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This Week: Rebuilding Iraq
This Week
November 14, 2003


This week on NOW:

NOW examines how some big corporations' cozy ties to the White House may be leading to war profiteering, with taxpayers paying the price. As Congress has recently approved $87 billion dollars for Iraq and Afghanistan, new questions are being raised about how this money is being spent. With the details of many contracts hidden from public disclosure, who's getting the big bucks to rebuild Iraq? NOW follows the trail of who's getting the taxpayers' billions.

Former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) has been described as a "rock star" among conservatives. So what could have motivated him to join forces with the ACLU? Barr talks to David Brancaccio about his fight to stop the escalating erosion of liberties caused by the Patriot Act. Among his distinctions, Barr occupies the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy, serves as distinguished fellow with Oliver North's Freedom Alliance, and is a contributing editor for THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR.

During a career in politics in the 1960s, Stewart Udall was instrumental in the passage of The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the creation of The Land and Water Conservation Fund, and as the only person to serve as Secretary of the Interior for two Presidents, he is uniquely qualified to assess government's handling of environment over the last 40 years. In this wide ranging interview, Udall discusses environmental policies, the influence of money on politics, and his latest book, THE FORGOTTEN FOUNDERS, which counters the popular myth of how the American West was settled. A living part of American history, Udall talks about his work and his passions. He also recounts some fascinating life experiences, including the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated

In Depth

Handshake

Defense Accountability

Reconstruction Resources

Defense Spending in Perspective


Deer drinking from WPA poster
Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall

Preserving Our National Parks

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Statue of Liberty
Civil Liberties and National Security

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Moyers and Brancaccio on the News


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Cash and Carry
Producer: Katie Pitra
Correspondent: Roberta Baskin
Editor: Alison Amron


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