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Six Keyhole Sattelites permanently focusing Saddam : Where's the Beef ? (english)
by Foreign Press Foundation - Henk Ruyssenaars
Address: The Netherlands
15 Feb 2003
SINCE 1991 :Billions Worth Of U.S. Satellites Spy On Iraq :
24 Hrs a day, SEVEN days a week !
So : why has nobody seen any 'real' proof ?
FPF/Iraq-item - BY HENK RUYSSENAARS
Feb. 14-2003 - - What wonders many with any insight in U.S. satellite reconnaissance, is the fact that SIX U.S. satellites, controlling Iraq for over 12 years, 7 days a week and 24 hrs a day have not turned up anything which this far could be accepted as some kind of real proof in relation to all the accusations by president Bush, Secr. of State Powell etc. etc. Every square inch of Iraq has been filmed and photographed hundreds of times.
The joke, about combing your hair before sitting down on a terrace of the Al Rashid hotel in Baghdad in view of the U.S. satellites, is quite old.From the time we journalists often stood on the rooftop of hotel Caravelle in Saigon, watching 'the fireworks', as the Vietnam-genocide (shooting & gassing) was called.
CRAIG COVAULT at CAPE CANAVERAL wrote in an excellent article about this enormously expensive Iraq operation which has not turned up any evidence of illegal weaponry :
Secret NRO Recons Eye Iraqi Threats
"Each of the six spacecraft fly ground tracks timed for the best viewing angles and to work in connection with the other five - all launched from Vandenberg between March 1991 and October 2001"
"As urgency mounts for better intelligence on Iraq to guide U.S. diplomatic and military policy, six secret National Reconnaissance Office high resolution imaging satellites, each costing $1 billion, are maintaining an almost hourly watch on specific Iraqi facilities.
Three Advanced KH-11s with optical and infrared sensors are teamed with three Lacrosse imaging radar spacecraft with night/all-weather capabilities to search for evidence of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons development, along with missile production.
RARELY 2-3 hrs. go by without at least one of the six current 15-ton spacecraft obtaining imagery somewhere over Iraq, although 12 specific overflights per day have viewing angles that provide the highest resolution pictures.
The slant-range capability of the advanced KH11s is also impressive, allowing it to take quality imagery 100 mi. to the left or right of its ground track on several other, less ideal Iraqi passes per day.
The spacecraft are helping to characterize the function of Iraqi sites possibly developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as helping NIMA, the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency assess the pace and concealment of such work.(end quote, see URL below)
And even with all this controlling, there was no "proof" and Swedish Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told the Security Council his teams have not uncovered any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Mohammed ElBaradei, IAEA's nuclear chief told the council that inspectors found no evidence Iraq had resumed its nuclear weapons program and said inspectors could do their job with or without Iraq's full cooperation.
The United States edited out more than 8000 crucial pages of Iraq's 11,800-page dossier on weapons
( http://www.sundayherald.com/30195 )
But the United Nations members can not be well informed concerning the Iraq weapon report because : "The United States edited out more than 8000 crucial pages of Iraq's 11,800-page dossier on weapons, before passing on a sanitized version to the 10 non permanent members of the United Nations Security Council."
The full extent of Washington's complete control over who sees what in the crucial Iraqi dossier calls into question the allegations made by US Secretary of State Colin Powell that 'omissions' in the document constituted a 'material breach' of the latest UN resolution on Iraq.
Which is also why everybody queries US 'evidence' on Iraq.
And millions of peopleall over the world demonstrate against the present military doctrine of the United States Government.
They are NOT demonstrating against the American people !
Foreign Press Foundation
* U.S. Eyes in the Iraqi sky :
* The U.S. tore out 8000 pages :
* Blix queries US 'evidence' on Iraq :
* The Dutch author worked globally for 40 years as an independent journalist/foreign correspondent for many international printed and A/V-media. From Scandinavia to Vietnam, as correspondent in Latin America, (Chile '71-'74), and 10 years in North/South Africa and the Middle East. While being accredited as N-Africa & M-East correspondent - based in Tunisia for ten years, sometimes reporting for the BBC too... Because of journalistic research declared "Persona non Grata" five times by different governments in East and West.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND READING THIS FAR !