Allegations of misappropriations related to the Iraq War

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Iraq War misappropriation refers to allegations that billions of dollars of congressional funds, originally meant for reconstruction and re-building programs, were misappropriated during the Iraq War. Gag orders from the United States Department of Justice/White House are preventing further inquiry into the allegations.[citation needed]

Official audits and investigations[edit]

In July 2008, the United States Department of Justice investigated around 900 cases of alleged fraud committed by contractors.[1] Similarly, the Defense Contract Audit Agency has uncovered $10 billion in questionable Iraq contracts,[1] and a US audit found that the occupation authority had lost track of reconstruction funds totalling nearly $9 billion.[2]

Henry Waxman, Chairman of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said: "The money that's gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it's egregious. It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history."[3]

Media investigations[edit]

Vanity Fair[edit]

In an October 2007 article, two Vanity Fair writers examined the journey of $12 billion in U.S. currency, which was transported from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad in April 2003 and June 2004, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. They concluded that of this sum, "at least $9 billion has gone missing".[4]

Panorama/BBC[edit]

BBC television program, Panorama (9 June 2008) investigated and claimed that "as much as $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq.[5] Panorama used US and Iraqi government sources to research how much some private contractors had profited from the conflict and rebuilding.[5]

Dispatches[edit]

Dispatches: Iraq's Missing Billions, produced by Guardian Films, broadcast on United Kingdom's Channel 4 at 8:00 pm on March 20, 2006.[6]

Immunization of contractors and gagging orders[edit]

It has been alleged that there may have also been some "immunized foreign contractors" involved..[7] US gagging orders currently prevent discussion of the allegations. The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.[8]

Missing UN funds[edit]

At the start of the Iraq war, the United Nations awarded $23 billion of Iraqi money to the US-led coalition to re-develop Iraq.[6] Due to the collapse of the banking system, around $12 billion of this was flown to the country in $100 notes.

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