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War and International Affairs
1) What are the consequences of the torture, sexual abuse and
murder at Abu Ghraib prison in
1) These abuses violate the Geneva Conventions.
2) These abuses further undermine the
3) These abuses have further alienated the Iraqi public.
4) These abuses put US soldiers at greater risk all over the world.
5) These abuses caused further loss of any moral ground the
By the fall of 2003, the majority of several thousand detainees in Abu Ghraib Prison were civilians who were picked up by the
The New Yorker magazine, issue date
Top Brass at Fault, Robert Burns, Associated
Press, The Examiner,
Amnesty International Report: The Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula: EU-US Summit: End the EU's embarrassing silence on US torture (News AMR 51/102/2004--June 24, 2004); Open Letter from Amnesty International to the President of the European Council Bertie Ahern on the occasion of the EU-US Summit, June 25-26, 2004;www.news.amnesty.org
2) Did Bush order the Pentagon to explore an invasion of
"President Bush ordered the Pentagon to explore the possibility of a ground invasion of Iraq well before the United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001" an official told ABC News, confirming the account former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill gives in a book written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind. The official, who asked not to be identified, was present in the same National Security Council meetings as O’Neill immediately after Bush’s inauguration in January and February of 2001. O’Neill says that from the very start of his administration, Bush was focused on ousting Saddam.
Source: "Corroborating O’Neill’s Account: Official Confirms Claims That
Saddam Was Bush’s Focus Before 9/11," John Cochran, ABC News,
3) What specific evidence came from former Treasury Secretary O’Neill and
others concerning Bush’s plans to take over
A Pentagon document dated
An earlier document marked Secret from January 2001, "Plan for
Source: "Bush Sought ‘Way’ To Invade
4) The Bush administration claimed that
No such weapons were found according to the UN weapons inspectors, the CIA-led Iraq Survey Group (ISG), and the Pentagon’s own Defense Intelligence Agency.
Sources: "Search in Iraq Finds No Banned Weapons," Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, Washington Post staff writers, Fri., Oct. 3, 2003, p. A01, http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A35638-2003Oct2?language=printer
"2002 Report Found No Iraqi
Arsenal," Bryan Bender, Boston Globe article, reprinted in the San
5) What other reports concluded that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction?
A report from UN weapons inspectors to be released this week says they now
believe there were no weapons of mass destruction of any significance in
Source: Kay calls on Bush to 'come clean' about WMD, Christian Science
Kay: Bush Should Admit Error on Iraq WMD:
Ex-WMD Inspector David Kay Advises Bush to Admit He Was Wrong About Weapons in
Bush, Aides Ignored CIA Caveats on
6) Did the CIA claim that
No. In his first public defense of prewar intelligence, CIA Director George
Tenet said that
Source: CIA Boss:
7) During the 1980s who sold weapons to
US, British, and German companies sold deadly weapons to the Iraqi regime.
Even with well-known reports of Hussein’s malicious use of weapons against his
own people, the Reagan and Bush Administrations both authorized the sale of
lethal weaponry to
8) The administration claimed there was a connection between Al-Qaeda and
To date, the administration has not come forward with any evidence of a
close relationship between
Discrediting the significance of a leaked Pentagon memo purporting a
connection, one former senior intelligence official likened the memo to a
series of "data points . . . among the millions of holdings of the
intelligence agencies, many of which are simply not thought likely to be
true." The Pentagon followed suit, issuing its final word on the memo soon
after the leak had been released to the press. "News reports that the
Defense Department recently confirmed new information with respect to contacts
between al Qaeda and
Source: "CIA Seeks Probe of Iraq-Al Qaeda Memo
Leak," Walter Pincus, Washington Post
9) Colin Powell made a case before the UN to go to war with
Colin Powell’s speech before the UN Security Council cited a 19-page British
dossier that was plagiarized, in large part, from an academic paper on
10) Were the administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein was working on buying
nuclear materials from
No. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the claims
Source: "Who Lied To Whom?" Seymour M. Hersh,
The New Yorker,
Source: "Open Warfare: Bush vs. the Intelligence Community," Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty, The Independent Institute, Sept. 30, 2003, http://www.independent.org/tii/news/030930Eland.html
11) Open: President Bush in the State of
12) Open: Do you approve of unilateral military action by the
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