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NEWS EDITORIALS DISTORT FACTS OF TERRORISM REPORTS

It is transparently obvious that The News editorial writers will do all they can to help their candidate, Sen. John Kerry, even if it means distorting the news. When the 9/1 1 Commission released its final report, The News trumpeted the commission's conclusion that it had found no evidence linking Iraq with the attacks on New York and Washington. Yet the editorial writers conveniently failed to tell their readers that this same report also concluded that Saddam Hussein had excessive ties to international terror organizations, including al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

The News similarly distorted the final report of Charles Duelfer, special adviser to the CIA, on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The News focused solely on the finding that we have uncovered no existing stockpiles of WMD, but ignored the rest of Duelfer's findings. He stated unequivocally that Saddam wanted to "reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction when sanctions were lifted." Duelfer concluded, "Saddam aspired to develop a nuclear capability -- (and) intended to focus on ballistic missile and tactical chemical warfare capabilities."

Contrary to what the editorial writers claim, the Duelfer report and the 9/1 1 Commission's report are vindications of the Bush administration's position that the Iraqi threat needed to be neutralized before it was too late.

Joseph P. Fahey

Amherst

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