Way back on 26 May 2003, more than a month before
Cabal outed Valerie Plame as a covert CIA operative – running agents in
Iran, Iraq and elsewhere, seeking information on weapons of mass destruction,
under cover of Brewster-Jennings,
a CIA-front "energy consulting" firm – the New York Times published
calling on the CIA, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and
Congressional Intelligence Committees to investigate how, inter alia,
the Bush-Cheney administration came to rely on forged
documents to make the case that Iraq was trying to import uranium from Africa.
"The failure so far to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the
prime justification for an immediate invasion, or definitive links between Saddam
Hussein and Al Qaeda has raised serious questions about the quality of American
intelligence and even dark hints that the data may have been manipulated to
support a pre-emptive war."
Within days, Slate’s Jack
Shafer called on the New York Times to investigate the quality of
its own reporting, and more than suggested that its reporters may have
been manipulated to support a war of aggression.
Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post had that same day revealed
that an internal NYT e-mail sent by Judith Miller – then still "embedded"
with the Iraq invasion force – to her NYT bureau chief acknowledged that her
main source for her WMD articles over the years had been Ahmad
Chalabi, a darling of the Cheney Cabal, but a persona non grata of
By now, the NYT ought to – but apparently doesn’t – realize that much of its
reporting on Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere has
been – and still is being – manipulated by the Cheney Cabal.
In particular, David Sanger and William Broad have just "reported"
that – surprise, surprise – the North Koreans may not have made as much progress
with the parallel Uranium-235 nuke development program as they have been breathlessly
Recall that President Bush used "reports" of this alleged Uranium-235
nuke program – which the North Koreans have denied the existence of to this
day – to justify his unilateral abrogation of the Agreed Framework in October,
Now, Pakistani General-President-Dictator Pervez Musharraf did acknowledge in his recently published autobiography that
"Dr. A.Q. Khan transferred nearly two dozen P-I and P-II centrifuges
to North Korea. He also provided North Korea with a flow meter, some
special oils for centrifuges and coaching on centrifuge technology,
including visits to top-secret [Pakistani] centrifuge plants." (p. 294).
However, neither the acceptance of Pakistani centrifuges in partial payment
for North Korean assistance in development of Pakistani ballistic missiles,
nor visits to Pakistani centrifuge plants by North Koreas were violations of
the Treaty on Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons nor of the Agreed
In fact, as of this writing, there is no evidence whatsoever that
the North Koreans violated the Agreed Framework or the NPT, while
Of course, once Bush abrogated the Agreed Framework (which the Koreans had
entered into – "freezing" all its nuclear programs – principally to
secure assurances that the United States was not going to even threaten to nuke
them in their jammies), North Korea withdrew from the NPT, restarted its "frozen"
plutonium-producing (as a by-product) reactor, announced it was going to separate
out the weapons-grade plutonium and use it to construct a "nuclear deterrent."
Last October the North Koreans – according to the Bush Administration – conducted
an at least partially successful test of a plutonium-based nuclear device.
So, how did Sanger et al. "report" this
"The intelligence agencies’ finding that the weapon was based on
plutonium strongly suggested that the country’s second path to a
nuclear bomb – one using uranium – was not yet ready. The uranium
program is based on enrichment equipment and know-how purchased from
Pakistan’s former nuclear chief."
What it ought to have strongly suggested to Sanger was that the
North Koreans had been telling the truth all along. They had never had
a Uranium-235 bomb program.
In January, 2004, almost a year after North Korea withdrew from the
NPT, Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, as
a member of an invited US delegation, visited the "nuclear complex" at
Yongbyon and was shown what the Koreans have been referring to as their
Now, if anyone knows a nuke when he sees one, it's Sig. So, here are excerpts
report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
"During follow-up discussions with Ambassador Li and Vice Minister
Kim in Pyongyang, they stressed that the DPRK now has a 'nuclear deterrent'
and that U.S. actions have caused them to strengthen their deterrent – both
in quality and in quantity. Ambassador Li inquired if what I had seen at Yongbyon
convinced me that they had this deterrent.
"I explained to both of them that there is nothing that we saw at the
Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center that would allow me to assess whether
or not the DPRK possessed a nuclear deterrent if that meant a nuclear device
or nuclear weapon.
"I explained that I view a 'deterrent' to have at least three components:
1) the ability to make plutonium metal, 2) the ability to design and build a
nuclear device, and 3) the ability to integrate the nuclear device into a delivery
"What we saw at Yongbyon was that they apparently have the capability
to do the first. However, I saw nothing and talked to no one that allowed me
to assess whether or not they have the ability to design a nuclear device."
So much for the two or three nukes our intelligence community had "assessed"
the North Koreans had "probably" already produced before signing the
Well, how about the alleged DPRK "uranium enrichment" program? Sig continues
"In the Foreign Ministry, we discussed the contentious issue of DPRK's
supposed admission on Oct. 4, 2002, to having a clandestine highly enriched
uranium (HEU) program in violation of the letter and spirit of the 1994 Agreed
According to Sig, delegation member Jack Pritchard, formerly the US
Special Envoy for DPRK negotiations, then made this statement:
"The key issue is the intelligence that makes the United States believe
that the DPRK has an HEU program. In the U.S., there is the widespread view
that the complete, verifiable resolution of this HEU issue is now mandatory.
This is a practical issue, and there must be a multilateral discussion to resolve
According to Sig, Vice Minister Kim Gye Gwan immediately responded
that North Korea has no HEU program; no facilities, no equipment or any
scientists dedicated to it, and has never claimed to have one.
Three years later, that is still the North Korean position.
But Sanger has just "reported" that the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence has declassified part of a one-page update circulated
to top national security officials about the status of "North Korea’s uranium
"The assessment, read by two senior intelligence officials, speaking on
the condition of anonymity in a joint interview, said the intelligence community
still had "high confidence that North Korea has pursued a uranium enrichment
capability, which we assess is for a weapon."
It is unclear to Sanger why the new assessment is being disclosed now.
"But some officials suggested that the timing could be linked to North
Korea’s recent agreement to reopen its doors to [International Atomic Energy
Agency] international arms inspectors. As a result, these officials have said,
the intelligence agencies are facing the possibility that their assessments
will once again be compared to what is actually found on the ground."