25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… ting systematic investigations and announcing our findings to the national news media could actually lead to media coverage and to systemic change. We were sta …"

"… ive findings. The Center no longer has to depend solely on coverage by the news media to inform the public about its findings; now the organization is reporting …"

Russian site eyed for Syrian chemical weapons destruction

By R. Jeffrey Smith

There’s a reason why Western officials are being nice to Moscow now — they want Russia to destroy Syria’s deadly arsenal on its own soil.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… mats that tests had demonstrated the Sarin was of much higher quality than Saddam Hussein ever produced, a circumstance that Western officials said rendered its cov …"

Lobbyists helping banker recoup land Saddam 'stole'

By Reity O'Brien

Michigan banker hires lobbying duo to help recoup land he says Iraqi dictator stole.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… ribunal,” Tamargo said.     …"

Faux corporate directors stand in for fraudsters, despots and spies

By Gerard Ryle and Stefan Candea

Faux corporate directors stand in for fraudsters, despots and spies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… orists. Earlier again, it was used by the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to cheat the Oil for Food program. All three deceptions employed a common …"

Invasion of Iraq, 10 years later

A look back at the Center's coverage of the path to invasion and the cost of war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… n Baghdad that military officials believed was the hideout of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Although the failed attempt to kill him was followed two days later by ho …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… $100 million in cash found in a vault at the Republican Palace, the gilded Saddam Hussein parlor that became a headquarters of the occupation. In the crisis atmosp …"

GOP platform at odds with public on defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

GOP platform calls for commitment to missiles, hard line on Iran; public wants more cuts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… illion to $8 billion of taxpayer money has been lost to waste and abuse in Saddam Hussein’s former fiefdom; later that month the IG for Afghanistan reconstruction …"

Windfalls of War: A decade of keeping government spending accountable

By Sandy Johnson

Tracking the cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, $1 trillion and up

Excerpts from this story referencing "Manhattan Project":

"… cent; Energy competed 94 percent; Homeland Security 77 percent.JIEDDO: The Manhattan Project that bombedAfter spending $21 billion, Pentagon still doesn’t have a hig …"

Ahmed Ressam, mastermind of foiled LAX plot, gave up valuable details about al-Qaida without harsh interrogation

By David Heath

Fresh debate about interrogation tactics after bin Laden’s killing raises profile of foiled LAX bomber

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… track down the top local al-Qaida leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as well as Saddam Hussein, who himself spent hours talking to an FBI interrogator using traditional …"

Book Review: A rising tide of white-collar lies

By Michael Hudson

New book examines dissembling by Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Barry Bonds

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… ce was later shown to be false: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” Those w …"

Lessons from previous no-fly zones show complexity of Libya intervention

By Laurel Adams

History shows that no-fly zones are a mixed bag as a military strategy, according to an analysis by the Congressional Research Service, even

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… killing thousands. And a decade-long no-fly zone over Iraq did not prevent Saddam Hussein from killing Kurds and Shiites.FAST FACT: Costs of previous operations var …"

Fed chief says he will take press questions each quarter

By Julie Vorman

Fed chief Ben Bernanke last month publicly faced one of his fiercest critics, Republican Rep. Ron Paul, who accused the central bank of a va

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… used the central bank of a variety of misdeeds -- including some linked to Saddam Hussein’s purchase of weapons and the Watergate break-in.His next test? Quarterl …"

Iraq prison diary: Whatever happened to the 'Six of Clubs'?

By Michael Bronner

Hussam Amin, a ranking official in the Saddam Hussein regime, told weapons inspectors for years there was nothing to find in his country

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… ted," had, perhaps, the most impossible job in pre-war Iraq. Reporting to Saddam Hussein's powerful deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, Amin was the man in the midd …"

"… qis in U.S. detention, but rather American servicemen who had been held by Saddam Hussein's regime during the first Gulf War. The case, Acree v. Republic of Iraq, …"

"… ing as defendants the Republic of Iraq, the Iraqi Intelligence Service and Saddam Hussein. Awarding the plaintiffs combined damages of $959 million, the court note …"

Lost, stolen, sold? Tracking U.S. weapons in Afghanistan

By Te-Ping Chen

When the headlines first appeared in August 2007, they seemed ironic: Four years after the United States invaded Iraq in search of Saddam Hu

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… eemed ironic: Four years after the United States invaded Iraq in search of Saddam Hussein’s weapons, according to the Government Accountability Office, the real p …"

False premise for going to war

By The Center for Public Integrity

The premise that Iraq had biological and chemical weapons and links to Al Qaeda proved untrue

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… a majority of the American people. When asked about the War Card study, a White House spokesman responded: “The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collec …"

Military failure to secure Iraq after invasion

By The Center for Public Integrity

Plans and troop numbers to secure post-Saddam Iraq were inadequate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… essure brought it to light, said that the chaotic security situation after Saddam Hussein’s regime was toppled were “conditions [that] enabled the insurgency to …"

Osama bin Laden still at large

By The Center for Public Integrity

On the FBI's Most Wanted list for nine years, the terrorist behind 9/11 still hasn't been captured

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… itics argue that the war in Iraq diverted resources from Afghanistan: When Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a hole in 2003, 12 times as many U.S. troops were serv …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tobacco":

"… ding family, Tlais was doing, he said, exactly what his supplier, Gallaher Tobacco, had told him to do: quickly dumping large amounts of cigarettes onto deve …"

"… and other damages. Tlais is also pursuing Gallaher — now owned by Japan Tobacco International — in his native Lebanon, where a criminal court case is ab …"

"… ssure around the world for contributing to smuggling. The smuggling by Big Tobacco is widely thought to have subsided since a series of press exposés in 200 …"

"… y of questionable distributors, including a Cypriot-based company named CT Tobacco owned by one Christos Tornarides. A playboy scion of a wealthy, politicall …"

McClellan book confirms Center's 'Iraq: The War Card' report

By Caitlin Ginley

In a new memoir, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan became the first Bush administration official to confirm the orchestrate

Excerpts from this story referencing "United Nations Special Commission":

"… ng to use those chemical and biological weapons. It was based on UNSCOM's [United Nations Special Commission] report from 1999, it's [sic] final report to the United Nations Security …"

False pretenses

By Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith

Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a campaign of misinformation on the threat from Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive e …"

"… e multinational Iraq Survey Group, whose "Duelfer Report" established that Saddam Hussein had terminated Iraq's nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to re …"

"… reign Wars, Cheney flatly declared: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them …"

"… the Union address, Bush asserted: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelli …"

Key false statements

By The Center for Public Integrity

A selection of the Bush administration's most egregious statements about the threat of Saddam Hussein and Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… the Press, for example, Vice President Dick Cheney flatly stated that Saddam Hussein "now is trying through his illicit procurement network to acquire the equi …"

"…  Late Edition. In answer to a question from Wolf Blitzer on how close Saddam Hussein's government was to developing a nuclear capability, Rice said: "We do kno …"

"… . The difference, of course, is that Al Qaeda likes to hijack governments. Saddam Hussein is a dictator of a government. Al Qaeda hides, Saddam doesn't, but the dan …"

"… 2, Vice President Dick Cheney flatly asserted that "there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." Central Intelligence Agency Directo …"

An interrogation role model

By Yossi Melman

U.S. picked up tactics — including torture — from Israeli intelligence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paraguay":

"… casions we provided names of charities and bank accounts in the UK, Italy, Paraguay, Argentina and a few other countries, and the security services there foll …"

Renditions vs. rights

By Marina Walker Guevara

Jordan's apparent willingness to participate in transfers of suspects trumps poor record on human rights

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… o war with Iraq.In the Persian Gulf War, in which the United States forced Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Jordan did not join the allied coalition. Fr …"

The price of independence: $1 billion

By Marina Walker Guevara

Once-loyal Turkey passed up aid to maintain its own Iraq policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Assistant Database Editor":

"… tand the occasional disagreements because we are, after all, not children."Assistant Database Editor Ben Welsh contributed this report. …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

In its zeal to please U.S., Romania tramples foreigners' rights

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… to brainwash recruits and mount suicide attacks not previously seen in the Eastern European country. "When they met together the cell members were extremely cautiou …"

"… nto the NATO alliance, Bush gave a speech that drew a parallel between the Eastern European nation's overthrow of Ceauşescu and the impending U.S. attack on Saddam …"

"… The Washington Post reported that the U.S. operated secret prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to hold terrorism suspects outside the protections of U.S. o …"

Democrats likely to choose Howard Dean as leader

By The Center for Public Integrity

During his run for president in 2003, the former governor from Vermont pioneered Internet fundraising

Excerpts from this story referencing "the primary":

"… oyee took a leave of absence to work on Dean's Web site around the time of the primary, according to press accounts.The Internet did for Dean almost overnight wh …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… gal disclosure information was filed January 30, 2004, nine days after the Iowa caucuses in which Massachusetts Senator John Kerry upset former Vermont go …"

"… , America Coming Together, a huge voter mobilization effort.*In the recent Iowa caucuses, we saw our first political mugging of the 2004 presidential camp …"

Right on the money: The George W. Bush profile

By Charles Lewis

On January 30, 1990, Platt's Oilgram News, a respected trade journal of the petroleum industry, reported that a subsidiary of a small, Dalla

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott McClellan":

"… after Bush announced that he was a candidate for President, his spokesman, Scott McClellan, boasted: “Governor Bush was the first governor in Texas to tell grandfa …"

Marketing the new 'Dogs of War'

By Duncan Campbell

Sri Lankans hire Tim Spicer, a man already involved in global mercenary activities

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… d.In 1970, when he was 18, Spicer was in the United States, bumming around Oklahoma, "fashionably anti-war" in long hair and wearing a shirt made from the Nor …"

Letter from London: A history lesson on Iraq

By Philip Knightley

'If you think Saddam Hussein is a hard man to deal with, just wait for the next generation of Iraqi leaders,' author says

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… the historical facts that explain the rise of nationalist leaders such as Saddam Hussein. And while he is at it, since he is good at empathy, he might try looking …"

"… l wonder that the author Said Aburish said to me recently: “If you think Saddam Hussein is a hard man to deal with, just wait for the next generation of Iraqi lea …"

"… ere were several other candidates.The most popular was an early version of Saddam Hussein, the nationalist leader Sayid Taleb, who had gained popular support by thr …"

"… y the Iraqis, did not see it that way. They have been in revolt ever since.Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979 on a platform of Arab unity and resistance to Wester …"

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