Republicans End Oversight of Iraq

This was sent to me by my father: An article in today’s New York Times that reveals an obscure provision in the Military Appropriations bill signed by Bush two weeks ago (the same one that gave him expanded Martial Law powers — the same one that the media STILL hasn’t reported about), which terminates the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, the federal oversight agency which had sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces.

The clause was put into the bill by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference.

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