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22 June 2004. Thanks to R., correct Feith aerial photos.

Confirmation of the address of David Wurmser is needed. Send to: cryptome[at]earthlink.net. US Search shows these, but it is not clear if any are for the OSP Wurmser:

DAVID WURMSER, 904 CRESTWICK RD, BALTIMORE, MD 21286
DAVID WURMSER, 8325 SILVER TRUMPET DR, COLUMBIA, MD 21045
DAVID WURMSER, 3302 HAMPTON POINT, SILVER SPRING, MD 20904

21 June 2004

Maps from Mapquest.com
Source of photos: http://www.terraserver-usa.com
Source of addresses: USSearch.com


http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,999737,00.html

The Guardian, Thursday July 17, 2003

The spies who pushed for war

Julian Borger reports on the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force

According to former Bush officials, all defence and intelligence sources, senior administration figures created a shadow agency of Pentagon analysts staffed mainly by ideological amateurs to compete with the CIA and its military counterpart, the Defence Intelligence Agency.

The agency, called the Office of Special Plans (OSP), was set up by the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to second-guess CIA information and operated under the patronage of hardline conservatives in the top rungs of the administration, the Pentagon and at the White House, including Vice-President Dick Cheney.

The ideologically driven network functioned like a shadow government, much of it off the official payroll and beyond congressional oversight. But it proved powerful enough to prevail in a struggle with the State Department and the CIA by establishing a justification for war.

James Bamford, A Pretext for War, 2004:

The blueprint for the new Bush policy had actually been drawn up five years earlier by three of his top national security advisors. Soon to be appointed to senior administration positions, they were Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and David Wurmser. Ironically, the plan was orignally intended not for Bush but for another world leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benhamin Netanyahu. ... Wisely, Netanyahu rejected the task force's plan. But now, with the election of a receptive George W. Bush, they dusted off their preemptive war strategy and began getting ready to put it to use.

Perle became chairman of the reinvigorated and powerful Defense Policy Board, packing it with like-minded neoconservative super-hawks anxious for battle. Feith was appointed to the highest policy position in the Pentagon, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. Wurmser moved into a top policy position in the State Department before later becoming Cheney's top Middle East expert.

With the Pentagon now under Secretary of Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz -- both of whom had also long believed that Saddam Hussein should have been toppled during the first Gulf War -- the war planners were given free rein. What was needed, however, was a pretext -- perhaps a major crisis. "Crises can be opportunities," wrote Wurmser in his paper calling for an American-Israeli preemptive war throughout the Middle East. ...

As the move toward war began gaining momentum in late August 2002, Feith created another new organization, the Office of Special Plans. Its purpose was to conduct advance war planning for Iraq and one of its most important responsibilities was "media strategy." Above all, the office was Top Secret. Picked to head the OSP was still another longtime Perle protégé, Abram N. Shulsky.



Eyeballing
the
Office of Special Plans

DONALD RUMSFELD, 72
2206 KALORAMA ROAD, NW
WASHINGTON, DC

James Bamford: It was predawn when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld emerged from his $3,350,000 three-story brick house in the Kalorama section of Washington and stepped into the back of his armored SUV.

PAUL D. WOLFOWITZ, 61
5444 NEVADA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20015

DOUGLAS J FEITH, 51
1600 SOUTH EADS STREET
ARLINGTON, VA 22202

ABRAM N SHULSKY, 61
4000 CATHERDRAL AVENUE
WASHINGTON, DC 20016

RICHARD N. PERLE, 62
660 MARYLAND AVENUE, NE
WASHINGTON, DC 20002