The Saddam Tapes and the 2006 Intelligence Summit
The Saddam Tapes and the 2006 Intelligence Summit

Initial impression - meh. A propaganda indoctrination for a fee event.
Initial notes follow.

An Iranian reform group was there. Couldn't help wonder if it was some incarnation of the MeK.

The opening speaker, Dr. Katz, said that we were at greater peril now than we were during WWII.
He said we're in even greater peril at this moment than we were during the Cuban missile crisis. I'm not sure how much worse than MAD he thinks things could get.
He was just trying to get everybody pumped up about the few $K of company and taxpayers' money that each attendee was dropping. Help them to convince themselves that their attendance at the Summit was to avert a vague fate worse than nuclear winter - a veritable "downward spiral of untold suffering." Being here was part an important mission to save the world not just an expense paid weekend out of town in the Crystal City Hyatt.

To further inspire us, Dr. Katz parahrased Krushchev while banging the podium with an imitation of Nikita's shoe. It seems when he rehearsed it, he imagined a response of some sort from the audience - cheers, polite applause, or at least a swelling of some sort. It was sort of awkward.

Then Mr. Loftus, one of the event organizers, tells us that John Negroponte's "trying to dismiss the tapes. Loftus said that Bill Tierney received CD in 2005-08. Loftus said that there're discussions about Saddam's plans to assassinate other Arab leaders, "launch[ing] a weapons of mass destruction sneak attack by proxy against America, conceal[ing] his WMD stock and expand[ing] production under the nose of UN inspectors," on the tapes.

Let's just get this out of the way to start:
Bill Tierney thinks Iraq had nukes and that there's a conspiracy in the US govt to cover up Iraq's role in the Oklahoma City bombings and to hide Russia's involvement w/ Iraq's WMDs and WMD programs. He's an unreformed Mylroie conspiracist.
[The .ppt slide show referred to below can be found here:]

[slides 57 - 68]
Mr. Tierney said that the discussion of electrical "projects" relates to nuclear weapons technologies because the old-fashioned way of enriching uranium took great amounts of electricity. He then notes that there is discussion of "fission bombs" and "special bombs." Tierney then speculates as to what the special bombs might be. He rules out radiological devices because they don't require vast amounts of electricity the way that uranium enrichment does. He then goes on to surmise that they must be talking about hydrogen bombs - fusion bombs. Why he reaches this conslusion is unclear. It's as if he thinks the great amount of electricity to enrich uranium means that special bombs must be nuclear of some sort.
Why even include radiological bombs on the list of possibilities for the meaning of 'special bombs' when they're not indicated by your clue- massive electrical usage?

[slide 109]
Mr. Tierney read aloud, "We have built a factory to produce bomb systems," instead of what was written which was, "We have built a factory to produce plasma systems." An interesting slip-up.

[Slide 123]
Mr. Tierney makes a point to note that "Both briefers want to expand their capability beyond the original intent of nuclear weapons development." This seems to run counter his argument that this section of tape is somehow alarming.
Tierney said, "Their attitude is,'We, we've got all this base capability and there are different things we can use it for. They [the briefers] would constantly throw out ideas along this line."

[Slides 144 - 148]
Mr. Tierney said, "I'm taking it from the context that Saddam has been reading these, these assessments from the US.
"He [Hussein] is reading this and saying, 'Yeah. It's a good idea isn't it?"

Hussein's said to've said,"... they said in the future they would see a car [unintelligible] a nuclear explosion in, for example, Washington . . or germ, or chemical. This is coming,this story is coming, but not from Iraq... It is coming from others.

Tierney said, "So he's, this is just like, um, brainstorming. They're just throwing things out there. Let me make it clear, this is not a deliberate plan and they're going through exactly what's going to happen when. They're... This's... You're, you're seeing what's going on in their hearts and minds come out through their, their mouths."

[slide 152]
Mr. Tierney was partcularly concerned about this passage from Tariq Aziz:
"Yes, care with all the shibabish. I mean, if actually, there is going to be destruction, I think our position is not going to be strong."

Tierney said, "It's obvious he [Tariq Aziz] thinks biological is the way to go. So in his response he says, 'actually, if there's going to be destruction, I think our position is not going to be strong.'
Do you get destruction with biological or chemical weapons? No you don't. I mean Why did he say that if they didn't have a nuclear weapon (being built?) in 1996."

Audio selections from the presentation to follow.


Here's a bit about the speaker Bill Tierney as featured on the hit radio show Coast to Coast AM:

Iraq: The Smoking Gun?
Bill Tierney, a former weapons inspector who worked with UNSCOM in Iraq in the late 1990s ... ... believes that Iraq has nuclear capability and the intention to use such weapons. ... claims that he has pinpointed a hidden location in Iraq ... where there is a uranium enriching processing facility.

Tierney's methods of ascertaining this location ... "I would ask God and just get a sense if something was valid or not, and then know if I needed to pursue it," he said. His assessments through prayer were then confirmed to him by a friend's clairvoyant dream, where he was able to find the location on a map. "Everything she said lined up."

Well at least he got verification. It would have been sheer nuttery not to verify the divinely inspired, uranium enrichment facility homing ability with a friend's "clairvoyant dream."
18 Feb 2006 by Simon W. Moon