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UN Oil-For-Peace Movement Scandal
MensNewsDaily.com ^ | 30 | Michael Tremoglie and Chris Blackburn

Posted on 04/29/2004 3:51:57 PM PDT by crispinblackstar

No Peace for Oil

April 29, 2004

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by Michael P. Tremoglie and Chris Blackburn

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Next time there is a television newscast of an anti-Iraq war demonstration, imagine a voice saying: “ this event is sponsored by Saddam Hussein and the United Nations.” According to the latest reports from Baghdad, Washington, and New York there is a good possibility that is exactly what is occurring.

The UN administered Oil-for-Food program, which was originally designed to assist Iraqis who were starving because of the UN imposed economic sanctions of Saddam Hussein, was used as a slush fund by Hussein to bribe UN, French, Russian officials and to fund groups protesting the American intervention in Iraq. The purpose was to influence the world community to keep Hussein and his Baathist thugs in power. This scandal involves some of the UN’s highest officials including Kojo Anan, the son of UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan.

The oil-for-food program was an exemption from the U.N. sanctions that allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil to buy food and medicine for Iraqis, and to pay reparations to victims of the 1991 Gulf War. Inexplicably the program was designed so that Saddam Hussein determined who the suppliers would be and who could purchase the Iraqi oil. A U.N. committee administered the contracts.

However, investigators of the United States General Accounting Office, and those hired by the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC), have determined that there was a corruption of this humanitarian effort of a massive and unprecedented scale. They have estimated that the Baathists illegally collected $10.1 billion through the program, which they subsequently used for various nefarious purposes. The scheme was that those who the received the bribes and kickbacks were paid in coupons for barrels of oil. These coupons could be traded in the world market for cash.

Claude Hankes-Drielsma, who is managing the IGC investigation by forensic accountants of the international accounting firm KPMG, was quoted as saying, "From the evidence I have so far, the report will produce some of the most disturbing information that you have ever seen. “ He is scheduled to testify at a Congressional hearing of this scandal chaired by Congressman Christopher Shays later in April.

In January, the Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada compiled a list of 270 international figures who had been illegally receiving money from the Oil-for-Food scheme. Among those named as recipients were some who attended a conference in Madrid, March 16. The conference sponsored by the Arab Cause Solidarity Committee was titled International Meeting Against the War, and was to proclaim, “rejection of the United States’ determination to attack, invade, and occupy Iraq.”

Among the attendee/recipients were:

· George Galloway, the former UK Labour MP who has already been accused of taking bribes from Saddam Hussein. Galloway became the British figurehead of the International anti-war movement. (His American counterpart the former Attorney General Ramsey Clark also attended the Madrid summit - although thus far he has not been listed as an oil-for-food recipient.)

· Fawaz Zereiqat, who is alleged to be Galloway’s go-between for the bribes

· Basem Qaqish, who received one million barrels of Iraqi oil. Qaqish belongs to the Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe (Committee for Solidarity with the Arab Cause).

· Shaker Al-Khaffaji, who also received 1 million barrels. Al-Khaffaji financed former American UN inspector, and vociferous war critic Scott Ritter’s, In Shifting Sands a documentary which opposed the Iraqi sanctions. He also contributed to the election campaign of Democratic Congressman James McDermott who was a critic of the war and President Bush. McDermott is most notable for saying, during a visit to Baghdad, that President Bush was lying about the war.

In addition to funding the anti-war operation, there is another concern by investigators that some of the oil-for-food funds are being used to finance the Baathist guerrillas in Iraq who are killing the coalition troops. This has been considered since the French bank, which was used as a trustee, BNP, has not furnished its records to investigators.

There are many questions that now need to be answered because of these revelations. Questions such as:

· Is it possible that Saddam Hussein and his Baathists financed the global anti-Iraq war faction and are financing the terrorists in Iraq from the illicit profits made from skimming from a UN humanitarian program?

· Was the UN program merely laundering funds for Baathist surrogates?

· Were UN officials complicit in perpetuating genocide to enrich themselves?

The American and UN inquiries will have to provide those answers. Meanwhile the next time some vacuous “pacifist” asks why do the Iraqis hate us, you can reply that the only Iraqis who hate us are those who were interrupted from looting billions of dollars intended to help starving Iraqis.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: corruption; georgegalloway; iraq; kofiannan; oilforfood; oilforfoodscandal; ramseyclark; saddamhussein; un; unitednations
Dennis Halliday, the founder of the UN Oil-For-Food (Scandal) programme, attended a major Anti-war conference with people who were allegedly recieving illegal kick-backs from the programme. George Galloway MP and International ANSWER's frontman Ramsey Clark attended.
1 posted on 04/29/2004 3:51:59 PM PDT by crispinblackstar
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To: crispinblackstar
It really burns my butt that no matter how many times i bring it up liberals still refuse to even aknowledge the oil for food scandal.
2 posted on 04/29/2004 3:56:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: crispinblackstar
Crosslinked- click the pic:


3 posted on 04/29/2004 3:56:45 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: mewzilla
One of your questions is partially answered...
Dennis Halliday, the founder of the UN Oil-For-Food (Scandal) programme...
4 posted on 04/29/2004 4:12:51 PM PDT by philman_36
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To: crispinblackstar
Bump.
5 posted on 04/29/2004 4:15:41 PM PDT by Rocko (Michael Moore: "Dude, I'm a hypocrite.")
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To: crispinblackstar

6 posted on 04/29/2004 4:58:59 PM PDT by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY 2004 - THE BEST GET BETTER)
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To: Smartass
       

also known as;

             bump

7 posted on 04/29/2004 6:06:26 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: cripplecreek
The dirty Demorats are very much a part of the money grab.
Richardson and Albright I'm sure must be very wealthy. Clinton changed his mind about bombing Iraq,Why? Stock brokers were selling oil options on the information that
Clinton was going to bomb Iraq. Richardson thought he had
a deal and Arabia was going to stick to America and cut back
on oil production but the Sheik would do it. Clinton in return bombed Kosovo instead, slaughtered the Serbs and blew
up their oil refineries but their oil refineries were not enough to make the Clintons wealthy and the Democrats rich,
so Richardson as usual went out to do his dirty work and he
and Albright along with K.Annan went to Iraq and made a deal. Clinton's book deal is just a way of cover up the money trail from Soddom to Rich to Clinton. Clinton didn't
pardon Rich for a couple of bucks.
Al Gore plenty of money to give to Kerry. More Soddom money? Gore illegally took American tax payers money to give
to the NAACP to support him in the election. THE NAACP had
plenty of our tax dollars to give to SEND JACKSON TO FLORIDA. WHILE TERRORIST WERE PLANNING AN ATTACK ON THIS COUNTRY CLINTON AND GORE WERE TRYING TO HOLD ON TO THE WHITE
HOUSE. GORE HELD UP THE ELECTION. CLINTON HELD UP THE WHITE
HOUSE TRYING TO PREVENT BUSH AND CHANEY FROM PUTTING THEIR
ADMINITRATION TOGETHER. HILLARY WAS VERY BUSY WITH THE
LACKAWANNA 6PACK AND RAISING MONEY, HER VISITS WERE CALLED
LISTENING TOURS.
THE MONEY GORE RIPPED OFF FROM US TAX PAYERS WAS $1.4 BILLION DOLLARS.GORE NEEDS TO GIVE BACK OUR MONEY AND IF NOT
THERE NEEDS TO BE A CALL FOR HIS ARREST.
8 posted on 04/29/2004 6:20:08 PM PDT by rebapiper
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To: FreeAtlanta
Clinton's book money is nothing more than a cover up for
the blood money he was taking from Soddom.
Richardson needs to be arrested and questioned about the
deals that he was making.
Where there is corruption, treason you will find Richardson. He sits in the Governor seat now in New Mexico,
wonder why? Richardson will also flood this country with
illegal immegrants.
SO HOW MUCH BLOOD MONEY WAS BEING FUNNELED IN TO THE CLINTONS FROM RICH?
9 posted on 04/29/2004 6:26:35 PM PDT by rebapiper
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To: FreeAtlanta
Couldn't have been put neater.
10 posted on 04/29/2004 6:44:42 PM PDT by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY 2004 - THE BEST GET BETTER)
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To: crispinblackstar
Look for the missing files, first in the klinton liebrary.
11 posted on 04/29/2004 8:19:06 PM PDT by Waco
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...
Dennis Halliday, the founder of the UN Oil-For-Food (Scandal) programme, attended a major Anti-war conference with people who were allegedly recieving illegal kick-backs from the programme. George Galloway MP and International ANSWER's frontman Ramsey Clark attended.
12 posted on 04/28/2005 5:14:16 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: crispinblackstar
And the Dems are trying to save the UN from John Bolton.

More Oil For Food money at work...?

13 posted on 04/28/2005 5:16:17 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Calpernia; WestCoastGal; lacylu; TexasCowboy; SandRat; Tuba Guy; SevenofNine; Donna Lee Nardo; ...

Maybe we can show them how "Heads will roll", in America.

I look forward to photos of them in prison.

All of them.


14 posted on 04/28/2005 5:33:08 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Airspeed, altitude, or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

With underwear on their heads as a tribute to Abu Ghraib!


15 posted on 04/28/2005 5:44:15 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: crispinblackstar

If you have not already done so, please sign the petition to get the stinking, corrupt to the core UN out of the USA. Let's help relocate these anti-American thugs to some 3rd world shithole where they belong.

http://moveamericaforward.org/?Page=Petition


16 posted on 04/28/2005 5:46:14 AM PDT by JarheadFromFlorida (Ooorahhhh........Get Some! Semper Fi')
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To: cripplecreek

[[It really burns my butt that no matter how many times i bring it up liberals still refuse to even aknowledge the oil for food scandal.]]

Yeah, the very same liberals that called for the head of Ken Lay and all Enron executives day after day after day.


17 posted on 04/28/2005 5:47:38 AM PDT by JarheadFromFlorida (Ooorahhhh........Get Some! Semper Fi')
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To: JarheadFromFlorida

"[[It really burns my butt that no matter how many times i bring it up liberals still refuse to even aknowledge the oil for food scandal.]]"


Oil for food, Rape, sexual assault in the UN building, the missing black box from Rwanada, ignoring Rwandan genocide, etc etc etc. Next up Zimbabwe.


18 posted on 04/28/2005 5:53:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier!)
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To: cripplecreek

Tidbit. Clinton has an honorary citizenship to Rwanda.


19 posted on 04/28/2005 6:02:10 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

A few years back the congressional black caucus quietly gave Robert Mugabe some kind of award. Mugabe wasn't allowed to attend but but Tom Daschle and Al Gore were a couple of notable speakers.


20 posted on 04/28/2005 6:14:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier!)
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To: cripplecreek
Tidbit, Black Caucus also belongs to the Progessive Caucus.

Progressive Caucus

21 posted on 04/28/2005 6:30:29 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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