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November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.

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See index to writings on Glen Rangwala's UK site.

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June 17, 2005 - A War Without End

13 July 2004: "Dismantling the wall", published in Palestine News (Summer 2004) - Palestine / Israel

24 June 2004: "The legacy of the occupation: what’s being handed over on 30 June?", published in The Independent on Sunday (27 June 2004) as "Promises, promises: the true cost of freedom for the people" - Iraq

18 June 2004: "The transfer of repression", published in Labour Left Briefing (July 2004) - Iraq

UPDATED: Claims and Evaluations of Iraq's Proscribed Weapons (Counter-Dossier II) - This is a most important pre-war paper and considered the definitive analysis of the issue. http://grassrootspeace.org/iraqweapons.html This paper replaces the earlier Counter-Dossier II (that went to Members of Congress on September 30, 2002). Updated June 20, 2003.

Following this annotated list is an article that ties some of Glen's important work together -
Senator John Kerry Speaks Out - He Was 'Misled'

Annotated Index of Glen Rangwala's Works on Iraq at grassrootspeace.org

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Introduction concerning Iraq

Glen Rangwala - gr10009@cam.ac.uk - a lecturer in politics at the University of Cambridge and a mainstay with the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI) - http://www.casi.org.uk/index.html - has written a tremendous body of analytical work concerning Iraq (as well as other subjects as reflected on his website in the UK at http://middleeastreference.org.uk/ ), with his more polemic articles at http://middleeastreference.org.uk/writings.html. His work has been called 'peerless' and 'invaluable' by writers and researchers.

Traprock Peace Center has worked with him since last summer; we were both working with Scott Ritter. While we were touring the Mid-West US with Mr. Ritter, Glen was preparing the way for him to come to the UK to address the Labour Party Conference in September.

The Counter-Dossier, co-written for Labour Against the War (UK) with Alan Simpson, MP, was his first work to appear on our site. Traprock published it in the US (on the internet and in booklet form) several days before the September 24, 2002 debate in the House of Commons concerning Iraq and the well-known Tony Blair Dossier. (An overlooked fact is that LAW 'played fair' as they had released the Conter-Dossier prior to the debate. Mr. Blair, on the otherhand, released his dossier on the very morning that the debate started - giving essentially no time to review it before the debate commenced on Sept. 24, 2002. For background, see MSNBC reporting.

On that day, Mr. Rangwala presented the Labour Rebels side in an address to Parliament witin a few hours after Tony Blair had made his dossier available to Parliament. That same day, Traprock met with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in Washington to request their help in distributing the Counter-Dossier to Members of Congress. http://grassrootspeace.org/stopwar2002.html#congress.

Traprock then brought the Counter-Dossier to 31 senators, and the following day WILPF volunteers brought it to many members of the House of Representatives. We also met on September 24 with the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), which decided within about a minute to include the Counter-Dossier, and the forthcoming Counter-Dossier II, in its lobby packets for the September 30 Lobby Day. We also sent down a shipment of Counter-Dossiers for their lobbyist training prior to Lobby Day.

Over the next several days, Mr. Rangwala wrote 'Counter-Dossier II' - a more technical treatment of the weapons of mass destruction claims and to that date the most comprehensive and well researched work on Iraq's alleged WMD's.

We appreciated the fact that he wrote it in such a timely way, so as to have it ready for Lobby Day. We drove it to EPIC on the morning of September 30. 140 people from 23 states gathered that morning for Lobby Day. After an orientation provided by EPIC and other organizations, with Traprock giving an overview of the Counter-Dossiers I and II, citizen delegations visited the offices of 102 Members of Congress, with a focus on Senate offices. Most delegations had meetings with Senate foreign policy aides. The Counter-Dossier, and the new Counter-Dossier II, formed the 'intellectual core' of the lobby packets on September 30. On that day, Traprock joined a delegation that met with foreign policy aides to Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. (Our visit to Ted Kennedy was essentially to thank him for his outspoken opposition to war.) We also visited US Representative John Olver (D-MA), who had also come out against the war, to thank him.

Why does this history matter? It shows that members of Congress had access to the truth about false claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Members of Congress were given facts instead of lies. It is an open question whether particular Members of Congress believed the lies, or whether they voted for war for their own political reasons. On September 30, it is safe to say that virtually every citizen lobbyist who came to Washington knew that a vote for the Bush administration's resolution was in fact a vote for war. (For a record of how Senators voted on the war resolution, see http://grassrootspeace.org/filibuster.html. You may see a record of House members' votes at http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/votes/?votenum=455&chamber=H&congress=1072

On February 5, 2003, Colin Powell presented the US Administration's case for war to the United Nations Security Council. Within hours, Glen Rangwala wrote an analysis, which we published in the US at http://grassrootspeace.org/firstresponse.html

On Februrary 14, 2003, Hans Blix (UNMOVIC) and Mohaded ElBaradei (IAEA) presented their reports to the UN. These reports did not support a case for war. The reports did support the continuation of the arms inspections effort in Iraq. Again, Rangwala give a quick and definitive analysis of these presentations. http://grassrootspeace.org/BlixElBaradeivsPowell.html

Glen Rangwala went on to gain mass recognition when be broke the story of the plagiarized Blair dossier (referred to by Secretary of State Colin Powell when he went to the UN on February 16, 2003). http://grassrootspeace.org/britishdossier.html

Rangwala then published the secret Hussein Kamel interview, during which Kamel had told the UN that Iraq had destroyed its WMD's. Read about this amazing story - a story of deception - at http://grassrootspeace.org/kamel.html with link to the complete interview transcript http://www.casi.org.uk/info/unscom950822.pdf

As war approached, he transformed the earlier Counter-Dossier II into a much more comprehensive work - Claims and Evaluations of Iraq's Proscribed Weapons. As with other works, he updated this material directly to the Traprock site when he posted to his above referenced UK site. http://grassrootspeace.org/iraqweapons.html

Rangwala also de-bunked false claims of VX nerve agents - http://grassrootspeace.org/vxclaims.html

After the invasion, Rangwala's analyses continued. He made the case for independent weapons inspection, as the US was 'in the hunt' for the alleged weapons of mass destruction. See "The Progress of the Pretext" (15May03) http://grassrootspeace.org/TheProgressofthePretext.html

Recently, the BBC and the Independent drew from his "Evidence and deceit: how the case for war became unstuck" for their reports on US and UK deceptions about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. http://grassrootspeace.org/ios030530.html See also "Misleading References to the Findings of Inspections" http://grassrootspeace.org/quotesinspections.html and "Claims about the certainty of weapons" (quotes they won't want to be reminded of) http://grassrootspeace.org/quotesfinds.html

Glen Rangwala continues to research and write, and he updates his work directly to our site via FTP, so it is as fresh as possible. As noted, Traprock mirrors his Iraq work published to his UK site at http://middleeastreference.org.uk/ and http://middleeastreference.org.uk/writings.html.. The UK site has a wide range of writings concerning the Palestine, Israel as well as Iraq.

Index


13 July 2004: "Dismantling the wall", published in Palestine News (Summer 2004) - Palestine / Israel

24 June 2004: "The legacy of the occupation: what’s being handed over on 30 June?", published in The Independent on Sunday (27 June 2004) as "Promises, promises: the true cost of freedom for the people" - Iraq

18 June 2004: "The transfer of repression", published in Labour Left Briefing (July 2004) - Iraq

22 May 2004: "Bringing the UN in, taking the training wheels off?", published in Labour Left Briefing (June 2004) - Iraq

15 April 2004: "Behind the massacre", published in Labour Left Briefing (May 2004) - Iraq

3 April 2004: "The murder of Ahmad Yassin: why it matters", published in Palestine News (Spring 2004) - Palestine / Israel

19 March 2004: "Show of strength", published in Labour Left Briefing (April 2004) - British foreign policy

20 February 2004: "Wrong, terribly wrong", published in Labour Left Briefing (March 2004) - Iraq / weapons

7 February 2004: "The questions Butler must ask", published in The Independent on Sunday (8 February 2004) - Iraq / weapons

23 January 2004: "Changing stories on Iraq", by Ray Whitaker and Glen Rangwala, partly published in The Independent on Sunday (25 January 2004)

16 January 2004: "Deferring Democracy", published in Labour Left Briefing (February 2004) - Iraq

16 January 2004: "The tribes ascendant", partly published within a longer piece in The Independent on Sunday (18 January 2004) - Iraq

15 December 2003: "Iraq's former exiles need this trial", published in The Guardian (16 December 2003) - Iraq

21 November 2003: "The President and his Consequences", published in Labour Left Briefing (December 2003) - US foreign policy / Iraq

The Final Nail - October 17, 2003 - published in Labour Left Briefing (November 2003)

Kay Report Critique - David Kay statement on the CIA website and Traprock website

Letter from Baghdad - also published in Labour Left Briefing (October 2003)

BBC "Today" Program Broadcast 10/01/03 - Glen Rangwala and Riad el Taher. Click on window to play intervieww; "click here to download" link may still take you to wrong source (pre-war Democracy Now program).

The abridged dossier and some evaluations, by Glen Rangwala and Andrew Johnson, probably in The Independent on Sunday (14 September 2003) - Iraq / weapons
12 September 2003:

How weak '45 minutes' claim became rock-solid case for war - published in the Independent, 24 August 03 (co-authors Raymond Whitaker and Jo Dillon)

The Dossier transformed, published in part in The Independent on Sunday, 17 August 2003

Dr. Kelly and the trailers (published in part in the Independent on Sunday, 17 August 2003, as a sidebar to main article)

Iraq's Governing Council (updated August 3)

36 Lies About the War By Glen Rangwala and Raymond Whitaker

* July 11 - The 36 Lies That Led to War - http://grassrootspeace.org/ios030711.html This was also published in the Independent, July 13, in condensed form -
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=424008

* July 3, 2003 - The Absence of Truth – Government Propaganda and the War on Iraq (with Alan Simpson, MP for Labour Against the War)

* June 28, 2003 - Four Major Unresolved Questions - Published in the Independent on Sunday (29 June 2003)

*June 1 - Evidence and deceit http://grassrootspeace.org/ios030530.html The Independent printed a condensed version of this article. http://grassrootspeace.org/rangwala01june03.html

*Claims about the certainty of weapons (quotes they won't want to be reminded of) http://grassrootspeace.org/quotesfinds.html

*Misleading References to the findings of inspections http://grassrootspeace.org/quotesinspections.html

*The Progress of the Pretext (15May03) http://grassrootspeace.org/TheProgressofthePretext.html

*Claims and Evaluations of Iraq's Proscribed Weapons (Counter-Dossier II) - This is a most important pre-war document and considered the definitive analysis of the issue. http://grassrootspeace.org/iraqweapons.html This paper replaces the earlier Counter-Dossier II (that went to Members of Congress on September 30, 2002 - see below).

*Analysis of US claims of VX nerve agent http://grassrootspeace.org/vxclaims.html

*Discussion of UNSCOM interview with Hussein Kamel http://grassrootspeace.org/kamel.html with link to transcript http://www.casi.org.uk/info/unscom950822.pdf

*Analysis of British Dossier (the plagiarized dossier) http://grassrootspeace.org/britishdossier.html

*Analysis of Blix and ElBaradei reports to the UN - Feb 14, 2003 http://grassrootspeace.org/BlixElBaradeivsPowell.html

*Evaluation of Sec. Powell's presentation to the UN on Feb 5 http://grassrootspeace.org/firstresponse.html

*'Counter-Dossier II' - http://grassrootspeace.org/archivecounter-dossierII.html

*Counter-Dossier http://www.grassrootspeace.org/counter-dossier.html

Glen Rangwala may be reached at gr10009@cam.ac.uk


The following commentary, published on June 20, 2003 via email, on the Traprock site and on many Indy Media sites as well as Media Channel, refers to many of the above referenced works of Glen Rangwala.

Senator John Kerry Speaks Out - He was 'misled'

by Charles Jenks

Senator John Kerry says he - in fact "every one of us" - was misled by President Bush concerning Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. And he says the deception is one reason he is running for President

Here are links to the Globe and BBC reports on Kerry's realization that he had been lied to and his determination that he will not let President Bush "off the hook."

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/170/nation/Kerry_Iraq_war_intelligence_questionable+.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3002820.stm

If John Kerry had been interested in the truth, why did he refuse to meet with his Western Mass constituents before voting for the war resolution? Why did he close his Springfield office on October 11 - shutting out his constituents - in the aftermath of his vote in favor of war? http://grassrootspeace.org/KerryOffice101102/

Before his vote, on September 30, a group of his constituents, including this writer, met with his foreign policy aide, as part of a national effort organized by the Education for Peace in Iraq Center with Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peace Action, Sisters of St. Joseph, and others. This joint effort worked to bring important resources and constituent concerns about the war directly to their Members of Congress. 140 citizens from 23 states fanned out and had meetings in 102 Congressional Offices, primarily meetings with Senate foreign policy aides.

The intellectual core of the resources presented were from the UK.

1) The 'Counter-Dossier' - http://grassrootspeace.org/counter-dossier.html - written by Glen Rangwala, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge and Alan Simpson, Labour MP) was written to counter the notorious Blair dossier released on September 24, 2002 to Parliament and

2) 'Counter-Dossier II' - http://grassrootspeace.org/archivecounter-dossierII.html a more technical treatment of the weapons of mass destruction claims.

(Traprock had published these papers in the US on the internet and in booklet form with the cooperation of Glen Rangwala. Mr. Rangwala updated and replaced Counter-Dossier II as the lead-up to war progressed - see http://grassrootspeace.org/iraqweapons.html )

(As a prelude to the citizens' lobbying, Traprock Peace Center visited 31 Senate offices on September 24, distributing the Counter-Dossier and meeting with some Senate aides, and WILPF followed up by bringing it to House members the next day.

In October, 2002, 23 Senators and 133 Representatives voted against the Bush Administration's war resolution. John Kerry voted for it. What did 156 Members of Congress know that Kerry did not know? Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of his constituents had called him, urging him to vote against war. After he voted for war, over 20,000 constituents wrote in the name of Randall Forsberg, who ran against him in a last minute write-in anti-war campaign in November.

During the lead up to war, much came to light in terms of US and UK deceptions concerning the weapons of mass destruction allegations. Surely, Senator Kerry took note of these developments.

A few examples:

1) Colin Powell made a case for war to the UN Security Council on February 5th. (See Glen Rangwala's analysis at the time - http://grassrootspeace.org/firstresponse.html ) Powell referred to a British intelligence report, at the UN and as a follow-up before Congress. Glen Rangwala broke the story to the British press that the British 'Intelligence' report was largely a plagiarized and out-dated paper by a postgraduate student. http://grassrootspeace.org/britishdossier.html Per the Observer (UK) "the finished document appeared to have been cobbled together not by Middle East experts, but by the secretary of Alastair Campbell, the Government's chief spin doctor, and some gofers." http://www.observer.co.uk/focus/story/0,6903,891940,00.html

2) Newsweek reported that the UN Inspectors had hidden the full interview Gen. Hussein Kamel, who had been in charge of Iraq's weapons programme before Gulf War I. He defected in 1995 and provided details of Iraq's programme, but said Iraq destroyed its WMD's. The US Administration heavily replied in its public statements on the parts of the Kamel interview that it liked, while neglecting the sticky parts - such as his assertions that the WMD's had been destroyed. Conveniently, the UNSCOM kept the interview under wraps. The CIA re-buffed Newsweek's story, saying "It is incorrect, bogus, wrong, untrue." (see http://grassrootspeace.org/kamelcoverage.html for a chronology of media coverage). Then, Glen Rangwala showed the CIA was 'misinformed' when he published the original transcript of the interview. See his briefing (with a link to the full transcript) at http://grassrootspeace.org/kamel.html

3) The so-called evidence that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from Niger - a major reason that Kerry says he supported the war - were widely reported by March 8 to be fraudulent (Chicago Tribune - "Knowledgeable sources familiar with the forgery investigation described the faked evidence as a series of letters between Iraqi agents and officials in the central African nation of Niger. The documents had been given to the UN inspectors by Britain and reviewed extensively by U.S. intelligence." http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/abstract/303432721.html?did=303432721&FMT=ABS&FMTS=FT&PMID=7684&desc=U.S.+evidence+called+forged

Further, on March 16 the Tribune reported that the US had relied on the faked evidence. "At one point, the Niger letters were seen as key evidence in the U.S. case against Iraq. In December, the State Department said Iraq's declaration to the United Nations regarding its weapons program omitted numerous items. Among them, the State Department said, were "efforts to procure uranium from Niger.'" http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/abstract/306231861.html?did=306231861&FMT=ABS&FMTS=FT&PMID=7684&desc=Fake+document+tied+to+Niger+Embassy

See also "The Status of Nuclear Inspections in Iraq: An Update" by IAEA Director General Dr. Monhamed ElBaradei, March 7, 2003: http://www.iaea.org/worldatom/Press/Statements/2003/ebsp2003n006.shtml

The report states: "Based on thorough analysis, the IAEA has concluded, with the concurrence of outside experts, that these documents - which formed the basis for the reports of recent uranium transactions between Iraq and Niger - are in fact not authentic. We have therefore concluded that these specific allegations are unfounded. However, we will continue to follow up any additional evidence, if it emerges, relevant to efforts by Iraq to illicitly import nuclear materials."

John Kerry had ample opportunities to discern the truth, before he voted for the war resolution in October, 2002 and during the build up to the invasion. He says that the Bush administration misled everyone. 156 of his colleagues in Congress would disagree; they voted against war. And, thousands of his constituents would disagree - they called his office or voted for his write-in opponent in November. After the deaths of between 5567 and 7240 civilians in Iraq as of this date (per the Iraq Body Count Project - http://www.iraqbodycount.net/ ) with almost daily shooting deaths of both US soldiers and Iraqi during the occupation (not to mention the thousands of Iraqis who will die due to destructions of infrastructure and health care systems, continuing violence and exposure to the hundreds of tons of depleted uranium residue left in Iraq from US and UK munitions), Senator Kerry speaks out.

He says was misled. Perhaps he did not understand what 156 colleagues and thousands of his constituents understood. Or, could a politican in his position have realized the truth and for political reasons went along, knowing that one could claim later - after things had started to go badly - that one had been misled, along with "every one of us."

Charles Jenks


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