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9/11 Panelists Rebut Cheney on Information

The leaders of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on Tuesday disputed Vice President Dick Cheney’s suggestion that he probably had access to more intelligence than the commission did about possible ties between the Qaeda terrorist network and Iraq.In a one-sentence statement, the panel’s chairman and vice chairman said that “after examining available transcripts of the vice president’s public remarks, the 9/11 commission believes it has access to the same information the vice president has seen regarding contacts between Al Qaeda and Iraq prior to the 9/11 attacks.” A report issued by the commission’s staff last month found that there did not appear to have been a “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and the terrorist network, a finding that appeared to undermine a justification cited by President Bush and Mr. Cheney for invading Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein. Full Story

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