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Originally posted by Muaddib
And you want to listen to a site called "propaganda"?
Show me just one mainstream site where this info is found.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
It is in Newsweek Magazine in November. I would link you to the story, but I dont have subscription to the the site, thus, i cannot access the article.
I do have the hardcopy issue somewhere, because I clearly remeber reading it and getting REALLY pissed off.
Funny thing is, nary a mention of it on MSNBC or CNN. But it was in Neweek, and on the local news. Was even on Fox.
For someone who wants mainstream sources, you sure as hell dont absorp most mainstream media at home.
...But when the second war in Iraq was launched, just last March, those frozen Iraqi assets were confiscated by President Bush and transferred to the U.S. Treasury Department. When the POWs won their case, they argued that U.S. law entitled them to some of that money. So the POWs decided to file a second lawsuit, this one against the secretary of the treasury, in order to collect the money that federal judge had awarded them.
That’s when the U.S. Justice Department stepped in, and argued that once the president had confiscated those frozen Iraqi assets, they were no longer assets of Iraq. And that money, said the president, was needed to assist the Iraqi people and to rebuild Iraq. The government did acknowledge that the president had the authority to use that money to pay the POWs but that he did not choose to do so...
...Molly Poag, a lawyer for the POWs, explained the offer: “Our clients came forward and said, ‘Please, use the money now, as long as you, the U.S. Government, agree to replenish this fund later from Iraqi funds.’ Because Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world, in the future there will be funds. And we need not shut out the POWs.”