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Not a Smoking Gun?

Tuesday, 18 September 2001 12:00 AM

CBS News's Jim Stewart broke this story - which was soon reported on CNN, Fox News, ABC and MSNBC.

Clearly someone inside our intelligence community wanted this story out there.

The administration immediately rushed to counter this leak by saying, "it is not a smoking gun."

Why this back-and-forth?

Let us review:

On the day of the attacks, the U.S. government intentionally leaked that it "was 90 percent certain that Osama bin Laden was responsible." An awfully quick verdict, don't you think? If it was "90 percent certain" right

Bin Laden is already under indictment for other bombings - so it is no stretch to think he may be involved in this one.

But not a word of Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

Then, on Sunday's "Meet the Press," Tim Russert asked Vice President Dick Cheney if there was any evidence linking Saddam to this bombing. The veep shook his head and definitely said, "No, not to this point."

Tuesday - about 48 hours later - someone

This indicates

Clearly there are forces inside the CIA, NSA and Pentagon who know that Iraq has its hands all over this latest attack. And this side of the argument wants the U.S. government to act on this fact. This side is distressed that Saddam is once again slipping the noose for his actions.

Why is there another side in this argument?

1) It could be that the Bush administration is leaking about bin Laden as part of an elaborate feint - and the real goal is to go after Saddam's regime. Saddam's son - Uday - a cruel sadist who hopes to take over for his father someday - has predicted in the Baghdad newspaper that the U.S. will soon attack Baghdad. (Let's hope he is right!)

2) It could also be that the Bush administration wants to focus

3) It could also be that the Bush Team wants to avoid opening their old can of worms:

Whatever the reason for the Atta-Iraq leak, it of course is a

Who can doubt that this was Saddam's payback for the Gulf War?

The Trade Center is the symbol of international money - which has been denied to Saddam since the U.N. imposed severe economic sanctions on him in 1990.

And the Pentagon is the symbol of our military might - which crushed his military in the Gulf War.

This devastating attack is Saddam's latest volley in a grudge match that can only end with his death - and the removal of his entire regime and his Bath Party from power.

The question remains: why does the Bush administration deny that this is a "smoking gun" piece of evidence?

If we are to truly "eliminate the evil-doers" - as the president has said - isn't Baghdad the place to start?

By the way, in light of last week's multiple jet bombings, we need to re-open the TWA 800 investigation. More than 300 people saw "an object" fly up to the plane. The CIA was brought in to debunk them. Strange, isn't it, that the CIA would be involved in the investigation of a

That case - never satisfactorily explained - may be involved in this same pattern of jet terror in the skies of New York City.

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