Glenn Reynolds pointed us to this astonishing article in The Tennessean by Judge Gilbert Merritt of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Merritt is in Baghdad helping to rebuild Iraq’s judicial system. Let Judge Merritt tell the story:
“Through an unusual set of circumstances, I have been given documentary evidence of the names and positions of the 600 closest people in Iraq to Saddam Hussein, as well as his ongoing relationship with Osama bin Laden.
“I am looking at the document as I write this story from my hotel room overlooking the Tigris River in Baghdad.
“One of the lawyers with whom I have been working for the past five weeks had come to me and asked me whether a list of the 600 people closest to Saddam Hussein would be of any value now to the Americans….When I began questioning him about the list, how he obtained it and what else it showed, he asked would it be of interest to the Americans to know that Saddam had an ongoing relationship with Osama bin Laden.
“I said yes, the Americans have, so far as I am aware, have never been able to prove that relationship, but the president and others have said that they believe it exists. He said, ‘Well, judge, there is no doubt it exists, and I will bring you the proof tomorrow.”
“So today he brought me the proof, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is right….The document shows that an Iraqi intelligence officer, Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod, assigned to the Iraq embassy in Pakistan, is ‘responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group.'”
If this pans out, it could be a real breakthrough.
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