Thursday, April 28, 2005

Congress investigates the Axis of Weasels

From Claudia Rosett, who deserves the Pulitzer she'll never receive as long as that prize's selection committee keeps rewarding the AP for staged photos:

Next up in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal is a trip down the money trail, by way of the French bank tapped by the United Nations - in cahoots with Saddam Hussein - to handle the main escrow account of the graft-laden U.N. program. Tomorrow, the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing delving into some of the oil-for-food banking details. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican of California who will lead the hearing, expects that with some of the material due to be disclosed, "heads will turn."

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel reports that 50 of the 148 German companies that supplied Iraq under the Oil-for-Food program are being investigated by the Volcker Commission, including engineering giant Siemens.


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