Saturday, September 15, 2007
Continuing news of the most corrupt, base, bent, bribable, crooked, debauched, double-dealing, exploiting, extortionate, faithless, fixed, foul, fraudulent, inconstant, iniquitous, knavish, mercenary, nefarious, open, padded*, perfidious, praetorian, profiteering, racket up*, reprobate, rotten, shady, snide, tainted, treacherous, two-faced, underhanded, unethical, unfaithful, unprincipled, unscrupulous, untrustworthy... AND, venal administration EVER, in today's newsletter from the excellent truthout.org
Did we mention 'dishonest?' OK, now we did... --DN
t r u t h o u t | 09.15
The Spoils of War: Billions Over Baghdad
Vanity Fair contributing editors Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele report in the magazine's October issue that "between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in US currency, much of it belonging to the Iraqi people, was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed."
Lawyer Testifies About Rove's Alleged Role in Governor's Case
The Associated Press's Ben Evans reports that "a Republican lawyer who says Karl Rove may have been involved in the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman emerged without comment Friday from four hours of questioning at the House Judiciary Committee."
Fed's Ex-Chief Attacks Bush on Fiscal Role
Edmund L. Sanders and David E. Sanger report in the New York Times that "Alan Greenspan, who was chairman of the Federal Reserve for nearly two decades, in a long-awaited memoir, is harshly critical of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the Republican-controlled Congress, as abandoning their party's principles on spending and deficits."
Widespread Accounting Failures Discovered at Pentagon
The Associated Press reports that a review the news agency conducted has determined that the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security's "financial records are so disorganized and inconsistent that they have repeatedly earned 'disclaimer' opinions, meaning that they simply cannot be fully audited."
Bob Herbert | The Nightmare Is Here
The New York Times columnist Bob Herbert writes that more than four years into the war in Iraq, huge numbers of Iraqi children are finding themselves orphaned, homeless and malnourished.
Oil Exec Admits to Bribing GOP Lawmaker
Dan Joling of The Associated Press writes, "In the latest sign of corruption problems for Republicans, a corporate executive testified Friday that his employees worked for months to remodel the Alaska home of Sen. Ted Stevens. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator, is under scrutiny in a corruption investigation that also is targeting Alaska state officials."