October 30, 2005


Galloway hit by US criminal investigation (EDDIE BARNES, 10/30/05, Scotland on Sunday)

GEORGE Galloway is under criminal investigation over allegations that he lied to the US Senate about his role in the Saddam Hussein oil-for-food bribery scandal, American prosecutors have disclosed.

The controversial MP now faces the full weight of the US justice system. Scotland on Sunday can reveal that Galloway has been referred to the US Department of Justice, two federal prosecutors and to the district attorney in Manhattan, New York, over claims that he has committed perjury.

How many jars of Pruno would you trade for a cellmate named Gorgeous?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2005 6:40 AM

He can't tap dance anymore; that jig is up. But will he ever be extradited?

Posted by: ratbert at October 30, 2005 8:25 AM

I am no legal scholar by any means, but soemthing about this kind of thing has always made me very uncomfortable.

If someone slathered the tyrant-bitch Galloaway with honey and staked him over an anthill, I'd finance the pay-per-view.

But I get EXTREMELY nervous about applying US justice to non-citizens in general, simply becuase of the obvious corallary that now US citizens are equally subject to the whims of non-US justice, i.e... ahem... "human rights courts", etc.

We KNOW whole Western nations would happily crucify US soldiers for actions in a war zone, will persue associates of Pinochet with the zealousness of a Weisanthal while condemning the vicous crimes of... Saddam's JAILERS, and those who are trying that poor little feller, that victim of US imperialism, etc.

OK, I see that Galloway committed his perjury on US soil, etc. But if we think in terms of extraditing him or the like... believe me, we open up HUGE cans of worms that all sorts of lefty judicial nitwits will happily use in their eternal support of tyrants the world over, and in their crusade to bring down Western Civilization.

No. If it can be remotely seen as a "political crime"... we probably should charge him and leave him be. He can no longer come to the US. But whatever can be done to George Galloway can be done by others to Tommy Franks, etc. Count on it.

Posted by: Andrew X at October 30, 2005 10:30 AM

The key is he will no longer be able come to the US in addition to the "ammo" provided to his opponents in the UK and EU.

Posted by: Genecis at October 30, 2005 10:35 AM

Unfortunately George won't have Sean Connery or even Denzel Washington in his cell to be a bitch for....

Posted by: Scott at October 30, 2005 10:41 AM

precedent friends, precedent. anyone seen my copy of "Catcher In the Rye" ? think there will ever be a "Pitcher In the Rye" ?

Posted by: gen. pinochet at October 30, 2005 11:48 AM

It is US power that protects Americans, not meek failure to persue foreign nationals that violate US laws on US soil.

Tommy Franks can travel where he wants because of the 82nd Airborne.

Posted by: Bob at October 30, 2005 12:40 PM

Andrew X: George came to America and allegedly committed crimes while in this country. Why should he not be returned to stand trial?

Posted by: Pepys at October 30, 2005 1:46 PM


Actually, I am not convinced he should not be, just uncomfortable for reasons expressed.

Basically, what would be the better scenario for the US loathing international Left that Galloway represents? Would his "sacrifice" of being extradited hand them a huge propoganda weapon that would empower them to prosecute Americans all over the globe for God-knows-what reasons, all of which would boil down to punishing our arrogant and awful insistence on defending the Western Civilization they wish to destroy...? Or would it benefit us, or be a wash?

If the latter, fine. But I all too expectant that it would be the former (remember, the BBC would be the ones to tell the world about it, not us). In that case, I don't care about justice for Galloway. I care about waging this battle for survival, and what hurts or harms us.

Posted by: Andrew X at October 30, 2005 2:39 PM

i think a visit to an english prison would be more of a punishment for galloway, than a visit to your comfy colonial gaols. hopefully some peaceful muslim will show him the error of his ways, regarding saddam et als.

Posted by: oscar wilde at October 30, 2005 7:21 PM