Gerald Bull

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Gerald Bull was a Canadian arms designer. He was assasinated in Brussels in 1990. He is believed to have designed the Iraqi supergun.

In 1980 Bull was convicted in US courts of exporting munitions to the Republic of South Africa, contrary to the UN arms embargo, and was sentenced to 6 months in prison. from [1]

At the time of his death he was working on long-range artillery which would give Iraq the capability of delivering fire into Israel. He was gunned down at his apartment. from [2].

This has to allegations that he was killed by Mossad.

The turning of a blind eye towards Gerald Bull's building a supergun was part of what became known as the Iraqgate affair and Britain's and the U.S.'s Covert Foreign Policy Towards Iraq.

External Links, 1992-1995

"The Bush Administration approved export licenses for computers and software that helped design Iraq's notorious supergun and a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and other Middle East countries, according to documents and congressional investigators. The export license for the computers was granted in the fall of 1989 to a Maryland company controlled by artillery wizard Gerald Bull, who was assassinated six months later outside his apartment in Belgium...

"The Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged in a classified report that the agency had strong evidence about Iraq's worldwide effort to buy nuclear weapons technology a month before President Bush signed an order mandating closer ties to Baghdad in the fall of 1989, according to sources. The disclosure was contained in a report provided by the CIA to the Senate Intelligence Committee, two sources familiar with the report said Wednesday."

"ABC News Nightline opened last June 9 with words to make the heart stop. "It is becoming increasingly clear," said a grave Ted Koppel, "that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy.

"Is this accurate? Just about every reporter following the story thinks so. Most say that the so-called Iraqgate scandal is far more significant then either Watergate or Iran-contra, both in its scope and its consequences. And all believe that, with investigations continuing, it is bound to get bigger.

"Why, then, have some of our top papers provided so little coverage? Certainly, if you watched Nightline or read the London Financial Times or the Los Angeles Times, you saw this monster grow. But if you studied the news columns of The Washington Post or, especially, The New York Times, you practically missed the whole thing. Those two papers were very slow to come to the story and, when they finally did get to it, their pieces all too frequently were boring, complicated,and short of the analysis readers required to fathom just what was going on. More to the point, they often ignored revelations by competitors.

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