500 Tons of Uranium Yellowcake
Secretly Moved From Iraq to Canada-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: |
Various commentaries and news
agency reports about radio active concentrates of
uranium known as "yellowcake" being secretly transported from Iraq to a
base in Canada.
The Truth: |
This eRumor started
circulating in August, 2008.
"yellowcakes") is a concentrate of uranium that results from
the refinement of uranium ore. It is used for making fuel for
nuclear power plants and to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.
July 7, 2008 the
American Forces Press Service
released a statement of the completion of a classified mission
dubbed "Operation McCall" to transfer 500 metric tons of yellowcake
at the request of the Iraqi government from
Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center near Baghdad to Canada.
Click here to read the story posted on the Department of Defense
According to published reports including CBS news, the United States
secretly moved a huge stockpile of yellowcake over a two week period,
from Iraq to Canada, partly to keep it from falling into the hands
of either terrorists or foreign governments such as Iran.
The operation was reportedly more than a year in the making and took
three months to execute. It included carrying 3,500 barrels of
yellowcake by road from Baghdad, then flying them on 37 military
flights to an atoll in the Indian Ocean, then carrying them aboard a
U.S. ship bound for Montreal. In all, it added up to more than 500
metric tons of material from Saddam Hussein's nuclear program.
The Iraqi government sold the yellowcake to a Canadian uranium
company and it will be used in Ontario, Canada, for use in nuclear
A CBS report said, "And,
in a symbolic way, the mission linked the current attempts to
stabilize Iraq with some of the high-profile claims about Saddam's
weapons capabilities in the buildup to the 2003 invasion.
Accusations that Saddam had tried to purchase more yellowcake
from the African nation of Niger - and an article by a former U.S.
ambassador refuting the claims - led to a wide-ranging probe into
Washington leaks that reached high into the Bush administration. "
news report went on to say that the yellowcake
"had been stored in aging drums and
containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. There was no evidence of
any yellowcake dating from after 1991."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
July 5, 2008, the Associated Press (AP)
released a story titled: Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium
The opening paragraph is as follows:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program a
huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium reached a
Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation
that included a two week airlift from Baghdad and a ship
voyage crossing two oceans.
See anything wrong with this picture? We have been hearing
from the far-left for more than five years how, Bush lied.
Somehow, that slogan loses its credibility now that 550
metric tons of Saddam's yellowcake, used for nuclear weapon
enrichment, has been discovered and shipped to Canada for
its new use as nuclear energy.
It appears that American troops found the 550 metric tons of
uranium in 2003 after invading Iraq. They had to sit on this
information and the uranium itself, for fear of terrorists
attempting to steal it. It was guarded and kept safe by our
military in a 23,000-acre site with large sand beams
surrounding the site.
This is vindication for the Bush administration, having been
attacked mercilessly by the liberal media and the far-left
pundits on the blogosphere. Now that it is proven that
President Bush did not lie about Saddam's nuclear ambitions,
one would think the
mainstream media would report the story. Once the AP
released the story, the mainstream media should have picked
it up and broadcast it worldwide.
This never happened, due in large part I believe, to the
fact that the mainstream media would have to admit they were
wrong about Bush's war motives all along. Thankfully, the AP
got it right when it said,
The removal of 550 metric tons of yellowcake the seed
material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment was a
significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's
Closing the book on Saddam's nuclear legacy. Did Saddam have
a nuclear legacy after all? I thought Bush lied. As it turns
out, the people who lied were Joe Wilson and his wife.
Valerie Plame engaged in a clear case of nepotism and
convinced the CIA to send her husband on a fact finding
mission in February 2002, seeking to determine if Saddam
Hussein attempted to buy yellowcake from Niger. The CIA and
British intelligence believed Saddam contacted Niger for
that purpose but needed proof.
During his trip to Niger, Wilson actually interviewed the
former prime minister of Niger, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki.
Mayaki told Wilson that in June of 1999, an Iraqi delegation
expressed interest in "expanding commercial relations" for
the purposes of purchasing yellowcake.
Wilson chose to overlook Mayaki's remarks and reported to
the CIA that there was no evidence of Hussein wanting to
purchase yellowcake from Niger.
However, with British intelligence insisting the claim was
true, President Bush used that same claim in his State of
the Union address in January of 2003.
Outraged by Bush's insistence that the claim was true,
Wilson wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in the summer of
2003 slamming Bush.
Wilson did this in spite of the fact that Mayaki said Saddam
did try to buy the yellowcake from Niger. The Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence disagreed with Wilson and
supported Mayaki's claim. This meant nothing to Wilson who
was opposed to the Iraq war and thus had ulterior motives in
covering up the prime minister's statements.
It was a simple tactic really. If the far-left and their
friends in the media could prove Bush lied about Hussein
wanting to purchase
yellowcake from Niger, it would undermine President Bush's
credibility and give them more cause for asking what other
lies he may have told.
Yet, the real lie came from Wilson, who interpreted his own
meaning from the prime minister's statements and concluded
himself that the claim of Saddam attempting to purchase
yellowcake was "unequivocally wrong." Curiously, the
CIA sat on this information and did not inform the CIA
Director, who sided with Bush on the yellowcake claim. This
was made public in a bipartisan Senate Intelligence
Committee report in July 2004.
Valerie Plame also engaged in her own lie campaign by
spreading the notion that the Bush administration outed her
as a CIA agent. Never mind that it was Richard Armitage --
no friend of the Bush administration -- who leaked Plame's
identity to the press. Never mind that Plame had not been in
the field as a CIA agent in some six years.
The truth is, due to their opposition to the war, Joe
Wilson, Valerie Plame, the mainstream media and their
left-wing friends on the
blogosphere engaged in a propaganda campaign to undermine
the Bush administration. Now that Saddam's uranium has been
made public and is no longer a threat to the world, do you
think these aforementioned parties will apologize and admit
they were wrong? Don't count on it. The rest of the American
people should hear the truth about Saddam's uranium. It is
up to you and me to inform them every chance we get.
As far as the anti-war crowd is concerned, the next time
they say that, "Bush lied," we should tell them to, "Have
the yellowcake and eat it too."
A national defense analyst says President Bush should be
commended for keeping quiet about a discovery that could
have blown his critics out of the water.
Retired Major General Jerry Curry is a decorated combat
veteran who served as an Army aviator, paratrooper, and
Ranger during a military career that began during the Korean
conflict. He recently wrote on his blog about a very under
reported story by the Associated Press.
According to the report, a large stockpile of
concentrated natural Uranium, known as "yellowcake," reached
a Canadian port to complete a top secret U.S. Operation that
included a two-week airlift from Baghdad, and a ship voyage
crossing two oceans. The Uranium material had been housed at
a former Iraqi nuclear complex 12 miles from Baghdad.
Curry says the president kept mum about the discovery in
order to keep terrorists in the dark. "He made a very brave
stand, a resolute stand..., in which he decided that he
wasn't going to blab everything to the press," Curry
commends. "...And in the meantime while he kept it quiet, he
was buying time from the terrorists to get all that stuff
out of the country. So that's what was done -- he just very
quietly kept his mouth shut."
"The press beat him to death for the last several years,"
he continues, "and now it turns out that, yes, there were
weapons of mass destruction...." Curry also maintains that
Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear program and the
material could have been made into a nuclear weapon.
President Bush's actions took courage, he notes, and all
Americans should be thankful to have such a brave president
who puts the welfare of the American people above personal