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 "journalist":

"… t, and outrageous (though mostly legal) corruption. My dream was a kind of journalistic utopia—an investigative milieu in which no one would tell me who or wh …"

"… r government interests bent on burying the truth. I recruited two trusted journalist friends, Alejandro Benes and Charles Piller, to serve on the board of dire …"

"… Burns, Notre Dame president emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh, and veteran journalist Hodding Carter. And by May 1990, the Center had secured enough money from …"

"… for-profit newsrooms, because today’s advertising-supported, major-media journalists are generally expected to run full-speed on “the hamster wheel,” as D …"

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 "officer":

"… cal work now to look at each of these.” Donald A. Mahley, a former Army officer who was the first U.S. ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition …"

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 "Blackwater":

"… om 1995 to 2000.   In addition, two private security firms, Blackwater and Triple Canopy, collected at least $3.1 billion, according to a March 1 …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… id. But the largest responsibility for the screw-up lies generally at the Pentagon and particularly in the Army, according to the report. The Defense Departm …"

"… e frequently on the losing end of arguments,” Bowen reports. It was the Pentagon that failed to plan “for a lengthy occupation or a large relief and reco …"

"… n.” Defense officials have acknowledged that a substantial chunk of the Pentagon’s spending in Iraq went to repair the looting and other damage done by I …"

"… raib helped stoke widespread hostility to the U.S. occupation. It was the Pentagon that opened a contracting office in Baghdad that Bowen said was chronicall …"

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 "House":

"… tors with a major stake in the nuclear weapons industry. (Spokespeople for House members and companies alike deny there has been any quid pro quo.)But the …"

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 "Halliburton":

"… eriod of six months, the contracted value of one Iraqi  task order of Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root grew by a multiple of 36 an …"

"… 36 and was modified 21 times, according to previously classified documents.Halliburton contracts balloonDespite being under an investigative cloud, Cheney’s fo …"

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 "Dick Cheney":

"… at they’d said and when and why they’d said it. Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted of lying about his role in leaking Plame …"

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 "Libya":

"… ch Service, even as the United States and allies create a no-fly zone over Libya.No-fly zones over Iraq, imposed twice, and in Bosnia over the last two dec …"

"… t is believed Moammar Gadhafi’s helicopters are doing the most damage to Libyan rebels.The price tag of imposing a no-fly zone varies —costs tend to be …"

"… ng to the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, establishing the Libyan no-fly zone will take at least a week.Congressional opinions have varied. …"

"… e at least a week.Congressional opinions have varied. The no-fly zone over Libya received support from Sens. John McCain and John Kerry while others have d …"

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 "U.S. District Court in Washington":

"… at they suffered." While Amin and others were sitting in their cells, the U.S. District Court in Washington on July 7, 2003, issued one of the clearest definitions to date regarding …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… e false. The chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq concluded that President Saddam Hussein had no such weapons or the means to produce them, and the U.S. intelligenc …"

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 "Osama bin Laden":

"… to find the Al Qaeda leader, according to recent reports. …"

"… ee, Peter Bergen, an expert on Al Qaeda, testified: “How is the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other senior Al Qaeda leaders going? The hunt is going poorly.” U.S. …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Heiko Arjes":

"… arly depict an unseemly record for Gallaher. Among Gallaher’s critics is Heiko Arjes, a veteran tobacco businessman and brand integrity consultant who worked w …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… made 14 false statements, including: “We do not need any more proof that Saddam Hussein possesses and is willing to use chemical and biological weapons,” and …"

"… eapons,” and “We are confident that we will uncover the full extent of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction program.” McClellan’s total ranks at t …"

"… lso reiterate what I said earlier, that we do not need any more proof that Saddam Hussein possesses and is willing to use chemical and biological weapons. * Novemb …"

"… ow with the international community, speaking with one voice, is to disarm Saddam Hussein of those weapons of mass destruction. We know that he possesses chemical a …"

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 "Dick Cheney":

"… appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, for example, Vice President Dick Cheney flatly stated that Saddam Hussein "now is trying through his illicit procu …"

"… __________________________ In a speech on August 26, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney flatly asserted that "there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapon …"

An interrogation role model

By Yossi Melman

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marwan Ibrahim Mahmoud Jabour":

"… ge is the most direct route from Amman to Jerusalem, but it was not a trip Marwan Ibrahim Mahmoud Jabour wanted to make — he had no choice. It was September 2006, and Jabour, a …"

"… ian Science Monitor. "But the psychological pain is much worse."Coming homeMarwan Ibrahim Mahmoud Jabour said in his sworn affidavit that he would find himself subjected to simila …"

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 "Information":

"… f U.S. military assistance, compiled from data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, shows that in the three years after the September 11, 2001, …"

"… ording to Defense Department documents obtained by ICIJ through Freedom of Information Act requests.The dreaded GIDDespite U.S. professional training, the Jordan …"

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 "European Union":

"… ack of democracy, and supports the country's bid to become a member of the European Union despite the objections of leaders within that body," said a 2005 report by …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical-biological weapons":

"… omania sent some 700 troops — including military police, engineers and a chemical-biological weapons team — to Iraq. Coming at a time when major NATO powers France and Germa …"

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 "Howard Dean":

"… strengthen the voice of the people," he said. …"

"… more than Senator Kerry, his nearest rival.Suddenly, improbably, Howard Dean — who walked away from sure re-election as governor of Vermont …"

"… e to close the gap between retail politics and the Internet. There was the Howard Dean Internet Web site. There was the Dean "blog," or Web-log, a sort of runnin …"

"… og reader randomly hopping from blog to blog will hit that Weblog."There's Howard Dean TV for the real enthusiast, which, using streaming video software, deliver …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington Post":

"… for Jobs." The disturbing mystery was partly solved by Jim VandeHei of the Washington Post on February 11, after reviewing public Internal Revenue Service records&nb …"

"… Public Integrity. A Kerry spokesman, Chad Clanton, was quoted in the Washington Post as saying that "I am told no one knew anything about it."Indeed, a Ce …"

"… irector and a political adviser for years to Gephardt. Jones told the Washington Post, "Our goal was to point out where Howard Dean stood on the issues and poin …"

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 "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… in Medicare reimbursements. The FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services are all involved in the probe.In 1995, Bush vetoed a Patient Protection Ac …"

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 "author":

"… The New Mercenaries and the Privatization of Conflict" in summer 1999, the author, former U.S. Lt. Col. Thomas K. Adams, paid no attention to Spicer's versi …"

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 "Germany":

"… e during the war by Britain and France in return for their support against Germany’s ally, Turkey, would now mean nothing.This was confirmed at the peace c …"

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