Protest Cheney's latest contribution to the long string of lies used to justify the Iraq War by taking this easy click action from Working for Change, with backup from the Daily MisLeader. The death toll so far: US - 848, other "coalition" members - 117, estimated Iraqi dead - between 9436 and 11,317.
Since 9/11, VP Cheney has sought to convince Americans that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was linked to Al Qaida. The public bought it to the degree that many believed that Iraq was behind the 9/11 attack itself. Second only to the now disproved claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq - Al Qaida story was and still is essential to justifying our invasion of Iraq.
So far, all the evidence goes the other direction, yet Cheney keeps pushing his tale. And now he indicates that he has evidence not previously revealed to the 9/11 commission. If he does, he should reveal it immediately and let the experts and the public judge it. Frankly, in other times, withholding such evidence would be grounds for impeachment. If he does not have such evidence, he should stop making it up and resign. In the absence of evidence, Mr. Cheney falls back on the old ploy of simply attacking the press for questioning his unsupported claims and contradictions.
Take this easy click Action from Working for Change. It's a letter demanding Cheney either
1. provide any evidence he has that would show material links and coordination between Al Qaida and Iraq under Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 Commission
or 2. if he doesn't have such evidence, to resign.
For quotes and sources on this new package of Cheney baloney, read the following from the Daily MisLeader www.misleader.org:
Just days after the bipartisan 9/11 Commission acknowledged that there was "no credible evidence" to support the White House's pre-war assertions of an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, the Bush administration is now putting out "new evidence" that supposedly proves the claim. But as reported by newspapers around the country, senior U.S. intelligence officials say this "evidence" is false.
Days after Vice President Dick Cheney claimed he "probably" had more evidence than the 9/11 Commission to prove an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, Republican commissioner John Lehman said he was given "new intelligence" showing that "at least one officer of Saddam's Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, was a very prominent member of al Qaeda." But according to U.S. officials, intelligence experts are "highly skeptical that the Iraqi officer had any connection to al-Qaida." Newsday noted that the CIA concluded "a long time ago" that the individual in question "was not an officer in Saddam Hussein's army."
President Bush and Vice President Cheney have both continued to insist on an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, despite "senior U.S. officials now saying there never was any evidence that Saddam's secular police state and Osama bin Laden's Islamic terrorism network were in league." Members of the 9/11 Commission are formally calling on Cheney to provide any shred of proof to support his assertion last week that "the evidence is overwhelming" that the Iraqi government had a relationship with al Qaeda.
1. "9-11 panel finds 'no credible evidence' of link between al-Qaida and
Iraq", The Seattle Times, 6/17/2004,
2. Presidential Remarks, WhiteHouse.gov, 9/17/2003,
3. "Al Qaeda Link To Iraq May Be Confusion Over Names", Washington Post, 6/22/2004, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1260560&l=41727.
4. "Al-Qaida, Fedayeen militia tie disputed", AZCentral.com, 6/22/2004,
5. "Iraqi officer tied to al Qaeda", Reuters UK, 6/20/2004,
6. "Intelligence experts cast doubt on ties between Iraq, al-Qaida", Knight
Ridder, 6/21/2004, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1260560&l=41730.
7. "CIA: No Iraqi officer link in al-Qaida meeting", Newsday, 6/22/2004,
8. "Doubts Cast on Efforts to Link Saddam, al-Qaida", Common Dreams News
Center, 3/03/2004, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1260560&l=41732.
9. "Sept. 11 Panel Asks Cheney for Saddam-Al Qaeda Evidence", NPR: All Things Considered, 6/20/2004, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1260560&l=41733.
10. "Al-Qaida, Fedayeen militia tie disputed", AZCentral.com, 6/22/2004,