Friday, January 09, 2004

Powell: No Smoking Gun Showing Terrorist Ties: "The song remains the same. From NewsMax :
Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Thursday that he had seen no "smoking gun, concrete evidence" of ties between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida terror network, but insisted that Iraq had had dangerous weapons and needed to be disarmed by force.
At a State Department news conference, Powell disagreed with a private think tank report that maintained Iraq had not been an imminent threat to the United States. And the secretary defended the case he had made last February before the United Nations for a U.S.-led war to force Saddam from power.
"My presentation ... made it clear that we had seen some links and connections to terrorist organizations over time," Powell said. "I have not seen smoking gun, concrete evidence about the connection, but I think the possibility of such connections did exist and it was prudent to consider them at the time that we did."
Here's the link to the full text of the secretary's remarks at the Department of State.

In Command Post: Irak

Syria to Return $200 Million to Iraqis: "Syria plans to return to Iraq $200 million that Saddam Hussein had deposited in Syrian banks, President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday."

In New York Times: World Special

Top British Scientist: 'US climate policy bigger threat to world than terrorism' (9 Jan 04) in Radio Free USA

Military team seeking WMD pulled out of Iraq (9 Jan 04) in Radio Free USA

Florida's Harris Corp. Wins Iraqi Media Contract: "U.S. communications equipment makerHarris Corp. said on Thursday it won a $100 million contractfrom the Pentagon to transform Saddam Hussein's state-run mediainto a "world-class" news operation. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Troops Swoops on Tikrit in Iraqi 'Cleanup' Raid: "U.S. troops in Iraq raided houses andshops across Tikrit late on Thursday in an operation aimed atweeding out remaining resistance in the home town of formerPresident Saddam Hussein. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Threat overstated: "A new report by weapons proliferation experts at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace detail Bush's misrepresentation of the threat posed by Iraq's WMD. Researchers say no evidence of a threat existed strong enough to justify war."

In Alternet: War On Iraq

Norway shuts Cairo embassy over threats: "Norway temporarily closed its embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday because of an undisclosed terror threat, officials said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Memorials held for Egypt jet crash victims: "Weeping as they stared out to sea, families of the 148 people killed in a charter jet crash gathered Thursday at this Egyptian resort to see where their loved ones perished and bid them a painful farewell."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


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