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New Report Reveals Shocking Details About Blackwater's CIA Ties

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

Last month a three-year-long federal prosecution of Blackwater collapsed. The government's 15-felony indictment--on such charges as conspiring to hide...

U.S. Prepares to Depart but Will Aid Afghanistan Against Taliban

Ben Barber | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Ben Barber

The United States hopes that $16 billion in civilian assistance plus additional billions for military training and support for Afghan forces will prevent a collapse of the Afghan government after most U.S. and other foreign forces withdraw in 2014, a senior U.S. official said last Tuesday in Washington.

The Most Immediate Threats to Global Energy Security: An Interview With Jellyfish

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 08.22.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

As global energy supplies come under increasing attack by non-state actors and private energy holdings become key targets of political maneuverings and criminal activities, we discuss the nature of the growing threat and how to reverse the risk with "smart power."

Milo Minderbinder in Afghanistan: Part 2

David Isenberg | Posted 07.21.2012 | Books
David Isenberg

Here is another excerpt from the recently published book Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban (Prometheus Books, 2012). The f...

The PMSC Perils of Peacekeeping

David Isenberg | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
David Isenberg

Private military and security contractors frequently assert that they are so effective that they should be used in United Nations peacekeeping operations. It is a contention that has received greater attention in recent years. But is it true?

Profit-Chasing Guns-for-Hire Are Killing Us in Iraq and Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan makes a few people very, very rich, but it's making the rest of us -- Americans and local civilians alike -- much less safe.

Dan Froomkin

Three Years After Massacre, Oversight Of Private Security Contractors Still A Concern | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three years ago this week, heavily armed Blackwater security contractors working for the State Department went on an unprovoked shooting spree in a Ba...

Afghanistan Fraud Is Focus Of US Military Intelligence

New York Times | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The military's intelligence network in Afghanistan, designed for identifying and tracking terrorists and insurgents, is increasingly focused on uncove...

Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Af...

Blackwater, Now Xe, Vying For $1 Billion Contract To Train Afghan National Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed the company's prospects in Afghanistan, where it's a contender to be a key part of President Barack ...

Former Iraq Security Contractors Say Firm Bought Black Market Weapons, Swapped Booze For Rockets

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"We're spending a lot of money on these rifles, millions of dollars -- where do you think that money is going to?" [1] Ronald Boline, a former Triple ...

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. ...

The High Cost of Security

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

As a new report forecasts that the 190,000 private contractors in Iraq and neighboring countries will cost U.S. taxpayers more than $100 billion by th...

Abuse Claims Mount Against Pentagon, Security Contractors | William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As human rights groups demanded the release of a report on a long-running investigation of the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in th...

US Seeks Private Security Contractors To Train Iraqi Military

Washington Post | Walter Pincus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. commanders in Iraq are for the first time seeking private contractors to form part of the small military teams that train and live with Iraqi mil...

Iraq Authorizes Raids By Security Forces On Blackwater, Other War Contractors

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Iraqi interior minister said Wednesday that he would authorize raids by his security forces on Western security firms to ensure that they were com...