Thursday, May 26, 2005

Gorgeous George Galloway 3

Assuming that the bug in Blogger let's this post through, it is worthwhile reading Seixon's analysis of George Galloway's testimony before the Senate. (Hat tip: Roger Simon). Seixon compares Galloway's testimony to his Mariam Appeal website as it is archived in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and the Parliamentary Hansard records. His conclusion: Galloway did not tell the truth in his widely broadcast statements.

In particular, Galloway made it appear as if the background of his Mariam fundraising colleague, oil for food trader Mr. Zureikat, was public knowledge. Galloway said:

SEN. COLEMAN: So Mr. Galloway, you would have this committee believe that your designated representative from the Mariam's Appeal becomes the chair of the Mariam's Appeal, was listed in Iraqi documents as obviously doing business, oil deals with Iraq, that you never had a conversation with him in 2001 or whether he was doing oil business with Iraq.

GALLOWAY: No, I'm doing better than that. I'm telling you that I knew that he was doing a vast amount of business with Iraq. Much bigger, as I said a couple of answers ago, than any oil business he did. In the airports he was the representative of some of the world's biggest companies in Iraq. He was an extremely wealthy businessman doing very extensive business in Iraq.

Not only did I know that, but I told everyone about it. I emblazoned it in our literature, on our Web site, precisely so that people like you could not later credibly question my bonafides in that regard. So I did better than that.

But the Internet Archive Wayback Machine tells a different story. Seixon notes:

Using an awesome website called the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, we can look up how the Mariam Appeal website appeared throughout the past few years. I'm fairly certain that Mr. Galloway was not aware of this, for if he was, I'm not certain he would have made the statements he made.
Using this website, the last recorded instance of, when it was still under control of Mariam Appeal and George Galloway, was on July 21, 2001. As you can see on the website at this point in time, there is absolutely no mention of Mr. Zureikat or any other donors to the organization at all. There is no mention of Mr. Zureikat being in extensive business dealings with Iraq. Nothing.



Blogger PresbyPoet said...

Just the latest example of the power of Belmont Club, & the internet. Anyone want to wager when or if it ever gets to the MSM?

5/26/2005 02:24:00 PM  
Blogger Cornelius said...

Why is this news?

It seems as the whole Galloway affair smells of desperation, trying to catch George in the smallest of 'fibs'.

Bottom line is, the only way it's news if GG is caught lying about something big. Like recovering the records from the Mariam Appeal that now currently reside in Jordan. Whether or not he stated something is on his website seems rather pointless( and uninteresting ).

5/26/2005 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger BurbankErnie said...

Hey, now you can catch Gorgeous George on his speaking tour right here in the US:

What fun that would be.

5/26/2005 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger sirius_sir said...

Cornelius, you are correct about one thing: the whole Galloway affair does indeed smell. And not so incidentally, I don't think it's "pointless" to point up the fact that he lied in testimony before our Senate.

5/26/2005 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger BurbankErnie said...

Ah, here is a little taste of what you will be hearing from Georgie....

"Galloway said his talks would focus on America "and the way in which the United States has dragged us into disaster."

"They think they rule the world and everyone is afraid of them. But I'm not afraid," he said."


5/26/2005 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger jj mollo said...

Why should George be afraid? Unless he decides to take up arms against America he is in very little danger. The US is almost toothless against lowlifes like him, and we like it that way. He can say what he wants. The mechanism of justice will grind very slowly. He may be 80 by the time we collect enough evidence to convict him of anything. Two years in a country club prison. The judge will let him walk anyway because of advanced age.

Saying your are not afraid of America takes very little courage. I wonder if he was so quick to insult Saddam as he was with the senators.

5/28/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Manny C said...

Georgie on Australian TV "documentary" , Dateline. The media's love affair with him is disgusting. Makes Mama Moonbat pale in comparison.

5/13/2006 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Galloway is sickening...

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
agree with terrorists

just never admit the truth
that you want them to win

1/20/2007 07:48:00 PM  

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