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Other News: U.S. Planned Iraq War Just Hours After 9/11

November 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news, a U.K. inquiry revealed that the U.S. focused on Iraq just hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the United Nations expressed frustration with Iran over its refusal to export its uranium for enrichment.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news today, An ongoing inquiry into Britain’s decision to go to war in Iraq revealed, the U.S. focused on Iraq just hours after the 9/11 attacks. The former British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Christopher Meyer, testified that he spoke with then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice about it on September 11.

SIR CHRISTOPHER MEYER, former ambassador to the United States, Great Britain: She said, well, there is no doubt it’s — this has been an al-Qaida operation.

But, at the end of the conversation, it’s: We’re just looking to see whether there could possibly be any connection with Saddam Hussein.

And that was the very first time, on the day itself, that I heard the name of the Iraqi leader mentioned in the context of — of — of 9/11.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Meyer also said that former Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to use his influence with then President Bush to stall the rush to invade Iraq.

The outgoing head of the United Nations nuclear agency voiced frustration in his probe into Iran’s nuclear program. Mohamed ElBaradei acknowledged that virtually no progress had been made, because Iran has refused to cooperate.

Speaking in Vienna, ElBaradei said that he was disappointed in Iran’s rejection of international proposals.

MOHAMED ELBARADEI, director general, International Atomic Energy Agency: It is now well over a year since the agency was last able to engage Iran in discussions about these outstanding issues. We have effectively reached a dead end, unless Iran engages fully with us. It would help if we are able to share with Iran more of the material that is at the center of these concerns.

JUDY WOODRUFF: ElBaradei’s assessment comes four days before stepping down from an office he has held for 12 years.

China has unveiled its targets for reducing greenhouse gases. The government set out a goal of reducing carbon emissions by up to 45 percent by 2020. That number will be measured against its gross domestic product, which should continue to grow over the next decade. The government also confirmed that Premier Wen Jiabao will attend next month’s climate summit in Denmark.

Hacked e-mails on climate change drew fresh reaction from climate scientists today. The head of a U.N. panel of climate experts stood by scientific evidence that humans are to blame for global warming. He rejected claims of bias from climate change skeptics. They charge that e-mails stolen from a British university showed that scientists colluded to suppress data that might undermine their arguments.

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been accused of covering up systematic child abuse dating back decades. A three-year-old investigation into how the church dealt with complaints from hundreds of children found bishops hid the crimes to protect the church’s reputation.

We have a report from Sue Saville of independent television news.

SUE SAVILLE: The report covering 30 years in the Diocese of Dublin found that four archbishops didn’t hand over information on abusers. One priest has admitted sexually abusing more than 100 children. Some of those abused by priests gave their reactions to the report.

ANDREW MADDEN, abuse victim: This report is a shocking indictment on the Catholic Church in Dublin. Its publication may bring closure for some victims. It may also serve as the only justice some victims ever receive. But its publication, if not acted upon, will have been a wasted opportunity to raise standards of child protection in this country.

MARIE COLLINS, abuse victim: The institution came before the welfare of the children of this country. And all their denials are now proved to be false.

SUE SAVILLE: The Irish government has promised to bring pedophile priests to justice for these shocking crimes.

As I read it, I felt a growing sense of revulsion and anger, revulsion at the horrible, evil acts committed against young children.

SUE SAVILLE: The current archbishop of Dublin responded for the Catholic Church.

DIARMUID MARTIN: I offer to each and every survivor my apology, my sorrow, and my shame for what happened. But I’m aware that no words of apology will ever be sufficient.

SUE SAVILLE: The Irish police say they’re deeply sorry for failing to protect children. The reputation of the Catholic Church in Ireland has been severely shaken.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Last May, a similar investigation found decades of unchecked child abuse in Irish schools and orphanages run by the Catholic Church.

The Secret Service is investigating a security breach during Tuesday’s White House state dinner. A husband and wife from Virginia, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, managed to infiltrate the dinner, but were never on the guest list. They posted photographs on the social networking site Facebook posing with legitimate guests. Among them were shots of Vice President Biden, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and media personalities.

The couple did go through the same security screenings for weapons as other attendees.