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Iraqi Jobs Program Suspended Amid Scrutiny; Secrets of CIA 'Ghost Flights' to be Revealed; Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned

POSTED: 10:20 AM ET, 07/27/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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Iraqi Jobs Program Suspended Amid Scrutiny USA Today
The top U.S. aid agency has suspended a $644 million Iraq jobs program after two outside reviews raised concerns about misspending, including an inspector general's audit that found evidence of phantom jobs and money siphoned to insurgents

Secrets of CIA 'Ghost Flights' to be Revealed Guardian
Confidential documents showing the flight plans of a CIA "ghost plane" allegedly used to transfer a British resident to secret interrogation sites around the world are to be made public. The move comes after a Sussex-based company accused of involvement in extraordinary rendition dropped its opposition to a case against it being heard in court.

Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned Washington Post
The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report.

US on Verge of Closing Anthrax Probe After 8 Years AP
A year after government scientist Bruce Ivins killed himself while under investigation for the lethal anthrax letters of 2001, the Justice Department is on the verge of closing the long, costly and vexing case.

U.S. Admits it Has No Case Against Teen Held at Gitmo McClatchy
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'Most Wanted' Iraqi Official Details Abuse in U.S. Captivity HuffFund
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Loose Reins on Nurses in Drug Abuse Program ProPublica
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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 27, 2009; 10:20 AM ET The Daily Read
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