jcs17
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Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 3:52 am

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
 
GDB
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 4:45 am

If true, are they just for stashing the goodies out of sight of the UN, or a weapon in their own right?

Something else to consider, what if Saddam HAS got terrorist sleepers in the West?
Nothing to do with Al-Queada, or anyone else known about.
Put yourself in Saddam's shoes, he failed to get Bush snr assassinated, how else to strike back at the USA, if they really threaten his power?
Go back 10 years, Bush snr still alive, no chance of ever developing a real long range missile, impossible to hide, the Israelis would take it out anyway.
But he's already run plenty of agents abroad, killing exiled enemies, covertly getting technologies for WMD's.
Maybe the 1993 WTC bomb got him thinking, not his work, but for Saddam, an inspiration.
Why not slowly, over a few years, put terrorist sleepers into the US and it's allies?
Only to be activate themselves if a major effort to oust the regime happens, so the bombing campaign in late 1998 would not count.
If he falls, he'll be remembered for not only attacking Israel in 1991, but who also took the fight to the homeland of the 'Great Satan'.
If the US finally decides to remove him, what has he got to lose?
They've no links to other terrorists, most won't even have Iraqi passports, Saddam runs a huge intelligence/secret police apparatus, plenty of available manpower.
 
KLAX
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 4:49 am

This is scary. I wonder what the peace protestors say?

-Clovis
 
Klaus
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 11:02 am

If true, that would have been "the bomb" at Powell´s presentation. And since those ships had been followed for months by now, it´s not very plausible that nobody had ever tried to check this out, while every cabbage freighter in the gulf is being raided.

Doesn´t sound plausible, but certainly should be verified.
 
TWAL1011
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 11:53 am

Did you read the story, Klaus?

Britain and the US are afraid to order interception by naval ships because of fears the crews would scuttle the vessels
 
Klaus
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 12:06 pm

And instead invade Iraq as the "less risky" option? I don´t think so.  Wink/being sarcastic
 
ovelix
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 6:27 pm

Simply BS.

The article doesn't provide ANY source exept "A shipping industry source". And the "source" says "If Iraq does have weapons of mass destruction then a very large part of its capability could be afloat on the high seas right now." So says a shipping industry "source".

Yeah, right. Two assumptions in one sentence.

The title is misleading, the source is unreliable, the story is most probably fake.

Don't blindly believe everything you read. Especially from the tambloids.

Kostas
 
pacificjourney
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 8:13 pm

If it's true then it's great news. All those big bad weapons are in one place waiting for some one to stop them. Wonder why that hasn't happened yet ?
" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
 
IndianGuy
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 8:31 pm

Hmmm. The propaganda campaign continues.

Any bets on What "they" are going to find Next?

-Roy
 
Guest

RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 9:00 pm

The US are pretty well know for *accidentally* sinking ships with their planes, a few more accidents probably wouldn't be noticed.



ADG
 
jwenting
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 10:24 pm

The last "accidental" sinking of a ship was done by Iraq's pretty French friends Bron...

The last time the US did it to my knowledge was the Tonkin incident which started the major direct US involvement in Vietnam, and that was quite deliberate (even if the reason was probably someone getting scared at a lifefire exercise instead of being really under attack).
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Ilyushin96M
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Thu Feb 20, 2003 11:51 pm

How convenient is it that the feared WMDs are aboard ships that can't be approached, for fear of them being scuttled by their crews? I think it's just another excuse, and a flimsy one at that, to prove Iraq has WMDs - "We know they are aboard those ships, even though we can't prove it." Whatever.
 
Klaus
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Fri Feb 21, 2003 1:33 am

Looks a lot like panicking spin doctors´ "plan B"...  Wink/being sarcastic
 
galaxy5
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Fri Feb 21, 2003 4:33 am

I have to agree with others on this one, there are alot of "ifs" in this information, there has to be more investigation to prove anything.
"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
 
JetService
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Fri Feb 21, 2003 4:59 am

It's funny watching you folks act like you know what the hell you're talking about. LOL!!!
"Shaddap you!"
 
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Fri Feb 21, 2003 5:09 am

jw,

There have been more incidents than that, one that springs to mind was in 1991 where they *accidentially* launched a weapon of an FA-18 and sank a merchant marine ship, killing it's radio officer. Whoops.

How convenient is it that the feared WMDs are aboard ships that can't be approached, for fear of them being scuttled by their crews?

I'm not sure I see the issue with that .... isn't the aim of all this chest beating to disarm him, if they're on the bottom of the ocean he's disarmed isn't he?




ADG
 
cfalk
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Fri Feb 21, 2003 5:12 am

I agree Jetservice. This is just a rumour, guys. It's not as if the U.S. or U.K. governments have announced it. It may be true or it may be false. Who knows, because intel agencies aren't saying anything either way.

Either the rumour firms up in the next few days or it will disappear. I expect the later.

Charles
The only thing you should feel when shooting a terrorist: Recoil.
 
ryu2
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 8:07 am

There have been more incidents than that, one that springs to mind was in 1991 where they *accidentially* launched a weapon of an FA-18 and sank a merchant marine ship, killing it's radio officer. Whoops.

Don't forget the Japanese fishing boat that a US sub ran into and sank off Hawaii. It was very recent, I think 2001 or 2002?
 
TWAL1011
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 10:51 am

Don't forget the Japanese fishing boat that a US sub ran into and sank off Hawaii.

That's something we Americans don't do, Ryu2. It was a terrible thing.
 
Alpha 1
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 11:33 am

No, what's funny, JetService, is the same old, tired, excusing voices, in such a hurry to apologize, explain away, and shrug off ANYTHIING that would indicate that terrorists or Saddam are up to something that could set of the war they've been screaming to stop.

Maybe it is a rumor, but may I ask ADG, Ovelix, Indianguy, Klaus, and any others, why are you so incredibly eager, as Ovelix put it, to instantly say it's bullshit? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but who are you guys to just dismiss it out of hand? Oh, I know-you're the folks who ALWAYS dismiss anything western intelligence, most especially U.S. intelligence-might come up with.

People like you do more to advance the cause of people like Saddam Hussein than anyone on the globe, because you're so damned DESPERATE to clear him of ANYTHING that might mean war.

Neville Chamberlain would be proud.
 
Guest

RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 3:39 pm

ADG, for being so against the US and for being somewhat of a Peace Activist, you sure do have a lot of military hardware on your website.
 
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 4:40 pm

Maybe it is a rumor, but may I ask ADG, Ovelix, Indianguy, Klaus, and any others, why are you so incredibly eager, as Ovelix put it, to instantly say it's bullshit?

So exactly where did I say it was bullshit?

Rolex01,

So exactly where have I said that I'm a peace activist? Nor, by the way, have I ever said i'm against the US .. these are ASSumptions made by a select few and nothing more.






ADG
 
ovelix
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 7:04 pm

the same old, tired, excusing voices, in such a hurry to apologize, explain away, and shrug off ANYTHIING that would indicate that terrorists or Saddam are up to something that could set of the war they've been screaming to stop.

Alpha1 will you ever stop slander people with your arbitary views about their motives?

I will say it again: The article is bullhsit because the title is misleading, the source is unreliable, the story is most probably fake.

Where did anyone "apologised" or "explained" anything??

Kostas

[Edited 2003-02-24 11:16:38]
 
Scotty
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 7:36 pm

Why is this bullshit? If you had something to hide, wouldnt you make sure that you sent it to your best mate's house so that nobody would find it at your own place?

Why is the title misleading? It is from a tabloid journal of some repute and is the main evening newspaper for London.

Why do you say the source is unreliable? Do you know what it is?

Why is the story most probably fake? Where is your evidence to support that.

if someone had said on September 9th 2001 "terrorists are preparing to blow up the World Trade Centre using hijacked airliners and plastic knives" you'd probably have put that down to being fake as well.

I'm as sceptical as anyone, but sometimes you gotta take these things seriously. The jury is out on this one. The up side of it is that the navies have it covered

Scotty
 
ovelix
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 7:59 pm

Why is this bullshit? If you had something to hide, wouldn't you make sure that you sent it to your best mate's house so that nobody would find it at your own place?

Yes. IF. The whole article bases itself on an if


Why is the title misleading? It is from a tabloid journal of some repute and is the main evening newspaper for London.

The title "Iraqi terror ship" is misleading because there is no evidence that it's Iraqi and that it's used by terrorists. Read below.

Why do you say the source is unreliable? Do you know what it is?

Of course I know how to distinguish a source as a reliable or not. I am a journalist for 13 years. The source (as it appears here) is unreliable because the writer gives no names, no agency, no dates, no nothing. The writer claims that "A shipping industry source" told him that "Three huge cargo ships feared to be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are being tracked around the world by British and American intelligence". Does that seem reliable? Only a British tamploid would print that.

Why is the story most probably fake? Where is your evidence to support that.

Read above. The writer has no evidence apart from his imagination. "A shipping industry source" is his only source for Intelligence acts? I don't think so. The writer should try to confirm that information. You cannot write something really serious based ONLY on one person's information.

if someone had said on September 9th 2001 "terrorists are preparing to blow up the World Trade Centre using hijacked airliners and plastic knives" you'd probably have put that down to being fake as well.

If someone had said so, he would be tied in Guantanamo by now.  Smile
Seriously, the one certain thing about REAL terrorist threats is that they never appear in the press in advance. Got it? If it's on the press it's screwed.

I'm as sceptical as anyone, but sometimes you gotta take these things seriously. The jury is out on this one. The up side of it is that the navies have it covered.

I am sceptical too. But think about it yourself. If the government wants to track down possible WMD material, would they leak it to the papers? If yes, why? If not, why?


Kostas
 
Scotty
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 8:30 pm

Alternatively, since it appears that no other paper has covered this, its either a scoop for the Standard on something the Government wants to keep quiet to avoid panic or else it is indeed, bullshit.

The source (as it appears here) is unreliable because the writer gives no names, no agency, no dates, no nothing

I thought journalists never named their sources anyway. As a freelancer (not in newspapers) I certainly dont

Also, if they DID want to leak it, it could be the so-called "smoking gun" lending the much needed credence to the case for attacking Iraq. Like I say, the jury's out

Cheers

 
ovelix
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RE: Iraqi 'Terror Ships' At Sea

Mon Feb 24, 2003 8:53 pm

Scotty, I was not refering to the source itself but to the info it provided. We certainly don't name our sources when we don't want to, I was talking about the extra info that would make the source more reliable and believable.

Kostas

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