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The 9/11 Commission is Wrong: Saddam and AQ colluded for over a decade
June 16, 2004 | Vanity

Posted on 06/16/2004 9:43:37 AM PDT by Peach

The 9/11 Commission is wrong. Dead wrong.

In the 90's, the mainstream press wrote extensively on the growing relationship between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

In 1998, the Clinton administration noted that Osama bin Laden had agreed not to Iraq in exchange for WMD training.

Saddam knew that 9/11 was coming.

Links to the relationship between Iraq and AQ are listed below.


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KEYWORDS: 911commission; alqaedaandiraq; aq; iraq; osamabinladen; saddam; wot
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1 posted on 06/16/2004 9:43:38 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

We know Saddam worked with the PLO and other terrorists, he funded them. He at LEAST knew that 9/11 was coming.

Less than two months before 9/11/01, the state-controlled Iraqi newspaper “Al-Nasiriya” carried a column headlined, “American, an Obsession called Osama Bin Ladin.” (July 21, 2001)

In the piece, Baath Party writer Naeem Abd Muhalhal predicted that bin Laden would attack the US “with the seriousness of the Bedouin of the desert about the way he will try to bomb the Pentagon after he destroys the White House.”

The same state-approved column also insisted that bin Laden “will strike America on the arm that is already hurting,” and that the US “will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his songs” – an apparent reference to the Sinatra classic, “New York, New York”.
(Link below)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1106657/posts?page=1

List of newspaper article in the 90's which mention the world's concern regarding the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/946809/posts?page=1

Son of Saddam coordinates OBL activities:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/951911/posts

The AQ connection (excellent):http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/944617/posts?page=2

Western Nightmare: http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,798270,00.html

Saddam's link to OBL: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/866105/posts

NYT: Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/985906/posts

Document linking them: http://tennessean.com/nation-world/archives/03/06/34908297.shtml?Element_ID=34908297

Iraq and terrorism - no doubt about it: http://www.nationalreview.com/robbins/robbins091903.asp

A federal judge rules there are links:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/986293/posts

Wall Street Journal on Iraq and AQ:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/987129/posts

Iraq and Iran contact OBL: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/981055/posts

More evidence: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F04%2F27%2Fwalq27.xml

Saddam's AQ connection: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/969032/posts

Further connections: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1007969/posts

What a court of law said about the connections:
http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/98110402.htm

Some miscellaneous stuff on connections:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/989201/posts

Saddam's Ambassador to Al Qaeda: (February 2004, Weekly Standard)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1083778/posts

Yes - it's NewsMax but loaded with interesting bullet points.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1097521/posts?page=1

Saddam's Fingerprints on NY Bombing (Wall Street Journal, June 1993)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1115387/posts

Colin Powell: Iraq and AQ Partners for Years (CNN, February 2003)
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/02/05/sprj.irq.alqaeda.links/

The Iraq-Al Qaeda Connections (September 2003, Richard Miniter)
http://www.techcentralstation.com/092503F.html

Oil for Food Scandal Ties Iraq and Al Qaeda (June 2003)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1125899/posts

Saddam and OBL Make a Pact (The New Yorker, February 2003):
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030210fa_fact

Al Qaeda's Poison Gas (Wall Street Journal, April 2004):
http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110005016

Wolfowitz Says Saddam behind 9/11 Attacks:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/921398/posts

Saddam behind first WTC attack - PBS, Laurie Mylroie:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/gunning/interviews/mylroie.html

Growing Evidence of Saddam and Al Qaeda Link, The Weekly Standard, July 2003:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/946997/posts

Qusay Hussein Coordinated Iraq special operations with Bin Laden Terrorist Activities, Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/951911/posts

The Western Nightmare: Saddam and Bin Laden vs. the Rest of the World, The Guardian Unlimited:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,798270,00.html

Saddam Link to Bin Laden, Julian Borger, The Guardian, February 1999
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/866105/posts

The Al Qaeda Connection, The Weekly Standard, July 2003
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/944617/posts?page=2
Cheney lectures Russert on Iraq/911 Link, September 2003:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/982713/posts

No Question About It, National Review, September 2003
http://www.nationalreview.com/robbins/robbins091903.asp

Iraq: A Federal Judges Point of View
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/986293/posts

Mohammed's Account links Iraq to 9/11 and OKC:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/987075/posts

Free Republic Thread that mentions so me books Freepers might be interested in on this topic:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/977221/posts?page=8

The Proof that Saddam Worked with AQ, The Telegraph, April 2003:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F04%2F27%2Fwalq27.xml

Saddam's AQ Connection, The Weekly Standard, September 2003
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/969032/posts

September 11 Victims Sue Iraq:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2237332.stm

Osama's Best Friend: The Further Connections Between Al Qaeda and Saddam, The Weekly Standard, November 2003

Terrorist Behind 9/11 Attacks Trained by Saddam, The Telegraph, December 2003
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1007969/posts

James Woolsey Links Iraq and AQ, CNN Interview, March 2004, Also see Posts #34 and #35
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1104121/posts

A Geocities Interesting Web Site with maps and connections:
http://www.geocities.com/republican_strategist/Iraq-Bin-Laden.html

Bin Laden indicted in federal court, read down to find information that Bin Laden agreed to not attack Iraq and to work cooperatively with Iraq:
http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/98110402.htm

Case Closed, The Weekly Standard, November 03
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/378fmxyz.asp

CBS - Lawsuit: Iraq involved in 9/11:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/09/05/september11/main520874.shtml

Exploring Iraq's Involvement in pre-9/11 Acts, The Indianapolis Star:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/746225/posts

The Iraq/AQ Connection: Richard Minister again
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/989201/posts

Militia Defector says Baghdad trained Al Qaeda fighters in chemical weapons, July 2002
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/743892/posts

The Clinton View of Iraq/AQ Ties, The Weekly Standard, December 2003
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/527uwabl.asp

Saddam Controlled the Camps (Iraq/AQ Ties): The London Observer, November 01
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/741676/posts

Saddam's Terror Ties that Critics Ignore, National Review, October 2003:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1005579/posts

Tape Shows General Wesley Clark linking Iraq and AQ:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1056113/posts

Freeper list of links between AQ and Iraq:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/850346/posts

Salman Pak (Aviation Weekly)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/865435/posts

Another freeper resource - list of links between OBL and Saddam:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/838309/posts

Saddam/911 Link (FrontPage Magazine, Laurie Mylroie, May 2004):
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1133317/posts


Bush says Zarqawi killed Berg, cites Saddam ties (Reuters, May 2004)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1136076/posts

The Connections (May 2004, The Weekly Standard)
New Information:http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1144123/posts?page=11

Saddam's role in 9/11. (Freeper book, May 2004)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1144699/posts?page=5

Entire link and Post #5 - Clinton mentioned how AQ was developing a relationship with Iraq.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1145787/posts

The House of Representatives read into the congressional record the ties that Saddam had to Osama bin Laden (read down and open links in the record): June 2004
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/B?r108:@FIELD(FLD003+h)+@FIELD(DDATE+20040601)


Exploring the links between 9/11 and Iraq (Richard Miniter, June 2004)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1146319/posts?page=1


The Terrorist behind 9/11 was trained by Saddam (The Telegraph, 12/03)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1146356/posts?page=1

New Iraqi Chief Links 9/11 to Saddam (June 2004, NewsMax)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1146579/posts?page=1


Increasing evidence of Saddam's ties to 9/11 and AQ (National Review, June 2004)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1146984/posts

Pre Bush Timeline of Saddam/OBL Ties (Freeper research):
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1152923/posts?page=1

Cheney claims Iraq/AQ connections (June 2004)
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1153781/posts?page=20


2 posted on 06/16/2004 9:43:47 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach; WhistlingPastTheGraveyard; backhoe

Ping!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 06/16/2004 9:45:40 AM PDT by cgk (Happy Anniversary to my Hubby! (6-14-04) - With love, xxx ooo)
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To: Peach

go get em


4 posted on 06/16/2004 9:45:46 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour Tickets On Sale Now!)
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To: Peach

The 9/11 Commission is a COMPLETE JOKE


5 posted on 06/16/2004 9:46:36 AM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: My Favorite Headache; jmstein7

jmstein7 - how to get info out to the public and the 9/11 Commission?


6 posted on 06/16/2004 9:46:47 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

BUMP


7 posted on 06/16/2004 9:47:28 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Become a FR Monthly Donor ... In Memoriam Ronaldus Magnus)
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To: Mo1
The 9/11 Commission is a COMPLETE JOKE

A partisan joke. And unless Bush gets out in front of this, he may well suffer the consequences.

8 posted on 06/16/2004 9:48:06 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
Nice - Anyone who thinks Saddam and O.B.L. did not work together has his head in the sand, what, do you think the Iranians work alone? They all work together, they are all collude - Syrians, Libyans and all the rest of that part of the middle east.
9 posted on 06/16/2004 9:48:47 AM PDT by forYourChildrenVote4Bush (No time for wobbly knees.)
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To: Mo1

Mayber stating the obvious, but, since Cheyney and Bush have both reinforced that there is a link between the two, is that signaling that the 9/11 commission will suggest that there is not?


10 posted on 06/16/2004 9:49:01 AM PDT by IamConservative (A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: Peach

Bump. And bookmarked. Thank you for your hard work.


11 posted on 06/16/2004 9:49:43 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: IamConservative

Rush has been talking about the links between Iraq and AQ for 20 minutes. Talking about what the press knew and said in the 90's about the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam.


12 posted on 06/16/2004 9:50:40 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Slip18

You are more than welcome.

It is my contribution to our troops because I believe their cause is directly linked to 9/11.

It is my contribution to the president and his re-election campaign but he isn't using the information available to freepers, let alone available to his administration.

I've written the administration about it but they aren't listening to me. LOL


13 posted on 06/16/2004 9:51:37 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: IamConservative

9/11 panel: No evidence of al-Qaida, Iraq link

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1154565/posts


14 posted on 06/16/2004 9:54:32 AM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: Peach

It's even in the 9/11 Commission's OWN REPORT:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040616/D83860A00.html
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"While Saddam dispatched a senior Iraqi intelligence official to Sudan to meet with bin Laden in 1994, the commission said it had not turned up evidence of a "collaborative relationship."
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"Bin Laden is said to have requested space to establish training camps, as well as assistance in procuring weapons, but Iraq apparently never responded," the report said. "There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida also occurred" after bin Laden moved his operations to Afghanistan in 1996, "but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship," it said.
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"Two senior bin Laden associates have adamantly denied that any ties existed between al-Qaida and Iraq," the report said."
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SO - the 9/11 commission finds Al Qaeda requested to meet with Iraqi officials, and they did - in 1994 AND 1996 - but that's not a "collaborative relationship"?

The President of the United States says it IS a "collaborative relationship", so the 9/11 commission calls him a liar. Senior Al-Qaeda officers say it IS NOT a "collaborative relationship" and the 9/11 commission quotes them as reliable sources - the ONLY "evidence" presented that this is NOT a "collaborative relationship".

Bastards.


15 posted on 06/16/2004 9:54:34 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: Peach
Nope! Don't see a connection!


16 posted on 06/16/2004 9:54:41 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: TomGuy

LOL - great visual.


17 posted on 06/16/2004 9:55:33 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: dandelion

Yes, I noticed just who the Commission chose to believe!

Amazing.


18 posted on 06/16/2004 9:56:18 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Could you put this back in breaking news please?

I'd like it to counter the breaking news thread that the Commission said there is no relationship between Iraq and AQ.


19 posted on 06/16/2004 9:58:28 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

Don't hold your breath...the Admin Mod's have been brutal as of late.


20 posted on 06/16/2004 10:00:06 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour Tickets On Sale Now!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Yeh. It took them nearly an hour to put the LIVE thread of the Clinton portrait unveiling back in Breaking, after they pulled it. The event was almost over before they put it back.


21 posted on 06/16/2004 10:03:48 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: Mrs Zip; BOBWADE

ping


22 posted on 06/16/2004 10:04:51 AM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans)
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To: Peach
From this thread. "Whatever happened to Iraqgate."



To: OKCSubmariner; rubbertramp
I understand Jamie Gorelick, Hillary's choice to be the first DOD General Counsel in the Clinton administration (and later the real power, as Deputy AG, in the Reno Justice Department after Hubbell left,) was and is CIA-connected.
15 posted on 01/01/2002 12:59:14 PM EST by aristeides
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23 posted on 06/16/2004 10:04:58 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Peach

The Commission are a de facto coup attempt against Bush. They are traitors.


24 posted on 06/16/2004 10:05:25 AM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Right makes right!)
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To: Vigilantcitizen

Oh, brother. Those Clinton appointees are going to kill us. And they knew it.


25 posted on 06/16/2004 10:05:52 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: GOP_1900AD

Definitely. That's why I'd like to see the Bush administration come out with some of this stuff and counter the lies told by the Commission.


26 posted on 06/16/2004 10:06:39 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

And now President Bush is getting ready to turn Saddam over to the Iraqis rather than bring him before a U.S. military tribunal where he can be sentenced to death for his role in the 9/11 attacks. To me, this is a slap in the face to all who died on that day.


27 posted on 06/16/2004 10:07:32 AM PDT by mastequilla
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To: mastequilla

I don't take it that way, although we need to make sure our guys are there 24/7 to make sure no one help Saddam escape.

The Iraqi people have suffered so much under Saddam it is important to their national psyche to deal with him, and I believe they will.


28 posted on 06/16/2004 10:08:43 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
The Iraqi people have suffered so much under Saddam it is important to their national psyche to deal with him, and I believe they will.

I respectfully disagree with you. Our country lost over 800 people bringing Saddam down, the Iraqis weren't willing to do it themselves. Saddam ought to face our wrath for his crimes against the United States.

29 posted on 06/16/2004 10:10:15 AM PDT by mastequilla
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To: mastequilla

A lot of people feel the way you do.

I cannot imagine a trial of any sort in this country for Saddam. It would make OJ look like traffic court.


30 posted on 06/16/2004 10:11:30 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
Peripheral Mob figures Nathan Landow, Richard Ben-Veniste, and their associates Terry Lenzner and Paul Begala became part of the secret police that would keep Clinton in office despite multiple revelations of criminal offenses. Ironically, the only member of the Clinton enforcement team who has threatened the use of Mafia methods in public is James Carville. He said on television that Kenneth Starr was just one mistake away from not having any kneecaps. "Kneecapping" is a Mafia specialty. Yet the only link between Carville and the Mafia that we have been able to find so far is his partnership with Paul Begala, who admitted in a recent deposition for the Filegate trial that he was in close and frequent contact with his friend Richard Ben-Veniste, a Mob lawyer and friend of Mobster Alvin Malnik [2]. Richard Ben- Veniste has defended several drug traffickers and money launderers for the Mafia and for the DNC. Ben-Veniste also defended Bill Clinton on the Senate Whitewater panel in 1995.
31 posted on 06/16/2004 10:19:26 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Peach

Stephen Hayes was on with Brit Hume last night and stated that the relationship between Saddam and Osama was used as evidence by the Clinton justice department for Osama's indictment.


32 posted on 06/16/2004 10:22:23 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Peach
The 9/11 Commission findings is well on the way to the ash heap of history. The whole thing was a transparent assault on American authority. Only those grasping for straws to stay afloat in their own ignorance are giving it any value.
33 posted on 06/16/2004 10:24:46 AM PDT by oyez (¡Desea vivo el revolutuin de Reagan!)
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To: Peach

Mega-Bump!
(9/11 Commission Motto, courtesy of Sgt. Scultz: "I see nothing!")


34 posted on 06/16/2004 10:29:52 AM PDT by talleyman (Moose lips sink ships)
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To: Peach
Peach, thanks for this great arsenal!

Bookmarked with gratitude for all your hard work.

35 posted on 06/16/2004 10:30:56 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorists Attacks Upon the United States (9-11 Commission) Gov. Thomas Kean looks on at the beginning of their final two-day hearing at the National Transportation Security Board conference center in Washington, June 16, 2004. Al Qaeda has changed drastically since the Sept. 11 attacks but it will keep trying to strike in the United States to inflict mass casualties, the panel investigating the 2001 hijackings said on Wednesday.  (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorists Attacks Upon the United States (9-11 Commission) Gov. Thomas Kean looks on at the beginning of their final two-day hearing at the National Transportation Security Board conference center in Washington, June 16, 2004. Al Qaeda has changed drastically since the Sept. 11 attacks but it will keep trying to strike in the United States to inflict mass casualties, the panel investigating the 2001 hijackings said on Wednesday. (Larry Downing/Reuters)


36 posted on 06/16/2004 10:39:57 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Become a FR Monthly Donor ... In Memoriam Ronaldus Magnus)
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To: Peach; StriperSniper; Mo1; Howlin; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

Nice compilation Peach


38 posted on 06/16/2004 10:42:28 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: hungry_caterpillar

Are you calling Rumsfeld a terrorist??


39 posted on 06/16/2004 10:43:52 AM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: Peach

bump


40 posted on 06/16/2004 10:43:52 AM PDT by idkfa
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To: Peach

I urge you to keep posting this daily, bumping it and making it a priority. This is VERY important, and America needs to realize it. Thank you.


41 posted on 06/16/2004 10:44:32 AM PDT by votelife ("Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordian." Don Rumsfeld)
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To: hungry_caterpillar

You picked today to crawl out of your spider hole?


42 posted on 06/16/2004 10:45:44 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: hungry_caterpillar

The picture you show is a full ten years prior to the date from which Al-Qaeda meets to plot the demise of the U.S. Allow me to destroy your argument with your help...

I married a man once. At first he was nice - but later, much later, he tried to strangle me, among other things. So, according to your logic, even though my relationship was started years before the abuse, I should have known about it, and I am not only to blame my own abuse, I am also to blame for the abuse he might be heaping on his current wife?

Oh, and as far as Rumsfeld being a terrorist: one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, eh?


43 posted on 06/16/2004 10:46:08 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: Peach
You deserve a FR reward for this compilation of information the lamestream media doesn't seem to want to see.

I don't know if it's included in your list, but I saw an story recently where the new leader of Iraq made a statement that there were clear ties between Saddam and Osama.
44 posted on 06/16/2004 10:49:21 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff
You picked today to crawl out of your spider hole?

Looks that way

45 posted on 06/16/2004 10:50:10 AM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: Peach

Every day it seems another American soldier is killed in Iraq. These grim statistics have become a favorite of network news anchors and political chat show hosts. Nevermind that they mix deaths from accidents with actual battlefield casualties; or that the average is actually closer to one American death for every two days; or that enemy deaths far outnumber ours. What matters is the overall impression of mounting, pointless deaths.

That is why is important to remember why we fight in Iraq -- and who we fight. Indeed, many of those sniping at U.S. troops are al Qaeda terrorists operating inside Iraq. And many of bin Laden's men were in Iraq prior to the liberation. A wealth of evidence on the public record -- from government reports and congressional testimony to news accounts from major newspapers -- attests to longstanding ties between bin Laden and Saddam going back to 1994.

Those who try to whitewash Saddam's record don't dispute this evidence; they just ignore it. So let's review the evidence, all of it on the public record for months or years:

* Abdul Rahman Yasin was the only member of the al Qaeda cell that detonated the 1993 World Trade Center bomb to remain at large in the Clinton years. He fled to Iraq. U.S. forces recently discovered a cache of documents in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, that show that Iraq gave Mr. Yasin both a house and monthly salary.

* Bin Laden met at least eight times with officers of Iraq's Special Security Organization, a secret police agency run by Saddam's son Qusay, and met with officials from Saddam's mukhabarat, its external intelligence service, according to intelligence made public by Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was speaking before the United Nations Security Council on February 6, 2003.

* Sudanese intelligence officials told me that their agents had observed meetings between Iraqi intelligence agents and bin Laden starting in 1994, when bin Laden lived in Khartoum.

* Bin Laden met the director of the Iraqi mukhabarat in 1996 in Khartoum, according to Mr. Powell.

* An al Qaeda operative now held by the U.S. confessed that in the mid-1990s, bin Laden had forged an agreement with Saddam's men to cease all terrorist activities against the Iraqi dictator, Mr. Powell told the United Nations.

* In 1999 the Guardian, a British newspaper, reported that Farouk Hijazi, a senior officer in Iraq's mukhabarat, had journeyed deep into the icy mountains near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in December 1998 to meet with al Qaeda men. Mr. Hijazi is "thought to have offered bin Laden asylum in Iraq," the Guardian reported.

* In October 2000, another Iraqi intelligence operative, Salah Suleiman, was arrested near the Afghan border by Pakistani authorities, according to Jane's Foreign Report, a respected international newsletter. Jane's reported that Suleiman was shuttling between Iraqi intelligence and Ayman al Zawahiri, now al Qaeda's No. 2 man.

(Why are all of those meetings significant? The London Observer reports that FBI investigators cite a captured al Qaeda field manual in Afghanistan, which "emphasizes the value of conducting discussions about pending terrorist attacks face to face, rather than by electronic means.")

* As recently as 2001, Iraq's embassy in Pakistan was used as a "liaison" between the Iraqi dictator and al Qaeda, Mr. Powell told the United Nations.

* Spanish investigators have uncovered documents seized from Yusuf Galan -- who is charged by a Spanish court with being "directly involved with the preparation and planning" of the Sept. 11 attacks -- that show the terrorist was invited to a party at the Iraqi embassy in Madrid. The invitation used his "al Qaeda nom de guerre," London's Independent reports.

* An Iraqi defector to Turkey, known by his cover name as "Abu Mohammed," told Gwynne Roberts of the Sunday Times of London that he saw bin Laden's fighters in camps in Iraq in 1997. At the time, Mohammed was a colonel in Saddam's Fedayeen. He described an encounter at Salman Pak, the training facility southeast of Baghdad. At that vast compound run by Iraqi intelligence, Muslim militants trained to hijack planes with knives -- on a full-size Boeing 707. Col. Mohammed recalls his first visit to Salman Pak this way: "We were met by Colonel Jamil Kamil, the camp manager, and Major Ali Hawas. I noticed that a lot of people were queuing for food. (The major) said to me: 'You'll have nothing to do with these people. They are Osama bin Laden's group and the PKK and Mojahedin-e Khalq.'"

* In 1998, Abbas al-Janabi, a longtime aide to Saddam's son Uday, defected to the West. At the time, he repeatedly told reporters that there was a direct connection between Iraq and al Qaeda.

*The Sunday Times found a Saddam loyalist in a Kurdish prison who claims to have been Dr. Zawahiri's bodyguard during his 1992 visit with Saddam in Baghdad. Dr. Zawahiri was a close associate of bin Laden at the time and was present at the founding of al Qaeda in 1989.

* Following the defeat of the Taliban, almost two dozen bin Laden associates "converged on Baghdad and established a base of operations there," Mr. Powell told the United Nations in February 2003. From their Baghdad base, the secretary said, they supervised the movement of men, materiel and money for al Qaeda's global network.

* In 2001, an al Qaeda member "bragged that the situation in Iraq was 'good,'" according to intelligence made public by Mr. Powell.

* That same year, Saudi Arabian border guards arrested two al Qaeda members entering the kingdom from Iraq.

* Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi oversaw an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, Mr. Powell told the United Nations. His specialty was poisons. Wounded in fighting with U.S. forces, he sought medical treatment in Baghdad in May 2002. When Zarqawi recovered, he restarted a training camp in northern Iraq. Zarqawi's Iraq cell was later tied to the October 2002 murder of Lawrence Foley, an official of the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Amman, Jordan. The captured assassin confessed that he received orders and funds from Zarqawi's cell in Iraq, Mr. Powell said. His accomplice escaped to Iraq.

*Zarqawi met with military chief of al Qaeda, Mohammed Ibrahim Makwai (aka Saif al-Adel) in Iran in February 2003, according to intelligence sources cited by the Washington Post.

* Mohammad Atef, the head of al Qaeda's military wing until the U.S. killed him in Afghanistan in November 2001, told a senior al Qaeda member now in U.S. custody that the terror network needed labs outside of Afghanistan to manufacture chemical weapons, Mr. Powell said. "Where did they go, where did they look?" said the secretary. "They went to Iraq."

* Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi was sent to Iraq by bin Laden to purchase poison gases several times between 1997 and 2000. He called his relationship with Saddam's regime "successful," Mr. Powell told the United Nations.

* Mohamed Mansour Shahab, a smuggler hired by Iraq to transport weapons to bin Laden in Afghanistan, was arrested by anti-Hussein Kurdish forces in May, 2000. He later told his story to American intelligence and a reporter for the New Yorker magazine.

* Documents found among the debris of the Iraqi Intelligence Center show that Baghdad funded the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan terror group led by an Islamist cleric linked to bin Laden. According to a London's Daily Telegraph, the organization offered to recruit "youth to train for the jihad" at a "headquarters for international holy warrior network" to be established in Baghdad.

* Mullah Melan Krekar, ran a terror group (the Ansar al-Islam) linked to both bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Mr. Krekar admitted to a Kurdish newspaper that he met bin Laden in Afghanistan and other senior al Qaeda officials. His acknowledged meetings with bin Laden go back to 1988. When he organized Ansar al Islam in 2001 to conduct suicide attacks on Americans, "three bin Laden operatives showed up with a gift of $300,000 'to undertake jihad,'" Newsday reported. Mr. Krekar is now in custody in the Netherlands. His group operated in portion of northern Iraq loyal to Saddam Hussein -- and attacked independent Kurdish groups hostile to Saddam. A spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan told a United Press International correspondent that Mr. Krekar's group was funded by "Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad."

* After October 2001, hundreds of al Qaeda fighters are believed to have holed up in the Ansar al-Islam's strongholds inside northern Iraq.

Some skeptics dismiss the emerging evidence of a longstanding link between Iraq and al Qaeda by contending that Saddam ran a secular dictatorship hated by Islamists like bin Laden.

In fact, there are plenty of "Stalin-Roosevelt" partnerships between international terrorists and Muslim dictators. Saddam and bin Laden had common enemies, common purposes and interlocking needs. They shared a powerful hate for America and the Saudi royal family. They both saw the Gulf War as a turning point. Saddam suffered a crushing defeat which he had repeatedly vowed to avenge. Bin Laden regards the U.S. as guilty of war crimes against Iraqis and believes that non-Muslims shouldn't have military bases on the holy sands of Arabia. Al Qaeda's avowed goal for the past ten years has been the removal of American forces from Saudi Arabia, where they stood in harm's way solely to contain Saddam.

The most compelling reason for bin Laden to work with Saddam is money. Al Qaeda operatives have testified in federal courts that the terror network was always desperate for cash. Senior employees fought bitterly about the $100 difference in pay between Egyptian and Saudis (the Egyptians made more). One al Qaeda member, who was connected to the 1998 embassy bombings, told a U.S. federal court how bitter he was that bin Laden could not pay for his pregnant wife to see a doctor.

Bin Laden's personal wealth alone simply is not enough to support a profligate global organization. Besides, bin Laden's fortune is probably not as large as some imagine. Informed estimates put bin Laden's pre-Sept. 11, 2001 wealth at perhaps $30 million. $30 million is the budget of a small school district, not a global terror conglomerate. Meanwhile, Forbes estimated Saddam's personal fortune at $2 billion.

So a common enemy, a shared goal and powerful need for cash seem to have forged an alliance between Saddam and bin Laden. CIA Director George Tenet recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee: "Iraq has in the past provided training in document forgery and bomb making to al Qaeda. It also provided training in poisons and gasses to two al Qaeda associates; one of these [al Qaeda] associates characterized the relationship as successful. Mr. Chairman, this information is based on a solid foundation of intelligence. It comes to us from credible and reliable sources. Much of it is corroborated by multiple sources."

The Iraqis, who had the Third World's largest poison-gas operations prior to the Gulf War I, have perfected the technique of making hydrogen-cyanide gas, which the Nazis called Zyklon-B. In the hands of al Qaeda, this would be a fearsome weapon in an enclosed space -- like a suburban mall or subway station.

Mr. Miniter is a senior fellow at the Center for the New Europe and author of "Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror" (Regnery) which is now on the New York Times' bestseller list.


46 posted on 06/16/2004 10:50:25 AM PDT by kabar
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To: hungry_caterpillar

Have you been suffering from Damfool Syndrome for long?

Prairie


47 posted on 06/16/2004 10:51:05 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Proud in my refusal to purchase a copy of "My Lie".)
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To: McGruff; hungry_caterpillar

The democrats are feeling threatened. They understand that their corporate media machine is a crumbling, discredited hulk, and they understand that many will come here looking for the truth. They seek to poison this thread, hoping it will be pulled, or discredited. It will not work.

It is unfortunate that the democrat party, once a magnificent champion of the working class, has become nothing more that the tool of foreign governments and corporations. Hungry_Caterpillar, you may not have ever known a time when the democrat party was The Democrat Party, worthy of capitalization - the party of Hubert Humphrey and my father. I barely remember. I wish I didn't. It makes your demise all the uglier.

Bought and paid for, the whore of all who are rich enough to approach the bed, the democrat party is stumbling blindly towards ruin...


48 posted on 06/16/2004 10:55:16 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: kabar

Wow! Great bullet points.


49 posted on 06/16/2004 10:55:17 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: McGruff

Thanks, McGruff, that means a lot coming from you. And yes, it's in there somewhere - near the end, I think.


50 posted on 06/16/2004 10:56:10 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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