions of chemical weapons. The German version of mustard agent had the chemical compound symbol C1Ch2-Ch2-S-Ch2-Ch2CI. Most of Iraq’s blister and nerve agents (ie: Sarin, Tabun, Toxic-B) are derived directly from the German chemical weapons technologies.

According to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Chemicaland Biological Weapons Threats to America: Are We Prepared? testimony of Dr. Christine M. Gosden of April 22, 1998:

“Persistence in environment and other features. Mustard gas has low volatility and thus may be very persistent on earth and solid surfaces and in contribution to water table. Mustard gas can persist for many years unless hydrolysed in alkaline soils, or if the soil is treated with bleach. May persist in acid soils, and thus potentially in the water table for many years. It is thus important to identify those conditions after a mustard gas attack when this is the case and treat the affected areas with bleach or alkali. Hydrolysis is PH and temperature dependent.”

There is evidence that Islamic terrorists in Iraq have long since procured and are in possession of an undermined amount of Iraqi-produced WMD. Almost exactly two years ago, in June 2004, a terrorist chemical warfare attack within the so-called ‘Green Zone” of Baghdad occured. Mustard was the suspected agent. Confirmation of this attack has not been made for political reasons.