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POTENTIALLY HUGE: Possible Saddam-Al Qaeda Link Seen in U.N. Oil-for-Food Program
FOX News ^ | Sept. 17, 2004 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell

Posted on 09/17/2004 2:59:43 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

Did Saddam Hussein use any of his ill-gotten billions filched from the United Nations oil-for-food program to help fund Al Qaeda?

Investigations have shown that the former Iraqi dictator grafted and smuggled more than $10 billion from the program that for seven years prior to Saddam’s overthrow was meant to bring humanitarian aid to ordinary Iraqis. And the Sept. 11 Commission has shown a tracery of contacts between Saddam and Al Qaeda that continued after billions of oil-for-food dollars began pouring into Saddam’s coffers and Usama bin Laden declared his famous war on the U.S.

Now, buried in some of the United Nation’s own confidential documents, clues can be seen that underscore the possibility of just such a Saddam-Al Qaeda link — clues leading to a locked door in this Swiss lakeside resort.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


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Loooong article, but good. Let's hope this is true!
1 posted on 09/17/2004 2:59:44 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative
If this is true someone will need to tranquilize the loony lefties (including Chris Matthews).
2 posted on 09/17/2004 3:02:29 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: West Coast Conservative
Why do you think Koffee Anan is starting to say stupid things like  he feels the war in iraq is was illegal? he's trying to divert attention from that scandal where His son, and mostly likely himself stuffed their pockets, along with France germany Russia and  and all their buddys.
3 posted on 09/17/2004 3:05:07 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: West Coast Conservative

If this pans out, and I hope it does, the loony left is going to go ballistic. The UN, Saddam and Al Qaida connected. This is gonna get good.


4 posted on 09/17/2004 3:05:08 AM PDT by rdl6989 (<fontface="Rather Not">)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I'm afraid that even if there were links the rest of the world would just continue with the same old statement.."America deserved what happened on 9/11"......


5 posted on 09/17/2004 3:06:05 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: West Coast Conservative

It's Bush's fault.


6 posted on 09/17/2004 3:07:48 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: Dallas59

the looney left simply won't report on it and the world will never know.....


7 posted on 09/17/2004 3:08:05 AM PDT by applpie
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To: TADSLOS
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8 posted on 09/17/2004 3:10:08 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: applpie

"the looney left simply won't report on it and the world will never know....."

I am sure that Rather and the crack CBS news team are all over this story....


9 posted on 09/17/2004 3:10:10 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration
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To: West Coast Conservative

The MSM must kill this story since it justifies us going into Iraq.
They have made a big issue about not finding WMD, but going after Al Qaeda would be justification enough.


10 posted on 09/17/2004 3:11:32 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration
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To: West Coast Conservative
buried in some of the United Nation’s own confidential documents

Dan Rather says the documents are forgeries.

11 posted on 09/17/2004 3:11:33 AM PDT by Flyer (Post #47 - A reply that will live in infamy)
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To: applpie
The loony left is already not reporting this scandal; for many months now.
12 posted on 09/17/2004 3:12:25 AM PDT by Shqipo (The gloves are on and the corners are empty.)
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To: kcvl
to tranquilize the loony lefties (including Chris Matthews).

Let's put Michelle Malkin in a Jim Fowler outfit and have her do it.

13 posted on 09/17/2004 3:12:52 AM PDT by beaversmom (Michael Medved has the Greatest radio show on GOD's Green Earth)
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To: applpie

There was stuff coming out about it, then Koffee created this commission to investigate it, and the cone of silence came down, not much has been said for quite a while now.

Lots of shredded paper I'm sure.


14 posted on 09/17/2004 3:12:58 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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Claudia Rosett, we love you!

I get a funny feeling that we have more evidence to this than we are letting on. As well as the WMDs.


15 posted on 09/17/2004 3:13:16 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: RandallFlagg
Goofy will wish that THESE documents were made at Kinko's...
16 posted on 09/17/2004 3:16:23 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The current Democratic Party would've made Freud quit the business.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
If ths turns out to be true, then the U.N. needs to be

given its eviction notice.

Enough is enough

17 posted on 09/17/2004 3:18:29 AM PDT by abc1
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To: West Coast Conservative

Remember a couple of years ago when the anti-American left, in this country and around the world, were saying the embargo was killing Iraqis? Their claim was that 12 years of embargos had led to 2 million deaths. Hmmm maybe if the money had actually gone to feed people that wouldn't have happened.

Of course, since the war has ended the embargo we are hearing that "we should have waited longer", "given the inspections more time" or Kerry's fave "taken time to build a coalition". I suppose another year of waiting, another 160,000+ dead Iraqis is not so important now.

We could go on fighting the Iraqi "insurgents" for 10 years and not run up the number of deaths that the left claimed were caused by 1 year of the embargo.

I love throwing their own statistics in their faces.


18 posted on 09/17/2004 3:19:33 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: Nathan Zachary
There was stuff coming out about it, then Koffee created this commission to investigate it, and the cone of silence came down, not much has been said for quite a while now.

That tactic sounds so familiar.

19 posted on 09/17/2004 3:19:38 AM PDT by Dahoser (Kerry & Edwards: A rich widow chaser and an ambulance chaser...making money the scam fashioned way.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

I was saving everything that was comming out, but wasn't really hitting MSM, I'm sure the WH has tons of stuff as well, maybe it will all come out again, aspecially with Annan saying stupid things again.

Why the hell is that guy still there? The UN is so corrupt it's beyond repair.


20 posted on 09/17/2004 3:20:06 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: West Coast Conservative

No one but the FReepers and the Blogs will ever know about it.


21 posted on 09/17/2004 3:20:25 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BTTT


22 posted on 09/17/2004 3:21:49 AM PDT by spodefly (A bunny-slippered operative in the Vast Right-Wing Pajama Party!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
A couple of Koffee Ananon's relatives, some Russkies, French and German Diplomats and dozens of big shots in global corporations had their hands in Saddam's cookie jar. Bribes and payoffs are the way things are done in the Middle East.

Note: The U.S. has never published the names of people who profited by selling airline stock short during early September. How many Saudis and other people connected to al Qaeda profited with BILLIONS? Nobody knows because the White House has kept that information Top Secret.

The U.S. needs to push hard to blow this illegal Iraqi-UN kickback scheme sky high. Frankly, I believe the top dawgs know what is going on but they will bury this scandal under the rug. How would you feel if you learned that your fat cat lawyer buddy made millions from Iraqi oil kickbacks, and millions from airline stock after 9-11, and just happens to represent heavy hitter clients in N.Y. and D.C.? Oh, and some of his clients are big shots in both parties, a couple of Saudi princes, and some sit on the boards of Fortune 100 corporations? Oh, and some of his firm's clients are Senators and Congressmen from both parties . . .

This scandal will just be swept under the rug. It's time to move on now, nothing to see here, lock your doors and windows folks.

23 posted on 09/17/2004 3:22:21 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Proud "Pajama Militia" Member: http://newspundit.net)
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To: West Coast Conservative
With the mess that is the UN and the corrupt dealing in international terror financing, the connections will be clear. We first have to clear off the whitewash and we'll have plenty of evidence. Sadly, the American memory is short and interest is lacking. History will show the cause to be justified, necessary and successful!
24 posted on 09/17/2004 3:24:57 AM PDT by endthematrix (STAND BY........New Tag Line In Progress..........STAND BY......New Tag Line in)
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To: applpie
The "looney left" doensn't control FOX or us, it's a new world...

the looney left simply won't report on it and the world will never know.....

25 posted on 09/17/2004 3:26:47 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: West Coast Conservative
Claudia Rosett is a consultant to FOX News and Journalist-in-Residence at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Claudia Rosett has been digging into this story for a while, but I hadn't known that she has any official connection to Fox News. Good for them!

26 posted on 09/17/2004 3:28:43 AM PDT by maryz
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To: ex-Texan

No doubt. Plenty of democrats have fat wallets, they won't bring it up. 8 years of Clinton and oil scam, that's got to be quite a long list, as well as most of Europe.

that's the real reason they didn't want Bush going in there. They didn't want the taps closed. It wasn't about oil for Bush, but it sure was for Europe.


27 posted on 09/17/2004 3:30:03 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: abc1

I've been saying that for YEARS. But nooooo! Even Bush has turned around and given the UN credence again. What the hell is up with that?


28 posted on 09/17/2004 3:33:40 AM PDT by Capricam
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To: abc1

Why we even bother with the UN is beyond me . I've always contended that we knock down that useless building here in NYC and make a nice park at the site.


29 posted on 09/17/2004 3:34:49 AM PDT by omstrat (zip code77034)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Loooong article, but good. Let's hope this is true!

Let's not.
I'm not a Democrat... I don't pray for the worst. There's nothing I would like more than the WMDs and Al Qaeda links and funding to not be true.
Being right is not better than being dead.
30 posted on 09/17/2004 3:37:01 AM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: counterpunch
Being right is not better than being dead

Errr.. or something.
"staying alive" I mean.

I've got to go and put food on my family now.
31 posted on 09/17/2004 3:40:31 AM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: omstrat

Hopefully that will happen, but not if kerry gets in. It would be a disaster if kerry got in and propped up the UN.

The UN would crumble right now if Bush demaned that they follow their own charter.
We have Sudan committing genocide, Syria crossing the border for visits and testing chemical weapons , yet Sudan is a member in good standing and appointed to the human rights commision. All these Islamic countries should not be in the UN at all, yet the place is stacked with them.

it's insane.


32 posted on 09/17/2004 3:40:47 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: RandallFlagg
Betchtel?

"Agreeing with that assessment is Bechtel, which signed up the Al-Bunnia Trading Company as its first Iraqi subcontractor to work on the reconstruction of Iraq's Al Mat bridge. "Al Bunnia was vetted through the [US-led Coalition Provisional Authority]," Bechtel spokesman Howard Menaker said in an e-mail. "During the background investigation, there was nothing found that indicated we could not work with Al Bunnia. Further, there were additional informal discussions with other individuals and advisors to us but again nothing indicated wrong doing nor that we would be precluded from doing business with Bunnia." Another firm with close ties to the White House that's angling to help clients win Iraq contracts, GOP lobbyist Haley Barbour's New Bridge Strategies, proudly announces on its website that its local partner in a consortium bidding on a contract is "led by the Al-bunnia family who are a leading commercial group in Iraq with over 80 years experience in Iraq." "

33 posted on 09/17/2004 3:43:49 AM PDT by endthematrix (Where is that number for FReeper addiction?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Even if there may be copious evidence linking this unholy alliance; photographs, testimonys, finger prints or whatever..... They will deny and ask what your definition of "is" is. There are some people who are thick skinned and narrow minded in their Machiavellian pursuits. The facts only get in their way. Let this knowledge resolve our efforts to shine that light of truth ever brighter.


34 posted on 09/17/2004 3:47:34 AM PDT by Broker (Grand Pa Pettibones)
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To: counterpunch
"I've got to go and put food on my family now."

Like pour spaghetti on them? LOL! You're getting sleeeepy!

35 posted on 09/17/2004 3:48:59 AM PDT by endthematrix (Where is that number for FReeper addiction?)
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To: West Coast Conservative; All
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36 posted on 09/17/2004 3:58:56 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Dawn of Information...)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BTTT


37 posted on 09/17/2004 4:01:28 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: fortheDeclaration
I am sure that Rather and the crack CBS news team are all over this story....

LOL! Yeh, like the documents forgery story, he want to be "the first to break the story".

I am so glad to see the sleazoid go out this way. He certainly deserves it!

38 posted on 09/17/2004 4:01:54 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza)
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To: West Coast Conservative
If this is true, then the U.N. is a member of the Axis of Evil. The United States should then invoke the Bush Doctrine and forever banish this virulent pond scum from American soil.
39 posted on 09/17/2004 4:12:44 AM PDT by Uncle Vlad
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To: West Coast Conservative

I understand CBS News is gonna get right on this, although Dan Rather is questioning the validity of the documentation that's been found. Dan: "They're relying on documents that are obviously forged. Nobody has used handwriting like that since 1955."


40 posted on 09/17/2004 4:18:27 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More ( Ain't it Grand!)
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ping


41 posted on 09/17/2004 4:49:42 AM PDT by stockpirate (Kerry; supported by, financed by, trained by, guided by, revered by, in favor of, Communists.)
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To: netmilsmom
No one but the FReepers and the Blogs will ever know about it.

I wouldn't bet on that

43 posted on 09/17/2004 4:57:20 AM PDT by Mo1 (Why is the MSM calling the Vietnam Vets and POW's a suspected group??)
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To: Mo1

>>I wouldn't bet on that<<

I pray you're right!


44 posted on 09/17/2004 5:10:00 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: janvaltin

Looney article? Desperate? You sound like someone who wants something more concrete. Let me steer you to Dan Rather's 4 pages of memo's typed by a dead man. Think that might be more credible for you.


45 posted on 09/17/2004 5:10:20 AM PDT by pieces of time
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To: West Coast Conservative
This is begnning to make more sense.  Why would bin Laden issue a statement that included references to Iraq if there was no connection? 
 
http://www.ict.org.il/articles/fatwah.htm
 
Text of Fatwah Urging Jihad Against Americans

Published in Al-Quds al-'Arabi on Febuary 23, 1998

The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, still they are helpless. Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, in excess of 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.

Then there's this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1177581/posts

Report: Saddam offered bin Laden safe haven
Bradenton Herald ^ | JUly 24, 2004 | JIM LANDERS

In 1999, Saddam Hussein apparently invited Osama bin Laden to move to Iraq. In 2000, Iran reportedly "made a concerted effort to strengthen relations with al-Qaida."

 

And now we have this:

September 17, 2004

Evidence of intent -- but no WMD program
Details released on report by U.S. weapons inspector

Douglas Jehl, New York Times

Washington -- A new report on Iraq's illicit weapons program by the chief U.S. weapons inspector is expected to conclude that Saddam Hussein's government had a clear intent to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons if U.N. sanctions were lifted, government officials said Thursday.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/17/MNGA88QJIJ1.DTL

46 posted on 09/17/2004 5:23:05 AM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (Kerry can't run his own campaign....how could he run this country?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Very interesting article


47 posted on 09/17/2004 5:26:49 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: netmilsmom
No one but the FReepers and the Blogs will ever know about it.

Too late. The flying monkeys are dispersing. *snicker


48 posted on 09/17/2004 5:28:44 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (Imagine there's no Kerry, it's easy if you try... or don't try! ?)
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To: AdmSmith

Pong


49 posted on 09/17/2004 5:28:50 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

IF this is true...its very explosive stuff. EXCELLENT article should be sent to RUSH.
Disgusting that the UN wont allow the info to be viewed?
The UN did a shoddy job of handling things in Iraq and now I am beginning to see why...too many palms were being greased.
IF Saddam was in bed with Al Qaeda...stay tuned for the left wing media to spin this.


50 posted on 09/17/2004 5:32:54 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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