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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Notes on Larry Franklin and Naor Gilon.

Notes on Larry Franklin: "Notes on Larry Franklin

Feith (left) and Franklin (right).Larry Franklin is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is currently detail to DIA and loaned to Douglas Feith's operation in the Pentagon. He has been with Feith for about three years.
Sources in Israel are now acknowledging that there is a 'relationship' with Col. Franklin. It is feared that his spying dates back to his time as the Air Force Attache at the US embassy in Tel Aviv. Speculation about Franklin's controller points at Naor Gilon an intelligence operative listed as the 'Minister of Political Affairs' at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. Naor Gilon poses as a specialist on Iran's nuclear program to spread anti-Iran propaganda.
The FBI has indicated that they are looking for more then one person. This causes speculation to fall on Richard Perle, Michael Ledeen as well as Pentagon Islam expert Harold Rhode. Franklin's boss Douglas J. Feith certainly has to be considered a suspect.
Franklin's handler at the Israeli Embassy is believed to be Naor Gilon. "

Yahoo! News - NeoCons Lied about WMDs in Iraq

Yahoo! News - U.S. Weapons Inspector: Iraq Had No WMD: "U.S. Weapons Inspector: Iraq Had No WMD

WASHINGTON - Drafts of a report from the top U.S. inspector in Iraq (news - web sites) conclude there were no weapons stockpiles, but say there are signs the fallen Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) had dormant programs he hoped to revive at a later time, according to people familiar with the findings.

In a 1,500-page report, the head of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, will find Saddam was importing banned materials, working on unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of U.N. agreements and maintaining a dual-use industrial sector that could produce weapons.

Duelfer also says Iraq only had small research and development programs for chemical and biological weapons.

As Duelfer puts the finishing touches on his report, he concludes Saddam had intentions of restarting weapons programs at some point, after suspicion and inspections from the international community waned.

After a year and a half in Iraq, however, the United States has found no weapons of mass destruction — its chief argument for overthrowing the regime.

An intelligence official said Duelfer could wrap up the report as soon as this month. Those who discussed the report inside and outside the government did so on the condition of anonymity because it contains classified material and is not yet completed.

The report is expected to be similar to findings reported by Duelfer's predecessor, David Kay, who presented an interim report to Congress in October. Kay left the post in January, saying, "We were almost all wrong" about Saddam's weapons programs.

Duelfer's report, however, is expected to fall between the position of the Bush administration before the war — portraying Saddam as a grave threat — and the declarative statements Kay made after he resigned.

It will also add more evidence and flesh out Kay's October findings. Then, Kay said the Iraq Survey Group had only uncovered limited evidence of secret chemical and biological weapons programs, but he found substantial evidence of an Iraqi push to boost the range of its ballistic missiles beyond prohibited ranges.

He also said there was almost no sign that a significant nuclear weapons project was under way.

Duelfer's report doesn't reach firm conclusions in all areas. For instance, U.S. officials are still investigating whether Saddam's fallen regime may have sent chemical weapons equipment and several billion dollars over the border to Syria. That has not been confirmed, but remains an area of interest to the U.S. government.

The Duelfer report will come months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing assessment of the prewar intelligence on Iraq.

After a yearlong inquiry, the Republican-led committee said in July the CIA (news - web sites) kept key information from its own and other agencies' analysts, engaged in "group think" by failing to challenge the assumption that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and allowed President Bush (news - web sites) and Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) to make false statements.

The Iraq Survey Group has been working since the summer of 2003 to find Saddam's weapons and better understand his prohibited programs. More than a thousand civilian and military weapons specialists, translators and other experts have been devoted to the effort. "