Scientists now have accurate methods (see below ) for dating fossils.methods rely on characteristic faunal and geological patterns to bracket the period when the fossil existed.Nevertheless, the consequences of the robbery were so great that the Watergate break-in pales by comparison. It is forbidden.“A Classic Psy-Ops Campaign”For more than two years it has been widely reported that the U. I.6 intelligence service, and thousands of outlets in the American media to promote the falsehood that Saddam Hussein’s nuclear-weapons program posed a grave risk to the United States. Some of them refer to the Niger documents as “a disinformation operation,” others as “black propaganda,” “black ops,” or “a classic psy-ops [psychological-operations] campaign.” But whatever term they use, at least nine of these officials believe that the Niger documents were part of a covert operation to deliberately mislead the American public. “It serves no other purpose.”By and large, knowledgeable government officials in the U. Official government investigations in Italy, the U. S.—including a two-year probe into pre-war intelligence failures by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence—have been so highly politicized as to be completely unsatisfying. agent Valerie Plame, after Wilson revealed that the Niger story was false. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, has already been charged in the case, and President Bush’s senior adviser, Karl Rove, has been Fitzgerald’s other principal target. Accordingly, one can’t probe Nigergate without examining the rich tapestry of intrigue that is Italian intelligence.A few months after the robbery, Western intelligence analysts began hearing that Saddam Hussein had sought yellowcake—a concentrated form of uranium which, if enriched, can be used in nuclear weapons—from Niger. Embassy in Rome, the State Department, and the White House, as well as several media outlets. The woman tilts her head toward one of the closed doors to indicate that there are people there who can hear. The Bush administration made other false charges about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (W. D.)—that Iraq had acquired aluminum tubes suitable for centrifuges, that Saddam was in league with al-Qaeda, that he had mobile weapons labs, and so forth. has interviewed a number of former intelligence and military analysts who have served in the C. A., the State Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency (D. Only the ongoing investigation by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the Plamegate scandal bears promise. Because Italy emerged from World War II with a strong Communist Party, domestic politics had elements of a civil war, explains Guido Moltedo, editor of a center-left daily in Italy.Worse, it appears to have been the cornerstone of a highly successful “black propaganda” campaign with links to the White House. In the neighborhood between the Vatican and the Olympic Stadium, a phalanx of motor scooters is parked outside a graffiti-scarred 10-story apartment building. 10 Via Antonio Baiamonte is home to scores of middle-class families, and to the embassy for the Republic of Niger, the impoverished West African nation that was once a French colony. “That’s why I decided to stay out of it.”Despite such obstacles, a handful of independent journalists and bloggers on both sides of the Atlantic have been pursuing the story.Though it may be unprepossessing, the Niger Embassy is the site of one of the great mysteries of our times. “Most of the people you are dealing with are professional liars, which really leaves you with your work cut out for you as a reporter,” says Joshua Micah Marshall, who has written about the documents on his blog, Talking Points Memo. There is even disagreement about why the documents were fabricated. operatives had intentionally put together a lousy forgery in hopes of embarrassing Cheney’s hawkish followers.Because of the distortions and lies spread by fundamentalists about scientific dating there is a need for a centralized source of information on the topic.A few examples of such lies are presented at the very bottom of this page.
These were long on armchair speculation and short on substantive supporting evidence.For each dating or chronological method there is a link in the box at right to take you to that section of this page.There, you will find a brief description of the method, plus links to take you to other webpages with more extensive information.On January 2, 2001, an embassy official returned there after New Year’s Day and discovered that the offices had been robbed. A.’s defense intelligence officer for the Middle East, South Asia, and terrorism; Colonel Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell; Melvin Goodman, a former division chief and senior analyst at the C. In a story by Seymour Hersh in a source suggested that retired and embittered C. But no evidence has emerged to support this theory, and many intelligence officers embrace a simpler explanation. inquiry, there is no official probe into who forged the Niger documents, who disseminated them, and why, after they had been repeatedly discredited, they kept resurfacing.Little of value was missing—a wristwatch, perfume, worthless documents, embassy stationery, and some official stamps bearing the seal of the Republic of Niger. But in fact it is far more likely that the Iraq war started because of an extraordinary intelligence success—specifically, an astoundingly effective campaign of disinformation, or black propaganda, which led the White House, the Pentagon, Britain’s M. “They needed this for the case to go to war,” says Melvin Goodman, who is now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Meanwhile, from Rome to Washington, and countless points in between, journalists, bloggers, politicians, and intelligence agents are pondering the same question: is part of the local idiom, and Machiavelli was a native son.The story of this great change in the conception of the history of Earth is not a simple one.