Tuesday, November 22, 2005

More Than Meets The Eye

Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter. ........
Although the Senate Intelligence Committee and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9/11 commission, pointed to incorrect CIA assessments on the WMD issue, they both also said that, for the most part, the CIA and other agencies did indeed provide policy makers with accurate information regarding the lack of evidence of ties between Al Qaeda and Iraq. .....................
The most explosive of allegations came from Cheney, who said that September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta, the pilot of the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center, had met in Prague, in the Czech Republic, with a senior Iraqi intelligence agent, Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, five months before the attacks. On December 9, 2001, Cheney said on NBC's Meet the Press: "[I]t's pretty well confirmed that [Atta] did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in [the Czech Republic] last April, several months before the attack."
Cheney continued to make the charge, even after he was briefed, according to government records and officials, that both the CIA and the FBI discounted the possibility of such a meeting. .....Credit card and phone records appear to demonstrate that Atta was in Virginia Beach, Va., at the time of the alleged meeting, according to law enforcement and intelligence officials. Al-Ani, the Iraqi intelligence official with whom Atta was said to have met in Prague, was later taken into custody by U.S. authorities. He not only denied the report of the meeting with Atta, but said that he was not in Prague at the time of the supposed meeting, according to published reports.
In June 2004, the 9/11 commission concluded: "There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda also occurred after bin Laden had returned to Afghanistan, but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship. Two senior bin Laden associates have adamantly denied that any ties existed between Al Qaeda and Iraq. We have no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States."
Regarding the alleged meeting in Prague, the commission concluded: "We do not believe that such a meeting occurred."
Still, Cheney did not concede the point. "We have never been able to prove that there was a connection to 9/11," Cheney said after the commission announced it could not find significant links between Al Qaeda and Iraq. But the vice president again pointed out the existence of a Czech intelligence service report that Atta and the Iraqi agent had met in Prague. "That's never been proved. But it's never been disproved," Cheney said. ................

Earlier this month, on November 14, the Pentagon's inspector general announced an investigation into whether Feith and others associated with the covert intelligence unit engaged in "unauthorized, unlawful, or inappropriate intelligence activities." In a statement, Feith said he is "confident" that investigators will conclude that his "office worked properly and in fact improved the intelligence product by asking good questions."
The Senate Intelligence Committee has also been conducting its own probe of the Pentagon unit. But as was first disclosed by The American Prospect in an article by reporter Laura Rozen, that probe had been hampered by a lack of cooperation from Feith and the Pentagon.
Internal Pentagon records show not only that the small Pentagon unit had the ear of the highest officials in the government, but also that Rumsfeld and others considered the unit as a virtual alternative to intelligence analyses provided by the CIA. ..............The Plame affair was not so much a reflection of any personal animus toward Wilson or Plame, says one former senior administration official who knows most of the principals involved, but rather the direct result of long-standing antipathy toward the CIA by Cheney, Libby, and others involved. They viewed Wilson's outspoken criticism of the Bush administration as an indirect attack by the spy agency.
Those grievances were also perhaps illustrated by comments that Vice President Cheney himself wrote on one of Feith's reports detailing purported evidence of links between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. In barely legible handwriting, Cheney wrote in the margin of the report:
"This is very good indeed … Encouraging … Not like the crap we are all so used to getting out of CIA."


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Democat said...

Confronting The Evidence: A Call to Reopen the 9/11 Investigation Go to www.reopen911.com
There is more to this than meets the eye, for sure. The Towers were imploded. They fell straight down and they were steel buildings that shouldn't have burned like that. The planes didn't do it alone. There must have been explosives. Why wasn't the plane headed for Washington intercepted? Why is it that the plane suddenly circled around and hit the side of the Pentagon that was being renevated not the side where Rummy has his office? Why was the hole in The Pentagon too small for a 757 to have hit it? Where was all the wreckage from the plane-the seats, the luggage, the fuselage, the people? Why were the surveilance tapes from the 7/11 across the street confiscated? These are questions that need to be answered by an unbiased panel with no ties to the neo-cons/PNAC.
I don't want to think that even these guys not even the evil Cheney could kill 3,000 people to start an oil war, but the Saudis are the good buddies of Bush, Cheney, etc. The hijackers were mostly Saudis. I think there's a coverup, at the very least. Bush, Cheney and that whole crowd need to be exposed and impeached!!

2:42 PM, November 23, 2005  
Blogger BeWitchingWizard said...

Well yes of course our Govt did the whole Tower thing and the Antrax,(why did those letters stop so fast??) and Who had access to Antrax since the 50"s??? those are clues for you all and the Walrus was Paul so , also if any of you idiots think that for one moment think our wonderful govt wouldn"t kill Innocent people and replace planes with drones well wake the Fu*k up!!! They do and Have for centuries.

Also check it all out for yourselves

http://reopen911.org/

Before you say our Govt is so Honest.
Linda Maniac

PS and guess what "All Roads Lead To Dick Cheney"

8:57 PM, November 27, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

What about the road to Wacko, TX? Maybe that one just leads to The Bu$hrat?
Also, I probably forgot to mention before that Linda has met
Boy George as well as The Beatles.
(Eat your heart out, Game!!!)
Also, she must tell the story of how she got John Lennon's autograph on the show sometime. :-)

1:08 PM, November 30, 2005  

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