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Iraq Contractors

Mother Jones Publishes Story by Writer Detained in Iran

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein

A magazine has published a major investigative article by Shane Bauer, one of three Americans detained in Iran after accidentally crossing the border while hiking in Kurdistan.

Iraqi Judge Releases American Contractors Held In Connection With Death

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three Americans arrested in connection with the killing of a contractor in Baghdad's Green Zone are being released Wednesday, said their attorney Timo...

Pentagon Acquisition Mismanagement Leads to Questionable Contract Awards

Dina Rasor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dina Rasor

I have been writing about the problems with Iraq and Afghanistan contractor KBR since 2006 but the beat goes on. My co-author, Robert Bauman (Betrayin...

Blackwater Iraq Contract Expires; Operations Will Continue Temporarily

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The American security firm once known as Blackwater ended its operations in the diplomatic hub of Baghdad on Thursday, bringing to a c...

Government May Be Paying Blackwater To Work In Iraq Illegally

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Days after the Baghdad government decided it no longer wanted the company then known as Blackwater in Iraq, the State Department signed a $22.2 millio...

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's Private Security Has Cost Over $6 Billion, US Auditors Say

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — No one knows for sure, but auditors think the U.S. has paid well over $6 billion to private security companies who've been guarding...

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...

Former Iraq Contractor Pleads Guilty To Stealing Almost $40 Million In Army Fuel

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Army contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing nearly $40 million worth of jet and diesel fuel from a U.S. Army b...

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...

Over $4 Billion Wasted In Iraq Reconstruction, Government Inspector Estimates

AP | BRIAN MURPHY and PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — In the flatlands north of Baghdad sits a prison with no prisoners. It holds something else: a chronicle of U.S. government waste, misg...

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.

Iraq Contractor KBR Employed Underqualified Workers

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — KBR Inc. used employees with little electrical expertise to supervise subcontractors in Iraq and hired foreigners who couldn't spea...

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.