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Wasteful Spending By Private Contractors In Afghanistan Climbs To $1 Billion, As Their Numbers Multiply | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama emphasized the need to learn the lessons of Iraq, criticizing the use of private contractors in that co...

Senate Passes Amendment To Prevent KBR and Halliburton From Getting Away With Raping Employees (Literally)

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Al Franken offered the amendment because of a KBR employee, age 19, who was raped by a bunch of KBR workers in Iraq. After she was rescued, she was informed that she couldn't take KBR to court.

General Petraeus Joins Troops Diagnosed With Cancer

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
R. B. Stuart

In 2003 General Petraeus led the troops into the massive battle of "shock and awe" in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 101st Airborne was the first to pav...

It's Not Just ACORN, Says Congressman Grayson

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

I talked with Congressman Alan Grayson in detail about his efforts to stop the government cash flow to contractors that cheat the government and overcharge the American taxpayers.

To the Dems Who Voted to 'Defund ACORN': Where is the Defund Blackwater Act?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Democrats have joined Republicans in voting to "Defund ACORN," yet they have done nothing to stop Blackwater's ongoing taxpayer-funded crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Time to Get Real About the ACORN "Controversy"--and Republican Double Standards

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Right wing has always hated ACORN. Partially that's because the organization has been so effective at allowing poor people to vote. The Right hates it when poor people vote.

Civilian Contractor Shot Dead On U.S. Base In Iraq; Soldier Detained

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD (AP)-- A civilian contractor was shot and killed Sunday on an American military base in the Iraqi city of Tikrit and a U.S. soldier has been d...

Are We Poisoning Our Troops? Congress Takes Critical Step in Addressing Burn Pits in Iraq, Afghanistan

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

When our troops deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, they have enough to worry about from insurgents, snipers and roadside bombs. They shouldn't also have to worry about poison in the air they breathe.

Oregon Soldiers Sue KBR For Exposure To Cancer-Causing Chemical

The Oregonian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Five current and former Oregon Army National Guard soldiers filed suit Monday against a war contractor that they say knowingly exposed them to a cance...

Wartime Contracting Report Finds Waste, Lax Oversight

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has failed to provide adequate oversight over tens of billions of dollars in contracts to support military o...

Is Halliburton Forgiven and Forgotten?

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pratap Chatterjee

How did Halliburton, once branded the ugly stepchild of Dick Cheney and a poster child of war profiteering, receive absolution from anti-war activists and the media?

Corporate Bribery: The Biggest Scandals (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Lavish gifts, briefcases full of cash, greased palms. Recently, several large, multinational corporations have been accused of violating the Foreign C...

For Memorial Day: How KBR Killed U.S. Soldiers

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

It was good to see an editorial in the New York Times this morning blasting KBR for trying to give its people bonuses in light of the recent revelations about its shoddy electrical work in Iraq.

Dullness: A Euphemism for Status Quo

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judith Ellis

Brooks and his ilk also like to pretend that there is some big separation between government and big business when in reality they have been in bed for years.

US Army Paid KBR Bonuses Despite Soldiers' Deaths Resulting From Shoddy Work

Reuters | Thomas Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Army paid $83.4 million in bonuses to KBR Inc., its biggest contractor in Iraq, despite accusations its wiring work has been linked to the el...

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...

"Mission Accomplished" Bush Gets the Last Laugh in Iraq and Afghanistan

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

For years, George W. Bush has been roundly criticized, even lampooned, for declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. But maybe declaring "Mission Accomplished" was not that crazy after all.

Government Forced to Back Down on Misdirected Halliburton Case

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The U.S. Justice Department withdrew its 10-count major frauds charge against Jeff Mazon and instead accepted a misdemeanor plea agreement -- a victory for Mazon and a black eye both for the Justice Department and Judge McDade,

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 Military Family Treated Shabbily -- a Demand for Accountability

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a highly decorated Army ranger, stepped into the community shower of his Iraq building, reached out to turn on the water and died, a victim of electrocution.

Were Troops Poisoned? Vets Demand KBR Come Clean on Toxins in Iraq

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

From burn pits to power plants, we are hearing more and more about troops who have been exposed to toxins while serving our country overseas.

Human Rights Inquiry Set For Warehoused Asians In Iraq

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Adam Ashton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military and defense contractor KBR are investigating possible human-rights abuses at a compound near the Baghdad airport where a ...

KBR Sued for Giving Soldiers Ice with 'Traces of Body Fluids and Putrefied Remains'

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

The former Halliburton subsidiary also failed to manage a medical incinerator properly, disposing medical waste and human remains in an open air burn pit.

Soldiers Sue KBR Over Iraq Chemical Exposure

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — Sixteen Indiana National Guard soldiers sued the big defense contractor KBR Inc. on Wednesday, saying its employees knowingly all...

Bush Administration Moves to Defend Halliburton and Cheney

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The Bush administration moved to prevent Jeff Mazon from making a defense that would most certainly shift the blame from charges he took a bribe in th...