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JUDGE FINDS OSAMA-SADDAM LINK
New York Post ^ | 7/12/03 | BRIAN BLOMQUIST

Posted on 07/12/2003 2:17:32 AM PDT by kattracks

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:15:05 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

July 12, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - A federal judge helping to rebuild Iraq's judicial system says he's come up with an intriguing document linking Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden.

Federal appellate Judge Gilbert Merritt, who is currently in Iraq, said an Iraqi lawyer brought him documents that included the name of an Iraqi officer in that country's embassy in Pakistan who was described as "responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group."


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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedaandiraq; osama; saddam
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1 posted on 07/12/2003 2:17:32 AM PDT by kattracks
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BTTT!
2 posted on 07/12/2003 2:43:34 AM PDT by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
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3 posted on 07/12/2003 2:45:58 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: kattracks
Watching this story with interest...
4 posted on 07/12/2003 2:47:24 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: kattracks
Bump
5 posted on 07/12/2003 2:55:36 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: kattracks
I'm sure this poor schlub is being duped by our government. Anyone can get a paper printed up to look like this; pay the guy in Iraq and you've got a story.

Uhhhh, do I need to put a sarcasm tag on this?

6 posted on 07/12/2003 3:17:18 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: kattracks
>>...Merritt, a Democrat and longtime family friend of Al Gore...

There's the best part of the whole story - it's a Gore-bot. But, knowing demonrats, they will find a way to discredit this guy...
7 posted on 07/12/2003 3:39:32 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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Bump and ping.
8 posted on 07/12/2003 3:52:37 AM PDT by EllaMinnow
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To: sweetliberty; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Grampa Dave; Congressman Billybob; Lancey Howard; Flyer; ...
PING.

Federal appellate Judge Gilbert Merritt, who is currently in Iraq, said an Iraqi lawyer brought him documents that included the name of an Iraqi officer in that country's embassy in Pakistan who was described as "responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group."

"It seems to me to be strong proof that the two were in contact and conspiring to perform terrorist acts," Merritt, a Democrat and longtime family friend of Al Gore, wrote in a dispatch for The Tennesseean newspaper - charges similar to those previously reported by The Weekly Standard.

"Until this time, I have been skeptical about these claims," wrote the Cincinnati-based judge. "Now I have changed my mind."

Ice, lots and lots of ice.
9 posted on 07/12/2003 3:53:42 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: kattracks
This story is timely. ;-)
10 posted on 07/12/2003 4:10:29 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: kattracks
I just LOVE the smell of roasting crow in the morning.
11 posted on 07/12/2003 4:12:46 AM PDT by steveegg (Help kill this tagline - donate to FR today - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: kattracks
A federal judge helping to rebuild Iraq's judicial system says he's come up with an intriguing document linking Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden.

Cool. Looks like judges are starting to replace executive powers as well. Can they do the business and economy?

12 posted on 07/12/2003 4:45:41 AM PDT by A. Pole
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To: kattracks; Grampa Dave
Click here for an earlier thread on this subject. Does everyone get their copy of The Tennessean a few weeks late? BTW, Grampa Dave, saw the story on FOX this morning. Better late than never :)
13 posted on 07/12/2003 4:46:06 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: kattracks
Bump, being discussed on Fox News right now (Sat Morning, 805 AM).
14 posted on 07/12/2003 5:10:44 AM PDT by TN4Liberty
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Interesting. Thanks for the ping !!

JUDGE FINDS OSAMA-SADDAM LINK

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Merritt, who was sent to Iraq by the Justice Department to help rebuild the country's judiciary, recounted the strange history of how the intriguing document came to light.

He said an Iraqi lawyer recently brought him a Nov. 14, 2002, edition of a newspaper controlled by Saddam's sadistic son Uday that included photos of Saddam, bin Laden, and a "List of Honor" - 600 names of "regime persons," including all 55 of the wanted deck-of-card Iraqis.

The lawyer told Merritt that Uday had published the list to make the men more loyal, but Saddam hit the roof when he saw it and sent his henchmen to confiscate the newspapers, even going door to door to force people to turn them over. The lawyer had kept his copy.

On the list was the name of an Iraqi intelligence officer, Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswood, who was based in Pakistan and "responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group."



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15 posted on 07/12/2003 5:13:39 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: kattracks
600 names of "regime persons,"

Looks like a good list to work from in getting more information.

"It seems to me to be strong proof that the two were in contact and conspiring to perform terrorist acts,"

I love the smell of burning liberal arguments in the morning.

16 posted on 07/12/2003 5:15:55 AM PDT by sd-joe
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Thanks for the ping....This should get interesting!
17 posted on 07/12/2003 5:18:01 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Prayers for all)
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To: Keith in Iowa
There's the best part of the whole story - it's a Gore-bot. But, knowing demonrats, they will find a way to discredit this guy...

No, the spin will be, "We knew the link was there and we supported the president in his efforts, but it took a DEMOCRAT to find the evidence."

18 posted on 07/12/2003 5:19:35 AM PDT by brewcrew
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To: kattracks
I'm glad this was printed in a NY newspaper and not only in a paper in what some consider flyover country that could be overlooked or ignored.
19 posted on 07/12/2003 5:33:45 AM PDT by Moonmad27 ("Run free, Samurai Jack")
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20 posted on 07/12/2003 5:44:31 AM PDT by Consort
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