Just after the Daily Telegraph published con coughlins story, Lou Dobbs interviewed Seantor Pat Roberts.

Roberts was on the senate intelligence committee which was investigating t that time pre-war iraq intelligence problems.


DOBBS: And reports in, specifically, "The Telegraph," the U.K. -- the United Kingdom newspaper, that there has been suggestions by members of the Iraqi governing council that they have evidence that there is bona fide empirical evidence of a relationship between Mohammed Atta, the architect of the September 11 attacks, and Abu Nidal, who committed suicide, ostensibly, in Baghdad at the beginning of the year -- have you any further information on that? Can you verify any part of that?

ROBERTS: I think the key word that you used, Lou, was empirical. We have been aware of that story. I'm not going to say it's an old story, but it's a story we've been aware of. That is part of our inquiry. This is a new development. We want to make sure that we have access to that commentary and to the reports. I can't really get into any more specifics, except to say that we are following that up.

The thing is, if you go to the report, Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence on the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq, it doesnt appear to mention the word 'habbush'.

This interview is mentioned in Suskinds book. Pg 379