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The Paper Trail [Saddam/terrorism/WMD]
Wall Street Journal Online ^ | March 27, 2006 | By LAURIE MYLROIE

Posted on 03/26/2006 9:57:04 PM PST by Jim Robinson

After substantial prodding -- including from this paper -- the U.S. government has finally begun to release its captured Iraqi documents and is posting them at the Web site of the Army's Foreign Military Studies Office. This material will take considerable time to absorb and analyze, but it may yet contribute significantly to our understanding of the nature of the threat Saddam Hussein posed.

Most dramatically, an Iraqi intelligence report, apparently written in early 1997, describes Iraqi efforts to establish ties with various elements in the Saudi opposition, including Osama bin Ladin. Until 1996, the Saudi renegade was based in Sudan, then ruled by Hassan Turabi's National Islamic Front. One of Iraq's few allies, Sudan served as an intermediary between Baghdad and bin Ladin, as well as other Islamic radicals. On Feb. 19, 1995, an Iraqi intelligence agent met with bin Ladin in Khartoum. Bin Ladin asked for two things: to carry out joint operations against foreign forces in Saudi Arabia and to broadcast the speeches of a radical Saudi cleric. Iraq agreed to the latter, but apparently not the former, at least as far as the author of this report knew. Notably, the report also states, "we are working at the present time to activate this relationship through new channels."

This one report hints at the extensive international presence that the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) maintained. Iraq's ambassadors to Sudan and Yemen were intelligence agents, suggesting that those two countries were major centers of IIS activity. The report also mentions IIS stations in Islamabad, New Delhi and New York.

Another newly released document bears the name of Abu Musab al Zarqawi. It is a flyer from the "Committee for Arab Liaison with the Islamic Emirate" (i.e., Afghanistan) for recruiting volunteers in Iraq to fight in Afghanistan...

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedaandiraq; binladen; iraq; iraqiintelligence; lauriemylroie; mylroie; prewardocs; saddam; terrorism; wmd; wot
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1 posted on 03/26/2006 9:57:07 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
"Two documents relate to Iraq's proscribed WMD programs. One is a table, providing details of a Sept. 6, 2000, contract for the production of "the malignant pustule" -- the Pentagon official who leaked these documents believed it referred to anthrax -- along with earlier contracts for sterilization and decontamination equipment. Another table describes an Aug. 21, 2000, contract for the production of mustard gas and earlier contracts for protective equipment. Small amounts of material are mentioned: three ampules of "the malignant pustule" (an ampule is a small, sealed glass vial) and five kilograms of mustard gas. These contracts could have represented test runs, or, as a former U.N. weapons inspector suggested to me, the material could have been intended for terrorism.

Many more documents are to be released in the coming months. Quite possibly, they will vindicate the decision to undertake the Iraq war; help maintain public support for fighting it; and radically change our understanding of Saddam's role in international terrorism."

2 posted on 03/26/2006 9:58:23 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Bump!


3 posted on 03/26/2006 10:00:05 PM PST by Religion Moderator
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To: Jim Robinson

There goes most of the Democrat talking points for the 2006 election cycle. They put all their eggs in the "Bush lied" basket and now all this comes out.


5 posted on 03/26/2006 10:04:20 PM PST by capt. norm (If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.)
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To: Jim Robinson
So the war in Iraq may have been justified??? Who'd of thunk it.(<-----that's Texan for sarcasm)
6 posted on 03/26/2006 10:06:17 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: Jim Robinson

Laurie Mylroie has done a great deal of research and maintained all along that there was a connection between Saddam and terrorism.

http://www.benadorassociates.com/mylroie.php


7 posted on 03/26/2006 10:07:54 PM PST by FairOpinion (Dem Foreign Policy: SURRENDER. Real conservatives don't help Dems get elected.)
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To: jveritas; eyespysomething

ping


8 posted on 03/26/2006 10:08:05 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Jim Robinson
These docs might put a few holes in Reid and Pelosi's Culture of Corruption. :-)
9 posted on 03/26/2006 10:08:13 PM PST by jazusamo (Excuse me Helen, I'm answering your first accusation. - President Bush)
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To: Jim Robinson

This aint poker ya know....


10 posted on 03/26/2006 10:09:01 PM PST by woofie
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To: FairOpinion

Another good article by Mylroie:

SADDAM AND 9/11

Jan. 8, 2004

http://www.benadorassociates.com/article/1058

Mylroie: Partly, it's par for the course, particularly these days, when political discourse can be unusually ugly. Partly, it reflects the high stakes involved.

The 9/11 attacks represent the greatest US intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. That is not a controversial statement, but the nature of that intelligence failure certainly is, as it involves the question of who bears responsibility.

Bill Clinton and his top advisers are most culpable in my view, and I say that as someone who was Clinton's adviser on Iraq in the 1992 campaign. People may forget, but Clinton was tougher than former president Bush on Saddam then, saying that Bush should have got rid of him during the 1991 war.

Clearly, I didn't begin as someone hostile to Clinton, but my strong critique, indeed utter dismay, developed as the Clinton administration refused to deal with the dangers posed by Iraq, including terrorism, as they became increasingly evident during the 1990's. In fact, I experienced that first hand, because in 1993 and 1994 I had easy access to the people covering the Middle East, including Martin Indyk, Clinton's NSC advisor on the region, who the year before, had actually brought me out of academics to work for him in Washington. That is how I ended up as Clinton's adviser on Iraq.

As early as 1993, I raised my concerns with them: it appeared from the New York Times reporting that Iraq was involved in the World Trade Center bombing. Also, Massoud Barzani (head of the Kurdish Democratic Party) had told me that Saddam was hiding many things from the UN weapons inspectors (UNSCOM), including that Iraq was still making biological agents (after Saddam's son-in-law defected, UNSCOM learned that Barzani was correct)


11 posted on 03/26/2006 10:12:04 PM PST by FairOpinion (Dem Foreign Policy: SURRENDER. Real conservatives don't help Dems get elected.)
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To: capt. norm

They've already switched to the "What would Jesus do about immigration tact." They will avoid this like the plague.


12 posted on 03/26/2006 10:13:30 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: txroadkill
"So the war in Iraq may have been justified??? Who'd of thunk it."

I thought it was somewhat ironic when O'Reilly did his poll last week and what was it...62%?...(or more) said they thought with what they know now the war was justified. O'Reilly was NOT expecting that.

13 posted on 03/26/2006 10:15:38 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for allowing translations by jveritas to be posted in breaking news. This could be the event that drives yet another stake in the MSM.


14 posted on 03/26/2006 10:18:17 PM PST by nunya bidness (“Unsung, the noblest deed will die.” - Pindar)
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To: Jim Robinson

Past my bedtime over here on the "right coast," Jim. I pinged the Saddam gatekeepers and will check back in the a.m. :) 'teasing...


15 posted on 03/26/2006 10:18:55 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Dr. Laurie Mylroie BTTT!


16 posted on 03/26/2006 10:21:38 PM PST by bd476 (Three years ago I joined Free Republic. Thank you Jim Robinson! God Bless Free Republic!)
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To: nunya bidness
"Thanks for allowing translations by jveritas to be posted in breaking news. This could be the event that drives yet another stake in the MSM."

I will certainly ditto that!

17 posted on 03/26/2006 10:22:02 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1
"What would Jesus do about immigration tact."

The good news is that their take on immigration is backfiring. I've read several polls indicating that a majority of Democrats are in favor of the house bill criminalizing illegal aliens. Their leadership is a mile behind the rank and file on this issue.

I think the demonstrations this weekend got under a lot of peoples' skin and produced the exact opposite effect of what they were going for.

18 posted on 03/26/2006 10:22:32 PM PST by capt. norm (If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

19 posted on 03/26/2006 10:23:17 PM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: Jim Robinson

Malignant pustule sounds more like smallpox than anthrax.


20 posted on 03/26/2006 10:29:16 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Excellent news.


21 posted on 03/26/2006 10:30:18 PM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: Jim Robinson

What does CAS mean, if you please?


22 posted on 03/26/2006 10:34:24 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Darkwolf377; kimosabe31; RichardW; Prokopton; Anti-Bubba182; American in Israel; CyberAnt; SR 50; ..
It doesn't get much better than this Ping...
Dr. Laurie Mylroie in the Wall Street Journal

23 posted on 03/26/2006 10:34:46 PM PST by bd476 (Three years ago I joined Free Republic. Thank you Jim Robinson! God Bless Free Republic!)
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To: neverdem

Clinton Admin Scandals.


24 posted on 03/26/2006 10:36:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Sounds like Sadaam was aiding the Taliban, and the Taliban were Al Queda's base. Case closed.


25 posted on 03/26/2006 10:43:04 PM PST by Williams
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To: sageb1
Although I will watch O'Rielly every so often, for the most part I have given up on him. I think he means well, I respect him for going after liberal judges and Governors who are soft on child molesters and for not letting people get away with spinning instead of answering questions. But, I think he is out of touch and relies on his producers to tell him what's going on and not doing any research himself. I'll give you two examples; first, last summer Jeff Foxworthy was doing all the FNC shows promoting his new Red Neck book. O' had no clue who he was and asked him if he thought writing a book about red necks was racial and whether or not it will conjure up images of the klan and lynchings.  For crying out loud, who has never heard a "you might be a Red Neck joke".

The other thing was a couple of weeks ago he had on one of the founders of code pink. He went after her about her saying the US was not doing rebuilding but never asked her about the pinkos giving money to the terrorist. I don't think he was letting her off the hook, I just don't think he knew.

26 posted on 03/26/2006 10:46:31 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: BurbankKarl; A CA Guy; lainie; Brad's Gramma
Ping to an expert's view: it's Dr. Mylroie writing in the Wall Street Journal. Joe Crummey interviewed Dr. Mylroie a few times when he was still on KABC and before he defected to a Clear Channel Arizona station.


27 posted on 03/26/2006 10:52:47 PM PST by bd476 (Three years ago I joined Free Republic. Thank you Jim Robinson! God Bless Free Republic!)
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To: bd476

KFYI is an awesome station!


28 posted on 03/26/2006 10:59:03 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: txroadkill
I have to agree. I send him stuff every once in awhile hoping his staff will pay attention. I did send him something back when he first showed an interest in pedophilia...spring 2005, maybe? I don't write him to get my email on his show, but I will send a note every once in awhile about something I hope he'll take into consideration.

But sometimes I think those who report the news don't always have the time to read and study all they are reporting on.

It's up to us to keep the emails flowing and hope somebody is listening.

29 posted on 03/26/2006 11:00:27 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Enchante; Txsleuth; driftless; the Real fifi
Ping to a Dr. Laurie Mylroie editorial in the Wall Street Journal.

30 posted on 03/26/2006 11:03:19 PM PST by bd476 (Three years ago I joined Free Republic. Thank you Jim Robinson! God Bless Free Republic!)
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To: BurbankKarl
BurbankKarl wrote: KFYI is an awesome station!"

Well KFYI was at least smart enough to hire Crummey full time.

On the other hand...


31 posted on 03/26/2006 11:06:54 PM PST by bd476 (Three years ago I joined Free Republic. Thank you Jim Robinson! God Bless Free Republic!)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; apackof2; ..

FYI ping.


32 posted on 03/26/2006 11:10:43 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Jim Robinson

mark for later.


33 posted on 03/26/2006 11:12:01 PM PST by brothers4thID (Being lectured by Ted Kennedy on ethics is not unlike being lectured on dating protocol by Ted Bundy)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks Jim!!!


34 posted on 03/26/2006 11:17:32 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma
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To: bd476

Thanks for the ping!


35 posted on 03/26/2006 11:20:54 PM PST by de Buillion (Greater love hath no man than this, that which Shepard Smith hath for himself.)
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To: Brad's Gramma; mystery-ak; MJY1288; DrDeb; ohioWfan; silent_jonny; Miss Marple; rodguy911; ...

Important PING and BTTT!


36 posted on 03/26/2006 11:20:56 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: patriciaruth

Thank you for the ping.


37 posted on 03/26/2006 11:23:54 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: de Buillion

You're welcome! :-)


38 posted on 03/26/2006 11:26:33 PM PST by bd476 (Three years ago I joined Free Republic. Thank you Jim Robinson! God Bless Free Republic!)
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To: FairOpinion

Yes, Mylroie has been on this from the beginning and I trust her.


39 posted on 03/26/2006 11:28:03 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: tallhappy
Malignant pustule sounds more like smallpox than anthrax.

Nope, "malignant pustule" is a traditional descriptive term for anthrax. It usually starts as a single pustule (smallpox is very plural) on the skin that ulcerates, doesn't hurt, but causes widespread problems because of the toxins it spews out. One pustule can potentially kill, thus is "malignant," although the mortality of cutaneous disease is low. It's worse if you inhale or inject it, but most cases, even in the 2001 attacks, were limited to the skin.

40 posted on 03/26/2006 11:44:09 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: Jim Robinson

Evenin' Jim.

Sent the following letter to the Mod Bee earlier today. Waiting once again to be published...

Well , well, well. What do we have here?

A recently translated Iraqi document reveals that Russia forwarded US troop movements to Saddam Hussein (ModBee, March 25, pg. A-3) prior to the invasion. As one might expect, Russia later denied the allegations.

The article itself prompted a search on the WWW for more document translations. Imagine my surprise to read that other documents reveal that Iraq and Al Qaeda held meetings as early as 1995. How can this be? The media has been telling us for 3 years that there is no connection between the Saddam Hussein regime and Al Qaeda.

Even 9/11 Omission Commission Commissioner Bob Kerrey says "a recently declassified Iraqi account of a 1995 meeting between Osama bin Laden and a senior Iraqi envoy presents a 'significant set of facts,' and shows a more detailed collaboration between Iraq and Al Qaeda."

I suppose now the Modesto Bee will be inundated with letters to the editor from those Bush-bashers, who over the past three years have parroted the cry, "Bush Lied – There is no connection between Al-Qaeda and Saddam", with letters stating, "I was wrong – Bush was right!"

dave


41 posted on 03/26/2006 11:50:13 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: txroadkill

I agree and hardly ever watch him anymore. He constantly interrupts and overtalks his guests so much that a dialogue in effect becomes Bill's monologue. And, like so many other TV celebrities, he has ghost writers churn out his books. He's about 5% demagogue and 95% windbag. He deplores "personal attacks" on himself but is a master of this as part of his M.O.


42 posted on 03/27/2006 12:49:28 AM PST by T.L.Sink (stopew)
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To: FairOpinion
People may forget, but Clinton was tougher than former president Bush on Saddam then, saying that Bush should have got rid of him during the 1991 war.

This has nothing to do with whether Clinton was tougher than Bush I. It has everything to do with Clinton trying to get elected. If Bush had, in fact, gone after Saddam, Clinton (and the rest of the Democrats) would have been criticizing him for that. If Clinton had been president when Saddam went into Kuwait, Saddam would still be in power, and Kuwait would still be a province of Iraq.

43 posted on 03/27/2006 2:33:05 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: Jim Robinson

bttt


44 posted on 03/27/2006 2:52:36 AM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: jveritas

you helping Laurie?


45 posted on 03/27/2006 3:00:18 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: Diver Dave

Great work!


46 posted on 03/27/2006 3:27:01 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Diver Dave

I hope you will share all of those replies with us. ; )


47 posted on 03/27/2006 3:57:26 AM PST by mathluv (Bushbot, Snowflake, Dittohead ---- Bring it on!!!)
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To: patriciaruth
Thanks for the ping Patty.

Many more documents are to be released in the coming months. Quite possibly, they will vindicate the decision to undertake the Iraq war; help maintain public support for fighting it; and radically change our understanding of Saddam's role in international terrorism.

Good!

48 posted on 03/27/2006 4:48:06 AM PST by fanfan ( We have become the best/biggest news gathering entity in the whole known history of the world.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Sweet, The Wall Street Journal! We're making headway now!

The Paper Trail [Saddam/terrorism/WMD]

Release/Translation of Classified PreWar Docs ping. If you want to be added or removed to the ping list, please Freepmail me.

Please add the keyword prewardocs to any articles pertaining to this subject.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Documents

Also here

Documents from the Harmony Database

49 posted on 03/27/2006 5:42:14 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: sageb1

Thanks for the ping.


50 posted on 03/27/2006 5:43:37 AM PST by eyespysomething
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