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US: The Duke Stir and the Defense Contractor
by EditorialThe Washington Post
June 17th, 2005
When Mr. Cunningham wanted to sell his house in 2003, he didn't bother to put it on the market. Instead, according to reporting by Marcus Stern of Copley News Service, Mr. Cunningham -- who sits on the defense appropriations subcommittee -- turned to a defense contractor. The contractor, Mitchell Wade of MZM Inc., bought the house for $1,675,000. He then put the house back on the market, where it languished for 261 days before selling for $700,000 less than the original purchase price.

US: FBI Investigate Business Ties Between Defense Cntractor and Congressman
by Marcus SternThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 17th, 2005
The FBI has opened an inquiry into Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's 2003 sale of his Del Mar house to a defense contractor, who later sold it at a $700,000 loss, a Justice Department official said.

US: Halliburton to Build $30 million Prison at Guantanamo Bay
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
June 17th, 2005
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has assigned Halliburton subsidiary KBR to construct a two-story facility capable of handling 220 prisoners, along with a security fence.

US: Pensions from Leading Defense Contractors Impede Confirmation of Pentagon Official
by Megan
June 17th, 2005
Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met behind closed doors this week to work out questions of pension plans for Gordon England, who is up for the Pentagon's No. 2 civilian official. England is a former executive at two of the largest U.S. defense contractors. His pensions are valued at $280,000 a year.

IRAQ: Tensions Rise Between Military and Private Security
by James
June 17th, 2005
A controversy surrounding the detention of private contractors by US marines has exposed the sharp tensions being produced by the activities of thousands of mercenaries employed by the Bush administration to help enforce the occupation of Iraq.

US: State Department Awards Private Security Firm $1 Billion Contract
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
June 17th, 2005
Triple Canopy, founded just two years ago, got its first contract providing security for the Coalition Provisional Authority. At its peak, the company had 1,300 security personnel in Iraq. "We were a start-up and now we're in the leagues of companies who have been doing this for years," said the initial announcement.

US: Second Security Contractor Alleges Marine Abuse in Iraq
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
June 16th, 2005
the ex-Marine never imagined his captors would be U.S. troops. And he never dreamed they would hand him a Koran and a prayer rug, and treat him like the enemy for the next 72 hours. "It's just unreal," said Ginter, 30, Colorado Springs, Colo., the latest to speak out among 16 American and three Iraqi security contractors who were detained for three days in a facility with insurgents after being accused of firing shots at U.S. troops near Fallujah.

US: House Sale Opens Door to Congressman's Undoing
by Logan JenkinsThe Sandiego Union-Tribune
June 16th, 2005
Duke's done. One way or another, an under-the-table real-estate deal will end his long run in Congress. Three exit strategies are available to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the saltiest congressman in North County's history.

FIJI: Workers Warn of Contractors in Kuwait Supporting Iraq War
Fiji Times
June 15th, 2005
Fijians returning home after a stint from security jobs in Kuwait say their government must thoroughly scrutinise all contracts. "I wouldn't want our local men to face the kind of life we experienced in Kuwait as it only brings tears when we think of our family back home," Mikaele Jiuta told a press conference last night

US: The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review and The Military Industrial Base
by Jack Spencer and Kathy GudgelThe Heritage Foundation
June 14th, 2005
'In the 1980s, there were about 20 prime contractors; now there are only 4 or 5. There must be some recognition of the effect that this decline has on the supplier base and its ramifications for innovation and profitability. Furthermore, the Department of Defense apparently believes that the future of innovation resides with small companies, but this is counter to the ongoing trend—primarily mergers and acquisitions.'

AFGHANISTAN: Families Sue Private Contractor Over Soldiers' Deaths
by Kristin CollinsThe News & Observer
June 14th, 2005
The families of three Army soldiers who died in a plane crash in Afghanistan filed a civil suit Monday against Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, a company that contracts with the military to provide staff and equipment in war zones, and several aviation companies that Blackwater owns. At least one of the companies was operating the flight that crashed into a mountainside in November, the lawsuit claims.

IRAQ: Unions Thwarted By All Sides
by Sue PlemingReuters
June 14th, 2005
Iraqi unionists said their attempts to mobilize workers were being thwarted by all sides -- from foreign companies working in Iraq to insurgents and the U.S. and Iraqi military.

US: Defense Discovers Insurance Companies Charge Huge Fees for Contractors Overseas
by Elliot Blair SmithUSA Today
June 14th, 2005
The Pnetagon wants to overhaul a controversial $5.5 billion workers' compensation insurance program for overseas civilian contractors after discovering that it is paying up to 10 times more for insurance than other government agencies.

AFGHANISTAN: Soldiers’ Surviving Relatives Sue Contractor
Associated Press
June 13th, 2005
The families of three soldiers killed in an Afghanistan plane crash on Monday sued the contractor that supplied the plane and crew, Blackwater USA, saying it was negligent and didn’t make safety a priority.

WORLD: The Rise of the Private Security Companies
by Deborah AvantForeign Policy
June 13th, 2005
Today's private security companies are corporate endeavors that perform logistics support, training, security, intelligence work, risk analysis, and much more. They operate in an open market, work for many employers at once, and boast of their professionalism.

IRAQ: Army and Insurer at Odds
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 13th, 2005
The Pentagon suspects vast overcharging for workers' compensation in war zones. A financial giant has fought a proposal to cut rates.

IRAQ: Banned Contractor Still Soliciting Iraq Deals
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
June 12th, 2005
Former executives of Custer Battles _ an American firm accused of stealing millions from Iraq reconstruction projects and banned from further government contracts _ have continued doing contracting work and have formed new companies to bid on such projects, The Associated Press has learned.

IRAQ: Who Keeps Tabs on Contractors
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
June 12th, 2005
There is no centralized procedure for monitoring scores of contracting firms rebuilding Iraq with U.S. funds, according to the military. The controls that do exist have been criticized for failing to keep track of millions of dollars.

US: Lawmaker's Real Estate Deal with Defense Contractor Questioned
by Marcus SternCopley News Service
June 12th, 2005
A defense contractor with ties to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham took a $700,000 loss on the purchase of the congressman's Del Mar house while the congressman, a member of the influential defense appropriations subcommittee, was supporting the contractor's efforts to get tens of millions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon.

US: Pentagon Funds Diplomacy Effort
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
June 11th, 2005
The Pentagon awarded three contracts this week, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly the military.

US: Military Says No Lies
by James W. CrawleyMedia General News Service
June 11th, 2005
Three private contractors hired by the U.S. military to help make commercials, write news stories and produce TV shows aimed at foreign countries will tell the truth -- not lies, said the Army officer overseeing the contracts.

US: Audit Critical, but Firm Gets U.S. deals
by Ken DilanianThe Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11th, 2005
Abt Associates was found to have been little, if any, help to Iraqi health care. Its funding was cut, but it has won new pacts.

IRAQ: Government Wants Stricter Legal Boundaries for Private Security
by Adrian BlomfieldTelegraph
June 11th, 2005
Iraq's interior ministry said it wanted to impose legal boundaries on the private security business after American contractors twice opened fire on US marines. The move may be supported by the US military, whose patience with the contractors has been tested.

IRAQ: Jailing of Security Guards Reflects Tensions Between U.S. Military, Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 11th, 2005
The jailing of private security guards reflects the long simmering tensions between the military and private business in Iraq. Even though the government has hired private companies to perform many functions in Iraq -- including security -- it does not formally oversee their activities, allowing misunderstandings and disputes to fester.

IRAQ: Security Contractor Detained
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville Times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
Rick Blanchard says he was one of eight former U.S. Marines among 14 security specialists in a 19-man convoy employed by Zapata Engineering of Charlotte, N.C. on May 28 in Northern Iraq where Marines intercepted them and escorted them to Camp Fallujah.

US: Profile of a Private Security Worker in Iraq
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
One respects him for his work and taking responsibility for children. Another sees him like a fraternity brother. All recognized him as suffering human foibles, but acknowledged his attempts to overcome them. All but one were named by Blanchard as people who know him here. Their recollections paint a picture of a multi-faceted man with a story worth hearing.

IRAQ: Private Security Guards Barred from Work
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville Times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
The Marine Corps has banned at least 16 men from U.S. bases in western Iraq because they were allegedly part of a security convoy accused of speeding through Fallujah and indiscriminately firing unauthorized weapons.

IRAQ: Security Guards Sent Back to U.S.
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
June 10th, 2005
A North Carolina company has repatriated its private security contractors, including eight former U.S. Marines, after they were accused and detained in Iraq for purportedly shooting at American troops in Fallujah.

IRAQ: Shooting Inquest Resumes
by Andrew BarrowThe Scotsman
June 9th, 2005
All four worked for ArmorGroup, a security firm with 1,000 employees in Iraq protecting official buildings and companies. They were part of a civilian convoy working on the security of a reconstruction project close to Mosul when their convoy came under fire from gunmen.

IRAQ: Marines 'Beat US Workers'and Treated Them Like Insurgents
by Jamie WilsonGuardian Unlimited
June 9th, 2005
A group of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting incident outside Falluja last month.

IRAQ: Sixty Filipino Workers Return Home after Labor Strike
by Michaela P. del Callar The Daily Tribune
June 8th, 2005
Around 60 Filipino workers, who had earlier engaged in a labor strike inside a United States military camp in Iraq, have come home, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

US: Arms Fiascoes Lead to Alarm Inside Pentagon
by Tim WeinerThe New York Times
June 8th, 2005
After years of failing to control cost overruns, the most powerful officials at the Pentagon are becoming increasingly alarmed that the machinery for building weapons is breaking down under its own weight.

IRAQ: The Brutal Death of Security Contractors in Baghdad's Gridlock
by Paul McGeoughThey Sydney Morning Herald
June 8th, 2005
They looked so local that they risked drawing friendly fire if they attempted to move up to shelter under the American guns. So they sat in no man's land, chit-chatting by radio as they willed on the Americans to reopen the road before their cover was blown.

IRAQ: U.S. Marines Detained 19 Security Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 8th, 2005
U.S. Marines forcibly detained a team of security guards working for an American engineering firm in Iraq after reportedly witnessing the contractors fire at U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians from an armed convoy. The employees have said that the incident was a case of mistaken identity. Several have accused the Marines of verbally and physically abusing them while they were in custody.

US: Sen. Carl Levin Says Recent Boeing Investigation Falls Short
by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-MichiganU.S. Senate
June 7th, 2005
' believe that critical gaps in this report have placed a cloud over it and indeed over the Inspector General’s office. In my view, the report fails to discuss critical issues, omits critical material, and redacts key portions of the report in a manner that raises serious questions about whether this report meets applicable requirements for the independence of Inspectors General.'

US: Pentagon, Air Force Officials Criticized for Boeing Tanker Deal
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
June 7th, 2005
The U.S. Defense Department's weapons buying chief and senior Air Force officials sidestepped regulations in a $23 billion proposal to lease and buy as many as 100 Boeing Co. tankers, the Pentagon's inspector general said. The acquisition process takes on added importance as the Pentagon plans to boost annual spending on new weapons by 52 percent during the next six years, as at least 13 programs move into production, to $118 billion in fiscal 2011 from $78 billion this year.

WORLD: Global Military Spending Tops $1 Tillion in 2004
Associated Press
June 7th, 2005
Global military spending in 2004 broke the $1 trillion barrier for the first time since the Cold War, boosted by the U.S. war against terror and the growing defense budgets of India and China, a European think tank said Tuesday.

IRAQ: At Least Seven Killed in Truck Convoy
Associated Press
June 7th, 2005
Hart Security Ltd., a Cyprus-based British security firm, announced that a convoy of trucks its employees were escorting had been "ambushed by insurgents" near Habaniyah.

US: Florida Garment Workers Denounce Sale of Faulty Body Armor
by Mark HammThe Militant
June 7th, 2005
The company, Point Blank, sold the U.S. Marine Corps 19,000 bulletproof vests that failed the military’s own quality tests, heightening safety concerns among GIs deployed in combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: The Unquiet American and the Murder of a Whistle-Blowing Contractor
by Aram RostonWashington Monthly
June 7th, 2005
With the exception of the submachine gun and a pistol tucked into his belt, Dale Stoffel looked the same in Baghdad as he had in Washington. His life—and death was a version, in miniature, of the American occupation itself. As a friend of his later told me, “When Stoffel first got to Iraq, it was the reaction most people have the first time they go to Vegas.”

IRAQ: Security Companies Lobby for Heavy Arms
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
June 6th, 2005
Charged with the front-line responsibility of defending infrastructure projects, homes, personnel and even U.S. military convoys, private security companies in Iraq are in some instances agitating for the right to arm themselves with heavy military-style weapons.

IRAQ: Training Iraqi Police is an Uphill Struggle
June 5th, 2005
Facing the constant threat of ambushes, suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices and kidnappers, former Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Chief Michael Heidingsfield travels to police stations and training camps around Iraq — an itinerary, according to one of his top aides, that is more difficult now than it was when he arrived six months ago.

IRAQ: Search Continues for Thousands of Stolen Artifacts
by Betsy PisikThe Washington Times
June 3rd, 2005
U.S. troops, journalists and contractors returning from Iraq are among those who have been caught with forbidden souvenirs -- mostly paintings and small seals and cylinders that can be carved exquisitely and hidden easily.

IRAQ: Filipino Labor Strike Resolved
The Manila Times
May 30th, 2005
A dispute between Filipino workers and a US group in Iraq over working conditions has been resolved, said a spokeswoman for US contractor Kellog Brown and Root.

IRAQ: Iraq Sues A.P. Moeller-Maersk on Reconstruction Performance and Alleged Mismanagement of Port
by Andy CritchlowBloomberg
May 30th, 2005
In what could be a test case, Iraq is suing over a reconstruction contract awarded by the Coalition Provisional Authority in April 2004 to manage the port at Khor Az Zubayr. A judge ``assessing the case'' will visit the facility on June 6 with a port expert.

IRAQ: Filipinos Striking Against Contractors in Iraq Return to Work
The Sun Star
May 29th, 2005
Striking Filipino workers employed in a US military camp have returned to work for International (PPI) and Kellogg Brown and Root. They were protesting against the delayed payment of their wages, inadequate food, and poor accommodations, which were violations of the contract signed by the workers prior to their deployment.

IRAQ: Little Known about Lives and Deaths of Contractors
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 29th, 2005
There are 50,000 to 100,000 contractors working in Iraq, experts say, though reliable estimates are hard to come by. The number of contractors killed is just as difficult to pin down, partly because the employers often keep the deaths quiet. The U.S. military death toll, now over 1,620, would be higher but for the number of military tasks contracted out to the private sector, analysts say.

IRAQ: Filipino Labor Dispute 'Temporarily Resolved'
by Christine O. Avendaño and Jerome AningInquirer News Service
May 28th, 2005
A labor strike by some 300 Filipinos employed at Camp Cook in the Iraqi province of Taji who were protesting poor working conditions has been "temporarily resolved.” The workers are under contract with Prime Projects International and Kellogg Brown and Root.

IRAQ: Labor Strike by Filipinos Working for KBR
by  Veronica
May 27th, 2005
Some 300 Filipino workers in the sprawling American military base in Camp Cooke in Taji, Iraq went on strike because of alleged violations in their employment contracts, an e-mail message to disclosed.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Protest Working Conditions Under KBR
by Pia Lee-BragoAFP
May 27th, 2005
Some 300 Filipinos employed by Prime Projects International and Kellogg, Brown & Root, went on strike this week to protest poor working conditions.

IRAQ: Philippine Officials Fly to Iraq to Mediate Labor Dispute
by Jonathan VicenteThe Manila Times
May 27th, 2005
Philippine diplomats will go to Taji, Iraq, to help settle a labor dispute between Filipino workers and two US companies in Camp Cooke, a US military base, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said on Friday.

IRAQ: Filipinos Wage Labor Strike Against Contractors
by Caroline Hawley BBC News
May 27th, 2005
Around 300 Filipino workers have gone on strike at a US military base in Baghdad, apparently in a protest over their working conditions that they say include long hours and unsatisfactory food and accommodation.

WORLD: Intrigue Envelopes Competing U.N. Probes of Iraq's Oli-for-Food Program
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
May 26th, 2005
Sparks are flying between the rival sets of investigators looking at the world body's role in the scandal: those running the three probes being pursued for the U.S. Congress and those working for a U.N.-appointed panel led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

US: Private Military Companies, Handle with Care
by Paul MarxUnited States Naval Institute
May 25th, 2005
In even the most benign environment, PMCs complicate military command and control, communications, intelligence, and operational security. They make combat commanders' duties more difficult and hazardous, and they blur political-military-private sector delineations that have served nation states well for the past four hundred years.

US: Arms Sales Go to Dictators
by Martin SieffUPI
May 25th, 2005
President George W. Bush may have pledged to promote democracy around the world, but most U.S. arms sales to the developing world still go to prop up dictatorial regimes, according to a new report.

IRAQ: Do Africans Recruited for Security Jobs Get Compensation for Injury or Death?
by Opiyo
May 25th, 2005
Shabby treatment of non-US citizens killed while working for firms contracted by the US government seems to be the norm. The right information is sometimes as rare as desert rain - especially if one does not know who his or her employer is.

IRAQ: U.S. Official Defends Reconstruction Progress
May 25th, 2005
The outgoing U.S. official overseeing rebuilding work in Iraq, said projects were moving ahead despite soaring security costs, which U.S. auditors say can chew up half of the funding. Still, Iraqis complain their electricity grid is more fragile than ever and promises to improve their daily lives have not materialized.

IRAQ: Attacks Increasingly Hit Private Security
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
May 23rd, 2005
Iraq's insurgents are conducting increasingly sophisticated and lethal attacks on the private security companies that are crucial to the nation's reconstruction and the eventual departure of U.S. troops, contractors and U.S. officials say.

US: Information Revolution Feeds Alternative Intelligence Market
by Roman Kupchinsky RadioFreeEurope Radio Liberty
May 23rd, 2005
The information revolution has spawned a global industry of private intelligence services. Some members of the U.S. Congress have recently asked whether their activities should be regulated.

UN: Iraq Can't Explain $69 Million in Fuel Oil From '04, Audit Says
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2005
The International Advisory and Monitoring Board has repeatedly criticized the American government for its loose spending controls during the period it controlled Iraqi assets, from the invasion in early 2003 to the transfer of sovereignty last June.

US: Senate Committee Silence on Halliburton Bemoaned
by Emily PierceRoll Call
May 23rd, 2005
Called "spineless," the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has held no hearings on whether civilian contractors in Iraq — particularly Halliburton, the company Vice President Cheney used to head — have mismanaged and overcharged the government by billions of dollars, much to the consternation of Senate Democrats.

IRAQ: Whistle-Blower Suit in U.S. Court May Set Course on Iraq Fraud Cases
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2005
A federal court decision that the False Claims Act applies, together with the Justice Department's supporting stance, will be widely seen as a green light to whistle-blowers.

IRAQ: Galloway Ally Sells US arms Kit to Iraq
by Severin CarrellThe Independent
May 22nd, 2005
The Jordanian businessman at the centre of claims that George Galloway secretly bought oil from Saddam Hussein has a major contract to sell US military technology in Iraq, The Independent reveals.

UGANDA: One Hundred Ugandan Graduates Leave for Contract Work in Iraq
by F. AhimbisibweThe New Vision
May 21st, 2005
Ugandan graduates left the country for Iraq in spite of protests from Members of Parliament. Special Operations Consulting Security Management Group (SOC-SMG), a Nevada-based security firm, engaged Kasango to recruit people for non-combat security jobs in Iraq and other countries.

IRAQ: Security Concerns Delay Reconstruction of Iraq
by Paul GarwoodAssociated Press
May 21st, 2005
Ceaseless attacks on contractors and facilities have also increasing security demands, with up to 16 percent of all project costs now being spent on hiring armed guards, improving site protection and providing equipment like hardened vehicles and telecommunications systems.

IRAQ: Tracking the Number of Contractors Dying in Iraq Proves Difficult
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 21st, 2005
An April report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office found that monitoring of civilian contractors in Iraq was so poor that there was no way to determine how many contractors are working on U.S.-related security and reconstruction projects in Iraq or how many have been killed.

IRAQ: Head of Reconstruction Says Unexpected Security Costs Eating Into Budget
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
May 21st, 2005
As much as 16 percent of the $21 billion reconstruction budget would be spent on providing security for its projects and workers -- roughly double the original estimate.

US: Statement by Triple Canopy, Inc. Regarding Employment
by Triple Canopy, Inc. (press release)PRNewswire
May 20th, 2005
"Triple Canopy stands alone in the industry in the quality of its hiring and training practices, and we are seriously concerned that reports from Honduras this week have misstated our standards for recruiting employees for the services we provide in Iraq," said Joe Mayo, Director, Public Affairs.

IRAQ: Rules and Cash Flew Out the Window
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
May 20th, 2005
More than 1,000 contracts were issued by U.S. officials in June, about double the usual number. This apparent indifference toward accountability in spending Iraqi money was common among American officials last year as they rushed to sign contracts in the waning days of U.S. control of Iraq, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

UGANDA: Recruiting for Iraq
by Denis
May 19th, 2005
In Kampala, the gates of Askar Security Services in Kamwokya are buzzing with enthusiastic young men and women signing in for deployment in Iraq. They want to take the chance of a lifetime. They cannot wait to test the waters.

US: Protesters get rowdy as Halliburton meets
by Purva Patel and Paige HewittThe Houston Chronicle
May 19th, 2005
Chief Executive Dave Lesar told reporters after the meeting that the company is still evaluating a contract to rebuild southern Iraq's oil industry. As for its larger contract to provide meals, shelter and other support to the troops, he said, "We are committed to see that contract through."

US: DynCorp International Again Wins Contract for Narcotics Eradication
by DynCorp International (press release)BUSINESS WIRE
May 19th, 2005
The contract, under the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, could extend from an initial base period to 10 years with incentives for strong performance. The annual contract value is $174 million, but could vary depending upon mission changes.

IRAQ: Recruiting in Honduras for Private Security in Iraq
Associated Press
May 19th, 2005
Assistant Labor Minister Africo Madrid said the company, Triple Canopy, had contacted the government, saying it wanted Hondurans with military training and was willing to pay 10 times the going rate for similar jobs in Honduras.

IRAQ: Translators Dying by the Dozens
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 19th, 2005
More than 4,000 translators work for San Diego, Calif.-based Titan, which supplies the U.S. military with Arabic- and Kurdish-speaking linguists. The company reported record revenues last month, but its death toll also is far higher than any other civilian contracting firm in Iraq, including those with many more workers.

US: Protesters Flank Halliburton Meeting
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
May 18th, 2005
More than 200 protesters flanked Halliburton Co.'s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, adding drama to an otherwise perfunctory gathering to elect directors and retain auditors. Fifteen were arrested.

UGANDA: Did Askar Security Lie about Recruits for Iraq?
by Opiyo OloyaThe New Vision
May 18th, 2005
'Those knowledgeable with the cut-throat, multi-billion dollar global security contractors’ business would not quickly dismiss the claims by Askar Security that it was asked by Kroll Associates and South African Coin Security to recruit thousands of Ugandans for security work in Iraq and elsewhere.'

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food Probes Expose Cultural Gulfs
by  Peter Grier and Faye BowersThe Christian Science Monitor
May 18th, 2005
Two years after Mr. Hussein's ouster, revelations about his alleged bribery system have developed into a full-force international financial scandal. The controversy involves both the nature of bribes and the zeal, or lack thereof, of the United Nations reaction.

US: Halliburton Cordially Invites You to Come Stand in the Hall
by Loren SteffyThe Houston Chronicle
May 17th, 2005
It's not every day that you get invited to a meeting you're not allowed to attend. Halliburton called earlier this week to ask if I was coming to the company's annual meeting today at the Four Seasons. There was one catch: The company wasn't allowing outsiders in the meeting. That included the press.

US: Senate Democrats Fault U.S. in Iraq Oil Scandal
May 17th, 2005
The United States did not do enough to curb corruption by American companies involved in the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq, say Democrats on a Senate committee investigating abuses in the program.

US: Democrats Tie BayOil to Saddam Hussein's Purchase of Bombs
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
May 17th, 2005
Oil-for-arms deals helped cement a relationship that would later enable little-known BayOil of Houston to emerge as the largest supplier of Iraqi crude to the U.S. market under the United Nation's oil-for-food program, Senate investigators say.

IRAQ: US 'Backed Illegal Iraqi Oil Deals'
by Julian Borger and Jamie WilsonThe Guardian
May 17th, 2005
A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime but did nothing to stop them.

IRAQ: Security Contractors Face Great Danger
by David LevinskyBurlington County Times
May 17th, 2005
Although private security forces often perform many of the same functions as U.S. troops, they are not governed by military rules mandating the amount of men and firepower they take along for tasks such as convoy protection, said Deborah Avant, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. "There are situations when they are more at risk."

US: Perpetual Wars Deliver Poor Returns for America
by Pierre TristamDaytona Beach News-Journal
May 17th, 2005
Halliburton-type profiteering only seems like a Republican specialty. But the immutable law of war is that while unlucky people die, lucky ones make a killing. That's been true whether Gengis Khan was pillaging his way across Asia, whether Abraham Lincoln was saving the Union, or George W. Bush was saving the world. Party registration has never had anything to do with it other than to give the minority party, when it exists, a chance to seem relevant.

U.S.A.: Galloway Calls Congressional Hearings a Diversion From Iraq
by Demian McLeanBloomberg
May 17th, 2005
British lawmaker George Galloway told a U.S. Senate panel today that Congress was were diverting attention from the failings of U.S. contractors in Iraq, the possible misuse of money by the U.S.-led Coalition, the spreading of money around the country by U.S. military commanders without accountability, and U.S. companies such as Bayoil (USA) Inc., which is accused of paying millions of dollars to Hussein for the right to sell Iraqi oil.

U.S.A.: Fresh Bid in Congress to Lift Veil on Private Security Work
by August ColeMarketWatch
May 16th, 2005
Rep. David Price, D-N.C., reintroduced the legislation that would require private security firms to disclose costs, training, insurance, pay, benefits and other details about their business. The measure encompasses companies whose workers carry weapons for their contracts or are involved in security, training and logistics duties.

SOUTH AFRICA: Easy money Lures Men to War-Torn Iraq
by  Michael SchmidtThe Star
May 16th, 2005
Iraq is by far the most lucrative cash cow for these soldiers of fortune, with at least 30 percent of the billions of dollars the US Department of Defence spends on Iraq every month going to "private military contractors".

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food Benefited Russians, Report Says
by Justin Blum and Colum LynchThe Washington Post
May 16th, 2005
Top Kremlin operatives and a flamboyant Russian politician reaped millions of dollars in profits under the U.N. oil-for-food program by selling oil that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein allowed them to buy at a deep discount, a U.S. Senate investigation has concluded.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africans Freed by Zimbabwe May Face Anti-Mercenary Charges
by Gershwin WanneburgReuters
May 16th, 2005
All 62 were travelling on South African passports when they were detained by Zimbabwe but many were originally from Namibia and Angola -- including former members of South Africa's apartheid-era 32 Battalion, which recruited locals for bush fighting in Angola.

IRAQ: Big Salaries Blur Risk for Hired Guns
by Matthew D. LaPlante Salt Lake Tribune
May 15th, 2005
They're targeted for shootings, bombings - even beheadings. The cash is good. Really good. One-hundred-thousand-for-six-months-work good. Sometimes, it's even better than that. And that's nothing to scoff at for soldiers who don't make a quarter as much for a full year's work. But worth it for the job they're contracted to do?

IRAQ: Money Isn't Worth It for Reconstruction Workers
by EditorialContra Costa Times
May 13th, 2005
Working in Iraq is like playing the lottery -- only in this case, you pray that your number does not come up. According to the Web site, more than 200 foreign private contractors have lost their lives in Iraq in the past two years. Iraq is an extremely hairy place -- particularly for anyone even remotely connected with the U.S. reconstruction efforts.

IRAQ: Whistleblower Lawsuit Hinges on Status of Occupying Government
by MAtthew BarakatAssociated Press
May 12th, 2005
A federal judge must decide whether the United States has jurisdiction over the spending of seized Iraqi assets by the Coalition Provisional Authority. His decision weighs in the balance over a court battle accusing the private security firm, Custer Battles, of defrauding about $50 million while working in postwar Iraq.

U.S.A.: Arms Makers Find Themselves Cash-Heavy from Defense Spending
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 12th, 2005
Top military contractors have about $25 billion to $30 billion in cash sitting in their coffers. Fully, indebted to the government for their revenues resulting form record Pentagon budgets and spending on homeland security, shareholders are happy and stocks are reaching new highs.

UGANDA: Hundreds Seek Work as Guards in Iraq
by Daniel WallisReuters
May 11th, 2005
Undeterred by the risks, up to 1,000 mostly young men marched, jogged and goose-stepped around a suburban park after a local company, Askar Security Services, said it had been hired by "international partners" to recruit Ugandans for work in Iraq and other countries.

SOUTH AFRICA: Dogs of War Head Home – But They'll Find It's Gone
by Jonathan ClaytonThe Times
May 11th, 2005
After more than a year in a Zimbabwean jail 62 black South African mercenaries are due to be released, but freedom will be a bittersweet experience. Embarrassed by the “cesspool of mercenaries” within its midst, the South African authorities have decreed that the dust-blown town of Pomfret must be razed and the inhabitants scattered across the country.

IRAQ: Pentagon Claims Contractors Not Targeted 'Systematically'
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
May 10th, 2005
U.S. contractors hit by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire in Iraq are victims of circumstance, and there is little evidence that attacks on U.S. contractors are 'systematic,' says a Pentagon report to Congress.

U.S.A.: Military Contractors Overseas Still In 'Gray Area' Despite New Rules
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
May 10th, 2005
Among other things, rules reaffirm that it is permissible for contractors--at the discretion of the combatant commander--to carry weapons in war zones such as Iraq. Such provisions are bound to please some headed for work in hostile environments, but they have some companies worried about their legal liabilities.

IRAQ: Rebuilding Lags, Security Eats Precious Funds, Evidence of Corruption
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
Asked if rebuilding funds were being spent as Congress intended, the special inspector general said "No," Money had been diverted to security, forcing projects to be scaled back. There has also been evidence of corruption in some U.S.-funded deals.

IRAQ: Halliburton Employee Says Co-Workers Gang-Beat him at Baghdad Airport
by Amy Goodman Democracy Now!
March 30th, 2005
Ronald Chavez reported to higher authority within the Halliburton chain of command the vulnerabilities at Baghdad Airport regarding to terrorist attacks, according to his father, Eli Chavez. Ronald further stated that higher authority was upset at his recommendations, his father said.

US: Titan to Pay Fine and Plead Guilty in Bribery Probe
by Jonathon Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
January 20th, 2005
Defense contractor Titan corporation tentatively agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay less than $30 million to end investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of the settlement, Titan will admit that payments by its overseas consultants violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

IRAQ: UN to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal,
October 20th, 2004

USA: General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman Get Big Breaks in New Corporate Tax Bill
by Edmund L. AndrewsNew York Times
October 19th, 2004

AFGHANISTAN: Dyncorp Guards Chastised by U.S. State Department
BBC News
October 14th, 2004
The U.S. State Department has rebuked a private security firm, Dyncorp, over the "aggressive behavior" of guards hired to protect Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

US: Lockheed, BAE protest Boeing pacts
by Jonathan Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food probe hits U.S. Oil Companies
by By Jess Bravin in New York, John D. Mckinnnon in Washington and Russel Gold DallasWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Administration Chooses Anti-Feminist Group to Train Iraqi Women
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
October 5th, 2004

NIGERIA: How Cheney's Firm Routed $132m to Nigeria via Tottenham Lawyer
by Solomon Hughes and Jason
October 5th, 2004

IRAQ: U.S. Plans to Divert Reconstruction Funds to 'Security'
by Jonathan WeismanWashington Post
September 15th, 2004

USA: Halliburton Settles with SEC
by Jason LeopoldAlternet
September 7th, 2004

IRAQ:US army to axe Halliburton deal
BBC news
September 7th, 2004

US: Conflict of interest may hurt nuke security: Critics charge testing of security at power plants is fatally flawed
by Lisa MyersMSNBC
September 4th, 2004
Since drawings of U.S. nuclear power plants were found in al-Qaida caves in Afghanistan, the nuclear power industry says it has spent $1 billion beefing up security. That includes more frequent and more realistic mock-terrorist attacks to test the ability of plant guards.

AFGHANISTAN: Kabul tense after bombing of Dyncorps kills at least nine
by AFPAgence France Press
August 30th, 2004

IRAQ: Labor Upsurge Wins Support from U.S. Unions
by David BaconFor permission to reproduce, write
August 18th, 2004

USA: Outsourcing the Defense Budget
by Elizabeth BrownFirst published July 29, 2004
August 17th, 2004

CROATIA: Croatia pulls out of a highway construction deal with Bechtel
by Zeljka Vujcic
August 13th, 2004
Amid allegations of corruption and under pressure from Brussels, Croatia pulls out of a highway construction deal with U.S. giant Bechtel.

IRAQ: CACI Receives Army Contract for Interrogation
by Jody Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Relations, of CACI
August 10th, 2004

IRAQ: Contractors Are Bidding Amid Increasing Attacks
by Beth PotterMcGraw Hill Construction
July 26th, 2004
Some 50 Iraqi contractors listened recently at a Sunday bid meeting to Kellogg, Brown & Root project manager Glenn Powell via a translator. To get there, they had passed through four U.S. military checkpoints along a quarter-mile stretch through a heavily fortified Baghdad “green zone” for foreigners doing business in Iraq.

IRAQ: Security Firm's $293 Million Deal Under Scrutiny
by Charles M. SennottThe Boston Globe
June 22nd, 2004

Iraq: The Paper Trail. Did Cheney Okay a Deal?
by Timothy J. Burger and Adam Zagorin
May 30th, 2004

Iraq: CACI Contracts Blocked
by Ellen McCarthyWashington Post
May 26th, 2004
The Interior Department's inspector general is reviewing the contracting procedures that allowed the Army to hire civilian interrogators in Iraq and has blocked the Army from using the contract to place new orders with Arlington-based CACI International Inc., an agency spokesman said yesterday.

US: C-130’s Costs Soar Despite Reforms
by David PhinneyDefense News
April 12th, 2004
The Pentagon had high hopes it could keep costs low on a new model of the C-130 transport by treating it like any other commercial purchase, but despite the publicly intended purpose, the airlifter’s price nearly doubled.

US: A Case of Reprisal Against One Pentagon Auditor
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Last year, Ken Pedeleose and two colleagues wrote a 90-page report, cross-referenced with hundreds of documents and correspondence, accusing DCMA officials and the Pentagon of routinely bypassing administrative safeguards. The report was delivered to more than 50 members of Congress.

US: Undermining the Auditors: ‘Collaborative Arrangement’ Lets DoD Contractors Slide
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Many say the Pentagon's contract oversight system is crumbling under a burgeoning workload, sharp staff cuts, and a less aggressive oversight culture driven by acquisition reforms that promote more partnership and trust between the Defense Department and its contractors.

USA: Inside Lockheed's $250 Billion Pentagon Connection
by Geoffrey GrayVillage Voice
March 19th, 2003
George Bush has said if he is fortunate enough to be elected president, he is going to look at our whole military situation, including the tactical air account. He's noted that the 3000 number [of planes] seems a bit much.

US: Jurors Weigh Custer Battles Fraud Case
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
In closing arguments, the attorney for two whistleblowers asks for more than $10 million in damages against the Rhode Island-based company accused of war profiteering in Iraq.

IRAQ: Indian Youths Coerced Into Iraq
by Ajay BharadwajDaily News & Analysis India
Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Punjab. However, it is the landing of young aspirants in Iraq that has started raising hackles.

US: Pentagon Stalls on Bannning Contractors that Use Forced Labor
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away.

IRAQ: KBR Workers in Iraq Paid 50 cents an Hour
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
KBR hires out subcontractors whose job is to recruit, transport, house, feed and pay "third-country" nationals to stock, prepare, serve and clean up at the dining facilities at 43 bases across Iraq. As pressure to keep contract costs down, subcontractors have moved from country to country in search of cheaper labor markets.

US: CACI Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
CACI International Inc., the Arlington-based defense contractor that attracted controversy when an employee was accused of participating in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, is getting out of the interrogation business.

US: All Eyes on Halliburton As contacts Turn into Contracts
The Observer
Concerns in the US are mounting that Katrina could prompt a round of 'pork barrel' contracts.

IRAQ: Turn the Lights On
by Joe CochraneNewsweek International
Americans were as wrong about the health of Iraq's infrastructure as they were about their welcome as liberators and the insurgents know that depriving Iraq of power is at least as effective as killing soldiers and policemen.

IRAQ: The Trillion Dollar War Chart

CorpWatch: Holding Corporations Accountable
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US: Want Big Bucks For Big Risks? Jobs Open In Iraq, Afghanistan
Plumbers, electricians, truck drivers, food-service workers, logistics specialists and other professionals work 12-hour days providing support services to American troops. It's hard, dangerous work. But the pay is high. A year on the job can change the average person's financial life.

IRAQ: Security Fears and Costs are Road Block to Rebuilding
by Rick EmertStars and Stripes
Of the $18 billion budgeted for the Iraq Reconstruction Program, $7 billion is spent on securing the workers and the construction sites that are contracted and overseen by the Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District and the Project and Contracting Office.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
Mazin al Nashi's worries escalated when he learned that the fledgling Iraqi insurgency had put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of interpreters. He had never received any body armor from Titan.

United Nations to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal

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