March 27, 2008

IT'S ALWAYS DISAPPOINTING TO LEARN... (via Joshua Epstein)

Iraq paid for lawmakers' pre-war trip, indictment says (Reuters, March 27, 2008)

An Iraqi American who helped organize a controversial U.S. congressional trip to Baghdad in 2002 was charged Wednesday with working for ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's government, which paid for the visit, the Justice Department said.

The indictment against Muthanna Hanooti said Iraq's foreign intelligence service funneled $34,000 through the Islamic charity Life for Relief and Development to pay delegation expenses.

It said Hanooti had been a lobbyist and public relations coordinator for the charity, based in Southfield, Mich.

The indictment did not name the three lawmakers who took the trip in September-October 2002, less than six months before the U.S.-led invasion.

But during the time in question, Democratic Reps. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, Jim McDermott of Washington and David E. Bonior of Michigan, who all were opposed to war against Iraq, took a highly publicized trip to the country.


...that such people aren't merely useful idiots but were bought.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2008 12:00 AM
Comments

Let us not forget the connection between effendi Obama ans the other Hussein, Saddam. Effendi Obama, we recall, has been connected via that Rezko fellow, through some Middle Eastern bagman, to the butcher of Baghdad himself.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 27, 2008 6:23 AM

And they went so cheaply!
At these prices I may have to pick up one of these Congressmen; you never know when it could be of use.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2008 6:37 AM
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