Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and September 11

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On Monday, Vice President Cheney said that Saddam Hussein -had long established ties with al Qaeda,- and a recent poll shows that 57 percent of Americans agree, including President Bush, who yesterday backed Cheney up. But today, the staff of the 9-11 Investigating Commission is throwing cold water on those claims. It turns out that Osama bin Laden asked to establish training camps in Iraq, but never got an answer; the terrorists were in constant communication by e-mail and cell phone, and they planned a much bigger assault than the one they finally pulled off. We hear the 9-11 Commission's latest revelations about how the US was attacked, and how much worse it might have been. Warren Olney leads speaks with journalists, former CIA operatives, experts on terrorism and homeland security, and a member of a commission that studied the terrorist threat before 9-11.
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Christian Science Monitor arcticle on latest attack on Iraqi oil pipeline

9-11 Commission, 12th Hearing of the

Heritage Foundation's event on how al Qaeda-Saddam Hussein collaboration has endangered America

Newsweek Poll on Iraq

Marc Sageman's Understanding Terror Networks

Los Angeles Times article on retired officials opposing President Bush's foreign policy



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