Iraq CIA Source ‘Curveball’ Lied About WMD Existence
The source known as ‘Curveball’ made up the intel in an effort to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Curveball is the codename for Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, an Iraqi defector who fabricated intelligence regarding imaginary mobile biological weapons trucks and secret factories.
Janabi has told his story to The Guardian.
Janabi’s intelligence was critical in the lead-up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. In fact, most of Colin Powell’s United Nations speech was based on Janabi’s lies. Perhaps the most interesting thing about interview is what was not said: If Janabi provided only bogus intelligence, were the photographs Powell held up doctored by the CIA? It would have been interesting to be in the room with military and CIA officials as they concocted ways of fooling the masses.
If Janabi made it all up, then those photos were the work of magicians. This is not a new revelation, only the latest evidence that we were lied into war. And that too is not a new political tactic. In fact, it might be the greatest legacy of humanity’s ability to make war. If you cannot make it happen by legitimate means, conjure it.
Indeed, Colin Powell’s presentation was the most most televised and elaborate magic trick of all time. A sleight-of-hand to create a collective hallucination.
But this isn’t really even the most fascinating aspect of Janabi’s role — that goes to the man’s belief that although his lies launched a war, he did help topple a dictatorial regime. One must wonder if he’d state that so boldly to all the families of America’s dead soldiers. America may have taken down a regime, but we did so based on lies spun by Janabi, which sent young men and women into the underworld.
And perhaps the most unbelievable aspect of Janabi’s time as an intel source is that the German secret service, BND, discovered that Janabi was a liar; and, yet, American intelligence sources still saw fit to use the man’s intelligence for Bush’s magic show hosted by Colin Powell.
Janabi ends the interview by saying, “I tell you something when I hear anybody – not just in Iraq but in any war – [is] killed, I am very sad. But give me another solution. Can you give me another solution? Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq. There were no other possibilities.”
Yes, Mr. Janabi, there are other possibilities. Surely you have been watching Egypt.
If enough people take to the streets, then anything is possible.