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Shell Shock Lite

Jeremiah Goulka | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Jeremiah Goulka

"Duration of the disturbance," says the manual, "is more than 1 month." I look at my colleague's wall calendar. It's 29 days since I left Iraq and the nightmares have stopped, so I don't have PTSD. Or at least I'm not diagnosable. I feel a wash of relief.

America's Shame: The U.S. Government's Human Trafficking Dilemma

Joe Newman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

This human trafficking pipeline wasn't benefiting some shadowy war lord or oppressive regime. No, these are workers who were feeding, cleaning up after and providing logistical support for U.S. troops -- the standard bearers of the free and democratic world.

Say What? You Talking About Me?

David Isenberg | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
David Isenberg

In the modern private security contractor industry, some Brits have been quite outspoken in chronicling what they see as their superior professionalism, compared to their American counterparts.

'Green News Report' - October 18, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republica...

'Green News Report' - October 11, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.11.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Occupy Wa...

Dan Froomkin

The Great Iraqi Giveaway: Billions In Bases, Equipment Being Handed Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad da...

SHOCK: Which Company Is Top Workplace For Women?

Mother Jones | — Adam Weinstein | Posted 06.09.2011 | Business

Jaw, meet floor. According to a company press release, war megacontractor KBR was voted one of the 50 top companies for women by readers of Woman E...

Former Blackwater, Xe, Bought By Investment Group

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

RALEIGH, N.C. — An investment group with ties to the founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater announced Friday that it has bought the sec...

If Deficits Don't Matter, Does Contract Abuse?

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

It is remarkable how many people claim to be sincerely interested in reducing the federal budget deficit but have seemingly have no interest in taking on these kinds of abuse in contracting.

Army Corps Of Engineers Worker Charged In Iraq Contract Bribes

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. — An employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a construction company seeki...

Ex-Marine Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former Marine has pleaded guilty to accepting a $25,000 bribe in exchange for awarding numerous contracts to a Lebanon-based comp...

Jason Linkins

Blackwater And Private Security Firms Just Can't Be Disqualified From Winning Lucrative Government Contracts, No Matter What They Do

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman has been doing some stellar reporting on the who's who among the private security contractors that have gotten a share of the State Department's $10 billion Worldwide Protective Services contract.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

I've been on vacation in Greece this week, regularly interrupted by bulletins about the dismal economic news back in America: bankruptcy filings at their highest since 2005; new unemployment claims surpassing 500,000. I was in the Ionian Islands when I read Paul Krugman's column about how we're engaging "in human sacrifices to appease the anger of invisible gods" -- allowing the obsession with deficit reduction to trump job creation. Surrounded by the monuments my ancestors built to appease the Greek gods, I found Krugman's analogy particularly chilling. The perverse priorities of "the apostles of austerity" were on display with the news that the U.S. is planning to turn much of the ongoing security work in Iraq over to private contractors -- a transition that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. How come those demanding sacrifice from millions of Americans never seem to have a problem with writing that kind of check?

KBR Immunity Deal: Taxpayers Could Be On Hook To Pay Veterans Suing Halliburton Unit Over Exposure To Cancer-Causing Chemicals In Iraq

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of America's largest military contractors was granted immunity from harming soldiers and civilians in Iraq. As a result, taxpayers may be on the ...

State Beats Pentagon, Unfortunately

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Recently I wrote about the contract for training the Afghan National Police. Actually I wrote about a Newsweek/Pro Publica article on the subject. Th...

Lost in Translation: The High Cost of Interpreting in the Middle East

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Interpreters have some of the most high risk jobs in war zones.

Another Embassy Guard SCANDAL, This Time In Baghdad

Mother Jones | Daniel Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Surely last September's scandal involving the bacchanalian hijinks of ArmorGroup's vodka-butt-shot-taking guards taught the State Department -- and sp...

Iraq Contractor Making MILLIONS Off Mechanics Working 43 MINUTES A MONTH

Mother Jones | Adam Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It was just a single contract for a single job on a single base in Iraq. The Department of Defense agreed to pay the megacontractor KBR $5 million a y...

Federal Investigation Launched To Look Into Alleged Blackwater Bribery

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating whether security contractor Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi officials to allow th...

Double Standards: How Our Lawlessness Strengthens Our Enemies

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

We have failed to even investigate torturers, yet we have prosecuted and imprisoned millions for lesser offenses. And we allow mass murderers the ben...

Good News for Blackwater Is Bad News for Industry

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

There will be no trial and thus the central issue, whether the Blackwater guards were innocent or guilty of killing unarmed civilians, will never be examined.

My Testimony on 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Ali Faisal Al-Lami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Faisal Al-Lami

In 2008, I was kidnapped from Baghdad International Airport by American civilians with no known affiliation, and was blindfolded and taken to a facility where I was initially interrogated in a hostile way.

Mercenaries and Murder in Iraq

Eric Stoner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Stoner

With no countries officially left in the so-called "coalition of the willing", contractors are now playing a more important role than ever, as Obama begins to slowly scale back the war in Iraq.

The Ghost of Truman: The Wartime Contracting Commission Gives DOD Hell on Iraq Contracting

Dina Rasor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dina Rasor

I felt the usual dread as I settled down to watch the hearings by the congressional Wartime Contracting Commission. But this time, the ghost of Harry Truman was lurking in the room.

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.