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U.S. ally Chalabi now a target — home in Baghdad, offices are raided

Posted on 05/20/2004 8:12:12 AM PDT by gilliam

NBC news is reporting: But Pentagon officials told NBC News that they were acting at the behest of Iraqi authorities investigating the disappearance of millions of dollars in cash and other assets following the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Arrest warrants issued for 16 people An Iraqi judge issued arrest warrants for 16 people affliliated with the INC, and an unknown number were arrested, the officials said. Chalabi, himself a member of the Governing Council, was not arrested, and scheduled a news conference later in the day to discuss the raids.

As NBC News reported earlier this week, Chalabi and his INC members are accused of stealing millions of dollars in cash and other assets from the former Baath Party and Saddam Hussein regime following their overthrow by the U.S. military.

Among the allegations are that INC members illegally profited during the conversion from Saddam-era dinars to new Iraqi dinars late last year.

The allegations are the primary reason that Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowicz severed the Pentagon’s official ties with the INC earlier this week, ending the U.S. government payments to the INC that recently totaled $340,000 per month.

American officials also have complained privately that Chalabi is interfering with a U.S. investigation into allegations that Saddam’s regime skimmed millions in oil revenues during the U.N.-run oil-for-food program.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ahmadchalabi; ahmedchalabi; chalabi; inc; wolfie; wolfowicz; wolfowitz

1 posted on 05/20/2004 8:12:12 AM PDT by gilliam
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To: gilliam

150+ posts on it here:

2 posted on 05/20/2004 8:14:56 AM PDT by Constitution Day (This tagline is Cicada-licious!)
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To: TexKat


3 posted on 05/20/2004 8:24:06 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: gilliam
U.S. ally Chalabi now a target

Ally no more.

Probably more to the story too.

4 posted on 05/20/2004 9:48:34 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

I remember reading as far back as a year ago that the State Dept didn't trust Chalabi one iota.

5 posted on 05/20/2004 11:08:34 AM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: ambrose; billbears; J. L. Chamberlain; JohnGalt
Chalabi was a top lobbyist on Capitol Hill calling for toppling Saddam and helped get a bill passed that paid him gargantuan US tax dollars.

Talk about feathering your own nest.

Early assessments of Chalabi as a peddler hawking self-serving information who was obsessed with his own financial motives were apparently dismissed.

Informed people know denizens of the Mideast swamp crawl the globe as agents, double agents and triple agents selling information to the highest bidder. The only law that prevails in that part of the world is socialistic Darwinism: "survival of the fittest" .......the strong survive by eating the weak.

There were ominous signs about Chalabi for a long time. But Chalabi was a teflon-coated neocon confidant b/c he promised neocons a new secular Iraq. It was neocon Richard Perle who was overseer of the "Chalabi Intelligence Network", for which the US paid Chalabi and his London-based INC 92 Million US dollars (and Perle got how much?).

The INC facilitated the effort to feed bogus intelligence to the Pentagon and the CIA. After the US invaded Iraq, our military could not even find the alleged agent network Chalabi said he ran. Chalabi's explanation?.." They are in hiding"...

What a crock. "Uriah Heep" Chalabi was running the classic "Intelligence for sale" scam. Every con artist and their cousin came crawling out of the woodwork to cash in. Perle was the author of it.

Chalabi's head is squarely on the chopping block. Good news for us; bad for the neo-con artists.

N/c's are working overtime to shed the "neocon" label....... a label they calculatedly took on so as to distinguish themselves from us accursed social conservatives who are pro-life, pro gun, for controlling spending, for less government, controlling our borders. When was the last time you saw Perle and the n/c's at a pro-life rally (/sarcasm)?

I guess Dickie Perle must be all broken up about Chalabi. However, we should be ever mindful that he, Frum, Feith, and the rest of the agenda-driven neocons won't feel any compunction about jumping on the Kerry election bandwagon. N/c Bill Kristol has already said he's willing to do so. Watch Kerry do major fellating on the neocons. October Suprise anyone?

N/c's association with conservatism "coincidentally" peaked with the war on Iraq, and lasted about as long as a weak dose of Viagra.

"Conservatives" my Aunt Tillie. Issues, principles and loyalty are cornerstones of conservatism.

6 posted on 05/20/2004 12:33:34 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

I take it you agree with Fritz Hollings re the Jooooooooos?

7 posted on 05/20/2004 1:05:09 PM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: gilliam

I hope this guy and his group are really guilty, and this isn't just to keep him from getting around any stonewalling and white-washing that might be going on by Bremer and crew with the Oil for Food scam.

8 posted on 05/20/2004 1:13:20 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: ambrose
If you feel compelled to show your ignorance with such a statement, I guess nothing I say will stop you.

One more thing, don't put your words in another person's mouth

9 posted on 05/20/2004 1:18:38 PM PDT by Liz
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