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Pentagon Denies Terror Funds Used for Iraq

A Democratic congressman on Monday demanded to know whether the Bush administration transferred $700 million to Iraq war planning efforts out of counterterrorism funds without informing Capitol Hill. The Pentagon said it didn’t happen. A senior Defense Department budget official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon used a smaller amount of post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism money on projects that would aid the war on Iraq, but the spending had a wider purpose — it also improved the military’s capability to fight terrorists everywhere. At issue is whether counterterrorism money was spent appropriately on any preparations for a possible conflict in Iraq, and whether Congress was informed of the Bush administration’s changes in spending plans. Full Story

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