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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:12 PM
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Bush Pentagon Hired Conspiracy Theorist As Al Qaeda Specialist
Bush Pentagon Hired Conspiracy Theorist As Al Qaeda Specialist
Justin Elliott | January 25, 2010, 1:12PM


When the Pentagon's internal think tank decided in 2004 it needed a better understanding of Al Qaeda, it turned to an unlikely source: the terrorism analyst Laurie Mylroie, who was known as the chief purveyor of the discredited idea that Saddam Hussein was behind Sept. 11 and many other attacks carried out by Al Qaeda.

Mylroie was paid roughly $75,000 to produce a 300-page study, "The History of Al Qaida," for the Defense Department think tank, known as the Office of Net Assessment, a DOD spokesman tells us. The study, which is dated September 2005, was posted on an intelligence blog last month.

It documents the development of Al Qaeda and spends many pages dancing around the theory that has defined Mylroie's career -- that key Qaeda leaders acted at the behest of the Iraqi regime. She also argues that group-think among U.S. analysts has obscured the true nature of the terrorist group.

Those who know Mylroie's work are shocked that the Pentagon would hire her.

"I think that she has zero credibility on these issues," says terrorism expert Peter Bergen, who dubbed Mylroie "a crackpot" in a 2003 Washington Monthly profile.


Once an assistant professor at Harvard, Mylroie made her name as a Middle East expert in the 1980s. But after the 1993 WTC attack, she became convinced that evidence ignored by virtually everyone else proved Saddam was sponsoring Al Qaeda. She expanded on that theory after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing (which she linked to Iraq) and September 11 (ditto), culminating in the book Study of Revenge: The First World Trade Center Attack and Saddam Hussein's War against America, published by the American Enterprise Institute in October 2001.

Mylroie's allies in the Bush Administration included Iraq hawks Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and others. "The elaborate conspiracy theories she had propounded--dismissed as bizarre and implausible by the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities--would have enormous influence within the administration," reported David Corn and Michael Isikoff in their book Hubris.

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http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/penta...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:14 PM
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1. And it was probably because of this idiot that Sami al Haj
was incarcerated and tortured and nearly killed at Gitmo. He was a photographer. :grr:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_al-Haj

It's still hard to believe the hell BushCo put us and the world through for eight long, horrible years.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:23 PM
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2. Yeah, but at least he wasn't gay. n/t
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:29 PM
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3. whose girlfriend was she?
Sounds like Wolfowitz and his mistress and their crazy world.
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Mr. Sparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:36 PM
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4. You literally, could not make this shit up.
a fucking physic reader would be a lot more accurate.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:43 PM
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5. Of course you could
Bushco and the neo-cons - all fucking lies...This is to be expected.
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AKROTIRI Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:27 PM
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11. 2 LINKED ADDRESS
The UNITED KINGDOM and AUSTRALIAN Connections.

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MARK BLAGBROUGH ex SAS Commander, KROLL Group, MOD Advisor
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ENI and BURREN N.M.ROTHSCHILD


their abandoned Australian WESTERN INTELLIGENCE Address

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Sir Samuel Esson Jonah
Walter Kansteiner 111
Baroness Valerie Amos

Answers to: Dr DAVID KELLY. BAE SYSTEMS BRIBE. SIERRA LEONE. EQUATORIAL GUINEA, IRAQ.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:51 PM
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6. You don't put a genuine investigator on a fabricated enemy.
You're going to want to hire a fabricator, a spinner of tales. Although they could have hired a more believable one.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:59 PM
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8. Sounds like a job for the FBI.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:51 PM
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7. Oh God! No wonder they couldn't find Bin Laden.
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Bolo Boffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:01 PM
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9. The most dangerous conspiracy theorists
are the ones occupying positions of power in our government.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:05 PM
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10. You think this is bad? Wait for President Palin. nt
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:39 PM
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12. Sociopaths decide what they want to do then look for reasons to explain it. I'm not surprised
with so many creeps in the WH that they used her. Sociopaths always like a good delusional. They are easy to manipulate.
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