When some people are arguing over the semantics of contacts, connections, collaborator, and control, the people listening to them need to step back and remember what the actual subject is:
Why the US attacked and invaded Iraq.
This is not about whether statements in a vacuum are false or true, accurate or not. This is not a game of gotcha. This is about why Bush people talked about an Iraq/Al Qaeda relationship at all. Because they needed justification for the invasion.
So when we hear administration officials or their pets claiming the 9/11 Commission supports their contention that contacts existed (which is a major stretch in and of itself), those of us listening need to recognize that this is in no way the same as saying the 9/11 Commission supports their contention that the substance of those contacts were a sufficient justification for war.