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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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To: CyberCowboy777; Libertina
Ping.
51 posted on 05/01/2003 1:25:11 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; kcvl
Bush administration sources say they have recovered enough Iraqi government and Baath party documents to fill 100 semi-trailers.

We will be going through this pile of paper for years not enough people that can read arabic or farsi !

Ought to be some really good stuff in there!

52 posted on 05/01/2003 2:11:20 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Recall Gray Davis and then start on the other Democrats)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We have over 5,000 in Dearborn, Michigan who would volunteer to read what is in those papers. I trust them to turn over most of the data. They might want to keep a few special names for some special house warming calls.
53 posted on 05/01/2003 2:26:50 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Grampa Dave
There are a lot of people willing to work for Dubya! Did you see him land on the USS Lincoln?

What an incredible smile he had, and all the sailors were beaming too!
54 posted on 05/01/2003 2:40:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Where is Saddam? and where is Tom Daschle?)
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To: kattracks
Heavens! Don't they know this information is likely to get him a Senate seat in this state or maybe even the Governor's mansion?
55 posted on 05/01/2003 2:41:46 PM PDT by ShandaLear
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Yes, I did see CIC GW land on the Lincoln today. What a heart grabbing/wonderful experience! (Both the landing and how our sailors greet our president and how he greeted them!)


56 posted on 05/01/2003 2:42:49 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: widowithfoursons
McDermott didn't get a pass from Lott - you are mixing up the Senate and the House - but he did get a pass from the FBI which investigated this starting January 15, 1997. See: http://www-tech.mit.edu/V116/N67/fbi.67w.html for a full reference to a rather definitive NYTimes article on the matter.)

Eventually the "couple in Florida" copped a plea and the public never did find out what the FBI really discovered.

There's no doubt the "couple in Florida" were nothing more than designated fallguys for Iraqi intelligence agents operating out of Florida. McDermott becomes their puppet way back in 1996/97, and finds himself and his friends involved in what was to become the "9/11 Attack on America".

No doubt these Democrat goofballs thought that the American people would be so revulsed by what would look like George Bush' ineptitude that they would cry out to be saved by the Democrats.

One thing leading to another, the Dems would be back in power, the Reps out on the street, and a popular coup would have taken place. ~ for the cognizenti, this is the "Reichstag Fire scenario" a number of Dems have accused the Republicans of thinking up. No doubt they are "projecting"!

We might also check out the US Attorney that let the "couple in Florida" skate? Was she part of the AlQaida conspiracy or just one of many Dems Saddam was paying off? That's certainly a question somone in John Ashcroft's Justice Department ought to find an answer for.

57 posted on 05/01/2003 4:04:44 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Starrgaizr
ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz....
58 posted on 05/01/2003 4:08:27 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: muawiyah
But John Ashcroft will never ask the question. And Jim McDermott will continue to be a congressman.
59 posted on 05/01/2003 4:09:01 PM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: widowithfoursons
You seem so easily persuaded. Do you, perhaps, live in McDermott's district? I live in Jim Moran's district and we know he sold out to AlQaida AND Saddam Hussein. He did so frequently. Without these guys Jim would not have had any campaign funds or cash to pay his bills.

(Oh, mygosh, I've just named two of the conspirators!)

60 posted on 05/01/2003 4:16:59 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
So you live in VA? Most all politicos are corrupt.(BTW I was there to vote for Ollie).
61 posted on 05/01/2003 4:21:08 PM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: kattracks
If true....this makes "Baghdad Jim McDermott" another democrat WHORE..

A CHEAP whore --- given the going rates for Clinton or Galloway....

But then again.....McDermott is not cute, and he's stupid to boot..

Semper Fi
62 posted on 05/01/2003 4:38:26 PM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: kattracks; CyberCowboy777; Eala; Publius; Billthedrill; GretchenEE; big ern; anniegetyourgun
BTTT WA STATE Ping please
63 posted on 05/01/2003 7:38:47 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Libertina
Time for KVI to cover this story. It needs some legs.
64 posted on 05/01/2003 9:12:41 PM PDT by Publius
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To: kattracks
And we are to be shocked?
65 posted on 05/01/2003 9:15:21 PM PDT by Beck_isright (If a Frenchman and a German farted in the Ardennes, would Belgium surrender?)
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To: Publius
Good idea, I'll send it off to Kirby. Nice to see you. Let's have a party. THIS MONTH! Even if it's in a restaurant. Name the day, Mr. Planning Committe Member!
66 posted on 05/01/2003 9:20:55 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Starrgaizr
Scott Ritter is a more interesting candidate so far.

Ritter didn't need money to be turned. Just some of those little girls with the big brown eyes that Uday had lined up. A few pictures and Ritter forgets all about Semper Fidelis.

Just one of the many possible explanations for his 180 degree turn on Iraq.

67 posted on 05/01/2003 9:42:40 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Justice is the one thing you should always find. Saddle up your boys and draw a hardline.)
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To: kattracks
Recall that the Buffalo Al Qead cell were ALL registred DEMOCRATS!

68 posted on 05/01/2003 9:49:31 PM PDT by Kay Soze (France helped Osama Bin Laden kill 3,000 US citizens in New York on Sept 11,2001.)
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bttt
69 posted on 05/01/2003 10:23:34 PM PDT by GretchenEE (We export freedom)
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To: kattracks
MASTER LIST Useless Nation's Oil for Food scam + galloway
70 posted on 05/02/2003 5:50:49 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: kattracks
I called my congresswoman...have you called yours?
71 posted on 05/02/2003 6:07:00 AM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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To: kattracks; 007Dawg; 11B3; 123easy; 1911A1; 7mmMag@LeftCoast; A44MAGNUT; Acrobat; Adam-ondi-Ahman; ..
Washington State Ping List

This is all known Washington State Freepers and interested parties as of 1/03/03
Less those who opted out
If you want on or off this ping list Freepmail me.

72 posted on 05/02/2003 9:38:04 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: kattracks
Bringing this up to date, the Washington Times covered this topic in its lead editorial.

I don't recall if they suggested McDermott be hanged. No doubt the Washington Post will say nothing and hope we don't notice!

73 posted on 05/02/2003 6:08:02 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
bump to keep on top
74 posted on 05/02/2003 6:59:21 PM PDT by malia
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To: kattracks
a bump for McDermott-Galloway story. -and where does Patty Murray stand?
75 posted on 05/03/2003 2:34:13 AM PDT by malia
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To: kattracks
bumping again
76 posted on 05/03/2003 11:34:53 AM PDT by malia
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To: malia
bttt
77 posted on 11/16/2003 6:25:16 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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