.......................The 9/11 Commission
The idea behind this 9/11 Commission was to try and pinpoint the specific reasons why our security organizations were unable to detect the terrorists in our country, and stop them from pulling off the worst attack on our shores in decades, as well determine the best ways to plug these holes so that it doesn't happen again.
Sounds like a good idea, right?
Yep, sure does.
Did it turn out this way?
Well, sort of.
If you read the reports, you will see that the commission did investigate the roots of the Al-qaeda shitbags, and as we already know, many of the roots of this organization stem from our support of the mujihadeen in Afghanistan during the soviet invasion, as well as the Iranian Mullahs and the House of Saud being generous benefactors. They trump up the Palestine issues to gain support amongst the arab masses and TA-DA! international terrorist group with a large following and lots and lots of money.
Thanks guys, but we knew this already. In fact, we knew this back in 93, the last time the WTC was attacked.
Then we get to Saddam and Osama. Where they lovers? Did they just pretend to like each other? Or did they absolutelypositivelyneverspeakatallatanytimenowaynohownosireebob......
This part I don't get.
Saddam Hated the US. Osama hated the US. Saddam was an insane rich tyrant who prostituted his religion to get what he wanted. Osama was an insanely rich goat herder who also prostituted his religion to get what he wanted.
Saddam had funded previous terrorist attacks against American targets at home and abroad ever since we booted him from Kuwait. Osama had funded previous terrorist attacks against American targets at home and abroad ever since we booted Saddam from Kuwait and left our troops in Saudi Arabia.
Saddam hated the Joooos. Osama hated the Jooooos.
Why is it so hard to fathom that two people with so much animosity in common would not combine efforts to inflict greater damage?
In fact, why WOULDN'T you assume that they were working together? People bring up the religious/secular issue between Saddam and Osama, but Saddam made overtures to the Islamic world all the time, and was in the process of building the largest Mosque in the world before the 2nd GW.
Andrew C. McCarthy, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others, elaborates here on this issue.
The staff's back-of-the-hand summary also strangely elides mention of another significant matter — but one that did not escape the attention of Commissioner Fred Fielding, who raised it with a panel of law-enforcement witnesses right after noting the staff's conclusion that there was "no credible evidence" of cooperation. It is the little-discussed original indictment of bin Laden, obtained by the Justice Department in spring 1998 — several weeks before the embassy bombings and at a time when the government thought it would be prudent to have charges filed in the event an opportunity arose overseas to apprehend bin Laden. Paragraph 4 of that very short indictment reads:
Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.
(Emphasis added.) This allegation has always been inconvenient for the "absolutely no connection between Iraq and al Qaeda" club. (Richard Clarke, a charter member, handles the problem in his book by limiting the 1998 indictment to a fleeting mention and assiduously avoiding any description of what the indictment actually says.)
It remains inconvenient. As testimony at the commission's public hearing Wednesday revealed, the allegation in the 1998 indictment stems primarily from information provided by the key accomplice witness at the embassy bombing trial, Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl. Al-Fadl told agents that when al Qaeda was headquartered in the Sudan in the early-to-mid-1990s, he understood an agreement to have been struck under which the jihadists would put aside their antipathy for Saddam and explore ways of working together with Iraq, particularly regarding weapons production.
On al Qaeda's end, al-Fadl understood the liaison for Iraq relations to be an Iraqi named Mahmdouh Mahmud Salim (a.k.a. "Abu Hajer al Iraqi"), one of bin Laden's closest friends. (There will be a bit more to say later about Salim, who, it bears mention, was convicted in New York last year for maiming a prison guard in an escape attempt while awaiting trial for bombing the embassies.) After the embassies were destroyed, the government's case, naturally, was radically altered to focus on the attacks that killed over 250 people, and the Iraq allegation was not included in the superseding indictment. But, as the hearing testimony made clear, the government has never retracted the allegation.
Neither have other important assertions been retracted, including those by CIA Director George Tenet. As journalist Stephen Hayes reiterated earlier this month, Tenet, on October 7, 2002, wrote a letter to Congress, which asserted:
Our understanding of the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda is evolving and is based on sources of varying reliability. Some of the information we have received comes from detainees, including some of high rank. We have solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda going back a decade. Credible information indicates that Iraq and Al Qaeda have discussed safe haven and reciprocal nonaggression. Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some that have been in Baghdad. We have credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire W.M.D. capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaeda members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs. Iraq's increasing support to extremist Palestinians coupled with growing indications of relationship with Al Qaeda suggest that Baghdad's links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action.
Tenet, as Hayes elaborated, has never backed away from these assessments, reaffirming them in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee as recently as March 9, 2004.
So, instead of the Commission being known for its great job at eliminating the gaps in our security services, as well determining the true history of the planning of the attacks we get stuff we knew already, and BUSH LIED!! PEOPLE DIED!!!
I want a refund.