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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Smoking Cannon Found in Iraqi Documents

It's the least heralded example of the Blogosphere's power to focus the wisdom of crowds on a particular problem - the slowly progressing process of translation of those thousands of Saddam Hussein regime documents captured by U.S. forces during the 2003 invasion, and the efforts of dedicated bloggers who are reading the documents in search of the "nuggets" about which the Bush Administration, the MSM and Members of Congress apparently have no interest.

Well, guess what? One of those documents reviewed by milblogger Fix 4 RSO is an internal Iraqi intelligence memo that includes this:

"1. Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban Group in Afghanistan were in touch with the Iraqis and that group of the Talibans and Osama Bin Laden had visited Iraq.
"2. The United States of America has evidence that the Iraqi government and Osama Bin Laden’s group expressed cooperation among themselves in bombing targets in American.
"3. In case Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban were proven to have been involved in carrying out these terrorist operations, it could be possible that the United Stated will attack both Iraq and Afghanistan.
"4. The Afghani consul heard about the connection between the Iraqis and the Osama Bin Laden group during his stay in Iran."

In other words, here's what appears to be concrete proof that Saddam Hussein was indeed workiing with Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban, just as President Bush has maintained since soon after 9/11.

The document was translated by the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Studies Office Joint Reserve Intelligence Center at Ft. Leavenworth. Here's a screen shot of Fix 4 RSO's post on the document:

The most amazing aspect of this document, however, is not that it seem to clearly connect the dots in the case for the administration's claim about Osama's links to Iraq, but the fact that it was made public two months ago and yet have you heard of it?

Did you read about it in the MSM? Did President Bush hold it up in a press conference and challenge David Gregory to refute it? Has anybody in Congress even bothered to read it?

Maybe the document doesn't really say what it appears to say, but we'll never know for sure one way or the other as long as officials and the MSM continue to ignore those thousands of documents being translated out in Kansas, especially this particular document.