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9/11 report proves US lied: no Iraq link with al-Qaida



The official investigation into the attacks on 11 September 2001 prove that, not only did Iraq have no links with al-Qaida, but in fact Saddam Hussein opposed the terrorist network and kept it out of his country.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, "President Bush repeated his administration's claim that Iraq was in league with al Qaeda under Saddam Hussein's rule". On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney claimed that Saddam Hussein had "long-established ties" with al-Qaeda, "an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers". The 9/11 Commission report now confirms that there was never any evidence to support such claims.

When the US government decided to invade Iraq to take control of the country's oil reserves, the second largest in the world, they created two lies to use as propaganda to fool the public into supporting the war. The first was that the conquest of Iraq was part of a "war on terror" - retaliation against those responsible for 9/11. The second was that Iraq possessed huge stockpiles of WMD.

The people of America believed that they were going to war in order to defend their country. The time has come to face a difficult truth: that the official justifications for military action were a pack of lies. The true motives that drive the leading politicians in the US government are oil and money:

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Washington Post (US), "Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed", front-page, 17 June 2004.
[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47812-2004Jun16.html ]
    The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq.
    Along with the contention that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials have often asserted that there were extensive ties between Hussein's government and Osama bin Laden's terrorist network; earlier this year, Cheney said evidence of a link was "overwhelming."
    But the report of the commission's staff, based on its access to all relevant classified information, said that there had been contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda but no cooperation. In yesterday's hearing of the panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, a senior FBI official and a senior CIA analyst concurred with the finding.
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The Independent (UK), "Official verdict: White House misled world over Saddam", 17 June 2004.
[ http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=532341 ]
    The Bush administration's credibility was dealt a devastating blow yesterday when the commission investigating the attacks of 11 September said there was no credible evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had assisted al-Qa'ida - something repeatedly suggested by the President and his senior officials and held up as a reason for the invasion of Iraq.
    A report by the independent commission said while there were contacts between Iraq and al-Qa'ida operatives in the 1990s, it appeared Osama bin Laden's requests for a partnership were rebuffed. "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qa'ida co-operated on attacks against the United States," the commission said. It also discounted widespread claims that Mohamed Atta, the hijackers' ringleader, met an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague.
    The report forced the Bush administration on to the defensive, as it appeared to undermine one of its key justifications for the invasion of Iraq.
    While Mr Bush has been forced to admit there was no specific evidence to link Saddam to 11 September, his deputy, Dick Cheney, claimed on Monday that the former Iraqi leader was "a patron of terrorism [with] long-established ties with al-Qa'ida''.
    ...
    Critics of the White House say there was a deliberate policy to manipulate public opinion and create an association between Saddam and the attacks on New York and Washington. If true, such a plan has certainly been successful: a poll taken last September by the Washington Post newspaper found 69 per cent of Americans believed that Saddam was involved in the 11 September attacks.
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    "The liberation of Iraq removed... an ally of al-Qa'ida"
    - President George Bush, 1 May 2003

    "There's overwhelming evidence... of a connection between al-Qa'ida and Iraq"
    - Vice-President Cheney, 22 January 2004

    "Within a week, or a month, Saddam could give his WMD to al-Qa'ida"
    - Donald Rumsfeld, 14 November 2002

    "Saddam was a danger in the region where the 9/11 threat emerged"
    - Condoleezza Rice, 17 September 2003

The Guardian (UK), "No Iraq link to September 11 plot, US report finds", 17 June 2004.
[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1240541,00.html ]
    The US commission investigating the September 11 attacks reported yesterday it had found no evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated in the plot or had any sort of "collaborative relationship", bluntly contradicting persistent White House claims.
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BBC News, "Probe rules out Iraq-9/11 links", 16 June 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3812351.stm ]
    The US national commission examining the 11 September 2001 attacks has found no "credible evidence" that Iraq helped al-Qaeda militants carry them out.
    The statement appears in a report on al-Qaeda published before the final public session of the commission.
    It contradicts remarks by the US vice-president about Saddam Hussein's "long-established ties" with al-Qaeda.
    Iraq's alleged links with al-Qaeda were part of the justification the Bush administration gave for invading Iraq.
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    The commission, drawn from both Republicans and Democrats, published two separate preliminary reports: an overview of al-Qaeda and an outline of the 11 September plot.
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    Bin Laden spurned
    The report on al-Qaeda, entitled Overview of the Enemy, describes the roots of the militant network and its activities.
    It says Osama Bin Laden had explored the possibility of co-operation with Iraq, despite his opposition to Saddam Hussein's secular regime.
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CNN (US), "Bush stands by al Qaeda, Saddam link", 15 June 2004.
[ http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/06/15/bush.alqaeda/ ]
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush repeated his administration's claim that Iraq was in league with al Qaeda under Saddam Hussein's rule, saying Tuesday that fugitive Islamic militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ties Saddam to the terrorist network.
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CNN (US), "Cheney claims ties between Saddam, al Qaeda", 14 June 2004.
[ http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/06/14/cheney.terrorism.ap/index.html ]
    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that Saddam Hussein had "long-established ties" with al Qaeda, an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers.
    The vice president offered no details backing up his claim of a link between Saddam and al Qaida.
    "He was a patron of terrorism," Cheney said of Hussein during a speech before The James Madison Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Florida. "He had long established ties with al Qaeda."
    In making the case for war in Iraq, Bush administration officials frequently cited what they said were Saddam's decade-long contacts with al-Qaeda operatives. They stopped short of claiming that Iraq was directly involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but critics say Bush officials left that impression with the American public.
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New York Times (US), "Leaders of 9/11 Panel Ask Cheney for Reports", 19 June 2004.
[ http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/19/politics/19CAMP.html ]
    The leaders of the Sept. 11 commission called on Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday to turn over any intelligence reports that would support the White House's insistence that there was a close relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
    The commission's chairman, Thomas H. Kean, and its vice chairman, Lee H. Hamilton, said they wanted to see any additional information in the administration's possession after Mr. Cheney, in a television interview on Thursday, was asked whether he knew things about Iraq's links to terrorists that the commission did not know.
    "Probably," Mr. Cheney replied.
    Mr. Kean and Mr. Hamilton said that, in particular, they wanted any information available to back Mr. Cheney's suggestion that one of the hijackers might have met in Prague in April 2001 with an Iraqi intelligence agent, a meeting that the panel's staff believes did not take place. Mr. Cheney said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that the administration had never been able to prove the meeting took place but was not able to disprove it either.
    "We just don't know," Mr. Cheney said.
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BBC News, "9/11 probe clears Saudi Arabia", 19 June 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3815179.stm ]
    The United States enquiry into the 9/11 attacks says it has found no evidence the Saudi government funded al-Qaeda.
It also clears the wife of the Saudi envoy to the US, who had been alleged to have given the 9/11 hijackers money.
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    US Congress members have previously questioned if the Saudi royal family provided support for the 9/11 hijackers and other al-Qaeda operatives.
    Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and 15 of the 19 hijackers on 11 September 2001.
    Suspicions about the Gulf kingdom intensified in 2003 when the Bush administration blocked the release of a 28-page section of a congressional report on the attacks believed to focus on terror funding in Saudi Arabia.
    ...
    BBC Middle East analyst Roger Hardy says Saudi officials have some reason to feel relieved but they are not entirely let off the hook.
    The report identifies Saudi Arabia as the primary source of al-Qaeda funding.
    "Al-Qaeda found fertile fund-raising ground in the kingdom, where extreme religious views are common and charitable giving is essential to the culture and, until recently, subject to very limited oversight," the report says.

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