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Monday, May 16, 2005

In defense of truth

Posted by: Hammer / 12:13 PM

George Galloway gets his turn in front of Smilin' Norm Coleman this week(maybe even today). The libel laws in Britain are vastly different than in the United States, but this story from Scotland bodes ill for Coleman:
Certainly, no-one as yet has been able to make the accusations stick. The key allegations against Galloway are not new and first surfaced in the Daily Telegraph in April, 2003, following the fall of Baghdad. Documents recovered by one of the newspaper’s reporters from a looted office block claimed the MP had personally profited from Iraqi oil deals during the oil-for-food programme.

Galloway sued the Telegraph for libel and in December won his High Court case resoundingly with a £150,000 damages award. The newspaper group is currently appealing against the verdict.

Al Jazeera has a slightly different take:
With the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) being investigated for its role in the espionage case involving Larry Franklin, the Pentagon official indicted for passing top secret classified information to two AIPAC officials and possibly the Israeli government; a senator who is bought and paid for by AIPAC, namely Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota, has decided the time is right to change the subject and accuse newly elected British MP George Galloway as receiving oil funds from Saddam Hussein. ...

The only new information on which Coleman’s claims are based are interviews conducted with Iraq's former vice president and deputy prime minister both of whom are in U.S. custody and awaiting war crimes trials led by Iraqi prosecutor Salam Chalabi, a nephew of Ahmad Chalabi and law partner of Marc Zell, the Washington, DC, law partner of Douglas Feith, the person for whom accused spy Larry Franklin worked at the Pentagon while spying for Israel.

If ex-Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan and former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz are receiving even one-eighth the abuse meted out by U.S. troops and Israeli contractors to prisoners at the Abu Ghraib concentration camp, none of their so-called testimonies are worth the paper on which they are printed.


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