How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish

Special flights brought in tonnes of banknotes which disappeared into the war zone

David Pallister
Thursday February 8, 2007
The Guardian

* The Guardian has often discredited itself for being a pro-Islamic forum and is well known as a soapbox for anything from anarchist to the most bizarre read-green fantasies.

But if there is the slightest bit of truth in this story here, then we should be afraid. Afraid of the incompetence and utter folly of our leaders, who are taking us to the abyss rather quickly:

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The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.
The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee.

In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tonnes, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors. Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22 2004, six days before the handover.

Details of the shipments have emerged in a memorandum prepared for the meeting of the House committee on oversight and government reform which is examining Iraqi reconstruction. Its chairman, Henry Waxman, a fierce critic of the war, said the way the cash had been handled was mind-boggling. “The numbers are so large that it doesn’t seem possible that they’re true. Who in their right mind would send 363 tonnes of cash into a war zone?”

The memorandum details the casual manner in which the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority disbursed the money, which came from Iraqi oil sales, surplus funds from the UN oil-for-food programme and seized Iraqi assets.

“One CPA official described an environment awash in $100 bills,” the memorandum says. “One contractor received a $2m payment in a duffel bag stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of currency. Auditors discovered that the key to a vault was kept in an unsecured backpack.

“They also found that $774,300 in cash had been stolen from one division’s vault. Cash payments were made from the back of a pickup truck, and cash was stored in unguarded sacks in Iraqi ministry offices. One official was given $6.75m in cash, and was ordered to spend it in one week before the interim Iraqi government took control of Iraqi funds.”

The minutes from a May 2004 CPA meeting reveal “a single disbursement of $500m in security funding labelled merely ‘TBD’, meaning ‘to be determined’.”

The memorandum concludes: “Many of the funds appear to have been lost to corruption and waste … thousands of ‘ghost employees’ were receiving pay cheques from Iraqi ministries under the CPA’s control. Some of the funds could have enriched both criminals and insurgents fighting the United States.”

According to Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, the $8.8bn funds to Iraqi ministries were disbursed “without assurance the monies were properly used or accounted for”. But, according to the memorandum, “he now believes that the lack of accountability and transparency extended to the entire $20bn expended by the CPA”.

To oversee the expenditure the CPA was supposed to appoint an independent certified public accounting firm. “Instead the CPA hired an obscure consulting firm called North Star Consultants Inc. The firm was so small that it reportedly operates out of a private home in San Diego.” Mr Bowen found that the company “did not perform a review of internal controls as required by the contract”.

However, evidence before the committee suggests that senior American officials were unconcerned about the situation because the billions were not US taxpayers’ money. Paul Bremer, the head of the CPA, reminded the committee that “the subject of today’s hearing is the CPA’s use and accounting for funds belonging to the Iraqi people held in the so-called Development Fund for Iraq. These are not appropriated American funds. They are Iraqi funds. I believe the CPA discharged its responsibilities to manage these Iraqi funds on behalf of the Iraqi people.”

Bremer’s financial adviser, retired Admiral David Oliver, is even more direct. The memorandum quotes an interview with the BBC World Service. Asked what had happened to the $8.8bn he replied: “I have no idea. I can’t tell you whether or not the money went to the right things or didn’t – nor do I actually think it’s important.”

Q: “But the fact is billions of dollars have disappeared without trace.”

Oliver: “Of their money. Billions of dollars of their money, yeah I understand. I’m saying what difference does it make?”

Mr Bremer, whose disbanding of the Iraqi armed forces and de-Ba’athification programme have been blamed as contributing to the present chaos, told the committee: “I acknowledge that I made mistakes and that with the benefit of hindsight, I would have made some decisions differently. Our top priority was to get the economy moving again. The first step was to get money into the hands of the Iraqi people as quickly as possible.”

Millions of civil service families had not received salaries or pensions for months and there was no effective banking system. “It was not a perfect solution,” he said. “Delay might well have exacerbated the nascent insurgency and thereby increased the danger to Americans.”

London, Paris, Rome? NO: TOKYO JAPAN

 Surely it has nothing to do with the ‘RoP?’
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Terror Attack at US Base in Japan
Blast reported near U.S. base in Japan.

TOKYO – A U.S. Army official confirmed a small explosion outside an American base south of Tokyo, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. An explosion was heard near the base late Monday, and police suspected an attempted attack on the base, Kyodo News agency reported.

The blast was in the area of the U.S. Army’s Camp Zama, Kyodo said. The report did not say whether there were injuries or damage.

Police found parts of “launch pad” near the base, Kyodo said, and investigators suspected a “guerrilla attack.”

With ‘Friends’ like these, who needs Enemies ??

JPost.com » Middle East » Article

Feb. 12, 2007

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Egyptian MP: Nothing short of nuke will ‘work’ with Israel

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A member of the Egyptian Parliament from President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party said Monday that nothing short of a nuclear bomb would ‘work’ with Israel.

“That cursed Israel is trying to destroy al-Aksa mosque,” Mohamed el-Katatny of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) told the Egyptian Parliament, adding “nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence.”

The harsh statement was uttered during a heated discussion of Israel’s renovation of the Mughrabi walkway near the Temple Mount. Egyptian parliamentarians claimed that Israel was destroying the Al Aksa mosque.

During the session some parliament members urged a cancellation of all agreements with Israel saying the war between Egypt and Israel was continuing even though treaties were signed.

Israel and Egypt ended 30 years of war with an historic peace treaty in 1979 brokered by the United States between then Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

* The US still gives Egypt about $2 billion a year in foreign aid.

BS-reports from CNN & from CBC NEWS

Last night I watched on CNN how buses of Muhammedans descended on Herouxville in Canada like locusts, to do da’awa (‘call to Islam’) and to hand out Korans, and to present themselves as misunderstood victims of racism etc.

Update: Muslims, small town make up


Montreal women welcomed by rural community that banned public stonings, female circumcisions:

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Really?

Or intimidated by multi-million dollar law-suits?Threatened by the head-choppers?


CNN presented it as if Herouxville was a township and a matter of a a few hicks who are not quite right in the head, otherwise why would anyone object to their wonderful new multiculti world? If anybody has a link please sent it in, I will put it up at once.

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Okay, found it, its right here:

Muslim women visit Quebec town to address contentious code

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Immigrant debate has ‘gone too far’: Charest

Charest wants to see Canada look like this: *

And the inevitable howler: Muslim groups to launch complaint over town’s immigrant code


Remember Herouxville? The town that doesn’t like public beheadings and stonings and wants to make sure that Immigrants know it? I have been chasing a link, but I couldn’t find anything yet except this BS- article here from CBC that tells us that:

‘Quebec towns reject Hérouxville immigrant code ‘

However, when you read through the article you find that exactly the opposite is the case, and that more towns in Canada follow Herouxville:

In Huntingdon, southwest of Montreal, municipal councillors adopted a resolution Tuesday night supporting multiculturalism, and called for the separation of religion and state.

Other towns in the Mauricie have already taken steps to support Hérouxville’s code.

Saint-Adelphe and Trois-Rives adopted resolutions Feb. 5 that demand the Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms be modified to restrict reasonable accommodation for religious groups.

St-Roch-de-Mékinac also endorsed a separate motion recognizing Hérouxville’s code.

And it makes sense:

Herouxville Wants Immigrants That Fit In With Its Citizens

Especially in light of this:

Welcome! Leave your customs at the door

Meanwhile, Muhammedans are looking forward to 2025, when they will make up 30% of the population: Canuckistan is well on the way!

Muslim child sex offender was awarded compensation because prison authorities failed to provide him with fresh halal meat.

Inmate compo win prompts law rethink

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By Evan Schwarten
February 12, 2007
Article from: AAP

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THE Queensland Government may change anti-discrimination laws after a Muslim child sex offender was awarded compensation because prison authorities failed to provide him with fresh halal meat.

Queensland’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the anti-discrimination tribunal to award $2000 in compensation to the prisoner for not meeting his religious dietary requirements.

The man claimed he was forced to survive on vegetables, nuts and fatty and salty meat because prison authorities would not provide him with fresh halal meat.

The court defined halal meat as as “meat which has been blessed and slaughtered by Muslim slaughtermen and prepared, cooked and stored in accordance with religious law.”

A corrective services spokesman said fresh halal meat was difficult to source in parts of the state and the offender, who was imprisoned for five years from 2000, was the first prisoner in the state’s history to request the product.

They said the prisoner had been given tinned halal meat but they now undertook to provide fresh meat where possible.

Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence fears the decision to compensate the inmate could set a dangerous precedent and is considering new legislation to protect against trivial claims.

She said in another case a transsexual prisoner was currently taking the department through the anti-discrimination tribunal for refusing to provide them with a preferred brand of hair product.

“We are not running hotels – we are running prisons and we should not be expected to provide room service,” Ms Spence said.

“I don’t think that when we introduced anti-discrimination legislation that we ever envisaged that prisoners would use it in this fashion.”

However, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope accused Ms Spence of over-reacting and using the situation to score political points.

He said the verdict proved the Muslim inmate’s claim was not frivolous and argued there already were processes in place to ensure frivolous claims were nut successful.

“If prisoners make complaints … there is a whole process, a full hearing before the tribunal in which the minister can say `I’m not discriminating or if I am it’s because it’s an unreasonable burden,”‘ he said.

Mr Cope said authorities needed to respect inmates’ religious beliefs to help ensure their rehabilitation.

Just because you are in jail doesn’t mean people are entitled to discriminate against you, you don’t lose your human rights simply because you are in jail,” he said.

“Prisoners are far more likely to be rehabilitated if you treat them with basic respect of their religious beliefs than if you don’t.”

*This shyster in the service of the pedophile will have us believe that feeding this low-life criminal with fresh halal meat will cure him of his propensity to re-offend at the next chance. A nightmare. This is the kind of useful idiot that will help to get us all killed. The ‘human rights’ of the victim were never mentioned.


But Ms Spence said the prison authorities tried to accommodate the religious beliefs of prisoners where possible.

“Where it is reasonable we definitely try to meet the religious and dietary requirements of prisoners but sometimes they are not reasonable,” she said.

Here is the link from the Australian:

New political party: “Stop the Islamization of Denmark”

Something Sheik yer’mami has been advocating for quite some time for Australia:
Internment & Deportations, NOW!

Vote anti-dhimmi in Denmark:

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This initiative finds expression in various actions and press campaigns in which we point out, lay open, and show the dangers for Danish society caused by the increasing Islamization. Our aim is to awaken the Danish people. The politicians in power have long ago shown their deafness towards warnings about Islamization. The only way to awaken these people is to punish them on election day for their irresponsibility.
In Parliament

As a consequence of the lack of political leadership in Denmark in general, and within the Government in particular (not meeting the increasing Islamization of Denmark), the resistance group “Stop islamiseringen af Islam” (SIAD) has decided to stand for Parliament

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Gates of Vienna has the details.

Wafa Sultan rips Muhammedan (Algerian) ‘Pofessor’ in Debate

Don’t tell me these guys are not clones of each other: Every one of them burps the same BS, the same tu coque, turn speak, circular reasoning, as if it was hammered into them since day one.

http://sheikyermami.com/2007/02/10/islamic-school-update/

The imam we have seen here at Al Husseini v/s Sean Hannity
is by no means an exception or an unusual brain dead follower of his cult.

You can find them in the tens of thousands, in the millions (!) in every Muhammedan desert-hole.

Fasten your seatbelts and watch, here is another Islamo-turd by the name of Ahmed bin Mohammed called ‘professor’, trying to shout down the well spoken ex-muslima Wafa Sultan, with thanks to Gramfan:

Glenn Beck & Ayaan Hirsi Ali

One last plug for AHA’s new book, currently pulling five stars at Amazon. Unlike the other interviewers she’s spoken with this week, Beck recognizes he’s in the presence of greatness and reacts accordingly. He also gets her to laugh. Wait until you hear what he said to prompt it.

It gets better as it goes along. Stick with it. And don’t miss Melanie Phillips on two British Muslims who share the same concerns as Hirsi Ali, if not the same religion.

Update: Is Hirsi Ali qualified to blog for John Edwards?

Do you see any positive sides to Islam?
That’s like asking if I see positive sides to Nazism, communism, Catholicism. Of course Islam preaches generosity and kindness and taking care of the poor and elderly and so on – but these values aren’t limited to Islam. If you weigh what is provided in terms of kindness and humanity against the evil that can come from a society built on radical Islam, you will see that liberals must stand up to this like they’ve stood up to other ideologies.