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'lance
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posted 30 September 2002 04:47 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Sept. 30, 2002 | WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq's bioweapons program that President Bush wants to eradicate got its start with help from Uncle Sam two decades ago, according to government records getting new scrutiny in light of the discussion of war against Iraq.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent samples directly to several Iraqi sites that U.N. weapons inspectors determined were part of Saddam Hussein's biological weapons program, CDC and congressional records from the early 1990s show. Iraq had ordered the samples, claiming it needed them for legitimate medical research.

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"I don't think it would be accurate to say the United States government deliberately provided seed stocks to the Iraqis' biological weapons programs," said Jonathan Tucker, a former U.N. biological weapons inspector.

"But they did deliver samples that Iraq said had a legitimate public health purpose, which I think was naive to believe, even at the time."


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jeff house
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posted 30 September 2002 05:19 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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The disclosures put the United States in the uncomfortable position of possibly having provided the key ingredients of the weapons America is considering waging war to destroy, said Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. Byrd entered the documents into the Congressional Record this month.



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Arch Stanton
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posted 30 September 2002 11:09 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Never mind Iraq's potential weapons of etc., the US's weapons are still killing its own troops.

Over 7, 000 Gulf War Vets so far

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[ September 30, 2002: Message edited by: Arch Stanton ]


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Flowers By Irene
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posted 30 September 2002 11:15 PM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
America supplied Iraq in the 80s? Yes, but not only that, according to a congressional investigation (in 94 or 95) according to Dept. of Commerce records, the American govt. was selling Chem & Bio weapons precursers (so-called dual-use technology) to Iraq as late as March, 1992 - a year after the end of the gulf war.
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SamL
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posted 30 September 2002 11:18 PM      Profile for SamL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Even after they allegedly used chem weapons against the Kurds (though it was most likely the Iranians.)
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Flowers By Irene
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posted 30 September 2002 11:36 PM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually it is believed that American sales of Bio & Chem weapons components accelerated after the Kurds were gassed. I don't have a cite though.... will search. There is also a CIA report floating around that determines that it is 'inconclusive' as to whether the Iranians or the Iraqis actually gassed the Kurds - the main attack site Halabja(sp?) was under Iranian control at the time. (I wouldn't put it past either side to do it, though)

And another thing... this 'Iraq started a war of aggression against Iran' assertion is kinda sketchy, and only stated to be taken seriously in the west after the invasion of Kuwait. Before then it was widely believed that the Iranians started the war, though either case could be politically convenient disinfo.


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