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   City Man Seeks Equal Punishment for Providing Humanitarian Aid

OPEN LETTER:

City Man Seeks Equal Punishment for Providing Humanitarian Aid

06/18/02

Department of the Treasury
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Washington, DC 20220

To whom it may concern:

The recent fine of $10,000 by the Department of Treasury against Bert Sacks for delivering humanitarian aid to Iraq has come as a tremendous surprise to me. As a citizen of the United States, I was not aware that delivering humanitarian aid directly to peoples who are suffering from acute medical and malnutrition ailments was a crime against the democratic principles for which our country stands. This is even more surprising, given the assertions by the Administration that our foreign aid budget is too low and has directly contributed to the rise of terrorism against our country.

Of course, this case begs the question, "Who has done more to cement the power grip of Saddam Hussein (an obviously evil man)"? Successive administrations who have provided him first with military assistance and then with excuses for repression, or concerned citizens who have given Iraqis medicine and food (above and beyond the paltry $0.33 per day per person provided by the UN Oil for Food Program) so that they may have the means and energy to organize effective resistance to the current regime?

However, in the interest of fairness and equal protection under the Constitution, I ask you to also consider filing suit against me. While I have not actually traveled to Iraq to deliver medicine and other goods (such as pencils), I have contributed several hundred dollars to those who have and assisted in organizing the financing of their efforts. I would be happy to provide your investigators with any pertinent information relating to this case. Furthermore, I am happy to report that I have once again contributed money to alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people.

Please contact me with the details of the pending suit.

Sincerely, Kristan Markey


Mr. Markey resides in Baltimore.


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This story was published on July 3, 2002.
  
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