The Center for Grassroots Oversight

This page can be viewed at http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=AnabasisTrnOnByJan03&scale=0


January 2002: Planners of Covert Operation Against Iraq Told, ‘Be Ready to Turn This Thing On by January 2003’

The CIA leadership informs the two veteran CIA agents working on Anabasis (see Late November 2001 or December 2001), CIA agents Luis (his full name has not been disclosed) and John Maguire, that the plan needs to be ready for implementation by January 2003. Maguire will later recall the message being: “Be ready to turn this thing on by January 2003. Be ready to go in a year. You got a year.” Maguire understands this to mean that the decision to invade Iraq has been made. (Isikoff and Corn 2006, pp. 12)


Creative Commons License Except where otherwise noted, the textual content of each timeline is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike