NBC had a reporter cover the war crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay while CBS filed on the Government Accountability Office report on funding for reconstruction in Iraq. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski was at the Pentagon, not in Cuba, to tell us about the conviction of Salim Hamdan for using his car to transport anti-aircraft missiles in Afghanistan, where he worked as Osama bin Laden's chauffeur. A military tribunal cleared him of charges of al-Qaeda conspiracy. "Judicial overkill," was the verdict on the tribunal from human rights activists that Miklaszewski quoted. The White House called it "fair and appropriate." CBS' Chip Reid filed from Capitol Hill on Iraq's unspent budget surplus. The soaring price of crude oil will have put $79bn in Baghdad's coffers by the end of the year. Reid contrasted funding for infrastructure since the United States invaded in 2003: the US has spent $48bn; Iraq spent less than $7bn in two years.
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