This piece in the Los Angeles Times strikes me as very important. One fact in plain sight about this administration is that they failed both to prevent 9/11 and to catch its perpetrators. Now, the misbegotten war in Iraq may actually be helping to finance the group that murdered so many innocents on 9/11:
A major CIA effort launched last year to hunt down Osama bin Laden has produced no significant leads on his whereabouts, but has helped track an alarming increase in the movement of Al Qaeda operatives and money into Pakistan's tribal territories, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the operation.
In one of the most troubling trends, U.S. officials said that Al Qaeda's command base in Pakistan is increasingly being funded by cash coming out of Iraq, where the terrorist network's operatives are raising substantial sums from donations to the anti-American insurgency as well as kidnappings of wealthy Iraqis and other criminal activity.
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