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Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Senate Intelligence Committee Bungles Another One

It was breathlessly reported by the MSM last week that Saddam Hussien had "not ites" to al Qaeda or terrorism. They could find no evidence of such collusion. It's obvious to us that they haven't dug deep enough. I know that there are a lot of documents that have been uncovered and many of these documents link Saddam to terrorists. That includes al Qaeda. (As late as 1999, Osama bin Laden was named as an asset in a couple of Muhkbarat intelligence documents.)

Enter the New York Sun which has a story about an Iraqi official who completely disagrees with the Committee's conclusions:

A deputy prime minister of Iraq yesterday offered a sharp contradiction of the conventional wisdom here that Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda had no connection before the 2003 war, flatly contradicting a recent report from the Senate's intelligence committee.

In a speech in which he challenged the belief of war critics that Iraqis' lives are now worse than under Saddam Hussein, Barham Salih said, "The alliance between the Baathists and jihadists which sustains Al Qaeda in Iraq is not new, contrary to what you may have been told." He went on to say, "I know this at first hand. Some of my friends were murdered by jihadists, by Al Qaeda-affiliated operatives who had been sheltered and assisted by Saddam's regime."

A Kurdish politician who took his high school exams from inside a Baathist prison, Mr. Salih said he was the target of the alliance between jihadists, Baathists, and Al Qaeda in 2001, when a group known as Ansar al-Islam tried to assassinate him. In 2002, envoys of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the two Kurdish parties sharing sovereignty over northern Iraq between the two Iraq wars, presented the CIA with evidence that the organization that tried to kill Mr. Salih had been in part funded and directed by Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard.

Those words directly contradict a recent report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that declassified a 2005 CIA assessment of Iraq's pre-war ties to Al Qaeda and found that none existed. In an interview after the speech yesterday, Mr. Salih said he was unaware of the CIA assessment. But he added, "There were links between Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda. The information at time [in 2002] was quite different. Now, we could not prove this in a court of law, but this is intelligence."

On the heels of this story, people should be questioning whether or not the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence actually did its job. I mean, come on; the evidence in the documents alone calls their assessment into question. Richard Miniter, well-known investigative journalist--wrote Disinformation, which is a book that addressed the MSM's flagrant lies about the war on terror. In the fourth section of that book, Myths 12, 13, 14, and 15 deal with the ties Saddam had to al qaeda operatives and commanders. Stephen Hayes wrote extensively about the connections. I touched on the subject here. The ties are definitely there, but it's the monkeys in the Senate that are ignoring it.

I think it's just about time that the bloggers band together and do what they do best. Disseminate and analyze the documents and information that is relevant to this issue, and provide their own report of the ties that were there. This isn't some wacky right-wing conspiracy theory. This is the truth, and that same truth only brings Hell to the lives of those on the Left, and their willing colleagues who simply keep silent because they're afraid to call them on the carpet.

Publius II


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