More fact checking

July 24, 2003

UPI has an early take on the 911 report that is being released today:

The report of the joint congressional inquiry into the suicide hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, to be published Thursday, reveals U.S. intelligence had no evidence that the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks, or that it had supported al-Qaida, United Press International has learned.

“The report shows there is no link between Iraq and al-Qaida,” said a government official who has seen the report.

Former Democratic Georgia Sen. Max Cleland, who was a member of the joint congressional committee that produced the report, confirmed the official’s statement.

The revelation is likely to embarrass the Bush administration, which made links between Saddam’s support for bin Laden — and the attendant possibility that Iraq might supply al-Qaida with weapons of mass destruction — a major plank of its case for war.

“The administration sold the connection (between Iraq and al-Qaida) to scare the pants off the American people and justify the war,” said Cleland. “What you’ve seen here is the manipulation of intelligence for political ends.”

Although the committee completed its work at the end of last year, publication of the report has been delayed by interminable wrangles between the committees and the administration over which parts of it could be declassified.

Cleland accused the administration of deliberately delaying the report’s release to avoid having its case for war undercut.

“The reason this report was delayed for so long — deliberately opposed at first, then slow-walked after it was created — is that the administration wanted to get the war in Iraq in and over … before (it) came out,” he said.

“Had this report come out in January like it should have done, we would have known these things before the war in Iraq, which would not have suited the administration.”

So, our fearless leader (OFaL?) knew about this report well before his SOTU speech. In fact, anyone who was paying even the slightest bit of attention knew that the claims of a link between Al Qaida and Saddam were tenuous at best. Instead of backing off of these claims and perhaps coming up with a real reason to invade Iraq, Bush chose to lie again. Does anyone else see a pattern here?

OFaL has led our country into an illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation. Many feel that charge had merit even if Bushs stated reasons for the invasion were true. Now that his lies are coming to light, it is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone that our troops are dying not for the glorious liberation of the Iraqi people, but for the imperialistic ambitions of corporate America and OFaL.

Bush lied, and is still lying. People died, and are still dying.

Addendum:

OFaL and his handlers seem to be emphasizing the intelligence failures cited in the 911 report. So far, the UPI story above is all I’ve seen on the purported Iraq / Al Quaeda connection.

9/11 Report Cites Intelligence Failures (washingtonpost.com)

9/11 Study Faults F.B.I.-C.I.A. Lapses

Hopefully, the emphasis will shift as the report is read and digested.

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