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Coleman to Hold Hearing: “How Saddam Hussen Abused the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program” [MN]
coleman.senate.gov ^ | Nov 9, 2004 | Press release

Posted on 11/10/2004 3:58:55 PM PST by Mike Fieschko

Washington, DC - The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) has scheduled a hearing entitled, “How Saddam Hussein Abused the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program.” The hearing is set for Monday, November 15, 2004, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. This hearing will be the first of several hearings the Subcommittee intends to hold on this matter.

Today, Chairman Coleman and ranking member Senator Carl Levin also sent a letter to Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, reiterating a request for access to UN internal audit reports as well as key personnel knowledgeable about the abuses of the UN OFF program. The Subcommittee also objected to the recent actions of the Independent Inquiry Committee (“IIC”) headed by Paul Volker, that are “affirmatively preventing the Subcommittee” from receiving key documents relevant to its investigation.

The Subcommittee’s first hearing on the Oil-for-Food Program (“OFF Program”) will lay the foundation for future hearings on how the OFF Program was exploited by Saddam Hussein. The Subcommittee is scheduled to hear from Charles A. Duelfer, author of “The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq’s WMD.” Mr. Duelfer will testify as to how Saddam Hussein manipulated the OFF Program to erode United Nations sanctions, generated billions of dollars of illicit funds, and procured conventional weapons.

Also scheduled to testify is Juan Carlos Zarate, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury. Mr. Zarate will discuss the extent to which funds illicitly procured under the OFF Program may have been used by Saddam Hussein for illicit purposes, including whether monies pilfered from the OFF Program are being used to fund the Iraqi insurgency or terrorist groups. The Subcommittee will also examine specific transactions in which the former Iraqi regime procured illicit funds and peddled influence by granting vouchers for oil deals, demanding kickbacks on contracts for humanitarian goods, and exacting surcharges on oil sales.

A background press availability with Senator Coleman and the Subcommittee staff will take place at 10:00 a.m. on November 15th in 199 Russell Senate Office Building.

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify at the Monday, November 15th hearing:

CHARLES A. DUELFER Special Advisor to the Director of the Central Intelligence for Strategy Regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Program Central Intelligence Agency

JUAN CARLOS ZARATE Deputy Assistant Secretary Executive Office for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes U. S. Department of the Treasury



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: off; oilforfood; uncorruption

1 posted on 11/10/2004 3:58:55 PM PST by Mike Fieschko
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To: Mike Fieschko

...and HOW THE UNITED NATIONS ABUSED THE UNITED NATIONS OIL FOR FOOD PROGRAM....


2 posted on 11/10/2004 3:59:52 PM PST by EagleUSA (W)
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To: EagleUSA

...and the French, and Russians, and Germans, and French.


3 posted on 11/10/2004 4:01:03 PM PST by KarlInOhio ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC Chief Terry McAuliffe, 11/2/04)
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To: EagleUSA

I no longer have to say I heard the scandal on Fox (I heard it here; I dont have Fox) to my friends. Now I can say, "Look, the senate is investigating!"

This ought to be good...


4 posted on 11/10/2004 4:01:51 PM PST by zahal724 (I own a lumber company? Want some wood?)
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To: Mike Fieschko

Go get 'em Norm!


5 posted on 11/10/2004 4:02:28 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Don't blame me, I volunteered for Toomey)
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To: Mike Fieschko

I wonder why every time I write my senator about how we should get out of the UN, he disagrees with me....

maybe Norm is coming to the light?


6 posted on 11/10/2004 4:07:05 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the Piece: Hope IS on the way...)
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To: Mike Fieschko

This was referred to by Claudia Rosette on today's Hugh Hewitt show :)


7 posted on 11/10/2004 4:08:17 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: Steven W.

You listen, too? :-)


8 posted on 11/10/2004 4:12:09 PM PST by Mike Fieschko ("A ‘q’ should always be followed by a ‘u’. I don’t make the rules, Iraq, but I will enforce them.")
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To: Mike Fieschko
President Bush needs to have a little "chat" with Volker.

The OFF program is a huge scam and there is absolutely

no excuse anymore for not uncovering the entire thing.
9 posted on 11/10/2004 4:15:39 PM PST by rodguy911 ( President Reagan---all the rest.)
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To: zahal724

They'll say...but a Republican is heading the investigation :-( ;-)


10 posted on 11/10/2004 4:19:11 PM PST by pookie18
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To: Mike Fieschko

ping


11 posted on 11/10/2004 4:27:56 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: Mike Fieschko

I heard Senator Coleman speak on the Fox special about this deal and he was determined to get to the bottom of this -- I am really impressed with him as a Senator.


12 posted on 11/10/2004 4:27:58 PM PST by PhiKapMom
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To: Mike Fieschko

Is this going to be televised?


13 posted on 11/10/2004 4:28:53 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Is this going to be televised?

No idea. Keep an eye on cspan, I guess.
14 posted on 11/10/2004 4:31:06 PM PST by Mike Fieschko ("A ‘q’ should always be followed by a ‘u’. I don’t make the rules, Iraq, but I will enforce them.")
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To: Mike Fieschko

FNC should devote some time to it.


15 posted on 11/10/2004 4:33:14 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: PhiKapMom

At least we got one good one.

And in 2006 we can get rid of Mark Dayton.


16 posted on 11/10/2004 4:37:28 PM PST by Slainte
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To: Rakkasan1

Write your senators and tell them to support HR 1146...to get us out of the UN.


17 posted on 11/10/2004 4:51:12 PM PST by Ginifer
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To: Slainte

You have a very good one and I would love to see Dayton go the way of the dinosaur in 2006!


18 posted on 11/10/2004 6:38:02 PM PST by PhiKapMom
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To: Mike Fieschko
Get ready for the OFF program to crack wide open come Monday, then more on Wednesday (House committee)

I heard Hugh Hewitt talk about this last night sounds like this might finaly come out into the open.


PING...
19 posted on 11/11/2004 8:22:08 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Mike Fieschko
LIBERALS

20 posted on 11/11/2004 4:45:55 PM PST by Righter-than-Rush
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To: Mike Fieschko; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; ...
BUMPING!

DON'T FORGET, THIS IS TODAY...

Will be shown on C-span1

The hearing is set for Monday, November 15, 2004, at 12:00 p.m. (est)


PING...
21 posted on 11/15/2004 4:22:55 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

Dang -- I won't be home. I expect full notes! LOL


22 posted on 11/15/2004 4:27:43 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed)
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To: OXENinFLA

I may have to watch this in the video archives when CSPAN adds it to their website.


23 posted on 11/15/2004 4:30:14 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Congratulations President-Re-Elect George W. Bush!)
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To: Mike Fieschko

United Nations Oil-for-Food Accountability Act of 2004 (Introduced in Senate)

S 2389 IS

108th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2389

To require the withholding of United States contributions to the United Nations until the President certifies that the United Nations is cooperating in the investigation of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 5, 2004

Mr. ENSIGN (for himself, Mr. MILLER, Mr. SMITH, Mr. GRAHAM of South Carolina, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. KYL, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mr. THOMAS, Mr. BURNS, Mr. LOTT, Mr. COLEMAN, Mr. SANTORUM, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. CRAIG, and Mr. ALLARD) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foriegn Relations

A BILL

To require the withholding of United States contributions to the United Nations until the President certifies that the United Nations is cooperating in the investigation of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `United Nations Oil-for-Food Accountability Act of 2004'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) There have been allegations of substantial fraud and corruption in the administration and management of the oil-for-food program.

(2) The United Nations received 2.2 percent of the proceeds of the sale of the oil exported from Iraq under the oil-for-food program, approximately $1,400,000,000, to fund the programs administrative and operational costs.

(3) The United States General Accounting Office estimates that during the period from 1997 through 2002, the former Iraqi regime received $10,100,000,000 in illegal revenues from the oil-for-food program, including $5,700,000,000 received from oil smuggled out of Iraq and $4,400,000,000 received from surcharges on oil sales and illicit commissions from suppliers exporting goods to Iraq.

(4) Any illicit activity by United Nations officials, personnel, agents, or contractors, including entities that have entered into contracts under the oil-for-food program, is unacceptable and must be thoroughly investigated.

(5) Documents in the files of the former Iraqi Oil Ministry indicate that Benon Sevan, the Executive Director of the oil-for-food program, and other senior United Nations officials may be connected to a kickback scheme in which some 270 prominent foreign officials, business people, and political entities received the right to trade in Iraqi oil at below market prices.

(6) On April 21, 2004, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1538 that established a high-level inquiry into allegations regarding the administration of the oil-for-food program. The inquiry will be led by Mr. Paul Volcker and the investigators will not have subpoena powers.

(7) The ability and credibility of the United Nations Security Council to act in matters of war and peace is threatened due to the alleged influence of permanent member states' politically connected individuals, companies, and institutions who received Iraqi oil contracts.

(8) The ability of the United Nations to convey legitimacy to the new Government of Iraq and assist in postwar Iraq is hampered by the allegations of United Nations corruption and mismanagement of the oil-for-food program.

SEC. 3. OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM DEFINED.

In this Act, the term `oil-for-food program' means the program to permit the sale of petroleum products exported from Iraq and to use the revenue generated from such sale for humanitarian assistance established and administered pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 986 (April 14, 1995) and subsequent United Nations resolutions.

SEC. 4. PAYMENT OF CERTAIN CONTRIBUTIONS CONTINGENT UPON UNITED NATIONS COOPERATION.

(a) WITHHOLDING OF PORTION OF ASSESSED CONTRIBUTIONS- Until the President submits the certification under subsection (b), amounts shall be withheld from amounts appropriated for contributions to international organizations as follows:

(1) FISCAL YEAR 2005 ASSESSED CONTRIBUTIONS FOR UNITED NATIONS REGULAR BUDGET- Of the funds appropriated for contributions to international organizations in an Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2005, 10 percent of the amount available for United States assessed contributions to the regular budget of the United Nations for such fiscal year.

(2) FISCAL YEAR 2006 ASSESSED CONTRIBUTIONS FOR UNITED NATIONS REGULAR BUDGET- Of the funds appropriated for contributions to international organizations in an Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2006, 20 percent of the amount available for United States assessed contributions to the regular budget of the United Nations for such fiscal year.

(b) CERTIFICATION- The certification referred to in subsection (a) is a certification made by the President to Congress that--

(1) the United Nations has in effect procedures that provide the General Accounting Office access to all documents relating to the oil-for-food program so that the Comptroller General of the United States may perform nationally mandated reviews of United Nations operations;

(2) the United Nations Secretary General has formally confirmed that the United Nations will not assert the inviolability of United Nations papers and internal records that concern the oil-for-food program or a sanction imposed on Iraq related to the oil-for-food program;

(3) the United Nations has authorized the release, upon request, to the law enforcement authorities of any member state of the United Nations authentic copies of any document, including any document in the custody of a person that was engaged on a contract basis to provide goods or services to the United Nations , that in the judgment of the requesting authority directly or indirectly concerns the oil-for-food program or a sanction imposed on Iraq related to the oil-for-food program;

(4) the United Nations has waived any immunity enjoyed by any United Nations official from the judicial process in the United States for any civil or criminal acts or omissions under United States Federal or State law in connection with the oil-for-food program; and

(5) any United Nations official who received improper financial benefits from the oil-for-food program has reimbursed the Government of Iraq for the full amount, including interest on such amount, that such official improperly received.


24 posted on 11/15/2004 6:47:21 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I'm betting it'll be re-played over the weekend.


25 posted on 11/15/2004 6:47:58 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: PhiKapMom

Can Coleman come represent Wisconsin too? My Senators are Kohl and Feingold, who are the male versions of Boxer and Feinstein.


26 posted on 11/15/2004 6:50:53 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (EEE)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I think we need to carve out a new State with the red areas of MN and WI! I am so impressed with Sen Coleman -- heard him speak on this and he wasn't taking "no" for an answer.


27 posted on 11/15/2004 7:11:44 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Thanks Oklahomans for giving Pres Bush the win in all our counties!)
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To: OXENinFLA

I'll try to catch it .. but 'm not sure if I'll be able to watch all of it


28 posted on 11/15/2004 8:13:51 AM PST by Mo1 (one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us)
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To: Mike Fieschko; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; ...

BUMP!

GET IT ON!!!


29 posted on 11/15/2004 8:58:50 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

You can also stream in the audio here.

http://www.capitolhearings.org/

Click on "Dirksen 342" on nthe right hand side


30 posted on 11/15/2004 9:03:06 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

21.3 Billion!!!!!!!


31 posted on 11/15/2004 9:04:40 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Mike Fieschko

ON CSPAN now


32 posted on 11/15/2004 9:14:56 AM PST by halfright (3,000 Americans murdered 9/11, Never forgive, never forget, be on guard!)
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To: halfright

Is Duelfer going to testify today?


33 posted on 11/15/2004 9:15:29 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla

Yes...he is there....


34 posted on 11/15/2004 9:17:36 AM PST by halfright (3,000 Americans murdered 9/11, Never forgive, never forget, be on guard!)
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To: halfright

Thanks! I'm bugging. I've got to get a TV in here....


35 posted on 11/15/2004 9:18:46 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: halfright

Sen Levin is ranking member and a real pisser, too


36 posted on 11/15/2004 9:18:47 AM PST by halfright (3,000 Americans murdered 9/11, Never forgive, never forget, be on guard!)
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To: OXENinFLA
the United Nations has waived any immunity enjoyed by any United Nations official from the judicial process in the United States for any civil or criminal acts or omissions under United States Federal or State law in connection with the oil-for-food program; and

Very good
37 posted on 11/15/2004 9:21:35 AM PST by visualops (Freedom is worth fighting for, dying for and standing for: the advance of freedom leads to peace-GWB)
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To: visualops
Is it just me or does LEVIN sound like he's making excuses for the fleecing of the OFF??
38 posted on 11/15/2004 9:26:06 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

Susan.............................Collins..............................up..........................now.


39 posted on 11/15/2004 9:32:13 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Mike Fieschko
It would be nice if the article would give this Coleman guy a first name. Or may I assume it's:


40 posted on 11/15/2004 9:34:39 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
C-Span now showing UN Oil for food Progam Under Saddam Hussein
41 posted on 11/15/2004 9:35:20 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA
Is it just me or does LEVIN sound like he's making excuses for the fleecing of the OFF??

While I'm unable to watch, I'm sure that it isn't just you.

Wouldn't surprise me if senator $ was somehow in on the take himself.

42 posted on 11/15/2004 9:42:39 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Rakkasan1

Ron Paul is my congressman and he has been saying for YEARS that it is time to get rid of the UN.


43 posted on 11/15/2004 9:44:31 AM PST by buffyt (Mutilated bodies on Fallujah's streets today paint a harrowing picture of 8 months of rebel rule.)
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To: OXENinFLA

Leiberman slappin snot outta UN in his opening statements.


44 posted on 11/15/2004 9:45:29 AM PST by halfright (3,000 Americans murdered 9/11, Never forgive, never forget, be on guard!)
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To: OXENinFLA

I'm at work, not hearing C-Span...in fact..you didn't see me here...


45 posted on 11/15/2004 10:59:48 AM PST by visualops (Freedom is worth fighting for, dying for and standing for: the advance of freedom leads to peace-GWB)
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To: OXENinFLA

SHOW TIME


THANKS FOR THE PING

46 posted on 11/15/2004 3:11:43 PM PST by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY to 2008 Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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