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Old 10-25-05, 11:43 AM
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US Senate 'finds Iraq oil cash in Galloway's wife's bank account'

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...841396,00.html
From James Bone in New York and David Charter in Washington



GEORGE GALLOWAY faces possible criminal charges after a US Senate investigation tracked $150,000 (£85,000) in Iraqi oil money to his wife’s bank account in Jordan.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will refer the Respect Party MP for possible prosecution after concluding that he gave “false and misleading” testimony at his appearance before the panel in May.



The sub-committee claimed that, through intermediaries, Mr Galloway and the Mariam Appeal were granted eight allocations of Iraqi crude oil totalling 23 million barrels from 1999 to 2003.

It will also forward the new information to British authorities, saying it raised questions about Mr Galloway’s financial disclosure and the payment of illegal kickbacks to Iraq. “We have what we would call the smoking gun,” said Senator Norm Coleman, the sub-committee’s Republican chairman.

The sub-committee’s report, released today, was provoked by Mr Galloway’s clash with the senators — which he turned into a book entitled Mr Galloway goes to Washington. In that encounter, the anti-war MP vehemently denied receiving oil allocations from Iraq.

But the report provides bank account details tracking payments from an oil company through a Jordanian middleman to Mr Galloway’s nowestranged wife, Amineh Abu- Zayyad, and his Mariam Appeal fund.

“Galloway was anything but straight with the Congress. He was anything but straight with the American people. There was a lot of bombast. There was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing,” Senator Coleman said. “We take very seriously the importance of testifying honestly before this committee . . .” he said. “We will forward matters relating to Galloway’s false and misleading statements to the proper authorities here and in Great Britain.”

A Senate aide said that Mr Galloway would be referred to the Justice Department for investigation of possible perjury, false statement and obstruction of a congressional proceeding — all “Class A” felonies carrying a sentence of up to five years and a $250,000 fine.

The report says the Jordanian middleman Fawaz Zureikat, a close friend of Mr Galloway and his representative in Baghdad, funnelled $150,000 from Iraqi oil sales to Mr Galloway’s wife and at least $446,000 to the Mariam Appeal. On the same day Mr Zureikat also paid $15,666 to Ron McKay, Mr Galloway’s spokesman. Mr McKay could not be contacted for comment last night.

The saga dates back to Mr Galloway’s Big Ben to Baghdad tour in September 1999 when he took a red double-decker bus to Iraq. An anonymous “oil trader 1” told the Senate investigators that Mr Galloway asked him at the Rashid Hotel, during the tour, how to translate oil allocations into money.

Another individual, known as “oil trader 2”, told the investigators that he learnt in summer 2000 that the Iraqi Government had granted an allocation of oil to someone represented by Mr Zureikat. Oil trader 2 said: “At that time I knew that the individual that Zureikat represented was a British official named George Galloway.”

He added: “Officials of the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organisation confirmed to me that Mr Zureikat represented Mr Galloway in the sale of Galloway’s allocations of Iraqi crude oil.”

He also told investigators: “The fact that Mr Zureikat represented Mr Galloway with respect to oil allocations and other business in Iraq was common knowledge, understood by many oil traders with whom I had regular contact.”

The investigators spoke to Tariq Aziz, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, who told them that Mr Galloway asked him for political funding in allocations in the name of Mr Zureikat. The Senate report shows that Mr Zureikat received $740,000 from Taurus Petroleum on July 27, 2000, as commission for its purchase of 2,645,068 barrels of oil.

The report then reproduces money-transfer documents from Citibank showing that Mr Zureikat sent Mr Galloway’s wife $150,000 on August 3, 2000. They conclude that the amount was “largely” Oil-for-Food money because Mr Zureikat’s account contained $848,683 at the time, only $38,000 of which did not come from the programme.

Mr Galloway accused Senator Coleman last night of using congressional privilege to attack and smear him.

He said: “I’ve already comprehensively dealt with these allegations — under oath in the High Court and the US Senate — to the Charity Commission and in innumerable media inquiries.”
Good show Norm.
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Galloway's always good for a laugh.



(Until you realize some people take him seriously.)
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Old 10-25-05, 12:50 PM
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I agree that nothing is going to happen to him politically and he isn't going to go to jail but his motives need to be pointed out.
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Originally Posted by bhk
I agree that nothing is going to happen to him politically and he isn't going to go to jail but his motives need to be pointed out.
I honestly don't think his prime motivation is greed. I think his prime motivation is a hatred of the United States, specifically, and liberal democracy in general. What else would explain him saying that the fall of the Soviet Union was the worst thing the happened in his lifetime, because the USSR was a check on the power of the US? The guy's just a wacko, that's all.
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So that's why he adores the UN so much. Continue with UN inspection, more time to to bilk the Iraq people. What an asshole.
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I'm sorry, but that guy's name is JAMES BONE?? That would make a great porno name. "The names Bone, James Bone."
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They conclude that the amount was “largely” Oil-for-Food money because Mr Zureikat’s account contained $848,683 at the time, only $38,000 of which did not come from the programme.

Seems like we have more than just 150K to investigate.
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Why isn't Norm looking for the missing 8 billion?

Perhaps, because that might make his party and probably some of his close friends look very bad.

What hyprocrisy.
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He's close friends with Goofy Anan?
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Why isn't Norm looking for the missing 8 billion?

Perhaps, because that might make his party and probably some of his close friends look very bad.

What hyprocrisy.
some proof would be nice
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Originally Posted by dolphinboy
Why isn't Norm looking for the missing 8 billion?

Perhaps, because that might make his party and probably some of his close friends look very bad.

What hyprocrisy.
goodness gracious!

You know, the sanctions were the fucking holy grail to liberals, yet now when it comes out that people were defrauding those poor Iraqi babies with no formula, they cant fucking care less.

Who the fuck is the hypocrite now?
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Originally Posted by Myster X
some proof would be nice
It's been conceded by the Repubs that the money is missing. Are you claiming it's not?

And, my point, was that there is no investigation of that, so if you want to stop fraud, you should probably look into all of it.

That might help a LOT more of those poor babies.

Or were you commenting that the Repubs DO want an investigation into who got the missing money?

Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but Norm and the other Repubs have no interest in starting an investigation into where that money went.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
goodness gracious!

You know, the sanctions were the fucking holy grail to liberals, yet now when it comes out that people were defrauding those poor Iraqi babies with no formula, they cant fucking care less.

Who the fuck is the hypocrite now?
Not even worthy of a response.
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<a href = "http://slate.msn.com/id/2128742/">Christopher Hitchens rocks:</a>

Yet this is the man who received wall-to-wall good press for insulting the Senate subcommittee in May, and who was later the subject of a fawning puff piece in the New York Times, and who was lionized by the anti-war movement when he came on a mendacious and demagogic tour of the country last month. I wonder if any of those who furnished him a platform will now have the grace to admit that they were hosting a man who is not just a pimp for fascism but one of its prostitutes as well.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
goodness gracious!

You know, the sanctions were the fucking holy grail to liberals, yet now when it comes out that people were defrauding those poor Iraqi babies with no formula, they cant fucking care less.

Who the fuck is the hypocrite now?

Yeah those dam liberals. Its far more effecient to just bomb the shit out of them !!!!
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Originally Posted by dolphinboy
Not even worthy of a response.
Too bad your trying to censor my opinions because of a simple word I use...fuck.

I guess thats what happens when your the bastion of free speech!
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Galloway is a fraud, and an ass... the mainstream media should be reporting this just as much as they did his 'heroic' arrogant attitude toward the committee.

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Not even worthy of a response.
Seems to me you're a bit confused about what posts here are worthy of response.
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Originally Posted by Mutley Hyde
Galloway is a fraud, and an ass... the mainstream media should be reporting this just as much as they did his 'heroic' arrogant attitude toward the committee.
In Britain it's all over the headlines, and Galloway isn't being portrayed very positively. I guess one reason it's not being reported over here is maybe because there's the perception that people don't care about some British politician from a fringe party. But I agree, it should be getting more press on this side of the pond.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
goodness gracious!

You know, the sanctions were the fucking holy grail to liberals, yet now when it comes out that people were defrauding those poor Iraqi babies with no formula, they cant fucking care less.

Who the fuck is the hypocrite now?
I doubt conservatives cared when these same US controlled sanctions deprived Iraqis of antibiotics, other drugs, medical equipment, means to fix their water treatment systems, etc... So there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around on both sides, if you wish to view this by taking sides.

Now, leaving aside the political partisanship, it's pretty clear to me that in that whole sanctions/oil for food mess, nobody has clean hands. I would welcome thorough investigations into the whole process but, because it would open a pandora's box, nobody involved would be too keen on doing that. So you might get a few (not too important) individuals exposed, read scapegoats, but it won't go much further than that. Saddly, that's politics.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
I doubt conservatives cared when these same US controlled sanctions deprived Iraqis of antibiotics, other drugs, medical equipment, means to fix their water treatment systems, etc... So there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around on both sides, if you wish to view this by taking sides.
I think many conservatives would have preferred that we would just go in and overthrow Hussein rather than bother with sanctions. I seem to remember the argument being that "better we get rid of Saddam than have him abuse the Iraqis further..."
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Now, leaving aside the political partisanship, it's pretty clear to me that in that whole sanctions/oil for food mess, nobody has clean hands. I would welcome thorough investigations into the whole process but, because it would open a pandora's box, nobody involved would be too keen on doing that. So you might get a few (not too important) individuals exposed, read scapegoats, but it won't go much further than that. Saddly, that's politics.
IMO, Galloway is important because he's an evil psycho who has lots of people believing in his rantings. If people on the left could see someone who opposed the invasion exposed because their opposition was for craven reasons, it would go a long way in tempering the opinions of the more rabid Bush haters. Then, we could work on the rabid Bush supporters...
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
I doubt conservatives cared when these same US controlled sanctions deprived Iraqis of antibiotics, other drugs, medical equipment, means to fix their water treatment systems, etc... So there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around on both sides, if you wish to view this by taking sides.
I doubt any of the items will go to the general public with or without sanctions.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
I doubt conservatives cared when these same US controlled sanctions deprived Iraqis of antibiotics, other drugs, medical equipment, means to fix their water treatment systems, etc... So there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around on both sides, if you wish to view this by taking sides.
The Iraqi's were being deprived PRECISELY because of people like Galloway...I would have LOVED for the sanctions to work like they should have...depriving Iraq of military material, while providing for the people.

BUT when you have a program called OIL FOR FOOD...and the money ends up in Kofi Anan and George Galloway's bank acount, how the hell are conservatives to be blamed for this.

I BLAME , EVERYONE who made a profit at the expense of innocent people, it just so happens that none of the people named so far are conservatives...if they are...throw the fucking book at em.

But they way your saying it, we should have dropped the sanctions BECAUSE assholes were scamming the money...I say no, kick the scammers ass sooner, and the sanctions would have worked.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
IMO, Galloway is important because he's an evil psycho who has lots of people believing in his rantings. If people on the left could see someone who opposed the invasion exposed because their opposition was for craven reasons, it would go a long way in tempering the opinions of the more rabid Bush haters. Then, we could work on the rabid Bush supporters...
I had never heard of Galloway prior to these accusations, so maybe he's more important than I thought. But I agree that the more people exposed the better. Unfortunately, I don't think the top guns will ever be directly implicated. There will always be coonvenient scapegoats around to take the fall. As for getting rid of partisanship, good luck.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
The Iraqi's were being deprived PRECISELY because of people like Galloway...I would have LOVED for the sanctions to work like they should have...depriving Iraq of military material, while providing for the people.

BUT when you have a program called OIL FOR FOOD...and the money ends up in Kofi Anan and George Galloway's bank acount, how the hell are conservatives to be blamed for this.

I BLAME , EVERYONE who made a profit at the expense of innocent people, it just so happens that none of the people named so far are conservatives...if they are...throw the fucking book at em.

But they way your saying it, we should have dropped the sanctions BECAUSE assholes were scamming the money...I say no, kick the scammers ass sooner, and the sanctions would have worked.
No we should have dropped the sanctions because they only served to hurt the Iraqi people, not Saddam. To me letting people die because it's part of a "plan" is just as bad as scamming money off the oil for food program. In that respect, there's plenty of blame to go around. If you are going to investigate sanctions, don't limit it to oil for food and scammers. People only seem to see underreporting in the media when it suits their political agenda.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
No we should have dropped the sanctions because they only served to hurt the Iraqi people, not Saddam.
So Saddam gets a wrist slap and a free pass for not adhering to a treaty he signed? Seems like we've been down that road before, but I can't remember where.......
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