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  • City aims to jump-start Near South Side development

    07/11/2013 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 2 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    The city is trying to kick-start development of vacant 62-acre parcel near downtown controlled by a controversial Iraqi billionaire once linked to convicted Democratic influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
  • From Kelley to Petraeus, It Doesn't Add Up

    11/13/2012 2:26:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 71 replies
    US News ^ | November 13, 2012 | Paul D. Shinkman
    An FBI agent carries out a computer after a search of the home of Paula Broadwell in Charlotte, N.C. The evidence of an affair that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign from his position still leaves many unknowns, experts say, including some fundamental questions about the investigation itself.[READ: Broadwell's Driver's License Found in D.C. Park] It remains uncertain why the FBI began investigating the E-mails sent to Jill Kelley, a social liaison volunteer at a Tampa base where Petraeus was stationed as an Army general, and whose connections with Petraeus' alleged mistress and family is not yet clear, according...
  • Giving China the 'Key to the Front Door'

    10/03/2007 3:52:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 409+ views
    The Loft (GOPUSA blog) ^ | October 3, 2007 | Bobby Eberle
    Several months ago, the Pentagon's network and e-mail system fell victim to computer hacking. After an internal investigation, Pentagon officials declared that the hack was perpetrated by the Chinese military. In particular, officials said the attack "was by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and that it led to the shutdown of a computer system serving the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates." Now, a Chinese company with ties to the country's military, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger.According to a story in the Washington Times, Huawei Technologies...
  • Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

    12/30/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | John A. Shaw
    In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States. The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains widely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent millions of dollars to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Corruption sentencing delayed for Rezko, fundraiser for Blagojevich

    10/03/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by glorgau · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:37 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    A judge has delayed sentencing for Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top fundraiser and adviser to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko, convicted on corruption charges, was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21. But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to move the sentencing because another corruption trial connected to the Blagojevich administration starts this week – and includes allegations of an extortion plot involving Rezko. Prosecutors most directly involved in the Rezko sentencing are also handling the prosecution of William Cellini, a Springfield powerbroker whose trial on charges including attempted extortion and fraud starts this morning. In...
  • Convicted Rezko partner cooperated with feds (More of the Chicago way)

    03/09/2011 10:23:05 AM PST · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Souht Town Star ^ | March 8, 2011 | Natasha Korecki
    A onetime Tony Rezko business partner, who once was a Chicago cop and chief executive of a company that won a $50 million security contract in Iraq, has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Chicago after he cooperated with authorities. 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.
  • Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house (Gutierrez, IL Dem Rep)

    11/14/2010 8:06:03 PM PST · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-8-10 | Natasha Korecki
    Congressman told FBI he asked for -- and got -- free home upgrades ### Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Gutierrez's comments to federal agents in a previously undisclosed 2008 interview contradict what the congressman told the Sun-Times in 2006 about the purchase. "I walked in with my wife -- as any other consumer could have -- and purchased the unit at the listed price, with no considerations," the Northwest Side congressman said then,...
  • Ex-S.D. [San Diego] sailor allegedly linked to terror suspect [may have passed secrets to Jihadis]

    08/07/2004 10:14:21 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 15 replies · 826+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 7, 2004 | James W. Crawley
    Investigators are trying to determine whether a San Diego sailor passed Navy secrets about security weaknesses and warship movements to a British man accused of having terrorist links, according to court documents unsealed yesterday. E-mail messages from the unnamed sailor, sent in late 2000 and 2001 before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were found in December in computer files belonging to Babar Ahmad, who was detained Wednesday in London, according to the 31-page arrest affidavit. The computer files contained details about security arrangements and movements of the San Diego-based Constellation carrier battle group, which included the destroyer Benfold, on which...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • LIVE THREAD: CSPAN 2 - The Saddam Tapes and WMD translations NOW (12:20pm PST)

    02/21/2006 12:23:22 PM PST · by cgk · 76 replies · 3,878+ views
    CSPAN 2 | 2-21-06
    Posterboard is up on screen showing translations of what Saddam and Tariq Aziz said on the tapes released this weekend at the Intelligence Summit. It sounds like former UN inspector Tierney is the one reading the translations.
  • Obama's Chilling Crew--The legal harassment of those investigating Tony Rezko.

    04/28/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 1,672+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-28-09 | Andrew Walden
    Obama's Chilling Crew   By Andrew | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Why is there so little media investigation of the financing behind Barack Obama’s early political sponsor—and now convicted felon—Tony Rezko?      The dual US-Syrian citizen Rezko--who assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion--was heavily funded by loans from Iraqi-British ex-Baathist billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.  According to testimony at Rezko’s trial, Obama met Auchi at an April 3, 2004 event at Rezko’s home during Obama’s 2004 US Senate campaign.  The Times of London reports discovering, “state documents in Illinois recording that Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, lent...
  • Ex-Rezko partner bankrupt

    02/16/2009 10:09:35 AM PST · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 733+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 2-16-09 | Tim Novak
    Tony Rezko's former development partner is broke. ### Dan Mahru -- a lawyer who became an ice peddler and real estate developer -- has filed for bankruptcy, declaring that he and his business partners, including Rezko, owe as much as $95 million to creditors. Mahru estimates his personal debts could be as high as $50 million. Mahru and Rezko split a few years ago. But they're still fighting dozens of lawsuits filed over housing developments they built. "I couldn't handle all the multitude of lawsuits involving Mr. Rezko,'' Mahru says. Mahru lists $48,970.61 in assets in the bankruptcy case he...
  • The Obama-Auchi Connection: First Hawaiian Bank avoids subprime lending, makes record profit

    02/02/2009 3:21:31 PM PST · by AndrewWalden · 33 replies · 922+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | February 2, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    Interestingly, First Hawaiian's ownership structure leads back to Nadhmi Auchi, a former Iraqi Baathist official of Saddam Hussein's government, who more recently financed business ventures with now-convicted-felon and Chicago political 'fixer' Tony Rezko creating a condition of "longstanding indebtedness" of Rezko to Auchi's holding company. Rezko funded the political campaigns of impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and President Barack Obama. Rezko also assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion.
  • Does Barack Obama Sing the Tiger Song?

    12/20/2008 8:26:34 PM PST · by Calpernia · 22 replies · 991+ views
    How many have heard of Nadhmi Auchi? Why are we not hearing more about him? Nadhmi Auchi was born in 1937. He is an Iraqi born British-resident and Britain's 22nd wealthiest individual. Nadhmi Auchi co-conspired with fellow Baathist Saddam Hussein in 1959 to assassinate then Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim. Rezko and Obama are both financially connected to him. MSNBC reports that Nadhmi Auchi had helped Orascom (which owns Djezzy GSM), owned by Onsi Sawiris, gain a contract to set-up mobile phone networks in post-Saddam's Iraq. As per Orascom's annual report, page 65, Huawei Technologies is listed as a subsidiary...
  • Is Obama vulnerable to blackmail?

    12/18/2008 11:10:38 PM PST · by malkee · 48 replies · 2,406+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12-19-08 | James Lewis
    Suppose you're Bashir Assad or Putin, and you watch the Blago Blowup, a month before the next president even takes office. What are you thinking right now? First, Obama looks vulnerable to blackmail. His homey network is full of people who can't stand the light of day. They know all kinds of things the leftist media suppress -- people like Auchi (the Iraqi billionaire), Rezko (the corrupt Syrian multimillionaire), Emil Jones (the Godfather of Southside), and the whole Daley Machine. That's not even counting the freaky radicals or the pols Obama has surrounded himself with. Mayor Daley's brother is one...
  • Report: Obama Toasted Saddam's Frontman at Rezko Party who is the guy..far right?

    12/17/2008 7:40:19 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 5 replies · 839+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | april 6th 2008 | gateway pundit
    Mr. Nadhmi Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who has supported US Presidential candidate Barack Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
  • VIDEO - MUST see - connecting the dots: Obama, Rezko, Iraq money

    10/24/2008 11:07:56 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1,845+ views
    MetaCafe ^ | 10-24-08
    According to the linked page: "Unnamed freelance journalist has the goods on Obama and Rezko"
  • Curtain Time For Barack Obama

    Curtain Time For Barack Obama - Part I [snippets...] Most important for connecting the dots in the Board Games investigation, is the clarification that it is not the Rezko case. The only reason it’s always referred to as the “Rezko” case is because he happens to be the first defendant to be brought to trial. [...] Operation Board Games must be viewed with a full understanding that Governor Rod Blagojevich was supposed to be the candidate running for president during this election cycle in order for the subplots involving Obama to become clear. The Illinois political mob already had a...
  • Lehman Brothers: Obama’s Rezko-Auchi conflict of interest

    09/17/2008 11:34:21 AM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 13 replies · 325+ views
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 09-17-08 | Andrew Walden
    Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama was quick to blame the bankruptcy of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers on Republicans’ “failed philosophy”. Obama’s September 15 comments were repeated throughout the media--yet reporters have not noted Obama’s glaring conflict of interest—the Lehman debt owed to a bank owned by the financier who loaned millions of dollars to Tony Rezko.
  • Muslims in fed terror probe making donations to Obama

    08/29/2008 8:43:36 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 58 replies · 1,920+ views
    WND ^ | August 29, 2008
    Islamic leaders tied by federal investigators to the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America – including one under active investigation for alleged terror-financing – have recently donated to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign for president, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by WND. Jamal M. Barzinji earlier this year gave Obama $1,000, a gift that records show has not been returned. Other Democratic candidates, including Rep. Jim Moran, have refunded donations from Barzinji since federal agents raided his Virginia home and offices in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Obama's top Muslim adviser resigned earlier this month over controversy surrounding his...
  • Ten Years Ago President Clinton Signed the Iraq Liberation Act

    10/31/2008 7:43:30 AM PDT · by faq · 11 replies · 612+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | October 30, 2008 | RFW
    October 31, 1998 - On This Day In History Bill Clinton Released The Following Statement Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the “Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.” This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers.Let me be clear on what the U.S. objectives are:The United States wants Iraq to rejoin the family of nations as a...
  • Obama's Mansion, Saddam's Money..............(connection to Obama, who personally benefited )

    10/29/2008 3:36:08 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 19 replies · 1,775+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Daniel Pipes
    Barack Obama appears to have personally benefited from funds originating in Saddam Hussein's regime. It's a complicated connection, but one that deserves the consideration of Americans voters. Two similar figures, Nadhmi Auchi and Antoin S. "Tony" Rezko, served as the intermediaries. Both are Middle Eastern males of Catholic Christian heritage who left Baathist dictatorships for Western cities (Auchi from Iraq to London, Rezko from Syria to Chicago). Both became successful businessmen who hobnobbed with politicians and promoted Arab interests. Both have been convicted of taking kickbacks and both stand accused of other shady dealings. Auchi, born in 1937, is the...
  • Obama, Rezko, & Auchi

    10/22/2008 9:40:19 PM PDT · by prplhze2000 · 7 replies · 501+ views
    Jackson Jambalaya ^ | june 8, 2008 | prplhze2000
    Ever heard of Nahmdi Auchi? Mr. Auchi was the financier for long-time Barak Obama friend and fund-raiser Tony Rezko. Mr. Auchi is the cousin of Saddam Hussein and his co-conspirator in the 1959 failed assassination attempt of the Iraqi Prime Minister. Although he eventually left Iraq in 1981 and became a British citizen, Auchi prospered mightily under Saddam, becoming a billionaire and pillar of British society (He ranks 279 on the Forbes list of the richest people) He was convicted of committing fraud in France in 2004 (only had to pay a fine) and has been barred from entering the...
  • Nadhmi Auchi and the New Statesman

    10/13/2008 2:05:07 PM PDT · by Danae · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The New Statesman ^ | 10-6-2008 | Martin Bright
    The brilliant people at Wikileaks have produced a very useful collection of articles about stories removed from media websites following legal threats from an Iraqi billionaire The British-based Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi has become a highly controversial figure in the United States after being linked to Chicago-based businessman Tony Rezko - the weak link in the Obama campaign. The freedom of information site Wikileaks has now published some fascinating material about Auchi's attempts to stop people writing about him. Auchi was convicted of fraud by the French courts in 2003 for his involvement in illegal payments surrounding a deal he...
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • (IL Gov.) Blagojevich deflects questions about Rezko cooperation

    10/07/2008 1:14:34 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 733+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-7-08 | Monique Garcia
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to deflect questions Tuesday about talks between convicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko and federal authorities probing corruption allegations involving his administration. *snip* ... Blagojevich said Rezko's decision to seek a sentencing delay "speaks for itself." *snip* And I would point out he sent a letter, Tony Rezko sent a letter to a federal judge where he expressly said that neither Sen. Obama nor I did anything wrong and now we've got to respect the process as we've been consistently doing and just let it all unfold…"
  • Obama Should Come Clean On Ayers, Rezko And the Iraqi Billionaire

    09/03/2008 8:49:53 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies · 181+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 8-30-08 | John Fund
    Even as Barack Obama gave his soaring speech Thursday night, his campaign was playing hardball with its critics. Team Obama has launched an offensive against WGN, the Chicago Tribune's radio station, for interviewing Stanley Kurtz. Mr. Kurtz is a conservative writer who this week forced the University of Illinois to finally open its records on Sen. Obama's association with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist. An Obama campaign email to supporters called Mr. Kurtz a "slimy character assassin" whose "divisive, destructive ranting" should be confronted. WGN producer Zack Christenson says the outpouring of negative calls and emails is...
  • Iraqi Billionaire Threatens Reporters Investigating Rezko Affair

    08/25/2008 12:01:28 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 108 replies · 701+ views
    AIM ^ | August 24, 2008 | Andrew Walden
    "Why aren’t the American media investigating the role of British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi in supplying loans to Barack Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko? Some point to media bias, but there is another factor. Working for Auchi, who was born in Iraq, attorneys from London law firm Carter-Ruck have for several months been flooding American and British newspapers and websites with letters demanding removal of material they deem “defamatory” to their client."

    08/11/2008 1:30:28 PM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 4 replies · 135+ views
    Private Eye magazine ^ | June 28, 2008 | Private Eye magazine
    Until Carter-Ruck and Partners and England’s stifling libel laws got to work, the few American journalists not caught up in Obama-mania were turning to the archives of the British press to answer an intriguing question: who is Nadhmi Auchi? Facts elsewhere were sparse. According to Forbes, Auchi was the 279th richest man in the world and a “onetime go-between for major oil companies and state-owned oil fields”. The only criticism its rich list noted was “for hosting a lavish 1,000-person wedding for his son on the same day that the anti-poverty Live 8 concert kicked off in adjacent Hyde Park”....
  • Obama's Syrian Connection

    08/04/2008 8:38:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 508+ views
    Assyrian International News Association ^ | 3-11-2008 | Andrew Walden
    Most politicians try to keep their financial backers un-indicted until after the election. But Obama’s biggest early sponsor, dual U.S.-Syrian citizen Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, is already indicted by a federal grand jury. Now he is going to trial in a Chicago federal court. Rezko, along with co-defendants Ali Ata and Abdelhamid Chaib, face federal grand jury charges presented in October 2006 by the U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald. The case centers on allegations of fraud between 2000 and 2004 in the sale of 17 Papa Johns’ Pizza parlors in Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee. The case may begin with...
  • Obama: Can’t ‘Swift Boat’ Me

    04/20/2008 10:43:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 154+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Apr 28, 2008 | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    <p>Seeing Ghosts: Obama's ties to Ayers and Auchi are distant, but his foes plan to pounce .</p> <p>The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates over his ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers, indicted developer Antoin Rezko and other figures from his past.</p>
  • Mysterious London-based billionaire in the background at Rezko

    04/14/2008 6:30:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies · 450+ views
    Daily Journal ^ | 4/14/2008
    CHICAGO (AP) -- A mysterious billionaire with his hands on a major chunk of Chicago real estate and at least passing familiarity with some of Illinois' top politicians has surfaced in the federal fraud trial of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko. Nadhmi Auchi, the world's 279th richest person on the Forbes magazine list, is the founder and CEO of Luxembourg-based General Mediterranean Holdings. He presides over a business empire that stretches from the shores of the Red Sea through Russia, western Europe and North America. The company boasts investments in banking and finance, hotels, aviation, pharmaceuticals and real estate --...
  • Obama's Oil For Food Connection

    03/06/2008 5:14:29 AM PST · by sono · 21 replies · 597+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/06/2008 | Andrew Walden
    Out on bail awaiting trial, dual US-Syrian citizen, Antoin ‘Tony' Rezko, was rousted out of bed by police pounding on the doors of his Chicago mansion the morning of Monday, January 28. According to the Associated Press: "U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve jailed Rezko...saying he had disobeyed her order to keep her posted on his financial status. Among other things, he failed to tell her about a $3.5 million loan from London-based Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi -- a loan that was later forgiven in exchange for shares in a prime slice of Chicago real estate. Rezko gave $700,000...
  • Rezko In Debt $50 Million; How Did He Afford Obama Lot? ...Rezko Depends on Family Handouts

    03/06/2008 5:17:41 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 42 replies · 573+ views
    Copyright © 2008 ABC News Internet Ventures ^ | March 5, 2008 | By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    Accused Illinois fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko is in debt by $50 million and relies on "family" handouts of $7,500 a month to pay monthly costs, according to a previously sealed court transcript reviewed by ABC News. Rezko's bleak financial picture raises the question of how the Rezkos were able to buy a vacant lot adjoining the home of Sen. Barack Obama in 2005, at a time Rezko says he was already in deep debt. Rezko also reveals in the testimony, before Judge Amy St. Eve on Jan. 16, 2007, that he already knew he was under federal investigation at the...
  • Court case makes life difficult for Barack Obama

    03/02/2008 5:07:53 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 34 replies · 108+ views ^ | 3/3/08 | James Bone
    Buried on page 59 of the indictment is a reference to one of many alleged kickbacks on a state contract that appears to have ended up as a $10,000 donation to an unnamed “political candidate”. The kickback was allegedly arranged by Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a Syrian immigrant who became a powerful political fixer in Chicago. The “political candidate” who benefited from the $10,000 has been identified as Barack Obama, the Democratic contender calling for “change we can believe in” in the presidential race, who is said to be a longtime friend of Mr Rezko. Mr Rezko goes on trial for...
  • john bachelor show thread 01 March 08

    03/02/2008 4:08:38 PM PST · by Perdogg · 83 replies · 1,263+ views
    WABC Radio ^ | 01 March 08 | Perdogg
    Middle east updates!
  • Has the media begun to turn on Barack Obama?

    03/02/2008 6:45:39 AM PST · by jdm · 28 replies · 116+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 02, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Hillary Clinton has complained bitterly that her competitor, Barack Obama, has received a cushy ride so far from the mainstream media. That may be changing, however, with the corruption trial of Obama’s political booster Tony Rezko. The New York Times takes an in-depth look into Rezko’s connections and asks how the Chicago fixer kept finding so much money with so many creditors: Tony Rezko was obviously in trouble. He was a defendant in at least a dozen lawsuits, federal investigators in Chicago were poking around, and his name was in newspaper articles about corruption and fraud.None of that stopped Mr....
  • Auchi Connection (New Evidence Ties Obama To Terrorist-Supporting Iraqi Billionaire)

    03/01/2008 8:24:47 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 10 replies · 745+ views
    Wash Times ^ | May 1, 2008 | Gertz
    New attention is being focused on indirect connections between Iraqi-British billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, who has been tied to illegal activities in Iraq and France, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. Auchi gave at least $10.5 million to Obama fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, including a payment of $3.5 million that coincided with Mr. Obama's purchase in 2005 of a $1.65 million Chicago house, the London Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper said the timing of the payment and the house purchase, along with the purchase of land next door by Mr. Rezko's wife Rita from the same seller, raise questions about...
  • Typical Chicago Politics Will Come Back To Haunt Obama ( New Revelations from London )

    02/26/2008 11:59:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 73 replies · 531+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Feb 26, 2008 9:24 am | Curt
    While the NYT’s prints a foolish attack piece with lots of innuendo about the Republican nominee, they remain silent on a story that is quite big AND has plenty of evidence to suggest wrongdoing. Something which you can bet your bottom dollar will see the light of day over and over and over again if Obama is the nominee. No fawning over the Messiah by the English press here. Hell, they even put up a picture of Obama that isn’t flattering: The story itself is well done, but can get convoluted at times with all the figures. Here is the...
  • More Details for the Obama Files by John Batchelor

    02/26/2008 6:37:31 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 36 replies · 328+ views ^ | 02/26/2008 | John Batchelor
    More Details for the Obama Files by John Batchelor The handshake heard round the world took place in April, 2004, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago between Barack Obama and a mysterious London billionaire named Nadhmi Auchi. Until James Bone and Dominic Kennedy asserted the handshake took place in their February 25, 2008, Times Online article, "Barack Obama embarassed by billionaire link to home deal," the meeting between these two political actors was unconfirmed. However now that the report has been published in London, where the libel laws are draconian enough that the Mr. Auchi and his esteemed media lawyer...
  • Barack Obama embarrassed by billionaire link to home deal (just a boneheaded mistake)

    02/25/2008 2:25:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies · 674+ views
    Times Online ^ | 2/25/08 | James Bone & Dominic Kennedy
    Barack Obama embarrassed by billionaire link to home dealJames Bone in New York and Dominic Kennedy in London February 25, 2008 Barack Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a ?boneheaded mistake? (Charles Rex Arbogast/Pool/EPA) A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago. A company related...
  • Who Are They? (More Obama related corruption)

    02/21/2008 2:35:30 PM PST · by pissant · 4 replies · 443+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/08 | John Batchelor
    Who is Nahdmi Auchi, who according to the British newspaper TimesOnline may have lent money through a company he controls in Panama to support a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Barack Obama in May 2005? Who is Mr. Auchi? A British billionaire living in London, born in Iraq in 1937. And why would he, as it is alleged, lend money via a Panama company, Fintrade Services -- of which his wife, Ibtisam Auchi, is said to be a director -- to a freshmen U. S. senator from Illinois just a few months after he is sworn in as a very junior...
  • Hillary Lends Her Campaign $5 Million – Where Did the Money Come From?

    02/08/2008 9:32:18 PM PST · by reformjoy · 41 replies · 384+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | Feb 8, 2008 | Tom Fitton
    February 8, 2008 From the Desk of Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton: Hillary Lends Her Campaign $5 Million – Where Did the Money Come From?     Last week, in this space I wrote that Bill Clinton’s business dealings around the world could create a conflict of interest with respect to Hillary’s position in the U.S. Senate and her candidacy for President of the United States.  This week, Hillary showed us all why we should be very concerned.   According to the New York Post:  “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million from her personal bank account late...
  • Tony Rezko arrested, sources say (timing is everything)

    01/28/2008 6:54:22 AM PST · by SE Mom · 168 replies · 1,080+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 28 January 2008 | Jeff Coen and John Chase
    Antoin "Tony" Rezko was arrested early Monday at his Wilmette home by federal agents on an alleged bond violation, the Tribune has learned. Investigators had in recent weeks become concerned about the movement of some of his finances, a source said. Rezko, who is scheduled to stand trial on corruption charges in less than a month at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, was taken into custody due to an alleged bond violation, a source confirmed.
  • Scandal in Baghdad: Millions Missing - French, Chinese Companies Involved

    02/23/2005 12:50:25 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies · 4,319+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 | Charles R. Smith
    Newly released documents from the Bush administration 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. 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...
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • Elf executives are jailed over Ł210m ‘black box’ fraud

    11/12/2003 6:31:21 PM PST · by dighton · 12 replies · 275+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/13/2003 | Philip Delves Broughton
    France’s longest-running political and corporate corruption scandal ended yesterday with prison sentences and fines for 23 former executives at the Elf oil company and their associates.Loik le Floch-Prigent, 57, Elf’s chief executive between 1989 and 1993, authorised the embezzlement of Ł210 million while Elf was state-owned. The money went on bribes for politicians and middlemen and lavish lifestyles for senior Elf executives.He was jailed for five years and fined Ł260,000.Nadhmi Auchi, a British billionaire, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and fined Ł1.4 million. Auchi, who fled his native Iraq under Saddam Hussein, was found guilty of accepting illegal...