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VIDEO - MUST see - connecting the dots: Obama, Rezko, Iraq money
MetaCafe ^ | 10-24-08

Posted on 10/24/2008 11:07:56 AM PDT by STARWISE

According to the linked page:

"Unnamed freelance journalist has the goods on Obama and Rezko"


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
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Rezko's $50 mil. Iraq deal

IRAQ CONTRACT | Gov's staff offered to let firm train 150 power-plant guards in western Illinois, but now plan's in limbo August 7, 2007

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Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company owned by now-indicted businessman Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop with a checkered financial past.

Within a month, an Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo

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Companion beefed up its lobbying efforts in March, hiring a Washington attorney who has contacted the U.S. State and Commerce departments. Frawley wants U.S. officials to persuade the Iraqi government to honor the contract he signed on April 18, 2005, when Aiham Alsammarae, another friend of Rezko's, ran Iraq's electricity agency.

Iraq's current electricity minister has balked, saying Frawley's contract is too expensive, according to a U.S. Embassy official in Baghdad.

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"Frawley originally had two other partners; one of them was a guy named Tony Rezko,'' said security consultant Patrick Goodale. Under the contract Frawley signed, Goodale is to coordinate training of the Iraqi power-plant guards.

Rezko, 52, is fighting federal charges that he solicited kickbacks from companies seeking state business under Blagojevich. Sources in December told the Sun-Times the feds are investigating Rezko's dealings in Iraq, where Rezko once had a contract from Alsammarae's agency to build a power plant.

Alsammarae, who lives in the Chicago area and was a college classmate of Rezko, is a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen. He left his post as Iraq's electricity minister in May 2005, about a month after Companion got the contract. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

Companion's contract called for it to fly 150 Iraqis to the United States for police-type training. Among the subjects: how to shoot AK-47 rifles.

As Frawley sought to revive the contract in spring 2006, Blagojevich's chief of staff, John Harris, directed the state's homeland security adviser, Jill Morgenthaler, to find "a military site for the training of Iraqi police forces,'' Morgenthaler wrote in an April 26, 2006, e-mail. She wrote the letter in June 2006 offering the Savanna site.

Two months later, Frawley sought help from Obama, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who is now running for president. Frawley met with Seamus Ahern, who runs Obama's Moline office. Frawley and Ahern discussed the proposal over a period of about six months.

Obama and Blagojevich viewed Frawley's efforts as a chance to create jobs in the Quad Cities area.

Blagojevich's spokeswoman, Abby Ottenhoff, said state officials assume Frawley's contract has "gone away" because they haven't heard from Companion since last year.

"We never got far enough along in the process to determine whether their plan was a good one," she said. "We only had preliminary discussions with them."

$100K, guns stolen — or were they? Companion Security lists its headquarters as a small house in La Grange that was the site of a bizarre burglary last year.

It’s the home of Companion owner Daniel T. Frawley’s sister, Maureen Frawley, a Forest Park police officer. She claimed someone broke in on April 27, 2006, and stole $100,000 in cash from her laundry room and three guns.

She told police the money belonged to her older brother, Daniel.

He “became defensive about questions relating to when, where and how he obtained the money,’’ according to a La Grange police report.

He told police he had withdrawn the money — $100 bills in bundles of $5,000 — from a Chicago bank, and his sister was supposed to have put the cash in a safe-deposit box.

Four days later, Maureen Frawley reported that the money and guns weren’t missing any more. She told police someone rang her doorbell, and when she answered, the cash and guns were on her porch, but no one was there.

When police arrived, the money was gone again. Maureen Frawley told officers her brother had taken it to his lawyer, George E. Weaver. Weaver told police the money had been “legally obtained by Daniel Frawley through real-estate transactions.’’

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/rezko/499796,CST-NWS-rezko07.stng

1 posted on 10/24/2008 11:07:57 AM PDT by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE
I thought the purpose of the Iraq war was to provide opportunities for Halliburton ?
2 posted on 10/24/2008 11:11:49 AM PDT by ScottSS (...it's not because he's black, it's because he's red.)
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To: SE Mom; pissant; penelopesire; Miss Didi; rodguy911; Dog; NormsRevenge; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

SunTimes Rezko/Alsammarae article link:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/rezko/499796,CST-NWS-rezko07.stng

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New RNC Rezko ad

http://www.paxparabellum.com/2008/10/new-rnc-ad-obamas-and-rezko-lapse-in.html


3 posted on 10/24/2008 11:12:28 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

BUMP


4 posted on 10/24/2008 11:15:06 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Don’t you just love this Chicago Way keystone cops drill?

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“She claimed someone broke in on April 27, 2006, and stole $100,000 in cash from her laundry room and three guns.

She told police the money belonged to her older brother, Daniel.

He “became defensive about questions relating to when, where and how he obtained the money,’’ according to a La Grange police report.

He told police he had withdrawn the money — $100 bills in bundles of $5,000 — from a Chicago bank, and his sister was supposed to have put the cash in a safe-deposit box.

Four days later, Maureen Frawley reported that the money and guns weren’t missing any more. She told police someone rang her doorbell, and when she answered, the cash and guns were on her porch, but no one was there.

When police arrived, the money was gone again. Maureen Frawley told officers her brother had taken it to his lawyer, George E. Weaver. Weaver told police the money had been “legally obtained by Daniel Frawley through real-estate transactions.’’


5 posted on 10/24/2008 11:17:14 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Bahbah; nutmeg; Velveeta; Cindy

~~PING!


6 posted on 10/24/2008 11:24:19 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Send it to RUsh and Hannity....They seem to be the only ones that aren’t afraid of the THUGS.


7 posted on 10/24/2008 11:28:36 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Acorn, Africa,Alinsky, Ayers,....BroadwayBank,Bastard child,Birthcert......now to the "C"s ;-))
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To: All
Escaped Minister Says He Fled Iraqi Jail ‘the Chicago Way’

Published: December 20, 2006

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 — In a lengthy phone conversation on Tuesday, the former Iraqi electricity minister who escaped from a Baghdad jail on Sunday ridiculed American and Iraqi officials and said he fled because he did not trust the police and had received a tip that he would be assassinated within days.

*snip* If correct, Mr. Alsammarae’s tale of escape would mean that he not only worked his way free of the Iraqi police guarding the jail but also eluded the thousands of Western and Iraqi security forces stationed in the dense maze of checkpoints and blast walls in the Green Zone, which is the fortified heart of the American occupation and the Iraqi government.

When asked how he could have pulled off such an escape, Mr. Alsammarae, who moved to Chicago in 1976 but returned to Iraq just after the invasion, laughed uproariously for 20 seconds. Then, recycling a famous line from an exchange about Al Capone in “The Untouchables,” Mr. Alsammarae said with undisguised glee: “The Chicago way.”


8 posted on 10/24/2008 11:28:57 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: All

Note: the other man pictured with Rezko and Obama in the RNC video ad is Nadhmi Auchi, nefarious Iraqi billionaire.

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Connecting the Dots: Obama, Rezko, Auchi, Alsammarae, and the Iraq kleptocracy
October 6, 2008

Last evening, October 5, 2008, ABC Radio talk show host John Batchelor and ex-DoD Jack Shaw continued their discussion of Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi and corruption of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) that led to corruption of the Nouri al-Maliki government in Iraq, i.e. Iraq as a kleptocracy.

Jack Shaw is the former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for International Technology Security and a former aide to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Listen to their podcast here during the second hour (at approximately the 28 min. mark).

http://dmm.broadchoice.com/www.johnbatchelorshow.com/podcast/

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Former Iraqi Minister of Electricity, Aiham Alsammarae

In the same context, Shaw and Batchelor also discussed Aiham Alsammarae (right), the former Iraqi Minister of Electricity (and former classmate with convicted political fixer, Antoin “Tony” Rezko) who was convicted of corruption October 2006 in Iraq, escaped first to Amman, Jordan, in December 2006 and returned to his Chicago home, and the alleged dismissal of charges against him by the Iraqi government. Alsammarae is once again involved in his homeland, Iraq, according to reports.

RW/RBO has written numerous articles about Alsammarae, his connections to both Rezko and Obama, as well as his apparent return to operations in Iraq.

Auchi and alleged Iraq reconstruction corruption:

In his February 28, 2005, NewsMax article Pentagon Document: U.S. Paid Pro-Saddam Figures, Chinese and French (now posted on the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics website), Charles R. Smith wrote about the alleged corruption. RW/RBO was contacted by NewsMax earlier this year and informed that the article had been pulled due to unsubstantiated material, specifically the following section:

Newly released Pentagon documents show that a former member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle has resurfaced inside the new Iraqi government, bringing charges of corruption, bribery and bid-rigging.

The documents also indicate that many firms – including French and Chinese ones that had cozy relationship’s with Saddam’s regime – continue to reap millions in contracts from Iraq’s new governing authorities.

As a result, millions of U.S. aid dollars and billions in Iraqi government funds have disappeared in an ongoing scandal that is poised to engulf Baghdad and Washington.

Worse still, a leading candidate for the top elected post in Iraq has also been implicated in the report as having taken “payoffs” in order to rig a major government cell phone contract.

According to a May 2004 U.S. Defense Department report to the inspector general and obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, a former financier and close associate of Saddam Hussein, Nadhmi Auchi, has “engaged in unlawful activities” such as bribing “foreign governments and individuals prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom to turn opinion against the American-led mission to remove Saddam Hussein.”

In addition, the report noted that Auchi arranged “for significant theft from the UN Oil-for-Food Program to smuggle weapons and dual-use technology into Iraq in violation of UN and other International Export Control Regimes.”

But the U.S. liberation of Iraq has done little to put Auchi out of business. According to the official DoD report, during the U.S. occupation Auchi has organized “an elaborate scheme to take over and control the post-war cellular phone system in Iraq.”

However, on September 23, 2008, RBO wrote about Nadhmi Auchi and the leaked DoD IG report, which backs up Smith’s February 2005 article.

http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/connecting-the-dots-obama-rezko-auchi-alsammarae-and-the-iraq-kleptocracy/


9 posted on 10/24/2008 11:35:57 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

When you look at the RNC ad, and you hear Obama in his own voice saying a decision he made was a “bonehead move” and that he considered it a “lapse in judgment”, why can’t we help the undecideds understand that we don’t need to have Obama have a “lapse in judgment” and make a “bonehead move” that will cost millions of Americans their lives...ah well, at least he’s got great oratorial skills.


10 posted on 10/24/2008 11:42:13 AM PDT by erkyl (Obama has always been a socialist (see Chicagodsa.org))
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To: STARWISE

bttt


11 posted on 10/24/2008 12:09:16 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for the ping. Now we know why the dems hated Blackwater so much...they couldn’t get a piece of the ‘action’.

Wonder if Obama’s ‘mystery man’ was ever involved with Companion Security and Frawley? He is/was a Chicago cop as well and reportedly provides ‘security’ to Obama. Hmmmmmm....


12 posted on 10/24/2008 1:36:54 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: STARWISE

There is so much corruption here where do you start.


13 posted on 10/24/2008 1:43:42 PM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: rodguy911

Oh, yeah, and Daniel Frawley’s cousin by marriage is Joe Birkett, DuPage County, IL States Attorney.


15 posted on 10/25/2008 8:03:49 PM PDT by please..............the_truth
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To: rodguy911

For clarification, Daniel T. Frawley is Joe Birkett’s cousin by marriage - Birkett’s marriage, not Daniel Frawley’s. Dan Frawley is a life-long bachelor with no children.


16 posted on 10/25/2008 8:03:49 PM PDT by please..............the_truth
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To: please..............the_truth

Where’d you go? Three posts and run?


17 posted on 12/17/2008 12:20:53 AM PST by piasa
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To: please..............the_truth; Star Traveler; Cindy

Nothing to do with Obama?? Oh, really?


18 posted on 12/17/2008 12:22:36 AM PST by piasa
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To: Star Traveler; STARWISE

whoops, sorry star traveler, I meant to ping starwise.


19 posted on 12/17/2008 12:23:29 AM PST by piasa
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To: piasa

4 years of the Big Zero.

Thank you for the ping, piasa/


20 posted on 12/17/2008 12:25:28 AM PST by Cindy
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To: piasa
please..............the_truth
Where’d you go? Three posts and run?

Must be a Chicago drive-by "0" supporter. Soon to be a IBTZ...

21 posted on 12/17/2008 12:31:40 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (Illegitimi non carborundum - "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: piasa; please..............the_truth
please..............the_truth said:

(Maureen Frawley is the sister who hid money and guns for him in her home, claiming both had been stolen and miraculously reappeared... Huh?) Frawley is nothing but an old goof who has NOTHING to do with Obama. Why haven’t charges been brought against Frawley, who was obviously trying to bribe public officials and with whom Obama refused to meet?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Has Frawley resurfaced somewhere?..Im confused

22 posted on 12/17/2008 12:45:07 AM PST by woofie
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To: Las Vegas Dave
LOL. Seemed to be pretty intent on smearing Frawley while whitewashing Obama. The deal never came through so I wonder if the Illinois powers-that-be demanded a payoff from Frawley they didn't get?

I wonder if the serial numbers on the "stolen-then-returned-then missing-cash could be linked to any banks contracted by the Feds to replace worn-out bills.

23 posted on 12/17/2008 12:51:03 AM PST by piasa
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To: penelopesire; BulletBobCo; seekthetruth; Kevmo; gunnyg; television is just wrong; browardchad; ...

~~~Re-ping, in light of present realities ... PING!


24 posted on 12/17/2008 1:04:48 AM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

I came across this ..dont know if it helps:

http://www.cdobs.com/archive/blogs/jill-morgenthaler-and-daniel-frawleys-companion-security-in-iraq,1125/


25 posted on 12/17/2008 1:08:13 AM PST by woofie
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To: woofie; STARWISE
From woofie's link...
As Frawley sought to revive the contract in spring 2006, Blagojevich’s chief of staff, John Harris, directed the state’s homeland security adviser, Jill Morgenthaler, to find “a military site for the training of Iraqi police forces,’’ Morgenthaler wrote in an April 26, 2006, e-mail. She wrote the letter in June 2006 offering the Savanna site.
and in the comments below the blog post:

John Ryskamp says:
Obama is about to be indicted in the Rezko scandal: http://opednews.com Evelyn Pringle: Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part III (2 comments) Three days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Aiham Alsammarae, the former electricity minister convicted of corruption in Iraq, put up $2.7 million in property to help raise $8.5 million to free Tony Rezko from jail in Chicago, the Times reported that Alsammarae had contributed six times to Obama's presidential campaign. May 15, 2008 at 10:57 a.m.


26 posted on 12/17/2008 1:36:03 AM PST by piasa
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To: Cindy
Update:

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 VALENTINE'S DAY : (CHICAGO : ANTOIN REZKO'S FORMER BUSINESS PARTNER DANIEL T FRAWLEY OF "COMPANION SECURITY" PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD, ETC ---- See ILLINOIS TRAINING CAMP/SAVANNA SITE, ALSAMMARAE, IRAQ, REZKO, OBAMA, OILFORFOOD) Daniel T. Frawley pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to bank fraud and structuring transactions — a plea that came about two weeks after his charges were made public.......(Excerpt) Read more at southtownstar.suntimes.com ...-----Convicted Rezko partner cooperated with feds (More of the Chicago way), South Town Star ^ | March 8, 2011 | Natasha Korecki , link Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 1:23:05 PM by Islander7

27 posted on 03/09/2011 9:47:04 PM PST by piasa
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To: piasa

Thanks for updating this thread Piasa.


28 posted on 03/09/2011 10:18:53 PM PST by Cindy
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