Tin Hat Not RequiredOn the heels of Sen. Murtha and the pathetic denials by the Bush Administration's position that our Democrats had access to all the intel regarding the Rich Man's Quagmire In Iraq comes the following from Murray Waas:
Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for the CIA assessment, the PDB of September 21, 2001, and dozens of other PDBs as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into whether the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence information in the run-up to war with Iraq. The Bush administration has refused to turn over these documents.
Indeed, the existence of the September 21 PDB was not disclosed to the Intelligence Committee until the summer of 2004, according to congressional sources. Both Republicans and Democrats requested then that it be turned over. The administration has refused to provide it, even on a classified basis, and won't say anything more about it other than to acknowledge that it exists.
And to think that just a few short years ago, the rightwingers were spouting off about how the suggestion that Bush and the NeoCon-artists djinned up all this shit regarding Iraq was just a "tin hat conspiracy theory among leftist moonbats still sore about losing two elections". Welp, the conspiracy is unraveling and tin hats aren't required. The good news is -- barring any further Fitzgerald indictments that may lead to impeachments (or fatal heart attacks, in Cheney's case) -- we get to watch the rightwingers squirm over their ninnyboy winning the last election for the next three long years (but, of course, it's the only ammount of Schadenfreude we can permit ourselves).