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NEWS: First Charges Filed in Oil For Food Scandal

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posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 01:08 PM
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In an announcement this afternoon, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that the first charges have been filed in the Iraqi "oil for food" scandal. Samir Vincent pled guilty to four counts: conspiracy, falsely acting as an agent of the Iraqi government, violating IEPA, and tax fraud. He faces up to 28 years in prison. Vincent is cooperating in the investigation as part of a plea agreement.
 



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An Iraqi-American businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he received payments from Iraq to illegally act as its agent in the United States, including getting millions of dollars worth of oil from the United Nations' oil-for-food program.

Samir A. Vincent, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Annandale, Va., entered the guilty pleas in federal court in New York to four criminal counts, including conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government and tax violations, according to Attorney General John Ashcroft. Vincent faces up to 28 years in prison.

"Combatting corruption, such as that detailed in this plea agreement, sends a clear message both to American citizens and citizens of Iraq: corruption will not be tolerated. It will be prosecuted," Ashcroft said.

The charges against Vincent are the first to arise from multiple investigations of the oil-for-food program, which the U.N. operated from 1996 to 2003 while Iraq was subjected to international sanctions imposed after the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The program allowed Saddam to export oil under U.N. oversight and use the proceeds to purchase food, medicine and other humanitarian items.


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Vincent has admitted to receiving compensation in the form of millions of barrels of oil from Saddam Hussein, which netted him millions of dollars in profit. He also "consulted with and repeatedly received direction from the government of Iraq in the course of lobbying officials of the United States government and the United Nations to repeal sanctions against Iraq."




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posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 02:29 PM
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The U.N. was founded on noble principles, and has done some good things over the last 50 years; however, if it ever wants to be taken seriously, it's going to have to clean up its act, big time.

This shows how massive the corruption at the U.N. really is. In order to clean up this corruption, the U.N. is going to have to address some of its fatal flaws -- among them, the idea that all nations are 'equal', whether they're democracies or dictatorships. (Considering democracies and dictatorships 'equals' on the U.N. General Assembly is like having spots on a city council reserved for convicted murderers and rapists, and considering them 'equal' to law-abiding citizens.)

Dictatorships and terrorist supporting nations should, at the very least, be placed on some kind of membership probation, and in many cases kicked out of the U.N., and told they can only return when they are democracies or stop supporting terrorism.

Other than the flag, the Charter, and the U.N. building in New York City, the rest of the organization may need to be redesigned from scratch at this point.



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