In the Name of GOD

Pat Robertson may preach, but his reach is for diamonds — it’s amazing what you find on the internet:

Charles Ghankay Taylor (ex Liberian President) and Pat Robertson

According to a June 2, 1999 article in The Virginian-Pilot,[11] Taylor had extensive business dealings with televangelist Pat Robertson. According to the article, Taylor gave Robertson (who also had business dealings with Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire) the rights to mine for diamonds in Liberia's mineral-rich countryside. According to two airplane pilots who reported this incident to the state of Virginia for investigation in 1994, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to Robertson's mines in Liberia, despite the fact that Robertson was telling his 700 Club viewers that the planes were sending relief supplies to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda. The subsequent investigation by the state of Virginia concluded that Robertson diverted his ministry's donations to the Liberian diamond-mining operation, but Attorney General of Virginia Mark Earley blocked any potential prosecution against Robertson. [Read]

Before this is dismissed as internet lies, you may want to do a bit of research:

An investigation by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs determined that Robertson "willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements and other implications" and called for a criminal prosecution against Robertson in 1999. However, the Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley, a Republican whose largest campaign contributor two years earlier was Robertson himself, intervened, accepting that Robertson had made deceptive appeals but overruling the recommendation for his prosecution. [Read]

And he has followers? All nothing more than Clear Politics, and Roberts is simply a politician running for a different kind of office.

Next time people get worked up about something Robertson says and does, just look at his “friends” and his deeds.

posted at 07:40:06 on 03/31/06 by clearpolitics - Category: The Cause - [Permalink]

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