Senior US Intelligence officers warn against flimsy intelligence and bogus pictures
Sep 03, 2014
This is a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, sent by senior intelligence officers who remain skeptical about the so-called “Russian invasion of Ukraine.” Below are excerpts from their letter.
We the undersigned are long-time veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on Sept. 4-5.
You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian “invasion” of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the “intelligence” seems to be of the same dubious, politically “fixed” kind used 12 years ago to “justify” the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.
We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. Twelve years ago, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, mindful of the flimsiness of the evidence on Iraqi WMD, refused to join in the attack on Iraq. In our view, you should be appropriately suspicious of charges made by the U.S. State Department and NATO officials alleging a Russian invasion of Ukraine….
Photos can be worth a thousand words; they can also deceive. We have considerable experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting on all kinds of satellite and other imagery, as well as other kinds of intelligence. Suffice it to say that the images released by NATO on Aug. 28 provide a very flimsy basis on which to charge Russia with invading Ukraine. Sadly, they bear a strong resemblance to the images shown by Colin Powell at the UN on Feb. 5, 2003, that, likewise, proved nothing.
The letter also warns the President that he may be tricked into another war in the same way that we were tricked into a war with Iraq--based on bogus pictures. I might add that America also tricked the Saudis by bogus pictures into allowing their country to be a staging ground for the 1991 invasion of Iraq, that is, the Gulf War. This was documented in Howard Blum's book, The Gold of Exodus.
This kind of bogus evidence appears to be a regular feature of the Department of Propaganda in the US government.
Dr. Stephen Jones