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Believe It or Not (2010 Imperial Edition): U.S. War-Fighting Numbers to Knock Your Socks Off

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Believe it or not, the staggering logistics effort underway to transport part of the American way of war from Iraq to Afghanistan is now being compared by those involved to Hannibal crossing the Alps with his cohort of battle elephants.

Emasculation Nation

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

It is now more obvious than ever that power is not wielded by the federal government, but by corporate behemoths fully embedded in the nation's nervous system.

Are Private Contractors the Vulnerable Underbelly of the Intelligence Community?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

We hear so much about the use of private military and security contractors by the Defense and State departments that it is easy to forget that outsour...

To Protect Taxpayer Dollars, Agencies Must Suspend and Debar Bad Government Contractors

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

With billions of tax dollars on the line, it is far past time for agencies to suspend and debar bad actors and for agency managers to aggressively enforce this process.

No More Contracts with the Devil! What Obama Learned from Municipal Living Wage Laws

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Want to pay your employees less than it takes to support a family, force Medicaid and hospital emergency rooms to pay for their health care, and break...

12 Ways To Save American Taxpayers $1 Trillion

The Huffington Post | By Laura Bassett and Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama tries to get his new bipartisan "deficit commission" off the ground, a public interest group is proposing a series of common-sense ...

Contractors and the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Sen. Leahy and Rep. Price have just announced a new bill to ensure that American contractors and employees working abroad will be accountable under U.S. law.

Offshore Means Never Having to Pay Payroll Taxes

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Many of the top U.S. publicly-traded defense contractors have created offshore subsidiaries to avoid paying taxes. The Pentagon is aware of the practice, which is not illegal

New SIGIR Detail on Private Contractors in Iraq

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

Today the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGI) has released its latest (24th) Quarterly Report to Congress. For those intereste...

'Shadow Elite': Information Is Power And Who's Controlling Our Information?

Gary Lyndaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gary Lyndaker

Tight budgets and political forces are driving Missouri and other state governments toward operating in an emergency mode and we respond by privatizing more government work.

104,100 Defense Contractors Are There In Afghanistan

TPMMuckraker | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Private contractors employed by the Defense Department in Afghanistan will continue to outnumber the size of the American troop presence, even after P...

Blackwater's Cowboy Justice

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

As inertia continues to characterize the Middle East peace process and outreach to Iran and Syria, the Blackwater case casts more doubt on the ability of the Obama administration to live up to his rhetoric.

Paying Peter to Kill Paul

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Soltz

American and NATO service members deserve better than to possibly die fighting an insurgency that even American contractors admit is being funded by the Department of Defense.

The Blackness of Blackwater

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Brauchli

The good news for Blackwater fans is that things are not as bleak as they appear. A report found that Blackwater guards were involved in almost 200 shootings in Iraq between 2005 and 2007.

U.S. May Oust Contractor At Kabul Embassy | GINGER THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The State Department official responsible for overseeing private contracts said Monday that the government was seriously considering terminating its $...

Private Military and Security Companies Wanted for Hire by CIA as "Hitmen"?

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amnesty International

Congress needs to pass legislation that will close the legal vacuum in which private military and security companies are operating.

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.

US Companies Send Translators To Afghanistan Who Are Old, Out Of Shape, Unprepared For Combat

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAWA, Afghanistan — Josh Habib lay in a dirt field, gasping for air. Two days of hiking with Marines through southern Afghanistan's 115-degree h...

The Media's Premature Celebration of US Withdrawal From Iraq

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

What the media has failed to emphasize is that 130,000 residual forces will still be operating inside of Iraq, and that Obama intends to keep as many as 50,000 troops there until 2011.

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...

New Report Reveals Why We'll Be Paying for the Iraq Occupation for Years to Come, Withdrawal or Not

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

With last week's announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan, Obama blew the lid off of any lingering perceptions that he represents a significant change in how the U.S. conducts its foreign policy.

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...

The Taxpayer and the Tax Collector

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Senator Grassley would obviously prefer to have 60 people in the private sector doing an inefficient job of collecting taxes than to turn the job over to the more efficient public sector.

Obama Takes On Market-Based Government

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

In a little-noted passage of a mostly ignored speech last week, President Obama gave notice that he meant to put the kibosh on the GOP's favorite method for spreading the wealth around.

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.