Cheney says Bin Laden Innocent of 9/11

After discussing this interview clip from March 29, 2006 with friends, family and 9/11 researchers, I was surprised that so many people I know had not heard the archived audio from the Tony Snow Show, nor read the transcript available on the White House website with Cheney submitting that bin Laden had nothing to do with the September "attacks" in his response to the question on Iraq. Maybe you've heard it or have seen the humorous animation put to the audio interview clip, but I have yet to find anyone in my research circles who have heard it. But for so many of us, looking at so much information for so long, it is easy to miss things as I have so many times in this research deluge, and probably have done so once again.

So as a reminder I'm submitting this time capsule as it bares mentioning again, which might help family and friends of ours, who's cognitive dissonance to the truth behind 9/11 is so strong, that they need to hear it from the horse's mouth. It's not enough to go the FBI's most wanted page on bin Laden to see that they don't even want him for 9/11, just other conspiracies as it states, otherwise apparent to me as a list of no-bid rebuilding contracts/résumé for his family's Bin Laden Construction Group, such as after the 1996 truck bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, where Saudi Binladin Group built military barracks and airfields for U.S. troops, but I digress.

Tony Snow is asking Cheney to clarify statements about Saddam, made by himself as well as Bush, not being involved in 9/11, with Cheney interjecting that Osama had nothing to do with 9/11. You would think that this is just some Freudian slip, a parapraxis or gaff quickly back-pedaled upon, but if you read the transcript posted on the White House website and listen to the audio provided by the White House archive, Tony Snow does nothing to clarify and ask Cheney if he meant Saddam instead of Osama, nor does Cheney try to correct himself, with both of them then moving onto the next set of questions as if nothing had been misspoken, nothing damning having been leaked out. In finishing his statement, Cheney seems to clarify that this is a different point not brought on by the initial question about Saddam's involvement. At least, that is how I'm reading it. The White House transcript even has the ubiquitous "[sic]" placed after the name, showing that the preceding quoted material has been reproduced verbatim from the quoted original and is not a transcription error.

Interview - The Tony Snow Show Via Telephone:
Tony Snow: "I want to be clear because I've heard you say this, and I've heard the President say it, but I want you to say it for my listeners, which is that the White House has never argued that Saddam was directly involved in September 11th, correct?"

Dick Cheney: "That's correct. We had one report early on from another intelligence service that suggested that the lead hijacker, Mohamed Atta, had met with Iraqi intelligence officials in Prague, Czechoslovakia. And that reporting waxed and waned where the degree of confidence in it, and so forth, has been pretty well knocked down now at this stage, that that meeting ever took place. So we've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden [sic] was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming. But there -- that's a separate proposition from the question of whether or not there was some kind of a relationship between the Iraqi government, Iraqi intelligence services and the al Qaeda organization." —, The Tony Snow Show, "Interview of the Vice President by Tony Snow", March 29, 2006

Freudian slip

I dunno,

I think that given the context, he meant to say Saddam. Perhaps Osama bin Laden was a slip of the tongue, perhaps it was a Freudian slip. I think that this is a pretty slim reed to hang things from. Many folks, when they get old, make verbal gaffs such as this on a routine basis; I know this from personnel experience.