Oh….THAT Senate Intelligence Report
Seems the media is having a field day jumping at every opportunity to call Bush a liar and a murderer. But while they’re busy trying to scoop each other with the latest gossip about postponing elections, conspiracies and theories about disenfranchisement, here’s what ELSE the recently released Senate Intelligence Report said.
In Iraqi Support for Terrorism, the CIA provided the following summary:
Iraq continues to be a safehaven, transit point, or operational node for groups and individuals who direct violence against the United States, Israel, and other allies. Iraq has a long history of supporting terrorism. During the last four decades, it has altered its targets to reflect changing priorities and goals. It continues to harbor and sustain a number of smaller anti-Israel terrorist groups and to actively encourage violence against Israel. Regarding the Iraq-al-Qaida relationship, reporting from sources of varying reliability points to a number of contacts, incidents of training, and discussion of Iraqi safehaven for Usama bin Ladin and his organization dating from the early 1990s.
source: page 314, section G, sub (U)
The CIA assessed that “Saddam is Most Likely to Use the IIS (Iraqi Intelligence Service) in Any Planned Terrorist Attack.”
(X) One of the strongest links identified by the CIA between the Iraqi regime and terrorist activities was the history of IIS involvement in training, planning, and conducting terrorist operations. Beginning before the 1991 Gulf War, intelligence reports and public records documented that Saddam Hussein used IIS operatives to plan and attempt terrorist attacks. The CIA provided 78 reports, from multiple sources, [redacted] documenting instances in which the Iraqi regime either trained operatives for attacks or dispatched them to carry out attacks.
“…Baghdad in late 1990 was training [more than 1000] Iraqis in camps southeast of Baghdad to conduct terrorist attacks on US and other coalition targets.”
source: page 315, section H, sub (U)
…Baghdad maintains close and overt ties to several Palestinian terrorist groups and with the Iraq-based Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).
The intelligence reporting relied on by the CIA in drafting this assessment in Iraqi Supprt for Terrorism indicated that the Iraqi regime had directly supported several Palestinian terrorist groups and permitted many of these groups to operate within Iraq. The CIA provided a total of 53 reports detailing the Iraqi regime’s interaction with Palestinian groups.
…saying that Iraq paid a total of $10-15 million to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.
…During the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein enlisted the aid of the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF) to attempt terrorist attacks. The PLF, most famous for the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, and after 1990 when the PLF headquarters was established in Baghdad, relied wholly on Iraq for financial support and training. … the leader of the PLF, Abu Abbas remained in close contact with the regime.
Source: page 317, section I, sub (U)
The CIA provided seven reports on Iraq-Hamas ties. One foreign government service reported that Iraqi officials were meeting with Hamas representatives. The CIA provided two Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) reports in which Hamas leader Abd-al-Aziz al-Rantisi called upon Iraq to use “martyrdom” operations against the U.S.
Source: page 320
…Abu Zubaydah indicated that he had heard that an important al-Qaida associate, Abu Mus’ab al-Qarqawi, and others had good relationships with Iraqi intelligence.
Source: page 324
Saddam Husayn and Usama Bin Ladin are far from being natural partners, yet intelligence reports during the last decade point to various Iraq-al-Qaida contacts through high-level and third-party intermediaries….
We have reporting from reliable clandestine and press sources that [redacted] direct meetings between senior Iraqi representatives and top al-Qaida operatives took place from the early 1990s to the present.
Source: page 326, Section M
DCI’s September 17, 2002, testimony to the Committee:
There is evidence that Iraq provided al-Qaida with various kinds of training - combat, bomb-making, and [chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear] CBRN. Although Saddam did not endorse al-Qaida’s overall agenda and was suspicious of Islamist movements in general, he was apparently not averse, under certain circumstaances, to enhancing bin Ladin’s operational capabilities.
Source: page 329
A CTC operational summary from April 13, 1999, notes four other intelligence reports mentioning Saddam Hussein’s standing offer of safehaven to Usama bin Ladin.
Source: page 335
Iraqi Links to Terrorism Conclusions:
The CIA’s assessment that Iraq had maintained ties to several secular Palestinian terrorist groups and with the Mujahidin e-Khalq was supported by the intelligence. The CIA was also reasonable in judging that Iraq appeared to have been reaching out to more effective terrorist groups, such as Hizballah and Hamas…
The CIA’s examination of contacts, training, safehaven and operational cooperation as indicators of a possible Iraq-al-Qaida relationship was a reasonable and objective approach to the question.
The CIA’s assessment of safehaven - that al-Qaida or associated operatives were present in Baghdad … was reasonable.
Source: page 345
We’re in a War On Terror. It was started by the terrorists, but we will end it. The Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that Iraq was a supporter of terrorism, provider for terrorists and a terror nation in and of itself. That’s really all the justification that was needed to go in and make some changes. Period.