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Having watched over the last two weeks how effective it can be when bloggers and leading Democrats come together to deconstruct right wing propaganda (viz the ABC 9/11 fraudumentary), its remarkable that it doesn’t happen more often.  So it’s great that DPC Chairman Byron Dorgan is getting together with Robert Greenwald for a press conference in Washington DC at the Dirksen Senate Office Building Room SD-124 at 11:00 AM this Monday to talk about the need for oversight of war profiteering.  Several former Halliburton and KBR employees who appear in Robert’s film, Iraq For Sale, will also be there.  

Then at 2pm, the DPC will be holding an oversight hearing to "seek accountability for contracting abuses in Iraq."  In attendance will be Dorgan, Harry Reid, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Bingaman and Mark Dayton.  Witnesses include many who appear in the film, Iraq for Sale:

Julie McBride a former Halliburton employee at Camp Fallujah in Iraq; Edward Sanchez and Sean Larvenz, former Halliburton truck drivers in Iraq; Scott Allen, an attorney who represents survivors of the April 2004 convoy attack; Alan Grayson, an attorney who represents Ms. McBride in a False Claims Act suit that seeks to recover mis-spent funds from Halliburton on behalf of the U.S. Government. 

It will be in Room 538 of the Dirksen Building.  Both events are open to the public, and all I can tell you is that if I was in Washington, DC my butt would be so there.  That Democrats are stepping up and trying to define this issue of accountability as a signature issue is really, really important, and deserves the highest praise.  Oversight of this matter is long overdue and it goes to the very heart of the corrupt GOP kleptocracy that absolutely must be brought to a halt.  That they are taking steps along side an important progressive voice like Robert Greenwald needs to be both applauded and supported.  If anyone is in the area and wants to attend the press conference and the hearings, we’d sure love to hear you report back on it.

We’ll also be having a special edition of the FDL Book Salon this week, only it will be the FDL Movie Salon and Robert will be joining us.  More details as they become available, but all I can say is I’m really, really excited that Robert will be joining us to talk about his important work.  In the mean time enjoy the YouTube above which includes special scenes not included in the film.  And if you’re looking for an upcoming house party where you can see Iraq for Sale, you can find them here

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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