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Profile: Daniel Benjamin

 
  

Positions that Daniel Benjamin has held:

  • Director of counterterrorism at the National Security Council


 

Quotes

 
  

Quote, October or November 2002

   “While there are contacts, have been contacts, there is no co-operation. There is no substantial, noteworthy relationship.” [CBC News, 11/1/02]

Associated Events

Source, Summer 2003

   “No one disputes that there have been contacts over the years. In that part of the America-hating universe, contacts happen. But that's still a long way from suggesting that they were really working together.” [Boston Globe, 8/3/03]

Associated Events

Quote, Late 2003

   “In 1998, we went through every piece of intelligence we could find to see if there was a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq. We came to the conclusion that our intelligence agencies had it right: There was no noteworthy relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq. I know that for a fact.” [Mother Jones, 1/04]

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Daniel Benjamin actively participated in the following events:

 
  

1998      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       The National Security Council (NSC) completes a review of Iraq and terrorism. In an interview with journalist Robert Dreyfuss four years later, Daniel Benjamin, then-director of counterterrorism at the NSC, summarizes the report's conclusions: “[W]e went through every piece of intelligence we could find to see if there was a link [between] al-Qaeda and Iraq, says Benjamin. We came to the conclusion that our intelligence agencies had it right: There was no noteworthy relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq. I know that for a fact. No other issue has been as closely scrutinized as this one.” [The American Prospect, 12/16/02]
People and organizations involved: Daniel Benjamin
          

July 2002-March 19, 2003      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       Numerous US and British, current and former, intelligence, military, and other government officials who have inside knowledge refute claims made by the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein's regime has or is seeking ties with international militant Islamic groups. [CBC News, 11/1/02; Washington Post 9/10/02; Sunday Herald, 10/13/02; Telegraph, 2/4/03; Wall Street Journal, 8/15/02; Baltimore Sun, 9/26/02; Radio Free Europe, 10/29/02; International Herald Tribune, 11/1/02; Los Angeles Times, 11/4/02; Knight Ridder, 10/7/02; New York Times, 2/3/03; Independent, 2/9/03]
People and organizations involved: Vincent Cannistraro, Rohan Gunaratna, Tony Blair, Igor Ivanov, Saddam Hussein, Youssef M. Ibrahim, Jack Straw, Brent Scowcroft, Michael Chandler, George W. Bush, Vincent Cannistraro, Daniel Benjamin, Jean-Louis Brugui←re, MIchael O'Hanlon, Baltasar Garzon, US Department of State, 4/30/2001, Anna Eshoo, Richard Durbin, Jean Chretien  Additional Info 
          

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