Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 49421
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3/10    Exhaustive Pentagon review finds no Saddam/Al Qaeda link:
        "An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were
        captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that
        Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin
        Laden's al Qaida terrorist network."
        \_ 600k documents really isn't that many although it sounds impressive
           there are still many millions no one has looked at yet.  I find it
           amusing that the article states several times the Saddam was
           distrustful of religious terrorists being a secular strongman and
           then gives a list of all the religious terrorist groups he
        \_ We're busy trying to find the link between Al Qaida and Barack
           Hussein Obama now!
           \_ Obama with an 's' is Osama, what bigger link do you want?
              \_ Barack -> Iraq
                 Hussein -> ...
                 Obama -> Osama
                 It's all there right under our noses! Really, it's
                 careless of the Illuminati. They are getting cocky and
                 toying with us. Of course, Obama is really an artificial
                 being, engineered to be the optimally appealing candidate
                 at this point in time. Thus the ethnic mix, the
                 speechmaking styles that are a composite of Kennedy and
                 MLK Jr, and the exhortations of change designed to
                 perpetuate the facade of democracy while They continue
                 to pull our strings.
                 \_ Hey good point. I never considered the possibility that
                    Obama might be an Alien-Human hybrid created by MJ12.
                    Obama might be an Alien-Human hybrid created MJ12.
                    \_ MJ12 isn't a "thing" like a creature.  It is an
                       organization.  If you're going to get all conspiracy,
                       get it right.  --UFO lover
                       \_ Corrected. I was missing the "by."
                          \_ So you claim!  How do we know you're really you?
                             What agency do you work for?  Why are you trying
                             to create a disinformation campaign?
                    Obama might be an Alien-Human hybrid created MJ12.
                             \_ It's all to throw us off the real scent. Just
                                like Obama's name. I don't think it's careless.
                                There is always a meaning, we just need to find
                                it. Think! What would "created MJ12" mean?
                                It's a clue about the origin of MJ12! And
                                hybrid? Hybrids... Toyota is involved somehow.
                                Layers upon layers...
                                \_ Toyota and Templar both start with T,
                                   curiouser and curiouser.
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Print This Article Posted on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam and al Qaida Warren P Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers last updated: March 10, 2008 07:39:58 PM WASHINGTON -- An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 US invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network. The Pentagon-sponsored study, scheduled for release later this week, did confirm that Saddam's regime provided some support to other terrorist groups, particularly in the Middle East, US officials told McClatchy. However, his security services were directed primarily against Iraqi exiles, Shiite Muslims, Kurds and others he considered enemies of his regime. The new study of the Iraqi regime's archives found no documents indicating a "direct operational link" between Hussein's Iraq and al Qaida before the invasion, according to a US official familiar with the report. He and others spoke to McClatchy on condition of anonymity because the study isn't due to be shared with Congress and released before Wednesday. President Bush and his aides used Saddam's alleged relationship with al Qaida, along with Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction, as arguments for invading Iraq after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Then-Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld claimed in September 2002 that the United States had "bulletproof" evidence of cooperation between the radical Islamist terror group and Saddam's secular dictatorship. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell cited multiple linkages between Saddam and al Qaida in a watershed February 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council to build international support for the invasion. Almost every one of the examples Powell cited turned out to be based on bogus or misinterpreted intelligence. As recently as last July, Bush tried to tie al Qaida to the ongoing violence in Iraq. "The same people that attacked us on September the 11th is a crowd that is now bombing people, killing innocent men, women and children, many of whom are Muslims," he said. The new study, entitled "Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents", was essentially completed last year and has been undergoing what one US intelligence official described as a "painful" declassification review. Spokesmen for the Joint Forces Command declined to comment until the report is released. One of the report's authors, Kevin Woods, also declined to comment. The issue of al Qaida in Iraq already has played a role in the 2008 presidential campaign. Barack Obama, D-Ill, recently for saying that he'd keep some US troops in Iraq if al Qaida established a base there. Obama retorted that, "There was no such thing as al Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade." While the documents reveal no Saddam-al Qaida links, they do show that Saddam and his underlings were willing to use terrorism against enemies of the regime and had ties to regional and global terrorist groups, the officials said. However, the US intelligence official, who's read the full report, played down the prospect of any major new revelations, saying, "I don't think there's any surprises there." Saddam, whose regime was relentlessly secular, was wary of Islamic extremist groups such as al Qaida, although like many other Arab leaders, he gave some financial support to Palestinian groups that sponsored terrorism against Israel. According to the State Department's annual report on global terrorism for 2002 -- the last before the Iraq invasion -- Saddam supported the militant Islamic group Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a radical, Syrian-based terrorist group. Saddam also hosted Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, although the Abu Nidal Organization was more active when he lived in Libya and he was murdered in Baghdad in August 2002, possibly on Saddam's orders. An earlier study based on the captured Iraqi documents, released by the Joint Forces Command in March 2006, found that a militia Saddam formed after the 1991 Persian Gulf war, the Fedayeen Saddam, planned assassinations and bombings against his enemies. Those included Iraqi exiles and opponents in Iraq's Kurdish and Shiite communities. Other documents indicate that the Fedayeen Saddam opened paramilitary training camps that, starting in 1998, hosted "Arab volunteers" from outside of Iraq. What happened to the non-Iraqi volunteers is unknown, however, according to the earlier study. The new Pentagon study isn't the first to refute earlier administration contentions about Saddam and al Qaida. A September 2006 report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that Saddam was "distrustful of al Qaida and viewed Islamic extremists as a threat to his regime, refusing all requests from al Qaida to provide material or operational support." The Senate report, citing an FBI debriefing of a senior Iraqi spy, Faruq Hijazi, said that Saddam turned down a request for assistance by bin Laden which he made at a 1995 meeting in Sudan with an Iraqi operative.