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US: Saddam paid for lawmakers' Iraq trip
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Posted on 03/26/2008 3:07:47 PM PDT by bad company

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors say Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion.

An indictment in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti of arranging for three members of Congress to travel to Iraq in October 2002 at the behest of Saddam's regime. Prosecutors say Iraqi intelligence officials paid for the trip through an intermediary.

In exchange, Al-Hanooti allegedly received 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.

The lawmakers are not mentioned but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. There was no indication the three lawmakers knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.


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1 posted on 03/26/2008 3:07:49 PM PDT by bad company
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To: bad company; Bender2

In another time this would be shocking news.


2 posted on 03/26/2008 3:11:48 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: bad company

I want treason charges filed.


3 posted on 03/26/2008 3:13:00 PM PDT by Uncledave
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To: bad company

Look, they identified their party. Wow.


4 posted on 03/26/2008 3:15:46 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: bad company
I wonder if Nancy Pelosi considers this to meet her "high" ethical standards?

This guy should be facing severe jail time. But I'll not hold my breath.

5 posted on 03/26/2008 3:16:07 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Uncledave

“I want treason charges filed.”

Yep, and we all know what the penalty for that is.


6 posted on 03/26/2008 3:16:23 PM PDT by Tex Pete
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To: bad company

Who has the where-with-all to do anything about these fine Congressmen? NOBODY!! As usual. The inmates control now the asylum. This is the direct result of our dear President Bush wasting time and energy playing footsie with his “loyal opposition”. It worked when he was Govnah of Texas but not in DC. Under the Bush administration, most Republican lawmakers simply morphed into liberal democrats.

Treason, ho-hum. That’s hard to spell.


7 posted on 03/26/2008 3:17:35 PM PDT by Broker (Grandpa Petti Bones wants to know.)
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To: bad company
Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. There was no indication the three lawmakers knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.

Of course. They didn't have a clue.


8 posted on 03/26/2008 3:17:59 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: bad company
"Obviously we didn't know it at the time," McDermott spokesman Michael DeCesare said Wednesday. "The trip was to see the plight of provide moral and political support to the Iraqi children dictator. That's the only reason we went."
9 posted on 03/26/2008 3:19:50 PM PDT by indcons (Exposing ChiCom Trolls - 365/24/7)
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To: bad company
"The trip was to see the plight of the Iraqi children. That's the only reason we went."

But it was for the CCCHHHIIILLLDDDRRREEENNNN!!!
10 posted on 03/26/2008 3:20:05 PM PDT by Thrusher (Remember the Mog.)
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To: bad company
"Obviously we didn't know it at the time," McDermott spokesman Michael DeCesare said Wednesday. "The trip was to see the plight of the Iraqi children. That's the only reason we went."

Of course! You "found" the tickets and it was to "save the children." And the guy who "found" those tickets for you got 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.

MOVE ALONG FOLKS... NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

11 posted on 03/26/2008 3:21:09 PM PDT by avacado (Thomas Sowell: "Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.")
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To: Thrusher

Keep in mind that they said 500,000 kids died due to sanctions. The report a few days ago said 300,000 had died in the 5 years of the war. So using their own numbers, we saved 200,000 lives by going to war rather than continuing sanctions like the left wanted.


12 posted on 03/26/2008 3:21:49 PM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: bad company

Are any of these seats being contested in November?


13 posted on 03/26/2008 3:21:52 PM PDT by neutrality
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To: avacado

“And the guy who “found” those tickets for you got 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.”

2 million X $100/barrel=??????? Not bad for an innocent little visit.


14 posted on 03/26/2008 3:23:52 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: sionnsar

Ping


15 posted on 03/26/2008 3:26:44 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: bad company

“Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California.”

America is full of stupid people and they need representing too.


16 posted on 03/26/2008 3:28:31 PM PDT by edcoil (Go Great in 08 ... Slide into 09)
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To: icwhatudo

love it


18 posted on 03/26/2008 3:29:32 PM PDT by kajingawd (Humans share 50.6% of their DNA with bananas...most my friends are bananas)
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To: bad company
A Detroit businessman, Shakir al-Khafaji was also mixed up in this and donated $5000 to McDermott and McDermott was forced to return the donation. Nothing was ever said, that I heard, about returning the plane fare which was over $5000 IIRC.

excerpt from Seattle Times article

Congressman Jim McDermott this week returned a $5,000 contribution made to his legal defense fund by an Iraqi-American businessman who has admitted to financial ties with Saddam Hussein's regime.

Shakir al-Khafaji, a Detroit-area businessman who had been active in the anti-Iraq-war movement and who accompanied McDermott, D-Seattle, on his highly publicized trip to Iraq in 2002, acknowledged to the Financial Times of London this week that he received lucrative vouchers for Iraqi oil from Saddam's government.

The oil-voucher story surfaced in January, when a Baghdad newspaper published what it said was an Iraqi government document naming 270 recipients of oil vouchers from around the world. Al-Khafaji was one of two Americans on the list, which included French, British and Russian political and business leaders and many prominent opponents of the war.

In 2002, Al-Khafaji accompanied McDermott and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and David Bonior, D-Mich., on a trip to Iraq, during which McDermott gained national attention for criticizing President Bush and calling for an alternative to war.

Aide says McDermott wasn't aware of Saddam link

McDermott should have been aware of the Iraqi connection.

19 posted on 03/26/2008 3:29:43 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: bad company
Pertinent information from the frozen thread that is not mentioned here:

Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

An indictment unsealed in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a member of a Michigan nonprofit group, of arranging for three members of Congress to travel to Iraq in October 2002 at the behest of Saddam's regime. Prosecutors say Iraqi intelligence officials paid for the trip through an intermediary.

At the time, the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq.

The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. There was no indication the three lawmakers knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam. "Obviously we didn't know it at the time," McDermott spokesman Michael DeCesare said Wednesday. "The trip was to see the plight of the Iraqi children. That's the only reason we went."

During the trip, the lawmakers expressed skepticism about the Bush administration's claims that Saddam was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Though such weapons ultimately were never found, the lawmakers drew criticism for their trip at the time. Oklahoma Sen. Don Nickles, the second-ranking Senate Republican at the time, said the Democrats "sound somewhat like spokespersons for the Iraqi government."

In exchange for coordinating the trip, Al-Hanooti allegedly received 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.

DeCesare said McDermott was invited to go to Iraq by a Seattle church group and was unaware of any other funding for the trip.

They didn't know...it was for the children.

What horse manure.

20 posted on 03/26/2008 3:30:16 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: bad company

This sure hasn’t been a very good month for the democrats has it? Anybody keeping track of this “Culture of Corruption”? Let’s hope April is even better!


21 posted on 03/26/2008 3:30:37 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: bad company

Well, lookey here.

Seems to me this makes these three congresscritters traitors, and they ought to be treated accordingly.


22 posted on 03/26/2008 3:35:42 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he used to say: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: Normal4me
Anybody keeping track of this “Culture of Corruption”? Let’s hope April is even better!

Tell Pelosi.... Cricket...cricket.

23 posted on 03/26/2008 3:36:03 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: bad company

So is this Muthanna Al-Hanooti living in Detroit today?


24 posted on 03/26/2008 3:36:34 PM PDT by edcoil (Go Great in 08 ... Slide into 09)
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To: bad company

When I tried to get the link up the second time it didn’t work.

Here’s the Google link to page and the listing.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=McDermott+returns+donation+to+Detroit+Realtor&btnG=Google+Search

The Seattle Times: Local News: Aide says McDermott wasn’t aware of ...Shakir al-Khafaji, a Detroit-area businessman who had been active in the ... DeCesare said McDermott decided to return the contribution immediately upon ...
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001905911_mcdermott17m.html - 38k - Cached - Similar pages


25 posted on 03/26/2008 3:38:13 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: bad company

There was no indication the three lawmakers knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.

Who did they think was paying?!?!


26 posted on 03/26/2008 3:38:15 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: bad company
No surprises for Commie McDermott. He was, is, and remains a true communist and he loved Saddam. He is elected in Seattle, where the statue of a communist stands proudly in the city.
27 posted on 03/26/2008 3:38:41 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Obama is more of a racist than a KKK member. He lies about it, but a KKK member at least says it.)
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To: bad company

Charge them NOW!!!


28 posted on 03/26/2008 3:39:15 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: bad company

Too bad the President seems to have lost his testicles somewhere in the last four years. Otherwise these treasonous pieces of sh!t would be in the prison cells they so richly deserve.


29 posted on 03/26/2008 3:41:03 PM PDT by lesser_satan
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To: bad company
No Trips for Oil!
30 posted on 03/26/2008 3:43:15 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: MPJackal

Nah, oil was in the $60s back then.


31 posted on 03/26/2008 3:48:19 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: bad company
"Iraq in October 2002 at the behest of Saddam's regime"
32 posted on 03/26/2008 3:50:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: neutrality

Bonior retired from Congress several years ago; McDermott is a commie America-hater, so I’m sure his Seattle district is safe for him. Don’t know about Thompson.


33 posted on 03/26/2008 3:52:29 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (I'm supporting Michele Bachmann and James Sensebrenner this year. The presidency is just one office.)
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To: bad company
How come we all knew it, but the Dems didn't know who was paying for it? Did they think Sean Penn or Michael Moore was financing it?
34 posted on 03/26/2008 3:52:46 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: bad company

The term “useful idiot” was invented and spurned with people like McDermott in mind. He’s not very bright and a flaming jackass, thus an easy mark, even for a heinous, murderous criminal such as Saddam.


35 posted on 03/26/2008 3:55:46 PM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: MPJackal

No blood for oil, right? I think I heard that once.


36 posted on 03/26/2008 3:55:55 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Uncledave
I want treason charges filed.

Though, this story frosts my butt also, it's pretty hard to bring up these three ass clowns on treason charges since they didn't know who funded the trip.

Congress certainly can have an investigation since the "seriousness of the charges" warrant it.

Hey why not, it's the standard they use for pubbies

37 posted on 03/26/2008 3:58:17 PM PDT by Popman
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To: Popman
McDermott...what a creep.
38 posted on 03/26/2008 4:03:32 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: bad company

Democrat hampered FBI
terror probe in Detroit
Ex-Congressman Bonior pressured

agents to stop Arab interviews


Posted: March 13, 2003
1:00 am Eastern

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31497


39 posted on 03/26/2008 4:06:26 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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"Obviously we didn't know it at the time," McDermott spokesman Michael DeCesare said Wednesday. "

There should be an investigation into how they reported this trip on their office accounts. I'd be interested to know if they submitted vouchers for reimbursement for a trip paid for by Saddam. How do you take a trip overseas, supposedly on official US Congressional business, and not know how it is being paid for? Lying sacks of $hit!

40 posted on 03/26/2008 4:06:52 PM PDT by mass55th
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To: bad company

This will be considered a Red Badge of Courage for the Jim McDermott and the Baghdad Boys.


41 posted on 03/26/2008 4:08:45 PM PDT by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: bad company

I can’t believe that Jim McDermott, a Vietnam Veteran, would do such a thing. *snicker*


42 posted on 03/26/2008 4:15:53 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Experience Change!)
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To: bad company
From 2002 National Catholic Reporter:
... conservative columnist George F. Will termed Bonior and his two Democratic colleagues "useful idiots"--useful to Saddam Hussein, that is. Pundit Christopher Caldwell termed the Baghdad visit a "treason tour."

43 posted on 03/26/2008 4:26:04 PM PDT by syriacus (If BHO Jr. is elected, will he become a TWHP? (Typical White House Person))
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To: bad company
The trip was sponsored by the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq.
44 posted on 03/26/2008 4:27:39 PM PDT by syriacus (If BHO Jr. is elected, will he become a TWHP? (Typical White House Person))
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To: Uncledave
I want treason charges filed.

I am 100% positive that the Bush Justice Department is working on that indictment right this very second.

45 posted on 03/26/2008 4:28:45 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: bad company
stupid Democrat
46 posted on 03/26/2008 4:34:25 PM PDT by redreno
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To: AlphaOneAlpha

I used to call him “McDimwitt”. Guess it’s time to crank that one up again.


47 posted on 03/26/2008 4:40:44 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (I'm supporting Michele Bachmann and James Sensebrenner this year. The presidency is just one office.)
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To: bad company
I know that all the "investigative journalists" that are trying to make their bones will be all over this...
/s
48 posted on 03/26/2008 4:40:47 PM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Hunton Peck

From politics1.com:

Mike Thompson (D)*
Mitch Clogg (D) - Ex-Newspaper Reporter & Army Veteran
Doug Pharr (R) - Attorney & USMC Veteran
Zane Starkewolf (R) - Businessman
Pam Elizondo (Green) - Marijuana Legalization Activist, Ex-Psychiatric Hospital Worker & Frequent Candidate
Carol Wolman (Green) - Psychiatrist & Peace Activist

A challenger in the primary and then 2 on the R side.

Is it common for U.S. Representatives to accept trips from people they know nothing about?


49 posted on 03/26/2008 4:44:08 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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50 posted on 03/26/2008 5:11:44 PM PDT by Gritty (Liberals believe the world is run on wishes and that they will always have three more- G. Vanderleun)
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