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  • C.I.A. Details Errors It Made Before Sept. 11 (Jan. 2000 CIA knew of two hijackers)

    08/21/2007 7:54:42 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies · 715+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/21/2007 | MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 — A report released Tuesday by the Central Intelligence Agency includes new details of the agency’s missteps before the Sept. 11 attacks, outlining what the report says were failures to grasp the role being played by the terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and to fully assess the threats streaming into the C.I.A. in the summer of 2001. The 19-page report, prepared by the agency’s inspector general, also says that 50 to 60 C.I.A. officers knew of intelligence reports in 2000 that two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, may have been in the...
  • CIA missed chances to thwart al-Qaida

    08/21/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 62 replies · 1,570+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 8-21-07 | Katherine Schrader
    The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency's own watchdog concluded in a bruising report released Tuesday. Completed in June 2005 and kept classified until now, the 19-page executive summary finds extensive fault with the actions of senior CIA leaders and others beneath them. "The agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner," the CIA inspector general found. "They did not always work effectively and cooperatively," *snip* Yet the...
  • Secret papers show U.S. concern about Pakistan backing Taliban before Sept. 11

    08/16/2007 8:21:36 PM PDT · by Clive · 1 replies · 407+ views
    Associated Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-08-16 | Rohan Sullivan
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Newly declassified intelligence documents reveal the depth of U.S. officials' concern that Pakistan was providing funds, arms - and even combat troops - to the Taliban in Afghanistan for years before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. They also show rising frustration at what U.S. officials called Pakistan's "resistance and/or duplicity" toward Washington's repeated requests for help in persuading the Taliban to hand over accused terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. A top official at one point said hauling Pakistan before the UN Security Council should be considered. The documents, released under a Freedom...
  • Tycoon Wyatt wants Saddam link omitted from trial (Sen. Kennedy implicated in possible treason)

    08/15/2007 7:06:09 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 61 replies · 2,417+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/15/2007 | Christine Kearney
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Oscar Wyatt has asked a judge to exclude evidence from his upcoming trial that suggests a link between the Texas oil tycoon and Saddam Hussein and a tip to Iraq about the U.S. invasion. The motion, filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday, comes three weeks before Wyatt, former chairman and founder of Coastal Corp., goes on trial accused of paying secret kickbacks to Iraq and corrupting the U.N. oil-for-food program. He has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to pay several million dollars in kickbacks to Iraq in relation to the...
  • Yet Another Captured al-Qaeda Member Confirms UBL Had Camps In Saddam's Iraq

    08/12/2007 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Renfield · 77 replies · 2,316+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 8-12-07 | Scott Malensk
    For those counting, this is at least the sixth confirmation of this. ABC News led the way with three reports from captured AQ and captured IIS guys immediately after the invasion. (h/t Amy Proctor) The political rhetoric says that these camps were not in Saddam's Iraq but in the Kurdish north. What that ignores is that the camps were certainly not at all allied with the Kurds, but against them, and were acting with Saddam's help. Politicians often try to point to Senate Intelligence Committee reports claiming there were no ties etc., but these reports are: 1. Political reports not...
  • (Freeper Video)Salman Pak: The Saddam/Iraq-AQ connection(Freeper Video)

    08/01/2007 3:30:44 PM PDT · by future F22 pilot · 67 replies · 1,654+ views
    <p>April15Bendovr and I have been working on a Salman Pak video. It shows the connections between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Please take a look at it.</p>
  • How the Left Undermined National Security Before 9/11

    09/11/2006 2:33:37 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 31 replies · 1,518+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | 9/11/06 | David Horowitz
    (The following article by David Horowitz first appeared in our March 24, 2004, issue. An updated version appeared last September 11. It has been further updated to reflect information that has come to light since then. With tonight's premiere of the ABC-TV movie "The Path to 9/11," the truth impact of the Left's policies in bringing about the nation's worst terrorist attack is finally coming to light. -- The Editors) * "While the nation was having a good laugh at the expense of Florida's hanging chads and butterfly ballots, Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi were there, in Florida, learning...
  • Senate: Saddam believed Al-Qaida was a threat, not ally

    09/09/2006 8:07:18 AM PDT · by rubeng · 102 replies · 2,045+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 10:06 AM (ET) | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Saddam Hussein rejected overtures from al-Qaida and believed Islamic extremists were a threat to his regime, a reverse portrait of an Iraq allied with Osama bin Laden painted by the Bush White House, a Senate panel has found. The administration's version was based in part on intelligence that White House officials knew was flawed, according to Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing newly declassified documents released by the panel. The report, released Friday, discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor...
  • Captured document:: AP employee spied for Saddam

    09/09/2006 4:37:46 PM PDT · by saveliberty · 30 replies · 1,847+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/9/2006 | Clarice Feldman
    Captured document:: AP employee spied for Saddam     Document ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf dated July 25 2000 is a report from an Iraqi Intelligence officer to different Iraqi Intelligence Directorates talking about information provided to them from a trusted source that works in the Associated Press (AP). The information is about the formation a newly formed UN weapons inspectors team called UNMOVIC. Translation of page 4 and 5 of ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf Republic of Iraq The Presidency of the Republic The Intelligence Service Date: 25/7/2000 Number: 6146 Secret To: 5th / 4th / 13th Directorates We were informed from one of our sources...
  • Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties (MSM Alert)

    09/08/2006 3:11:07 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 66 replies · 1,663+ views
    My Way News ^ | Sep 8, 2006 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his Al-Qaida associates, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. Democrats said the report undercuts President Bush's justification for going to war. The declassified document being released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee also explores the role that inaccurate information supplied by the anti-Saddam exile group the Iraqi National Congress had in the march to war. It discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor, or...
  • Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties ( Dems are gloating again )

    09/08/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 56 replies · 1,717+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/08/2006 | Jim Abrams
    Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaida, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence that Democrats say undercuts President Bush's justification for invading Iraq. Bush administration officials have insisted on a link between the Iraqi regime and terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Intelligence agencies, however, concluded there was none. Republicans countered that there was little new in the report and Democrats were trying to score election-year points with it. The declassified document released Friday by the intelligence committee also explores the role that...
  • Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD

    08/06/2006 10:17:42 AM PDT · by cyberdasher · 64 replies · 1,831+ views
    AP news ^ | 08/06/2006 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    Unable to link directly to AP. . .
  • Iraqi agents on trial in U.S., Iraq

    07/31/2006 10:11:05 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 11 replies · 422+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 8.01.06 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Samir Vincent's ongoing court case exemplifies the underreported story of Saddam Hussein's agents who were operating inside the United States in the years prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Vincent's trial involves the Oil for Food scandal and implicates the Iraqi agent in attempting to buy off pro-Iraq (pre-invasion) sentiments within the U.S. government and the United Nations on behalf of Baghdad. The FBI's press release details Vincent's admission of guilt as an unregistred Iraqi agent and is available here. ShaabanAnother recently concluded trial is that of Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban (pictured right). Shaaban, who had met with...
  • The Dark Side of PBS, Part 2

    07/31/2006 7:35:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 11 replies · 707+ views
    AIM ^ | 7/31/06 | R. Aronoff
    The PBS Frontline documentary, "The Dark Side," about the events leading up to the war in Iraq, was guilty of some of the same charges it leveled against Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. These officials were accused of manipulating information in order to get us involved in Iraq. But PBS itself manipulated information to make the administration look bad, even dishonest. The theme, which has been common in the media, is that the Bush administration was determined to go to war against Iraq almost from its first days in office. We've heard this from Richard Clarke,...
  • DoD Report: 50 Trucks Carried Iraqi WMD To Syria

    07/28/2006 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 110 replies · 9,131+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | July 28, 2006 | N/A
    The following is a translation of a newly posted Iraqi document done by an unofficial translator. The document, posted in Arabic, is from a Department Of Defense program. It is dated July 13 -- probably 2003.In it an Iraqi opposition source (a Kurd) working in Syria reports on the movement of Iraqi trucks to Syria before the start of the US invasion of Iraq. It is his understanding that the trucks contained proscribed weapons of mass destruction.EnlargeEnlargeHere is one page from the pdf file showing the original document in Arabic:Enlarge
  • Terrorists Repeatedly Struck U.S. Before 9/11, Cheney Claims

    07/16/2006 11:26:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 255+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 15 July 2006 | John Semmens
    Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a gathering of Michigan National Guardsmen that terrorists started their war against the United States long before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Chenney cited the deaths of 241 U.S. Marines during the 1983, bombing of a military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, the first terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993, simultaneous terror bombings of two U.S. embassies (Tanzania and Kenya) in East Africa in 1998, Terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. "Time and time again, for the remainder...
  • Judith Miller: I Was Tipped Off About 9/11

    05/21/2006 7:50:06 AM PDT · by yoe · 132 replies · 4,638+ views
    News Max ^ | May 21, 2006 | Staff
    Judith Miller, The New York Times reporter at the center of the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby case, reveals that she received advance word about a terrorist plot that turned out to be 9/11 - but the Times spiked the story. Miller spent 85 days in jail before finally disclosing that Libby was the source who confirmed to her that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. Miller - who's no longer with the Times - never wrote a story about Plame. But she's more troubled by another story that didn't run - the one about 9/11. Miller began investigating al-Qaida after...
  • Mad about chaos

    05/11/2006 11:51:05 AM PDT · by JZelle · 7 replies · 941+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-11-06 | James G. Zumwalt
    Any student of history knows the failure to learn its lessons leaves a nation likely to repeat its mistakes. On Feb. 23, 1998, an event occurred that went ignored by the United States. Not until September 11, 2001 would its importance become clear -- and, thus, from the vantage point of hindsight, a "lesson learned." For it was then that a little-known terrorist named Osama bin Laden declared war against the U.S. For those who heard it, the declaration must have sounded as ludicrous and nonthreatening as Prime Minister Count Mountjoy's declaration of war against the U.S. in the movie...
  • How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen - Never mind Moussaoui, the smoldering gun was right there all the time

    03/30/2006 6:37:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,081+ views
    Reason ^ | March 30, 2006 | Jeff A. Taylor
    Anyone paying attention to the Zacarias Moussaoui trial gets it now. All the 9/11 blanks are filled in, and the picture is complete. Sorry, conspiracy freaks and blind partisan hacks. Dull, common, gross incompetence is again at the heart of a deadly government cluster-hump. Do not linger on Moussaoui's bizarre suicide-by-testimony or the literal cheerleading for his execution—He knew. He lied. And 2,749 people died. Neither of these is the real story of this case. Rather, the story is the definitive proof Moussaoui's case provides that the U.S. government—pre-PATRIOT Act, pre-NSA wiretaps and all—had and missed clear opportunities to stop...
  • Mole may have been fed false information

    03/26/2006 11:26:59 AM PST · by Proctor · 65 replies · 3,084+ views ^ | March 25, 2006 | Michael Evans
    The Times March 25, 2006 Mole may have been fed false information By Michael Evans, Defence Editor THE revelation that a mole inside US Central Command was sending to the Russians secret operational material about the coalition plan to invade Iraq in March 2003 is the most extraordinary development to emerge since Saddam Hussein was found in a hole in the ground. However, the mole’s betrayal might have provided little assistance to the Iraqi dictator. It is conceivable that the material was either deliberately skewed to confuse the Baghdad regime or was out of date by the time that Saddam...
  • Russian Spy Agency Denies Pentagon Report ~

    03/25/2006 4:34:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 110 replies · 2,849+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 25, 2006 at 11:41:26 PST | JUDITH INGRAM ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign spy agency denied Saturday that Moscow gave Saddam Hussein information on U.S. troop movements and plans during the invasion of Iraq, while analysts speculated the Pentagon claim was tied to a growing rift between the West and the Kremlin. A Pentagon report Friday cited two captured Iraqi documents as saying Russia obtained information from sources "inside the American Central Command" in Qatar and passed battlefield intelligence to Saddam through the former Russian ambassador in Baghdad, Vladimir Titorenko. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service dismissed the claims. "Similar, baseless accusations concerning Russia's intelligence have been made more...
  • Russia Spies Operated in Iraq Through 2003

    03/24/2006 2:23:54 PM PST · by redlenses · 22 replies · 829+ views ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | MIKE ECKEL
    Russia Spies Operated in Iraq Through 2003 Mar 24 3:48 PM US/Eastern By MIKE ECKEL Associated Press Writer MOSCOW Russia had a military intelligence unit operating in Iraq up through the 2003 U.S. invasion and fall of Baghdad, a Russian analyst said Friday. A Pentagon report said Russia provided Saddam Hussein with intelligence on U.S. military movements and plans. The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing two captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians collected information from sources "inside the American Central Command" and that battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam...
  • Pentagon: Russia Gave Saddam U.S. Intel

    03/24/2006 11:24:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 85 replies · 1,848+ views
    Yahoo ^ | March 24, 2006 | ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
    WASHINGTON - The Russian government provided Saddam Hussein with intelligence on U.S. military movements and plans during the opening days of the war in 2003, according to a Pentagon report released Friday. The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing an Iraqi document that says the battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad.A classified version of the Pentagon report, titled "Iraqi Perspectives Project," is not being made public.Whether by chance or design, one piece of Russian intelligence actually contributed to an important U.S. military deception effort. By...
  • Report: Russia Had Sources in U.S. Command

    03/24/2006 12:50:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 92 replies · 2,820+ views
    AP ^ | 7 minutes ago | ROBERT BURNS,
    WASHINGTON - The Russian government had sources inside the American military command as it planned and executed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to Iraqi documents released as part of a Pentagon report. The Russians passed information to Saddam Hussein on U.S. troop movements and plans during the opening days of the war, according to the report Friday. The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing two captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians collected information from sources "inside the American Central Command" and that battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam...
  • The book that blows cover-up on Iraq's WMDs

    Meet former Iraqi General Georges Sada. He was one of Saddam Hussein's top generals and trusted military advisers. He probably single-handedly prevented Hussein from triggering World War III. And now he tells his amazing story in "Saddam's Secrets." Since his startling book was published, the world has heard one seemingly fantastic part of the story – that the former Iraqi dictator secreted away his stash of weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion. Sada reveals the who, what, when, where, why and how in prolific detail. But the story is much bigger even than that. Not only did Hussein...
  • Bush told Blair we're going to war, memo reveals (PM backed invasion despite illegality)

    02/02/2006 1:05:52 PM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 1,182+ views
    Guardian ^ | Thursday February 2, 2006
    Tony Blair told President George Bush that he was "solidly" behind US plans to invade Iraq before he sought advice about the invasion's legality and despite the absence of a second UN resolution, according to a new account of the build-up to the war published today. A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion - reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence...
  • Russia Moved Iraqi WMD

    01/28/2006 8:41:24 PM PST · by strategofr · 226 replies · 5,212+ views
    News Max ^ | March 3, 2005 | Charles R. Smith
    Moscow Moved Weapons to Syria and Lebanon According to a former top Bush administration official, Russian special forces teams moved weapons of mass destruction out of Iraq to Syria. "I am absolutely sure that Russian Spetsnatz units moved WMD out of Iraq before the war," stated John Shaw, the former deputy undersecretary for international technology security. According to Shaw, Russian units hid Saddam's arsenal inside Syria and in Lebanon's Bekka valley. "While in Iraq I uncovered detailed information that Spetsnatz units shredded records and moved all WMD and specified advanced munitions out of Iraq to Syria and Lebanon," stated Shaw...
  • Bush Was Right: Syria Hides Saddam WMD

    01/26/2006 12:00:06 PM PST · by RepublicNewbie · 39 replies · 2,553+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 1/26/06 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    US President George W. Bush was correct in saying there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq under the Saddam Hussein two decades-plus murder rule. Recall that numerous Democrats prior to Mr. Bush's election to the Oval Office said the same. Further, many said the same after Mr. Bush moved into the White House. Now we have proof. It comes from none other than Hussein's General Georges Sada. The nub of his data is this: Hussein flew WMD into Syria before Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were loaded onto civilian planes with seats removed to make room, so states Hussein's second...
  • Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says

    01/26/2006 12:55:39 AM PST · by mal · 153 replies · 3,377+ views
    The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed. The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun. "There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands," Mr. Sada said. "I am confident they were...
  • Ya’alon: Iraq Moved its Chemical Weapons to Syria Before War

    12/18/2005 6:22:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 28 replies · 969+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-18-05
    Former IDF Chief-of-Staff, Lt.Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, said in an interview with the New York Sun last Thursday that Iraq moved its chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started. "He transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria,” said Ya’alon. “No one went to Syria to find it.” Ya’alon’s assertion that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction were clandestinely sent to Syria on the eve of the war contradicts President George W. Bush’s statement last Wednesday at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., that “much of the intelligence” on Iraq “turned out to be wrong.” Despite his...
  • Saddam's WMD Moved to Syria, An Israeli Says

    12/15/2005 5:14:36 AM PST · by mal · 73 replies · 2,589+ views
    Saddam Hussein moved his chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started, Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom says. The assertion comes as President Bush said yesterday that much of the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was incorrect. The Israeli officer, Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, asserted that Saddam spirited his chemical weapons out of the country on the eve of the war. "He transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria," General Yaalon told The New York Sun over dinner in New York on Tuesday night. "No one went to Syria to find it."
  • US told Saudis about Qaeda plane threat pre-9/11

    12/09/2005 9:30:01 AM PST · by blogblogginaway · 30 replies · 1,204+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States told Saudi Arabia more than three years before the September 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden might be targeting civilian airplanes, according to a newly declassified State Department cable. The June 1998 cable, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act, said the United States had no specific information that al Qaeda was planning such an attack, and did not say it might fly planes into buildings. A copy of the cable, first reported by The New York Times on Friday, was obtained by Reuters. Fifteen of the...
  • Before 9/11, Warnings on Bin Laden

    12/08/2005 9:09:55 PM PST · by ncountylee · 44 replies · 1,463+ views
    nytimes ^ | December 9, 2005 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 - More than three years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, American diplomats warned Saudi officials that Osama bin Laden might target civilian aircraft, according to a newly declassified State Department cable. The cable was one of two documents released Thursday by the National Security Archive, a research organization at George Washington University that obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act. The other was a memorandum written five days after the 2001 attacks by George J. Tenet, then director of central intelligence, to his top deputies, titled "We're at War." The June 1998 cable reported...
  • Saddam Surat # 5 – Abu Nidal's Terrorism Run Out of Saddam’s Personal Office

    12/06/2005 10:03:14 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies · 928+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | December 6, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Saddam Surat # 5 – Abu Nidal's Terrorism Run Out of Saddam’s Personal Office “Iraq’s dealings with terrorist groups such as those run by Abu Nidal and Wadi Haddad were handled by Saddam’s personal office, and it was as a direct result of Saddam’s support for these internationally condemned terrorist groups in the 1970’s that the U.S. State Department added Iraq’s name to the list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism. Another infamous Palestinian terrorist who was harbored by Saddam during this period was Dr. Wadi Haddad, one of the founding members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of...
  • Saddam Planned Pre-war Attacks on U.S.!!!

    11/27/2005 1:47:48 PM PST · by redvers llewellyn · 54 replies · 2,748+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2004 | Walter Pincus
    WHY HAS THIS DAMNING REVELATION BEEN FORGOTTEN? _________________________________________________________ Russia Warned U.S. About Iraq, Putin Says By Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, June 19, 2004; Page A11 Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his intelligence service had warned the Bush administration before the U.S. invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's government was planning attacks against U.S. targets both inside and outside the country. Putin, who opposed Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq, did not go into detail about the information that was forwarded, and said Russia had no evidence that Hussein was involved in any attacks....
  • Democrat Quotes on Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction

    11/23/2005 5:26:39 AM PST · by stocksthatgoup · 21 replies · 1,005+ views
    Davidstuff ^ | recent | David Stuff
    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998 "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998 "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear,...
  • Putin says Russia warned the U.S. of planned attacks by Saddam's regime (Attacks on the U.S.)

    11/21/2005 4:04:33 PM PST · by MikeA · 19 replies · 1,162+ views
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2004 | Jill Dougherty
    MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian intelligence services warned Washington several times that Saddam Hussein's regime planned terrorist attacks against the United States, President Vladimir Putin has said. The warnings were provided after September 11, 2001 and before the start of the Iraqi war, Putin said Friday. The planned attacks were targeted both inside and outside the United States, said Putin, who made the remarks during a visit to Kazakhstan. "I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received ... information that...
  • Clinton Signs Iraq Liberation Act

    11/02/2005 4:28:10 PM PST · by NYjarcola · 12 replies · 1,528+ views
    I. CLINTON SIGNS IRAQ LIBERATION ACT, WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT, OCT 31 II. '99 APPROPRIATIONS BILL, IRAQ OPPOSITION, SIGNED BY CLINTON OCT 21 III. INC WELCOMES IRAQ LIBERATION ACT, PRESS STATEMENT, OCT 31 Today is the 89th day without weapons inspections in Iraq and the first day without UNSCOM monitoring. "Iraq News" is preparing an issue on Iraq's decision to suspend UNSCOM monitoring. Meanwhile, this issue deals with the developments regarding the policy promoted by Congress to deal with the Iraqi threat, namely to overthrow Saddam. On Oct 30, Radio Free Iraq began broadcasting. In an Oct 30 press statement, David...
  • UAE Says Saddam Agreed to Exile Before War

    10/30/2005 7:20:40 AM PST · by Valin · 10 replies · 668+ views
    AP ^ | 10/30/05 | JIM KRANE
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saddam Hussein accepted an 11th-hour offer to flee into exile weeks ahead of the U.S.-led 2003 invasion, but Arab League officials scuttled the proposal, officials in this Gulf state claimed. The exile initiative was spearheaded by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, at an emergency Arab summit held in Egypt in February 2003, Sheik Zayed's son said in an interview aired by Al-Arabiya TV during a documentary. The U.S.-led coalition invaded on March 19 that year. A top government official confirmed the offer on Saturday, speaking on...
  • Saddam accepted UAE exile plan to avert Iraq war-TV

    10/28/2005 8:08:34 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 15 replies · 1,089+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 28 2005
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had secretly accepted a last-minute plan to go into exile to avert the 2003 Iraq war, but Arab leaders shot the proposal down, Al Arabiya television reported on Friday. UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan made the proposal for Saddam to go into exile at an emergency Arab summit just weeks before the U.S.-led war began in March 2003. But the 22-member Arab League, led by Secretary-General Amr Moussa, refused to consider the initiative. "We had got the final agreement from the different parties, the main players in the world and...
  • Atta known to Pentagon before 9/11

    09/28/2005 9:07:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,223+ views
    Chicago Tribune on Yahoo ^ | 9/28/05 | John Crewdson and Andrew Zajac
    Four years after the nation's deadliest terror attack, evidence is accumulating that a super-secret Pentagon intelligence unit identified the organizer of the Sept. 11 hijackings, Mohamed Atta, as an Al Qaeda operative months before he entered the U.S. The many investigations of Sept. 11, 2001, have turned up a half-dozen instances in which government agencies possessed information that might have led investigators to some part of the terrorist plot, although in most cases not in time to stop it. But none of those leads likely would have taken them directly to Atta, the Egyptian architecture student who moved to the...

    09/17/2005 5:59:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 84 replies · 2,788+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/17/05 | Niles Lathem
    Members of a secret Pentagon intelligence unit known as Able Danger warned top military generals that it had uncovered information of increased al Qaeda "activity" in Aden harbor less than three weeks before the attack on the USS Cole, The Post has learned. In the latest explosive revelation in the Able Danger saga, two former members of the data-mining team are expected to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next week that they uncovered alarming terrorist activity and associations in Aden weeks before the Oct. 12, 2000, suicide bombing of the U.S. warship that killed 17 sailors.
  • How the Left Undermined America's Security Before 9/11(Updated & Reprinted)

    09/09/2005 8:04:18 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 595+ views | ^ | September 9, 2005 | David Horowitz
    The following article by David Horowitz first appeared in our March 24, 2004, issue. We are reprinting it to mark the three-year anniversary of 9/11. It has been updated to incorporate recent findings about the “Able Danger” unit. -- The Editors) “While the nation was having a good laugh at the expense of Florida’s hanging chads and butterfly ballots, Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi were there, in Florida, learning to drive commercial jetliners [and ram them into the World Trade Center towers]. It will take a novelist to paint that broad canvas properly. It will take some deep political...
  • Documents Show State Department Warned Clinton About Bin Laden

    08/17/2005 7:01:00 PM PDT · by kellynla · 80 replies · 1,762+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2005 | staff
    WASHINGTON — The State Department warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Usama bin Laden's (search) move to Afghanistan would give him more fertile ground to spread radical Islam, according to newly declassified documents. The documents, released by the legal advocacy group Judicial Watch on Wednesday, say that bin Laden would feel comfortable moving from Sudan to Afghanistan, which "has become an even more desirable location for extremists. Afghanistan may be an ideal haven as long as bin Laden can continue to run his businesses and financial networks."
  • 9/11 Y2K; the 9/11 attack that happened BEFORE 2001 (Free Republic Exclusive)

    08/11/2005 11:57:19 AM PDT · by Southack · 284 replies · 10,175+ views
    FAA ^ | 9/11/00 | Southack and Government Sources
    This is the FAA accident report for the mid-air collision in Florida one year prior to the 9/11/01 attacks on the WTC and Pentagon (and PA). I brought this up in the week of 9/11/01, but this story was apparently "lost" in the news at the time. There were subsequent articles on this topic, and where FReepers can still find them, they should be appended onto posts on this thread. Some important points to consider: the Saudi national who piloted his aircraft into the Piper Aztec commercial flight had received his pilot's license from the Phillipines Early blogs at the...
  • Saddam met Osama in Iraq: Report

    09/08/2002 10:37:22 AM PDT · by knak · 14 replies · 4,570+ views
    WASHINGTON: A woman claiming to have been Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's mistress for more than 30 years told ABC News that she witnessed at least one meeting between Saddam and top terror suspect Osama Bin Laden. In an interview to be broadcast Thursday, Parisoula Lampsos, 54, said that during the mid-1980s, Bin Laden, blamed for the terror strike of September 11 that killed more than 3,000, visited one of Saddam's palaces in Iraq. She alleged that the Iraqi leader's eldest son, Uday, told her the two met again about a decade later, an exchange that saw Saddam giving money to...
  • Bill: I never tied war to terror fight

    08/12/2005 10:46:57 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 42 replies · 1,247+ views
    NY Daily ^ | 8/12/05 | Kenneth Bazinet
    While Iraq is now called a main front in the war on terror, former President Bill Clinton said yesterday said he never really saw it as such. "I never thought [Iraq] had much to do with the war on terror, except that we were looking to see if there were biological and chemical agents there," he told CNN's "Situation Room." And though he said it's too late now, Clinton said he thought the UN weapons inspectors should have been allowed to complete their job: "The UN inspections were well-advised. But it was clearly not going to have anything to do...
  • NY Times: Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans! [5/21/2005]

    05/21/2005 12:52:15 AM PDT · by Southack · 129 replies · 5,626+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/21/2005 | ERIC LIPTON
    Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans WASHINGTON, May 20 -Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan began to assemble the equipment necessary to build a rudimentary biological weapons laboratory before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, letters released by the Defense Department show.... The letters are among the documents recovered in late 2001 after the invasion of Afghanistan that United States intelligence officials have frequently cited as evidence that Al Qaeda was working to develop biological weapons.The letters...detail a visit by an unnamed Qaeda scientist to a laboratory at an unspecified location where he was shown "a special confidential room"...
  • Blair hit by new leak of secret war plan

    05/01/2005 7:36:17 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 23 replies · 1,239+ views
    London Sunday Times ^ | 01 May 2005 | Michael Smith
    A SECRET document from the heart of government reveals today that Tony Blair privately committed Britain to war with Iraq and then set out to lure Saddam Hussein into providing the legal justification. The Downing Street minutes, headed “Secret and strictly personal — UK eyes only”, detail one of the most important meetings ahead of the invasion. It was chaired by the prime minister and attended by his inner circle. The document reveals Blair backed “regime change” by force from the outset, despite warnings from Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, that such action could be illegal. The minutes, published by The...
  • Blair: Britain Discussed Early Plan to Topple Saddam

    05/01/2005 1:51:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 295+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/1/05 | Katherine Baldwin
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain discussed supporting the United States to bring about a change of government in Iraq eight months before the March 2003 invasion, Tony Blair said on Sunday. But the prime minister, facing an election on Thursday in which the divisive war could cost him votes, denied suggestions his government took an early decision to topple Saddam Hussein. His comments came in response to a leaked memo in a newspaper that said Blair and President Bush were determined to oust Iraq's former leader as early as July 2002. "I actually talked about regime change if it wasn't possible...