"And, more importantly, we've stopped a mass murderer in Saddam Hussein. Nobody denies that he was supporting al-Qaida."
In a clear attack on Democrats, [Sen Orrin] Hatch added, "Well, I shouldn't say nobody. Nobody with brains."
That was in an invitation-only event last Saturday in Cedar City covered by The Spectrum of St George.
First, the Spectrum misspelled the name. It's al-Qaeda.
But, that's not the problem here:
The 9/11 Commission concluded that there was no evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks.   This was also the conclusion of various U.S. government agencies that investigated the issue, including the CIA, DIA, FBI, and NSA. The Senate Report of Pre-war Intelligence on Iraq also reviewed the intelligence community's conclusions and found that they were justifiable.
In addition, President Bush received on 21 September 2001 a classified Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), indicating the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11th attacks. Furthermore, there was no evidence of any collaborative relationship between the Iraqi leader and al-Qaeda. (Source: wikipedia)
Interviewer, 31 January 2003: "Do you believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and the men who attacked on September the 11th?" President Bush: "I can't make that claim." (source: whitehouse.com
"I have not seen one.... I have never seen any evidence to suggest there was one." Colin Powell, when asked whether there had been a "connection between Saddam Hussein and the terrorist attack of 9/11". 20/20 interview, September 9, 2005.
So, Orrin Hatch just called President Bush and Collin Powell brainless.
What a nutcake.
Oh, and annother golden Hatch quote from Saturday:
"They're moaning and groaning in Congress because he didn't abide by what's called the FISA Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. That act is very important, but it was enacted in 1978 and it is not applicable to today's world,"
It's good to know that I don't have to abide by laws that were passed in 1978. I wonder what else I don't have to keep obeying. Oh, and may I point out what Hatch was doing in 1978: He was serving in the U.S. Senate that passed the law.