The Prague Memorandum

As I’ve been saying, we are all East Europeans now.

Even the pillars of the Liberal Establishment have agreed to simulate outrage; and about what ? — about the Prague Memorandum. It doesn’t yet have its own wikipedia page, and it may not ever, but, so what ? It din’t do Downing Street Memo any good, eh?

The retiring Michigan Senator Carl Levin, a 15-year veteran of the United States Senate and eighty years of age, went on the floor of the Senate to document

a [CIA] cable sent in response to a request from headquarters at Langley for comment on the claim that [Muhammad] Atta [the leader of the 9/11 conspiracy] and [Iraqi intelligence official] al-Ani had met in Prague because the White House was considering a reference to a Prague meeting in a speech.

Eight years of persistent requests for the declassification of the Prague Memorandum has produced a 13 March 2014 letter from CIA Director John Brennan

Director Brennan’s letter includes, and therefore finally declassifies, this very clear statement from the cable: [T]here’s not one U[nited] S[tates] G[overnment] counterterrorism or FBI expert that . . . has said they have evidence or ‘know’ that [Atta] was indeed [in Prague]. In fact the analysis has been quite the opposite.”

Again, that cable was sent to CIA headquarters

continued Senator Levin directly

Again, that cable was sent to CIA headquarters on 13 March 2003 — a week before our invasion of Iraq. But the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, continued to suggest the meeting may have taken place.

He said the following about the meeting on “Meet the Press” on 14 September 2003 — six months after [the Prague Memorandum]:

We’ve never been able to develop any more of that yet either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don’t know.

Here is what he told the Denver Post newspaper of 9 January 2004:

We’ve never been able to collect any more information on that. That was the one that possibly tied the two together to 9/11.

Here is what he told CNN on 17 June 2004:

We have never been able to confirm that, nor have we been able to knock it down. We just don’t know.

“Mr President,” summarizes Senator Levin, referring to the presiding officer of the Chamber in which he is speaking rather than to the office occupied by one B. Obama

Mr. President, those statements were simply not true. We did know. We did know that there was no evidence that such a meeting had taken place. We did know that there was ample evidence it did not take place. We did know that there was, as the [Prague Memorandum] says, “not one” government expert who said there was evidence that Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague.

After alluding to pressure brought to bear to get Czech officials to parrot the as it were Langley Line that Atta was in Prague, the good Senator reaches a jowl-shaking peroration

That’s chilling. We have a senior intelligence official of a friendly nation describing the pressure that he and other Czech officials were under to give the Bush Administration material it could use to justify a war. When it came to the most serious decision a government can make — the decision to commit our sons and daughters to do battle — the Bush Administration was playing games with intelligence.

So, Carl baby, you’re sayin’

. . . the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy

just as the Downing Street Memo said, back in um, 2005 I think it was.

So. Where ya bin, Carl?

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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