Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Report Cast Doubt on Iraq-Al Qaeda Connection

HeadlineJun 23, 2003

The Washington Post has revealed that while President Bush publicly said last October there was a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, top secret intelligence reports circulating within the Administration at the time questioned any such link.

One still classified report, the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, represented the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community. The Post reports that it contained cautionary language about Iraq’s connections with al Qaeda. It also questioned the reliability of conflicting reports by Iraqi defectors and captured al Qaeda members.

But this cautionary report did not stop Bush in an Oct. 7 speech in Cincinnati from telling the country that Iraq posed an immediate threat because of its weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda. Four days later, Congress overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution granting the president authority to wage a preemptive war.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Top