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Iraqi Sites are Looted (of "Stuff"), as is the News

Reported by Melanie - March 14, 2005

Dan Senor, the former spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority during L. Paul Bremer's tenure in Iraq was a guest today on Dayside w/Linda Vester. Steve Doocy, substituting for Linda Vester, introduced Senor and covered for the Bush administration, all in the same breath.

Doocy: "Here's a question for you. Did looters make away with tons of equipment in the weeks after Saddam Hussein's regime fell? There's word today that the equipment is the high precision kind of stuff that can be used to make nuclear arms. We've got Dan Senor to come in today to talk about it. As you know, Dan is the former coalition spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority and he's now a Fox news contributor as well. Dan, thanks very much for joining us.

"Well, what do you make of this story? It sounds as if, because the American forces and the coalition forces had a lot to do around the time of the invasion there were a lot of sites where we had expected there would be the makings for some WMD stuff ah, but we were not able to guard them the whole time and now, according to the Minister of Industry, apparently, some of this stuff was looted. In fact, it was systematic. Ah, guys came in with cranes and they knew exactly what they were looking for."

Senior said a lot of it occurred before we "got to Baghdad or down to Iskandariya, which is one of the sites" in "the New York Times" article. Senor said it shouldn't be "surprising that these resources, these ingredients if you will, for WMD" may have been at some of these sites. He said what the Dulfer Report "indicated was that while Saddam did not have the capacity to launch or establish a WMD program immediately, he did have the resources in place, a lot of the intellectual capital and a lot of the ingredients in place," so when sanctions were lifted he "could turn on a program" within months or years. Senor said it is not surprising that some of the materials may have been there but it's premature, "the UN has apparently issued some statements on this,"* but aside from that it's premature to "make a sweeping conclusion about where this stuff may have gone."

Doocy wondered if the missing material could be on the black market or in the hands of a "rogue nation," as "there are plenty of them over there." Senior said if it was there, "and if it was looted then, yeah, we should be worried about where it's winding up."

The interview then moved on to another topic.

* The "some statements" by the UN Senor referred to is actually a report issued on March 4, 2005 by the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, which stated, in part:

About 90 of 353 sites in Iraq containing dual-use equipment and materials that can be used for either peaceful ends or acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) have been looted or razed, according to the latest report of the United Nations commission that was in charge of disarming Iraq of such arms.

Comment: I urge you to read, or at least skim, the New York Times article and compare the information there to what the Fox News viewer learned in this interview. Also, note that Senor mentioned both the New York Times and the UN. Fox News has systematically painted both the Times and the UN as unreliable, anti-American institutions. Fox's regular viewers will hear those two names and believe that the story is nothing more than anti-American, anti-Bush propaganda.

Additionally, note both Doocy's and Senor's use of the word "stuff," and Doocy's excuse ("the American forces and the coalition forces had a lot to do around the time of the invasion") for why the "stuff" disappeared. Doocy's the anchor, folks. He's not supposed to cover for the Bush administration or anyone else.

This segment was a real piece of work.

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