Skip to comments.Sheila Macvicar: 1999 ABC News - TARGET AMERICA: THE TERRORIST WAR (Crime and Justice)
Posted on 10/04/2004 12:42:28 PM PDT by christie
TARGET AMERICA: THE TERRORIST WAR | January 14, 1999
BYLINE: J. Miller, J. Mcwethy, Sheila Macvicar, Cynti McFadden
A portion of the TV show is available on an MP3 file.
Here is the transcript of the segment on the MP3. This is just a small portion of the show.
In Germany, Mamdouh Salim, alleged to be a key military advisor and believed to be privy to bin Laden's most secret projects, is also apprehended. The U.S. government alleges he was under secret orders to procure enriched uranium for the purpose of developing nuclear weapons. These are allegations bin Laden does not now deny.
OSAMA BIN LADEN: (through translator) It would be a sin for Muslims not to try to possess the weapons that would prevent the infidels from inflicting harm on Muslims. But how we could use these weapons if we possess them is up to us.
SHEILA MACVICAR: (voice-over) With an American price on his head, there weren't many places bin Laden could go, unless he teamed up with another international pariah, one also with an interest in weapons of mass destruction.
VINCE CANNISTRARO: Osama believes in "the enemy of my enemy is my friend and is someone I should cooperate with." That's certainly the current case with Iraq.
SHEILA MACVICAR: (voice-over) Saddam Hussein has a long history of harboring terrorists. Carlos the Jackal, Abu Nidal, Abu Abbas, the most notorious terrorists of their era, all found shelter and support at one time in Baghdad. Intelligence sources say bin Laden's long relationship with the Iraqis began as he helped Sudan's fundamentalist government in their efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
Three weeks after the bombing, on August 31, bin Laden reaches out to his friends in Iraq and Sudan. Iraq's vice president arrives in Khartoum to show his support for the Sudanese after the U.S. attack. ABC News has learned that during these meetings, senior Sudanese officials acting on behalf of bin Laden ask if Saddam Hussein would grant him asylum.
Iraq was, indeed, interested. ABC News has learned that in December, an Iraqi intelligence chief, named Farouk Hijazi, how Iraq's ambassador to Turkey, made a secret trip to Afghanistan to meet with bin Laden. Three intelligence agencies tell ABC News they cannot be certain what was discussed, but almost certainly, they say, bin Laden has been told he would be welcome in Baghdad.
And intelligence sources say they can only speculate on the purpose of an alliance. What could bin Laden offer Saddam Hussein? Only days after he meets Iraqi officials, bin Laden tells ABC News that his network is wide, and there are people prepared to commit terror in his name who he does not even control.
OSAMA BIN LADEN: (through translator) It is our job to incite and to instigate. By the grace of God, we did that, and certain people responded to this instigation.
They connected the dots in 1998 but Senator Kerry and MSM can't seem to connect the dots in 2004.
Here is an easy to read chart of what the media was saying pre-911 (and after): Connect the Dots...Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
Lots of facts and quotes about the president-wannabe at the John F. Kerry Timeline.
Great work, christie!
Thanks so much for this Christie-
Thank you very much.
Excellent work christie
Perhaps Drudge will feature it. A caller to his Sunday night show told him about the article and urged him to follow up.
Michael Reagan apparently played it on his show last week also. I wish Drudge would pick it up, but he always likes to be first!
THANK YOU! SE Mom--glad to see the lost has been found! ;)
YW MS:) Christie is the one who posted it last week!
Drudge had a caller on last night who talked about this piece too- so it's getting re-circulated!
This one's a keeper, BUMP for later reference.
Atta Girl! Good Work.
Also, many people, including yourself, have been looking for the "Sheila Macvicar" report and I thought it best to put her name in the title so others doing a search could fine it.
I have sent to the media. Hard to get a response, though.
Atta met al Ani in Prague April 2001 and they weren't sipping espresso and eyeballing women strolling past.
Soon the Kerryite incarnation of the anacephalic left will be deprived of its twin hobby horse rockers: 1) No WMDs; 2) No al Qaeda-Iraq link.
Saddam had al Qaeda envoys in Baghdad for face-to-face discussions, and offered Osama safe haven.
Clever of Bush to engineer a fourteen-month rush to war in order to allow Saddam to truck his WMDs--and nuclear scientists--to Syria.
bump for truth
The major transfer of WMD goods from Iraq to Syria and Lebanon occurred between January and March of 2003. However, the first shipments occurred even before then. In December of 2002, Israel claimed that Syria was hiding Iraqi mobile biological weapons labs, chemical and biological components and munitions. The shipments were reportedly negotiated between Bashar Assads younger brother, Maher, and Saddam Hussein. Following their meeting, Syria agreed to harbor WMDs and officials should inspections begin again.
Between January 10th and March 10th, the transfer of Iraqi chemical (and possibly biological) weapons to Syria and Lebanons Bekaa Valley was completed. They were placed in giant tankers and taken to Syria, and then to the Bekaa Valley under the protection of Syrian special forces and air-force intelligence units. Syrian army engineers then took over supervising the tankers at the poppy fields and used special drilling equipment to dig holes approximately 20-26 feet across and 82-115 feet deep. The weapons were buried under the poppy fields grown for heroin and under the rows of cotton plants in two of the most fertile regions of Lebanon. This is done because the local population is farmers (less dense population) and the poppy and cotton fields will grow over the holes extremely quickly. This is at the valley stretching between Jabal Akroum, the town of al-Qbayyat and the Syrian border. Weapons were also hidden at the land between the towns of al-Hirmil and al-Labwah between the Orontes River and the Syrian border. Israeli satellite photos showed it occurred at night and the crews wore protective suits. The local farmers were reportedly bribed into not saying anything, but we can also not rule out threats. Intelligence sources indicate that satellite photos prove the whole transfer here took place.
Towards the end of summer 2003, Israel identified the placement of Iraqi WMD goods in Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. Israeli spy satellites had captured on film several tractor-trailers filled with Iraqi weapons (they assessed them to be WMD later) in the Bekka Valley. The weapons were then connected to strange shipments that occurred between January and the first week of March 2003. Additional information indicated that Saddam Hussein paid Bashar Assad, Syrias president, approximately $35 million to hide the supplies. Not long after this was reported, additional press reports indicated that privately the United States had begun to suspect that the theory about WMDs in Lebanon to be correct.
Somebody tell the W.H. to read Free Republic
Heard the actual report on Jim's show this morning.