Laurie Mylroie

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Mylroie is a "terror expert" and propagandist who argued that there was a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. She was an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College and an advisor on Iraq to Bill Clinton in his 1992 campaign for President. She is now an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Saddam Hussein-Terrorism claims

Mylroie's 2000 book Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein's Unfinished War Against America

Mylroie has claimed that 'The New York FBI office... strongly believed Iraq was behind the 1993 World Trade Center attack,' but that, 'The Clinton White House did not want to hear that and FBI Headquarters accommodated.' [1] Mylroie's claims concerning links between Iraq and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were published in Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein's Unfinished War Against America (2000)ISBN 0844741272.

Her book is based on an examination of the trial documents related to the 1993 bombing. She notes that Abdul Rahman Yasin, an Iraqi-American who mixed chemicals for the explosive, escaped to Iraq soon afterward. The other major Iraqi connection she alleges is that Ramzi Ahmad Yousef, the commander of the operation, was not Pakistani but an Iraqi agent traveling under an assumed identity. Just a few months before the bombing, Yousef claimed he'd lost his passport and got a new Pakistani passport in the name of Abdul Basit. (Yousef had three passports when he was arrested.) Mylroie examined files related to Abdul Basit and his family at the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry and found that various documents are missing, including photos and passport photocopies. She concluded that the files were they were tampered with during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91. There is a notation in Basit's file, dating from the occupation period. Mylroie argues that this implies the file was of special interest to the Iraqis. The fingerprint cards in Basit's file matched those for Yousef, and Mylroie contended that the cards were switched by the Iraqis. She concludes that, 'Abdul Basit and his family were in Kuwait when Iraq invaded in August 1990; that they probably died then; and that Iraqi intelligence then tampered with their files to create an alternative identity for Ramzi Yousef.' [2]

Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and an advisor on national security to several U.S. presidents, described her book in a blurb on the back of it as "splendid and wholly convincing." [3] However, her views with respect to the Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda connection are decidedly in the minority, and she has been criticized by many "terrorism" experts. CNN reporter Peter Bergen, for example, calls her a 'crackpot' who claimed that 'Saddam was not only behind the '93 Trade Center attack, but also every anti-American terrorist incident of the past decade, from the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to the leveling of the federal building in Oklahoma City to September 11 itself.' [4] Bergen notes that Mylroie's argument depends entirely on 'a deduction which she reached following an examination of Basit's passport records and her discovery that Yousef and Basit were four inches different in height. On this wafer-thin foundation she builds her case that Yousef must have therefore been an Iraqi agent given access to Basit's passport following the Iraq occupation. However, U.S. investigators say that 'Yousef' and Basit are in fact one and the same person, and that the man Mylroie describes as an Iraqi agent is in fact a Pakistani with ties to al Qaeda.' Bergen claims that 'an avalanche of evidence' refutes Mylroie's basic assumption. [5]

Daniel Benjamin, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, writes that 'Mylroie's work has been carefully investigated by the CIA and the FBI...The most knowledgeable analysts and investigators at the CIA and at the FBI believe that their work conclusively disproves Mylroie's claims...Nonetheless, she has remained a star in the neoconservative firmament.' [6]



  • Saddam Hussein & the Crisis in the Gulf (with Judith Miller) Random House USA Inc (1990) ISBN 0-09-989860-8
  • Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein's Unfinished War Against America. The AEI Press (2000). ISBN 0-8447-4127-2
  • Bush Vs the Beltway: How the CIA & the State Department Tried to Stop the War on Terror ReganBooks (2003) ISBN 0-06-058012-7

External links


  1. Laurie Mylroie, 'Letting Saddam Be: A pre-and post-September 11 danger', National Review, 29 May 2002
  2. Laurie Mylroie, 'THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMB: Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It Matters', National Interest, Winter, 1995/96
  3. Laurie Mylroie, The War Against America: Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center Attacks: A Study of Revenge (Harper, 2001) Back Cover
  4. Peter Bergen, 'Armchair Provocateur. Laurie Mylroie: The Neocons' favorite conspiracy theorist', Washington Monthly, December 2003
  5. Peter Bergen, 'Armchair Provocateur. Laurie Mylroie: The Neocons' favorite conspiracy theorist', Washington Monthly, December 2003
  6. Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Next Attack New York: Times Books, 2005, p. 145. [ISBN 0-8050-7941-6]