January 9, 2008

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Keeping track of the Bush scandals so we don't have to, Keith Olbermann updates some truly egregious violations of decency on the part of the Bush administration:

First up is Jamie Leigh Jones, the KBR employee who accused her company and the federal government of covering up the gang rape she suffered at the hands of her co-workers in Iraq. Tuesday, it was announced that the Pentagon has declined to investigate further. Because, you know, that would mean accountability and justice, and we can't have any of that under BushCo, can we?

And then there is news report that a federal judge has denied the request of 11 Yemeni detainees to investigate the CIA's destruction of waterboarding tapes, saying that he trusts that the Justice Department will do a full and complete investigation---of themselves. Um, yeah. Has this judge not been paying attention for the last 7 years?

And finally, Olbermann tallies the total amount of damages asserted against the US Army of Engineers for the Katrina disaster. And you thought that the occupation in Iraq was a black hole of off-budget expenditures. Get a load of this number:

$3,014, 170, 389, 176,410 But to be fair:

The corps, which constructed the levee system overwhelmed during Hurricane Katrina, received 247 claims and faces nearly 500,000 more for damages and deaths that occurred in the hurricane's aftermath, USA Today reported Monday.

One personal injury claim seeks $3 quadrillion, about 250 times the U.S. gross domestic product, and another resident in the heavily damaged New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward is seeking $6 trillion.

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