Thursday, March 23, 2006
News Media Covering Up for Bush Again
Even when reporting that Bush and the CIA knew Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction because the Iragi foreign minister "relayed information about Saddam’s actual capabilities", the so-called liberal media provide cover for Bush:
In the period before the Iraq war, the CIA and the Bush administration erroneously believed that Saddam Hussein was hiding major programs for weapons of mass destruction. Now NBC News has learned that for a short time the CIA had contact with a secret source at the highest levels within Saddam Hussein’s government, who gave them information far more accurate than what they believed. It is a spy story that has never been told before, and raises new questions about prewar intelligence. What makes the story significant is the high rank of the source. His name, officials tell NBC News, was Naji Sabri, Iraq’s foreign minister under Saddam. [...] Intelligence sources say that in a New York hotel room, CIA officers met with an intermediary who represented Sabri. All discussions between Sabri and the CIA were conducted through a "cutout," or third party. Through the intermediary, intelligence sources say, the CIA paid Sabri more than $100,000 in what was, essentially, "good-faith money." And for his part, Sabri, again through the intermediary, relayed information about Saddam’s actual capabilities.This report goes on to Sabri provided information that showed Saddam didn't have the weapons capability to be any kind of serious threat. But instead of asking the obvious question — "Why did Bush keep saying Saddam had WMD when such an important source confirmed that he didn't?" — Aram Roston, Lisa Myers, and the NBC Investigative Unit spin their wheels on "Bush believed the WMD existed." The wonder is that anybody still believes the U.S. news media.
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