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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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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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To: kattracks
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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To: cyncooper
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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To: PeaceBeWithYou; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; Fred Mertz; ...
Interesting. Thanks for the ping !!

JUDGE FINDS OSAMA-SADDAM LINK

Excerpt:

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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To: MeeknMing
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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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for the heads up!
21 posted on 07/12/2003 5:55:34 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: kattracks

22 posted on 07/12/2003 6:06:37 AM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: kattracks
"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

The fact that he's a Democrat and would still say this means the evidence must be pretty damn strong in his mind.

23 posted on 07/12/2003 6:14:29 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: kattracks; #1CTYankee; .303 Brit; Agamemnon; AGBRUHN; always vigilant; Anarchist; Andonius_99; ...
major bump for more proof!
24 posted on 07/12/2003 6:20:47 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: kattracks
Have the lame-stream media picked this story up yet or are they still sniffing a yellow-cake scandal from Niger?
25 posted on 07/12/2003 6:21:11 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; rwfromkansas; backhoe
FYI
26 posted on 07/12/2003 6:27:48 AM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: MeeknMing
The truth will out but in the interim the DemocRats are having a nervous breakdown.
27 posted on 07/12/2003 6:29:00 AM PDT by Peach
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To: kattracks
Will wonders never cease!
28 posted on 07/12/2003 6:42:38 AM PDT by rintense (Freedom is contagious, and everyone wants to catch it!)
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To: kattracks
*BUMP*!
29 posted on 07/12/2003 7:01:14 AM PDT by ex-Texan (My tag line is broken !)
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To: kattracks
Skeptical but hopeful... The Gore link is important in understanding his background and motive for the story, but he may be playing a game.

The judge is on 90-day assignment in Iraq and his time is about up, so he has to come up with something to say.

Local Judge Chosen to Help Rebuild Iraqi Justice System

A judge from Cincinnati is one of 13 legal experts chosen by the Justice Department to help rebuild Iraq's judicial system.

Judge Gilbert Merritt is a senior judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Merritt will go to Fort Bliss, Texas, Sunday for orientation before flying to Baghdad for the 90 day assignment.


30 posted on 07/12/2003 7:01:17 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (What if you had to choose between breathing or FReeping?)
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To: MeeknMing
Shouldnt this be a mainstream story? Why dont any of the networks have it?
31 posted on 07/12/2003 7:01:38 AM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: cardinal4
Shouldnt this be a mainstream story? Why dont any of the networks have it? - Because now it's time to move on and put all of this behind us!
32 posted on 07/12/2003 7:13:41 AM PDT by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Surely now this will make the headlines in all the papers and newscasts across the country and the president will be vindicated. < /sarcasm >
33 posted on 07/12/2003 7:32:01 AM PDT by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: kattracks
bump
34 posted on 07/12/2003 7:32:49 AM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: Keith in Iowa
"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.

It'll be interesting to see how the dems spin this one. Any guesses?

35 posted on 07/12/2003 7:33:05 AM PDT by b4its2late (FOOTBALL REFEREES - Sure, it's tough to play with us, but there's no game without us.)
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To: kattracks
From the Daily Standard:
Stephen F. Hayes

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The story Judge Merritt relates is similar to an account reported in The Weekly Standard last May. Splashed across the front page of the November 16, 2002, edition of Uday Hussein's Babil newspaper were two "honor" lists, one of which included Aswod (spelled "Aswad") and identified him as the "official in charge of regime's contacts with Osama bin Laden's group and currently the regime's representative in Pakistan."

I stumbled upon this passage doing research for another piece. So I brought the article to the attention of administration officials, who hadn't yet seen it, and asked for comment. Intelligence analysts were perplexed, particularly because of a passage in the text preceding the list. It read: "We publish this list of great men for the sons of our great people to see." And below that: "This is a list of the henchmen of the regime. Our hands will reach them sooner or later. Woe unto them. A list of the leaders of Saddam's regime, as well as their present and previous posts."

The second description was clearly hostile in tone--"henchmen of the regime" and "woe unto them." Analysts weren't sure what to make of the introduction or the list, but suggested Uday Hussein may have simply republished a list of "henchmen" distributed by an Iraqi opposition group without realizing he was publicly linking his father to Osama bin Laden.

That still seems like the most plausible explanation to me. (Although Judge Merritt's report that the front page of the four-page newspaper carried side-by-side photographs of bin Laden and Saddam is interesting.) Still, some intelligence officials believe that Aswad--who publicly raised doubts after September 11 about whether Osama bin Laden is a terrorist--was an important link between Iraq and al Qaeda

. If the newspaper reports are interesting but inconclusive, two other recent reports are more compelling. Jessica Stern, a Harvard professor and Clinton administration national security official, discusses the links in a fascinating and sober analysis of the Al Qaeda threat in the current issue of Foreign Affairs.

Under the subheading, "Friends of Convenience," she writes:

Meanwhile, the Bush administration's claims that al Qaeda was cooperating with the "infidel" (read: secular) Saddam Hussein while he was still in office are now also gaining support, and from a surprising source. Hamid Mir, bin Laden's "official biographer" and an analyst for al Jazeera, spent two weeks filming in Iraq during the war. Unlike most reporters, Mir wandered the country freely and was not embedded with U.S. troops. He reports that he has "personal knowledge" that one of Saddam's intelligence operatives, Farooq Hijazi, tried to contact bin Laden in Afghanistan as early as 1998. At that time, bin Laden was publicly still quite critical of the Iraqi leader, but he had become far more circumspect by November 2001, when Mir interviewed him for the third time.

Hijazi has acknowledged meeting with al Qaeda representatives, perhaps with bin Laden himself, even before the outreach in 1998. According to news reports and interviews with intelligence officials, Hijazi met with al Qaeda leaders in Sudan in 1994.

Former Navy Secretary John Lehman, a member of the congressional commission investigating the September 11 attacks, added to the intrigue this week when he flatly declared, "there is evidence" of Iraq-al Qaeda links. Lehman has access to classified intelligence as a member of the commission, intelligence that has convinced him the links may have been even greater than the public pronouncements of the Bush administration might suggest. "There is no doubt in my mind that [Iraq] trained them in how to prepare and deliver anthrax and to use terror weapons."

36 posted on 07/12/2003 7:33:32 AM PDT by BigWaveBetty (Roll that beautiful bean footage.)
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To: b4its2late
It'll be interesting to see how the dems spin this one. Any guesses?

Yes. See my post #18.

37 posted on 07/12/2003 7:47:43 AM PDT by brewcrew
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To: kattracks
O, kattracks. This is b------t. Everyone know the case has not been made regarding Al Qaeda and Iraq having connections. Who cares about the evidence, for God's sakes? We have an election coming up next year, and we don't need any more damn successes for American security. Let's just agree, shall we? There are NO connections between Al Qaeda and Saddam. No matter what. <\sarcasm>
38 posted on 07/12/2003 7:52:11 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: StriperSniper
LOL! Love it! :0
39 posted on 07/12/2003 7:53:28 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: brewcrew
That's a good one.....
41 posted on 07/12/2003 7:57:08 AM PDT by b4its2late (FOOTBALL REFEREES - Sure, it's tough to play with us, but there's no game without us.)
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To: mewzilla
Does everyone get their copy of The Tennessean a few weeks late?

Well, Tennesee is a little slow! LOL

It's great that it was FINALLY picked up by a larger news source, The New York Post.

42 posted on 07/12/2003 8:03:08 AM PDT by cherry_bomb88 (The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven~Milton)
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To: Keith in Iowa
But, knowing demonrats, they will find a way to discredit this guy...

Yes, they'll call him an "uncle tom" like they do Clarence Thomas and Condi Rice.

43 posted on 07/12/2003 8:03:53 AM PDT by cherry_bomb88 (The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven~Milton)
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To: MeeknMing; KBay; nicko
Bump!!! Thanks for the ping, Meekie.

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.

44 posted on 07/12/2003 8:06:38 AM PDT by cherry_bomb88 (The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven~Milton)
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To: kattracks; MeeknMing; JustPiper; unspun
I wonder what kind of wine goes good with crow?????

The HitLIARy beast must be especially seething as she reads this paper with her morning breakfast. Her normal routine as she wonders the whereabouts of her husband and the song "Who's bed have your boots been under" runs through her head. She thinks "well, I'm back to 2008 at this point". Her next interview will state "I have no intentions of running for president".

45 posted on 07/12/2003 8:09:10 AM PDT by cherry_bomb88 (The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven~Milton)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Thanks for the ping! It must be really some very hard evidence if this friend of the Gores says there is a link!

"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

46 posted on 07/12/2003 8:14:27 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Reach out and pound the liberals daily! Become a $/day donor to Free Republic!)
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To: mewzilla
Thanks for the ping!
47 posted on 07/12/2003 8:15:33 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Reach out and pound the liberals daily! Become a $/day donor to Free Republic!)
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bump
48 posted on 07/12/2003 8:35:41 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: cherry_bomb88
The HitLIARy beast must be especially seething as she reads this paper with her morning breakfast. Her normal routine as she wonders the whereabouts of her husband and the song "Who's bed have your boots been under" runs through her head. She thinks "well, I'm back to 2008 at this point". Her next interview will state "I have no intentions of running for president".

Interesting musings. Who says that people don't suffer some of the harm stored up for us even in this lifetime, when we refuse repentance to God?

49 posted on 07/12/2003 8:37:53 AM PDT by unspun ("Do everything in love." - No I don't look anything like her but I do like to hear "Unspun w/ AnnaZ")
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Great story on this Saturday morning. Hopefully there will be more coverage of this development, but not holding my breath. A story like this one which contains evidence and credibility won't be touched by "trustworthy" folks at "See-BS."
50 posted on 07/12/2003 8:46:49 AM PDT by conservativehoosier
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