GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Read the Galloway Report

The US Senate Permanent SubCommittee on Investigations has posted their report on George Galloway's testimony.
Because Galloway’s testimony and sweeping denials conflicted with the Subcommittee’s evidence and May 12, 2005 Report, the Subcommittee continued its inquiry into the matter to test the veracity of Galloway’s claims. Since the May hearing, the Subcommittee has obtained additional evidence establishing that the Hussein regime granted oil allocations to Galloway and the Mariam Appeal. This Report, prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee, presents evidence establishing that:

1. Galloway personally solicited and was granted oil allocations from the Government of Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein. The Hussein regime granted Galloway and the Mariam Appeal eight allocations totaling 23 million barrels from 1999 through 2003;

2. Galloway’s wife, Dr. Amineh Abu-Zayyad, received approximately $150,000 in connection with one of those oil allocations;

3. Galloway’s political campaign, the Mariam Appeal, received at least $446,000 in connection with the oil allocations granted to Galloway and the Mariam Appeal under the Oil-for-Food Program;

4. The Hussein regime received improper “surcharge” payments amounting to $1,642,000.65 in connection with the oil allocations granted to Galloway and
the Mariam Appeal; and

5. Galloway knowingly made false or misleading statements under oath before the Subcommittee at its hearing on May 17, 2005;

Evidence supporting each of the preceding findings is presented in detail below. That evidence includes: (1) Documents, including bank account information and wire transfers, establishing that Fawaz Zureikat, a Jordanian businessman and close friend of Galloway, received money in connection with an oil allocation under the Oil-for-Food Program and transferred a significant portion of that money to Galloway’s wife and Galloway’s political campaign, the Mariam Appeal; (2) Testimony from Tariq Aziz in which Aziz describes in detail his discussions with Galloway concerning oil allocations, including Galloway’s request for allocations and his subsequent request to increase the amount of oil allocated to him and his political organization, the Mariam Appeal; (3) Documents created by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, including records created during the Hussein regime that were authenticated by the Minister of Oil; (4) Documents created by senior Hussein officials detailing Galloway’s efforts to obtain financial support from the Hussein regime for his political campaign, including documents that were authenticated by Tariq Aziz and Ali Hasan al-Majid; (5) Interviews with an oil trader stating that he discussed the oil allocation process with Galloway, and that “[Galloway] told me that, if he were to obtain an oil allocation, he would contact us directly or indirectly” and that “[Galloway] said he or his representative in Iraq would contact [me] in connection with the sale of an allocation;” and (6) Written affirmation from a second oil trader who negotiated with Galloway’s agent for the purchase of Galloway’s oil allocation.

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