From: HUTCH <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 11:07 PM
Subject: Another Really BIG Impeachable Offense
To: HUTCH <email@example.com>
Evidence: Bush &
Cheney Lied US to
Bombshell! Bush Knew Saddam had
NO Weapons of Mass Destruction!
— Politico.com — 5 August 2008 — Mike Allen — Book says White House ordered forgery — A NEW BOOK BY THE AUTHOR RON SUSKIND CLAIMS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE ORDERED THE CIA TO FORGE A BACK-DATED, HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF IRAQI INTELLIGENCE TO SADDAM HUSSEIN.
Suskind writes in The Way of the World, to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery — adamantly denied by the White House — was designed to portray a false link between Hussein's regime and al-Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.
The author also claims that the Bush administration had information from a top Iraqi intelligence official "that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion."
The letter's existence has been reported before, and it had been written about as if it were genuine. It was passed in Baghdad to a reporter for The London Sunday Telegraph who wrote about it on the front page of Dec. 14, 2003, under the headline, "Terrorist behind September 11 strike 'was trained by Saddam.'"The Telegraph story by Con Coughlin — which, coincidentally, ran the day Hussein was captured in his "spider hole" — was touted in the U.S. media by supporters of the war, and he was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press."
by Keith Olbermann
to the Suskind Revelations, CLICK
"Over the next few days, the Habbush letter continued to be featured prominently in the United States and across the globe," Suskind writes. "Fox's Bill O'Reilly trumpeted the story Sunday night on 'The O'Reilly Factor,' talking breathlessly about details of the story and exhorting, 'Now, if this is true, that blows the lid off al-Qaeda - Saddam.'"
According to Suskind, the administration had been in contact with the director of the Iraqi intelligence service in the last years of Hussein's regime, Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti.
"The White House had concocted a fake letter from Habbush to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001," Suskind writes. "It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq — thus showing, finally, that there was an operational link between Saddam and al Qaeda, something the Vice President's Office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. There is no link."
— Click the pic to read the rest of this, a report from Daily KOS, plus see additional videos of Suskind from the Today Show and Olbermann's interview with Suskind on Countdown! —
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