Galloway hounded by AIPAC cell within U.S. Congress; Bolton tied to same
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
May 13, 2005—At a time when the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) is being investigated for its role in an espionage case
involving Larry Franklin, a Pentagon and Defense Intelligence Agency
(DIA) official indicted for passing top secret classified information to
two AIPAC officials and possibly the government of Israel, a senator who
is bought and paid for by AIPAC—Republican Senator Norm Coleman of
Minnesota—has decided to change the subject and point to newly elected
Respect Party Member of Parliament George Galloway as receiving oil
funds from Saddam Hussein.
The charges against Galloway and other politicians around the world were
originally based on documents secured from the rubble of the Iraqi
Foreign Ministry and proffered by the corrupt Ahmad Chalabi—the man who
pressured the Bush administration to use discredited "intelligence"
about Saddam's mobile chemical and biological weapons laboratories from
an alcoholic, congenital liar and mentally unbalanced cousin of one of
his associates, an individual code-named "Curveball."
Coleman, with pro-AIPAC Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman, is using
the Senate Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations to rehash charges
that foreign and even U.S. officials financially benefited from the
United Nations' Oil for Food program. These charges, which later were
proven false, first surfaced in the neoconservative controlled
London-based Daily Telegraph, owned by the Hollinger Corporation, a
company that had financial ties to arch-neoconservative Richard Perle.
The charges by both the Daily Telegraph and now Coleman's committee are
based on documents as bogus as the Niger yellowcake documents and those
proffered by Curveball and Chalabi about Iraq's fantasized weapons of
mass destruction. Galloway successfully sued the Telegraph for libel
over its baseless Oil for Food allegations against him.
The only new information on which Coleman is basing his allegations 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-eight the harsh treatment
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.
Coleman charges that Galloway received up to 20 million barrels of oil
allocations between 2000 and 2003 from Saddam's government. Galloway
rightly charges that Coleman and other committee members are
"lickspittle Republicans" acting in the servitude of Bush and his
cronies. In addition to the statements of the imprisoned Saddam Hussein
officials, Coleman is also basing his new allegations based on documents
retrieved from the Iraqi Oil Ministry from convicted embezzler, con man,
and neocon puppet, Ahmad Chalabi.
What has Coleman's panties in a twist is the fact that in the recent
British elections, Galloway, who was expelled from the Labor Party for
his anti-Iraq war and anti-Bush politics, made easy work of his Labor
Party opponent and Tony Blair sycophant, Oona King, an African-Jewish
daughter of—ironically—an African-American draft evader from the Vietnam
War. King was one of Tony Blair's most ardent supporters for his
decision to join Bush in a genocidal war against Iraq. For that, she
earned the support of the international neoconservative network of
influence holders and peddlers that can, according to a senior Bush
administration official, create their own reality because of their
ownership of much of the international media. However, King also earned
the enmity of her large Muslim constituency in East London's Bethnal
Green and Bow district. They rejected King and threw their political
weight behind Galloway.
There is little doubt that the neocons in the British Labor Party are
working hand-in-glove with people like Coleman and his neocon friends
and political supporters in AIPAC to punish Galloway and make it hard
for him to use his reinstated House of Commons platform to launch
expected fierce broadsides against Blair and other pro-Iraq War
Laborites, most notably Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Defense Secretary
John Reid, and former Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon. The neocons also
want to deal a blow to the anti-war Respect Party, which gave Labor a
run for its money in a number of other hotly contested constituencies in
Coleman, who also sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, used
his Oil for Food charges against Galloway, former French Interior
Minister Charles Pasqua, and an unnamed former French foreign minister
to bolster the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the UN.
The Bolton affair has revealed even more proof that a shadow
intelligence network has operated within the U.S. government.
Bolton had on his staff a "special adviser" named Matthew Freedman who
pulled down a $110,000 per annum salary. Freedman is also a lobbyist who
represents "private clients." He refused to tell the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee who those clients were. However, it has been
discovered that Freedman, a long time GOP operative like Bolton, is tied
to the same oil industry network that once used Vice President Cheney
and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as agents of influence.
While working for the GOP-connected public relations firm of Black,
Manafort, Stone & Kelly (BMS&K) and the PBN Company, Freedman counted
Chevron, Bechtel, Shell, and the governments of Nigeria and Kazakhstan
as clients. Freedman also represented Philippine dictator Ferdinand
Marcos and Philippine President Salvador Laurel. According to The
Washington Times, Laurel sought the assistance of the George H. W. Bush
administration to oust President Corazon Aquino in a military coup.
Other espionage charges have swirled around Bolton. The State
Department's Bureau of Near East Affairs reported that Bolton met with
Mossad officials in Israel without obtaining country clearance from the
bureau. During a trip to the United States, former Mossad official Uzi
Arad was questioned by FBI agents about his connections to Larry
Franklin. FBI officials were also interested in an Israeli Embassy
official named Naor Gilon, the chief of political affairs and widely
believed a major Mossad asset at the Washington diplomatic post. The FBI
possesses videotaped surveillance tape of Gilon having a luncheon
meeting with two AIPAC officials and Franklin at a Washington hotel.
Bolton is also under suspicion for his ties to Taiwan. Before joining
the Bush administration, Bolton was on the payroll of the government of
Taiwan, advocating UN membership for the breakaway island nation. Like
Bolton's secret trips to Israel, Britain, and other nations, Donald
Keyser, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and
Pacific Affairs and a colleague of Bolton, made secret trips to Taiwan.
He was arrested by the FBI in September 2004 after he was witnessed
passing classified documents to Taiwanese agents in Washington.
There is ample evidence of a major foreign intelligence penetration of
the United States State and Defense Departments, as well as U.S.
intelligence agencies, involving Franklin, AIPAC officials, Mossad
agents, and leading individuals in the neoconservative network operating
from inside the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the
U.S. Congress, and think tanks such as the American Enterprise
Institute, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Jewish
Institute for National Security Affairs, the Heritage Foundation, and
the Hudson Institute. Bolton is a central figure in this cabal.
The focus of the U.S. investigatory apparatus should not be on George
Galloway and his newly-enfranchised East London supporters, but should
be on the dark sinews that bind together anti-democratic intelligence
functionaries in Washington, Jerusalem, and London. In addition, with
his possible links to illegal espionage and influence peddling, in
addition to other serious charges surrounding John Bolton, now is not
the time for the U.S. Senate to be confirming a person who could be the
most damaging U.S. government employee for national security since the
Cold War days of John Walker, Ronald Pelton, and Jonathan Pollard.
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Wayne Madsen is a Washington-based journalist and nationally distributed