If there were really that many terrorists running around, we’d all be dead.
The “watch list” is looking more and more like a “cover our ass” list. With that many people, it’s practically impossible to actually monitor the list. More likely, should there be another attack on U.S. soil it’s a way for the government to say, “Yep, we knew they might be terrorists.”
The Pentagon on Wednesday canceled plans for broad public release of a study that found no pre-Iraq war link between late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the al Qaida terrorist network.
Rather than posting the report online and making officials available to discuss it, as had been planned, the U.S. Joint Forces Command said it would mail copies of the document to reporters — if they asked for it. The report won’t be posted on the Internet.
God love the Internets, you can read the report online, anyway, here. Wonder if they’d have put it online if it supported the pre-war propaganda?
UPDATE/CORRECTION: As noted in the comments section, the Iraq report was misreported by a number of media outlets last week. While the report does say there’s no “smoking gun” linking Iraq to al-Qaeda, it does detail a number of loose connections, mostly driven by shared goals between Saddam’s government and al-Qaeda. There’s no evidence of direct cooperation between Saddam and al-Qaeda in directing attacks on the U.S., though, and his involvement with them seems to have been more in the interest in suppressing internal threats to his regime. Still, it’s not true that the report found no links at all. Just no terribly significant ones.