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E-RFD: Prosecutors Say Saddam Hussein Paid for Congressional Trip to Iraq

(OrMag For those of you who don't watch the national FOX news programs, this is  a hot item, there.  After we made up the page, below, we watched the editor of a major political publication, Human Rights, on an  early morning FOX show produced on 3/28/08   His research supported the statments, below, and he thinks that the only reason these three politicians won't end up in serious legal trouble is because the statute of limitations applies.  It has been too long since this trip took place to prosecute the congressmen. The fellow with the Islamic-style name is apparently still vulnerable from a legal standpoint.)

Breaking news, late March 2008 -- excerpts from an Associated Press report: Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the US-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

An indictment unsealed in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a member of a Michigan nonprofit group, of arranging for three members of Congress to travel to Iraq in October 2002 at the behest of Saddam's regime. Prosecutors say Iraqi intelligence officials paid for the trip through an intermediary.  At the time, the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq.

The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washingon, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California.

For the full Associated Press story http://tinyurl.com/2l2pwd
For a related report by David Postman of the Seattle Times, with readers’ commentaryhttp://tinyurl.com/2wj3dq

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