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Gore wants investigation of Bush
UPI ^ | 6-24-04 | HANNAH K. STRANGE

Posted on 06/24/2004 6:34:25 PM PDT by Indy Pendance

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday called for an independent congressional investigation into Bush administration claims of an Iraq-al-Qaida link, saying officials should testify under oath under threat of perjury.

Gore, speaking at the Georgetown University Law Center, claimed "President Bush is now intentionally misleading the American people by continuing to aggressively and brazenly assert a linkage between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein."

Gore said of the way the Bush administration has conducted the war on terrorism, "I think it is safe to say that our founders ... would feel that we are now facing a clear and present danger that has the potential to threaten the future of the American experiment."

The former vice president, who lost the 2000 election for president to Bush, said there is no credible evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between al-Qaida and Iraq. That supposed connection, he said, led to an attack on Iraq. As a result, said Gore, "We are left with an unprecedented, high-intensity conflict every single day between the ideological illusions upon which this administration's policies have been based and the reality of the world."

Bush, as recently as last week, said he claimed there is a link between the terrorist organization and Saddam Hussein "because there is link." Vice President Dick Cheney said this week there was overwhelming evidence of a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida.

Last week a report from the staff of the Sept. 11 Commission looking into possible intelligence failures prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which were carried out by al-Qaida, said the Iraq-al-Qaida link did not exist. Commission members tweaked that, however, limiting it to the planning for the Sept. 11 hijackings. The Bush administration agreed, saying that while Iraq and al-Qaida did have contacts, they did not work together on the Sept. 11 attacks.

Gore claimed the administration "deliberately ignored warnings before the (Iraq) war from international intelligence services, the CIA and their own Pentagon that the claim was false." He recalled the 2002 statement by Jean-Louis Bruguiere, the Council of Europe's terrorism expert, that "We have found no evidence of links between Iraq and al-Qaida. If there were such links we would have found them. But we have found no serious connections whatsoever."

Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan when the Taliban leaders there refused to hand over al-Qaida leaders -- including Osama bin Laden, who had orchestrated attacks against U.S. interests during the Clinton administration before masterminding Sept. 11.

U.S.-led forces were able to unseat the Taliban and soon the Bush administration was looking at Iraq, a target administration critics allege had been the main end in the first place.

Gore said that switching to a war in Iraq allowed many Taliban and al-Qaida leaders to escape in Afghanistan. In fact, he alleged, their numbers have "grown considerably" due to a war that is perceived in the Muslim world as a "gross injustice."

"The way in which we have conducted that war," he said, "further fueled a sense of rage against the United States in those lands and, according to several studies, has stimulated a new wave of recruits for the terrorist group that attacked us and still wishes us harm."

Terry Holt, spokesman for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign, issued a statement saying, "Al Gore lives in his own world and is engaged in simple political attacks on the president.

"The (Sept. 11 Commission) members themselves last week took great pains to point out that they were aware of connections between al-Qaida and various elements in Iraq."

John Lehman, one of the Republicans on the commission, in the wake of the report last week, offered evidence that a member of Saddam's Fedayeen had attended an al-Qaida meeting in Malaysia in January 2001.

Gore said that "within hours, the commission's files yielded definitive evidence that it was another man with a similar name."

The former vice president suggested a fate for Bush similar to one that his former boss -- President Bill Clinton -- went through in the appointment of a special prosecutor.

"Congressional oversight and special prosecution are words that should hang in the air," Gore said.

"This is what we must now do, as Americans, in the name of our founders."


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1 posted on 06/24/2004 6:34:25 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

The moron is contradicting Clinton's book.
Didn't his kid vet the speech first?


2 posted on 06/24/2004 6:36:08 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: Indy Pendance

This guy need to get a life; it's obvious he hasn't got one.


3 posted on 06/24/2004 6:36:11 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Indy Pendance

Oh Al..............Tipper's calling..........time to go home now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 06/24/2004 6:36:33 PM PDT by soozla (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: Indy Pendance

I think Dick Cheney said it all for me.


5 posted on 06/24/2004 6:37:00 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: Indy Pendance
Bring it On!

Could he play into the hands of Bush and Cheney any better?

6 posted on 06/24/2004 6:37:15 PM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Gore must be off his meds again...


7 posted on 06/24/2004 6:37:46 PM PDT by Ragirl (Vote in '04 ! Those who sit on their hands end up with poop on them.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Gore for VP!! He's the only hope for Senator Kerry!!


8 posted on 06/24/2004 6:37:46 PM PDT by Bernard
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To: Indy Pendance

I guess Gore will be needed to testify, since he too claimed Iraq was linked to terrorists in 1992....


9 posted on 06/24/2004 6:37:53 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: L.N. Smithee

lol!


10 posted on 06/24/2004 6:37:54 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Indy Pendance

I don't think there is any controlling legal authority on this!


11 posted on 06/24/2004 6:38:11 PM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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To: Indy Pendance

The Democrats didn't have anything to attack Bush with, so they have told and retold the Big Lie. And, since the media are complicit, people are beginning to believe it.


12 posted on 06/24/2004 6:38:53 PM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Indy Pendance

To think how close we came to having this truly unstable lunatic as the leader of the free world.


13 posted on 06/24/2004 6:39:00 PM PDT by evad (What's BAD for democRATs is GOOD for America)
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To: Bernard

Now that's interesting (not saying that itwill happen), but could Gore do a VP thing again?


14 posted on 06/24/2004 6:39:14 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: mabelkitty

Awww! But...But... a liberal I know keeps saying that Al Gore was the "smart one".


15 posted on 06/24/2004 6:39:22 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Indy Pendance

If Gore could get away with exhuming his body, Gore would ask for an investigation of Lincoln for helping create the Republican Party.


16 posted on 06/24/2004 6:39:25 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Always Right

did he ever testify at the 9/11 commission? Or was he in the men's room the whole month?

Still waiting to hear him justify how he weaseled out of airport security commission promises and gave Daschle's wife the golden ring...


17 posted on 06/24/2004 6:39:32 PM PDT by bitt (a proud member of the AlmostSilenced Majority)
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To: Indy Pendance
Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday called for an independent congressional investigation into Bush administration claims of an Iraq-al-Qaida link, saying officials should testify under oath under threat of perjury.

Uhhhhh...isn't that called the 9-11 Commission?

Will someone please give Mr. Gore his medication and get his jammies on? It's past his bedtime.

18 posted on 06/24/2004 6:39:33 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: Ragirl

This guy is truly psychotic. Funny as hell, though.


19 posted on 06/24/2004 6:40:37 PM PDT by Right Angler
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To: Indy Pendance
Here is the results of the investigation...

Investigator: Mr. Gore, we have the results of the investigation.
Mr. Gore: Great, what did you find out?
Investigator: Mr. Gore, we discovered that in 1998 the Clinton/Gore administration indicted Osama Bin Laden and included in the indictments, which there were two of, the Clinton/Gore administration cited links between Bin Laden and Saddam. Would you like me to continue?

20 posted on 06/24/2004 6:41:01 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: randog

no, now Gore is saying that there is no link between Iraq and AQ at all!!! NUTSY!!


21 posted on 06/24/2004 6:41:12 PM PDT by bitt (a proud member of the AlmostSilenced Majority)
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To: Indy Pendance
My.My>

The wounded and forgotten uncle al attempts to regain stature in his corrupt party by joining the cabal in trying to undermine the Iraq war.

With the help of the press...they daily batter our President's finest achievement. Very klintonian.

And kinda of funny in a weird way.

It is as if these silly girlish whiney metro-sexuals understand that NO ONE in the nation wants a bunch of 60's hippies who never grew up, in charge of our national security with terrorists attacking us. LOL.

They will never break our faith in our President. Experience is always the best teacher....and we all know what happened while klinton played his sax, delighting the hollywood idiots and waxed his sexual needs upon young interns and raped and molested others all the while devious terrorists took flying lessons here, on his watch, and killed so many on 9/11.

My goodness, Arafat wat touted and feted at our WH so much when billy was Prez, it is embarrassing. And the pardoning of the terrorist org in NY? Bill klinton-not unlike a bitch in heat while Rome was set to burn.

22 posted on 06/24/2004 6:41:21 PM PDT by Republic
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To: Indy Pendance; hchutch
Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday called for an independent congressional investigation into Bush administration claims of an Iraq-al-Qaida link, saying officials should testify under oath under threat of perjury.

1. You, Mr. Gore, have no flippin' business demanding any testimony under threat of perjury.

2. I understand that the official in charge of investigations is Ms. Deeyenda Maddick. So, go talk to Deeyenda Maddick.

23 posted on 06/24/2004 6:41:39 PM PDT by Poohbah ("Mister Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!" -- President Ronald Reagan, Berlin, 1987)
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To: Indy Pendance

At least now we know from whom Al, Jr. gets his pot.


24 posted on 06/24/2004 6:41:55 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: Indy Pendance
in the name of our founders

Errrrr ... the Founders would disapprove of about 90% of the crap the Federal Gov.'t meddles in (and that Mr. Gore believes in)... I'd almost be willing to sacrifice GWB to Al "Mr. Martini" Gore in exhange for a Federal Gov't. 1/10 its current size ...

This is the guy they were trying to pass off as a "genius" 4 years ago ... ?

Damn!

25 posted on 06/24/2004 6:41:59 PM PDT by Mr. Buzzcut
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To: bitt

Hand that man a quart of iced tea.


26 posted on 06/24/2004 6:42:25 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (STAGMIRE !)
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To: Indy Pendance

They need to put this horse's ass out to pasture. His steaming dung is stinking up the campaign trail.


27 posted on 06/24/2004 6:42:30 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Michael Barnes

Could Gore be VP again? Constitutionally yes. Emotionally NO!


28 posted on 06/24/2004 6:42:57 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Indy Pendance

That scum Gore actually called President Bush a liar a number of times... Not just deceived, but LIED.


29 posted on 06/24/2004 6:43:19 PM PDT by NYC Republican (How can Americans SERIOUSLY consider voting for admitted war criminal Skerry?)
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To: bitt

Gore spoke to the 9/11 commission but had to cut it short to go to the bathroom because he drank too much ice tea.


30 posted on 06/24/2004 6:43:42 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Indy Pendance

Mr.Gore,your new suit is ready.

31 posted on 06/24/2004 6:44:31 PM PDT by Redcoat LI (You Can Trust Me , I'm Not Like The Others.....)
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To: Indy Pendance
The former vice president, who lost the 2000 election for president to Bush, said there is no credible evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between al-Qaida and Iraq. That supposed connection, he said, led to an attack on Iraq.

Election year piffle.

What led to an attack on Iraq was its ongoing violation of the conditions of cease-fire in the first Gulf War, including its failure to account for the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction that it possessed.

This point was made more acute by the documented participation by the Regime in international terrorism (including funding homocide bombings against Israel), including co-operation with al Qaeda at whatever level.

Gore is either trying to distort the process (in an election year?? You think??), or is really as insane as he appears. The willing thralls in the media, most particularly the distortion mirror of the New York Slimes, and those sloppy journalists that only get the 'gist' of an issue rather than the exact particulars involved, will be happy to continue alGore's deception and do their best to turn this deliberate misstatement of reality into the latest cause du jour.

32 posted on 06/24/2004 6:45:29 PM PDT by atomicpossum (I give up! Entropy, you win!)
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To: Indy Pendance

Watch it, Al, or we'll be calling for an investigation of Armand Hammer and his ties to your Dad and You.


33 posted on 06/24/2004 6:45:37 PM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: Indy Pendance; All

The rats are in total meltdown....


34 posted on 06/24/2004 6:46:42 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: lady lawyer

I disagree, the people I know, middle of the roaders, aren't buying it. We political junkies see the worst of the worst. The polls indicate people aren't buying it either, or they would be 90% for Kerry. Right now, he's barely keeping afloat.


35 posted on 06/24/2004 6:48:12 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: evad

Really! He sure is bitter.


36 posted on 06/24/2004 6:48:44 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

Who in the blue hell is Al Gore?


37 posted on 06/24/2004 6:49:16 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dirty White Boy")
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To: L.N. Smithee
I think Dick Cheney said it all for me.

He did? Where. I need it said for me. Point me to it, buddy.

38 posted on 06/24/2004 6:51:03 PM PDT by Huck (Be nice to chubby rodents. You know, woodchucks, guinea pigs, beavers, marmots, porcupines...)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Something that poisoned apples.


39 posted on 06/24/2004 6:51:25 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

The sad, sorry excuse for a sack of meat must be still smarting from "The Look," that candidate Bush gave him during the 2nd debate.

Who else here remembers that classic?


40 posted on 06/24/2004 6:51:29 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: nuconvert

Roger that!

It's clymers like Algore, Clinton, Kennedy, Boxer, Leahy, Dasshole, Jesse Jackson, Kerry, Dean, Maxine Waters and Moore that build DEEP resentment and division.....the kind that can lead to violence.

Notice -- they're all Democrats (Marxists)

CWII is NOT impossible in the U.S.A...
Arm thyselves, neighbors..

Semper Fi


41 posted on 06/24/2004 6:52:45 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek...But I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Hey Al:

There already was an independent investigation--called the 9/11 Commission. They reiterated the connection.

What a dunce.


42 posted on 06/24/2004 6:53:24 PM PDT by jcb8199
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To: HungarianGypsy

"...Al Gore was the 'smart one'".


Yes, but so was the UniBomber, Ted Bundy and Rasputin.


43 posted on 06/24/2004 6:53:40 PM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("Hold on to your hats.....it's going to be a bumpy night")
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To: RandallFlagg
The sad, sorry excuse for a sack of meat must be still smarting from "The Look," that candidate Bush gave him during the 2nd debate. Who else here remembers that classic?

I do! I do! If I had it on tape, I'd play it over and over again! It was priceless. My favorite part was how the audience laughed!

44 posted on 06/24/2004 6:54:07 PM PDT by Finny (God continue to Bless President G.W. Bush with wisdom, popularity, and victory.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Gore wants an investigation of Bush.

I want a few things too, but I probably can't have them.


45 posted on 06/24/2004 6:54:10 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Indy Pendance

I think it's white jacket time for this turkey. He is mentally "listing."


46 posted on 06/24/2004 6:54:17 PM PDT by Joee
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To: Right Angler

I mean should we really care what Gore thinks, wants, desires, made, created, drank, ***#ed,etc..Last week he was calling on the resignation of Cheney, Rice, etc..Can we just request that he be sent into outer space, maybe to one of the satellite stations for life.


47 posted on 06/24/2004 6:55:31 PM PDT by rave123
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To: Indy Pendance

The Republicans should pounce on this boldly and state that any politician who does not believe there is a link between Iraq and Al Qaida should step forward and identify themselves. Such people are incapable of leading this country at this time. They should draw a line in the sand on this one and ridicule any politician who doesn't believe the relationship existed. They need to be more aggressive.


48 posted on 06/24/2004 6:56:36 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: evad
To think how close we came to having this truly unstable lunatic as the leader of the free world.

It is truly frighting. I was watching him melt down as a snip of one of his rants was shown on TV. I really feel sorry for this guy, but he needs serious psychological attention. He is very unstable...I almost hope Kerry would select him as a running mate...wouldn't that be an anchor!

49 posted on 06/24/2004 6:57:33 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Evil doesn't want to leave you alone. It wants to draw you in and force you into complicity. - Keyes)
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To: Indy Pendance

I want a mental health hearing for Al. He should be committed.


50 posted on 06/24/2004 6:57:44 PM PDT by bfree (Liberals are EVIL!!!)
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