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17 May 2005

The World's Worst ...

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OK, stand by your beds. Now hear this. The world's worst, when it comes to crooked Iraqi oil smuggling, is America. The worst by far. And that's no idle or malicious conspiracy claim; it's official!

Well, so say some US Senators sitting on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations, during the current investigation into [ pre invasion] Iraqi sanctions busting. So, just how much more 'official' would you like it?

Below, is just one quick clip & paste example of how the world today [Tuesday, May 17th] is being told the truth. The truth about rampant, big-buck racketeering on a serial scale, by the United States of America.

Whether or not this revelation gets the massive MSM coverage and outraged public response it merits, remains to be seen. But, never let it be said that 'This Old Brit' didn't do his usual damnedest, to help spread the full story.

Sitting comfortably? Got the popcorn? Then here we go.

** "The United States administration turned a blind eye to extensive sanctions-busting in the prewar sale of Iraqi oil, according to a new Senate investigation.

A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime but did nothing to stop them.

The scale of the shipments involved dwarfs those previously alleged by the Senate committee against UN staff and European politicians like the British MP, George Galloway, and the former French minister, Charles Pasqua.

In fact, the Senate report found that US oil purchases accounted for 52% of the kickbacks paid to the regime in return for sales of cheap oil - more than the rest of the world put together.

"The United States was not only aware of Iraqi oil sales which violated UN sanctions and provided the bulk of the illicit money Saddam Hussein obtained from circumventing UN sanctions," the report said. "On occasion, the United States actually facilitated the illicit oil sales. " **

The above excerpt comes from 'The Guardian'. There's a link at the page bottom, to the full story of all the dirty, double dealing that's been happening -- for years. There's another one to the BBC report on the same, sorry story. Bombshells -- both. At least, that's how they should be seen.

Next taster -- this time, from the BBC.

** " The US turned a blind eye to the former Iraq regime's $8bn trade in smuggled oil, a new US Senate report says.

The report says the US was well aware of both the smuggling and the kickbacks Iraq solicited from players in the UN's oil-for-food programme." **

I wonder if all this was meant to be blurred by rehashed claims George Galloway was the arch villain, eh? Along with the claims that the French [of course] were ' at it' as well. Oh, and how could I forget -- Anan and his UN crew, too. As well as the Russians, remember.

Oh, yeah. Sure. Uncle Tom-bloody-Cobley, and all.

Click on the links below, for more 'smoking gun oil ' stuff.,2763,1485649,00.html


Anonymous rimone said...

thank you for this, i love it. :-)

5:56 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi rimone, here's the very latest from the BBC this afternoon 17th May. { Nice to 'see' you here, btw.}

- Galloway angrily denies oil claim

George Galloway has dismissed the allegations as ridiculous
George Galloway has angrily dismissed allegations by US senators he profited from oil dealings with Saddam Hussein.
The UK MP denied ever being involved in oil trading and accused senators of being "cavalier" with justice.

"I am not now nor have I ever been an oil trader and neither has anyone on my behalf," Mr Galloway told senators.

"l have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one sold one and neither has anybody on my behalf."

'Mother of all smokescreens'

Mr Galloway went on the offensive as soon as he began to speak, saying he had met Saddam Hussein on two occasions - the same number of times as US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

"The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and maps - the better to target those guns. I met him to try to bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war," he said.

The accusations levelled against him was the "mother of all smokescreens", he said.

The biggest sanctions busters were American companies "with the connivance" of the US government.

Mr Galloway denied being an apologist for the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

He said he had been a long-term opponent of Saddam, and had a much better record of opposition to the Iraqi leader than members of the American or British governments.

'Full of holes'

Earlier, Mark Greenblatt, who is acting as counsel to the Committee, told the hearing a senior official in Saddam Hussein's regime confirmed that Fawaz Zureikat, who was chairman of the charity, the Mariam Appeal, which was set up by Mr Galloway, facilitated the MPs oil allocations.

Mr Greenblatt said: "A senior regime official that was interviewed yesterday confirmed that Zureikat facilitated Galloway's oil transactions.

"He told me (and I quote) - 'It's my understanding that Zureikat is oil lifter for Galloway'."

Fawaz Zureikat has strongly denied making any arrangements linked to oil sales on behalf of Mr Galloway.

6:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, came by from the Wolcott link. Thank you for this. I only wish that this story gets the attention it deserves.

6:07 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi Dena. Good to 'see' you here. There are millions of us hoping the same thing - believe me - you're by no means alone.

One of these days - just one of these days, eh?

6:13 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

What? Richard is mentioned in Wolcott? WAY TO GO, Richard me lad! Hey! Am massively happy for ya. Wolcott's blog

He is Vanity Fair, Richard.

7:50 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

RICHARD YOU MADE THE BIG TIME HERE Suit Politician Walks into Propellor
Posted by James Wolcott
Based on what I saw on MSNBC (and congrats to them for going live), I would modestly venture that Norm Coleman and the Senate committee picked on the wrong guy when they picked on George Galloway (scroll down for "This Old Brit's"'s take). His rebuttal so exfoliated Coleman's short hairs that Fox News had to step in afterwards and downplay Galloway's rousing anti-Iraq war broadside as a rhetorical gambit.

God, does Galloway make our own representatives look mushmouthed and gutless.


7:54 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Just added the Wolcott stuff to my news blog...

Richard, one of our readers, makes the big time, big time!

8:22 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


It's only dawning on me, Elaine. I had no idea. The first clue I got, was at Tapa.


Thanks a lot, Elaine.


Me poor old legs 'ave gone all wobbly. I really do need a nice cuppa tea, right now.

8:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Old Mick says thanks for posting the news about the oil smuggling.


8:55 pm  
Anonymous chad mccullough said...

as an ashamed american all i can say're awesome!

9:17 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thom & Chad, you're both very welcome. It makes it [my work] all seem worth while, when it's appreciated. Thank you both. Please help get the word/truth out there. Quote me in part or in full - pass it all.

There are way more decent people around, than there are thieving, murderous criminals -- millions more!

And, those mega-crooks bloody well know it. Trouble is, not enough of 'us' have realised that, yet -- and far too of us keep too bloody quiet -- for far too long -- too damned often.

Well, haven't they heard any of our old Anglo-Saxon sayings?

Every dog has it's day. The worm always turns. Etc, etc, etc.

9:31 pm  
Blogger FastMovingCloud said...

I just want to add my thanks. I am pretty sure that this will not be given much air time in the US "liberal media". At least, not without some pretty heavy disclaimers from our chickens**t media. What can we do to get some real reporters and hones legislators?

9:57 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

My thanks for your thanks, Fast Moving Cloud. It's my pleasure, to please.

I don't think it's so much a case of a shortage of real reporters; more a case of crooked newspaper owners, cowardly editors and cowed sub editors.

Millions of good journalists' words are spiked/killed every single day, by their shameful bosses.

It's down to the likes of people like you and me - and the net - to beat these media whores at their own game.

We'll make the decisions that matter. We'll ignore/spike/kill their silly, spin-stories. We'll publish via the web -- and be damned. We'll do our own advertising & marketing too. If we get enough help & support, of course.

Heh. What d'you say, eh?

10:18 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Just watched the McCarthy...ooops...Coleman hearings.

Yea gads. I am so fucking embarrassed. What morons. They were hectoring and patrionizing and LYING and when asked about the ILLEGAL FUCKING WAR they yelled at the Brit for even bringing up that DETAIL.

Gads. It was horrible. What people they are. And Galloway dared to talk about our dirty campaign money messes! Whoo hoo that threw them for a loop. "We aren't here to talk about THAT" they huffed.

Tony Blair told them to do this. I hope Galloway can sue him.

10:23 pm  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Old Brit - I have enjoyed shoving these facts, that you so thoughtfully laid out, into friends faces

They reply - 'yeah, but Galloway was married to....., Galloway....., Galloway....., are you saying you like Saddam?'

12:33 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Glad you enjoyed reading it, Whispering Campaign. I can tell you, I certainly enjoyed writing it.

As for the "yeah, buts" -- I know what you mean. We've got more than our own fair share of them over here, too. But, we don't call them friends. Heh. Know what I'm saying?

Seriously, it's a numbers game, imho. Even if 99 out of every 100 'don't get it' yet - there's always one who will. And, that's the one that matters. 'Cos that's the one who won't be able to wait to tell everyone what he/she has just found out.

Let's call it something like ... er .... maybe .... ummm ... 'pyramid selling,' eh? ;^)

12:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad that the Bush administration tried to pick on someone outside their bubble, and heartening to see that it didn't play. You have done the planet a service.


1:24 am  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Aside from the crack of a baton, againt the head of an ectomorph at an anti war rally, there is nothing the Bushbots and Warbots want more than to blame guys like Galloway for the Iraq Debacle.

So - I think I have to give him lots of credit.

"Yeah, but.....doesn't Georgeous George cheat on his Palestianian wife?"

Keep up the posts Rick.

6:27 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Parsek, thanks. Anything I can do for the planet and it's people -- I'll die doing. Like it or not, we all will.

So, lets do our damnest to make our planet a better place - for everyone - while we're still here to do it.

10:14 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Ahhhh... so few words... and such an innocent little thing to have caused such a HUGE ruckus! YA know what gets me Richard? So often it's the little guy, people like us, mentioning the WE have noticed the shenanigans of our fearless leaders that finally gets the attention of TPTB. **sigh**

7:16 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Little or not, we can always rock the boat, Julie.

Incidentally, remember I'm a dumb foreigner. :^/ TPTB ???

8:15 pm  
Blogger Phyl said...

Heck, Richard, I think it's the "dumb foreigners" (including Canadians, by god!!) who may yet get in there and help drive out the monsters currently running the United States!

1:20 am  
Anonymous harper said...

Hey, you "dumb foreigners," Phyl and Richard, bring it on! We obviously need you. Richard, you rock! xxxooo

Galloway took my breath away.

2:26 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Phyl, we'll have to organise our own 'coalition of the willing,' eh? :^)

12:27 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

What did I tell ya, Harper? He's something special, eh?

The problem is, though, the knives are still out for him - both here and in the US. The 'system[s]' must never be seen to be 'beaten'.

He's already intimated he'll be stepping down from politics, before the next election. I can't say I blame him; he's done more than his fair share. He's had to endure more than his fair share, too.

Sadly, the Briish people and their parliament will be a poorer place without him, when he does decide to go.

12:32 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

OH! TPTB is The Powers That Be! Sorry! I thought everyone on the web knew that one like LOL or ROTFLMAO or TTFN! That'll learn me to ass-u-me!



8:22 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Phyl, I'll help ya get across the border and help arm you if you will drive those rascals out! I've spent the last 30 YEARS trying to alert my fellow Americans about those monsters of The American Religious Reich! But do you think I've had ANY luck at all? Well, not till today with Richard's and Elaine's help I haven't!

8:30 pm  

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