By Susan Lindauer
Most of you know I was the chief U.S Asset covering Iraq at the United Nations, who got arrested on the Patriot Act, locked up on Carswell Air Force Base and threatened with forcible drugging when the Bush cabal decided to blame Pre-War Intelligence for their catastrophic decision to go to War.
But what exactly was the Bush Administration hiding, (besides the CIA’s advance warnings about 9/11)? One thing was a comprehensive peace option with Baghdad that addressed every straw argument from the Neo-Cons justifying the War. The Bush cabal was terrified that Americans would discover the U.S. could have achieved every single objective ever articulated without firing a missile. No soldier or civilian had to die in Iraq. Not one.
VT readers know that Intelligence is fractious. Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq was pro-active in addressing the problems, and bluntly honest that War would be catastrophic, completely unnecessary, and wasteful of financial resources. Only the White House and Congress were too cowardly to admit their mistakes. So they blamed me. I watched their attacks on prison television, locked on a Texas military base and gagged by indictment.
On the 10 year anniversary of the start of the War, it’s worth examining the comprehensive peace option hammered out in the two year run up to the invasion. I was traveling in Minnesota last week for speaking engagements. In a television interview, I discussed the Iraqi Peace option at length.
I hope it will persuade the world to give diplomacy a chance to forestall confrontation with Iran in the months ahead. It’s never so hopeless as you might think.
As a U.S. Intelligence Asset, Susan Lindauer covered anti-terrorism at the Iraqi Embassy in New York from 1996 up to the invasion. Independent sources have confirmed that she gave advance warning about the 9/11 attack. She also started talks for the Lockerbie Trial with Libyan diplomats. Shortly after requesting to testify before Congress about successful elements of Pre-War Intelligence, Lindauer became one of the first non-Arab Americans arrested on the Patriot Act as an “Iraqi Agent”. She was accused of warning her second cousin, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Secretary of State Colin Powell that War with Iraq would have catastrophic consequences. Gratis of the Patriot Act, her indictment was loaded with “secret charges” and “secret evidence.” She was subjected to one year in prison on Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas without a trial or hearing, and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging to shut her up. After five years of indictment without a conviction or guilty plea, the Justice Department dismissed all charges five days before President Obama’s inauguration.
Lindauer has written a book Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq about her experience.