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Iraq Contractors

Is the Next Defense Budget a Stimulus Package?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Is each weapons system or program provided for in our budget actually needed for American security? Or are the defense contractors shoveling a load of shovel-ready bull?

Obama's Iraq: All Troops Out By 2011? Not So Fast

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

The contradiction between President Obama's speech at Camp Lejeune and his rhetoric before he was elected should serve as a warning to those who take his words at face value.

The Military's Expanding Waistline

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pratap Chatterjee

It is ironic that the men who drive across a battle zone, dodging stones, bullets, and IEDs to bring ice cream, lobster tails, and ammunition to U.S. soldiers have to beg for food themselves.

A Requiem for KBR and Blackwater

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Brauchli

Electricians formerly employed by engineering and construction firm KBR said their repeated warning to superiors about unsafe electrical conditions were ignored.

Private Contractors In Iraq Could Face Charges For Earlier Incidents Under New Security Pact

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Private security contractors operating in Iraq could face Iraqi prosecution for acts committed when they supposedly had immunity from Iraqi law, U.S. ...

Iraq Sewage System A $100 Million Failure, US Inspectors Say

NY Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A huge American-financed wastewater treatment plant in the desert city of Falluja, which United States troops assaulted twice to root out insurgents i...

Iraqi Army Headcount Still Unclear Despite Millions Paid to Private Contractor

Pro Publica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On any given day in Iraq, about 140,000 Iraqi soldiers are on duty. But some 1,000 are in jail, 2,000 are in the hospital or recuperating from injurie...

State Dept's Use Of Private Contractors To Investigate Iraq Contractors May Be Illegal

ABC News | Kirit Radia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an apparent violation of federal regulations, the State Department has outsourced to private contractors the responsibility to investigate possible...

U.S. Contractor KBR Sued For Human Trafficking

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Washington law firm filed a lawsuit yesterday against KBR, one of the largest U.S. contractors in Iraq, alleging that the company and its Jordanian ...

Iraq Contractors Have Cost $100 Billion, Goverment Says

The New York Times | James Risen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States this year will have spent $100 billion on contractors in Iraq since the invasion in 2003, a milestone that reflects th...

Pentagon Admits More Electrocutions in Iraq -- KBR Denies Blame

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

16 American troops have died from accidental electrocutions in Iraq, the Defense Department said Friday. They include 11 Army soldiers and five Marines.

Command Responsibility

Ray Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Kimball

The current explosion of contract spending in Iraq -- hundreds of billions of dollars, with tens of billions wasted -- has made it clear that this course of action is no longer sustainable.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Investigation confirms torture at U.S. bases in Afghanistan, Michael Reagan calls for murder of anti-war activists, Gingrich claims Supreme Court decision will "cost us a city" and $23 billion in lost Iraq funds.

Going Out of Business: How Much Longer Will Iraq Be for Sale?

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

The Iraq War and the interrogation of Iraqi prisoners ought to be the responsibility of highly-trained military personnel, not poorly-prepared contractors whose only goal is to make profits.

Oh, I Get It, Democrats Are The B-Team

Suzanne O'Keeffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Suzanne O'Keeffe

The Democratic leadership's latest move giving Bush & Co. billions more dollars for the fraud-based war and occupation of Iraq is Shakespearean: The good guys, turns out, are working with the bad guys!

Nickels and Dimes: Why the White House Opposes the GI Bill

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

The administration's argument is that if a GI Bill benefit is too good, it'll reward veterans too richly for their service and draw them away from re-enlisting.

McCain Fundraiser Sued Over Iraq Fuel Contracts

MSNBC News | Aram Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A little-noticed civil lawsuit in Florida is shining a light on an unusual but hugely profitable Pentagon contract to ship millions of gallons of avia...

Jason Linkins

U.S. Military Contractor 'Used Armored Cars To Transport Prostitutes' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at Muckraked, we get news that "a panel of whistleblowers" testifying before a Senate committee yesterday dropped a dime on their employer, milit...

A Look Inside Blackwater's Global Ambitions

Mother Jones | Bruce Falconer and Daniel Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Blackwater founder Erik Prince took his seat before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last October, in the midst of a firest...

Top Iraq Contractor Skirts Taxes Offshore

Boston Globe | Farah Stockman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kellogg Brown & Root, the nation's top Iraq war contractor and until last year a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., has avoided paying hundreds of milli...

US Demands Free Rein In Iraq Long After Bush Leaves

New York Times | THOM SHANKER and STEVEN LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With its international mandate in Iraq set to expire in 11 months, the Bush administration will insist that the government in Baghdad give the United ...

Private Iraq Contractors Employing Latin American Poor

LA Times | Patrick McDonnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sometimes he wakes up with a shudder, thinking he needs to take cover, fast. At other moments he dreams he's running and the mortar shell strikes agai...

Employee Accuses Halliburton Of Covering Up Rape In Iraq

ABC's The Blotter | BRIAN ROSS, MADDY SAUER & JUSTIN ROOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the in...

NYT: Withdraw All Private Armies From Iraq

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice refers to the lack of legal accountability that allows mercenaries working for the American government to kill Ira...

Revealed: Cost Of U.S. Contractors In Iraq Has Soared To $4 Billion

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the past four years, the amount of money the State Department pays to private security and law enforcement contractors has soared to nearly $4 bi...