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Thursday, April 12, 2007
"They say they have not been preserved. I don't believe that!" he proclaimed. "You can't erase e-mails, not today. They've gone through too many servers."
Leahy threatened further action in response to the news. "Those e-mails are there, they just don't want to produce them. We'll subpoena them if necessary."
The top Senate Democrat leading investigations into the dismissal of 8 U.S. Attorneys by the Justice Department is comparing e-mails lost by the Republican National Committee to President Richard Nixon's famous "18-minute gap" in White House tape recordings.
"Now we are learning that the 'off book' communications they were having about these actions, by using Republican political email addresses, have not been preserved," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on the Senate floor.
He added, "Like the famous 18-minute gap in the Nixon White House tapes, it appears likely that key documentation has been erased or misplaced. This sounds like the Administration's version of 'the dog ate my homework.'"
The senator was referring to the Nixon White House tapes subpoenaed during the Watergate investigation. On one tape, there was an 18 1/2 minute gap. The former president's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, claimed responsibility for "accidentally" erasing 5 minutes of the recording, but not the remainder of the gap. Further investigations raised questions about the veracity of her testimony.
Got this from our other site from my co-host Doug Basham, at BASHAM AND CORNELL PROGRESSIVE TALK
Doug says: And these “values” were only violated last week with the nappy headed ho’s comment? How about when Imus said…
On the New York Knicks: “chest-bumping pimps” the New York Crips.”
On superstar Gloria Estefan: “this little Chihuahua-looking ‘ho.”
On serial gay-killer Andrew Cunannan: “Why are they bothering to catch this guy? He’s just whacking off freaks!”
On Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Native American: “The guy from F Troop.”
On CNN’s female anchors: “dyke-ie broads.”
On media critic Howard Kurtz: “boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jew boy.”
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Congressman Charles Rangel will be our guest April 14. He will discuss his 30-year Congressional career and his new book, "And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress."
Recent guests: Lt. Eric Shine, whistleblower whose life was interrupted by the Dept. of Homeland Security; Mark Green, one of the new owners of Air America, founder of New Democracy Project and author of "Losing Our Democracy." We've had some amazing guests the past 3 weeks: former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega, author of "U.S. vs BUSH" which is going to be a movie, a courtroom drama on the Bush Impeachment. We also had Media Matters' Paul Waldman, author of "Being Right is Not Enough". Last week we interview Media Matters' Eric Boehlert on his report "If it's Sunday it Must be Conservative." Boehlert is the author of LAPDOGS: "How the Press Rolled Over for Bush." A look inside one of the great journalistic collapses of our time.
by Jane Stillwater
April 12, 2007 at 08:26:54
Yesterday I went down to the Iraqi Parliament and interviewed two female Parliament members regarding their views on the current situation in Iraq. The Parliament was meeting in what formerly used to be Baghdad's most prestigious convention center. I sat in the Center's restaurant for over an hour, interviewing the Parliamentarians and observing various delegates come and go.
After I had written and filed my story this morning, I returned to the convention center in order to see if I could give a copy of it to my two female Parliamentarian interviewees. I entered the front of the building and climbed the stairs to the second floor but after a visual search of the many delegates gathered there to caucus between sessions, I was unable to find who I was looking for and so I left.
An hour later an apparent suicide bomber somehow managed to enter the restaurant and set off an incendiary device which, according to Reuters, injured over a dozen delegates, some of them seriously. Two delegates were allegedly killed.
My heart goes out to the injured delegates and their families – and to all of Iraq. Am I relieved that I missed being injured by flying shrapnel or burned? Of course. But more than that, I am deeply grieved by this tragic horror that happened to people who were well and whole just mintues before.
Mexican truck stampede to hit U.S.!
Bush administration moving ahead despite congressional opposition
April 12, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern By Jerome R. Corsi
AMERICAN TRUCKERS A DYING BREED!
AN EXPLOSION HAS ROCKED THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT, IN BAGHDAD, OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST TWO IRAQI LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN KILLED
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
BAGHDAD Apr 12, 2007 (AP)— A bomb rocked Iraq's parliament building in the heavily fortified Green Zone Thursday, killing at least two lawmakers in a stunning security breach in the third month of a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown on violence in the capital, officials said.
The Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2007 at 05:55 PM
White House Email Controversy Grows: Thousands Of Messages May Be "Lost"
The White House said today that it may have lost what could amount to thousands of messages sent through a private e-mail system used by political guru Karl Rove and at least 50 other top officials, an admission that stirred anger and dismay among congressional investigators.
The e-mails were considered potentially critical evidence in congressional inquiries launched by Democrats into the role partisan politics may have played in such policy decisions as the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
Posted 04/11/2007 @ 01:04am
The question of whether any of the 85 U.S. Attorneys who were not fired by the Bush administration may have engaged in political prosecutions blew open Tuesday, when key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded files pertaining to a botched prosecution in Wisconsin.
Ultimately, the big story of the scandal at the Department of Justice will not be that of the eight fired prosecutors. It will be that of the 85 who were not fired, and of what they did or did not do to keep their jobs.
Committee chair Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and five other senators have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for documents dealing with the case of a Wisconsin state employee who was tried in a case that played out during the course of the 2006 gubernatorial race in that state. Republicans used the prosecution as part of a television attack campaign aimed at defeating Democratic Governor James Doyle.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Biskupic obtained an election-season conviction of the state employee, Georgia Thompson, on charges that she steered a state contract to a Doyle donor. But a federal appeals court last week overturned that conviction with a stinging decision that complained about a lack of evidence. One of the appeals court judges said Biskupic's case was "beyond thin."
Biskupic, who also investigated Republican-pushed charges of "voter fraud," which proved to be without validity, was not one of the eight U.S. Attorneys fired by Gonzales in what appears to have been an attempt to purge prosecutors who refused to use their positions to advance the agenda of White House political czar Karl Rove and other GOP operative.
Rather, Biskupic was one of the 85 U.S. Attorneys who met the standards applied by Gonzales and the Bush White House.
At issue, of course, is what those standards required of the federal prosecutors who retained their jobs. Were they expected to conduct politicized prosecutions? More importantly, did any of them conduct prosecutions on a schedule designed to benefit Republican electoral prospects?
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:18 PM BST
Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally is no longer laughing about his suggestion that he saved President Bush's life during a recent White House visit.
The No. 2 U.S. automaker has apologised after Mulally said his claim that he had intervened to prevent U.S. President George W. Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of an experimental Ford vehicle had been meant as a joke.
On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, "The story wasn't accurate, and I'll just decline to comment further."
Ford said Mulally never expected the story he told journalists in New York last week would be taken seriously.
The CEO found himself in an embarrassing situation when the story was featured on blogs and even in mainstream media such as the Financial Times, which said, "he may have saved the incumbent of the Oval Office from blowing himself up."
Mulally said last Wednesday, recounting a meeting at the White House on March 28, that he had noticed the president appeared to be ready to plug a power cord into the wrong outlet of a rechargeable vehicle that also runs on hydrogen.
"I violated all protocols. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front," Mulally told reporters at the New York auto show.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Imus lost his MSNBC show, a signal that sexist, racist hate-speak will not be tolerated on the public airwaves. But much worse than Imus are Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage — who also have their own shows. They systematically engage in hate-speak. Glen Beck has actually screamed out death wishes to his fellow Americans, and said he "hates the 911 and Katrina victims." I just discovered a website called FIRE GLEN BECK. Out of 1,750 comments, here is one that jumped out at me:
"Glen Beck is factually wrong, intellectually lazy and willfully misleading on the vast majority of subjects that he discusses. But the reason he should be fired is that his hate mongering (hate pornography) is below the dignity and quality that I at one time took for granted with CNN and Time-Warner. He, at best, sows division and hate when our country is in desperate need of healing. Blame-shifting, scapegoating and resulting violent hate crimes become more and more commonplace in the last decade. There seems to be a growing number of stressed, ignorant, volatile, hateful and dangerously imbalanced people in this country. These are people who may well be motivated to commit violent acts by Beck's dishonest vilification of both individuals and large swathes of American society. His hate filled rants could result in more attacks on judges, physicians, clergy, congressmen, professors, environmentalists etc. Please help lead CNN back in the direction of decency, principles, and objectivity. Some of CNN's programming and personnel decisions (as with other networks) are starting to make those in the 70's movie "Network" look highly responsible by comparison."
The smell of Pork Rind will be heavy in the air on Friday the 13th. here in Tigard Oregon, a suberb of Portland. Karl Rove will be the unlikely visitor here at what is called a grass roots Republican convention, and it looks like his presence won't go unanswered, as the word is out on the internet. He will probably not see as many Republicans as he does genuine Grass Roots folks, who will not be paying $60 per head to see him.
Karl Rove coming to Portland Oregon on Friday the 13th.
The Mouth of Hell Opens in Tigard: Karl Rove is Coming
Posted by Scott Moore at 11:20 AM
By now, you may have heard that Satan has given Karl Rove—the maniacal genius behind the Bush machine, and one helluva MC—permission to leave the fiery, sulfur-choked depths of Hades to pay the Portland area a little visit this week. But here’s the question: Where, exactly, will Hell’s blood-soaked maw open up?
He’s appearing at a “grassroots” reception put on by the Washington County GOP, and it’s going to be somewhere in Tigard. You can register and pay on their website, but it doesn’t have any information about where it’s happening. I suppose they let you know after you pay. Is it just me, or is this not exactly how raves are organized?
What is your caption for this photo??
From the A/P
President Bush walks from backstage to speak to veterans about the Iraq war supplemental, Tuesday, April 10,2007, at the American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Va.
INXS - Devil inside
Iraqis rally, call for U.S. forces to leave
Mon Apr 9, 2007 5:54PM EDT
By Khaled Farhan
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people waving Iraqi flags staged a peaceful rally in the southern city of Najaf on Monday to demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces, four years to the day after Baghdad fell to invading American troops.
The streets of the Iraqi capital itself were largely empty after authorities clamped a 24-hour ban on vehicles to prevent any insurgent attacks, especially car bombings.
The anniversary comes as Iraq's Shi'ite-led government is trying to avert full-scale civil war between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunnis who were dominant under Saddam Hussein. Sunni and Shi'ite clerics marched side by side in Najaf.
The GOP has become a cowering, withered party thanks to their beloved W.
by Joe Sudbay AmericaBlog (DC) · 4/11/2007 08:22:00 AM ET
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. For the past seven years, we've been subjected to the media buying Karl Rove's theory of GOP dominance. It wasn't so long ago that the Bush swagger awed the GOP and the media. Those days are so over -- according to Republicans themselves -- they are freaking out.
The NY Times reports on the precipitous demise of the GOP. What a bunch of pathetic, whiny losers they've become.
In interviews on Tuesday, the Republicans said they were concerned about signs of despondency among party members and fund-raisers, reflected in polls and the Democratic fund-raising advantage in the first quarter of the year.
Washington, April 9 (Reuters): World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz said today he accepted full responsibility for the promotion of a staffer with whom he is romantically involved.
The bank’s staff association last week questioned Shaha Riza’s promotion and pay increases, and the bank’s board said on Friday they would look into whether the actions possibly violated the bank’s staff rules.
Wolfowitz told the bank’s staff in an email that he would ensure the board has access to the facts in the case “in a manner that also respects the bank's rules concerning the right of every staff member to the confidentiality of his or her records”.
He said he accepted “full responsibility for the actions taken in this case” and that he had always acted to uphold bank rules on employee rights and treatment.
That ain't no way to treat a Lady! A Drag Queen Lady...that is!!
The New York Sun
For a full transcript of Mayor Giuliani's remarks in Florida on March 4 about the Terri Schiavo case, please visit NYSunPolitics.com
Mayor Giuliani's response to a question about the Terri Schiavo controversy while on the campaign trail in St. Petersburg, Fla., raises serious questions about the competence of his campaign staff and his discipline as a presidential candidate.
The comments last week indicated that Mr. Giuliani supported the congressional intervention in the Schiavo case in 2005. However, they also made it clear that Mr. Giuliani was ill-prepared for the question.
(The Giuliani campaign refused to clarify the former mayor's position on the Schiavo case yesterday, despite repeated requests to do so from The New York Sun.)
"Can I ask you about Terri Schiavo?" a reporter asked at a press availability on April 4. "Did you support the congressional intervention to—"
At this point Mr. Giuliani cut in, according to a transcript provided by his campaign: "I believe I did. I don't, I, it's a while ago and I think I said that I thought every effort should be made to keep her alive. I don't know that I supported the, the whole thing to the very end, but I am not sure now."
Creedence Clearwater Revival- I Put A Spell On You
(This article was sent to me from Clif, who posts on this blog. Thank you Clif for bringing this to our attention!)
Diabetes Epidemic Spreading Worldwide: Experts
Only the corporate death merchants could take a world where the mass of it's people were self-sustaining, and convert it to a world where they rely on large food production corporations and McDonalds for their sustinance. The irony of this story is almost obscene in it's portent of the future, they do not only starve people when the force the mases off the local farms for massive corporate conmtrolled mega farms for corporate profits, but they also give them modern industrial based diseases, which are a result of the forced change in lifestyl;es and social systemds for corporate profits.
More than two-thirds of the world's estimated 246 million diabetics come from less-affluent developing nations, and more must be done to curb a disease that now rivals HIV/AIDS in terms of suffering and death around the globe....
..."This truly is an epidemic," warned Dr. Martin Silink, president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which represents more than 200 diabetes associations across 158 countries. "Seventy percent of the global burden of diabetes is now in developing countries, even though that seems paradoxical. People think that it should be in the developed world where there is access to fast food and lots of obesity."
But rapid lifestyle changes are affecting the health of people in China, India, South America, and elsewhere, he said. "As their economies develop, diabetes is now subverting the gains of economic development," Silink said.
Some statistics from the IDF:
* By 2025, the number of people with diabetes is expected to rise to 380 million worldwide, with 80 percent living in the developing world.
* Each year, another 7 million people develop diabetes, while 3.8 million die of diabetes-linked causes.
* In many countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean, diabetes already affects 15 percent to 20 percent of the adult population.
* India now has the largest number of diabetics (almost 41 million) in the world, followed by China (nearly 40 million), the United States ( 19.2 million) and Russia (9.6 million).
* Diabetes increasingly affects the young or middle-aged, with more than half of diabetics in developing countries between the ages of 40 and 59.
According to the experts, a "perfect storm" of genetics and social change is driving the spread of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes in poorer countries. Visitors to today's China quickly notice McDonald's, KFC and other fast-food outlets springing up in major cities. At the same time, the foot and bicycle are making way for the car on urban streets.
Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 11:49:37 AM PDT
left: Georgia Thompson
In this diary yesterday, I provided some background about the shocking federal appeals court reversal of a case prosecuted to the full extent of the law by Bush-appointed US Attorney Biskupic in the months leading up to the 2006 Wisconsin Governor's election.
Biskupic went full-tilt after a Wisconsin civil service employee, who lost everything and was sentenced to federal prison right before the election (in which incumbent Democratic Governor Jim Doyle was being challenged by Bush family friend, Rep Mark Green).
Last Friday - Good Friday - the federal appeals court (with 2 of the 3 judges being Republican appointees) literally took one look at the case and with less than a day of oral argument overturned the sentence and ordered the employee, Georgia Thompson, immediately released from prison - before even issuing a written decision.
After his high-profile prosecution of this case, US Attorney Biskupic has been nearly as silent as a church mouse, dispatching a staff attorney to receive the Good Friday courtroom rebuke from which he was absent, and then issuing a brief statement congratulating Ms Thompson's lawyers after the stunning decision.
Over the weekend I called for a Congressional investigation of this case, as it appears there's a chance it could be linked to the larger US Attorneys scandal, which has up until now focused mainly on who was fired for political reasons by the Bush White House, which was seeking maximum pre-election pressure on Democrats at all levels while easing up on any Republicans with potential (or actual) scandals.
It's time to look at the US Attorneys who weren't fired to see if they were doing White House bidding to try to tilt elections to Republicans.
A few minutes ago, Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote Attorney General Gonzales demanding all documents related to this case. BRAVO!
Here's the full text of the letter.
The letter was signed by the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Chair Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Russ Feingold, Herb Kohl, and Sheldon Whitehouse. It is delicious irony that both of Wisconsin's Senators signed this letter.
Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 10:53:26 AM PDT
As we all know, the Bush Administration fired a number of US Attorneys for political reasons that emanated from the White House, then the AG and others tried to cover it up, and pretend that they didn’t know anything about it.
As Congress investigates this widening scandal, a question that needs to be asked is: Who DIDN’T they fire – and why?
We’ve heard that the Bush White House may have told US Attorneys, in essence, to go full-tilt after Democrats at all levels if there was the slightest hint of scandal, while going easy on Republicans.
In one case in Wisconsin, where there is smoke there may be fire. Just before the election for Wisconsin governor, US Attorney Steven Biskupic – a Bush appointee – prosecuted a Wisconsin state government civil servant to the full extent of the law. And this story has a surprising ending... .
Today in Iraq tens of THOUSANDS of their people marched in just one city demanding that we end the occupation.
The flimsy pretense that any of this was for the glorious benefit of the Iraqi people is in utter shreds. For those still arguing for burying our heads even deeper in the sand it's all about us now. They say we can't leave because WE can't afford to lose, because WE need to have access to all that oil.
Who will admit we have already lost, when 90% of the Iraqi people hate us for being the unwelcome occupiers we have become? There are no smiles for us there anymore, let alone any flowers. Who will tell the truth to the American people that the Iraqis already know so grimly, that from the beginning this was all about stealing their oil and absolutely nothing else?
In the meantime, the coalition of the missing in action, our former allies, saw the handwriting on the wall quite some time ago, and they're all on their way outta there. The occupation has got to end. The occupation is going to end. Who will have the political courage to admit the facts of death as they are on the ground, and put an end to it NOW?
You can call your members of Congress right now on one of these toll-free numbers, 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803. There are operators on duty 24 hours a day. Just ask to be connected to your one of your senators or your house representative and they'll put you through. If you don't know who they all are, or want all their direct phone and fax numbers, just submit the simple form on the right, to get all their numbers right down to their district offices, right here on this page:
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
How to Care about our Troops
By Global Evildoer Fighter
"We need to fund our troops, the Democrats are Imperiling our Troops!" - GW Bush/Dick Cheney
"If Bush & Cheney cared about our Troops we wouldn't be in Iraq any more and Walter Reed would be better equipped than a 5 star hotel."
Bush is doing his famous doublespeak again!
Fact is that Bush & Cheney don't give a rats about our troops!
"Compassion should be the first feeling one gets if one cares about human beings."
Bush and Cheney are sacrificing our troops lives over and over again in multiple tours of duty on a Failed Mission! Where's the Compassion ? In more Body Armor ? What about our Troops and their families ?"
When Bush gives me more body armor that doesn't mean he cares about me, that means he wants me well protected so I can continue to fight his war while doing more psychological damage to my brain cells and soul.
If body armor is so good then why do US Soldiers come back with missing limbs and torn up minds ?!
Care about me ? Exactly HOW does Bush & Cheney care about me ?
By sending me back into the meat grinder over and over and over again ?
Oh I feel the Compassion from those Warm IUDs already!
You want to Care about the Troops ?
End this War. That's Caring. That's Compassion!
The Bush/Cheney doublespeak is full on bullsh#t and the Majority of America knows it!
© 2007 Stephen Pitt
This isn't the 109th Congress that you're playing with boys!!
In what will probably be the first of many, the Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, was subpoenaed today by the House Judiciary Committee:
The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today seeking hundreds of pages of new or uncensored records related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year, officials said.
It is the first subpoena to be issued in connection with the dismissals and escalates the confrontation between Democrats and the Bush administration, which has resisted demands for more documents and for public testimony from White House aides about the dismissals.
"We have been patient in allowing the department to work through its concerns regarding the sensitive nature of some of these materials," Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the judiciary panel's chairman, wrote Gonzales in a letter that accompanied the subpoena. "Unfortunately, the department has not indicated any meaningful willingness to find a way to meet our legitimate needs."
Conyers added that "further delay in receiving these materials will not serve any constructive purpose."
In other words, stop screwing around. The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee -- and their staff -- play hard ball. Very hard ball. This is getting good.
This, again, is why having the majority matters.
Glenn Frey "The Heat Is On"
In a countermove designed to counter President Bush's expected veto of an emergency supplemental spending bill containing a timetable for US troop withdrawal, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) is introducing legislation which would "effectively end military involvement in Iraq."
According to a press release sent to RAW STORY, Feingold's bill "requires the President to begin safely redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment, as required by the emergency supplemental spending bill passed by the Senate." It would also end "funding for the war, with three narrow exceptions, effective March 31, 2008." The exceptions include operations against Qaeda and other terrorist groups, training Iraqi security forces, and funds related to security for United States infrastructure and personnel.
The bill is cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), along with Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry (D-MA), Pat Leahy (D-VT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The press release notes, "If the President vetoes the emergency supplemental spending bill, Reid has said he will work to ensure Feingold’s bill gets a vote in the Senate before Memorial Day."
Congress Must Cut Off Bush Family War Profits
April 10, 2007 at 05:28:41
On Monday, April 9, 2007, the Boston Herald reported that the US military had announced the Easter weekend deaths of 10 more American soldiers, including six killed on Sunday. The Associated Press reports that, since the war began in March 2003, over 3,000 members of the US military have been killed in Iraq, as of April 8, 2007.
The military reported the deaths of four more US soldiers on Tuesday.
Its nearly impossible to estimate the number of deaths of civilians in Iraq, but the Herald reports that at least 47 people were killed or found dead in violence on Easter Sunday, including 17 execution victims dumped in the capital.
News releases out of Iraq also report that a woman wearing a black veil and strapped with explosives blew herself up outside a police station in Iraq on Tuesday, killing 16 people.
According to the January 14, 2007 LA Times, Steven Kosiak, director of budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, says that, starting with the anti-terrorism appropriation a week after the 9/11 attacks, he estimates the US has spent $400 billion fighting terrorism through fiscal 2006, which ended on September 30, 2006.
In January 2007, Marine Corps spokeswoman, Lt Col Roseann Lynch, told Reuters that the war in Iraq is costing about $4.5 billion a month for military "operating costs," which did not include new weapons or equipment.
Since this war on terror was declared following 9/11, the pay levels for the CEOs of the top 34 defense contractors have doubled. The average compensation rose from $3.6 million during the period of 1998-2001, to $7.2 million during the period of 2002-2005, according to an August 2006, report entitled, "Executive Excess 2006," by the Washington-based, Institute for Policy Studies, and the Boston-based, United for a Fair Economy.
This study found that since 9/11, the 34 defense CEOs have pocketed a combined total of $984 million, or enough, the report says, to cover the wages for more than a million Iraqis for a year. In 2005, the average total compensation for the CEOs of large US corporations was only 6% above 2001 figures, while defense CEOs pay was 108% higher.
But the last name of one family, which is literally amassing a fortune over the backs of our dead heroes, matches that of the man holding the purse strings in the White House... .