Skip to comments.Panel: European Pols Took Saddam Bribes (Oil-for-Food)
Posted on 05/12/2005 6:53:47 PM PDT by nextthunder
Panel: European Pols Took Saddam Bribes Thursday, May 12, 2005
UNITED NATIONS Two European politicians received millions of barrels of Iraqi oil in exchange for their support of Saddam Hussein's regime, a U.S. Senate committee probing corruption in the U.N. Oil-for-Food program found.
The report, released late Wednesday, accused British lawmaker George Galloway (search) and former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua (search) accepted oil allocations under the Oil-for-Food scheme.
The allegations against the the two men, outspoken opponents of U.N. sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s, are not new. What is new is the documentation that the committee offered, which it said proves the misconduct.
"This report exposes how Saddam Hussein turned the Oil-for-Food program on its head and used the program to reward his political allies like Pasqua and Galloway,"
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I personally believe that some of the money for the United Nations oil for food program was used in support of the terriorists that did 9/11 in New York City.
Golly, they aren't too slow to catch on, are they?
Many of us thought this was probably the case two years ago, and knew it for sure about a year ago when the Iraquis recovered and released the documentation.
I want to know about our "journalists," pols (Congressmen and former Congressmen), and actors.
Why is anyone surprised? The European Union itself is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Arab League
I agree. I think Saddam funded 9/11 as well, even if he was otherwise arms-length.
Bonior and McDermott for sure.
An old article from Fox News says, "Reps. Jim McDermott of Seattle, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California were due to return Tuesday night after a visit organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq. Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia was in Iraq earlier in a trip was sponsored by the San Francisco-based Institute for Public Accuracy, a consortium of policy researchers."
I believe that it is true that Scott Ritter admitted he was paid with oil allocations from Iraq.
I recall reading that visiting foreigners received allocations and were able to sell the oil to international traders for between 10 cents and 30 cents per barrel. A 1m-barrel allocation could net as much as $300,000 in profit.
The international traders swarmed over the hotels where these friends of Saddam stayed while they "smelled the alleys" of Baghdad.
Saddam's American Beneficiaries
Samir Vincent: 7 million
Shakir Alkhalaji [sic]: 10.5 million
Samir Vincent gave $1,000 in 2000 to then Republican Congressman Tom Campbell for his unsuccessful challenge against California Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Shakir Al-Khafaji was more generous to political candidates:
Michigan's David Bonior, at the time the second ranking Democrat in the House, received $2,500 between 1998 and 2000. Bonior accompanied McDermott to Baghdad in 2002.
Then Senator, now Energy Secretary, Spencer Abraham received $250 in 1999
Detroit Democrat John Conyers received $1,000 in 1999. (Conyers introduced a bill in the House to end economic sanctions against Iraq in March 2000)
Michigan Republican Joe Knollenberg received $1,000 in 1998.
The Arab American PAC received $500 in 2002, while James Zogby's Arab American Leadership Council PAC received $5,000 in 2000.
A BBC investigation has revealed that the United Nations funded the work of a charity believed by the United States to be a front organisation for Osama Bin Laden. The UN donated more than $1.4m to a consortium of charities working in the Sudan in 1997, one of which was the Muwafaq (Arabic: blessed relief) Foundation. The US Treasury believes wealthy businessman Yasin al-Qadi set up the charity. -------- "Bin Laden 'received UN cash'," BBC , 10-20-01