Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Human Shields fined $10,000 for their actions in Iraq. 

Apparently, it costs to spread a little peace in the world. There are reports now that several human shields have been fined $10,000 for going to Iraq as a human shield. Apparently, they violated the sanctions imposed on Iraq after the first Gulf war.

SARASOTA: A woman who went to Iraq to serve as a "human shield" in a futile attempt to stop the U.S. invasion of Iraq is facing thousands of dollars in fines, which she is refusing to pay.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury said in a March letter to Faith Fippinger that she broke the law by crossing the Iraqi border before the war. Her travel to Iraq violated U.S. sanctions that prohibited American citizens from engaging in "virtually all direct or indirect commercial, financial or trade transactions with Iraq."

Apparently, these are much more serious violations than those of Halliburton under the tutelage of Dick Cheney:

Halliburton, headed by Dick Cheney before he became vice president, and it's KBR subsidiary did business with some of the world's most notorious governments and dictators - in countries such as Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. The company has routinely skirted U.S. sanctions placed on these countries and lobbied the U.S. government to lift sanctions so it could set up new partnerships and create new business opportunities in these countries.

Nuff said.