The Washington Post is reporting the Bush administration claimed to have found mobile weapons labs in Iraq after the invasion despite the explicit conclusions of a Pentagon-sponsored mission the claim was untrue. On May 29, 2003, President Bush cited the discovery of the trailers in an attempt to justify his decision to go war two months earlier. Bush said: "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." But just two days before, a Pentagon team sent to Iraq had concluded that the trailers were in fact "the biggest sand toilets in the world." One team member said: "Within the first four hours, it was clear to everyone that these were not biological labs." The Bush administration failed to make the findings public and continued with its faulty claim for more than one year.
Top GOPer Denies Involvement in New Hampshire "Phone-Jamming"
Here in the United States, a former White House aide denied Tuesday his office was involved in a phone-jamming scheme intended to block New Hampshire Democrats from carrying out an election day get-out-the-vote campaign. On November 5, 2002, the telephone lines at the New Hampshire Democrats' voting headquarters received scores of hang-up calls. Ken Mehlman, who now chairs the Republican National Committee, admitted New Hampshire Republicans spoke to the White House around the time of the election. But he said the phone-jamming was not discussed. Phone records show that Bush campaign official James Tobin made two dozen calls to the White House during the three-day period in question. Tobin served as the New England chair of President Bush's re-election campaign at the time. He and two others have already been convicted in the case. No White House or national Republican officials have been charged.