White House: Iraq progress report could be Sept 11

Another slap in the face for the victims of 9/11 and everybody who knows the truth about 9/11. 

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, will likely testify to Congress about progress in the war on September 11 or September 12, the White House said on Monday.

White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe, speaking on Air Force One headed with President George W. Bush to a summit in Canada, said the hearing date was not related to the anniversary of the 2001 attacks.

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Defense Agency Proposes Outsourcing More Spying

Contracts Worth $1 Billion Would Set Record

By Walter Pincus

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 19, 2007; Page A03

The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to conduct core intelligence tasks of analysis and collection over the next five years, an amount that would set a record in the outsourcing of such functions by the Pentagon‘s top spying agency.

The proposed contracts, outlined in a recent early notice of the DIA’s plans, reflect a continuing expansion of the Defense Department‘s intelligence-related work and fit a well-established pattern of Bush administration transfers of government work to private contractors.

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Contractors a Huge Crutch in Iraq


By Walter Pincus

Monday, August 20, 2007; Page A13

When years from now historians and government officials reexamine precedents set by the U.S. experience in Iraq, there are many “firsts” likely to pop up.

One still playing out is the extraordinarily wide use of private contractors. A Congressional Research Service report published last month titled “Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues,” puts it this way: “Iraq appears to be the first case where the U.S. government has used private contractors extensively for protecting persons and property in potentially hostile or hostile situations where host country security forces are absent or deficient.”

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