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Original post made by Jill Foster, College Terrace, on Feb 1, 2008

Just picked this up on the Internet! Could this be true?

"An Iraqi MP who preferred to remain anonymous told the newspaper that highly confidential negotiations took place by representatives from American oil companies, offering $5 million to each MP who votes in favor of the Oil and Gas law.
The amount that could be paid to pass the votes do not exceed $150 million dollars in the case of $5 million to each MP, pointing out that the Oil law requires 138 votes to pass, which the Americans want to guarantee in many ways, including vote-buying, intimidation and threats!
Focusing on the heads of parliamentary blocs and influential figures in the parliament to ensure the votes, the Americans guaranteed the Kurdish votes in advance but they are seeking enough votes to pass and approve the law as soon as possible."

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Posted by GMC
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Well if you heard it on "the internet," then it probably is true. I also heard on the internet I have a rich uncle in Nigeria that I've never met or even heard of who died recently, and I am going to inherit $50 million USD, all I have to do is provide my credit card to cover the administrative costs. In the words of Dave Chappelle..."I'm rich,......!"

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Posted by *************
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Highly plausible, except it came from the internet, which Al Gore did not invent by the way.

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 1, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Any one who has done business in the Middle East knows that this is standard operating procedure. Nothing would get done there without it.

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