The United States was justified in going to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein was capable of producing weapons of mass destruction, Vice President Dick Cheney told backers of GOP candidates. Cheney on Saturday also called on Congress to renew the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism bill that critics say has curbed civil liberties but that Cheney defended as allowing federal law enforcement to share more intelligence information. “We use these tools to catch embezzlers and drug traffickers and we need these tools as well to hunt terrorists,” he said of the bill’s provisions. Speaking to nearly 200 people at a $1,500-a-plate luncheon benefiting Republican U.S. House candidates, Cheney said that while inspectors have failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the regime did have the scientists and the technology needed to produce them. Full Story
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