The Missing Link - the Saddam / Al-Qaeda connection The Missing Link Given the implausibility of the idea that Iraq in any way threatened the US militarily, even if it were to have WMD, the only way [[ bush | Bush ]] could justify his [[ pre-emptive_war | pre-emptive war ]], while at the same time turning the public's fear+anger over [[ september_11 | September 11 ]] onto Iraq, was to link Saddam with Al-Qaeda, the idea being that Saddam could potentially supply terrorists with [[ us_uk_wmd | WMD ]] with which they could then attack America. This section examines just how well he succeeded in putting forward this fancy. missing_link us_interventions_project 1998 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_1 false 1 ------ An comprehensive review by America's National Security Council - which advises Bush - concludes that there is no evidence of a noteworthy relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda. [[ http://epic-usa.org/resources/rpt.php?n=03 | Article ]] [[ http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2002/11/01/bushiraq021101 | Article ]] [[ http://pilger.carlton.com/print/130585 | Article ]] [[ http://www.scar.utoronto.ca/~msa/issues/Iraq/more_myths.htm | Article ]] [[ http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/wot/iraq/allegedtiestoalqaeda.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.brown.edu/Students/INDY/issues/110702/opinions/3.html | Article ]] ====== October 2001 atta_meeting false 1 ------ US officials claim that Mohammed Atta (one of the suspected [[ september_11 | Sept 11 ]] suicide hijackers) had two meetings with Iraqi intelligence officers in Prague in April. [[ http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/11/inv.atta.meetings/ | CNN Article ]] [[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/12/18/wirq18.xml | Article ]] [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2315967.stm | Article ]] [[ http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/2002Q4/war.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.htm | Article ]] ====== December 2001 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_3 false 1 ------ Czech police say they have no evidence of any such meeting ever occurring. [[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/12/18/wirq18.xml | Telegraph article ]] [[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/12/18/wirq18.xml | Article ]] [[ http://www.sourcedreporting.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=17&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 | Article ]] ====== December 2001 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_4 false 1 ------ CBS, after interviewing a CIA agent who debunked the report of the meeting, reports that '<i>Despite a lack of evidence that the meeting took place, the item was cited by administration officials as high as Vice President Dick Cheney and ended up being reported so widely that [[ misperception | two-thirds of Americans polled ]] by the Council on Foreign Relations believe Iraq was behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11.</i>'. [[ http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/2002Q4/war.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.sourcedreporting.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=17&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 | Article ]] ====== May 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_5 false 1 ------ The <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1961668.stm">BBC also concludes</a> that the meeting never took place, and that Atta was in Florida at the time of the alleged meeting. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1961668.stm | BBC article ]] [[ http://www.sourcedreporting.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=15&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0&POSTNUKESID=4b55a0cdfbff09410d42ce9bfaa990f9 | Article ]] ====== May 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_6 false 1 ------ [[ rumsfeld | Rumsfeld ]] claims '<i>There are al-Qaeda in a number of locations in Iraq</i>' receiving shelter from Saddam's regime, suggesting that the Administration is merely waiting to reveal ironclad evidence of the link between Saddam and the al-Qaeda. [[ http://europe.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/08/26/time.iraq/ | CNN Article ]] [[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/12/18/wirq18.xml | Article ]] [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2315967.stm | Article ]] [[ http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/2002Q4/war.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.htm | Article ]] [[ http://www.sourcedreporting.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=15&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0&POSTNUKESID=4b55a0cdfbff09410d42ce9bfaa990f9 | Article ]] ====== Sept 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_7 false 1 ------ [[ cheney | Cheney ]] and [[ rumsfeld | Rumsfeld ]] both claim to still 'accept reports from Czech diplomats' that the [[ atta_meeting | meeting ]] took place. [[ http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-09-16-intell_x.htm | USA Today article ]] ====== Feb 1, 2003 no_link false 1 ------ CIA complains that senior administration officials have exaggerated the significance of some intelligence reports about Iraq, particularly about its possible links to terrorism, in order to strengthen their political argument for war. FBI investigators are also baffled by the Bush administration's insistence on a solid link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden's network. '<i>We've been looking at this hard for more than a year and you know what, we just don't think it's there</i>' a government official said. [[ http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/02/international/middleeast/02INTE.html?ex=1044853200&en=b0a7399a9308374c&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE | NY Times article ]] [[ http://www.prospect.org/print/V13/22/dreyfuss-r.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/09/10/1031608245289.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-09-16-intell_x.htm | Article ]] ====== Feb 5, 2003 bbc_leak false 1 ------ BBC obtains a top-level report from British intelligence that states flatly that there are no current ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda. Blair <a href="http://news.findlaw.com/news/s/20030205/iraqbritainstrawdc.html">denies</a> having seen the report and continues to insist there are links. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2727471.stm | BBC article ]] [[ http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=376732 | Article ]] [[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,967548,00.html | Article ]] [[ http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=14486 | Article ]] ====== Feb 9, 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_10 false 1 ------ A 'terrorist chemicals and poisons factory' in Iraq, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/02/05/sprj.irq.powell.transcript/">presented</a> by Powell as evidence of a link between Saddam and Al Qaeda, is found to be nothing of the sort. It also lies outside the area controlled by Hussein, lying in the northern Kurdish region which is protected by US and British warplanes. It is run by the Islamic fundamentalist group Ansar al-Islam, which has a history of opposing the secular Hussein. [[ http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0209-09.htm | Guardian article ]] [[ http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0211-03.htm | Article ]] ====== Feb 13, 2003 laden_tape false 1 ------ Apparently getting desparate to invent the link, Colin Powell claims that a <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2751019.stm">tape</a> of Bin Laden, in which Bin Laden calls Saddam Hussein and his regime as infidels, is proof of a link between the al-Qaeda network and the Iraqi government, simply because Bin Laden calls for support of Iraq. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2751765.stm | BBC article ]] ====== July 23, 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_12 false 1 ------ The <a href="http://www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/creports/911.html">report</a> of the joint congressional inquiry into the suicide hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, reveals US intelligence had no evidence that the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks, or that it had supported al-Qaeda. [[ http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030723-064812-9491r | UPI article ]] [[ http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=6aa9e973ce69679a | Article ]] [[ http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2002_rpt/911rept.pdf | Article ]] ====== September 2003 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@3fff84_13 false 1 ------ Cheney still continues to bring up the long discredited Atta - Iraq link while suggesting links between Iraq and the Sept. 11 attacks. [[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14901-2003Sep28.html | Washington Post article ]] ------ Just three days following Cheney's most recent insinuations of a connection between Saddam and 9/11, Bush admits that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11, contrary to [[ misperception | popular belief ]]. The White House denies ever having claimed any Iraq-Sept. 11 links. [[ http://www.mediainfo.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1991322 | E&P article ]] [[ http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/6797311.htm | Article ]] ======