Iraq Secret

    In the early years of the Iraq war, the U.S. military developed a technology so secret that soldiers would refuse to acknowledge its existence, and reporters mentioning the gear were promptly escorted out of the country. That equipment – a radio-frequency jammer – was upgraded several times, and eventually robbed the Iraq insurgency of its most potent weapon, the remote-controlled bomb. But the dark veil surrounding the jammers remained largely intact, even after the Pentagon bought more than 50,000 units at a cost of over $17 billion.
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    Recently, however, I received an unusual offer from ITT, the defense contractor which made the vast majority of those 50,000 jammers. Company executives were ready to discuss the jammer – its evolution, and its capabilities. They were finally able to retell the largely-hidden battles for the electromagnetic spectrum that raged, invisibly, as the insurgencies carried on. They were prepared to bring me into the R&D facility where company technicians were developing what could amount to the ultimate weapon of this electromagnetic war: a tool that offers the promise of not only jamming bombs, but finding them, interrupting GPS signals, eavesdropping on enemy communications, and disrupting drones, too. The first of the these machines begins field-testing next month.

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    On a fist-clenchingly cold winter morning, I took a train across the Hudson River to the secret jammer lab.

    Tucked behind a Target and an Olive Garden knock-off, the flat, anonymous office building gives no hint of what’s inside. Nor do the blank, fluorescent-lit halls. But open a door off of one of those halls, and people start screaming.
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    “Screens off!” barks a man with a fullback’s build. “Turn off the test equipment!” On the ceiling, a yellow alarm light flashes and spins — the sign that someone without a security clearance is in a classified facility.Source URL: http://saddamhusseinblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/
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Iraq Children

    The abject surrender of the media fed a slew of illusions to the public, none more craven than the belief that he whom we kill must be killed. Yeah, yeah, we occasionally obliterate the wrong house and incinerate its occupants, but that's just "friendly fire." (A lovely phrase if there's one: Let's hear the surgeon who amputates the wrong leg inform his patient of his "friendly amputation.") Minus the friendliness, our whiz-bang weapon wizardry never fails to separate the wheat from the chaff, the nursing mother from the crazed beheader. So goes the creed, anyway.

    The Lancet—that well-known freedom hating rag—begs to differ. It estimates that our high-IQ, mensa-schmensa bombs have killed 100,000 civilians [2]. Iraq Body Count, which plays the lowballing game by shunning projections, reports the deaths of 600 non-combatants during our latest goodwill tour of Fallujah (by now primed to be renamed Grozny on the Euphrates) [3].

    And then there is the Iraqi girl, hands soaked in her dead father's blood, whose little brother does not yet understand that his childhood just came to an end. Fearing for their lives, US soldiers killed the parents in the front seat of the family car. Demons will likely haunt their nights. Stuff happens. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, bless their souls, will sleep well tonight.

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    Wars never fail to produce their share of pithy lines. Tommy Franks made sure this one would be no exception. "We don't do body counts," crowed the general, who really meant to say that he does not do "dark-skinned body counts" (he counts the others just fine). Lucky for us that he doesn't run a Swedish newspaper, or it would have splashed the headline: "Tsunami kills 2,000 Swedes—and a few locals." To be fair, Franks remembered the last time he did body counts, Vietnam, and how well that ended. But today's tactical thinking packs a wallop of self-righteous denial. We don't tally the children we kill for the same reason monsters don't buy mirrors: That's how they go through life thinking they're angels.

    We've snuffed out innocent lives in numbers that insurgents and terrorists could only dream of. But we avert our eyes. We bury our heads in the sand and turn a blind eye to our moral cowardice, thus pulling off the amazing feat of being ostriches and chickens all at once. We owe this marvel of ornithology to the inexorable fragility of human illusions. To quote James Carroll, "we avert our eyes because the war is a moral abyss. If we dare to look, as Nietzsche said, the abyss stares back." George Bush, the philosopher, has updated Berkeley's riddle: Do Iraqi children scream when the bombs fall if there is no one in the White House to hear them?

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    The celebrity of the month, the tsunami victim, has hogged newspaper headlines nationwide with stomach-churning photo spreads of wailing mothers and floating cadavers. Like his unsung Iraqi brethren, the victim has reminded us that calamity always strikes the poor, the sick, and the helpless first. It's invariably those with the least to lose who lose the most. At the great banquet of cataclysms, rich Westerners get served last. Bush would have us believe that we've suffered so much from terrorism the world owes us undying compassion. In truth, our induction into the Misery Hall of Fame is still a long way off. With our sustained assistance, however (coddling Saddam while he was gassing Iranians, slapping sanctions that killed half a million children, and fighting two wars in twelve years), Iraq made it on the first ballot. Who ever said that we didn't have a big heart?
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    Not Condoleezza Rice: "I do agree that the tsunami was a wonderful opportunity to show not just the US government, but the heart of the American people, and I think it has paid great dividends for us" [4]. And I just can't wait for the next one, our top diplomat might as well have added.

    While watching Colin Powell, pocket calculator in hand, add up the geopolitical benefits of our generosity and tell us how shocked, shocked he was by the tsunami's devastation, I could almost hear the Beatitudes from The Gospel According to Dubya: "Blessed are the children whom the sea swallows, for they shall tug at our heartstrings. / Cursed are the children whom our bombs blow up, for they shall roam the dark alleys of our indifference." We've been Iraq's tsunami. But expect no charity drive, no minute of silence, no flag at half-staff: nothing that would allow shame to rear its ugly head.Source URL: http://saddamhusseinblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/
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Iraq Girl

    I'm a mum of two teenagers and we live together.I'm a human being just like yourself! a person with a package of goods and bads but it's all about what's good and what's bad in your opinion :).i would like to be a better person and that's what I'm trying to. i consider myself as an open minded person and a happy lady.i wear hijab and i do my pray but it doesnt mean that im very religious or i'm a fanatic person! i do have fun in my life and i enjoy every second of it .
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    i enjoy good music,restaurants,movie,,outdors with friends and my fmily.i do believe in God and his unconditional love towards us..i appreciate peopole who are open minded and respect others beliefs and opinions. i believe in attraction/chemistry first, then love/marriage comes after. Looking For: someone like minded,someone who knows what he wants.
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    he knows how to treat a lady and how to appreciate her kindness and efforts..he has a kind personality and sence of humor. he believes in God and in love too. he can show his love by his action too not just by words and he's not afraid to show it!..he is not moody and finally he is an open minded partner/husband......thanks for reading my profile and good luck for everyone :) P.S please do not contact me if you smoke or drink.I'm sorry I'm not being big headed but these are really matter to me :)...and if you're looking for sex partner just don't bother! respectSource URL: http://saddamhusseinblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/
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    American Count

    Dates and sources of Americans killed in Iraq since 5/1/03 are documented in this file. Admittedly the file is incomplete, for the Department of Defense does not maintain old records. All data was compiled from http://www.defenselink.mil. If something is amiss in the data collection, please contact Margaret Griffis.


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    Iraqi Civilian Count

    We maintain a daily count based on news reports. It is not intended to be complete. There is no agency that keeps track of accurate numbers of Iraqis killed. JustForeignPolicy maintains a running estimate based on the Lancet study with the rate of increase derived from the Iraq Body Count.

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    Comparing Civilian Casualty Studies

    Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy explains the similarities between the Lancet and the the Orb estimates. Numbers from the Iraq Body Count site and the study published in the Lancet are compared at OpenDemocracy.net. The BBC published an article, which includes a response from IBC, that criticizes the large Lancet figures. Middle East expert Juan Cole also gives his opinion on the Lancet study here.Source URL: http://saddamhusseinblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/
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iraq war timeline

    March 2003
    Invasion
    U.N. weapons inspectors evacuate Iraq just a day before the U.S.-led coalition invades Iraq.
    MARCH 30, 2003: Donald Rumsfeld: We know where the WMD are

    We know where [the weapons of mass destruction] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. [ABC This Week, 3/30/03]

    APRIL 1, 2003: Pfc. Jessica Lynch recovered by U.S. forces. What the Pentagon framed as a heroic rescue was later revealed to have been staged. [Guardian, 5/15/03]

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    MARCH 19, 2003: Bush launches invasion of Iraq

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    MARCH 30, 2003: Donald Rumsfeld: We know where the WMD are

    We know where [the weapons of mass destruction] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. [ABC This Week, 3/30/03]

    APRIL 1, 2003: Pfc. Jessica Lynch recovered by U.S. forces. What the Pentagon framed as a heroic rescue was later revealed to have been staged. [Guardian, 5/15/03]

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    APRIL 9, 2003: Saddam Statue Toppled

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    The Los Angeles Times later reported that the fall was “stage-managed” by the Army. [LAT, 7/3/04]

    APRIL 11, 2003: Donald Rumsfeld: Stuff happens

    Think what’s happened in our cities when we’ve had riots, and problems, and looting. Stuff happens! … Freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They’re also free to live their lives and do wonderful things, and that’s what’s going to happen here. [DoD briefing, 4/11/03]

    APRIL 16, 2003: Bush signs $79 billion supplemental spending bill for Iraq [DoD, 4/16/03]

    APRIL 23, 2003: USAID Administrator Andrew Nastios Claims Rebuilding of Iraq Could Be Accomplished With $1.7 Billion

    TED KOPPEL: I mean, when you talk about 1.7, you’re not suggesting that the rebuilding of Iraq is gonna be done for $1.7 billion?

    NATSIOS: Well, in terms of the American taxpayers contribution, I do, this is it for the US.
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    KOPPEL: You’re saying the, the top cost for the US taxpayer will be $1.7 billion. No more than that?

    NATSIOS: For the reconstruction. And then there’s 700 million in the supplemental budget for humanitarian relief, which we don’t competitively bid ’cause it’s charities that get that money.

    KOPPEL: I understand. But as far as reconstruction goes, the American taxpayer will not be hit for more than $1.7 billion no matter how long the process takes?

    NATSIOS: That is our plan and that is our intention. And these figures, outlandish figures I’ve seen, I have to say, there’s a little bit of hoopla involved in this. [ABC, Nightline, 4/23/03]

    MAY 1, 2003: Mission Accomplished

    [M]y fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. [Bush, 5/1/03]

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    MARCH 19, 2003: Bush launches invasion of Iraq

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    MARCH 30, 2003: Donald Rumsfeld: We know where the WMD are

    We know where [the weapons of mass destruction] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. [ABC This Week, 3/30/03]

    APRIL 1, 2003: Pfc. Jessica Lynch recovered by U.S. forces. What the Pentagon framed as a heroic rescue was later revealed to have been staged. [Guardian, 5/15/03]

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    APRIL 9, 2003: Saddam Statue Toppled

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    The Los Angeles Times later reported that the fall was “stage-managed” by the Army. [LAT, 7/3/04]

    APRIL 11, 2003: Donald Rumsfeld: Stuff happens

    Think what’s happened in our cities when we’ve had riots, and problems, and looting. Stuff happens! … Freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They’re also free to live their lives and do wonderful things, and that’s what’s going to happen here. [DoD briefing, 4/11/03]

    APRIL 16, 2003: Bush signs $79 billion supplemental spending bill for Iraq [DoD, 4/16/03]

    APRIL 23, 2003: USAID Administrator Andrew Nastios Claims Rebuilding of Iraq Could Be Accomplished With $1.7 Billion

    TED KOPPEL: I mean, when you talk about 1.7, you’re not suggesting that the rebuilding of Iraq is gonna be done for $1.7 billion?

    NATSIOS: Well, in terms of the American taxpayers contribution, I do, this is it for the US.
    [...]
    KOPPEL: You’re saying the, the top cost for the US taxpayer will be $1.7 billion. No more than that?

    NATSIOS: For the reconstruction. And then there’s 700 million in the supplemental budget for humanitarian relief, which we don’t competitively bid ’cause it’s charities that get that money.

    KOPPEL: I understand. But as far as reconstruction goes, the American taxpayer will not be hit for more than $1.7 billion no matter how long the process takes?

    NATSIOS: That is our plan and that is our intention. And these figures, outlandish figures I’ve seen, I have to say, there’s a little bit of hoopla involved in this. [ABC, Nightline, 4/23/03]

    MAY 1, 2003: Mission Accomplished

    [M]y fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. [Bush, 5/1/03]

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    MAY 9, 2003: Paul Wolfowitz: We agreed on WMD rationale for bureaucratic reasons

    The truth is that, for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason [to go to war]. [Wolfowitz, 5/9/03]

    MAY 29, 2003: Bush: We found the WMD

    We found the weapons of mass destruction. [Bush, 5/29/03]

    JUNE 6, 2003: Rumsfeld blames Iraq problems on “pockets of dead-enders”

    In those regions where pockets of dead-enders are trying to reconstitute, Gen. Franks and his team are rooting them out. In short, the coalition is making good progress. [USA Today, 6/18/03]

    JULY 2, 2003: Bring ‘Em On

    There are some who feel like — that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on. [Bush, 7/2/03]

    JULY 6, 2003: Joseph Wilson writes op-ed in the New York Times

    It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such [yellowcake] transaction had ever taken place. [NYT, 7/6/03]

    JULY 11, 2003: Condoleezza Rice: Doubts about Iraq intel were not communicated to Bush

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    All that I can tell you is that if there were doubts about the underlying intelligence in the NIE, those doubts were not communicated to the President. [WH Gaggle, 7/11/03]

    JULY 14, 2003: Bush says he had good intelligence before the war

    I think the intelligence I get is darn good intelligence. And the speeches I have given were backed by good intelligence. [Bush, 7/14/03]

    JULY 22, 2003: Saddam’s sons, Uday and Qusay, are killed in a U.S. raid in Mosul [CNN, 7/22/03]

    AUGUST 7, 2003: Attack on Jordanian Embassy

    Violence returned to the streets of Baghdad with a vengeance yesterday when at least 11 people were killed in a massive car bomb explosion outside the Jordanian embassy, leading to fears that guerrilla fighters may now be turning their attention towards so-called soft targets. [Guardian, 8/8/03]

    AUGUST 20, 2003: Attack on United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad.

    The U.N. special representative in Iraq [Sergio Vieira de Mello] and at least 16 others died Tuesday in a bomb explosion that ripped through the organization’s headquarters in Baghdad. … At least 100 people were wounded. [CNN, 8/20/03]

    SEPTEMBER 3, 2003: Report shows Bush failed to plan

    A secret report for the Joint Chiefs of Staff lays the blame for setbacks in Iraq on a flawed and rushed war-planning process that ‘limited the focus’ for preparing for post-Saddam Hussein operations. [Washington Times, 9/3/03]

    OCTOBER 19, 2003: Bush ignored the experts

    A yearlong State Department study predicted many of the problems that have plagued the American-led occupation of Iraq, according to internal State Department documents and interviews with administration and Congressional officials. [NYT, 10/19/03]

    NOVEMBER 6, 2003: Bush signs $87 billion supplemental spending bill into law [Bush, 11/6/03]

    NOVEMBER 20, 2003: Richard Perle suggests Iraq war was illegal

    I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing. [Guardian, 11/20/03]

    NOVEMBER 28, 2003: Bush makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to Iraq, poses with fake turkey

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    DECEMBER 14, 2003: Saddam is captured

    Ladies and gentlemen. We got him! [Bremer, 12/14/03]


    2004

    JANUARY 17, 2004: 500 U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq since the invasion [Commondreams.org, 1/19/04]

    JANUARY 22, 2004: CIA officers warn of civil war

    CIA officers in Iraq are warning that the country may be on a path to civil war, current and former U.S. officials said Wednesday, starkly contradicting the upbeat assessment that President Bush gave in his State of the Union address. [Knight-Ridder, 1/22/04]

    JANUARY 28, 2004: Iraq Survey Group inspector David Kay reports

    It turns out that we were all wrong, probably in my judgment, and that is most disturbing. [Kay, 1/28/04]

    FEBRUARY 4, 2004: 109 Iraqis die in suicide bomb attacks in Kurdish-held Irbil [AP, 2/4/04]

    FEBRUARY 10, 2004: U.S. Military uncovers letter addressed to senior al-Qaida operatives seeking help in waging a “sectarian war”

    Brigadier general Mark Kimmit: “There is clearly a plan on the part of outsiders to come into this country and spark civil war, breed sectarian violence and try to expose fissures in the society.” [Guardian, 2/10/04]

    FEBRUARY 19, 2004: Chalabi declares that he and Bush administration have been “heroes in error.” [Telegraph, 2/19/04]

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    MARCH 5, 2004: Former chief U.N. weapons inspector declares Iraq war illegal

    The former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has declared that the war in Iraq was illegal, dealing another devastating blow to Tony Blair. [Independent, 3/5/04]

    MARCH 18, 2004: General Garner speaks out

    Jay Garner, the US general abruptly dismissed as Iraq’s first occupation administrator after a month in the job, says he fell out with the Bush circle because he wanted free elections and rejected an imposed program of privatization. [Guardian, 3/18/04]

    MARCH 24, 2004: Bush jokes at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner

    Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere. [Bush, 3/24/04]Source URL: http://saddamhusseinblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/
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iraq war photos

    Some of the following images are more than uncomfortable and shocking to view.
    We at Empire Burlesque are showing the painful images in order
    to unveil the nature of war and it's real impact on human lives.
    The war that the mainstream media will not show.
    The war that the governments of the world who support
    the brutal occupation of Iraq would rather you not see.
    This collection over 600 images is intended to provide a window...
    a montage of the human toll of war. George Bush wanted to eliminate journalists
    by bombing al Jazeera headquarters in Qatar in an act against the freedom
    of expression. Governments keep war hidden because it is hideous.
    To allow people to see this reality -- the shattered bodies, the wounded children, the incomprehensible mayhem is to risk eroding popular support for it.
    This is particularly true with wars that have less than overwhelming popular
    support to begin with. In the case of Vietnam, battlefield images played
    an important role in turning the tide of public opinion.
    And in Iraq, a war whose official justification has turned out to be false,
    and which a majority of the American people now believe to have been a mistake,
    the administration would prefer that these grim images never be seen.

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