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The US Senate is saying that British politician George Galloway, famed for his fiery critiques of western policy in the middle east, lied to them in his testimony in May.

Galloway denied that he had received any benefit from the UN "Oil for food" scandal, but the Senate claims to have found evidence otherwise, and is publicly calling Galloway an embezzler, liar, criminal, and terrorist/saddam sympathizer, all without formal charges.

More below the flip:

From Sky News

The US Senate committee investigating the Respect MP's alleged involvement in the saga claims to have discovered £85,000 (150,000 dollars) in Iraqi oil money in his estranged wife's bank account.

And its chairman, Republican Senator Norm Coleman, says this means Mr Galloway lied under oath when giving evidence to the Senate Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations on May 17 this year, when he offered a passionate defence against similar claims

But Galloway seems fairly confident that these informal "charges" are, in fact, lies themselves, calling the Senate's accusations "A conviction without trial":

Mr Galloway repeated denials that he had ever received any oil cash, and told Mr Coleman to "put up or shut up" by either bringing a prosecution or dropping the allegations.

The Bethnal Green and Bow MP accused Mr Coleman of orchestrating a "sneak revenge attack" motivated by a desire to avenge his "humiliation" at the hearing in May.

"I am demanding prosecution, I am begging for prosecution," Mr Galloway told Sky News. "I am saying if I have lied under oath in front of the Senate, that's a criminal offence.

"Charge me and I will head for the airport right now and face them down in court as I faced them down in the Senate room.

"Because I publicly humiliated this lick-spittle senator Norman Coleman - one of (President George) Bush's right-hand men - in the US Senate in May, this sneak revenge attack has been launched over the last 24 hours."

Pretty freakin' intense.  Compare this to Delay's equally firey--but much less entertaining--denial of his own current legal troubles.  I didn't ever hear Delay clamoring for a thorough and investigative trial.  I never heard him dare anyone to prosecute.

This, I assume, is an example of what a pissed-off innocent man and a pissed-off guilty man sound like.

Emphasis mine

Originally posted to MadCasey on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 09:47 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  And now... (4.00)
    To create the illusion of discussion.

    Honestly I'm happy to post this and I hope that some of you will seek pleasure at talking about something that isn't Fitzmas for a while.

    Sign the petition for an open mid-term convention!

    by MadCasey on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 09:47:55 AM PDT

  •  asdf (none)
    I love it.

    Can I set up a paypal account to raise money to bring the Good MP to Minnesota to campaign for who ever runs against the "lick-spittle senator"?  Too bad that isn't until 2008...

  •  that allegation is easily proven, no? (none)
    Bank accounts have paper or electronic trails -- unless he used Tom Delay's bank in the Caymans?? :) this could be fun!

    ...with night falling, and down to his last flair, can Armando keep the coyotes at bay?...

    by PhillyGal on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 10:04:59 AM PDT

    •  My worry (none)
      See, my only worry for Galloway is that, its hard to make something like these allogations up.  I mean, yes, its easily, easily proven... which means they are easily DISproven..

      Meaning the committee probably wouldn't make these statements without being pretty sure that they were correct.  Its hard to be wrong about bank transactions.  Or, at least, for non-GOPers, heh.

      Anyway I hope he's innocent.  He's one of my favorites and I honestly don't see him aiding and abetting Saddam.  His whole schtick is that muslims aren't evil, and Saddam has a history of saying the opposite...

      Hard to imagine them as friends.

      Sign the petition for an open mid-term convention!

      by MadCasey on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 10:10:16 AM PDT

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  •  Careful... (none)
    Certainly defending Galloway against false charges is just.  But make sure to look into the man's history before jumping into his camp with statements like "No. I love a fiery, emotional liberal. We have so few of them..."

    Galloway's words, via Wikipedia:

    "If you are asking did I support the Soviet Union, yes I did. Yes, I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life."

    "Ah, you come from one of those Americas. You have my sympathy." - Neil Gaiman

    by PatrioticallyIncorrect on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 10:24:51 AM PDT

  •  Galloway is no progressive. (none)
    He also may be guilty.

    Remember that Carl Levin is also convinced that Galloway is guilty.

    I'll take a real progressive like Carl Levin over a Stalinist tankie like George Galloway, who never met an anti-American dictator whose boots he wouldn't lick.

  •  My diary on the hobbling of the United Nations (none)
    was triggered by the Galloway story earlier today.  Coleman is connected to the Aspen Institute and AIPAC.  Others behind Oil For Food are all the same names as the Niger uranium forgery:  Ahmad Chalabi, Scooter Libby, Michael Ledeen, Richard Perle, David Wurmser, Judith Miller, et al.

    This is clearly part of the same policy of make up shit, get Chalabi to print the forgeries, and then attack anyone who resists as a criminal.

    "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

    by LondonYank on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 10:54:37 AM PDT

  •  He may be culpable (none)
    but I just love to see someone, SOMEONE, bitch slap the so sanctimonious repug senators who are complicit with this travesty of a government.

    Theocracy is tyranny

    by Druidica on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 11:00:58 AM PDT

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