Friday, October 29, 2004


The Bush Administration and its desperate followers on the right need some sort of reason to carry on, some explanation they can grasp to try to mitigate the video proof that weapons were still there on April 18, 2003.

So they are simply ignoring the KSTP-TV video and throwing out this...

A picture of trucks outside a bunker at Al Qaa Qaa on March 17, 2003. They claim that this is "proof" that explosives were being unloaded from one of the bunkers.

By that logic...

On March 17, 2003, a truck is parked outside the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Thompson, of LaCrosse, WI, this is "proof" that explosives were being unloaded from their 3-bedroom ranch home.

Oh, and there is this problem too.

The bunker photographs they are showing are pointless.

According to the IAEA Action Report on the facility, the HMX was being stored in only nine bunkers at the site. All of the HMX bunkers were sealed by the IAEA after verification, using metal seals on the front entrance doors.

DoD released on Oct. 28, 2004, imagery showing two trucks parked outside one of the 56 bunkers of the Al Qa Qaa Explosive Storage Complex approximately 20 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on March 17, 2003. According to the release: "It is not believed that all 56 bunkers contained High Melting Explosive also known as HMX. A large, tractor-trailer (yellow arrow) is loaded with white containers with a smaller truck parked behind it. The International Atomic Energy Association inspectors identified bunkers in this complex as containing High Melting Explosive."

However, a comparison of features in the DoD-released imagery with available commercial satellite imagery, combined with the use of an IAEA map showing the location of bunkers used to store the HMX explosives, reveals that the trucks pictured on the DoD image are not at any of the nine bunkers indentified by the IAEA as containing the missing explosive stockpiles.

Seriously go to the link above for a thorough ass-kicking of this bogus talking point.

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