This video from the USA is called Cheney: I never linked Iraq with 9/11. Oh really?
From The Raw Story in the USA:
Published: Thursday February 8, 2007
Contrary to speculation and some earlier reports, the Department of Defense [Pentagon] Inspector General’s office did not exonerate the controversial [Pentagon] Office of Special Plans, which has been accused of cooking pre-war intelligence on Iraq, nor was its then chief overseer, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Douglas Feith, vindicated.
According to a statement released by Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) Thursday night to RAW STORY, the IG’s report is a “devastating condemnation of the activities of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.”
In a separate statement, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, states that whether the intelligence activities “were authorized or not, it appears that they were not in compliance with the law.”
Citing excerpts from the IG’s unclassified executive summary of the classified report, Levin’s statement shows that Feith is not alone to share the blame for creating a parallel intelligence channel that the IG describes as “inappropriately performing Intelligence Activities of developing, producing, and disseminating that should be performed by the Intelligence Community.”
Pointing the finger higher up and directly at former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his then Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz, the IG concluded, according to Levin’s statement, that Feith’s “inappropriate activities were authorized by the Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense.”
Although recently replaced by Robert Gates as Defense Secretary, Rumsfeld continues to occupy an office in the Pentagon.
Wolfowitz is now the head of the World Bank, while Feith is a visiting professor at Georgetown University.
Specifically addressed in the IG’s executive summary and cited in Levin’s statement is the much-touted alleged connection between Iraq and al-Qaida that the Bush administration, and, in particular, Vice President Dick Cheney, used as one of the selling points to build their case for war against Iraq.
See also here.
On Rumsfeld: here.