Post-Election Iraq and the Future of Iraqi Oil

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Long before September 11, and the Bush Administration's assertion that oil had nothing to do with the invasion that led to "regime change in Iraq," US policy makers were saying that Saddam Hussein's use of oil as a diplomatic weapon made that country a destabilizing influence to the flow of oil to the industrialized world. Controlled by American, French and British oil companies until they were nationalized in 1972, Iraq's oil reserves--still the second or third largest in the world, remain easily accessible. A recent report claims that some of Iraq's new leaders are already making deals that could lead to massive profits for US and British oil companies. Will Iraqis get a fair deal? Will the oil companies tie up their most important resource for years to come, or is Iraq too dangerous and unstable to interest foreign investors?
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USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (S 1389)

Global Policy Forum report, ---Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth'

National Security Agency (NSA)

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

New York Times article on President Bush's alleged authorization of domestic spying

Washington Post article on allegations that President Bush authorized domestic spying



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