The following table provides estimates of the cost of the Iraq War to taxpayers by state and selected cities and counties.
So far, Congress appropriated approximately $56 billion in April 2003; another $72 billion in November 2003, and currently is in the process of
appropriating an additional $25 billion, which was requested by the Bush Administration in May 2004. The total amounts to over $150 billion, but will
be higher as the Bush Administration requests further spending later this year.
And If That did'nt Worry You,Than Ask yourself what knid Of Democracy Bush & Crew are talking about..
13,000 Arabs & Muslims in U.S. Faced Deportation & John Ashcroft Attempts to Expand Patriot Act ..
More than 13,000 Arab and Muslim men are facing deportation in what could result in the largest wave of deportations since the Sept. 11 attacks, this
according to a report in the New York Times.
Those facing deportation are among the 82,000 men from Arab and Muslim countries who voluntarily registered with immigration officials over the six
The Pakistani community has been particularly hard hit. Bobby Khan of the Coney Island Avenue Project told the New York Times that between 40 to 50
percent of the 120,000 Pakistanis who lived in the area before Sept. 11 have since been detained, deported or have left the area.
Officials have acknowledged that almost all of the immigrants who face deportation have no ties to terrorism. So far the government has claimed only
11 of those who registered had links to terror groups.
News of the mass deportations comes just a week after the release of a Justice Department report that concluded authorities violated the civil rights
of hundreds of immigrants detained since Sept. 11.
The review by the Office of the Inspector General found FBI officials made little attempt to distinguish between immigrants with possible ties to
terrorism, and those who simply had the misfortune to be swept up in the investigation.
Without bail, detainees remained in jail for an average of nearly three months. They had to wait for weeks until they were allowed to make phone calls
and find lawyers. Some were kept for months in cells illuminated 24 hours a day and were escorted in handcuffs, leg irons and waist chains.
At the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where over 80 people were held, the report found a “pattern of physical and verbal abuse.”
While the report has been viewed as very critical, the situation may be worse. The study only looks at immigrants picked up between September 2001 and
Newsday is reporting that a group of hundreds of detainees in Brooklyn and New Jersey suing the government plan to amend their suit based on the new
Attorneys for the detainees wrote the oversight report "provides a wealth of previously unknown detail that substantiates the plaintiffs'
allegations they were wrongfully designated as individuals 'of interest' to the government's investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and
subjected to an array of unconstitutional policies.”
Despite the critical report, Attorney General John Ashcroft is urging Congress to give the Justice Department more power.
Late last week he asked Congress to expand the USA Patriot Act to permit the government to hold more suspects indefinitely, and to extend the death
penalty to more people accused of terrorist crimes.
Hear the report in Real audio:
Constitutional law expert David Cole examines the links between the Palmer Raids of the 1920s and the Justice Department post-9/11