November 16, 2006

The snark about oversight is too easy to take, so I'll simply leave it as the always brilliant Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now" offers this interview with Antonia Juhasz:

A new battle is brewing in Congress over how the US government monitors the billions of dollars it spends on the reconstruction of Iraq. The Bush administration and leading Congressional Republicans are trying to close the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The special agency has uncovered several cases of waste and abuse, and has helped indict several American officials on charges of corruption.

The termination order comes in an obscure provision attached to last month's defense authorization bill. It says the Inspector General's office must close on October 1st of next year. The language was inserted by Congressmember Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who currently leads the House Armed Services Committee. Starting next week, Democrats say they will introduce new legislation to restore the agency's authority and keep its investigations on track.

Download audio and read transcripts here.

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