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Oil for Food May Have Funded 9/11 Attacks
NewsMax.com ^ | 12/04/04 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 12/04/2004 12:02:04 PM PST by kattracks

In what may be the most shocking news to emerge from the already stunning Oil for Food scandal, investigators say that Saddam Hussein bankrolled key al Qaida players in the late 1990s - a period of time when the terror group was planning the 9/11 attacks and the Iraqi dictator was ripping off billions from the U.N. program.

"Saddam had given $300,000 in cash to Ayman Al Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's number two man, in the spring of 1998," the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley.

"It's likely that Saddam was giving some of his [Oil for Food] money to al Qaida."

In an eerie coincidence, an October 2001 estimate by the Justice Department put the entire cost of the 9/11 operation at $300,000.

While the inception of Iraq's financial relationship with al Qaida pre-dated the 1996 Oil for Food program, the U.N. jackpot enabled Saddam to become much more generous towards his terrorist allies in the years before 9/11.

Hayes said the total amount of Iraqi cash funneled into al Qaida reached into the "millions."

"Saddam had pretty strong ties to bin Laden when bin Laden was in Sudan," he said, based on what a former CIA counterrorism official had told him.

"He talked about this system of Saddam funneling money, usually cash payments, to a variety of al Qaida-linked Islamic terrorist groups," the Standard reporter said.

Freelance reporter Claudia Rosett, who singlehandedly broke the Oil for Food story last year, first broached the possibility of a U.N. connection to the 9/11 attacks in the Weekly Standard last August:

"By 1996, remember, bin Laden had been run out of Sudan, and seems to have been out of money. He needed a fresh bundle to rent Afghanistan from the Taliban, train recruits, expand al Qaida's global network, and launch what eventually became the 9/11 attacks.

"Meanwhile," Rosett continued, "over in Iraq about that same time, Saddam Hussein, after a lean stretch under United Nations sanctions, had just cut his Oil-for-Food deal with the U.N., and soon began exploiting that program to embezzle billions meant for relief."

Rosett noted that just prior to Saddam's $300,000 payment to Al Zawahiri in 1998, bin Laden issued a fatwa against the U.S. that included references to "the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people" as well as "the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance."



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; 911commission; alqaedaandiraq; conspiracy; iraq; moneytrail; napalminthemorning; oilforfood; partyofthehindparts; religionofpeace; rosett; un; wot; zawahiri
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1 posted on 12/04/2004 12:02:04 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Do the Rats need more evidence to show why we went to Iraq?


2 posted on 12/04/2004 12:03:46 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: kattracks

Eerie....to say the least.....


3 posted on 12/04/2004 12:04:59 PM PST by anniegetyourgun (Tag along)
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To: kattracks

If this is true, will the Congress FINALLY revoke the UN charter?

This is beyond maddening. I sincerely hope there is evidence to back this up.


4 posted on 12/04/2004 12:05:36 PM PST by Desdemona
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To: Desdemona

Why isn't this information being broadcast on the major news networks? Oh yeah, now I remember....


5 posted on 12/04/2004 12:09:22 PM PST by Bouchart
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To: kattracks

IF this pans out, it seems to me that the U.N. warrants the same treatment as the Taliban.


6 posted on 12/04/2004 12:10:06 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("If you accumulate enough layers of superficiality, that's pretty much the same as having depth")
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To: kattracks

Very little surprises me anymore, but my jaw dropped to the floor when I read the title to this thread.
I pray that this doesn't blow over. The ramifications are too vast.
The tentacles of Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Islamofascism, and the U.N. entwine and slither in places even the most ardent conspiracy theorists could never envision.
Mind-boggling.


7 posted on 12/04/2004 12:11:07 PM PST by srm913
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To: kattracks
While the inception of Iraq's financial relationship with al Qaida pre-dated the 1996 Oil for Food program, the U.N. jackpot enabled Saddam to become much more generous towards his terrorist allies in the years before 9/11.
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The peels of this onion are unraveling faster than anyone can keep up with them..and who..ohhhhh..who gave Saddam the most money? None other than the French crapweasel himself. Who is so Anti-American and Antisemitic?
8 posted on 12/04/2004 12:12:32 PM PST by Earthdweller (US descendant of French Protestants)
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To: Earthdweller; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Carry_Okie; blam; SunkenCiv; Howlin; ...
The leftists here will try to keep this all hidden. But here is some exposure

__________________________________

_________________________________

Unholy Alliance

by David Horowitz
Hardcover - (September 2004) - $27.95

In this tour de force on the most important issue of our time, David Horowitz, confronts the paradox of how so many Americans, including the leadership of the Democratic Party, could turn against the War on Terror. He finds an answer in a political Left that shares a view of America as the “Great Satan” with America’s radical Islamic enemies.

9 posted on 12/04/2004 12:17:13 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Earthdweller

Chirac and Saddam sittin' in a tree

10 posted on 12/04/2004 12:20:16 PM PST by Earthdweller (US descendant of French Protestants)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; RonDog; Travis McGee; Squantos; PhilDragoo; devolve; Smartass; ASA Vet

We don't know about 9/11, but it is a safe bet that most of our military killed or wounded in Iraq came from munitions bought by the $oddomites after Desert Storm One.

Most of the money to buy these deadly munitions came from the Oil for Food scam.


11 posted on 12/04/2004 12:22:04 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Writers of hate GW/Christians/ Republicans Articles = GIM=GAY INFECTED MEDIOTS!)
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To: Earthdweller

Wait just a minute there. Didn't Thomas Keane and Dan whatisname, not to mention the John-boys, and a million or so instant media pundits, scold us all for even daring to think that maybe there was some connection between Saddam and AlQaeda?

And weren't we all accused of being stupid because some folks believed there was a connection between Iraq and 9/11?


12 posted on 12/04/2004 12:23:00 PM PST by underdognewsgrl (hitler lives in the knives of abortionists, and the news twists the truth like contortionists)
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To: kattracks

Money is fungible. Even if Saddamn and OFF didn't fund 9-11 directly, the money he and it provided no doubt freed up other funds. Either way the people behind OFF need to be rounded up so that they can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


13 posted on 12/04/2004 12:24:30 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: backhoe

Ping. This is a biggie, if we get some solid evidence.


14 posted on 12/04/2004 12:25:02 PM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: RepublicanReptile; Prospero

bump for a later more in depth read


15 posted on 12/04/2004 12:25:07 PM PST by RepublicanReptile (Open your mind, close the borders.)
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To: mewzilla

And why didn't those geniuses on the 9-11 Commission say something about this...?


16 posted on 12/04/2004 12:25:21 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: kattracks

How deep does the pile have to get before people realize this?


17 posted on 12/04/2004 12:25:38 PM PST by Brian328i
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good there is another Horowitz fan on here. Is there a ping list for Horowitz posts? I heard him speak in October, the man is a genius.


18 posted on 12/04/2004 12:27:33 PM PST by RepublicanReptile (Open your mind, close the borders.)
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To: kattracks

Can John Kerry now explain again why he wanted UN approval for the invasion of Iraq? Excuse me Mr. Kerry....where are you??? Hello???


19 posted on 12/04/2004 12:28:29 PM PST by Taggart_D
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To: kattracks

Why isn't this repeated more loudly on Fox News? Saddam was DEEPLY involved in 9/11.


20 posted on 12/04/2004 12:29:13 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Angry Republican
Do the Rats need more evidence to show why we went to Iraq?

Evidence means nothing to a CommieRAT.
The only thing important to them is the destruction of America.

21 posted on 12/04/2004 12:30:49 PM PST by ASA Vet (What if there were no hypothetical questions?)
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To: underdognewsgrl

And weren't we all accused of being stupid because some folks believed there was a connection between Iraq and 9/11?
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Well...maybe we were not really smart to figure it out, maybe we were just prophetic.
*wink wink*


22 posted on 12/04/2004 12:34:10 PM PST by Earthdweller (US descendant of French Protestants)
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To: Earthdweller
If you haven't seen Celcius 411 yet,,, i highly recommend it. It exposes the truth behind our war on terror, so even a liberal can understand it.
23 posted on 12/04/2004 12:41:21 PM PST by mojojockey
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To: Stillwaters; Pride in the USA

Ping for important developing news


24 posted on 12/04/2004 12:44:35 PM PST by lonevoice (Vast Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: mojojockey
If you haven't seen Celcius 411 yet..
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Nope. I read the news from around the world..that's enough thanks..but maybe a liberal would find it simpler to watch the film so they can catch up.
25 posted on 12/04/2004 12:47:10 PM PST by Earthdweller (US descendant of French Protestants)
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To: kattracks
"Saddam had given $300,000 in cash to Ayman Al Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's number two man, in the spring of 1998," the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley.

How does Hayes know this? Unnamed sources mean no sources.

26 posted on 12/04/2004 12:51:43 PM PST by secretagent
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To: kattracks

This explains a lot doesn't it? Like, the UNs obvious attempt to thwart Bush's re-election, and Annan's desperate attempts to block Volker's access to some of the records he needs in order to gain a thorough insight into the Oil for Food scandal. No wonder they were scared to death of the possibility of a 2nd Bush administration and a solid Republican majority in the House and Senate. Annan knew durn good and well exactly where that money was going and what it was going to be used for. And then the Demcorats get so hot under the collar when their "patriotism" is questioned? Give me a break.


27 posted on 12/04/2004 1:03:16 PM PST by Rosie405
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To: kattracks
No, the "most shocking" will be when we can p[rove that Willie took Saddam's money to "not damage" OBL and that they met fairly often (or, their reps met) to work out details and pass cash. That is the main reason the dems have maintained their idiocy of presenting an opinion(lie) as absolute fact.

Every time some dem whines, "There is no connection between Iraq/Saddam and OBL/terrorism," he's not attacking Bush's rationale for freeing Iraq, he's protecting Willie. That is why it is so important to match lieberry donations, Willie's pardons, Oil-forFood "beneficiaries", oil voucher recipients and, just for the heck of it, Rose Law firm clients to highlight all the connections!

28 posted on 12/04/2004 1:08:16 PM PST by Tacis (Kerry - You Can't Make A Silk Purse Out Of A Lazy, Lying, Elitist Scumbag!)
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To: kattracks

Dan Rather didn't say it, so I don't believe it (A little "twilght zone" music, maestro)


29 posted on 12/04/2004 1:37:52 PM PST by dzzrtrock (When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat (Ronald Reagan))
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To: kattracks; All
Crosslinking to:

Click this picture & go to the "last" for the latest UN scandals:


30 posted on 12/04/2004 1:44:07 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe

Perhaps people will begin to realize that the UN has been completely corrupted, is full of Islamic dictators who wish to use the UN's idea of one world government, a new world religion currently disguised as the "earth Charter" which has been sealed in the new "ark" and Gaia (mother earth is God) as a springboard to establish the new islamic world wide Caliphate. The attack on Christ world wide is sponsored by the UN, and just who gives such wonderful support towards the destruction of Christianity here in the USA? Lefties! Totalitarian rule is after all, the one thing Islam and the left have in common.


31 posted on 12/04/2004 1:59:53 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

THAT IS GOOD :}}}} THANK YOU


32 posted on 12/04/2004 2:00:12 PM PST by anonymoussierra
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To: Tacis

It almost comes down to this: The established fattened bureacracy that makes money while people die (like the billionare arafat) and their little sucklings in the media elite and academic uppity snobs all are pissed off that there is a new sheriff in town that is putting an end to their charade party.

I think President Bush knows a heck of a lot more than he is able to say. He knows these people are a mess and where they are heading. But, dammit, he is a man of God and he is going to raise all the ships in the harbor whether they like it or not.

It would be interesting to see what would have happened in our history if God had not blessed us with strong leaders when we needed them most. Perhaps, "interesting" is a poor choice of word.

I believe in President Bush for his courage to stand up against this establisment; this vulgar orgy of "leaders" pleasuring themselves in the worlds riches while the common man dies. And, yeah, it takes Faith to stand up to it.



33 posted on 12/04/2004 2:02:41 PM PST by Trainfish
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To: kattracks

I thought so from the beginning. You'd have to be an apologist for terrorism to not think so.


34 posted on 12/04/2004 2:03:22 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if a man lives long enough, he gets to see the same thing over and over.)
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To: kattracks

No amount of proof will ever sway the leftists from their anti everything Bush position.


35 posted on 12/04/2004 2:09:40 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Trainfish

Let's just pray hard for W's saftey, and that he does continue to be guided by his faith.


36 posted on 12/04/2004 2:11:19 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Bullish

An Iraqi national attended at least one pre planning 9/11 meeting with AQ.

Saddam knew 9/11 was coming and where we were going to be hit.

Even the Clinton Justice Department was able to obtain an indictment against OBL which cited the terrorist's ties to Iraq.

A federal judge has granted two 9/11 families a multi-million dollar judgement - against Iraq.

During the 90's, the mainstream press wrote about the world's alarm at the growing relationship between Saddam and Osama bin Laden. Old Media thinks we can't look these things up.

Hundreds of articles and links in this thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1224050/posts


37 posted on 12/04/2004 2:14:20 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists and international criminals than they ever captured or killed)
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks- I'm cautiously optomistic- it looks like the tipping point has been reached in the MSM, and they are starting to compete with each other for stories. Once that happens, their prejudice in favor of the UN will vanish. I hope.


38 posted on 12/04/2004 2:17:51 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Peach
"Old Media thinks we can't look these things up".

That's why they make things disappear into the achieve black hole. But someone somewhere has it cached.

39 posted on 12/04/2004 2:19:55 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Peach
All the proof in the world could not convince the likes of Alan Colmes who constantly claims there was no connection or reason to invade Iraq and bring down Hussein.

Just to name one good example. And he's what a lot of people claim is an honest liberal.
40 posted on 12/04/2004 2:21:04 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Bullish

They can try hide it, deny it, but once it gets on the senate floor, it becomes real and just won't go away. DemocRATS aren't the only ones who can demand a Congressional investigation. Then it can't be soft peddled by the Old Media.

(calling them MSM gives them too much credibility, "Old Media" is what they are now)


41 posted on 12/04/2004 2:28:12 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Thud

ping


42 posted on 12/04/2004 2:34:07 PM PST by Dark Wing
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To: kattracks

Incompetent Kofi strikes again.


43 posted on 12/04/2004 2:38:37 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Shermy

ping


44 posted on 12/04/2004 2:41:23 PM PST by Thud
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta; Revel; lacylu; Alabama MOM

Ping


45 posted on 12/04/2004 3:05:10 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Today, please pray for God's miracle, we are not going to make it without him.)
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To: secretagent
secretagent says:   "How does Hayes know this?"

View Replies says:   "No replies."

I agree with you SA, 45 replies later and the key element of this story remains undisclosed: a reliable source for the claim that Saddam gave Zawahiri $300,000 in the spring of 1998. Don't misunderstand me, I believe it to be true, but belief doesn't get the job done.

--Boot Hill

46 posted on 12/04/2004 3:14:51 PM PST by Boot Hill (Candy-gram for Osama bin Mongo, candy-gram for Osama bin Mongo!!!)
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To: kattracks
Kofi is a terrorist and and partly culpable for the loss of 3,000 Americans on 9-11.
47 posted on 12/04/2004 3:16:51 PM PST by Mike Darancette (RICE '08)
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To: backhoe

NO! The NYTimes today said that the US is more to blame, and only right-wingers are pushing this anyway. End of story. How DARE we question the UN!


48 posted on 12/04/2004 3:23:20 PM PST by boop (Testing the tagline feature!)
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To: Desdemona
If this is true, will the Congress FINALLY revoke the UN charter?

As a former member of JBS, this has been a dream of mine for many years: US out of the UN and they off our soil. But since doing some serious study of eschatology, I'm beginning to see beyond the UN. The thing I worry about is not a helpless or ineffective UN in the near term, but rather a completely revamped and suddenly more dangerous UN that might pose a more serious threat to our sovereignty. That organization will be the vehicle by which the AntiChrist will rise and take power.

49 posted on 12/04/2004 3:33:37 PM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: Angry Republican

Rossett deserves a pulitizer...the woman is amazing!!! kudos to Claudia Rossett!!!!!!


50 posted on 12/04/2004 3:48:43 PM PST by katiedidit1
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