U.S. official: Iraqis told me WMDs sent to Syria

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As U.S.-led troops pressed toward Baghdad in 2003, Saddam remained defiant in a walkabout among cheering crowds in the capital

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”
Isaiah 17:1

A former American overseer of Iraqi prisons says several dozen inmates who were members of Saddam Hussein’s military and intelligence forces boasted of helping transport weapons of mass destruction to Syria and Lebanon in the three months prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Don Bordenkircher who served two years as national director of prison and jail operations in Iraq told WND that about 40 prisoners he spoke with “boasted of being involved in the transport of WMD warheads to Syria.

A smaller number of prisoners, he said, claimed “they knew the locations of the missile hulls buried in Iraq.”

Some of the inmates, Bordenkircher said, “wanted to trade their information for a release from prison and were amenable to showing the locations.”

The prisoners were members of the Iraqi military or civilians assigned to the Iraqi military, often stationed at munitions facilities, according to Bordenkircher. He said he was told the WMDs were shipped by truck into Syria, and some ended up in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Other Iraqi military personnel, including former top Saddam associates, have made the same claim.

In early 2006, Saddam’s No. 2 Air Force officer, Georges Sada, told the New York Sun Iraq’s WMDs were moved into Syria six weeks before the war started.

WND also reported in 2006 a former general and friend of Saddam who defected alleged WMDs were hidden in Syria and said the regime supported al-Qaida with intelligence, finances and munitions. Ali Ibrahim Al-Tikriti, the southern regional commander for Saddam’s militia in the late 1980s, said the regime had contingency plans established as far back as the 1980s in the event either Baghdad or Damascus was taken over.

Saddam knew the U.S. eventually would come for the weapons, Al-Tikriti said at the time, and had “wanted since he took power to embarrass the West, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.” So he denied they existed and made sure they were moved into hiding, the former general said.

Among other claims, WND also reported a former U.S. federal agent and counter-terrorism specialist deployed to Iraq before the war said he waged a three-year, unsuccessful battle to get officials to search four sites where he believed the former Saddam regime buried weapons of mass destruction.

Bordenkircher said four of the Iraqi prisoners who separately offered to speak to the “right” people about Saddam’s alleged transport of WMD later became involved with U.S. and Iraqi intelligence agencies.

Some prisoners said the drivers, upon return from transporting the WMDs out of Iraq, discussed the movement. They said, according to Bordenkircher, the materials shipped out would return once Iraq got “a clean bill of health from the U.N., and then the program could be kick-started easily.”

Four of the prisoners civilians attached to the Iraqi military said they worked at the al-Muthana Chemical Industries site. They said the cargo included nitrogen mustard gas warheads for Tariq I and II missiles.

Bordenkircher said the stories of the military personnel and the civilians matched and did not contradict one another.

Bordenkircher also said prisoners confirmed al-Qaida had a presence in Iraq before Operation Iraqi Freedom began, specifically in Mosul and Kirkuk.

Iraqis under the command of Uday Hussein, one of Saddam Hussein’s sons, supported the al-Qaida elements in the country with training and providing safe harbor, they said.

Bordenkircher also was a senior adviser to South Vietnam’s correctional system during the war in Southeast Asia, from 1967-72. His task was to improve conditions for 80,000 civilian prisoners. The U.S. Department of Justice asked him to play a similar role in Iraq, sending him first to Baghdad’s infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad in March 2006 to shut it down.

Bordenkircher previously served as Marshall County sheriff of Moundsville, W.Va., and police chief and warden of the state penitentiary at Moundsville.

  1. Linda, 31 July, 2008

    This should be of no surprise to anyone, Saddam Hussein had more than ample time to ship the WMDs out of his country while our President, the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, had to play all the U.N.’s “song & dance” games.

    People forget about the protective suits & other items that were found that were connected to WMDs; & what about the fact of entire villages that were wiped out with his chemical WMDs?
    Would we have liked to experienced those here in the U.S. courtesy of Saddam Hussein?

  2. Patt, 31 July, 2008

    The surprise is we didn’t think Saddam was a madman at the time he chemically annihilated 100+ Kurds. That was done in the early 90″s when we were empowering Mr Hussein. It was several years later that this administration hyped the WMD’s and made the choice to invade a sovereign country. A choice that we have/are paying heavily.

  3. Patt, 31 July, 2008

    100+ should read 100K+ or in excess of 100,000 human beings.

  4. Lance Gilman, 31 July, 2008

    Yeah the Clinton years allowed Saddam to do what he wanted
    with absolutely no consequences. Same with Bin Laden.

    Bush will be remembered as a hero some day.
    Someone that stood up to the tyrannical leaders of the world
    when all the secularists made it the unpopular thing to do.

    Funny how gas prices went down a few cents recently after Bush lifted the executive ban on domestic drilling. While the Pelosi – Reid congress
    could care less about Americans.

    Don’t think for a moment the “green machine” is not behind high gas prices. Everybody wants to blame the oil companies. Forget that! Blame the conservationist lobbyists that hail their messiah Al Gore.
    They want gas at $10. a gallon…so they can control you.

    They ought to tried for treason.

  5. Ernest Gregoire, 01 August, 2008

    The American press is culpable in squashing this story!

    We knew this while it was happening. Satellite photos showed convoys of trucks heading out of Iraq to the Baqqah Valley in Syria.

    Left wing Looney-tunes wanted to believe there were no WMD’s so the press gave them the story they wanted. They blatantly lied to a deluded group of people who wanted the lies.

    Will the “Great Delusion” really have to be that great?

    It looks like people are already greatly deluded!

  6. Patt, 02 August, 2008

    I MADE A MISTAKE , and must correct the above dates I gave of the gassing of the Kurds. It started during the Iraq/Iran war 1980-1988. Remember that much published picture of Rummy shaking Saddam’s hand after delivering the “goods”? Although I agree, Clinton did little, Reagan was the President who put Saddam into power. We made him our ally and provided him with weapons and chemicals to defeat our enemy, Iran.

    “the administration of US President Ronald Reagan covertly provided “critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war”.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/dixon06172004.html

    Bush will be remembered ! I doubt many historians will author his story as a hero. His father has more of a chance to be remembered heroically. He is the one who refused to invade Iraq for the reasons we are now experiencing. He had the wisdom to listen to Colin Powell.

    It was “funny” how gas prices went down a few cents when Bush lifted the ban on offshore drilling. Exxon/Mobil et al are still laughing hysterically, all the way to the bank. They already have hundreds of sites that have been approved, and not yet drilled, and we are willing to gift them with more. And lest we forget there have been no refineries built or replaced in how many years? The funniest joke of all is how rapidly and how excessively disproportionate gas and oil have escalated in the 8 years since we elected an oil administration. How much profit do you think Bush and Cheney have pocketed by maintaining this war? Follow the money.

    Could someone who is in favor of off shore drilling please tell my how it will benefit us at this time? We do not have but a small percentage of total oil we will need, in or off the shores of America. It will take an estimated 10 years to get to the pump. It will cost plenty and yield little. At some point we will run out of fossil fuel. Can we trust the oil company statistics that we plenty to last for eons????? Their interest is all profit. Follow the money.

    The greenies who should be tried for treason, are also the same folks who realize we are in the midst of an energy crisis. We also realize we can’t drill ourselves out of this mess. As I understand, anything drilled in the US goes into the world market and price is decided by them. China and India, as they continue to develop economically, will soon put us in the backseat for priority for oil. So, since we are at a critical point, will eventually run out of oil, and it is polluting to our environment, why not invest the $$$ necessary to put into futile drilling and forge a new path. One that leads to energy independence which is available, cheap, and not polluting. We have the technology, we just need the will. The first electric car was patented in the 30’s. The patent was bought by oil companies. Think of where we might be if we would have been improving electric powered cars for the last 70+ years.

    And lastly, we treasonous greenies are trying to stand up for a livable tomorrow for our children, grandchildren, and so on. Native Americans have a belief that we should never do anything to the earth or otherwise that will do harm for seven generations. Is breathable air, drinkable and available water, and non toxic soil for growing our food, of less importance than continuing to enable the record breaking profits of today’s oil companies?

    The choice is ours , the time to voice it is now.

    Blessings,
    patt

  7. Lance Gilman, 03 August, 2008

    Patt,

    The record breaking profits are because oil prices are at an all time high.
    Prices are high because demand is high and our supply is too dependent on foreign sources, when we have our own supplies here that will keep prices down and Billion$ at home.

    Most Americans want to drill domestically – NOW! Not five years from now. It will have a significant effect on price, just wait and see.
    You sound like those that said the surge in IRAQ would never work to stabilize that country.

    The Earth will be inhabited until GOD decides it’s over (GEN 6:7).

    Most of the scientists advocating climate change and global warming
    are evolutionists with an anti-christian belief system to begin with.
    If you want to listen to their science that’s your problem.

    If the “left” gets their way we could lose this country as we know it.
    No public expression of Faith, No “In God We Trust”, No witnessing.
    Maybe that’s God’s will? So the power center will shift to the new revived Roman Empire in Europe as prophesied in Daniel that will bring about the Anti-Christ and the tribulation period. (This WILL happen long before I run out of air to breathe or water to drink.)

    Keep looking up and beware:
    …sin is at your door, and it’s desire is for you, but you must master it.
    (GEN 4:7)

    I for one will not go down without voicing my opinion about bogus science
    dictating socialist anti-American (Christian) policies that will destroy my country.

    LG

  8. David H., 03 August, 2008

    The whole Iraqi war is based on lies. Neoconservatism. How can Bush ever be considered a hero? His and Cheney’s war and every other neoconservative out there is responsible for destablizing the Middle-East and giving Iran a HUGE advantage. Don’t be fooled by thinking just because you are a christian you have to vote neoconservative or someone like McCain in office. You know as well as I do that if McCain wins we will go into Iran someway or another. Bush said the Billy Grahm saved him. This was a lie because Billy Grahm denies that had ever happened. It was a lie for a book that was published about Bush right before the 2000 elections to try and sway the Christian vote. Don’t be fooled by these politians just because they use words that may fit the christian mind. It really does irritate me to see christians fall for this. I would say be an Independant if you can and be smart about who we put into office. Republican does not equal Christian, Conservatism does not equal christian. I recommend a good book for christians that they should read before voting called American Armageddon by Craig Unger. We should have enough wisdom to see through the lies. I have always suspected that Bush wooed the christians just to get their votes. Don’t let McCain do the same.

  9. Patt, 04 August, 2008

    Lance:

    “Most Americans want to drill domestically – NOW! Not five years from now. It will have a significant effect on price, just wait and see.”

    Yes, but it doesn’t make an ounce of sense. If you count every drop of oil in the whole of our country we have only 3% of the national reserves, and use 25%. We can drill every inch of our land and we’ll still be dependant!!! There is no way with our present usage that we will ever be self sustainable in the oil department. AND what is harvested today won’t show up on our horizon for 7-10 YEARS.

    I share with you a small excerpt of a note from a friend. He is in charge of North America for Schlumberger Oil, so should know of what he speaks: “This oil business is bigger than all of us. It is not going to make a lick of difference to prices if we drill offshore or in ANWAR. It is a supply and demand business and the price is being driven by Indians and Chinese wanting to have cars and live like Americans have for the past 50 years.
    As GWs dream of the whole world becoming democracies becomes more and more a reality, the demand is going to keep increasing and the price will keep rising.”

    I personally do not see how more drilling is going to change things a whit. We have hit the wall, and it is time to invest in other forms of energy. We have been asleep at the switch for so long, time to wake up and right the things that have fallen apart while we were shopping at walmart buying all that cheap Chinese junk. Even our dollar ain’t what it used to be.

    Patt

  10. Lance Gilman, 06 August, 2008

    David,

    You make some good points:

    “Republican does not equal Christian, Conservatism does not equal christian.”

    “We should have enough wisdom to see through the lies.”

    It just so happens that the left “hates” those issues and Bush, so your allegations of lies and conspiracies do not surprise me along with your
    recommendation that all christians should be Independents – then we’ll really know who to vote for.
    Like being an Independent imparts knowledge to you somehow or gives you supernatural insight into who would be the best president?

    I personally am a Republican because the platform maintains beliefs that are more in line with my Christian values of life and freedom from government. Pro life, lower taxes, less government telling me what to do. I don’t vote for anyone without knowing where they stand on these issues.

    Government telling us we can’t have prayer in school is telling us what to do. Why? Because they don’t love God, they love themselves.

    To be pro-choice for abortion and a christian is hypocritical. SORRY!
    I wouldn’t feel comfortable telling the LORD I just signed up to support abortion, would you?

    Patt,

    I don’t care what the percentages are we have our own oil let’s use it. PERIOD. God blessed us with the natural resources to use, not leave in the ground.

    LG

  11. Lance Gilman, 06 August, 2008

    Oh, and David just for the record, I think the middle east has been destabilized since God gave the land to Abraham and his descendants.
    Many moons ago my friend.

    No worries mate we know who wins in the end right?

    God’s in control…

  12. Lance Gilman, 06 August, 2008

    Since we’re on the topic of candidates.
    Let’s see where the two mainstream candidates
    (of which one will be president) stand on taxes alone which will affect ALL Americans – Christian and non-Christian alike.

    CAPITAL GAINS TAX:

    McCain – 0% on home sales up to $500k
    Obama – 28% on profit from ALL home sales

    If you are headed for retirement and plan to sell your home
    you’ve lived in for many years and may finally own, 28% goes to uncle Sam under the Obama plan.

    DIVIDEND TAX:

    McCain – 15% (NO change)
    Obama – 39.6%

    Money invested in Stocks, IRA’s, mutual funds, retirment accounts,
    or anything that pays dividends or re invests dividends you will be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on your taxes under Obama.

    INCOME TAX:

    McCain(NO changes)

    Single making:
    30k – tax $4500.
    50k – tax $12500.
    75k – tax $18750.

    Married making:
    60k – tax $9000.
    75k – tax $18750.
    125k – tax $31250.

    Obama (reverse Bush tax cuts)
    Single making:
    30k – tax $8400.
    50k – tax $14000.
    75k – tax $23250.

    Married making:
    60k – tax $16800.
    75k – tax $21000.
    125k – tax $38750.

    Under Obama your income taxes will double.

    INHERITANCE TAX:

    McCain ( no changes)
    Obama wants to restore inheritance taxes.

    More NEW TAXES Obama is proposing:

    New taxes on homes larger than 2400 sq. ft.
    New Gasoline taxes
    New taxes on natural resources consumption
    New taxes on retirement accounts
    New taxes to pay for socialized medicine

    Don’t think in the past as with President Clinton when we were able to lower the deficit by raising taxes that we will do so again.
    The economic landscape is FAR different than it was then.
    We are at WAR whether you realize it or not, Real estate is at an all time low nationwide, as is construction. The credit crisis is affecting everyone, gas prices are through the roof. The electronics tech boom is not coming back like it did in the mid-nineties, we have changed the way we communicate since then though we will always have innovation from entrepreneurs.

    We need a stable steady consistent approach to taxes and spending.
    I find that with McCain not Obama.

  13. Patt, 06 August, 2008

    “I dont care what the percentages are we have our own oil lets use it. PERIOD. God blessed us with the natural resources to use, not leave in the ground.”
    Lance, I can’t agree more. But before we deed the whole of our country to the oil companies, wouldn’t it be a better idea to insist they drill on the 68 million acres they already lease and have yet to excavate —first? Also, I read somewhere we have 50 years of oil capped in reserve. Why not release 10 years or so to help relieve the pressure of now. Drill the land already approved, this will create jobs and perhaps produce some gas in 7-8 years. In the mean time focus on alternative solutions which will also create jobs,and in 10 years if we choose to make it a priority, we could/would be energy sufficient, or at least very close. Fossil fuel is a dead horse and we should quit riding it.

    patt

  14. David_H, 07 August, 2008

    Oh…well thank George Bush if taxes get raised…He wanted to pay for the War.

  15. Joy B., 07 August, 2008

    patt said:
    But before we deed the whole of our country to the oil companies, wouldnt it be a better idea to insist they drill on the 68 million acres they already lease and have yet to excavate first?
    Pretty much the democratic party talking points.
    This is how it works:
    The government designates which offshore blocks will be up for lease. They have a lease sale twice a year where oil companies bid on these blocks (similar to an auction). The oil companies find out which blocks will be available in the sale approximately 6-8 weeks before the sale takes place. During this time, the oil companies have their geologists and geophycists feverishly mapping these areas using seismic and log data. This amount of time is an insufficient amount to thoroughly evaluate these blocks. They do the best they can, but often end up with blocks that are technically known as “dogs”. Once an oil company has won a block, they do a more intense evaluation ranging in time from 6 months to one year. These areas cost millions of dollars to drill, therefore there are some blocks they won that they choose not to drill upon further evaluation of it. Many are deemed too high risk. The ones they do decide to drill are not drilled all at once. They usually have a limited number of drilling rigs.

    If successful, they will not only pay taxes, but also a royalty of around 20% (if on federally owned land or waters).

    patt and the dnc would have you believe this is some commodity that is simply dug up out of the ground. A tremendous amount of science and technonlogy comes into play. Scientists do intensive work to reconstruct ancient environments and search for known geological structural and stratigraphic traps.

  16. Joy B., 07 August, 2008

    David,
    You said:
    I have always suspected that Bush wooed the christians just to get their votes.

    I fully agree with you on this, David. And McCain (until just recently) has shown nothing but disdain for Christians. But keep in mind that Obama is a new ager who thinks he is g_d.

    I agree with Lance that a Christian cannot support a party (dems) that support the murder of American children and calls it “choice”. When the Bible tells us to take care of the poor, I don’t believe it calls on us to support confiscation and redistribution of wealth by our corrupt governments.

    The bad news is there really is not a viable choice.

    The good news is this is not really our home!!!

    So look not to our leaders as saviours

  17. Joy B., 07 August, 2008

    Considering there has never been seismic shot in the Atlantic and a limited amount in the Pacific, there is no way to say how much oil or gas we have. To say otherwise is “Al Gore science”.

    Schlumberger is not an oil company, it is an oil services company that benefits from oil & gas becoming harder to find. This is because it provides equipment, products, and services for unconventional drilling. Oil and gas becomes much easier to find if the Atlantic or Pacific open up to drilling. In addition, Schlumberger bought a company just this year to extract oil from shale. Oil shale is not economically viable unless oil prices are very high.

  18. Joy B., 07 August, 2008

    The top paragraph above was in response to the statement:
    “we have only 3% of the national reserves”

  19. Lance Gilman, 07 August, 2008

    Very enlightening Joy. Thank you.
    Sorry my posts were so long winded and so politically charged everyone.
    ‘Tis the season.

    I know in the end it only matters if you are born again, just like Jesus said.
    Not what political bend you are. I love all my brethren, even the blue ones!

  20. Patt, 08 August, 2008

    Joy:
    So if all the science and technology has already been done on 68,000,000acres and has already received approval then what is the hold up to drill on the already approved land instead of opening up offshore drilling which was abolished by Father Bush years ago.
    Patt

  21. Joy B., 11 August, 2008

    patt:
    My point was that this acreage was probably in limbo for one of 4 reasons:
    1) Scientific evalution and/or well planning is ongoing.
    2.) They are trying to find partners for the drilling. Oil companies usually seek partners for almost all of their drilling. They may only keep a 25% interest. The risk is so high (the dry hole rate is 85%) that a company prefers a 20% risk in 5 prospects drilled than 100% in 1 prospect.
    3.) They are waiting on an available drilling rig. If they have 1 rig rented, they will drill their prospects in a certain order, moving the rig from one job location to another.
    4.) They have decided, upon further evaluation, the prospect is too high risk. However, the lease they have received is for a set time period. During this time period, they will try to sale the prospect to another oil company or again, find partners to share the risk.
    joy

  22. Lance Gilman, 12 August, 2008

    Saw a Florida congressman on TV last night and even he said they have way more areas off shore that they could explore if congress lifted the ban.

    T. Boone Pickens is right about one thing. We have way too much wealth transferring out of the U.S. mainly to countries that do not like us.
    Much of that money could stay at home for our U.S. economy.
    However, I am NOT in agreement with him about putting windmills everywhere. That money could be used to fund R&D on alternatives.

    If Congress really wants to do something,
    force the automakers to make more fuel efficient vehicles and give buyers a taxbreak for trading in the old ones, just like they mandate gas companies to use additives that reduce emissions to control pollution.

    If not,
    Wait till the Saudis trade their Dollars for Euros.
    (that’s why we are not drilling at home, they have us over a barrel so to speak), You’ll be digging up your own backyard to plant food.

    We better make some changes NOW.

  23. Patt, 12 August, 2008

    Lance:

    “force the automakers to make more fuel efficient vehicles ”

    Welcome aboard, we “treasonous” greenies have been asking these questions for years. Last mandated 32 years ago.

    Gas is high, and people are easily fooled.

    Patt

  24. Joy B., 12 August, 2008

    And some of us have been asking Americans for 25 years to consider the dangerous ramifications of importing increasingly more oil from the most unstable region in the world.

    Lance,
    What do you think of Pickens’ idea of using natural gas (a cleaner burning fuel) for our vehicles? We also have a lot of natural gas. Then again, the Saudis would probably not give us permission for this.

  25. Joy B., 13 August, 2008

    While I also agree with Pickens about some things, I am primarily suspicious of him. Where was his campaign 15 or 20 years ago warning/enlightening people of the dangers and consequences of importing increasing amouts of oil.

  26. Remnant, 14 August, 2008

    Joy
    FYI

    Pelosi, Pickens plan to pick your pocket
    http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=72225

    Nan and the Big Wind Boone-doggle
    http://michellemalkin.com/2008/08/13/nan-and-the-big-wind-boone-doggle/

  27. Lance Gilman, 14 August, 2008

    Joy B.

    I think there are some ok uses for natural gas in the auto industry, i.e., in Vegas many of the cabs run on Natty gas. I think we would cause the price of Natty gas to go up even more if we made it more available.

    The key is Hydrogen I think for new advanced technology.
    Honda’s new vehicle will be the start of something huge.
    Mandate that the U.S. automakers make more of these and more efficient gas engines. They have the technology. Filling stations will come on line as the demand goes up.

    The main thing is the transfer of wealth though.

  28. joy b, 15 August, 2008

    remnant
    No surprise that pickens aligns himself with Lib dems! What do they have in common? Both only tear down and do not build. While pickens has every right to call himself an oilman, I never think of him as such. His degree is in geology. He formed his own oil company, mesa petroleum. He did not gain his wealth from exploring for oil & gas. His wealth is from his being a corporate raider. This is why I distrust him.

    I am hearing rumors he is trying to get texas’ gov’t to allow him the use of eminant domain to get control of some west properties for his wind farms. I will try to find out more.

    Joy

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