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Nicholas Carey
11-18-2011, 03:40 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/world/africa/us-group-offered-to-aid-qaddafi-documents-show.html?_r=1&hp

November 17, 2011
Group in U.S. Hoped for Big Payday in Offer to Help Qaddafi
By SCOTT SHANE and PENN BULLOCK
WASHINGTON — To a colorful group of Americans — the Washington terrorism expert, the veteran C.I.A. officer, the Republican operative, the Kansas City lawyer — the Libyan gambit last March looked like a rare business opportunity.

Even as NATO bombed Libya, the Americans offered to make Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi their client — and charge him a hefty consulting fee. Their price: a $10 million retainer before beginning negotiations with Colonel Qaddafi’s representatives.

“The fees and payments set forth in this contract are MINIMUM NON-REFUNDABLE FEES,” said the draft contract, with capital letters for emphasis. “The fees are an inducement for the ATTORNEYS AND ADVISORS to take the case and nothing else.”

Neil C. Livingstone, 65, the terrorism specialist and consultant, said he helped put together the deal after hearing that one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, was interested in an exit strategy for the family. But he and his partners were not going to work for free, Mr. Livingstone said.
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But the Americans did not get the Treasury Department license they needed to accept payment from Libya, which was then subject to sanctions. Colonel Qaddafi was ousted from Tripoli in August by rebel forces backed by NATO airstrikes, and was captured and killed Oct. 20.
Now the confidential documents describing the proposed deal have surfaced on the Internet, offering a glimpse of how some saw lucrative possibilities in the power struggle that would end Colonel Qaddafi’s erratic reign. A Facebook page called WikiLeaks Libya (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=242441309140757&set=a.242441102474111.68511.229464187105136&type=1&permPage=1)has made public scores of documents apparently found in Libyan government offices after the Qaddafi government fell.
The papers contained a shock for the Americans: a three-page letter addressed to Colonel Qaddafi on April 17 by another partner in the proposed deal, a Belgian named Dirk Borgers. Rather than suggesting a way out of power, Mr. Borgers offered the Libyan dictator the lobbying services of what he called the “American Action Group” to outmaneuver the rebels and win United States government support.
Noting that the rebels’ Transitional National Council was gaining control of Libyan assets abroad, and attaching a registration form showing that the rebels had engaged their own lobbyists, Mr. Borgers said it was time for Colonel Qaddafi to fight back with his own Washington representatives.
“Our group of Libyan sympathizers is extremely worried about this and we would like to help to block the actions of your international enemies and to support a normal working relationship with the United States Government,” the letter said. “Therefore it is absolutely required to speak officially and with one strong voice with the American Government.”
Mr. Borgers ended the letter with the words “Your Obedient Servants,” signing his own name and adding those of the four Americans.
The letter is especially awkward for Mr. Livingstone — described by Mr. Borgers in the proposal as the “recognized best American anti-terrorism expert” — who closed his Washington consulting firm in April to plan his campaign for governor.

SMARTINSEN
11-18-2011, 03:51 PM
Our group of Libyan sympathizers is extremely worried about this and we would like to help to block the actions of your international enemies and to support a normal working relationship with the United States Government, [t]herefore it is absolutely required to speak officially and with one strong voice with the American Government.

Your Obedient Servants,

This reads like a Nigerian scam letter:p

Peerie Maa
11-18-2011, 04:05 PM
Ambulance chasing at its . . erm best?

John of Phoenix
11-18-2011, 05:49 PM
Trying to make pedofiles look good.

Waddie
11-18-2011, 05:56 PM
Good old American entrepreneurial spirit !!!!! At least they aren't "lazy" !!! :) :)

regards,
Waddie

mikefrommontana
11-19-2011, 01:06 AM
Oh Gee! He's wanting to run for governor of Montana--now I have a good idea of why that is. Too bad there's a zillion other Republicans after the governor's seat too--thank gosh!