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Very U.N.-Attractive - A leaked audit gives hints of the Oil-for-Food corruption.
Opinion Journal ^ | May 19, 2004 | Claudia Rosett

Posted on 05/18/2004 9:08:50 PM PDT by Shermy

In the scandal over the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know. Perhaps he should take a closer look at internal U.N. Oil-for-Food audit reports, more than 50 in all, produced by his own Office of Internal Oversight Services--the same reports he's declined to share with the Security Council, or release to Congress. One of these reports has now leaked. It concerns the U.N. Secretariat's mishandling of the hiring of inspectors to authenticate the contents of relief shipments into sanctions-bound Iraq. (Obtained by a journalist specializing in the mining industry, Timothy Wood, a copy of this report can be found at www.mineweb.com.)

Reflecting the findings of a U.N. internal audit conducted during the sixth year of the seven-year Oil-for-Food program, the report focuses on one contractor hired directly by the U.N. Secretariat: Swiss-based Cotecna Inspection SA. This is the same company that, while bidding against several rivals for its initial Oil-for-Food contract in 1998, had Mr. Annan's son, Kojo, on its payroll as a consultant. Both Mr. Annan and Cotecna's CEO, Robert Massey, have insisted that the contract was strictly in accordance with U.N. rules.

Although this report doesn't mention Kojo, it does go on for 20 pages about inadequacies and violations in the U.N.'s handling of the Cotecna contract. The report explains that "the Contract had been amended prior to its commencement, which was inappropriate" and recounts that within four days of Cotecna signing its initial lowball contract for $4.87 million, both Oil-for-Food and the U.N. Procurement Division had authorized "additional costs" totaling $356,000 worth of equipment. ... ...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1998; audit; audits; authentication; bobmassey; claudiarosett; cotecna; cotecnainspectionsa; foodforoil; humanitarianaid; inspectors; kofiannan; kojo; kojoannan; massey; oil4food; oilforfood; oilofoodaudit; oios; reliefshipments; robertmassey; sevan; timothywood; un; unaudit; unaudits; unsecretariat; wood

1 posted on 05/18/2004 9:08:50 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Allan; marron; GailA; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Grampa Dave; mrustow; Mitchell; Carl/NewsMax

Just up.

Rosett was on John Batchelor's show. She mentioned that the www.mineweb.com site had just been hacked (hmmm) and the owner is trying to get it back up.


2 posted on 05/18/2004 9:10:21 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
It really is amazing in America. A small glitch gets news for weeks and liberals foaming at the mouth. A truly horrific and important corruption scandal involving the highest goals of mankind gets shunted under the rug.

Evil is very much alive, and living in the hearts of those who hide behind relative truth. Pretty much applies to all liberals, socialists and the like, in my humble opinion.
3 posted on 05/18/2004 9:14:38 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Shermy
The Oil for Food thing screwed up.
Kosovo screwed up.
Iraq maybe screwed up.

Maybe mankind has hit an evolutionary dead end in our ability to handle problems.

4 posted on 05/18/2004 9:22:14 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kerry: The Arrogance of Amerika)
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To: Shermy

Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know.

Yeah, right, Coughie. Your son was involved but you didn't know anything about it.

When will our elected officials get us out of this corrupt, biased NWO outfit? Why do they insist on giving our hard earned tax dollars to this Muslim loving cabal?


5 posted on 05/18/2004 9:31:41 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: Shermy

Of course we all know that having panties on pious Muslims' heads is a far greater scandal than this. Let's get back to the saturation coverage of the 'prison abuse scandal.'


6 posted on 05/18/2004 9:49:23 PM PDT by walford (http://utopia-unmasked.us)
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To: Shermy

Bump-edy-bump for later...


7 posted on 05/18/2004 10:06:31 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Shermy

bump


8 posted on 05/18/2004 10:17:15 PM PDT by RippleFire ("It was just a scratch")
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To: Shermy

Thanks for the ping!

So Volcker doesn't really have a free hand to inspect . Wonder what his payoff is from kofi?


9 posted on 05/18/2004 10:38:43 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Mike Darancette
The Oil for Food thing screwed up.

Kosovo screwed up.

Iraq maybe screwed up.

The Democratic party is screwed up

Men are marrying men

Women are marrying women

Judges are legislating and law makers are judging

Yep, everything is normal on the global front!

10 posted on 05/18/2004 11:07:59 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know.

All he has to say is "I didn't know it, before I knew it", say he's sorry, put his greedy hand back out again and everything will be fine. Right?

11 posted on 05/18/2004 11:12:16 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Wonder what his payoff is from kofi?

Gosh, it couldn't be much, after all, Kofi is nothing but a little ol' humanitarian who has no interest in power or money.

Why I bet everything that may have given him an iota of an opportunity to become a member of the "elite" has gone to the poor and destitute of the world...and the Spotted Owl!

12 posted on 05/18/2004 11:17:03 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Shermy; All
Click the pic:


13 posted on 05/19/2004 12:27:59 AM PDT by backhoe (--30--)
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To: Mrs Zip

ping


14 posted on 05/19/2004 1:31:11 AM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans)
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To: Shermy
MASTER LIST UN OIL/SEX FOR FOOD SCANDALS
15 posted on 05/19/2004 4:33:59 AM PDT by GailA (hanoi john kerry, I'm for the death penalty, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Shermy

Cotecna is a real can of worms.


16 posted on 05/19/2004 4:40:10 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Shermy

The fox is still minding the hen house on the Oil-for-Food program. I'm glad that Timothy Wood at least found some of the feathers.


17 posted on 05/19/2004 5:00:21 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; GailA; Grampa Dave; backhoe; EGPWS; mewzilla; arasina

Here's the mineweb article. Has links to spreadsheets, etc. at the bottom

http://www.mineweb.net/sections/energy/billions.htm


18 posted on 05/19/2004 12:57:01 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

If it is left up to John Kerry and the Democrats America will be placed under the UN.


19 posted on 05/19/2004 1:03:18 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: MizSterious; backhoe

Claudia, my heroine.


20 posted on 05/19/2004 2:29:49 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Shermy

bttt


21 posted on 05/19/2004 6:11:32 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Shermy

There continues to be a media deafness about this acandal.


22 posted on 05/20/2004 1:22:29 PM PDT by lightning
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To: Shermy
Of course PravdABDNC will not report this. It doesn't fit their 'America Bad-UN Good' formula. Let alone they would have to admit W was right about this International Debating Society.

Pray for W and The Truth

23 posted on 05/20/2004 1:27:32 PM PDT by bray (Hey Yaaaawn, what if you had to answer hostile questions???)
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To: Shermy
Great post! The information is damning. The leak may be one of the few bits of evidence that comes out with all the diplomatic immunity and CYA at the UN. There really was no way to compel disclosure with these people.

Too bad with prevailing media culture that this won't get the play it deserves. Paul Volker is presiding over an investigation that can only be a whitewash. He has no power to subpoena or prosecute those guilty and neither does the UN.

Can anyone imagine France going along with a sanction or any country involved sanction their diplomats or companies involved?

24 posted on 05/24/2004 7:03:06 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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