"Ex-CAIR chief indicted for 'Baghdad Jim' junket"
World Net Daily (March 27, 2008)
A former head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Michigan branch, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, an Iraqi-American, was indicted yesterday. He's accused of setting up a visit by three congressmen.
That's not what got him indicted. It's that he
- Set up a visit to Baghdad
- During the run-up to the war
- Got money for the visit from
Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency
- And was paid with 2 million barrels of oil
by Iraqi intelligence officials
What strikes me is not that an American organization's former chief would covertly subvert the 'Oil for Food' program, to the tune of two billion dollars gross, and launder Saddam Hussein's money to pay for a little trip to Baghdad.
It's that the organization is a major civil rights advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): and that none of the mainstream national news media is mentioning the fact. Not even to absolve CAIR of any connection.
That could be a remarkable case of polite reticence. Or it could be a case of news media not wanting to appear biased, or racist, or to be engaged in Islamophobia. I'm inclined to favor the second possibility. There's reason to believe that news media in America, and globally, print all the news they feel like printing.
The end users of Hussein's largess were U.S. Representatives
- Jim McDermott (Washington)
- David Bonior (Michigan)
- Mike Thompson (California)
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