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  • 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...
  • Why Soros wants Norm Coleman out of the Senate (A Must Read)

    01/09/2009 2:27:47 PM PST · by flattorney · 44 replies · 3,807+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 09, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    George Soros is the biggest sugar daddy of the Democratic Party, and naturally wants to ensure that the Democrats have a monopoly of power in America. Recently, I wrote an article for American Thinker on the role that George Soros has played in helping the Democrat Al Franken in his race against the Republican incumbent Norm Coleman for a Senate seat in Minnesota. However, there may be one other reason that Soros was determined that Norm Coleman in particular lose his seat. This was personal. Norm Coleman was the chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and as...
  • Volcker Tapped for Advisory Role

    11/26/2008 8:06:53 AM PST · by MissCalico · 80 replies · 4,085+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jonathan Weisman
    x-Fed Chief to Lead New Economic Panel of Outside Experts Who Will Brief Obama President-elect Barack Obama appointed former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Wednesday to be the chairman of a new White House advisory board tasked with helping to lift the nation from recession and stabilize financial markets. University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee, one of Mr. Obama's longest-serving policy advisers, will serve as the board's staff director, along with his duties as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Members of the panel will be drawn from a cross-section of citizens outside the government,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Annan: Israeli Commando Raid Violated Cease-Fire

    08/19/2006 4:48:33 PM PDT · by Cinnamon · 75 replies · 2,063+ views
    Fox News Network ^ | Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Fox News
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that an Israeli commando raid deep in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on Saturday violated the U.N. brokered cease-fire deal, putting the six-day cease-fire with Hezbollah guerrillas to a critical test. Israel said the raid was launched to stop arms smuggling to the militant Shiite fighters, but Lebanon said the operation violated the U.N. truce agreement. One Israeli officer was killed fighting Hezbollah guerrillas, and two were wounded, one seriously. "All such violations of Security Council resolution 1701 endanger the fragile calm that was reached after much negotiation and undermine the authority of the...
  • Sen. Clinton Blasts Bush's Anti-Terrorism Record

    08/14/2006 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 116 replies · 2,652+ views
    Bush's Anti-Terrorism Record (CBS/AP) SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a possible contender for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008, on Monday criticized the Bush administration for failing to do enough to protect the country from terrorists. Clinton's comments came after authorities in the United Kingdom last week said they thwarted a terror plot involving airplanes bound from Britain to the United States. Conspirators allegedly planned to blow up as many as 10 planes flying from Britain to the United States using liquid explosives, which the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's security equipment cannot detect in carry-on luggage. "We've done...
  • Germany denies handing U.S. Saddam's war plan

    02/27/2006 8:22:02 AM PST · by george wythe · 39 replies · 1,190+ views
    Reuters ^ | feb 27 2006
    Germany denied on Monday that its intelligence officials obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein's defence plan for Baghdad and passed it on to U.S. commanders a month before the 2003 Iraq invasion. The allegation that two German spies operating in the Iraqi capital before the war provided key military information to the United States -- at a time when the Berlin government was voicing strong public opposition to a U.S. invasion -- appeared on Monday in an article in the New York Times. [snip]A BND spokesman was even more categorical: "I would say the article is incorrect on all points."
  • Scandal-plagued UN suspends staff

    01/16/2006 2:09:22 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 1,161+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 January 2006 | Evelyn Leopold
    EIGHT UN officials have been suspended with pay as part of an investigation into the world body's procurement services following scandals in the oil-for-food program in Iraq, UN officials said this morning. The investigation by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services is the result of a probe into contracts in the UN peacekeeping department, which is fielding some 85,000 troops, police and civilians around the world. "There is an audit being done of peacekeeping department management," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "As a result of that audit, which also took a look at the procurement department ... we have...
  • Natwar Singh tenders resignation (India Foreign Minister quits after Volcker Oil-for-Food report)

    12/07/2005 10:00:45 AM PST · by indcons · 167+ views
    sify.com ^ | 07 December , 2005 | sify.com
    New Delhi: Union Minister K Natwar Singh on Wednesday handed over his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, bringing to an end the month-long high voltage political storm over his continuance in the government in the wake of the Volcker controversy. Following up his decision on Tuesday night to step down from the Council of Ministers after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Natwar Singh drove to the official Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister on Wednesday evening. "This is my letter of resignation from the Union cabinet as Minister without Portfolio. It has been a privilege to be...
  • Oil-for-food Scandal: Link between Natwar, Congress Party and Marc Rich emerges

    11/12/2005 12:02:14 AM PST · by Dyaus Pitar · 9 replies · 1,123+ views
    New Delhi: The oil deals in which Natwar Singh and the Congress party are allegedly "non-contractual beneficiaries" could have direct and indirect links with Marc Rich, an American fugitive who faced a potential 300 years in prison. Marc Rich was most controversially pardoned by President Bill Clinton in 2001. According to the Volcker report, the contracting party in both contracts (M/09/54 in the case of Natwar Singh and M/10/57 in the case of Congress party) was Masefield AG, an oil trading company based in Zug, Switzerland. The Masefield Group's website merely says that it privately-owned and based in Zug, but...
  • Calling Galloway's Bluff

    10/26/2005 4:11:08 AM PDT · by saveliberty · 22 replies · 1,275+ views
    Slate ^ | 10/25/2005 | Christopher Hitchens
    Just before my last exchange with George Galloway, which occurred on the set of Bill Maher's show in Los Angeles in mid-September, I was approached by a representative of the program and asked if I planned to repeat my challenge to Galloway on air. That challenge—would he sign an affidavit saying that he had never discussed Oil-for-Food monies with Tariq Aziz?—I had already made on a public stage in New York. Maher's producers had been asked, obviously by a nervous Galloway, to find out whether I had brought such an affidavit along with me. I replied that this was not...
  • Galloway faces new Iraq charges

    10/25/2005 2:49:54 AM PDT · by fifthvirginia · 25 replies · 1,459+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 OCT 05 | David R. Sands
    Maverick British lawmaker George Galloway solicited and received nearly $600,000 in profits for himself and a charity he ran from secret deals under the Iraq oil-for-food program, Senate investigators charged yesterday.
  • Envoys admit taking oil payoffs

    10/13/2005 5:41:30 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 22 replies · 835+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | October 14, 2005 | Charles Bremner
    France has distanced itself from two former ambassadors facing corruption charges TWO former French ambassadors have admitted earning hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of oil that Iraq had assigned to them under the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme. The disclosure tarnished France’s moral stand against the invasion of Iraq, and its Foreign Ministry scrambled to distance itself from the alleged illicit activities of Serge Boidevaix, a former director of the ministry, and of Jean-Bernard Mérimée, a former French Ambassador to the UN. Both are facing corruption charges. Jean-Baptiste Mattei, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said: “There is no...
  • Danish company admits oil-for-food bribes

    08/19/2005 3:39:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 846+ views
    AP ^ | 8/19/5 | JASMINA NIELSEN
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - A Danish company said Friday that two of its employees accepted bribes from Iraqi officials under the United Nations' tainted oil-for-food program. In a statement on its corporate Web site, the pump-making company Grundfos said the two cases of bribery came to light during an internal investigation. "We have done everything we can to openly cooperate with the U.N. in New York to investigate and close this case in a satisfactory manner," CEO Jens Joergen Madsen said in the statement. Grundfos did not say how much the bribes were worth, whether the employees had been punished or...
  • Sevan Says He's Likely to Name Names (Oil for Food Scandal Ringleader)

    08/08/2005 6:45:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 90 replies · 2,752+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/8/05 | Stewart Stogel
    New York -- As a result of a second scathing report on his administration of the scandal plagued U.N.-Iraq Oil-for-Food Prgram by U.N. investigator Paul Volcker, Benon V. Sevan is now threatening to name names. In a news conference, Volcker issued another "interim report" on the activates of Sevan, who ran the $67 billion aid program from 1997-2003. Volcker came to the conclusion that Sevan did indeed accept what amounted to several hundred thousand dollars in bribes funneled to him through various overseas channels. The most disturbing came through an aunt living in Cyprus who died in a mysterious apartment...
  • Kofi Annan's Delusions of Grandeur

    06/30/2005 1:00:51 PM PDT · by kddid · 5 replies · 724+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 30, 2005 | Nile Gardiner
    There has rarely been a more outrageous piece of political grandstanding. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s recent article in The Washington Post was a pathetic attempt to claim credit for political and economic developments in Iraq. It was an extraordinary re-writing of history that would have made officials in Orwell’s Ministry of Truth blush. His op-ed made no mention of the role the United States and Britain played in liberating the people of Iraq, or of the presence of some 160,000 U.S., British and Coalition forces who are defending democracy and freedom in the country. This striking omission insults the...
  • Annan Out, Bill Clinton In at U.N.?

    05/23/2005 11:40:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 124 replies · 2,894+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/23/05 | Carl Limbacher
    "There's still more to come, there's still more to the story," a veteran U.S. diplomat told NewsMax regarding U.N. chief Kofi Annan's role in the ever-expanding Iraq Oil For Food scandal. The diplomat, closely tied with the world body's most influential members, said pressure is building for Annan to resign. "It is possible that the Secretary-General could, for the good of the organization, eventually offer his resignation," he told NewsMax's Stewart Stogel. But who would replace Annan? "Bill Clinton," the source said with a smile. The U.S. official admitted that Bill Clinton as Secretary General, while still a long shot,...
  • Europeans deny oil-for-food payoffs

    05/13/2005 4:52:51 PM PDT · by SallyM · 7 replies · 441+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-13-05 | John Leicester
    Europeans deny oil-for-food payoffs Senate panel alleges two gave support to Hussein for vouchers By John Leicester Associated Press May 13, 2005 PARIS -- Two European politicians on Thursday adamantly denied accusations from a U.S. Senate committee that Saddam Hussein's regime allocated them millions of barrels of Iraqi oil in exchange for their support. The denials came a day after the committee investigating corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food program released new evidence purporting to show that the two politicians, British lawmaker George Galloway and former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, received vouchers for Iraqi oil in exchange for supporting...