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'Baghdad' Jim McDermott Took Cash from Saddam Ally
NewsMax.com ^ | 5/01/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 05/01/2003 9:34:43 AM PDT by kattracks

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., who famously traveled to Baghdad last fall and pronounced President Bush a liar, accepted a cash payment less than a month later from an Iraqi-American businessman with ties to Saddam Hussein.

McDermott collected the payment from Shakir al-Khafaji, the same Detroit-based Baghdad apologist who paid former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter $400,000 two years ago to make a pro-Saddam documentary about Iraq.

Appearing live from Baghdad on the Sept. 29 broadcast of ABC's "This Week," McDermott proclaimed, "The president of the United States will lie to the American people in order to get us into this war." The comment generated a firestorm of criticism in the U.S. that earned him the moniker, "Baghdad Jim."

A little less than a month later, on Oct. 25, McDermott accepted a check from al-Khafaji for $5,000, made out to the antiwar Democrat's "Legal Expense Trust."

McDermott set up the trust to fend off a lawsuit filed by Ohio Republican John Boehner stemming from McDermott's relationship with a Florida couple who wiretapped a 1997 conference call between Boehner and then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, along with several other Republicans.

The revelation that on the eve of war, a pro-Baghdad U.S. congressman was accepting cash from a Saddam ally was first reported in this week's Weekly Standard.

The magazine said that the McDermott bombshell was uncovered amidst a treasure trove of Ba'ath Party documents discovered by coalition forces after the collapse of Saddam's government. Other documents in the same find indicated that George Galloway, a pro-Saddam member of Britain's Parliament, may have accepted millions of dollars in payments from Baghdad.

The Galloway shocker was first reported by London's Daily Telegraph on April 22.

The staggering news that antiwar politicians on both sides of the Atlantic may have been on Saddam's payroll is fueling concerns that some of the antiwar coverage by Western reporters may have been bought and paid for by Baghdad.

As noted by the Standard, in 1991 the Wall Street Journal reported that Saddam's propaganda strategy included "waging an intensive, sometimes clandestine, and by most accounts highly effective image war in the Arab world" ranging from "financing friendly publications and columnists as far away as Paris to doling out gifts as big as new Mercedes-Benzes."

Today's Washington Times hints there may be a connection between Saddam's attempts to buy favor with influential Westerners and the failure of the U.S. media to devote much attention to the McDermott-Galloway story. Citing the Media Research Center, the Times reports:

"Although the Telegraph began reporting on documents showing Galloway's payoffs on April 22, it's been blacked out at ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as CNN, NPR, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

"'But the outlets most responsible to follow the money trail to Galloway and other anti-war voices are the outlets who promoted them on American airwaves,' said [the MRC's Tim] Graham, citing ABC's 'World News Tonight,' 'Nightline' and 'Good Morning America'; CBS' 'The Early Show'; and 'NBC Nightly News.'"

Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics:

Saddam Hussein/Iraq



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Michigan; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alkhafaji; detroit; iraqiamericans; jimmcdermott; scottritter; shakiralkhafaji
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1 posted on 05/01/2003 9:34:43 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Staggering news? Clinton took how much from the Chinese? $5,000 does not rise to the Galloway level of political peril. Now if he took cash prior to changing his views, then maybe. Scott Ritter is a more interesting candidate so far.
2 posted on 05/01/2003 9:38:09 AM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: Starrgaizr
I suspect this is just the $5,000 we know about.
3 posted on 05/01/2003 9:39:25 AM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: kattracks
Gee, I'm just shocked beyond belief that McDermott would take money from Scott Ritter's benefactor. < /sarcasm>
4 posted on 05/01/2003 9:39:35 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: kattracks
Anyone want to bet if this story ever runs in the Seattle P-I?
5 posted on 05/01/2003 9:43:42 AM PDT by Blue Screen of Death
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To: Catspaw
McDermott got a pass from Trent Lott on the wiretapping issue. He is a crook from way back - makes the former Mayor Daley look like a choir boy.
6 posted on 05/01/2003 9:44:22 AM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: kattracks
BTTT
7 posted on 05/01/2003 9:47:38 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: kattracks
Get a rope!
8 posted on 05/01/2003 9:47:42 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Liberate Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, NK, Cuba,...Hollywood - Support the Troops!)
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To: kattracks
On October 25, McDermott received a check for $5,000 from Shakir al-Khafaji. The money, first reported by Amy Keller in Roll Call, had been deposited in an account for the McDermott Legal Expense Trust, a fund the congressman set up to pay legal bills in a lawsuit brought against him by Rep. John Boehner. (In 1996, McDermott had released to the media the transcript of a phone conversation between Boehner and Newt Gingrich, taped by a Florida couple.)


No one has accused McDermott of being a mouthpiece for Saddam Hussein simply for financial reasons. Indeed, McDermott has been saying stupid things for years with no evidence anyone has paid him to do so. A spokesman for McDermott says he "doesn't know off the top of [his] head" whether McDermott has plans to return the money.


9 posted on 05/01/2003 9:49:44 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Blue Screen of Death
Anyone want to bet if this story ever runs in the Seattle P-I?

Not a chance.

And don't bother holding your breath waiting to see if it shows up in the P-I, either.

10 posted on 05/01/2003 9:50:24 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: kattracks
It was the "$ 400,000 given to Scott Ritter two years ago" that caught my attention. I certainly don't take Newsmax reporting as gospel, but I don't recall hearing that before. It's a startling charge and, if true, explains a lot about Mr. Ritter's behavior. Has anyone seen other reports or documentation (outside Newsmax) for that assertion?
11 posted on 05/01/2003 9:50:48 AM PDT by katana
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To: kattracks
This should cement his reelection bid. Claiming to be a Vietnam vet it turns out he did his "tour" in Long Beach CA.
12 posted on 05/01/2003 9:51:08 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: SwinneySwitch
Get a rope!

Yes, get a rope.

13 posted on 05/01/2003 9:51:53 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: katana
Ritter took around $400k from this Iraqi, a good friend of Saddams, to make a "documentary" about Iraq. If you do a FR search on "Ritter," you can turn up a number of threads. This one has links to the stories about Burger King Boy:


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/750148/posts
14 posted on 05/01/2003 9:54:29 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: katana
Has anyone seen other reports or documentation (outside Newsmax) for that assertion?

Ritter brags about it. It was susposidly to make a (anti-American) movie.

15 posted on 05/01/2003 9:55:52 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: widowithfoursons
McDermott got a pass from Trent Lott on the wiretapping issue.

McDermott's in the House; Lott's in the Senate.

Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House when the wiretapping incident took place.

16 posted on 05/01/2003 9:58:59 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: kattracks
bump
17 posted on 05/01/2003 9:59:44 AM PDT by VOA
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To: sinkspur
But it was Trent who defended him.
18 posted on 05/01/2003 10:01:36 AM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: Mister Baredog
Thanks. I'm embarrassed I missed that but I did. Maybe it's brought up every time the SOB shows his face on TV, it certainly should be, but I seem to have missed that too. Finally, I wonder if he's paid all the income taxes due on that money (around $150,000 at least).

As it's old news and the IRS would of course have been on the case I guess I shouldn't raise a fuss. It's just that a one ton load of bricks of some kind landing squarely on top of that pedophilic POS seems long overdue.

19 posted on 05/01/2003 10:06:35 AM PDT by katana
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To: katana
Clear and present danger?

The first thing you need to know about this 2000 documentary, which explores the thwarted efforts of UNSCOM (United Nations Special Commission) to oversee the disarmament of Iraq, is that writer-director Scott Ritter is the former U.N. weapons inspector who noisily resigned from his position as head of the committee's Information Assessment Unit in 1998. The second is that $400,000 of the film's $500,000 budget came directly from the coffers of Iraqi-American businessman Shakir al-Khafaji, who, like Ritter, is determined to see ongoing economic sanctions against Iraq lifted. As the film's Senior Executive Producer, al-Khafaji accompanied Ritter to Baghdad and helped arrange interviews with various Iraqi officials, including Iraq's deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz. Ritter's writer-director credit, which makes it clear that he's calling the film's shots, doesn't appear onscreen until the end of the film. So his talking head appearances throughout — which position him as one among a handful of experts, who include former UNSCOM executive chairman Rolf Ekeus, former UNSCOM spokesperson Tim Trevan and Aziz — are at best disingenuous, and worst betray evidence of bad faith. The film opens with a fairly straightforward question: Why did the UN fail in its mission to disarm Iraq, and who is ultimately responsible? The answer is nowhere near so clear. The film traces Ritter's career with UNSCOM, founded in 1991 to oversee the destruction of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and guard against their future reconstitution. From the outset, there was widespread suspicion that Iraq's official declarations concerning its weaponry were less than truthful, and former-marine and intelligence analyst Ritter was brought in to help investigate Iraq's claims. Ritter agreed that Baghdad was lying, but also began to suspect that neither the UN Security Council nor the Clinton administration were fully committed to the mission, and that the U.S. intelligence community actually wanted to use Ritter's team to provoke a military confrontation with Iraq. The facts are all a bit cloudy. Contradicting his 1998 assertion that Saddam Hussein remained a serious threat, Ritter here claims that by 1995 UNSCOM had, in fact, effectively disarmed Iraq. Ritter calls Iraq a "defanged tiger" — even as his film acknowledges that the Iraqis, who never fully came clean about their cache of chemical and biological weapons, were definitely hiding something — and suggests the U.S. turn its attentions elsewhere. Released into theaters at a time when military confrontation between the U.S. and Iraq again seems immanent, a clear, unbiased documentary examining of the UNSCOM debacle would benefit anyone attempting to make sense of the dire situation. This, unfortunately, is not that documentary. — Ken Fox




20 posted on 05/01/2003 10:07:12 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: katana
Over the past two years, Mr. Ritter has taken $400,000 from Shakir Al-Khafaji, an Iraqi-American businessman with ties to Saddam, to produce a documentary called, "In Shifting Sands." Mr. Ritter concedes that Mr. Al-Khafaji is "openly sympathetic with the regime in Baghdad." And that may be an understatement. Mr. Al-Khafaji runs propaganda sessions for Saddam. Euphemistically known as "expatriate conferences," the biannual gatherings decry the "terrorism and genocide" the U.S. commits against the Iraqi people through U.N. sanctions.

Mr. Ritter claims Mr. Al-Khafaji had no editorial input on the film project, a claim he undermines by openly admitting that his benefactor is responsible for arranging Mr. Ritter's interviews with high-ranking Iraqi government officials, including chief propagandist, Tariq Aziz. Even before his project was completed, Mr. Ritter predicted at a press conference that "the U.S. will definitely not like this film." These contacts no doubt helped Mr. Ritter earlier this month, when he returned to Baghdad and became the first American to speak before the Iraqi National Assembly.

21 posted on 05/01/2003 10:09:09 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kattracks
Bttt
22 posted on 05/01/2003 10:10:26 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: kattracks
bump for a later read...
23 posted on 05/01/2003 10:13:36 AM PDT by rface (Ashland, Missouri)
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To: Catspaw
And don't bother holding your breath waiting to see if it shows up in the P-I, either.

But it'll FOR SURE show up on KING,KOMO, and KIRO TV right? /end sarcasm

24 posted on 05/01/2003 10:16:45 AM PDT by not_apathetic_anymore
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To: kattracks
I see my prayers have been answered. Bookmarking this little gem for the next time that greasy SOB comes up for election.
25 posted on 05/01/2003 10:17:22 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kattracks
Powder..patch..Ball FIRE!

If he is guilty he should be hung with the cash stuffed in his mouth.

26 posted on 05/01/2003 10:24:44 AM PDT by BallandPowder (Will I vote for Pres Bush if he helps the Assault Weapons ban past sunset? I don't know yet.)
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To: Shermy; Miss Marple; BOBTHENAILER; Ernest_at_the_Beach; MadIvan; Howlin; PhiKapMom; Dog; ...
Is the tip of the iceberg that is connected to the smoking WMDS (WADS of MONEY to DEMOCRATS) from their uncle Soddomite?
27 posted on 05/01/2003 10:41:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Oh I hope it is. I surely hope it is!
28 posted on 05/01/2003 10:43:06 AM PDT by Howlin (The most hated lair on FR)
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To: Howlin
I'm sure that McDermott has been on the take from communists going back to the Nam days. Then, when the USSR went belly up, he prbbably let the Islomafacist Thugs like Soddomite buy him out.
29 posted on 05/01/2003 10:45:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Check if his wife, relative has a "foundation" or business that's accepting money from suspect sources. That is a typical way politicoes launder money payoffs.

I remember the cell-phone case. I guess "that's politics", but for someone giving us so much face time about his morality it really is unbecoming - and revealing.

30 posted on 05/01/2003 10:45:41 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
"Check if his wife, relative has a "foundation" or business that's accepting money from suspect sources. That is a typical way politicoes launder money payoffs."

Hopefully our Washington state Freepers are digging around.
31 posted on 05/01/2003 10:47:32 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Grampa Dave
You just found your Galloway.

Regards, Ivan

32 posted on 05/01/2003 10:50:31 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: kattracks
Bump
33 posted on 05/01/2003 10:51:39 AM PDT by talleyman (The Left is Sa-damanated by hatred for America)
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To: MadIvan
So far he is just a G on the Galloway scale. However, it is a beginning!
34 posted on 05/01/2003 10:53:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: talleyman
You are a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Seventh District of Washington. You have set up a legal defense fund named the Jim McDermott Legal Expense Trust ("Legal Expense Trust " or "Trust") for the purpose of paying legal expenses arising from the case of Boehner v. McDermott, a matter which is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. This fund is "separate and apart" from your principal campaign committee. You state that Representative Fortney H. (Pete) Stark of California and other members of Congress have offered to donate excess campaign funds to the Legal Expense Trust and have authorized you to ask whether such donations would be permissible under the Act.

Under Senate ethics rules, such accounts can accept up to $10,000 a year from individuals, PACs or corporations, but not from registered lobbyists or foreign agents.

35 posted on 05/01/2003 10:53:35 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: nicmarlo
Rules are slightly different in the House, where contribution limits are $5,000 a year.
36 posted on 05/01/2003 10:55:14 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Grampa Dave
little less than a month later, on Oct. 25, McDermott accepted a check from al-Khafaji for $5,000, made out to the antiwar Democrat's "Legal Expense Trust."

I hope your WMD theory is true. If so, that legal expense trust better be very big.

37 posted on 05/01/2003 10:58:23 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Saddam's Cash

From the May 5, 2003 issue: And the journalists and politicians he bought with it.

by Stephen F. Hayes

05/05/2003, Volume 008, Issue 33

Stephen F. Hayes is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.

38 posted on 05/01/2003 11:00:37 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Shermy
As the Galloway affair makes clear, these practices continued throughout the 1990s, despite the increased scrutiny of Iraq's financial dealings by the United Nations. Before the recent conflict, says Tareq al-Mezrem from the Kuwaiti Information Office, the Iraqi regime gave journalists luxury "villas in Jordan, Tunisia, and even Lebanon."

Some of the transactions were straightforward cash payments, often in U.S. dollars, handed out from Iraqi embassies in Arab capitals--luxury cars delivered to top editors, Toyotas for less influential journalists. "This was not secret," says Salama Nimat, a Jordanian journalist who was jailed briefly in 1995 in that nation for highlighting the corruption. "Most of it was done out in the open."

Other transactions were surreptitious or deliberately complex--coveted Iraqi export licenses for family members of politicians, oil kickbacks through third parties, elaborate "scholarship" arrangements. In a region where leaders count their fortunes by the billion and workers by the penny, such payoffs are common. The Saudis, of course, have financed public works throughout the Middle East and Africa. But no one played the game like Saddam Hussein.

SNIP

"For years, the Iraqi leader has been waging an intensive, sometimes clandestine, and by most accounts highly effective image war in the Arab world," wrote Wall Street Journal reporters Jane Mayer and Geraldine Brooks in an exposé published February 15, 1991. "His strategy has ranged from financing friendly publications and columnists as far away as Paris to doling out gifts as big as new Mercedes-Benzes."

That campaign continued until days before the regime was deposed. "If they're not bought and paid for, they're at least rented," says a top national security official, who adds that the administration has intelligence implicating big-name journalists throughout the Arab world and Europe.

"I could give you lots of names," says Tareq al-Mezrem. "Everyone knows them on the street. Everyone knows this information."

In a series of interviews conducted in Kuwait City and Washington in recent weeks, Arab journalists and media experts said the same thing. Several of those interviewed, with assurances of confidentiality, provided names, lots of them. If their reports are accurate, the Iraqi regime's "modest media strategy" so appealing to Reuters' Marr was actually an elaborate scheme to buy victory in the propaganda war with the United States.

"To lots of people, Saddam Hussein and his regime was a godsend," says a Washington-based columnist for a prominent Arabic-language newspaper. "Only a few journalists [in the Arab world] didn't take money from him."

39 posted on 05/01/2003 11:08:37 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kattracks
Saddam began to realize the importance of good press. "Media people were paid monthly by the Iraqi embassy in Amman," says Nimat, "in cash. They were also given presents, like cars and expensive watches." And Saddam built a "housing complex for the Jordanian Press Association" in Amman, according to Nimat, at a cost of $3 million.

Saddam bought good press in less obvious ways, too. "He would award big contracts to newspapers in Jordan to publish all sorts of stuff, like Iraqi schoolbooks and other things," says Nimat. "The contracts were worth millions, and no one ever found out if they ever printed the books. No one cared."

Saddam got what he wanted. His atrocities mounted, but newspapers in Jordan--even those that offered pointed critiques of Jordan's King Hussein--would print nothing critical of Saddam Hussein.

"It's been going on for almost a quarter century," says Nimat. "In the newspapers in Jordan, you wouldn't have seen anything negative about Saddam Hussein. I don't want to generalize too much, but many of the editors were bought by the regime."

"What Saddam did in Jordan, he did in other poor countries in the region like Egypt and Yemen and Mauritania," says Nimat.

One "top Egyptian editor" told the Wall Street Journal back in 1991 about a conversation he had with Saddam. "I remember his saying, 'Compared to tanks, journalists are cheap--and you get more for your money.'"


MANY OF THESE CORRUPT PRACTICES are confirmed in a CIA report entitled "Baghdad's Propaganda Apparatus" obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The report indicates that the Iraqi regime redoubled its information efforts in 1998.

40 posted on 05/01/2003 11:10:26 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl; backhoe; GailA; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; Shermy; Miss Marple; Howlin; Dog; ...
kcvl this is a great find, I have bookmarked it.

I recommend to the other bumpees to bookmark or index this article.

http://216.239.51.100/search?q=cache:irE_ZanFhy0J:www.weeklystandard.com/Check.asp%3FidArticle%3D2605%26r%3Dfgcob+jim+mcdermott+Legal+Expense+Trust&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Al-Khafaji first came to public notice after revelations that he gave former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter $400,000 to produce a film that criticized the United States for its role in the inspection process. Al-Khafaji, who is listed as a "senior executive producer" of the film, arranged meetings for Ritter with high-level officials in Saddam's government, a feat New York Times magazine writer Barry Bearak found "impressive." Ritter had previously been an outspoken critic of Saddam Hussein, and issued dire warnings about the status of the Iraqi dictator's weapons of mass destruction. His sudden flip--he is now a leading apologist for Saddam's regime--and revelations about Ritter's 2001 arrest for soliciting sex with minors have fueled speculation about the nature of his relationship with al-Khafaji.

Al-Khafaji has long claimed that he cares only about the Iraqi people, an assertion too preposterous even for Ritter, who told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in 2001 that his patron was "openly sympathetic with the regime in Baghdad." That stands to reason. The Falcon Trading Group, a company that al-Khafaji founded in 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa, has done nearly $70 million of business with Saddam's regime.

Al-Khafaji told Baghdad Radio on June 14, 2000, that he hoped to arrange a delegation so that members of the U.S. Congress could "get acquainted with the Iraqi people's suffering as a result of the unjust embargo clamped on it." He got his wish two years later, when he accompanied Reps. Jim McDermott, Mike Thompson, and David Bonior to Baghdad last fall.

McDermott, in particular, caused quite a fuss when in a September 29 appearance on ABC's "This Week" from Baghdad, he claimed, "The president of the United States will lie to the American people in order to get us into this war." Moments later, despite 12 years of evidence that the Iraqi regime had lied about its weapons program, McDermott said, "I think you have to take the Iraqis on their face value."

The same day, Babil ran a brief item in its local news section. "Saddam Hussein received
41 posted on 05/01/2003 11:12:32 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Howlin
SALAMA NIMAT, the Jordanian journalist, says it's not just Arab journalists who took money. "The Western media has been playing the game, too, including Americans."

In Dearborn, Michigan, one radio station has for years broadcast a weekly, two-hour pro-Saddam program. According to Iraqi Americans who monitored the broadcasts, each program began with the Baath party anthem.

Ismail Mansour, a Pentagon-trained Iraqi American working with coalition forces in Iraq, says the regime's money reached well inside the United States, going to journalists and others. "In America, Saddam friends give money and they make protest," he says. "In the Arab world, it's the same thing. They pay money to do that."

42 posted on 05/01/2003 11:13:26 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Grampa Dave
The formidable task of sifting through the mountains of documents Saddam's regime left behind is only beginning. Many of the answers at this point are obscured by more questions.

But George Galloway most assuredly wasn't the only person lining his pockets by defending Saddam Hussein. Journalists and diplomats and businessmen have been doing it for years. Their stories will be told.

43 posted on 05/01/2003 11:16:15 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Grampa Dave
Short Eyes Scotty and Baghdad Jim! It's the dynamic duo!

But here's the best part:

Still, Bush administration sources say they have recovered enough Iraqi government and Baath party documents to fill 100 semi-trailers. "We're overwhelmed with information," says one Pentagon official. "It's going to take a long time to go through it all."

That process is just now beginning--a fact that is surely rattling nerves around the world.

The fun's just getting started.

44 posted on 05/01/2003 11:18:21 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Bump

To McDoormat.. You've been Saddamized!

45 posted on 05/01/2003 11:24:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: kcvl; BOBTHENAILER; Shermy; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Miss Marple; Howlin
kcvl, this is really great news:

Bush administration sources say they have recovered enough Iraqi government and Baath party documents to fill 100 semi-trailers. "We're overwhelmed with information," says one Pentagon official. "It's going to take a long time to go through it all."

46 posted on 05/01/2003 11:30:19 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Grampa Dave
This is the part that I like the BEST...

the regime's money reached well inside the United States, going to journalists and others

47 posted on 05/01/2003 11:34:16 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Grampa Dave; kcvl; Shermy; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Miss Marple; Howlin
A lot of the translating will be finished around August to September of 2004.

The part about the journalists will come much quicker. IMHO

48 posted on 05/01/2003 11:42:54 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Any data on any so called journalist, editor or publish getting blood/hush money from Soddomite should be released as soon as it is found.

Then, they should be turned into the IRS and their State Franchise Tax board for failure to declare income.
49 posted on 05/01/2003 1:08:42 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: MizSterious
Right. The other $995,000 went into a Swiss bank account.
50 posted on 05/01/2003 1:22:54 PM PDT by expatpat
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