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"This Administration Is A Smash And Grab Robbery Writ Large" – Author and Political Analyst William Rivers Pitt Speaks Out On The Bush Administration and Iraq

October 21, 2003
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We spend the hour hearing a speech by acclaimed young author, political analyst and managing editor of truthout.org William Rivers Pitt. He is the author of War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You To Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence: Four Years in America.

The latest news from the Middle East:

Human Rights Watch has found that U.S. forces have killed at least 94 civilians in Baghdad over the past six months but the U.S. has failed to investigate all but five of the incidents. The human rights group has concluded this has encouraged soldiers to believe they can fire at civilians in Iraq with impunity.

The Army has begun investigating complaints that sick and wounded veterans from the Iraq invasion have been forced to be housed in makeshift hot cement barracks and have been forced to wait weeks to see a doctor. At Fort Stewart, troops have been kept in temporary barracks that lack indoor bathrooms.

And sources within the Bush administration are now saying they have uncovered evidence that Syrian banks are holding $3 billion that once belonged to Saddam Hussein’s government. The New York Times reports Syria has so far refused to cooperate with an investigation being carried out by the Treasury Department.

  • William Rivers Pitt, speaking at Pacifica’s KPFT station in Houston on September 15th, 2003. He is the managing editor of truthout.org and author of War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You To Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence: Four Years in America. His newest book is Our Flag, Too: The Paradox of Patriotism.

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