FORMER UN INSPECTOR IN COTECNA'S EMPLOY BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON UN INSPECTORS NOT DOING THEIR JOB, IGNORING SMUGGLING POINTED OUT
A UN Inspector in the employ of UN contractor, Cotecna, infuriated his former employers by blowing the whistle on other Inspectors who were not doing the job of inspection that Cotecna was contracted to do. According to Australian, Arthur Ventham, the inspectors spent their time doing not much of anything, choosing to stay in their hotels and drink Vodka while they protected "friends and potential clients" and smuggling operations of which they were aware---justifying their inaction as "it was common knowledge smuggling was going on at Um Qasir [and that] the oil was being sold on the black market to augment the regime."
In other words, they took their job to be passive facilitation of smuggling to augment the Saddam Hussein regime. No wonder the United Nations and Saddam Hussein managed to pull off the $21B+ mother of all frauds. And it appears that Ventman got fired for complaining about the aiding and abetting of Saddam's oil smuggling---and is now being smeared by Cotecna as a "disgruntled employee." Which just happens to be the fate of most whistleblowers.
That same Cotecna had one of its officials jerked up straight yesterday by U.S. Senator Norm Coleman in his Senate investigation into corruption in the UN Oil-for-Food program---said official being caught unable to explain how Kofi Annan's name happened to be removed from a document that Coleman had received a copy of earlier with Annan's name in it. Exact same document that had now been scrubbed to protect Kofi Annan. Said official could not come up with an answer, at which time Sen. Coleman allowed as how he expected that official to provide him with an answer. Of course, by now enough time has passed to allow for scrubbing, hiding or otherwise obscuring or destroying all manner of damaging evidence to protect the UN, Kofi Annan and other UN officials, and heaven only knows who else.
Here are some excerpts from an article on this topic and a link to it:
"UN inspectors 'spent their days drinking'" By Francis Harris(Filed: 16/02/2005)
"UN inspectors in Iraq spent their working hours drinking vodka while ignoring a shadowy nocturnal fleet believed to be smuggling goods for Saddam Hussein, a former senior inspector told the US Senate yesterday.
In a move that provoked fury from officials of the Swiss firm Cotecna, an Australian former inspector detailed a picture of incompetence, indifference and drunkeness among the men acting as the frontline for UN sanctions...." entire article/