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In an industry where fractions of a millimeter matter — these guys were playing horseshoes with centrifuge physics.
Out of 31 tubes in subsequent testing, only one was successfully spun to 90,000 RPM for 65 minutes — which the C.I.A. seized on as evidence in their favor. . . . D.O.E’s standard is to spin a tube at 20% above 90,000 RPM before failure — so 48,000 short is a pretty loose definition of “rough indication.”
When’s the last time you saw detail like that on this fiasco for the ages?
Who are “these guys”? Who are the “most experts” Powell was referring to in his UN speech? That’s the untold story I told 8 years ago when I wrote and produced the exhaustive documentary ever done on Iraq WMD. I had 50 pages on that issue in my unfinished book before I wrote one word of that script.
And yet when I went to interview a world-renowned nuclear scientist for my research, my journey had just begun.
America Remains Mired in the Murky
What does it say to you that on evidence claimed as components to build a nuclear bomb — the “debate” was hijacked by 10-second sound bites?
Shouldn’t any debate establish what the debate is actually about? What does it say about a country that can’t even establish that much on a matter of this magnitude?
The road to reality is blocked by detours designed to keep you going in circles. Purveyors of poppycock reroute you with narratives that avoid detail like Black Death. The way out is to start with an inconsistency or two that’s narrow in scope — and take the trail where it leads.
To ascertain the truth on any topic
If you’ve got something concrete to go on — that’s your point of entry. By all means, keep the door open in every direction. But by nailing down the definitive first, it paves a clearer path to all the rest.
This country does the exact opposite on everything — lumping it all together and never even approaching where you should have started in the first place:
This chart is misleading in several respects . . . Beams centrifuge never actually worked . . . We can infer . . .
Sounds pretty sloppy to me
Perhaps we should have a conversation to clear up what all this means on matters of world-altering consequence that have eroded reason beyond recognition?
The surgical specificity of this clip puts this lie in its place in 5 minutes alone.
Trillion Dollar Tube
Imagine what I did with 160
In addition to interviewing world-renowned nuclear scientist, Dr. Houston Wood, I also corresponded with David Albright (the physicist above who wrote extensively on the tubes) — as well as Colin Powell’s chief of intelligence at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Greg Thielmann said the following in 2013:
It will be up to Iraqis to debate whether their country now has a brighter future than it otherwise would have had without foreign invasion and occupation in the first decade of the new century. But it is uniquely incumbent on Americans to understand who and what were responsible for an enterprise that proved so costly in terms of U.S. lives lost, money spent, international reputation tarnished, and a campaign against al Qaeda diverted.
America just casually moved on
I didn’t — as I knew then what few know now:
The immeasurable value in the willingness to be wrong, understanding why, and looking to learn from it. And that not doing so — increasingly compounds the consequences of no accountability.
My writing revolves around how people allow emotion to run roughshod over reason when their interests are at stake.
When I returned from interviewing Dr. Houston Wood, the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict gave me a golden opportunity to illustrate exactly that. Debunking the WMD delusion & Trayvon tale is a conduit for showing how this nation systematically derails debate.
I needed a way to illustrate irrational behavior without showing any favoritism — and now I had it.
Unlike most of America
I don’t have situational rules
“Everybody believed Iraq had WMD” is not a valid argument any more than “armed only with Skittles.” By the way — how many of you know what Trayvon actually looked like?
It’s not the kid on People magazine I assure you.
I’m not interested in defending Zimmerman — my aim is to expose the irrational behavior of blindly defending Martin and the damage you did by doing so.
And to claim that Iraq WMD wasn’t a lie should be like saying we didn’t land on the moon. In denying that reality, half the country helped create a culture where denying reality is now the norm.
I put the truth above all else
If at times the truth helps your interests and hurts mine, I’ll still stand by it.
I love moments of truth and measurement that put my principles to the test. One of my favorites is the Florida election fiasco of 2000. I just wanted the right thing to be done — whether it served my interests or not was irrelevant. That sense of fairness is so foreign I might as well be speaking another language.
I learned early on in life that what you want gets in the way of what you see.
There’s a whole other story behind that line – but the same commitment to accuracy and integrity on that deal, drove the doc and everything else I do. I’m a programmer by profession. I’d never done any journalism before interviewing Dr. Wood, but I was striving for the best of what it’s supposed to be.
My Prime Directive
- No leading questions
- And if this man wants to talk — scrap the script and keep my mouth shut
Because of that — I obtained information that nobody else did. I wasn’t trying to tell a story that served me — I was trying to tell the story.
And I’m the only one who told it in full.