Hollywood filmmaker Robert Greenwald is in Washington today for Senate Democratic oversight hearings on Iraq war profiteering, and the D.C. movie premiere of his latest documentary, Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. The Brave New Films DVD will be released on September 26th. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee, led by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), will conduct oversight hearings to seek accountability for contracting abuses in Iraq. Dorgan, with Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Mark Dayton (D-MN), will investigate some of the allegations in Greenwald’s film. Heard will be testimony from whistleblowers reportedly with firsthand knowledge about contracting abuses in Iraq, such as former Halliburton truck drivers Edward Sanchez and Sean Larvenz who both are featured in Iraq For Sale. Meanwhile, Greenwald’s film is under attack by Halliburton on the company’s website. (So, too, did Fox News Channel attack his OutFoxed DVD.) “Now we’re taking the fight to Washington to impact their one and only customer: the U.S. government,” Greenwald emailed media on Sunday. “We are amazed that they openly admit to not seeing the film, and then proceed to attack it because they can “deduce” its content! I kid you not. Maybe they can deduce what happened to the billions they overcharged.” Greenwald points out that the corporation claims the film gets facts wrong. “Then they distort the facts — one of my favorite being, ‘By all accounts, KBR’s logistical achievements in support of the troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan have been nothing short of amazing.’ They cite 411 million meals served, but neglect to mention how many they overcharged for. They cite 5.85 billion gallons of water, and still haven’t responded on how many gallons were contaminated.” Back in 2004, I profiled Robert Greenwald about his journey from TV nice guy to nemesis of the right-wing. As I wrote in my LA Weekly column under the headline Giving Conservatives Moore Nightmares, “But the question remains: Why in the world would someone as successful in the entertainment industry as Greenwald jeopardize everything he’s worked so hard to build — his career, his reputation, his finances — to dabble in the dirt-poor field of documentary-making? And not just in can’t-lose, do-good documentaries on say, American Indians or Holocaust victims — but down-and-dirty, let’s get those sons-a-bitches, provocative on purpose documentaries.”
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