The Dallas Morning News joins the chorus of lies
In a June 17th front page article, entitled "Both coasts originally targeted; link between al-Qaeda, Iraq rejected", the Dallas Morning News printed outright lies, joining many other media outlets in a campaign of deceipt. The article reads, in part, "And, in a conclusion that could prove damaging to the Bush administration, the panel rejected long-standing assertions of ties between al-Qaeda and Sadaam Hussein." Incredibly, in the very next paragraph, the News proves it has lied by quoting the commission directly - "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda cooperated in attacks against the United States."
There is a vast difference between no "ties between al-Qaeda and Sadaam Hussein" and "no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda cooperated in attacks on the United States." If the News, or any of the media, cared about the truth, they would see and point out that difference, but alas, no such conscience can be found in the modern media. In fact, the commission not only found ties between al-Qaeda and Sadaam, they documented several meetings between bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials, as well as ongoing contacts and overtures between the two parties. The News completely ignores those findings and then rephrases the commissions true findings to fit their agenda.
Even more telling is the complete silence of the entire American media regarding the intelligence memo, a copy of which is in the possession of the London Telegraph, which places Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 9-11 attacks, in Baghdad, just two months before the 9-11 outrage, meeting with the head of the Mukhabarat. The memo discussed Atta's meeting with Habbush and stated that Atta had demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be (and I'm quoting the memo here) "responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy". One has to wonder why both the American media and the 9-11 Commission have ignored this memo, publicized in the London Telegraph over six months ago!