U.S. Appellate Court Judge Gilbert Merritt, one of 13 judiciary experts selected by the Justice Department to help Iraq build a judicial system, wrote in a report recently:
"Through an unusual set of circumstances, I have been given documentary evidence of the names and positions of the 600 people in Iraq closest to Saddam Hussein, as well as his ongoing relationship with Osama bin Laden. ... The list contained not only the names of the 55 'deck of cards' players who have already been revealed, but also 550 others. 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.' The document shows that it was written over the signature of Uday Saddam Hussein, the son of Saddam Hussein."
Well, if that is accurate, so much for the 'no connection to al-Qaeda' argument.