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Saddam's $2m offer to WMD inspector
UK Telegraph ^ | 3/12/2005 | Francis Harris

Posted on 03/11/2005 6:36:52 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE

Saddam's $2m offer to WMD inspector By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 12/03/2005)

Saddam Hussein's regime offered a $2 million (£1.4 million) bribe to the United Nations' chief weapons inspector to doctor his reports on the search for weapons of mass destruction


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aziz; benonsevan; bribery; bribes; ekeus; hussein; iaea; inspections; inspector; inspectors; iraq; rolfekeus; saddam; saddamhussein; tareqaziz; tariqaziz; un; unoutofus; unscom; usoutofun; volckercommission; weaponsinspector; weaponsinspectors; wmd
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm -- Scott Ritter?
1 posted on 03/11/2005 6:36:52 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE
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To: SDR

Ritter already has spent half that on his porn collection......


2 posted on 03/11/2005 6:39:44 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: SDR

Some Swedish guy. but they suspect others took the money. My question is, why would saddamn pay two mill to get a clean bill of health for weapons he didn't have?


3 posted on 03/11/2005 6:41:00 PM PST by marty60
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To: SDR

This is big news, I think.


4 posted on 03/11/2005 6:42:55 PM PST by AlGone2001 (You will never know that Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you've got-Mother Theresa)
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To: marty60
$2 million (£1.4 million) bribe to the United Nations' chief weapons inspector

Hans Blix?

5 posted on 03/11/2005 6:44:00 PM PST by Dog (FReepers-- - -- --- We are a battery of 80,000 bullsh*t-seeking missiles.)
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To: SDR
This is not consistent behavior for one who supposedly had no WMD.
6 posted on 03/11/2005 6:44:02 PM PST by Light Your World
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To: SDR

I would love to see Scott Ritter locked up in some Saudi jail. One can dream.


7 posted on 03/11/2005 6:44:32 PM PST by Righty_McRight ("Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter" Proverbs 24:11)
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To: cyncooper; Howlin; backhoe

Short on details, but what's here is interesting...


8 posted on 03/11/2005 6:45:57 PM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Dog

No the report is from some swedish guy. but they suspect he was not the only one to offered bribes. They think some may have taken the money. Makes one wonder about the U.N. reports of NO WMD's huh.


9 posted on 03/11/2005 6:46:14 PM PST by marty60
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To: AlGone2001
Rolf Ekeus, the Swede who led the UN's efforts to track down the weapons from 1991 to 1997, said that the offer came from Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister and deputy.

Mr Ekeus told Reuters news agency that he had passed the information to the Volcker Commission. "I told the Volcker people that Tariq [Aziz] said a couple of million was there if we report right. My answer was, 'That is not the way we do business in Sweden.' "

Not Blix.

10 posted on 03/11/2005 6:46:26 PM PST by Dog (FReepers-- - -- --- We are a battery of 80,000 bullsh*t-seeking missiles.)
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To: SDR

ummm,.... if Saddam didn't have any, wasn't hiding any, and wasn't trying to make more; why did Saddam feel it necessary to bribe an inspector to "not find any?"


11 posted on 03/11/2005 6:46:37 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SDR

This makes absolutely no sense since we now know that Saddam Hussein had no WMDs whatsoever. Therefore, I refuse to think any further about this.


12 posted on 03/11/2005 6:47:41 PM PST by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Dog

It's some Swede who headed the program between 1991-1997 (Eukers?). To answer another posters question, however...Saddam did have weapons during this time that were discovered. Interestingly, this was when Scott Ritter was telling the truth about the danger that Saddam posed to the world.


13 posted on 03/11/2005 6:48:04 PM PST by cwb
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To: SandRat

Remember...Saddam did have weapons that we discovered at this time (1991-1997). Part of the problem with this whole ordeal is that the inspectors admitted that they didn't destroy them all before they were kicked out. But they were there, at this time.


14 posted on 03/11/2005 6:50:47 PM PST by cwb
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To: SDR; okie01; Fedora; Allan; Mitchell; cyncooper; Dog

Rolf Ekeus.

BTW, maybe the guy Christopher Hitchens mentioned in 2003:

"I know of at least one incontrovertible case where a senior inspector was offered a huge bribe by Tariq Aziz himself: The man in question refused the money, but obviously not everybody did."
http://slate.msn.com/id/2078512


15 posted on 03/11/2005 6:51:08 PM PST by Shermy
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To: MizSterious; Dog
Rolf Ekeus, the Swede who led the UN's efforts to track down the weapons from 1991 to 1997, said that the offer came from Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister and deputy.

This guy left in '97 and says it was offered and he didn't accept it. But it establishes a precedent. If they offered it once, they offered it many times. And some probably accepted. (surprise!)

Which begs the question...if there were no WMD, why the attempt at bribes (if not outright bribes)? I know you guys have thought of that, but I just raise the point again.

16 posted on 03/11/2005 6:52:51 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: SDR

$2 million? I'm surprised the UN could be bought off so cheap.


17 posted on 03/11/2005 6:53:09 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Dog
Rolf Ekeus, the Swede who led the UN's efforts to track down the weapons from 1991 to 1997, said that the offer came from Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister and deputy. Mr Ekeus told Reuters news agency that he had passed the information to the Volcker Commission. "I told the Volcker people that Tariq [Aziz] said a couple of million was there if we report right. My answer was, 'That is not the way we do business in Sweden.' "

I don't know where Mr Aziz is right now BUT, if this report is accurate, Mr Aziz should be hung in the public square in memory of the 1500+ brave US soldiers who gave their lives for the liberation of Iraq!

18 posted on 03/11/2005 6:54:12 PM PST by eeriegeno
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To: SDR
This is a thread most appropriate if AlGore were to be elected POTUS.

He wasn't. (Thank Gawd)

19 posted on 03/11/2005 6:56:43 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: eeriegeno
I don't know where Mr Aziz is right now

FYI, here is the latest on Aziz:

Tariq Aziz refuses to testify against Saddam: lawyer

excerpt:

The lawyer said that Aziz, who has been in US custody since his surrender in the immediate aftermath of last year's US-led invasion,

~snip~

20 posted on 03/11/2005 6:57:51 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: SDR

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This should be a HUGE story!!

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21 posted on 03/11/2005 7:03:16 PM PST by infoguy (www.frankenlies.com ... www.themediareport.com ...)
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To: SDR

So why -- why?? -- would he have done that IF THERE WERE NO WMD TO BEGIN WITH???!!??


22 posted on 03/11/2005 7:10:26 PM PST by alnick (Rice 2005: We've only just begun to see what Freedom can achieve.)
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To: marty60
My question is, why would saddamn pay two mill to get a clean bill of health for weapons he didn't have?

And I'll bet not one MSM reporter will go there.

23 posted on 03/11/2005 7:11:27 PM PST by alnick (Rice 2005: We've only just begun to see what Freedom can achieve.)
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To: Shermy; cyncooper
From a thread you posted:

Exclusive: MP Galloway's Saddam link held in Amman
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) ^ | April 23, 2003 | Mustapha Karkouti

A Jordanian business man, Fawaz Zureikat, whose name was revealed yesterday as an allegedly business intermediary between Labour member of Parliament George Galloway and Saddam Hussain's regime, has been detained in Amman.

George Galloway MP, a familiar face to Arab public, is at the top of the news once again, but this time as having been, allegedly, on the pay-roll of Saddam Hussain's regime, at least since 2000.

The allegations, claimed to have been uncovered in "secret documents" found by a reporter in two charred boxes at the first floor of the looted foreign ministry in Baghdad are many and they include that Galloway took a cut of oil money worth at least £375,000 a year.

Other allegations claimed that Galloway recommended a Jordanian businessman, Fawaz Zureikat, as "his representative", or intermediary, to deal on his behalf with the Iraqi authority. All these claims have been fiercely denied by Galloway.

But Gulf News can reveal that Zureikat (45), former station manager of Arab Television, a new English-language satellite channel with offices in London and formerly in Baghdad, was detained last month in Amman for unknown reasons.

ATV went on air for less than two weeks before it seized broadcasting in March as a result of Zureikat arrest.

According to Amnesty, Zureikat was detained on March 3. He is being held, AI says, without charge at the headquarters of General Intelligence Department in Amman. Amnesty considers him to be "a possible prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful expression of his political beliefs."

In a brief issued last month, AI said on 3 March security officers arrested Zurayqat at his office in Amman and seized computers, documents and compact discs. He was taken to the General Intelligence Department, where he is still being held.

"He has been denied access to a lawyer, but his brother has been able to visit him twice," AI said.

Zurayqat is a leading member of the National Mobilisation Committee for the Defence of Iraq, a non-governmental organisation which campaigns against the sanctions and war on Iraq and supported by Galloway.

The main claims against galloway, published in The Daily Telegraph, say the Iraqi intelligence chief, whose signature was "illegible", wrote a memorandum stating that the MP had told a spy: "He ( Galloway) needs continuous financial support from Iraq.

"He obtained through Tariq Aziz (Iraq's deputy prime minister) three million barrels of oil every six months, according to the oil for food programme. His share would be only between 10 and 15 cents per barrel."

On Galloway's links with the Jordanian business man, the alleged document says Zureikat told Iraqi intelligence that the "Mariam Appeal," which was founded by Galloway to campaign for a lifting of the Iraqi trade embargo and against war, put his future as a British MP in doubt.

24 posted on 03/11/2005 7:17:10 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Excellent posting of a "dot" in the big picture.


25 posted on 03/11/2005 7:20:16 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: SDR

Why do this if there are no WMDs?


26 posted on 03/11/2005 7:21:52 PM PST by woofie
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To: Shermy

Thanks; interesting theory on the Hitchens quote.


27 posted on 03/11/2005 7:46:01 PM PST by Fedora
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To: piasa
A Jordanian business man, Fawaz Zureikat, whose name was revealed yesterday as an allegedly business intermediary between Labour member of Parliament George Galloway and Saddam Hussain's regime

Hmmm, another Jordanian connection--if Zureikat was an intermediary to the British left, was he also an intermediary to the CIA station in Jordan where David Manners was?

28 posted on 03/11/2005 7:55:33 PM PST by Fedora
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To: woofie
Let me play devil's advocate and propose a reason for attempting to bribe the inspectors.

Early in the Iraq war I suspected Saddam was running a bluff and had destroyed (or shipped to Syria, etc.) his WMD. We know he used to have them, he's threatening to use them on our troops, he wouldn't let inspectors in. In his mind he thinks this behavior will deter the spineless Americans and at the same time he doesn't have to worry about anyone in his own country using this stuff against him.

The bribes are just one more step in this half baked scheme. He offers bribes all around, knowing some will take them, but with the expectation that at least a few will report the effort. An excellent subterfuge if that was the purpose. It not only furthers his bluff, but when it leaks, it throws the whole UN weapons inspection effort into chaos.

Saddam never thought Bush would call his bluff and I think he was planning to let inspectors back in the country at some point as a ploy to get the embargo lifted.

Just a theory. Was Saddam clever enough to plan such a scheme? He obviously wasn't clever enough to correctly judge the resolve of President Bush and true Americans. It is interesting to note he may have overestimated the UN, they took the bribes and said nothing, at least in time to do Saddam any good.
29 posted on 03/11/2005 8:45:39 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy is not what it used to be.)
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To: SDR

The other thread was pulled so I'll repost my comment here:

Why would he do such a thing if he didn't have WMDs?

Obviously the attempt is an admission of guilt. Now let's dig them out of the holes in Syria and Lebanon where he shipped them before the war.


30 posted on 03/11/2005 9:49:14 PM PST by thoughtomator (I believe in the power of free markets to do good)
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To: SDR

Go figure: The MSM, inner circles, et al have known this all along. None spoke up. Allowing the pols etc. to bash Bush over "no WND". Doesn't this ammount to a conspiracy to undermine the C.I.C. It's also treasonous in my opinion.


31 posted on 03/11/2005 11:07:13 PM PST by Waco
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To: SDR

This won't get reported in the US media. They'd only report anything by a former UN Inspector head who said something contradicting the US position on WMD. Rolf Ekeus won't get a single line or single second of coverage in the US print or television news media. But if jacka** Mr. Magoo Hans Blix pipes up with his latest parroting of Eurotrash anti-Americanism on Iraq and WMD, he gets headlines in the US from the leftist lapdog media.


32 posted on 03/11/2005 11:18:01 PM PST by MikeA
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To: MikeA; NormsRevenge

There is a thread today about Blix making some comments around here somewhere...

I'll look for it tomorrow.

Good night all!


33 posted on 03/11/2005 11:28:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: SDR

That was my first thought too.


34 posted on 03/11/2005 11:29:42 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Shermy

bttt


35 posted on 03/11/2005 11:31:34 PM PST by nopardons
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To: piasa

bttt


36 posted on 03/11/2005 11:32:57 PM PST by nopardons
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To: SDR
Nile Gardiner, of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, who has followed the inquiries, said: "It's the tip of the iceberg of what the Iraqis were offering. For every official like Ekeus who turned down a bribe, there are many more who will have been tempted by it."

The truth will out.

37 posted on 03/11/2005 11:34:53 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("He's uptight and occasionally contrived." Mike Wallace on Dan Rather)
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To: wagglebee

"$2 million? I'm surprised the UN could be bought off so cheap."

Considering that Saddam was trying to 'maintain his innocence' while the UN was already prostituted...Let's not overlook the idea that the UN could have had Jeff Gannon post something at FreeRepublic, if Saddam didn't cooperate with FUTURE payoffs....


/sarc OFF


38 posted on 03/11/2005 11:43:42 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: SDR
Bush's fault?
39 posted on 03/11/2005 11:45:17 PM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SDR

Why would the guy do that since he didn't have any WMD?


40 posted on 03/11/2005 11:46:03 PM PST by Torie
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To: HangThemHigh

"It is interesting to note he may have overestimated the UN, they took the bribes and said nothing, at least in time to do Saddam any good."


Surely Saddam knew that plenty of the Bluehelmeted Thugs would be glad to take hush money. I think you've given him WAY too much credit. He is Machiavellian, for sure. But no Clausewitz....or Annan.


41 posted on 03/11/2005 11:48:42 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: SDR

Nice to know that Blix and Ritter are honest men...they STAY bought, even after the purchaser is completely cashed out.


42 posted on 03/12/2005 12:51:21 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: cyncooper

I suspect that most of Saddam's players...all believed that Saddam did have secret programs...and they felt it was in the best interest of Iraq to keep them secret. Saddam kept telling them...almost daily...that he had programs. They must have believed it...although no one ever went to one of these programs or knew what was really going on in the govenrment.


43 posted on 03/12/2005 12:59:14 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Shermy; Southack; cyncooper; Miss Marple

Good catch Shermy.


44 posted on 03/12/2005 4:11:50 AM PST by Dog (FReepers-- - -- --- We are a battery of 80,000 bullsh*t-seeking missiles.)
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To: Dog
"Not Blix."

At least, not this time...

45 posted on 03/12/2005 5:53:55 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: SDR

I wonder if the sites ruled out by the UN were reinspected after the invasion...?


46 posted on 03/12/2005 6:06:04 AM PST by Solamente
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To: MizSterious

Saddam wanted to RESTART his weapons programs.

The Duelfer report outlines Saddam's rationale to keep pretending he had WMD when he didn't, in fact, have any stockpiles worth mentioning. In the middle of the Middle East, surrounded by enemies (inside and outside of Iraq), he still needed to be seen as a threat.

He kept his capability to produce WMD intact and he was just waiting for the right time and the end of the UN sanctions to restart them (I'm sure some of it would then have, let's say, "slipped" into some agent's or al-Qaeda's hands to be used in the US after that.)

Trying to buy off the weapons inspectors would be entirely consistent with that.

He did buy off Scott Ritter and Galloway and lots of other people through the oil-for-food program so this is not a surprise at all.


47 posted on 03/12/2005 6:11:24 AM PST by JustDoItAlways
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To: SDR
SURE
There are no WMD so Sodom just give away $ 2M
a TRULY generous guy
But then Kennedy told us so from the beginning
48 posted on 03/12/2005 6:20:34 AM PST by 1903A3
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To: Dog
My answer was, 'That is not the way we do business in Sweden.' "

They were used to dealing with France.

49 posted on 03/12/2005 8:33:21 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bush Needs to Stay Aggressive in Term 2)
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To: SDR

Ritter's offer was $2 mil + all the teen girls he wanted.


50 posted on 03/12/2005 8:48:23 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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