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Posted by Mark on July 13, 2004

The Terrorists Among Us

These are intercepts of cell phone conversations from just before the Madrid Bombings.

They influenced one election in a democracy. They are working on ours….



Mr. Ahmed said in an intercepted conversation on May 26, “The Madrid attack was my project, and those who died as martyrs were my dearest friends.”

“I was ready to blow myself up, but they stopped me, and we obey God’s will,” he said. “I had wanted a heavy burden, but I didn’t find the means. This plan cost me a lot of study and patience. It took me two and a half years.”

In a conversation on June 4 in which Mr. Ahmed was wooing Mr. Ragheh into becoming a suicide bomber, Mr. Ragheh posed for the photograph that was to be distributed after his martyrdom.

“Come a little closer,” Mr. Ahmed said. “Stop, move just a little. Like this it will be a marvelous day, with your face illuminated. You have a light around your face. It’s not artificial. It’s a luminous light that will never leave your body.”

Mr. Ahmed told his young charge that he listened to soothing cassette tapes of martyrdom continuously, and told him to do the same.

“They will make everything easier when you feel them enter your body,” he said, explaining that a suicide mission “takes five minutes, and then everything blows up.”


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Posted by Mark on July 13, 2004

And meanwhile, another look at the The Senate Intelligence Report



“The Committee did not find any evidence that Administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities.”

So reads Conclusion 83 of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. The Committee likewise found no evidence of pressure to link Iraq to al Qaeda. So it appears that some of the claims about WMD used by the Bush Administration and others to argue for war in Iraq were mistaken because they were based on erroneous information provided by the CIA.

A few apologies would seem to be in order. Allegations of lying or misleading the nation to war are about the most serious charge that can be leveled against a President. But according to this unanimous study, signed by Jay Rockefeller and seven other Democrats, those frequent charges from prominent Democrats and the media are without merit.

Or to put it more directly, if President Bush was “lying” about WMD, then so was Mr. Rockefeller when he relied on CIA evidence to claim in October 2002 that Saddam Hussein’s weapons “pose a very real threat to America.” Also lying at the time were John Kerry, John Edwards, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and so on. Yet Mr. Rockefeller is still suggesting on the talk shows, based on nothing but inference and innuendo, that there was undue political Bush “pressure” on CIA analysts.

One more thing: I am not convinced this Senate report is the final word on the subject of WMDs. But what the report does in no uncertain terms is take the “Bush lied” mantra off the table.

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Posted by Mark on July 13, 2004

More Moore Deceit

I’ve made a tough decision. I’ve decided NOT to see Mr. Moore’s propaganda peice. I can’t morally pay the money, and can’t bring myself to sneak in after paying to see Dodgeball.

Perhaps when it hits DVD, I’ll sit down with it, Bowling for Columbine, a couple of Goebbel’s films (Joseph, not George)from the 30’s and a big bowl of pepto bismol,er, I mean popcorn.

After the election.

While I’m watching replays of Kerry Edwards’ concession speech….

On CNN.

While the Media cries….

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