Project Havok: Prologue

Part 1 of 7

In an industry where fractions of a millimeter matter — these guys were playing horseshoes with centrifuge physics.

Who are “these guys”? Who are the “most experts” Powell was referring to 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.

By Design

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?

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.

I don’t have situational rules

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 those 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.

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.