- Making News: Iraqi Audit Reveals Widespread Fraud in Defense Ministry
US withdrawal from Iraq will depend on Iraqi forces being able to establish order and provide for defense. But the Ministry responsible for Iraqi security is wracked with corruption. Knight-Ridder Newspapers are reporting that almost its entire budget has been consumed by phony contracts. Baghdad Bureau Chief Hannah Allam reports that corrupt officials defrauded the Ministry of up to $1 billion in much needed funds.
- Reporter's Notebook: New York's Fire Department Releases 9/11 Tapes
What did office workers say in their 9/11 calls after planes truck the World Trade Center towers in downtown Manhattan? What do firefighters remember about what happened next? Those questions are answered in oral histories and tape recordings released today because of a freedom of information lawsuit brought by the New York Times. John Keefe, News Director at WNYC in New York City, is reviewing the documents.
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