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Galloway denies he was on Saddam's payroll after 'discovery' of secret memo
The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 04/22/03 | Chris Bunting

Posted on 04/21/2003 6:49:40 PM PDT by Pokey78

Mystery surrounded accusations last night that the Labour MP George Galloway was on the payroll of Saddam Hussein, taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from oil-for-food income intended to feed starving Iraqi children.

A document purporting to be a confidential memorandum to Saddam by his head of intelligence and obtained by The Daily Telegraph from the floor of a looted ministry is reported to show that the MP for Glasgow Kelvin took up to £375,000 a year from the Iraqi regime's oil-for-food programme.

But in a statement issued last night by the MP – who faces deselection and expulsion from the Labour Party over his outspoken opposition to the war – he said: "I have never solicited nor received money from Iraq for our campaign against war and sanctions. I have never seen a barrel of oil, never owned one, never bought one, never sold one."

The memorandum, which the Telegraph said was found by one of its reporters in the looted Foreign Ministry in Baghdad, allegedly shows that Mr Galloway had a secret relationship with Iraqi intelligence as he waged a fierce campaign against the war on Iraq and the previous UN sanctions regime.

The document, allegedly sent to Saddam Hussein's office on 3 January 2000, outlines talks between Mr Galloway and an Iraqi spy. In a meeting with the spy on Boxing Day 1999, Mr Galloway allegedly outlined the plans of his Mariam Appeal against sanctions, named after an Iraqi child he flew to Britain for leukaemia treatment.

The spy chief wrote that Mr Galloway had told him that he "needs continuous financial support from Iraq. He obtained through Mr Tariq Aziz [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 ... He [Galloway] also obtained a limited number of food contracts with the Ministry of Trade. The percentage of its profits does not go above one per cent."

The security chief, whose signature on the memo is illegible, said Mr Galloway was pressing for more money and recommended that his demands be met. "He suggested to us the following: first, increase his share of oil; second, grant him exceptional commercial and contractual facilities," the memo says.

A letter from Mr Galloway himself, allegedly also found in the Foreign Ministry, is reported to show that Mr Galloway's intermediary in Iraq was Fawaz Zureikat, a Jordanian businessman. The letter, on House of Commons notepaper, says: "This is to certify that Mr Fawaz A Zureikat is my representative in Baghdad on all matters concerning my work with the Mariam Appeal or the Emergency Committee in Iraq."

The intelligence chief's memo quotes Mr Zureikat as saying: "His [Galloway's] projects and future plans for the benefit of the country need financial support to become a motive for him to do more work and, because of the sensitivity of getting money directly from Iraq, it is necessary to grant him oil contracts and special and exceptional commercial opportunities to provide him with an income."

Mr Galloway's statement last night said he had never met Iraqi intelligence officials "to the best of my knowledge".

"Given that I have had access over the years to Iraq's political leadership, most often the Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, I would have absolutely no reason to be meeting with an official of Iraqi intelligence.

"From the way they have been described to me, I can state that [the documents] bear all the hallmarks of having been either forged or doctored and are designed to discredit those who stood against the war."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: galloway; georgegalloway; mariamscam; oilforfood
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1 posted on 04/21/2003 6:49:40 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Scare quotes are the "journalist's" best friend.
2 posted on 04/21/2003 6:56:01 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: Pokey78; Grampa Dave; MadIvan; Shermy; Billthedrill
I have never seen a barrel of oil, never owned one, never bought one, never sold one."

How Clintonesque is that statement?

Reading further in the article one can see how he made his cash. In my business it's called an overriding royalty interst, or, as described in the article, a percentage of every barrel sold.

This gets "curiouser and curiouser". This boy is gonna be toast.

3 posted on 04/21/2003 6:58:46 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Pokey78
"From the way they have been described to me, I can state that [the documents] bear all the hallmarks of having been either forged or doctored and are designed to discredit those who stood against the war."

Ah yes, the old vast right wing conspiracy theory rises again.

4 posted on 04/21/2003 7:00:44 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Pokey78
Today George Galloway, tomorrow Scott Ritter, Wednesday . . .

LOL. I like the way you think but, sadly, this really is the world we live in. I suspect even die-hard cynics like me are gonna be surprised when all the shenanigans are discovered.

5 posted on 04/21/2003 7:00:58 PM PDT by geedee
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
"I have never solicited nor received money from Iraq for our campaign against war and sanctions.

Yes, but did organizations connected to him? Did he or wifey get a "salary" from the orgs?

I have never seen a barrel of oil, never owned one, never bought one, never sold one."

Well not him, personally. Plausible deniability is the name of the game.

6 posted on 04/21/2003 7:01:37 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: BOBTHENAILER
I agree, this has got to be one of the oddest "denials" I have ever read. This puts Clinton to shame:

    – he said: "I have never solicited nor received money from Iraq for our campaign against war and sanctions. I have never seen a barrel of oil, never owned one, never bought one, never sold one."

7 posted on 04/21/2003 7:02:56 PM PDT by TomB
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To: TomB
...but my trust did.
8 posted on 04/21/2003 7:07:35 PM PDT by fooman (CNN exclusively aides the brutal Castro regime)
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To: TomB
...but my trust did.
9 posted on 04/21/2003 7:07:35 PM PDT by fooman (CNN exclusively aides the brutal Castro regime)
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To: TomB
I've never seen a barrel of oil, either. Oil doesn't come in barrels these days, for the most part.
10 posted on 04/21/2003 7:09:07 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood; aculeus; general_re; Poohbah; hellinahandcart; MadIvan; Happygal; ...
Scare quotes are the "journalist's" best friend.

I'd expect scare quotes from the "respected" Independent, whose "war correspondent" Fisk may be "anxious" about some "files."

11 posted on 04/21/2003 7:09:30 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Pokey78
Well, if the reported sum of £375,000 is accurate it shouldn't be hard to trace. Pretty good chunk of change, that. It would appear that our Mr. Galloway has some 'splainin' to do...
12 posted on 04/21/2003 7:13:00 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Shermy
His wife is Arab

 

e.Peak (21/1/2002) news: politics: British MP speaks out on ...
... to illegally provide medicine for children in Iraq. Galloway resides
in the UK with his Palestinian wife and their two children. ...
www.peak.sfu.ca/the-peak/2002-1/issue3/ne-mots.html - 9k - Cached - Similar pages

13 posted on 04/21/2003 7:13:29 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Pokey78
Here's a brief backgrounder on Galloway: Bush and Blair: Wolves
14 posted on 04/21/2003 7:16:18 PM PDT by beckett
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To: Pokey78
This story is just too, too, good! There is a leftist fellow who I spar with from time to time on another board (www.ulrp.com), and he always includes a Galloway quote on his signature line. So I've already posted this there.

For more on Galloway, see:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3463-419574,00.html

15 posted on 04/21/2003 7:16:45 PM PDT by Steve Eisenberg
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To: Pokey78
Today George Galloway, tomorrow Scott Ritter, Wednesday . . .

Be still, my heart! Cynthia in the chokehold of justice !
16 posted on 04/21/2003 7:17:12 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Beware the Fedayeen Rodham!)
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To: beckett
Oops -- go to Post #152. I don't know why the link isn't going that post, since the URL looks good.
17 posted on 04/21/2003 7:19:02 PM PDT by beckett
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To: Pokey78
Just wait until the truth comes out about France, Germany and the UN in their dealing with Iraq on Food for Oil.
18 posted on 04/21/2003 7:22:16 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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To: beckett
I don't know why the link isn't going that post, since the URL looks good.

I also am having technical problems forming links here. A strange bug which surely will be fixed in due course.

19 posted on 04/21/2003 7:22:25 PM PDT by Steve Eisenberg
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To: BartMan1
This is a must see

his wife is Arab

20 posted on 04/21/2003 7:22:44 PM PDT by IncPen
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To: Cicero
You don't keep a barrel of oil in your back yard in case their is another Arab embargo??? Wow, I do. At least two or three. It must be the Scottish in me that makes me do that. </sarcasm off
21 posted on 04/21/2003 7:25:03 PM PDT by Beck_isright ("We created underarm deodorant, and the French turned that down too."-Mitch Daniels, Budget Director)
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To: Steve Eisenberg
I just picked it up. Looks like I have an extra close quote stuck on it.
22 posted on 04/21/2003 7:25:17 PM PDT by beckett
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To: beckett
You had an " at the end that shouldn't be there.
23 posted on 04/21/2003 7:26:29 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Thx pokey...yeah I screwed up.
24 posted on 04/21/2003 7:28:11 PM PDT by beckett
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To: IncPen
his wife is Arab

Links on FR are not working at the moment, so I can't check out the source here. However, I am pretty sure it is his son-in-law, not his wife. In any event, there are far, far better things to beat Galloway over the head with than to go after his family.

"Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability"

--George Galloway, speaking to Saddam Hussein, 1994

25 posted on 04/21/2003 7:29:55 PM PDT by Steve Eisenberg
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Ah yes, the old vast right wing conspiracy theory rises again.

To believe in the vast right wing conspiracy, all you have to do is believe that people of the character of Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein are telling the truth.

26 posted on 04/21/2003 7:31:59 PM PDT by JoeSchem
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To: Pokey78
Galloway recently said that the saddest event of his life so far has been the fall of the Soviet Union. In that same interview he called John Lennon's Imagine the "socialist anthem."

Iraqi Documents Detail £375,000 Payments to British MP George Galloway

Altogether now:

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
Nothing to kill or die for
A brotherhood of man

27 posted on 04/21/2003 7:39:01 PM PDT by beckett
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To: Pokey78
Lots of folks will be going down before this is all over.

I'd bet my paycheck the US has a whole lot of information about such dealings with Saddam in their hands that they have not released yet.

28 posted on 04/21/2003 7:43:05 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Pokey78; MadIvan
"I have never solicited nor received money from Iraq for our campaign against war and sanctions. I have never seen a barrel of oil, never owned one, never bought one, never sold one."

Sounds like this guy is just practicing his evasive testimony for trial.

MadIvan: Are you UK folks familiar with what Texans call a "necktie party"?

29 posted on 04/21/2003 7:52:49 PM PDT by the_doc
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To: Pokey78
"accusations last night that the Labour MP George Galloway was on the payroll of Saddam Hussein"

hey, he only "laundered" the $$$ for the "hitlery for prez committee..."

30 posted on 04/21/2003 7:54:16 PM PDT by hoot2
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To: Pokey78
Either he did it or somebody's trying to frame him. Big, big stuff either way.
31 posted on 04/21/2003 7:57:26 PM PDT by MattAMiller (Iraq was liberated in my name, how about yours?)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
"How Clintonesque is that statement? "

klintoon wasn't disbarred in "limeytown"....he could represent his "commrade"...
it just depends on what your "definition of scum of the earth.....IS"

32 posted on 04/21/2003 7:58:21 PM PDT by hoot2
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To: BOBTHENAILER
"Ah yes, the old vast right wing conspiracy theory rises again. "

mark furman just keeps over doing the evidence...

33 posted on 04/21/2003 7:59:59 PM PDT by hoot2
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To: Mike Darancette
Hans Blix...$$$$$$, Kofi Annan...$$$$$$ etc.
34 posted on 04/21/2003 8:01:03 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Beck_isright
Um, but I do keep a supply of oil in the garden.

And I am scots.

35 posted on 04/21/2003 8:17:27 PM PDT by patton (DUCT TAPE! Get the DUCT TAPE!)
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To: Cicero
I have. We buy it in 55 Gal barrels.
36 posted on 04/21/2003 8:19:21 PM PDT by delightfully dingy
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To: patton
LOL, God Bless ya! I do keep a 5 gallon barrel, but it's for my boat, LOL.
37 posted on 04/21/2003 8:21:11 PM PDT by Beck_isright ("We created underarm deodorant, and the French turned that down too."-Mitch Daniels, Budget Director)
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To: Pokey78
It's amazing what a little money spred around can do. Always follow the money trail.
38 posted on 04/21/2003 9:29:48 PM PDT by TUX
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To: BOBTHENAILER
"From the way they have been described to me, I can state that [the documents] bear all the hallmarks of having been either forged or doctored and are designed to discredit those who stood against the war."


Um, yeah, right.

Man, there are people in Paris, Moscow and Bonn right now, urinating in their skivvies, worried about what other pieces of paper may come to light in Baghdad soon. Should be fun!
39 posted on 04/21/2003 9:45:06 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Love, peace, and harmony: Very nice, very nice, very nice...but maybe in the next world.)
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To: Pokey78
I'm not saying this is a setup. But I would rather be cautious now than have egg on my face later. Vermin like Galloway are perfectly capable of acting as they do even without a payoff. Even before the implication of Galloway in Saddam payola, Nelson Ascher, at Europundits (scroll down to Friday, April 18) was skeptical when the Telegraph first started publishing secret Iraqi files:

Let’s stop playing childish games. Come on: I want hard proof that the Axis of Weasels had been helping Saddam to come out in the open as much as anybody else. But we have a saying in Brazil that could be translated like this: When a beggar is given too much money, the suspicions of the saint are aroused. (Believe me, it sounds much better in Portuguese).

The Telegraph’s scoop this Sunday (Revealed: Russia spied on Blair for Saddam) about the cooperation between the Russian secret services and Iraq, with documental proof that the Russians had been spying on Blair and sharing information with Saddam, is to good to be true.

Sorry, but doesn’t it sound rather unbelievable that, even before the shooting has stopped, a reporter goes to the headquarters of the Iraqi intelligence service in Baghdad, I mean, to a building that has been heavily bombed, that’s partly destroyed and burnt out, that had millions and millions of files of all kinds, imagine, tons and tons of paper, that has already been looted, that he then walks around for half an hour and, look!, finds exactly the information that will make it to the front page just in time for the Sunday edition?

It’s obvious that this doesn’t make sense.

(For the rest of Ascher's comments, click on the link above.)
40 posted on 04/21/2003 9:49:59 PM PDT by tictoc (On FreeRepublic, discussion is a contact sport.)
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To: delightfully dingy
I have. We buy it in 55 Gal barrels.

Ha! An obvious fabrication Sir! A barrel of oil is 42 gallons.

Again, Ha!

< /smirk & wink>

41 posted on 04/21/2003 9:51:47 PM PDT by lafroste
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To: TUX
Gimme some of that $$$$$$$
42 posted on 04/21/2003 9:54:38 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Mike Darancette
Just wait until the truth comes out about France, Germany and the UN in their dealing with Iraq on Food for Oil.

Oil for Palaces.

(From WABC radio's Batchelor & Alexander.)
43 posted on 04/21/2003 10:10:18 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko
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To: BOBTHENAILER
If Turkey hadn't of screwed up and delayed our 4thID, this war would have been over even faster.

One can only imagine the data we would have found if the war had died down a week or 10 days earlier.
44 posted on 04/21/2003 10:13:57 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: dennisw; BOBTHENAILER; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Dennis! So this scumbag is married to a PA?!
45 posted on 04/21/2003 10:15:10 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: dennisw; Shermy; BOBTHENAILER; Ernest_at_the_Beach
What a great guy this clymer has been:

Who is George Galloway? George Galloway is a British MP who speaks out harshly against U.K. foreign policy on Iraq. He has carried out several unique actions to bring worldwide public attention to the toll sanctions are taking on the people of Iraq. About two years ago Galloway, with a few colleagues, drove a red double-decker bus from Big Ben to Baghdad, stopping for speaking engagements in 11 countries en route. About a year later, he challenged the flight embargo on Iraq by commissioning a plane to fly from England to Baghdad - the only peaceful plane to fly to Iraq from England since sanctions were imposed. This made daily newspapers in many countries around the world. George is also founder of the "Mariam Appeal", an organisation that seeks to illegally provide medicine for children in Iraq. Galloway resides in the U.K. with his Palestinian wife and their two children.

46 posted on 04/21/2003 10:17:34 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: tictoc
I understand your caution. The Telegraph has also posted stories about Russians spying on Blair, and German passing of information to Hussein. I believe all these stories are from the same reporter.

On the other hand, it is possible that the reporter has an Iraqi contact who knew where certain files were kept. Stranger things have happened.

Galloway's finances should be easy for the UK to trace, and either prove or disprove this story.

A reporter forging something like this would take a terrific risk, since there are ways to ascertain the truth. I don't know the libel laws in the UK, but it seems to me unlikely that a newspaper would print something this bad without having the basic facts checked.

47 posted on 04/21/2003 10:26:36 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: lafroste
I didn't say oil from wells. I buy drip oil and motor oil in 55 Gal barrels.
48 posted on 04/21/2003 10:47:12 PM PDT by delightfully dingy
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To: Pokey78; All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/897689/posts
THE TIMES: Galloway denies receiving £370,000 Iraq oil payments
The Times (UK) ^ | 4/22/03 | Melissa Kite
...here's links to the original Telegraph story and editorial posted by MadIvan, the documents on the Telegraph site, and the Sun and Independent takes posted by Pokey78.
Here is the account of how the reporter came upon these documents:
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/22/ngall122.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/22/ixnewstop.html
I'm afraid that the establishment media will simply stonewall this to death, despite the direct revelation having been made by one of its most loyal members, the Daily Telegraph. The antiwar group ANSWER has been directly financed by the Iraqi regime since its formation, in the form of "legal fees" paid by Baghdad to ANSWER's leading spokesman and organizer, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/897567/posts
Galloway was in Saddam's pay, say secret Iraqi documents (PACIFISTS ON SADDAM PAYROLL)
The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 22, 2003 | David Blair
George Galloway, the Labour backbencher, received money from Saddam Hussein's regime, taking a slice of oil earnings worth at least £375,000 a year, according to Iraqi intelligence documents found by The Daily Telegraph in Baghdad.
The documents, complete with scans of the letters.
How David Blair found the documents
While children are in the dungeon, this piece of dirt cries, "NO WAR".
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/897639/posts
Paid to be a traitor (Galloway)
The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 04/22/03 | Trevor Kavanaugh
The so-called Honourable Member for Glasgow Kelvin emerged last night as the paid mouthpiece for one of the most despicable regimes of torture and mass murder in modern times.
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/881636/posts
TRAITOR (Meet George Galloway, MP for Bagdad Central)
The Sun ^ | Apri 1, 2003 | The Sun

49 posted on 04/22/2003 2:05:02 AM PDT by backhoe (The 1990's will be forever remembered as "The Decade of Fraud(s)..."( Oslo, dot-bombs, clintons...))
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To: JoeSchem
To believe in the vast right wing conspiracy, all you have to do is believe that people of the character of Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein are telling the truth.

Perfect description of the kool aid drinkers.

50 posted on 04/22/2003 5:02:33 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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