Former Vice President Dick Cheney told an audience at the National Press Club Monday that there is no proof linking Saddam Hussein to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 – although there was enough evidence to warrant an invasion of Iraq.
“I do not believe and have never seen any evidence to confirm that [Hussein] was involved in 9/11. We had that reporting for a while, [but] eventually it turned out not to be true,” Cheney said.
However, Saddam was “somebody who provided sanctuary and safe harbor and resources to terrorists. … [It] is, without question, a fact,” Cheney said.
Cheney went to explain that “there was a relationship between al Qaeda and Iraq that stretched back 10 years. It’s not something I made up. … We know for a fact that Saddam Hussein was a sponsor — a state sponsor — of terror. It’s not my judgment. That was the judgment of our [intelligence community] and State Department.”
The evidence was provided to the Bush Administration by CIA director George Tenent, who Cheney described as the “prime source of information.”
Cheney has been making his voice heard on Bush Administration tactics against The War On Terror after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the CIA “lied” to her and others about Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) several weeks ago.
The former Vice President said he is intent on speaking out in defense of the Bush administration’s national security record because “a clear understanding of policies that worked [in protecting the United States] is essential.”