Skip to comments.Mohammed Atta met Saddam prior to September 11: US official
Posted on 09/08/2002 7:36:33 AM PDT by HAL9000
MILAN, Sept 8 (AFP) - Mohammed Atta consulted Saddam Hussein prior to leading the suicide attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, according to Richard Perle, an advisor to the US defense secretary.
"Mohammed Atta met Saddam Hussein in Baghdad prior to September 11. We have proof of that, and we are sure he wasn't just there for a holiday," Perle told Italy's business daily "Il Sole 24 Ore".
"The meeting is one of the motives for an American attack on Iraq," added Perle, who is chairman of the Defense Policy Board and consultant to US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a leading advocate of an attack on Iraq.
"The main objective of the American administration is to avoid weapons of mass destruction falling into the wrong hands," said Perle.
No, up to now we need misdirection more than more public support. A few months ago the world community, perhaps even Saddam, was not convinced that we were committed to invasion.
We have the legal authority to invade right now. And we still have a narrow majority of public support.
We weren't ready to invade until now, needing satellite guided weapons replenishment, Afghan wrap up, special training, forward deployments of equipment, airstrip construction, vaccine restocking and the fall climate change. But we didn't want to over-forecast our intentions, certainly not almost a year in advance. One year of firm notice would have given Saddam more time to commit to more elaborate counter attacks, justifying them by our overt threats, and would have allowed international opposition time to ferment, more so than now.
At some point we will need to shift over and trade operational ambiguity for public support. Perhaps that time is now, to coincide with the 9/11 memorials.
But they didn't know if we were going to go through with it or be talked into some kind of compromise if the evidence against Iraq didn't materialize and opposition hardened. That's worth at least a forward deployed division and air-wing in operational effectiveness.
The fact remains that if there was any known meeting between Atta and Saddam the administration would be screaming this in the face of any reporter or potential coalition member they could find. Do you actually think they wouldn't have mentioned the small detail of Atta meets Saddam to the delegation from congress the other day? If it was mentioned do you think there would be one single member leaving that meeting with even the slightest reservation in regard to invading Iraq?
Somebody somewhere is hoping we're stupid, "leaking" this propagandic horseflop is beyond insulting.
Yahoo's AFP site is not very good - it is heavily censored. There are several better places to get AFP news available here
Sometimes, when I find an especially good news source, I don't publish the links to articles because those sites tend to cut off access when they attract too much attention. This has happened on some sites that carried Reuters and DPA - those are no longer available.
But I'm finding this particular AFP story on some Australian sites now - try here or here. On these sites, they list the source as the Australian Associated Press, but they are simply republishing the original AFP story.
Atta met al Ani in Prague. Hussein trains hijackers at Salman Pak. Atta was a hijacker.
Don't bet the house that Atta didn't travel to Baghdad.
Either that, or "deeply disappointed".
Indeed. Prior statements had Atta meeting with Iraqi Intelligence personnel in Europe. This is the first I have heard of a meeting in Iraq. But with Saddam?!! Wow!
I am reminded, however, that the earlier reports of Atta meeting with Iraqi agents were refuted, then downplayed, then re-stated. The whole thing was very murky. Could be problems with the confidence of intel. Very difficult to verify accounts, many axes to grind in that region, weakened intel structure during the Clinton administration.
Leads me to be hesitant to accept this revelation.
Now that I can believe!
Spain - abc.es
Netherlands - Telegraaf.nl
Australia - The Mercury
Australia - Courier-Mail
Australia - The Australian
Australia - Herald-Sun
Australia - Daily Telegraph
Australia - Sunday Times
You assume too much. Perhaps "yes" on both of your questions, too dynamic to review with this kind of contention.
I doubt it. No evidence of Iraqi deceit to date has convinced Daschele. His blind eye is the result of total dedication to partisan politics - any action against Iraq would redound to Bush's and the Republician's advantage - Daschle would sell the country down the river to prevent that happening.
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