Archive for September 9th, 2006

Referring to the controversial docudrama Path to 9/11, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is calling on ABC/Disney to reveal “who funded this $40 million dollar slanderous propaganda,” in a DNC press release.

“It’s deeply disappointing that ABC would put something on the air that has been proven to have factual inaccuracies about one of the most important events in our nation’s history,” said Dean in the press release. “ABC should not air this distortion of history.”

Path to 9/11 writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh “has ties to an evangelical Christian group whose goals include ‘transform[ing] Hollywood from the inside out,’ according to research by readers of prominent blogs,” Justin Rood reported for TPMmuckraker earlier today. “Path director David L. Cunningham is also involved in The Film Institute, an offshoot of the Hawaii-based global evangelical group, Youth With a Mission.”

“The fact that the writer/producer of the piece is a well known conservative raises additional concerns and questions,” said Dean. “The American people deserve to know who funded this $40 million dollar slanderous propaganda.”

“Use of the public airwaves is a privilege conferred upon broadcasters in the public interest,” Dean continued. “It comes with a responsibility to the American people and a responsibility to the truth.”

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Whistle-blower slams Iraq contractor

Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root charged millions to the government for recreational services never provided to U.S. troops in
Iraq including giant tubs of chicken wings and tacos, a widescreen TV, and cheese sticks meant for a military Super Bowl party, according to a federal whistle-blower suit unsealed Friday.

Instead, the suit alleges, KBR used the military’s supplies for its own football party.

Filed last year in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by former KBR employee Julie McBride, the lawsuit claims the giant defense contractor billed the government for thousands of meals it never served, inflated the number of soldiers using its fitness and Internet centers, and regularly siphoned off great quantities of supplies destined for American soldiers.

McBride was hired by KBR in 2004 as a “morale, welfare and recreation” coordinator at Camp Fallujah, a Marine installation about 35 miles west of Baghdad. She was fired the next year after making several complaints about KBR’s accounting practices, the suit says, and was kept under guard until she was escorted to an airplane and flown out of the country.

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