Arkin Forgery Easier To Believe
I’m all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn’t for them to disapprove of the American people…
These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President’s handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.
Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha [”Every”? — ed.], through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.
No wonder someone went to the trouble to produce this alleged forgery and give it to Bill Gertz.
ARCHIVAL PAY RECORDS IDENTIFIES US CITIZEN WILLIAM ARKIN. EXPLOITATION OF SOURCE NUMBER 8230 CONFIRMS ARKIN PROVIDED IRAQI GOVERNMENT AT HIGHEST LEVELS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT UNSCOM PLANS AND USG INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES RE IRAQ. TEXT: 1. (S/UO) THIS IIR IS BEING RETRANSMITTED AT WASHINGTON CUSTOMER REQUEST. 2. (S/UO) PRELIMINARY REPORTING DURING THE PERIOD 24MAR-22 APR INDICATES POSSIBLE US CITIZEN WILLIAM ARKIN RECEIVED MONTHLY STIPEND FOR PERIOD 1994-1998 TO REPORT ONQUOTE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMISSION ACTIVITIES UNQUOTE. ENTRY IN SSO LEDGER CAPTURED IN BAGHDAD, NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. 3. (S/RODCA/UO) CIA EXPLOITATION OF SOURCE 8230 FROMOFFICE OF PRESIDENT SH CONFIRMS ARKIN TRAVELED TO BAGHDAD FEBRUARY 1998 AND NOVEMBER 1998 TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT UNSCOMPLANS AND TO DISCUSS DESERT FOX TARGETING. //GEOCOORD: IRAQ COMMENTS: 1. (S/UO) WASHINGTON CUSTOMER REQUESTED CONFIRMATION AND RECHECK OF INFORMATION. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS DCS TO DIA IAW PROCTOR CANULAR PROCEDURES, CI PROCEDURE 7-04. CIFA REPORTON ARKIN CLEARANCE AND AFOSI INVESTIGATION TRANSMITTED UNDER SEPARATE COVER. 2. THIS IIR IS A RETRANSMISSION; ORIGINAL DTG OF IIR IS 24 MAY 03. //IPSP: (U) DOCEX 2650// //COMSOBJ: (U) 211// ADMIN PROJ: (U) 3908 INSTR: (U) US NO. PREP: (U) ISG/DIA/CIA JTF7 TAREX AND FUSION CELL ACQ: (U) BAGHDAD, IZ (030409) DISSEM: (U) FIELD: NONE. WARNING: (S/UO) REPORT CLASSIFIED SENSITIVE SPECAT.INVOLVES US CITIZEN SPECAT PROCTOR CANULAR