Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lies, lies and more lies-- the U.S. Executive branch leading to the Iraq War - SendMeRSS

The Associated Press reports on a study done by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism. It collected and analysed false statements made by many leaders of the U.S. Executive branch for the two years following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, leading up to the war with Iraq.

Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the administration during the period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.

Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida.

The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews.

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