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Thursday, October 28, 2004 

Still More: The "Trans-shipment" of Weapons of Mass Destruction

In response to the story run in Monday's New York Times about the 380 tons of missing explosives from the Al Qaqaa weapons depot, the Bush administration attempted to float a theory that any weapons at the facility were most likely removed prior to the US invasion (which does little to respond to the criticism that prior to the invasion these weapons were kept under the watchful eye of *actual* weapons inspectors). According to Dick Cheney, this is all little more than media hype and Kerry campaign "scare tactics." DailyKos has already shown this to be bunk, citing this story in particular with many other blogs and major media sources following suit.

Today a friend sent me a link to this St. Paul Channel 5 news exclusive. Two reporters from this Twin Cities television station embedded with the 101st Airborne during the initial invasion are claiming to not only have been at the Al Qaqaa facility but to have been allowed to videotape the weapons in question. It appears that Rumsfeld's wet-dream inspired "embedded journalists" program is coming back to bite them in the ass.

The AP is also reporting on a group of Iraqi resistance fighters claiming to be in possession of the Al Qaqaa weapons. You can read the story here; but most other newspapers and the like already have it up.

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