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December 7th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Fmr. CIA Directorate of Operations Chad Sweet on new reports of chemical weapons assembled in Syria

NATO is now going forward with a plan to move missilies and troops to the Syrian border, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to defy pressure from the United States and its allies. Fears continue to grow after new reports that his forces are preparing chemical weapons to use against rebel forces inside Syria.

Chad Sweet is the Former Directorate of Operations for the CIA, the Former Chief of Staff for the Department of Homeland Security, and the Co-Founder and CEO of The Chertoff Group. This morning on "Starting Point," he says a combination of human and technological intelligence supports concerns that the Syrian Army is loading chemical components to their weapons. “The signs are all pointing towards some type of mobilization where these chemicals are being locked and loaded on bombs that, at a minimum, shows potential intent to use them.”

He adds that the information is credible enough for the United States to be taking notice: “It is unlikely that the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of State would be making such very forceful statements unless there was a high degree of confidence in the United States intelligence community that the potential for the use of these weapons is quite high.”

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