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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Once again, the NYT attempt to undermine the Security of the United States, Only this time they get 'Punk'd'


Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat
Published: September 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks...

This is how the article began, and once again, classified documents were leaked to the New York Times. But clearly, they either chose to flat out lie to the American Public, or Ashton Kutcher 'Punk'd' their butts big time.

Iraq a 'Cause Celebre' for Extremists, Intel Report Says
Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"Some people have, you know, guessed what's in the report and have concluded that going into Iraq was a mistake. I strongly disagree. I think it's naive," Bush said during a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House.
"I think it's a mistake for people to believe that going on the offense against people that want to do harm to the American people makes us less safe," Bush said.
The president, responding to a reporter's question about the report, said he was declassifying part of the NIE because he wanted the public to be able to read the conclusions without filters that "create confusion in the minds of the American people."

The actual report that was declassified by President Bush today:
FoxNewsDeclassified document

Declassified Key Judgments of the National
Intelligence Estimate .Trends in Global Terrorism:
Implications for the United States. dated April 2006
Key Judgments

United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of
al-Qa’ida and disrupted its operations; however, we judge that al-Qa’ida will continue to
pose the greatest threat to the Homeland and US interests abroad by a single terrorist
organization. We also assess that the global jihadist movement—which includes al-
Qa’ida, affiliated and independent terrorist groups, and emerging networks and cells—isspreading and adapting to counterterrorism efforts...

...We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and
operatives; perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere.
The Iraq conflict has become the .cause celebre. for jihadists, breeding a deep
resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for
the global jihadist movement. Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves,
and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry
on the fight...

In other words, Iraq is very crucial to the war on terror. Our success or failure now will determine future outcomes.

Read the entire report in PDF Here

Update: Attempting damage control, the NYT just released this Article a few minutes ago.
Backing Policy, President Issues Terror Estimate
By MARK MAZZETTI 6 minutes ago

Funny thing, before I toggled back to this page, the Title was 'Combative Bush Issues terrorist Estimate'. I tried to copy it, but it strangely disapeared before I could. Must be aliens.

So here's my take:

Step aside Enquirer, The New York Times is the new 'big kid on the tabloid block', and Enquiring minds wanna know. I'd really like to know if that lady ever had her alien baby.