In damning transcript, ex-CIA official says Cheney likely ordered letter linking Hussein to 9/11 attacks

Tape: Top CIA official confesses order to forge Iraq-9/11 letter came on White House stationery John Byrne
Published: Friday August 8, 2008

In damning transcript, ex-CIA official says Cheney likely ordered letter linking Hussein to 9/11 attacks

A forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was ordered on White House stationery and probably came from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a new transcript of a conversation with the Central Intelligence Agency's former Deputy Chief of Clandestine Operations Robert Richer.

The transcript was posted Friday by author Ron Suskind of an interview conducted in June. It comes on the heels of denials by both the White House and Richer of a claim Suskind made in his new book, The Way of The World. The book was leaked to Politico's Mike Allen on Monday, and released Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the White House released a statement on Richer's behalf. In it, Richer declared, "I never received direction from George Tenet or anyone else in my chain of command to fabricate a document ... as outlined in Mr. Suskind's book."

The denial, however, directly contradicts Richer's own remarks in the transcript.

"Now this is from the Vice President's Office is how you remembered it--not from the president?" Suskind asked.

"No, no, no," Richer replied, according to the transcript. "What I remember is George [Tenet] saying, 'we got this from'--basically, from what George said was 'downtown.'"

"Which is the White House?" Suskind asked.

"Yes," Richer said. "But he did not--in my memory--never said president, vice president, or NSC. Okay? But now--he may have hinted--just by the way he said it, it would have--cause almost all that stuff came from one place only: Scooter Libby and the shop around the vice president."

"But he didn't say that specifically," Richer added. "I would naturally--I would probably stand on my, basically, my reputation and say it came from the vice president."

"But there wasn't anything in the writing that you remember saying the vice president," Suskind continued.

"Nope," Richer said.

"It just had the White House stationery."

"Exactly right."

Later, Richer added, "You know, if you've ever seen the vice president's stationery, it's on the White House letterhead. It may have said OVP (Office of the Vice President). I don't remember that, so I don't want to mislead you."
Suskind says decision to post transcript unusual

Suskind posted the transcript at his blog, saying, "This posting is contrary to my practice across 25 years as a journalist. But the issues, in this matter, are simply too important to stand as discredited in any way." It was first picked up by ThinkProgress and Congressional Quarterly's Jeff Stein.

Suskind's new book asserts that senior Bush officials ordered the CIA to forge a document "proving" that Saddam Hussein had been trying to manufacture nuclear weapons and was collaborating with al Qaeda. The alleged result was a faked memorandum from then chief of Saddam's intelligence service Tahir Jalil Habbush dated July 1, 2001, and written to Hussein.

The bogus memo claimed that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had received training in Baghdad but also discussed the arrival of a "shipment" from Niger, which the Administration was at the time claiming had supplied Iraq with yellowcake uranium -- based on yet another forged document whose source remains uncertain.

The memo subsequently was treated as fact by the British Sunday Telegraph, and cited by William Safire in his New York Times column, providing fodder for Bush's efforts to take the US to war.

"To characterize it right," Richer also declares in the transcript, "I would say, right: it came to us, George had a raised eyebrow, and basically we passed it on--it was to--and passed this on into the organization. You know, it was: 'Okay, we gotta do this, but make it go away.' To be honest with you, I don't want to make it sound--I for sure don't want to portray this as George jumping: 'Okay, this has gotta happen.' As I remember it--and, again, it's still vague, so I'll be very straight with you on this--is it wasn't that important. It was: 'This is unbelievable. This is just like all the other garbage we get about . . . I mean Mohammad Atta and links to al Qaeda. 'Rob,' you know, 'do something with this.' I think it was more like that than: 'Get this done.'"
Magazine asserts Feith created bogus document

Today, The American Conservative also published a report saying that the forgery was actually produced by then-Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans, citing an unnamed intelligence source. The source reportedly added that Suskind’s overall claim “is correct."

"My source also notes that Dick Cheney, who was behind the forgery, hated and mistrusted the Agency and would not have used it for such a sensitive assignment," the magazine wrote. "Instead, he went to Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans and asked them to do the job. … It was Feith’s office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq. Unlike the [Central Intelligence] Agency, the Pentagon had no restrictions on it regarding the production of false information to mislead the public. Indeed, one might argue that Doug Feith’s office specialized in such activity."

More of Suskind's transcripts are available here:

Caught red handed!

Thanks Joe for the post.

He was one of the main players in the false flag 911 attacks. He is now caught red handed ordering a forged document linking Saddam to Atta. He divided up the spoils of the future Iraq and Afghanistan invasions at his secret Energy Task Force Meeting. He gave Halliburton no bid contracts with the profits going into his "blind trust". He probably ordered the anthrax psyop and the "suiciding" of the patsy, Ivins. He probably ordered the DC sniper psyop. He got drunk and shot his buddy in the face with his shotgun. He married a bitch. He outed a CIA agent because her husband busted him on the forged Niger yellow cake documents.

Dick Cheney, evil personified.

I see it much the same way...

While we don't know the details, Cheney is the point man for a faction we suspect are responsible.

I share your suspicions about the Anthrax letters and the DC sniper shootings as well. Oh, I wouldn't forget to include Palfrey and Britton as Cheney was on the DC Madam client list.

My only question is why did Cheney shoot Whittington? I suspect, now, it's a not-so-simple drunken mishap? The time lag in reporting the incident raises suspicions of threats and negotiation? I wish someone had a theory on this incident?


There's reasons to be suspicious.

...don't believe him!

When will they ARREST THIS BASTARD??

When the Senate is in session next, they should all surround Cheney and hold him until the Capitol police take him away in handcuffs.


Agreed !

..........What the hell more does Pelosi need?......She said she would consider if shown a reason to impeach Bush.........Kucinich gave her 35 reasons, and with Dick their has to be more.
The issues are more serious than impeachment. Were talking mass murder, and treason.

It may be a deal?

Carol Brouillet floated the thought there's a deal between Pelosi, Conyers and the administration. I suspect, she's closer to the truth than I've allowed myself to believe--to this point.

The deal is, simply, no impeachment as long as there's no invasion of Iran. It makes sense. Carol supported her theory with comments made by Rep. Conyers and Olver. Conyers has said Congress would move to impeach Bush if the administration attacks Iran--paraphrasing here.

Rep. Olver's response to constituents--overwhelming in favor of impeachment--"if we move to impeach, Bush and Cheney will declare a national emergency institute martial law and call off the 2008 elections."

While I've seen Nader's comments about Olver in the past on You Tube, I've been in denial about the seriousness of it. I preferred to believe it was hype, I guess? I tend to believe, it is this threat that muzzles Congress:

Nader interprets Rep. Olver's response

...don't believe them!

I think it is much worse

Bush, Cheney, Mueller, Santorum, others have all spoken (in the past year) of a nuke going off in an American city...

I don't have links but many here who have been paying attention will recall.

Good Point....

Joe, you're right but it's hard to entertain the idea, Bush and Cheney glibly threatening Congress with nukes. I accept it now, however. I found it so eery when Cheney mentioned his fear of a nuclear terrorist incident in an American city, which was just April, 2007 on Face The Nation.

9/11 Truth article summarizes Face The Nation Cheney interview

Geez, it's hard to fathom the depths of their evil!

Bush and Cheney
...don't believe them!

Then Carol Brouillet is dead wrong

The idea behind this is that these Democrat Congressional leaders are basically good guys trying to do the right thing under trying circumstances. They not only want to prevent U.S. wars on Islam from spreading, they want to save America's very system of democracy:

What heroes! They deserve the Nobel Peace Prize!

I don't buy that for a second. Au contraire, they can hardly wait to expand these wars under a Democrat president. Have you ever read what they tell AIPAC conventions? How they vote every cent -- and more to boot -- to fund military wars of aggression requested by the Bush administration?

No, the real reason they've blocked impeachment is because that would disrupt the programme of U.S. proxy wars for Israel. The emissaries from AIPAC and Mossad who really call the shots have told Pelosi and her sidekicks in no uncertain terms that impeachment is off the table, but that the next president will be allowed to be a Democrat so long as he guarantees the continuation and expansion -- this latter boosted with an upcoming false flag incident -- of the wars on Islam.

Vice President Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney is above the law because of his Rockefeller connection.

Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible fame was named after his father

August 7, 2008

Saint John Hunt tells the story of his life's journey as the son of E Howard Hunt and his journey to reveal the truth about his beloved father's involvement in the LBJ directed "hit" on President John F Kennedy Jr.

(I bought Saint John's "ebook" for 5.95 - he has a great story to tell about his life as son of a CIA spymaster - Rolling Stone article last may - otherwise total media blackout - no suprise)

Bushes bored by Olympics, check their watches

Out of comfort zone

Rove and staff couldn't control the audience. The Bushes are out of their comfort zone and probably are feeling the eyes of the world stare down at them with hate and disgust. They can't wait till it's over and they can get the !*ck out of there.
That's how I read it.

can't wait to get outta here

... and start a war

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.


All of this stuff about Cheney ordering the CIA to forge a document tying Iraq to 9/11 completely discredit the argument that "they would have had Iraqis as the hijackers?"

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?