Mr. Galloway is a highly respected Member of Parliament who recently electrified the U.S. with his appearance at the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations responding to accusations that he profited from the United Nations sponsored Food for Oil program. Gallowayâ€™s speech in the Senate has been described as â€œa blistering attack on U.S. senators rarely heard.â€
He took this opportunity to turn the tables. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-MN, a headline-grabbing conservative who is trying to position himself for a presidential run, had accused Galloway and other European figures of opposing the Iraq war because they had received \"oil for food\" program kickbacks from Saddam Hussein. In fact, Galloway had successfully challenged the same accusations in Britain and gone on to win a stunning victory in that country\'s May 5 election. So Galloway jumped at the chance to go before Coleman\'s committee, which he did in a remarkable May 17, 2005 appearance.
\"Mr. Chairman, I am not now, nor have I ever been an oil trader, and neither has anyone been on my behalf. I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one, and neither has anybody on my behalf.\"
He penned â€œMr. Galloway Goes to Washingtonâ€ based upon his recent Senate Subcommittee hearings, and is now on a â€œStand Up and Be Countedâ€ tour across the United States.
Gallowayâ€™s National Tour is sponsored by: The New Press, International Socialist Review, Center for Economic Research and Social Change, the National Council of Arab Americans. The Los Angeles Co-sponsor is US Labor Against War.
Recorded on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.
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