The other day this little "blurb" appeared on the Newsweak portion of the MSNBC site, on their article "A Special White House Slide Show
"Jan. 9, 2006 issue - Why did some administration officials—including Vice President Dick Cheney—still lend credit to disputed reports of an April 2001 Prague meeting between 9/11 leader Muhammad Atta and an Iraqi spy even after the 9/11 Commission concluded the encounter probably didn't occur? Administration critics have long suspected that a secret briefing on an alleged Iraq-Qaeda connection, prepared by the Pentagon in 2002, helped keep the tale alive.
As I explained here, that is simply because there is more evidence that the meeting between Atta and Al-Ani did occur than it didn't. But the MSM would rather trumpet the "No Iraq/Al-Qaeda" line and actually ignore the facts, or more likely simply fail to report it.
Moreover, up to this point as thousands of documents discovered after the invasion have not been combed and translated to see that they contained. But that process is on going and beginning to point us to the truth about the "connections".
Stephen Hayes in this week's "Weekly Standard" gives us the facts that some of these documents show:
"THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis. According to three officials with knowledge of the intelligence on Iraqi training camps, White House and National Security Council officials were briefed on these findings in May 2005; senior Defense Department officials subsequently received the same briefing.
Salman Pak has been known about for quite a while. More than a year before we went into Iraq:
"A unnamed former Lt. General and a Captain Sabah Khodada recently gave details of an Iraqi school at Salman Pak which includes training for the hijacking of passenger airliners and other modes of transportation. The former Iraqi General said that there was a old Boeing 707 resting next to rail tracks on edge of Salman Pak being used in terrorist training, the existence of this aircraft has been confirmed by UN. Inspectors.
Of course the MSM didn't cover this because they are simply too agenda driven to have done so. Damn the facts, "The war wasn't necessary....blah, blah..." Drumbeat.
It will be interested to see how they treat Hayes article which had it appeared before the blogsphere of today, it would have been just a niche article but little else, with little or no full coverage. Not anymore.
However, as more of these documents get translated the picture will become clearer. Morever, taking Bill Kristol's advice, offered during the summer, the White House has been in "class" since then getting the facts from these discoveries and is about to go on a onslaught of "correction" in the coming weeks.
The MSM is most likely going to try to counter that assault with their tired, "but the 9/11 Ommission Commission said that there wasn't any connection".......which is only going to show that this commission was in essence a farce which had been formed only as an "torpedo" prior to the 2004 election, only it didn't work. In my opinion, it's findings by and large and especially on this subject should be tossed. There is much we know, but they refuse to talk about. Able Danger anyone?
However, when the public finds out it has been lied to - not by the President - but by the MSM and the "talking point" Democrats - many of which knew the truth but purposely kept it out of the limelight for purely partisan purposes - is rightfully going to be pissed.
But greater than that - as the investigation into journalistic "spying" commences, and the public begins to see that the media not only ignored the facts, but in their biased zeal they ignored our National Security as well.
Be assured, the backlash isn't going to be pretty. Couldn't happen to a more 'nicer' bunch.
Also see: Michelle Malkin; AJ Strata; Rick Moran.
UPDATE: Clarice Feldmancomments over at American Thinker.
UPDATE: Good post at "The End Zone".
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