Is Colin Powell a Compulsive Liar ?? Claim: Colin Powell talked about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030205-1.html#44 http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/ballontrailer.jpg FACT: Later it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq. Claim: Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. FACT: Both CIA and Powell's own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found. Claim: Powell claimed to the United Nations that this photo showed "Decontamination Vehicles". FACT: When United Nations inspectors visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they were just firefighting equipment Claim: Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the palm trees of Western Iraq. FACT: None were ever found or used. Claim: Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax. FACT: None was ever found or used. Claim: Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. FACT:The UN had already confirmed that it was destroyed. The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as "standards" for testing. When the UN suspected that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/404896.stm Claim: Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological weapons. FACT: The only drones found were short-range reconnaissance drones Claim: Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for that claim at all, FACT: a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted the claim. No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following the invasion. Claim: Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had authorized his field commanders to use biological weapons. FACT:No such weapons were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none were ever found in Iraq. Claim: Powell claimed that 122mm warheads found by the UN inspectors were chemical weapons. FACT: The warheads were empty, and showed no signs of ever having contained chemical weapons. Claim: Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of illegal long-range Scud missiles. FACT: None were ever found or used Claim: Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that Saddam was supporting Osama Bin Laden. FACT: Independent translation of the tape revealed Osama's wish for Saddam's death. Claim: Colin Powell's UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high flying aircraft and spacecraft. On the photos were circles and arrows and labels pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as laboratories and storage areas for Saddam's massive weapons of mass destruction program. http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/taji_sites_shrunk.jpg FACT:Nothing in the photos actually suggested what the blobby shapes were and inspections which followed the invasion, all of them turned out to be rather benign.