Is THIS the Real Smoking Gun for 9/11?

Holy Smokes. Buried in Melanie Phillips’s post titled “The Big Lie” is a real shocker:

*Item: The Sunday Telegraph’s Con Coughlin, Saddam’s biographer, got hold of a top secret memo made available by Iraq’s interim government which explicitly linked Saddam’s regime to Mohammed Atta, the terrorist mastermind behind 9/11, and the Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal. Written to Saddam by the former head of Iraq’s intelligence service, it contained the following incendiary passage:

‘Mohammed Atta, an Egyptian national, came with Abu Ammer (an Arabic nom-de-guerre - his real identity is unknown) and we hosted him in Abu Nidal’s house at al-Dora under our direct supervision. We arranged a work programme for him for three days with a team dedicated to working with him . . . He displayed extraordinary effort and showed a firm commitment to lead the team which will be responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy’.

Note the date: July 1 2001. Note the phrases ‘the targets that we have agreed to destroy’ and ‘under our direct supervision’. Note also the following:

‘The second item contains a report of how Iraqi intelligence, helped by “a small team from the al-Qaeda organisation”, arranged for an (unspecified) shipment from Niger to reach Baghdad by way of Libya and Syria’. (See post Dec 15 2003)

Why hasn’t this been broadcast far and wide? Is the Smirking Evil Genius Chimp McHalliburton just waiting for the right time to unfairly use this against his righteous Democratic opposition? Has anyone else seen this Con Coughlin secret memo, or is Downing Street 2: Revenge of the Bush?

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    I’ll Wait for the Movie of the Week Version

    Jen has an interesting book title in mind-”Buffaloienne”, anyone? Sorry, it’s not new, been done, been done eight ways from Sunday with jalapenos and industrial grade lubricant, and has been rode hard and put up wet.

    But Jen does point to an interesting publisher who seems ready and able to print book versions of websites. Interesting, but not for everyone. Lileks? Sure, but the man’s an author already. His prose is already tight, well-written, and properly erudite. (Great, now I owe Mr. Strunk 50 cents!) Making a book out of Lileks’ Bleats and Screeds is natural. This blog? Not so much.

    What next? .mp3 downloads of the author reading the blog to you? How about a DVD of someone scrolling text, clicking links, maybe even making a blog post? [Ed. We gotta save something for the special edition!] It seems to me that the bloggers who already have access to publishers (Lileks, Reynolds, etc) are good writers- good enough for their words to be stained into wood pulp. Those excellent bloggers who were not published prior to blogging (Whittle,Ott, et al) quickly found publishers willing to slay trees for their brilliance. Those of us who tirelessly toil away in this digital wasteland, digging for filthy lucre probably shouldn’t have book, movie, record, or action figure deals until we “perfect our craft”. Now can we all visit the vanity publisher and get our dead tree filled with our brilliance? Me first! Me! Me!

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    This Can’t Be, Can It?

    This is just crazy talk, right? via Lileks.

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    Military Approves Bush’s Speech

    …case closed:

    It remains to be seen whether Bush’s speech resonated with an American public that polls show is increasingly dubious about the direction and human cost of the more than two-year-old war.

    Some 2,500 miles from where Bush spoke to the troops, the president’s photograph hung on a wall at Beachcomber Barbershop in Oceanside, Calif., while Marines from Camp Pendleton got their hair cut and listened to the speech.

    Cpl. James Anderson, 22, said he welcomed Bush’s refusal to set a timetable.

    “Like any Marine, you do the job until it’s done. You don’t just do it halfway and leave,” said Anderson, a Houston native who said he is scheduled to leave for Iraq soon.

    Fellow Houston native Cpl. Chase Krebb, 22, agreed.

    “I’m a Marine. That’s why I joined, to do this stuff, to serve and protect,” Krebb said.

    Thirty-five miles west of Chicago, in Elgin, Ill., Marine Staff Sgt. Shawn Doty watched Bush’s speech in his basement with his wife and their two children.

    “He hit everything. They knew what they were doing with that speech,” said Doty, a 30-year-old reservist and radio technician who returned to Illinois in April after a six-month tour in Iraq.

    “They need freedom as much as anybody else,” Jen Doty said. “If that means sending our men over there, then that’s what we have to do.”

    Memo to the left wingnuts who’ve been telling those who believe in the war (as an alternative to just leaving Saddam in power) that the chickenhawks need to join the military: it’s good to see that so many servicemembers and their families see the war as the president does. Now won’t you wackjobs please shut up?

    (N.B. Yes, I saw the one quote from the family who didn’t want their daughters going back to Iraq. But if one servicemember and her mom were the best the AP folks could do, you have to think that the military community is overwhelmingly supportive of the mission in Iraq.)

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    Finally, the President Speaks

    From the prime time address:

    The principal task of our military is to find and defeat the terrorists ? and that is why we are on the offense. And as we pursue the terrorists, our military is helping to train Iraqi Security Forces so that they can defend their people and fight the enemy on their own. Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down.

    I recognize that Americans want our troops to come home as quickly as possible. So do I. Some contend that we should set a deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces. Let me explain why that would be a serious mistake. Setting an artificial timetable would send the wrong message to the Iraqis ? who need to know that America will not leave before the job is done. It would send the wrong message to our troops ? who need to know that we are serious about completing the mission they are risking their lives to achieve. And it would send the wrong message to the enemy ? who would know that all they have to do is to wait us out. We will stay in Iraq as long as we are needed ? and not a day longer.

    We have more work to do, and there will be tough moments that test America?s resolve. We are fighting against men with blind hatred ? and armed with lethal weapons ? who are capable of any atrocity. They wear no uniform; they respect no laws of warfare or morality. They take innocent lives to create chaos for the cameras. They are trying to shake our will in Iraq ? just as they tried to shake our will on September 11, 2001. They will fail. The terrorists do not understand America. The American people do not falter under threat ? and we will not allow our future to be determined by car bombers and assassins.

    America has done difficult work before. From our desperate fight for independence, to the darkest days of a Civil War, to the hard-fought battles against tyranny in the 20th Century, there were many chances to lose our heart, our nerve, or our way. But Americans have always held firm, because we have always believed in certain truths. We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us again. We know that when the work is hard, the proper response is not retreat, it is courage. And we know that this great ideal of human freedom is entrusted to us in a special way ? and that the ideal of liberty is worth defending.

    After September 11, 2001, I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult ? and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult. And we are prevailing. Our enemies are brutal ? but they are no match for the United States of America ? and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military.

    OK, OK, I know people are going to scream about the 9/11 references. But 9/11 happened. I know I can still feel the echoes of how I felt that day. “Have you forgotten?” is more than the name of a sentimental patriotic country song. But honestly, can you imagine a world where the Twin Towers stand AND where we’ve toppled Saddam Hussein’s Iraq? I can’t. Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush sure couldn’t.

    Some say this country’s just out lookin’ for a fight,
    After 9/11, man, I’d have to say that’s right…

    The point made more eloquently by George W. Bush is that we don’t have a choice to ignore the Islamofascists. Mussolini never attacked the US, of course. And he went down before Germany.

    Enemies that collaborate, cooperate, and conspire must be defeated together. Blindly fighting Hitler and the Japanese while ignoring “innocent” Italy was just not an option in World War II. Similarly, routing the Taliban and leaving the Mullahs of Iran and Saddam in Iraq to plot more destruction isn’t an option either. Saddam was the easier target, therefore he got the axe first.

    Overall, it’s baffling why the president took so long to speak to the American people. I only hope they heard what he had to say.

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    LBJ Invented the Internet

    Jeff Jarvis quotes a LBJ speech:

    I believe the time has come to stake another claim in the name of all the people, stake a claim based upon the combined resources of communications. I believe the time has come to enlist the computer and the satellite, as well as television and radio, and to enlist them in the cause of education.

    So I think we must consider new ways to build a great network for knowledge-not just a broadcast system, but one that employs every means of sending and of storing information that the individual can rise.
    Think of the lives that this would change:
    –the student in a small college could tap the resources of a great university.
    –the country doctor getting help from a distant laboratory or a teaching hospital;
    –a scholar in Atlanta might draw instantly on a library in New York;
    –a famous teacher could reach with ideas and inspirations into some far-off classroom, so that no child need be neglected.
    Eventually, I think this electronic knowledge bank could be as valuable as the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Success has many fathers, and while it does not seem this speech (on the occasion of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967) has a lot of relevance to the DARPA project that gave birth to the embryonic internet in 1969, LBJ should be praised for envisioning the benefits of just such a system. What was a fanciful dream in 1967 is commonplace now, in 2005.

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    RINO Sightings

    This week’s RINO sightings roundup is hosted by Say Uncle.

    Good work, Uncle! As to the logo kerfuffle, for what it’s worth, it looks similar but not a rip-off. What’s a Raging RINO, you ask? Find out here and check out all the Raging RINOs .

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    Give This Man a Hand!

    Ugh. Sorry ’bout that.

    Amputee Handles Eggs with Prosthetic Arm:

    Sullivan’s prosthetic has a computer in the forearm that is wired to a mechanical hand and to a “plunger” device on his chest. The hand sends signals up the wires to the plunger, which pushes the skin. That stimulates the nerves in his chest to transmit sensations to the brain as if the nerves were still connected to his real hand.
    Last week, when Kuiken touched a spot on Sullivan’s chest he said: “Oh, that’s right between the finger and thumb on the back side of the hand.”

    Sullivan’s brain interprets the signal as coming from the prosthetic hand.

    “The first time I put this on, it was a feeling that’s hard to explain,” Sullivan said. “It lifts you up and gives you hope.”

    Too cool. Jesse Sullivan hopes to go fishing- with two of these prosthetics. Let’s hope they’re bitin’…

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    Art of Politics returns…

    Rested and ready from a long blogation:

    The last couple months have felt like the long deep breath before the plunge. As great effort is expended on rather small things, I’ve felt disinclined to take part in discussions without great merit. The great evil of our times lies dormant now, as we worry about freakish black men who dress like Captain Crunch or fillibustering circuit court nominees, or whether a UN that is in desperate need of hard charging housecleaning can tolerate a hard charging housecleaner. I worry that these are the days we will forget when that great challenge of our times awakens. Terrorism and the wars against the West will not forever sleep.

    I have the same foreboding sense of big changes. Is it a Chinese military attack, or economic / political upheaval, or what? There just seems to be a wrongness in the fabric of space- respectable Senators slander our military, the conservative Supreme Court endorses state confiscation of private property- to be given to other private entities, Bush is just sitting there letting all the punches land square on. (Is he Rocky? Cause I don’t hear “Eye of the Tiger”.)

    It’s not like I have this great devotion for George W. Bush. I think his domestic agenda, by and large is either ill-advised or ineffective. But he’s the guy now and it has always seemed like he got the bigger picture. What do you think? Is there light at the end of the tunnel or is that an oncoming freight train? I’m hoping the former, but starting to give the latter some serious thought…

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    UFO Guide - Silly Sunday

    Serendipity- I had just been wondering what to do when I saw my next alien spacecraft!

    Ten Things to Do When You Spot a UFO:

    1. The No. 1 thing to remember is REMAIN CALM! But protect yourself from any hazards real or perceived. Be prepared to take evasive (but not aggressive) action to get out of its way. Remember: You might be witnessing the event of a lifetime and will want to remember every detail. You can’t do that if you are hysterical.

    6. If the UFO left some trace of its presence behind, do not disturb the area around it, and restrict access to the site (it’s not a crime anymore; it’s now a crime scene). Photograph the area around the site before you enter the area, and make note of the exact position of everything. Take close-up photos or videotape the evidence before touching it. Remember: You don’t know what you’re touching, where it came from or what type of hazards might be associated with it.

    9. Should you encounter some type of extraterrestrial being associated with the craft, be prepared to take evasive action to protect yourself. From a safe distance, in a concealed position, photograph or videotape the being. If you are unable to safely get photos of the being, draw it and write down a description as soon as it is safe to do so.

    #6 is my favorite. You don’t just commit a crime by seeing the alien spacecraft, but you are now responsible for the crime scene. And I love “Document everything before you touch it,” in case you don’t last too long after touching the alien goo.

    It’s almost as if these guys haven’t watched any SCI-FI movies.

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