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Week of October 24 2005
The Money Pit Read a collection of articles on inflated prices, missing billions and a general lack of accountability. First we have the story of $1,000,000,000 plundered from Iraq's defense ministry, as reported by The Independent.
Next is a report from the Government Accountability Office stating that the Pentagon has no accurate knowledge of the cost of military operations in Iraq,
Afghanistan or the fight against terrorism.
Then we learn that the Pentagon agency in charge of investigating and reporting fraud in Iraq left more than a year ago. In fact, of the 107 audits in the last year, only one dealt with Iraq.
And finally, just last week Knight Ridder reported that the Pentagon no longer relies on competitive bids for procurement, leading to inflated prices that cost taxpayers 20% more.
Spain Orders Arrest of U.S. Soldiers A Spanish judge has ordered the extradition of 3 U.S. soldiers in connection with the murder of José Couso, a cameraman for the television network Telecinco. Couso was killed, along with Reuters cameraman Taras Portsyuk, when an Abrams tank fired on The Palestine Hotel in Baghdad. Read an article on The Guardian.
Demand WHIG Investigation Urge your members of Congress to support a resolution of inquiry by Rep Kucinich requesting documents from the White House regarding the WHIG, or White House Iraq Group. The secretive group, whose members include Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice and Karen Hughes, was tasked with selling the war on Iraq. Contact your representatives and urge them to support this resolution. Read more on the WHIG from Wikipedia.
Upcoming Actions in the U.S. - Tell Your Friends A number of protests against the war are being organized by various groups in the U.S. Let your friends know.
And a number or groups are planning a National Stand Down Day on November 18, 2005, calling for non violent resistance at military recruitment stations across the country.
Please let your friends in the U.S. know about these actions and encourage them to participate.
Cut Programs to Fund Tax Breaks for Rich?! After last week's failed efforts to cut funding for programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps and student loans, House Republicans decided to try again, but this time the program funding cuts have gone from $50 to $66 billion. At the same time, the GOP intends to enact tax cuts for the wealthy to the tune of $70 billion. Send an email to your representatives via the People for the American Way web site. You can also sign a petition on the MoveOn web site and send a letter to your favorite newspaper.
Don't Exempt CIA From Anti-Torture Amendment
As reported two weeks ago, the Senate voted 90-9 in favor of an amendment explicitly prohibiting the United States and its soldiers from subjecting prisoners
to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." Three of the Senators who actually voted against this amendment are on the committee to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the defense bill and one has declared he will try to exempt the CIA. Send a message to your representatives that you oppose such an exemption.
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Our Film Series is on vacation. It will start up again on October 12th with "I am Not Your Negro"
Also, read about our Film Committee meetings to decide programming:
Photo of a school in Yemen bombed by Saudi Arabian jets supplied by the U.S. and fueled in the air by the U.S. Air Force.
Tell Trump to STOP THIS CARNAGE, not fuel it! Click here.
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Click here to sign a petition, to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand.
Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"