By John Solomom, AP, appearing in Washington Post
It's a good day for those who concern themselves with truth over scandals. WaPo has provided a link to the original documents from the Foreign Military Studies Office today - documents that Bush has been striving to get released via Negroponte for months that may reveal the fate of the elusive WMDs and links between Saddam and AQ.
There's alot of reading here to be done. But the first one that caught my eye was in a new group of declassified AQ documents. a correspondence from Al-Jihad Qaida to UAE officials in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, threatening the nation for their detaining of Mujahideens.
NOTE... this letter was dated 14th May/June 2002. Before the US Coalitions castration of Saddam in Baghdad, and post 911.
All in all, it's safe to say that it's not a good day for the naysayers on the ports deal and their vocal "distrust" of the UAE, eh? Turns out they too were the subject of AQ threats for their help in the WOT and were, in fact, cooperating with the fight against AQ.
We have come to know definitely that the Emirate country is committing acts of injustice against the striving youth of the Emirates and others who sympathize with us in order to appease the Americans’ wishes which include: spying,
persecution, and detainments.
The United Emirates authorities have recently detained a number of Mujahideen and handed them over to suppressive organizations in their country in addition to having a number of them still in its custody. Undoubtedly, these practices bring the country into a fighting ring in which it cannot endure or escape from its consequences especially since the Emirates’ social composition is the most productive, and very explosive.
You are well aware that we have infiltrated your security, censorship, and monetary agencies along with other agencies that should not be mentioned. Therefore, we warn of the continuation of practicing such policies, which do not serve your interests and will only cost you many problems that will place you in an embarrassing state before your citizens. In addition, it will prove your agencies’ immobility and failure. Also, we are confident that you are fully aware that your agencies will not get to the same high level of your American Lords. Furthermore, your intelligence will not be cleverer than theirs, and your censorship capabilities are not worth much against what they have reached. In spite of all this Allah has granted us success to get even with them and harm them.
However, you are an easier target than them; your homeland is exposed to us. There are many vital interests that will hurt you if we decided to harm them, especially, since you relyon shameless tourism in your economical income!! Finally, our policies are not to operate in your homeland and/or tamper with your security because we are occupied with others which we consider are enemies of this nation. If you compel us to do so, we are prepared to postpone our program for a short period and allocate some time for you.
Therefore, we ask you to release all the Mujahideen detainees since September
Another document, still untranslated from Arabic in it's release, is one that documents the confirmed presence of an AQ terrorist group in Iraq, including photos and names. It's no surprise that one of the photos included in the doc is that of Zarqawi, who we knew was in Iraq prior to the Afghanistan conflict. In fact, we know Zarqawi was there since 1998. Yet this is the first time that Zarqawi was linked with AQ officially - at least enough so to slam dunk the partisan parsing of words by those who refused to link him prior to his own declaration after 2003. DOH.... another "no connection between Saddam and AQ" argument shot to hell...
Yet another untranslated document deals with "for procedures to follow in the event of UN visits." It takes alot of organization to send inspectors on their merry chases.
Despite the fact that the WMD is an unfinished mystery novel, the press continues to parrot the "no WMD's" mantra. As AP wannabe-reporter, DEB RIECHMANN says in her story today INRE Bush's newly released 49-page national security report...
The latest report makes it clear Bush hasn't changed his mind, even though no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.
Uh.... someone may want to ramp Ms. Deb up to speed on the news, tho it may conflict with her editorializing.
If you're like me and tired of the media generated scandal hunt, this will be a welcomed story to be followed as it unfolds.