Thursday, March 02, 2006

New Iraq Reconstruction Funds Devoted Solely to Prisons

In other news, the State Department quietly announced this week it has requested $100 million dollars for Iraqi reconstruction – all of it for prisons. The Bush administration initially promised $20 billion dollars to reconstruct Iraqi infrastructure. But much of the money has been diverted to security. State Department Iraq coordinator James Jeffrey said the $100 million dollar prison project was the lone new reconstruction effort the US government will undertake over the next year.

-excerpt from today's Democracy Now broadcast.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


The Washington Post reports that "More than one in three soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq later sought help for mental health problems, according to a comprehensive snapshot by Army experts of the psyches of men and women returning from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places."

Meanwhile, a recent American troop Zogby poll reports that "Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11."