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Indictment: Hussein Funded Lawmakers' Trip

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused a Michigan nonprofit executive of funnelling money from Saddam Hussein to pay for a 2002 trip to Iraq by three House Democratic lawmakers, according to the Associated Press.

The AP says the dates of the 2002 Iraq trip correspond to those of an infamous visit to the country by Reps. David Bonior (Mich.), Jim McDermott (Wash.) and Mike Thompson (Calif.). Their trip, which came in the heated run-up to the war, sparked controversy and drew heated criticism from many war supporters who suggested that they were doing the public relations bidding of Hussein.

Referring to the true source of the trip's funding, McDermott's spokesman told the Associated Press: "Obviously we didn't know it at the time."

According to the travel database maintained by CQ Moneyline, McDermott took a trip to Baghdad and Basra as well as Amman, Jordan, from Sept.25-Oct. 1, 2002. The trip -- which cost $5,040 -- was funded by a group called LIFE for Relief & Development. The Moneyline database does not contain any filings by Thompson or Bonior for the trip, though their visit was documented in the press at the time.

"LIFE was founded in 1992 by concerned Iraqi-American professionals in response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Iraq as a result of the 1991 Gulf War conflict," according to the group's Web site.

According to a Post story written at the time of the trip, the congressmen were part of a delegation organized by the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq, a project of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, as well as Life for Relief and Development.

Under House rules in place at the time of the trip, nonprofit groups could pay for members' trips, but foreign governments and registered foreign agents could not. Privately funded trips by members of Congress proved to be a source of scandal and controversy in 2005 and 2006, as it emerged that dozens of lawmakers had taken trips funded by questionable entities. The rules for privately funded travel were severely tightened when Democrats took control of the House in 2007.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 26, 2008; 6:45 PM ET
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Who could be surprised that there are Democrats taking money from our country's enemies?

Posted by: Tom | March 26, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

If taking money from Saddam Hussein were a crime, then Dick Cheney and his pals at Halliburton/KBR would be in prison right now. Of course, if we had any kind of Justice system anymore, Cheney and many of his cohorts would be behind bars.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised? Hussein, Chavez, Il-Jong are (were) funding anit-American liberal groups like ANSWER. All of those holier than thou war protesters are being funded by despots and mass murderers.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | March 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Those non-fired federal prosecutors are sure making hay about Democrats these days. I'll wager that more than $5000 in taxes was spent investigating a $5000 trip. (Nevermind that McDermott was right about the war.)

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | March 26, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is this trip you refer to called "infamous"? Is it because, even in 2002, you didn't like people who questioned the administration's attitude toward Iraq?

Posted by: So? | March 26, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not sure what exactly what they did wrong. If Hussein was trying to not get his country bombed to hell, if they played some kind of emissary role, then I don't feel so terribly bad about it. Really, the crime started when Hussein came on the CIA payroll, as far as I'm concerned.

Can we find out exactly what was discussed? And if we are going after stuff like this, please, can we go after that packet of money that was dropped off in Pakistan a day or two before 9/11? That was extremely suspect by my lights. I'm afraid this might be some penny ante finger pointing/distraction/party politics kind of ploy - note, all named are Dems.

Posted by: xtina | March 26, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Not the best week for the Democrat party.
Can anyone say culture of corruption.
Can't use Travel Gate. All the good names seem to be taken.

Posted by: NYker | March 26, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Not the best week for the Democrat party.
Can anyone say Culture of Corruption.
Can't use Travel Gate. All the good names seem to be taken.

Posted by: NYker | March 26, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Swiftboater69, aka PowerBoater69, America's
enemies have been in office since 20 January 2001.

Posted by: Dave Kerr | March 26, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

This is sure to get the right wing war mongers riled up. Sorry guys, it doesn't justify your failed war, now regarded by many people, including some of our military leaders, to be the worst strategic blunder in the history of our country. This cakewalk of yours has already cost the nation over $600 billion in direct expenditures, which is likely to exceed $3 trillion before it is over. On the order of 1 million Iraqis are dead, 4 million are displaced, and the country lies in ruins without any effective government. All this because of our illegal war against a country that committed no act of aggression against us. There were no WMDs (the intelligence ginned up by your leader Bush has proved to be a deliberate lie), and no one in Iraq was connected to 9/11. Start facing up to the truth about this horrendous mistake.

Posted by: VerbalKint | March 26, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

hey boneheads...

who sold nerve gas, chlorine gas, chemical war heads to Saddam Hussein...

when it is against INTERNATIONAL AND US LAW ???


George H.W. Bush, and ronald dumbsfeld....secretary of uranus.

and current head of DHS, he's a 9/11 co conspirator...

SEARCH ON Michael Chertoff, Green Quest


He made certain the world never learned who funded 9/11

why is that? and why was he rewarded with the plum position of running DHS

with no prior experience or APPLICABLE EXPERIENCE....other than sucking crawford salaami on come hand...


?

Chertoff is a master of cover-up. He defended a financier of Osama bin Laden and kept him out of jail. He looked the other way during the investigation into the death of White House lawyer Vince Foster. Chertoff advised the White House and CIA on the legality of torture. No one said a word about any of this, and now Chertoff is in Bush's Cabinet as Director of Homeland Security.

The 9/11 Money
The June 20, 2000 Bergen County Record reported that attorney Michael Chertoff defended Dr. Magdy Elamir, a suspected terrorist financier. Dr. Elamir's HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million was unaccounted for, funneled "to unknown parties ... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown."

Magdy Elamir financially supported the Al Salam Mosque, where the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman preached before he was arrested for his alleged role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

This is the same Dr. Magdy Elamir who was featured in the Dateline NBC investigation with Randy Glass. In fact, Glass said he had spoken with Dr. Elamir as part of his under-cover infiltration of the ISI-linked arms dealers. "Dateline" reported that intelligence reports accused Dr. Elamir of having "had financial ties with Osama bin Laden for years." During a recorded telephone conversation with Glass Elamir's brother, Mohamed, tried to purchase "small arms and ammunition."

In the words of attorney Lynne Stewart, even the most despicable deserve representation. But as Stewart knows, unless you have White House connections, defending the despised carries a high price. Stewart faces 30 years in prison for actions taken in defense of the Blind Sheikh. Dr. Elamir was a suspect in a highly-monitored, sensitive operation at the center of the secret history of 9/11. But thanks to Michael Chertoff, Elamir was not charged.

"Dateline" reported that Dr. Elamir and his corporations paid at least $5,000 to arms dealer Diaa Moshen. In an ambush interview on camera, Dr. Elamir referred to Moshen as "a family friend."

"By the time Operation Diamondback culminated in arrests in the summer of 2001, Michael Chertoff was the assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. Operation Diamondback would have fallen under his purview since it was a criminal case and not a counterterrorism case," said researcher Allan Duncan.

That means that after defending an alleged financier of 9/11, Chertoff became a prosecutor who should have prosecuted the same financier. In fact, there was a brief period before the verdict on Elamir came in and after Chertoff was nominated, in which there was an overlap between the two.

Chertoff served as assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. The post is the same one Robert Mueller held when he stymied Senator John Kerry's investigation into BCCI.

Master of Finances
In October 2001, fresh from his defense of El-Amir, Chertoff was picked by the White House to head Operation Green Quest, the multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations. Chertoff told the Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2001 that, "The lifeblood of terrorism is money, and if we cut the money we cut the blood supply."

Two years later, former White House terrorism expert Richard Clarke stated, "The US effort to shut down financial support for terrorist networks is being seriously hampered by a government reorganization that has left the most experienced agencies without any real power." Clarke was a counter-terrorism expert in the Clinton and Bush administrations until he left government in disgust in 2003. "The decision to put the Federal Bureau of Investigation in charge of terror finance investigations, and to give new powers to the Department of Homeland Security, [has] set the campaign back." (1)

In Congressional testimony, Clarke seemed to agree with Glass's assessment of the FBI: "Having the current structure where the FBI is in charge and tells everybody else what to do, is a recipe, I think for failure...The FBI by tradition doesn't co-operate well with other federal agencies and it doesn't share information. It treats other federal agencies as second-class participants in the overall effort."

While head of Green Quest, Michael Chertoff played a central role in formulating U.S. anti-terrorism policy, which included a vast expansion of police powers and the secret detention of hundreds of Middle Easterners in the United States. Chertoff was one of the chief architects of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, also known as the International Money Laundering Abatement and Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001.

The Vince Foster Connection
Patrick Knowlton was a licensed DC private investigator. He spent seven years looking into the death of White House attorney Vincent Foster. Having voted for Clinton, he wasn't attracted to the issue out of any anti-Democratic ire. Knowlton spent seven years on the issue because he had personally stumbled into the crime scene on July 20, 1993 when he stopped at Ft. Marcy Park in Arlington, VA and something about the scene struck him as odd. He observed a man glaring at him menacingly in the park's parking lot, as Knowlton quietly relieved himself.

Later, Knowlton found out he had been there 70 minutes before Foster's body was discovered. But he recalled enough about that awkward moment in the parking lot to remember that neither of the two cars there matched the description for Vince Foster's car. Over the next seven years, as Knowlton spoke out, he became a grand jury witness to the Starr inquiry. He faced intense harassment from individuals he learned were working for the FBI. He filed a lawsuit against FBI Special Agent Russell Bransford and others.

Meanwhile, he observed the bipartisan Senate investigation pursuing a lackadaisical investigation, advised by Senate Counsel Michael Chertoff. "Chertoff knew what we knew," Knowlton told the Press, "it wasn't that hard to find. Nobody could leave that much information out there unless they knew nobody was going to get to it. And that was Chertoff's job, not to get to it."

"It was obvious Foster's car wasn't in the park, Michael Chertoff never went near that issue," said Patrick Knowlton. "One of the things he was notorious for is that he would never do follow-up questions."

Knowlton was referencing the time that Chertoff took the deposition of Park Police officer Cheryl Braun. Braun mysteriously mentioned a visit to the hospital morgue "to retrieve some property" on her way from the Park to inform Foster's family. Chertoff is incurious as to the nature of that strange diversion.

When Park Police officer John Rolla was under oath with the other incurious Senate Counsel, Richard Ben-Veniste, Rolla blurted out that he didn't find any car keys on Foster's body: "I searched [Foster's] pants pockets. I couldn't find a wallet or nothing in his pants pockets. Later on, Investigator Braun and myself...searched the car and we were puzzled why we found no keys to the car."

Neither Ben-Veniste nor Chertoff were interested in asking why Foster's car was not in Fort Marcy park until after Foster allegedly committed suicide. The attorneys ignored why car keys weren't on the body, but showed up next to it later, at the morgue.

Knowlton and a group of researchers concluded that Foster did not commit suicide on July 20, 1993. But that conclusion was outside the Washington consensus.

In a surprise twist, the three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals who supervised Independent Counsel Ken Starr, forced Starr to include a twenty page addendum to his report on Foster. This addendum was largely made up of Patrick Knowlton's testimony on the harassment he endured for suggesting there was evidence the investigators overlooked. Legal researcher Hugh Turley, who assisted Knowlton's case, told me, "This addendum marked the first time in U.S. history an independent counsel had criminal activity by his own staff attached to his report!"

I asked John H. Clarke, Knowlton's lead attorney, for his impression of Chertoff: "He's a dishonest bastard. He went along with the Foster cover-up." When Clarke, Turley, and Knowlton tried to get the media to look at the addendum to Starr's report, key members of the Washington press corps told them that the "official story" of suicide had already been determined to be true, and that writing about Knowlton's harassment by FBI would only "raise more questions."

why don't you actually solve something worth solving


and then sue the living daylights out of these clowns...

don't come back until you've actually done something to serve your country,


not REDIRECT IT FROM SEEING THE TRUTH...


how about those stains from male prostitutes in the whitehouse on George W's should pads ????


grow up you useless propaganda scheissters...

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Posted by: your mothers abundance... | March 26, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The answer is: $27 million dollars.

What is the question:

How much money did the US Department of Defense give Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress (sic) to lobby the US congress from 1999-2003?


Posted by: boscobobb | March 26, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Not the best week for the Democrat party."

How pathetic. Why don't you review the past SEVEN YEARS of rule by the Bush administration and his lockstep supporters in Congress. Care to talk about how the war is going? Care to talk about how the economy is going? Care to talk about the tearing down of the rule of law in this country?

I thought not. Right wing lickspittles only think what they are told to think by their masters.

Well think about this:

Oil is $102 a barrel. It was $27 when your guy took office. A euro costs $1.57. It was $0.93 when your guy took office. On whose watch did 9/11 occur? Your guy, who ignored several very specific warnings about the threat. Number of jobs created under your guy's administration? 2.7 million. Number created under Clinton administration? 17 million. No wonder 70% of the people in this country think of him as the Failure in Chief.

Worst. President. Ever. And you voted for him. Twice.

Posted by: VerbalKint | March 26, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

GEORGE WALKER, GW's great-grandfather, set up the takeover of the Hamburg-America Line, a cover for I.G. Farben's Nazi espionage unit in the United States. In Germany, I.G. Farben was most famous for putting the gas in gas chambers; it was the producer of Zyklon B and other gasses used on victims of the Holocaust. The Bush family was not unaware of the nature of their investment partners. They hired Allen Dulles, the future head of the CIA, to hide the funds they were making from Nazi investments and the funds they were sending to Nazi Germany, rather than divest. It was only in 1942, when the government seized Union Banking Company assets under the Trading With The Enemy Act, that George Walker and Prescott Bush stopped pumping money into Hitler's regime. (1)


PRESCOTT BUSH, the president's grandfather. According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush. (2) On the 20th of October, the government commenced action against the company under the trading with the enemy act. (3) After the seizures in late 1942 of five U.S. enterprises he managed on behalf of Nazi industrialist Fritz Thyssen failed to divest himself of more than a dozen "enemy national" relationships that continued until as late as 1951, newly-discovered U.S. government documents reveal. (4) In 1952, Prescott Bush was elected to the U.S. Senate, with no press accounts about his well-concealed NAZI supporting past.(5)

GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, the shunts father. Bush, as director of the CIA, had funneled enormous amounts of cash to drug runners including Manuel Noriega and helped in the destabilization of Argentina. Bush utilized his own connections to help fund drug runners from Laos to Panama. Most shocking was the so-called "cocaine coup" in Bolivia in June 1980, masterminded by fugitive Nazi Klaus Barbie, "The Butcher Of Lyons." Barbie, who had been previously secreted in Latin America by the CIA, began working closely with the Argentines and used drug money to finance a neo-Nazi cabal, one that succeeded in overthrowing the government. The troops swept through the capital wearing Nazi armbands, according to former DEA agent Mike Levine. George H.W. Bush later facilitated the Iran-contra affair, employing many of the same methods: secretly selling Central American cocaine in America and weapons to Iran while using the profits to fund the contras and to overthrow democratically elected socialists in Central America.(6) as the head of the CIA and later as Vice President, toppled democratically elected regimes in South and Central America and began propping up a dictator by the name of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Although forbidden by congress to do so, he continued to sell chemical and biological weapons to Saddam even after he used them on villages of innocent civilians. A decade later The United States had to go to war against him and the Bush family again, made millions from it.

JONATHAN J. BUSH, the Presidents uncle. Jonathan Bush's "Pioneer Profile" in "George W. Bush's $100,000 Club" cites him as the "head" of the Riggs Investment Management Co.; "Bush's uncle Jonathan ... founded its subsidiary, J. Bush & Co., of which he is chair. He also is an ex-chair of the New York Republican State Finance Committee. Bush credits the investors sent his way by this banker uncle as a key to his 'success' in the Texas oil industry in the early '80s." (17)
Jonathan J. Bush, is a top executive at Riggs Bank, which this week agreed to pay a record $25 million in civil fines for violations of law intended to thwart money laundering. Jonathan Bush, who is a major fundraiser for his nephew, was appointed in 2000 to run Riggs Investment Management Co. His association with Riggs began when he headed J. Bush & Co., a New Haven, Conn., company he created in 1970 and built to offer advice on money management. (18)

According to the 5/14/04 New York Times, Federal regulators fined the Riggs National Corporation, the parent company of Riggs Bank, $25 million yesterday for "failing to report suspicious activity, the largest penalty ever assessed against a domestic bank in connection with money laundering. The fine stems from Riggs's failure over at least the last two years to actively monitor suspect financial transfers through Saudi Arabian accounts held by the bank." The 5/14/04 Wall Street Journal reported that of particular concern, Riggs failed to monitor "tens of millions of dollars in cash withdrawals from accounts related to the Saudi Arabian embassy," including "suspicious incidents involving dozens of sequentially numbered cashier's checks and international drafts written by Saudi officials, including Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan." According to the 4/18/04 Washington Post, Saudi Prince Bandar's wife, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, "may have used a Riggs account to donate money to a charity that then gave some of it to the Sept. 11 terrorists."
(...)

According to the nonprofit Texans for Public Justice, Jonathan Bush is the President and CEO of Riggs Investment Management - a major arm of Riggs Bank. He is also the uncle of President George W. Bush. The President "credits the investors sent his way by this banker uncle as a key to his 'success' in the Texas oil industry in the early '80s." According to Public Citizen, the uncle Jonathan was a Bush Pioneer, having raised more than $100,000 for his nephew in 2000.

Posted by: tearful renditions of ineptitude are in control of your pancreas... | March 26, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

MARVIN BUSH, the president's brother was on the board of directors of a company providing electronic security for the World Trade Center, Dulles International Airport and United Airlines, according to public records. The company was backed by an investment firm, the Kuwait-American Corp., also linked for years to the Bush family. The security company, formerly named Securacom and now named Stratesec, is in Sterling, Va.. Its CEO, Barry McDaniel, said the company had a ``completion contract" to handle some of the security at the World Trade Center ``up to the day the buildings fell down." The suite in which Marvin Bush was annually re-elected, according to public records, is located in the Watergate in space leased to the Saudi government. The company now holds shareholder meetings in space leased by the Kuwaiti government there.(8) (9) more


JEB BUSH, the president's brother. After graduating from The University of Texas, Jeb Bush served a short apprenticeship at the Venezuelan branch of Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas before settling in Miami, in 1980, to work on his father's unsuccessful primary bid against Ronald Reagan. Shortly after arriving in Miami, Jeb was hired by Cuban-American developer Armando Codina to work at his Miami development company as an agent leasing office space. A couple of years later, Jeb and Codina became business partners, and in 1985 they purchased an office building in a deal partly financed by a savings and loan that later failed.The $4.56 million loan, from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida, was granted in such a way that neither Codina's nor Bush's name appeared on the loan papers as the borrowers. A third man, J. Edward Houston, borrowed the $4.56 million from Broward and then re-lent it to the Bush partnership. When federal regulators closed Broward Savings in 1988, they found the loan, which had been secured by the Bush partnership, in default. As Jeb's father was finishing his second term as vice-president and running for the presidency, federal regulators had two options: to get Jeb Bush and his partner to repay the loan, or to foreclose on their office building. But regulators came up with a third solution. After reappraising the building, regulators decided it wasn't worth as much as was owed for it. The regulators reduced the amount owed by Bush and his partner from $4.56 million to just $500,000. The pair paid that amount and were allowed to keep their office building. Taxpayers picked up the tab for the unpaid $4 million. (10)

Jeb BUSH, he also rigged an election that you may have heard about. Thousands of eligible voters were disallowed the right to vote in predominantly democratic regions. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state - Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both protégées of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 "ex-felons," who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls. (In the thirty-five states where former felons can vote, roughly 90 percent vote Democratic.) A company now owned by ChoicePoint of Atlanta, was paid $4.3 million for its work, replacing a firm that charged $5,700 per year for the same service.Two of these "scrub lists," as officials called them, were distributed to counties in the months before the election with orders to remove the voters named. Together the lists comprised nearly 1 percent of Florida?s electorate and nearly 3 percent of its African-American voters. Neither DBT nor the state conducted any further research to verify the matches. DBT, which frequently is hired by the F.B.I. to conduct manhunts, originally proposed using address histories and financial records to confirm the names, but the state declined the cross-checks. (11)


because they are run by family of the accused...

Porter Goss??? John Negroponte ??? Paul Wolfowitz ??? George Bush and his Yale Classmates,

on his knees in the whitehouse commiting sodomy with them ???


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Posted by: your insipidness on toast with a healthy dose of your full of crap... | March 26, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Do you really think he would have funded a trip for republicans? He knew who the "weakest link" was, and still is.

Posted by: ToxicAvenger | March 26, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

..and so to repay the favor you killed him?

you're really a stupid bunch of a-holes, after all.

Posted by: pg | March 26, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Old news being an oxymoron, why is this linked "above the fold" on WaPo's home page?

Posted by: jhbyer | March 26, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

He probably used money that Ollie North gave him from the Reagan Iran Contra secret money.

Posted by: Bob | March 26, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Shaving your head does not make you a hipster, btw.

Sludging and slinging the poop does, however! Now you can have canapes and gawd knows what else with Matt Drudge! It's OK to be a gay hypocrite!

Posted by: Lamb Cannon | March 26, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Unless they can prove that these congressman knew the money came from Hussein, this is a nothing story. Secondly, the $5,000 spent on that trip compared the $500,000,000,000 spent on bombing a backwards country into the stone age seems rather a trivial crime. Especially considering that a year ago, Sy Hersh exposed the fact that a portion of that $500B had ended up in the hands of Al Qaeda: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh

Posted by: jiggy | March 26, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

So, in Bush's rush to war, 3 Democratic lawmakers wanted to go to Iraq and find out if the situation on the ground was as bad as the Bush admin said it was. Nothing wrong with that.

Posted by: Chris | March 26, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

You might try writing an accurate headline. Hussein funded the nonprofit organization that paid for the trip, so a more accurate headline would reflect that rather than smearing these congressmen, who probably didn't know about this scam. They weren't indicted, the nonprofit organization was. And for balance, the story might mention just how much money the Bush administration funneled to Ahmed Chalabi, the swindler who who fed the Bushies (and the Washington Post) a load of manure about Iraq.

Posted by: Bob22003 | March 26, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hussein was the president of that country -- why shouldn't he pay for the trip? If we had listened to these congressmen at the time, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.

Posted by: frank burns | March 26, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

no surprise that you didn't refer to the representatives as democrats.

Posted by: turner | March 26, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh Frank Burns, how about some cheese with your whine! Bush is only doing what no democRAT has/had the courage to do, and that's to remove current and future threats to the world. You should be kissing his butt!

Posted by: ToxicAvenger | March 26, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Cheney as CEO did bussiness with Huessein and provide millions of dollars in hard currency that was later used to buy weapons that are even murdering American soldiers still - and Tom is worried that some Democrats who were right about the war bush the coward signed off on took some money away from the enemy?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of who paid for the trip, I wish we had listened to them. If we had, we wouldn't be in the bloddy mess we are today.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | March 26, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Who could be surprised this is only coming out now? The Justice Department is but an arm of the GOP.

Posted by: JR | March 26, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess these All American DEMOCRATIC Congressmen were just too stupid to realize the TV commercial they made for Saddam was financed by Saddam.

At least that's a better excuse than they were simply traitors providing support to our enemies in order to gain favor with their left wing, moonbat contributors.

Posted by: TheATLMac | March 26, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

So you say at the time there was nothing illegal. You say the democrats who took the trip did not know it was being funded by Hussein. You suggest that the democrats went there to verify what the president was telling Americans to be true.

Just what are you trying to point out here? Nothing illegal, no wrongdoing, and if anything they actually could have stopped the worst foreign policy decision of this administration and this country.

So just what is the point of this article? It seems to suggest something wrong, something un-American, something that should launch an investigation. But in reality there is none of that.

So just what is the point of your article except to put a bad light on a well meaning trip that could have saved 4000 American soldiers from death, many thousands more from being maimed, from giving Iraq to Al Qaida and Iran?

Just what is the point of this pointless article?

Posted by: Sully | March 26, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

So What, Big freakin deal. They didn't bamboozle every one into a killers war. 0 guilt was committed by this trip.

Posted by: coco0331 | March 26, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Why not look for a real story Pershing, like who in our government actually shook hands with Hussien, who gave those who started Al Qaida stinger missles and millions of dollars, and my personal favorite, watching GWB walk hand in hand in a garden with Prince Abdullah, a man who rules a monarchy and supresses half its population on the basis of sex and actually has laws to prevent a church or synagogue from being built in Saudi.

But hey, this old story which means nothing can sure be twisted to make it seem something was afoul. Good writing but very bad journalism.

Posted by: Sully | March 26, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

i noticed sadaam chose the 3 DEMOCRATS for the staged visit to iraq, the liberals are more easily lead into debotchery. and if you dont think AL QEADA doesnt think the same you'll be fooled also!SADAAM KNEW WHO TO PLAY UP TOO!!

Posted by: rucrazy | March 26, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

No problem having their trip paid for by a guy who put people in shredders. What a bunch of sick people. Resignation is too good for them. I will do more than question their patriotism, I question whether they should be allowed to remain in this country. Get the foreign agents out of Congress and out of my country.

Posted by: Demoncrats | March 26, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the RAT couldn't get enough dough from Saddam to pay off his judgment for wire tapping .

Posted by: nat turner | March 26, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Our "friend" Saddam was a stalwart friend in our battle against those rascally Iranians. Anyone who thinks we shouldn't have supported him is being dangerously naive. That's why he was on such good terms with Rummey and the whole Bush-loving oil industry. Don Rumsfeld was wine and dined in Saddam's Palace at the same time he was torturing his enemies in the basement.

If three congressman went over to see about WMD's and came back and said there seren't any....who was right? Rumsfeld or The Congressman???

Let's all get worked up about the Trillions of dollars spent on a war based on lies instead.

Posted by: thebob.bob | March 27, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Could someone provide a link to video of Saddam Hussein, shaking hands with Rumsfeld and Cheney.

We armed Iraq. We armed Iran. We armed the Taliban.

Bandar Bush funded the 9/11 murderers. GW Bush let the Saudis and Bin Ladens leave the US, while Americans were grounded.

Henry Ford funded Adolf Hitler and helped precipitate the Holocaust. Ford's belated realization of the Nazi evil, hastened his own death. The Bush family fortune originates with Nazis. Roosevelt came close to arresting Prescott Bush for trading with the enemy. IBM's punch card technology enabled Nazi efficiency in the death camps and on the battle field. IBM USA did everything it could to maximize profits from the Nazis; even after the US entered the war.

American capitalism is loyal, not to America, but to profit. Something for nothing is the American capitalist creed. Libby, Montana. Prince William Sound.

The demons, and the crazies, and the toxic avengers, the suicide bombers and the chronically under-medicated who post here, are all products of American hypocrisy, greed. and sad, boastful ignorance.

The foreign agents we need worry about are Wall Street bankers, and Washington lobbyists..

Put some more tin foil in your ball caps.


Posted by: georgepwebster | March 27, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

No wonder the Dems are anti-war,because they probaly get paid by Iran,and Al-q.Kind of like China when they tried to bribe Clinton to work for them,when Clinton was still in office.Yes this is not a good month for the dems,both governors of NY,Obama,Clinton and this.The dems party is a party of losers,lol no really they are a circus.

Posted by: Hi | March 27, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

The dems get two things from teaming up with our enemy.they get money from our enemy,and get political votes from our enemy.The reason the Dems want us to lose in Iraq,is because they get paid by Iran,and get votes when the situation in Iraq looks lost.So what better way to win the election,not only do they get votes from people who are mad when the war is going bad.But they also get money to finnace their party,and their own agenda.I really think the dems are over hypeing the Iraq war,its really not as bad as they make it out to be.Infact the Phil-Spanish American war was worst then this.It only took us 4 years for 4,500 of our brave boys to die.Not to make it sound like our boys dieing now,means any less cause it dosent.

Posted by: The Iraq war is over hyped by the enemy the dems. | March 27, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

The politicians who took the trip didn't know about the source of the funding for it. As I can see, they probably thought it was paid for by that church group. No amount of 'swiftboating' by republicans about this is going to change the minds of the majority of Americans who think this war is an abominable and reckless one and a war that has given Bush and Cheny the 'right' to stomp on our constitution. If anyone should be prosecuted for crimes against not only our military but tresspassing and then throwing mud on the rights in our constitution, it should be George Bush. The man should be in prison.

Posted by: Steamboater | March 27, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Attention Citizens of America, another non story! The Real news has left the States all that's left us, is echo.

Posted by: Ceci | March 27, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Attention Citizens of America, another non story! The Real news has left the States all that's left us, is echo.

Posted by: Ceci | March 27, 2008 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Saddam Hussein is a national hero. He is the only leader who successfully kept both Al Qaida and Iran out of Iraq. The people of Iraq were better off under Saddam Hussein, even under America's hateful sanctions, than under Bush with his pork-barrel waste and no-bid Bushies looting the treasury as if it were an Iraqi museum.

There is still hope for Iraq:
1) Resuscitate Saddam
2) Debushification
3) Empty out all the museums in Texas and hand them over to the Iraqis as reparations, including the President Bush Library and Shredder brought to you by Hunt Oil in Mesopotamia.

Bush is doing the public relations bidding of Hussein: Bush has forced millions of Iraqi women and children into prostitution and anal trafficking and is bringing illegals into Iraq to build a wh*rehouse for the oil pimps, the world's largest, covering 104 acres.

Those Democratic lawmakers are peacemakers. The Bushies should be prosecuted for their crimes against Iraq. Bush must be brought to justice for the murder of Saddam Hussein without a fair trial.

To learn more about Orwellian, politically motivated prosecutions targeting Democrats, just do a little research on the Bush-Rove Justice Department. Long live the people! Long live the nation! Down with the traitors!

Posted by: S. Senator | March 27, 2008 5:04 AM | Report abuse

No one can convince me that the Republicans are not behind putting this out there to smear the democrats, slanting it so it looks worse than it really was while supporting an illegal war for oil by Cheney, Bush, Rice and other draft dogdging cowards of the Republican party. I am extremely tired of people defending the Republicans as though they are the products of virgin births and sent to earth by heavenly forces to save our country from the big bad democrats. There has been plenty of wrong doing by the Republicans as well and they are still in the White House, romaticizing being on the front lines when the only lines some of them have seen are on a mirror. George Bush was a womanizer, draft dodger, and drunkard. There are pictures of Cheney being buddy buddy with Sadam back in the early 80s, Rice was shopping on 5th Avenue when she should have been investigating a memo that said we'd be attacked back in 2001. So the blind mice who continue to turn the other way from the sins of the Republican party are the same hypocritical ilk as the folks in the White House. We should also talk about the billions going to nation building in Iraq while our own people starve, our infrastructure crumbles but the greedy Republicans only see dollar signs from oil revenues in Iraq. They are NOT destined for saint hood, they are no better and not necessarily any worse than the Democrats, so I'll say what the Republicans like to say when they are cornered in their most shrill voices, "shut the hell up, just shut up" and all of you who support Bush should have the cajones to join our military and fight the good fight and make the sacrifice many of our young (and older) men and women have been forced to do so you can sit there and take foul shots at your own countrymen. A man's mind gets poisoned by the lies and rhetoric of people like Bush, Rice, Cheney, Limbaugh, Coulter and O'Reilly all who lie boldly at any turn to make everyone who doesn't agree with them look like anti-patriots. The Republicans are selling our very souls to Asia to fight this war, and giving our hard earned tax dollars to the $6,000 shower curtain types on Wall Street who care nothing about the people of this country, only about making themselves as rich as possible. So people like the Toxic Avenger ought to join the army and see Basra along with all of the tough NRA people. Put them all on the ground in Basra with Cheney and Bush as their commanders and see how far they get. As you'll notice the people doing the negative blogs against the Republicans like Bush are cowardly and don't even post with real first names!!! Sure send someone else's kid to war, it's worth it, while you are all drinking beer and watching NASCAR or Bass fishing or sticking your heads in the sand. The most vociferous of pro-war anti-democrat screamers are the ones who have never even served their countries but leave it to someone else, some folks who died for our country were not even citizens, the same folks that the hardcore Republicans want sent back to where they came from, all 12,000,000. So again I say, shut up, please just shut up or pickup a gun, go to Iraq or better yet Afhganistan and try to find the man who actually perpetrated 911!!

Posted by: DavidBronx | March 27, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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Democratic Party unveils primary political support groups:

11% American Haters
23% Baby Killers
12% Homosexuals for Gay Marriage
12% Self-Perceived Victoms of Society
17% Egocentric, Self-Serving Educators
11% Stoners
7% Aetheists
5% Anti-European Racists
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Posted by: The Realist | March 27, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that someone from our government went and at least took a look around. Especially since it turns out there were no weapons of mass destruction and we trashed a country for no good reason. Why on earth shouldn't Saddam Hussein try to save his country? Everyone seems to forget that he already knew that he didn't have any weapons of mass destruction. The state department OK'd this trip. I think an elected official might reasonably trust the state department to have good capabilities for checking this out. Stop trying to make political hay out of this. It looks like a dumb effort and it looks like cheap tricks.

Posted by: karela | March 27, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

so....? Doesn this story prove that Bush's Justice Department is willing to pursue Democrats but not take responisbility for hundreds of lies told to get us involved in Iraq?

Posted by: djw3505 | March 28, 2008 5:38 AM | Report abuse

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