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Private Security Contractors

Private Police: Mercenaries for the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Whatever scant protection the weakened Fourth Amendment provides us dissipates in the face of privatized police, who are paid by corporations working in partnership with the government.

Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Amol Mehra | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Private security contractors employed by the U.S. government abroad, for example, have been implicated in serious human rights violations, ranging from destruction of property to torture and human trafficking.

David McCabe

State Department Awarded Blackwater More Than $1 Billion After Threat, Shooting | David McCabe | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

The State Department awarded more than a billion dollars in funding to the security firm Blackwater and its later incarnations even after one of the c...

State Department Gives Misleading Testimony to Senate

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

A senior State Department official recently reassured lawmakers that the U.S. embassy in the capital of war-torn Afghanistan is well protected. But, in reality, the pudding he described contains no such proof.

CACI's Forgotten Role in Abu Ghraib (II)

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

It is not clear why the DOJ never prosecuted Steven Stefanowicz, Daniel Johnson, or any other CACI interrogator for their role in the torture at Abu Ghraib. The best clues are contained in a two-part file from the Army Criminal Investigative Division's investigation into the Abu Ghraib abuses, released to the ACLU after a Freedom of Information Act request.

CACI's Forgotten Role in Abu Ghraib (I)

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

This June, a federal court dismissed Iraqi torture victims' suit against military contractor CACI for its role in their abuse at Abu Ghraib, because the "alleged conduct giving rise to their claims occurred exclusively on foreign soil."

The Buck Stops Here: Using Public Funds for Public Good

Amol Mehra | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Our tax dollars should not be lining the pockets of any business that makes profits through complicity in human rights violations, be they the atrocities in the Congo, trafficking in humans, child labor or sweatshops.

Time to Put Private Security Contractors Under the Gun

Amol Mehra | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Amol Mehra

Using private security contractors has the potential to jeopardize the status of U.S. operations abroad, can put American lives at risk, and may cut against the very foreign policy goals our missions and embassies are seeking to achieve. They must be subject to oversight.

Sequester and its Impact on Private Security Contractors

Kerry Patton | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Kerry Patton

With forecasted Defense budget cuts due to the potential of sequestration, private security contractors will be essential assets needed to ensure national security and prevention of total economic collapse.

Putting Credibility Into a Code of Conduct

David Isenberg | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
David Isenberg

Academi is obviously mindful of some of the past controversies its ancestral companies were embroiled in and has taken steps, as much as humanly possible, to make a repeat of such incidents impossible.

Intra-Masculine Bonds and Butt Cracks

David Isenberg | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Gee, with all due apologies to Stephen Ambrose's famed book, the whole Band of Brothers concept of bonding may have gained new meaning when it comes t...

Zach Carter

10 Ways Obama, Congress Could Cut U.S. Budget Without Raising Income Taxes Or Slashing Entitlements | Zach Carter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just about every policy lawmakers are considering for a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff would involve either raising individual...

Sex, Violence, David Petraues and PSC in Afghanistan

David Isenberg | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
David Isenberg

For those who work on private military and security contracting issues one longstanding, and still vexing, issue is encapsulated in just three words: "inherently governmental functions"

What Role for PMC in Today's World?

David Isenberg | Posted 01.19.2013 | Business
David Isenberg

Is there an appropriate role for Private Military Companies (PMCs) in the contemporary security context? Maybe, but less than you may think, accordin...

How Do You Handle 70,000 Unemployed Afghan PSC? Very Carefully

David Isenberg | Posted 01.13.2013 | Business
David Isenberg

Admittedly, just one of many factors affecting Afghanistan, but an important one nonetheless, is the state of its substantial private security contrac...

Drunk Security Contractors in Afghanistan? Again?

Joe Newman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

As troops are replaced with private security contractors, it would be foolish for a new administration to continue to ignore the vivid warnings of what happens when the U.S. outsources its inherent governmental functions.

Will No One Rid Me of This Turbulent Company?

David Isenberg | Posted 09.28.2012 | World
David Isenberg

Now that the London Olympics are receding into memory and the world has moved on to other pressing sports issues, like substitute NFL referees, the time is right to look back and ask one very important question; namely, just how badly did G4S screw up?

Maritime PSC: Not the Solution, But Part of the Solution

David Isenberg | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Those who follow the issue of attacks by Somali pirates on commercial shipping are likely aware that many shipowners' firms have turned to private sec...

Servicing the State Department

David Isenberg | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Sometimes, in all that is said and written about the use of private contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, people forget that it is not just the Defense Department that uses them.

The Devil Is Always in the Details

David Isenberg | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Evidently, the ICoC, to paraphrase Captain Barbossa of the Pirates of Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl movie, is more of a guideline than an actual rule. Welcome aboard the Black PSC, Miss Turner.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Blackwater Appeal -- What Does This Mean for the Accountability of Private Military Firms?

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to dismiss the manslaughter and weapons charges against the four defendants Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Donald Ball and has declined to comment.

The Rise of Private Maritime Security Companies

David Isenberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The emerging economic paradigm indicates that use of maritime armed guards will only increase. That means the private security companies that combat the pirates were earning much more than the pirates themselves. Thus piracy is good for at least some businesses.

Dan Froomkin

Afghan Reconstruction Efforts Mired In Corruption | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.30.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Afghan reconstruction efforts remain severely hampered even after nearly $100 billion in spending over the last 10 years, according to ...

Andrea Stone

Ex-TSA Chief Opposes Privatizing Airport Security | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley said Wednesday that privatizing screening at airports -- a pet cause of a...

We're Not Mercenaries. Oh, Dear

David Isenberg | Posted 06.21.2012 | World
David Isenberg

For many years those in the private security contracting industry have argued loudly that the people who carry guns in the field are not mercenaries. And they are exactly right, as I have noted many times in the past.