Monthly Archives: November 2007

New Report on the Cost of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

There is a recently published report by the Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, titled War at Any Price: The Total Economic Costs of the War Beyond the Federal Budget. The press release about the report, dated November 13, 2007, states:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will join Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Chairman Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and JEC Vice Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) [today [and release ] a new report exposing the hidden costs of the war in Iraq. The Joint Economic Committee report investigates the costs of the war in Iraq that are not included in direct budgetary appropriations, including long term veteran’s health care, foregone investment, oil market disruptions and interest payments on borrowed war funding. The JEC estimates these costs could total in the trillions of dollars.

There were some errors in the report that were “quietly corrected”, a Republican press report noted.
Here are some of the individual charts on the costs:
The American Family Will Bear Heavy Burden to Pay for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
With No Change in Course, Total Costs Incurred per Family Reach Almost $50,000 by 2017
The Projected Interest Costs of Iraq War Alone are Higher than
the Cost of Children’s Health Program and Health Research and Training

Taxpayer Spending on Iraq War vs. Federal Spending on Other Priorities

Terrorism Report Released

Are you interested in the types of terrorist activitites that have taken place in the United States? The FBI just released the latest edition of its report summarizing terrorist activities in the US, titled “Terrorism 2002-2005.”
The report “provides an overview of the terrorist incidents and preventions designated by the FBI as having taken place in the United States and its territories during the years 2002 through 2005 and that are matters of public record. This publication does not include those incidents which the Bureau classifies under criminal rather than terrorism investigations. In addition, the report discusses major FBI investigations overseas and identifies significant events-including legislative actions, prosecutorial updates, and program developments-relevant to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.”
The report includes a chart of “casualties of terrorism 1980-2005” and a chronological summary of the terrorist incidents in the US between 1980-2005.

Noise & Food in the Library and Gold Reading Room

There have been repeated complaints about the noise level in the Law Library and Gold Reading Room. As we head toward the exam period, please be considerate of others and keep conversations to a minimum.
Additionally, there has been a problem with food, drink, and related waste being brought into the library and not properly discarded. Food is prohibited in the library. You may bring bottled water and other covered drinks into the library (but not into the computer lab).
Thanks for your cooperation.