|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
SEPTEMBER 23, 2004
|CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020
David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Who Is Ayad Allawi?
WASHINGTON - September 23 - Ayad Allawi spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress this morning. He spoke of "the values of liberty and democracy." For general information on Allawi, see the resource Disinfopedia: www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Iyad_Allawi
Here are some relevant articles:
The New York Times, "Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks" (June 9, 2004) by Joel Brinkley
The article states: "Dr. Allawi's group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said." www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0609-02.htm
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), "Allawi Shot Inmates in Cold Blood, Say Witnesses" (July 17, 2004) by Paul McGeough, Chief Herald Correspondent, in Baghdad www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0716-01.htm
The Guardian (UK), "Who Seized Simona Torretta? -- This Iraqi Kidnapping has the Mark of an Undercover Police Operation" (Sept. 16, 2004) by Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill
The article states: "...witnesses said that several attackers wore Iraqi National Guard uniforms and identified themselves as working for Ayad Allawi, the interim prime minister." www.commondreams.org/views04/0916-11.htm
The Independent (UK), "Exiled Allawi was Responsible for 45-Minute WMD Claim" (May 29, 2004) by Patrick Cockburn www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0529-02.htm
The Guardian (UK), "Al-Jazeera closure 'a blow to freedom'" (August 9, 2004) by Lisa O'Carroll and agencies
The article states: "The Iraq prime minister's decision to throw al-Jazeera out of Baghdad and ban it from operating for 30 days is 'a serious blow to press freedom,' Reporters Sans Frontieres has said.'" http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1279410,00.html
The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo, via AP), "On the Selection of Ayad Allawi as Iraq's Prime Minister" (June 1, 2004)
The editorial states: "The U.S.-installed Interim Governing Council named Ayad Allawi, a member of the IGC, to head the government that takes over on June 30. Allawi's selection could be seen as a pre-emptive bid to consolidate the council's grip on power and turn the transitional government into a U.S. puppet. It is a slap in the face for the U.N. as well. The IGC is unpopular with most Iraqis for comprising Iraqi exiles. Even Lakhdar Ibrahimi, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, was taken aback by the announcement of Allawi as the new prime minister."
Blum is author of the books Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower.
Author of the book The Phoenix Program, about U.S. "counter-insurgency" operations in Vietnam, Valentine said today: "Allawi worked for Saddam, then for the British secret services, then the CIA. The U.S. government clearly needs a strongman to do its bidding; someone who acts on self-interest and not in the interest of the Iraqi people he's supposed to represent. It looks like Allawi fits that bill quite well."