Helllooooo 9/11 Commission??!!?? Are you there? McFly???!!!
(Hat tip: Chad @ Cake Or Death?)
Via Ace of Spades:
SADDAM HUSSEIN’S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq.
An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support–temporarily, it seems–after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group.
The fax comes from the vast collection of documents recovered in postwar Afghanistan and Iraq. Up to this point, those materials have been kept from the American public. Now the proverbial dam has broken. On March 16, the U.S. government posted on the web 9 documents captured in Iraq, as well as 28 al Qaeda documents that had been released in February. Earlier last week, Foreign Affairs magazine published a lengthy article based on a review of 700 Iraqi documents by analysts with the Institute for Defense Analysis and the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
This news, combined with this news (and much more to come) makes me ask: “Hey Democrats… do you still wanna have that special Congressional hearing about the justification for going into Iraq in a post-9/11 world?”
Why on earth the Bush Administration hasn’t declassified and/or translated these documents before now is mindboggling. I mean for heaven’s sake this material could be used in some kind of International War Tribunal to make sure Saddam meets his lover in Hell once and for all.
(UPDATE – Roger Simon has some disappointing news on this front…. ughhhhh!)
And, I repeat my request that the deep pocketed mainstream media outlets pay people to translate these smoking guns at a faster pace. But that would mean that the Mary Mapes crowd actually believes in discovering the truth.