Monday, July 12, 2004

The New York Times > Final 9/11 Report Is Said to Dismiss Iraq-Qaeda Alliance

The New York Times > Washington > Final 9/11 Report Is Said to Dismiss Iraq-Qaeda Alliance:
"'We don't need to point fingers in our report, because people will be able to judge the facts for themselves,' said John F. Lehman, a Republican commissioner who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration.

Mr. Lehman has said that he expects the commission's work to result in 'revolutionary' changes in the government's intelligence community. 'The editorializing has shrunk and shrunk and shrunk as the facts before us have expanded and expanded and expanded,' he said.

Timothy J. Roemer, a Democratic commissioner who is a former House member from Indiana, said he expected the final report to be unanimous and to call for 'dynamic and dramatic changes in the intelligence community - changes in tradecraft and also nuts-and-bolts changes.'

The panel's staff created controversy last month with an interim report that largely discounted theories about close ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda, another major justification cited by the Bush administration for invading Iraq.

The staff report found that there was 'no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States' and that repeated contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda 'do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship.' "

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