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Title: Horizon Special – Hide & Seek In Iraq – The Search For WMD
File Name: hideandseek.avi
Channel Transmitted: BBC2
Date: Sunday, 23 August 1992
Category: Documentary / Educational
Size: 370 MB (378,880 Kb / 387,973,120 bytes)
Running Time: 0:50:02.21
Format: .avi 528 x 400
Data Rate: 895 kbps
Video Codec: XviD (XviD 1.0.3)
Video Info: 25 fps 1023 Kbits/sec
Audio Codec: MPEG-1
Audio Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Audio Info: 48kHz PCM Stereo
About The Series:
Horizon is a current and long-running BBC popular science and philosophy documentary programme.
The programme was first broadcast in 1964 with The World of Buckminster Fuller which explored the theories and structures of inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller and included the Horizon mission statement, The aim of Horizon is to provide a platform from which some of the world's greatest scientists and philosophers can communicate their curiosity, observations and reflections, and infuse into our common knowledge their changing views of the universe.
There have been over 1000 episodes made and broadcast.
About The Episode:
Films the search by the UN Security Council inspectors for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Shows the enormity of Saddam Hussein's military programme.
This documentary by Horizon reveals the disturbing discoveries made in over 40 inspections looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) was an inspection regime created with the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 in April 1991 to oversee Iraq's compliance with the destruction of Iraqi chemical, biological, and missile weapons facilities and to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s efforts to eliminate nuclear weapon facilities all in the aftermath of the Gulf War. The UNSCOM inspection regime was packaged with several other UN Security Council requirements, namely, that Iraq’s ruling regime formally recognize Kuwait as an independent state and pay out war reparations for the destruction inflicted in the Gulf War, including the firing of Kuwaiti oil supplies and destruction of public infrastructure. Until the UN Security Council saw that Iraq’s weapons programs had been aborted and Iraqi leaders had allowed monitoring systems to be installed, the UN’s aforementioned sanctions would continue to be imposed on Iraq.
The commission found corroborating evidence that Rihab Rashid Taha, an Iraqi microbiologist educated in England, had produced biological weapons for Iraq in the 1980s. The destruction of proscribed weapons and the associated facilities was carried out mainly by Iraq, under constant supervision by UNSCOM.
Inspectors withdrew in 1998, and disbanded the following year amid allegations that the United States had used the commission's resources to spy on the Iraqi military.
The powers given to UNSCOM inspectors in Iraq were: “unrestricted freedom of movement without advance notice in Iraq”; the “right to unimpeded access to any site or facility for the purpose of the on-site inspection…whether such site or facility be above or below ground”; “the right to request, receive, examine, and copy any record data, or information…relevant to” UNSCOM’s activities; and the “right to take and analyze samples of any kind as well as to remove and export samples for off-site analysis.
Acceptance of the intrusion of the UNSCOM’s inspectors on the part of the Iraqi regime was slow coming. But with the threat of punitive military action looming from the international community, and particularly the U.S., Saddam Husain begrudgingly allowed UNSCOM’s inspectors into the country to begin their work.
Between 1991 and 1995, UN inspectors uncovered a massive program to develop biological and nuclear weapons. A large amount of equipment was confiscated and destroyed. Iraq by and large refused to cooperate with UNSCOM and its inspections as mandated by UN SC Res. 687 until June 1992, ten months after deadline, at which time the Iraqi government submitted “full, final and complete reports” on all of its weapons of mass destruction programs. These reports, however, were found to be incomplete and deficient, and at the same time UN inspectors were subjected to harassment and threats on the part of the Iraqi regime.
Under the terms of the ceasefire of March 1991, corroborated by the resolution 687 of the UN Security Council, a commission (UNSCOM) was established to assure the dismantling of the Iraqi missile program. They were only allowed to purchase or produce missiles with a range no longer than 150 km. At the end of the war, the Iraqi government declared it had only 61 Al-Hussein and other ballistic missiles in its arsenal. These weapons were destroyed under UNSCOM supervision. This process was completed by July 1991. The western powers were however suspicious that the Iraqi army may have hidden as many as 200 missiles. The Iraqis took advantage of the provisions of the ceasefire by developing two types of short-range ballistic missiles, the Ababil-100 and the Al-Samoud, which were in an experimental phase at the time of the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. These projects were part of the casus belli raised by the American administration against Saddam Hussein.
Production Company: BBC
Producer: BLAKEWAY, Denys
Series Editor: BENNETT, Jana
Stage One: VHSRip (composite video, PAL_B) using ION VCR2PC saved as MPEG-4 AVI file
Stage Two: VHS editing with Pinnacle Studio Plus 11, edited media saved as large AVI file (Full Screen DV, 720 x 576, 28800 kbps, 25fps) – approx 10.5Gb
Stage Three: Large AVI file (10.5Gb) reduced in size with Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn 3, media saved as MPEG-4 AVI file (reducing 10.5Gb to 376Mb – 70% Compression – 528 x 400, 895 kbps, 25 fps)
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