News Release

Two Years After “Shock and Awe”

GREG PALAST
Author of a BBC report which airs today, “Secret U.S. Plans for Iraq’s Oil,” Palast is available for a limited number of interviews.
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ANTONIA JUHASZ
A Foreign Policy In Focus scholar, Juhasz wrote the article “Of Oil And Elections” and is author of a forthcoming book, about the Bush administration’s global economic agenda, focusing on the invasion of Iraq.
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PRATAP CHATTERJEE
Author of the recently released book Iraq, Inc., Chatterjee is program director for the group CorpWatch.
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DAVID POTORTI
Co-director of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Potorti will be speaking at protests this weekend in Fayetteville, North Carolina, near Fort Bragg. Potorti recently returned from Spain, where he and other Peaceful Tomorrows members met with relatives of victims of the 3/11 Madrid bombings. As the war began two years ago, Peaceful Tomorrows issued a statement which read: “As family members of September 11 victims, we know what it feels like to experience ‘shock and awe,’ and we do not want other innocent families to suffer the trauma and grief that we have endured.”
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KAREN MEREDITH, CINDY SHEEHAN, BILL MITCHELL, FERNANDO SUAREZ DEL SOLAR, JOYCE LUCEY, [via Jeff Grubler]
As members of the U.S. military, their sons — Kenneth Ballard, Casey Austin Sheehan, Mike Mitchell and Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar Navarro — were killed in Iraq. Jeffrey Michael Lucey committed suicide after returning to the U.S. The parents are among those participating in the Eyes Wide Open Iraq War Memorial, a traveling installation which commemorates U.S. and Iraqi dead from the war. Grubler is a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee.
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CARL WEBB
Webb enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 2001. His three-year term of service was due to expire last August — but just two months before that, he was informed his term had been extended under the military’s “stop-loss” policy and he was to be deployed to Iraq in November. Carl Webb refused to report for duty and has been AWOL since then. He will be speaking at protests this weekend in New York City. He said today: “I believe it’s an unjust war on our part. I do not believe what the government has told us the war is intended for. I do not believe this government intends to spread democracy in the Middle East. It’s not in the interest of their [Iraqis’] security or our security. I believe it is all about oil and profits and strategic control of the Middle East.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167