by GovernmentSecrets.com Staff
It is a term that has haunted President George W. Bush since his decision to invade Iraq. Weapons of Mass Destruction – or WMDs.
What democrats now label as false intelligence based on lies, were there really WMD’s in Iraq that the world is better off without?
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the use of a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR), The Black Vault internet archive was successful in getting a document declassified that may help answer this question once and for all, despite Republican lawmakers attempting to set the record straight back in 2006. Republican Senator Rick Santorum stated, “We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons… 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.”
Rival Democrats still labeled Bush and the whole incident, “Weapons of Mass Deception,” and critics would seem to never let it go even years after Bush left office.
But it appears there were quite a few WMDs found in Iraq. And this time, you don’t have to believe a politician to prove it. The document speaks for itself.
The report entitled, “Iraq: Chemical Weapons Continue to be Recovered” published on April 4, 2006, clearly states that more than 500 rockets, many tipped with sarin gas, were found in Iraq from 2004 to 2006.
“Since May 2004, Coalition forces (CF) have recovered at least 501 pre-1991 Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons-including 448 122-mm al Borak rocket warheads, many of which contain the nerve agent sarin (GB)”
Another section outlines the potential incorrect statements by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), along with their final report published in 2004 that became known as the “Duelfer Report”:
“Since the onset of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) in March 2003, Coalition forces have been systematically identifying, consolidating, and destroying captured enemy ammunition found throughout Iraq. To date, nearly 10,000 weapons caches have been identified and moved to one of seven designated depots or are destroyed in place. In June 2003, the Coalition established the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) to conduct a systematic investigation of Iraq’s former WMD programs. Part of the ISG investigation involved examination of operations at the several captured enemy ammunition (CEA) depots in an effort to exploit a broad spectrum of Iraqi munitions, possibly including WMD capable munitions. Upon the conclusion of it’s investigation in September 2004, the ISG determined with high certainty that no chemical weapons have been discovered or destroyed as a result of the CEA consolidation and destruction activities.”
Despite it’s release, the document remains largely classified. Multiple pages are nearly completely “whited out” and others are omitted entirely from the release.
A signed letter from the U.S. Army to The Black Vault explains:
“As a result of this review, information has been sanitized and 20 pages are denied in their entirety, as the information is currently and properly classified SECRET according to Sections 1.2 (a)(2), 1.4 (a), 1.4 (c), and 1.4 (g) of EO 13526. This information is exempt from the public disclosure provisions of the FOIA pursuant to Title 5 U.S. Code 552 (b)(1). It is not possible to reasonably segregate meaningful portions of the withheld pages for release.”
It may take decades for the remaining classified information to be released to the public, so the bigger question now, is what else did they find? Or frighteningly, what did they miss?
Iraq: Chemical Weapons Continue to be Recovered, April 4 2006 [ 23 Pages, 0.7 MB ] – This assessment provides an overview of the chemical munitions recovered in Iraq since May 2004 and examines the possible location and ramifications of residual pre-1991 Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons.