Who's Lying?


In today's Voice of America, news about Dick:
Cheney Differs with 9/11 Commission on Iraq, Al-Qaida Connection

WASHINGTON -- ...In an interview with CNBC television, Vice President Cheney repeated his assertion that the ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida were substantial.

"There clearly was a relationship. It has been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming," he said. "It goes back to the early 90s. It involves a whole series of high level contacts between Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."

That view conflicts with the findings of the independent, bipartisan commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks.. In a report released this week, the 9/11 panel said there were contacts between Iraqi officials and al-Qaida operatives prior to 2001. But commission staff member Douglas MacEachin, a former CIA official, said the two parties never really established a working relationship.

"There have been reports of contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida (that) also occurred after bin Laden returned to Afghanistan, but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship," he said. "And two senior bin Laden associates have adamantly denied any ties existed between al-Qaida and Iraq and so far we have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated on attacks against the United States."
So who is telling the truth? A former CIA official, or a guy whose company has been caught robbing the military in already bloated contracts in a war fought under deeply suspicious circumstances? Just want to make sure.