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February 26, 2004

Scott Ritter Press Conference at MacDuffie School

“Now some in the media I think are extremely complicit in this,
people who should know better.”

TRANSCRIPT now available (pdf format - you may print and copy text)

Listen to interview (47:27 min - mp3 file) - download it, share it freely for non-profit use with attribution only and ask radio stations to play it. Large 16 mg file - dial up connections may need to download a significant portion (buffer) before playing. It may stop and start with slower connections. RealAudio version for easier listening (ideal for slow internet connections.)

See photo-album of press conference.

In the wide ranging and hard hitting press conference, Ritter described and denounced major media's role in deceiving the American people into war. Ahmed Chalabi concocted lies that US neoconservatives used to justify war, such as claims that Iraq was involved with 9/11. The New York Times and PBS's Frontline misinformed the American people. Ritter showed how neo-conservatives tried to use war to implement the pre-war Project for the New American Century. He describes in detail how The New York Times relied on Chalabi, ignored evidence to the contrary and failed its responsibility to corroborate Chalabi's claims. Now, even Chalabi admits he was lying in order to topple Iraqi regime. "The CIA's number one objective in Iraq was never disarmament, it was always the elimination of Saddam Hussein."

Ritter took questions from Andrew Stelzer of WNMF radio, Tampa, Florida; Cameron Cobane and Tom Skiba of MacDuffie School; and Noah Bein of Northampton High School; with beginning and closing questions from Sunny Miller, Executive Director of Traprock Peace Center, who moderated the live press conference with call-in participants. After the press conference, Jim Polito, WGGB/TV 40 (ABC) in Springfield, MA interviewed Ritter for the evening news. Photo © 2004 Charlie Jenks


After the press conference, Ritter spoke and fielded questions from 200 students at the MacDuffie School. He spoke on the harsh realities of war and the responsibilities of citizens to ask hard questions of leaders who would lead them into war. As is typical for Ritter, he stayed long after his talk to talk with students and faculty. Photo © 2004 Charlie Jenks

Scott Ritter is the author of End Game - Solving the Iraq Crisis, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1999 (2002 2nd edition); and Frontier Justice, Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America, Conatext Books, New York, 2003.

February 27, 2004 - page created by Charlie Jenks