Too early President Bush ceded the argument for weapons of mass destruction stored in Iraq...
What we demand is truth not biased and twisted reporting from the mainstream media.
Seemingly, the only ones interested in finding truth are alternative media, and citizen journalists...
Posted: March 17, 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Among the pre-war documents posted online yesterday by the Pentagon is a letter from a member of Saddam's intelligence apparatus indicating al-Qaida
and the Taliban had a relationship with the regime prior to the 9-11 attacks.
The letter by the member of Saddam's Al Mukabarat to a superior, dated Sept. 15, 2001, reports
a pre-9/11 conversation between an Iraqi intelligence source and a Taliban Afghani consul.
The documents were released yesterday at the direction of National Intelligence
Director John Negroponte.
Among the first batch of the thousands expected to be declassified over the next
several months, the Al Mukabarat document was translated from the original Arabic by a contributor to the online forum
Laura Mansfield, an independent Middle East analyst, examined the translation for WorldNetDaily and
said it appears to be accurate.
The letter indicated Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan were in contact
with Iraq – noting a specific visit to Baghdad – and said the U.S. had proof Saddam's regime and al-Qaida were
cooperating to hit a target in the U.S.
The document said the U.S. was aware of such a relationship and could strike Iraq
and Afghanistan if the attacks proved to be tied to bin Laden and the Taliban...
Weekly Standard reporter Stephen Hayes, whose reporting has helped move members
of Congress to call for release of the documents, nevertheless, has cautioned that they are published with a caveat. The Pentagon
website says: "The U.S. Government has made no determination regarding the authenticity of the documents, validity or factual
accuracy of the information contained therein, or the quality of any translations, when available."
The administration's intent is to allow lawmakers and the public to investigate
the documents' claims about controversial issues such as weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaida's relationship to the regime
prior to the March 2003 invasion.
House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., requested the release, and
last weekend Negroponte agreed to set up the website.
Hoekstra said in a statement he welcomed the opportunity to answer questions critical
to the debate over the war.
"Whether Saddam Hussein destroyed Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or hid or
transferred them, the most important thing is we discover the truth of what was happening in the country prior to the war,"