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Profile: Scott Ritter


Positions that Scott Ritter has held:

  • UNSCOM Chief Weapons Inspector (Summer of 1997 until August 1998)
  • US Marine Intelligence Officer




Quote, November 21

   “The government, both here in the UK and the US, would feed off these media reports [supplied by Operation Mass Appeal], continuing the perception that Iraq was a nation ruled by a leader with an addiction to WMDs.” [BBC, 11/21/03]

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Quote, March 9, 2000

   “... from a qualitative standpoint, Iraq has in fact been disarmed... The chemical, biological, nuclear and long-range ballistic missile programs that were a real threat in 1991 had, by 1998, been destroyed or rendered harmless.” [Boston Globe, 3/9/00]

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Quote, October 19, 2001

   “Under the most stringent on-site inspection regime in the history of arms control, Iraq's biological weapons programs were dismantled, destroyed or rendered harmless during the course of hundreds of no-notice inspections. The major biological weapons production facility—al Hakum, which was responsible for producing Iraq's anthrax—was blown up by high explosive charges and all its equipment destroyed. Other biological facilities met the same fate if it was found that they had, at any time, been used for research and development of biological weapons...No evidence of anthrax or any other biological agent was discovered.” [Guardian, 10/19/01]

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Quote, January 28, 2002

   “The UN stopped using Chalabi's information as a basis for conducting inspections once the tenuous nature of his sources and his dubious motivations became clear. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the mainstream US media, which give prominent coverage to sources of information that, had they not been related to Hussein's Iraq, would normally be immediately dismissed.” [Christian Science Monitor, 1/28/02]

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Quote, Summer 2002

   “What Iraq had in 1991 wasn't a [biological] weapon, it was a large chunk of metal with some sludge in it. The only way it was going to kill you was if it landed on your head.” [Christian Science Monitor, 8/29/02]

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Quote, July 20, 2002

   “While we were never able to provide 100 percent certainty regarding the disposition of Iraq's proscribed weaponry, we did ascertain a 90-95 percent level of verified disarmament. This figure takes into account the destruction or dismantling of every major factory associated with prohibited weapons manufacture, all significant items of production equipment, and the majority of the weapons and agent produced by Iraq.” [Boston Globe, 7/20/02]

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Quote, July 23, 2002

   “The manufacture of nuclear weapons emits gamma rays that would have been detected by now if they existed. We have been watching, via satellite and other means, and we have seen none of this.” [Pitt, 7/24/02]

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Quote, July 24, 2002

   “This is not about the security of the United States. This is about domestic American politics. The national security of the United States of America has been hijacked by a handful of neo-conservatives who are using their position of authority to pursue their own ideologically-driven political ambitions. The day we go to war for that reason is the day we have failed collectively as a nation.” [Truth Out, 7/24/2002]

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Quote, September 2, 2002

   “But if a case [for war] cannot be made on national security grounds, then one must consider the real possibility that the administration's drive for war with Iraq is being pursued in support of a domestic political agenda, something that should concern all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. The brave men and women in our armed forces have demonstrated their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice so that our democracy can be preserved. To ask them to do so in support of politically driven motives would not only disrespect those to whom we look for protection, but also dishonor American democracy as a whole. It is up to our nation as a whole to ensure that is not, and never will be, the case.” [Baltimore Sun, 9/2/2002]

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Quote, October 2002

   “Our guys working this area for a living all believe Chalabi and all those guys in their Bond Street suits are charlatans. To take them for a source of anything except a fantasy trip would be a real stretch. But it's an article of faith among those with no military experience that the Iraqi military is low-hanging fruit.” [Knight Ridder, 11/1/02]

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Quote, winter 2003

   “[Operation Rockingham] was an organization designed to support a pre-ordained conclusion of the British Government that Iraq will never be found in compliance with UN Security Council resolutions.” [Scotsman, 11/21/03]

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Quote, February 11, 2003

   “It is smoke and mirrors. It has nothing to do with reality. It was plain wrong.” [Reuters, 2/11/02]

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Quote, summer 2003

   “Operation Rockingham cherry-picked intelligence. It received hard data, but had a preordained outcome in mind. It only put forward a small percentage of the facts when most were ambiguous or noted no WMD... It became part of an effort to maintain a public mindset that Iraq was not in compliance with the inspections. They had to sustain the allegation that Iraq had WMD [when] Unscom was showing the opposite.” [Sunday Herald, 6/8/03b, Guardian, 11/21/03]

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Quote, November 2003

   “I was approached by MI6 to provide that data, I met with the Mass Appeal operatives both in New York and London on several occasions. This data was provided and this data did find its way into the international media.” [BBC, 11/21/03]

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Quote, November 21, 2003

   “I was approached by MI6 to provide that data, I met with the Mass Appeal operatives both in New York and London on several occasions. This data was provided and this data did find its way into the international media.” [BBC, 11/21/03]

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