CIA and FBI Counter-Terrorism Officials: Cheney Lied About 9/11 Hijacker
by George Washington
In Another Major Lie
knew that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction (update
that he lied about 9/11.
that these two facts are intertwined:
was then an FBI counter-terrorism agent detailed to the CIA. He
was assigned the task of evaluating a Czech intelligence report
that Mohammed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker, had met with an Iraqi
intelligence agent in Prague before the attack on the World Trade
invoked the report as evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11. “It’s
been pretty well confirmed that he [Atta] did go to Prague and
he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service
in Czechoslovakia last April,” Cheney said on Meet the Press
on Dec. 9, 2001.
But the evidence
used to support the claim–a supposed photograph of Atta in Prague
the day of the alleged meeting had already been debunked
by Rossini. He analyzed the photo and immediately saw
it was bogus: the picture of the Czech “Atta” looked nothing like
the real terrorist. It was a conclusion he relayed up
the chain, assuming he had put the matter to rest.
Then he heard
Cheney endorsing the discredited report on national television.
“I remember looking at the TV screen and saying, ‘What did I just
hear?’ And I–first time in my life, I actually threw something
at the television because I couldn’t believe what I just heard,”
MSNBC an example in an interview for the documentary Hubris:
Atta was a sleight guy … barely 5’5 or 5’6,
and skinny. The guy in the photograph was muscular, thick, and
had a neck like the size of two of my necks. And I thought, “that’s
not Mohammed Atta in the photograph!” But I sent it to the
lab anyway, knowing that would put it to rest.
U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue
said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
demanded that the interrogators find evidence of al Qaida-Iraq
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