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US: Billions over Baghdad; The Spoils of War
by Donald L. Barlett and James B. SteeleVanity Fair
October 1st, 2007
Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency--much of it belonging to the Iraqi people--was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed.

IRAQ: Big oil’s waiting game over Iraq’s reserves
by Ed Crooks and Sheila McNultyFinancial Times
September 19th, 2007
Oil companies face a dilemma in Iraq over whether to wait for a new oil law which will give them a legal framework in which to operate or to sign agreements now with the Kurdistan Regional Government at the risk of sullying relations with Baghdad and the rest of the country.

CHINA: An Opportunity for Wall St. in China’s Surveillance Boom
by Keith BradsherNew York Times
September 11th, 2007
China Security and Surveillance Technology, a fast-growing company that installs and sometimes operates surveillance systems for Chinese police agencies, jails and banks, has just been approved for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s listing is just a sign of ever-closer ties among Wall Street, surveillance companies and the Chinese government’s security apparatus.

US: Iraq convoy was sent out despite threat
by T. Christian MillerLA Times
September 3rd, 2007
Senior managers for defense contractor KBR overruled calls to halt supply operations in Iraq in the spring of 2004, ordering unarmored trucks into an active combat zone where six civilian drivers died in an ambush, according to newly available documents.

US: Army to examine Iraq contracts
by Richard LardnerAssociated Press
August 29th, 2007
The Army will examine as many as 18,000 contracts awarded over the past four years to support U.S. forces in Iraq to determine how many are tainted by waste, fraud and abuse.

US: Boeing unit subject of refiled CIA-flight suit
by Bloomberg NewsChicago Tribune
August 2nd, 2007
A Boeing Co. unit falsified flight plans to disguise the Central Intelligence Agency's transporting of terrorism suspects to secret prisons overseas, the American Civil Liberties Union claims in an updated lawsuit.

IRAQ: For Abducted Guards, Iraq Wasn't Just About Money
by Steve FainaruWashington Post Foreign Service
July 30th, 2007
Surrounded by darkness, an AK-47 at his side, Jonathon Cote considered his future early last November from Southern Iraq. On Nov. 16, he and four colleagues from Crescent Security Group, a small private firm, were ambushed and taken hostage.

US: 'America's private army' under fire for Illinois facility
by E.A. TorrieroChicago Tribune
July 23rd, 2007
Blackwater North, as the North Carolina-based firm calls its new site, is designed primarily as a tactical training ground for domestic law enforcement and contractors. Using civilians schooled in military warfare, the site offers training in weaponry, hostage dealings and terror reaction. Still, the sudden appearance of Blackwater is attracting criticism and questions from miles around. Anti-war activists and locals are wary about the new training site.

US: Filling Gaps in Iraq, Then Finding a Void at Home
by John M. BroderNew York Times
July 17th, 2007
Taking the place of enlisted troops in every American army before this one, contract employees in Iraq cook meals, wash clothes, deliver fuel and guard bases. And they die and suffer alongside their brothers and sisters in uniform. About 1,000 contractors have been killed in Iraq since the war began; nearly 13,000 have been injured. The consequences of the war will be lasting for many of them and their families, ordeals that are largely invisible to most Americans.

US: Contractors Back From Iraq Suffer Trauma From Battle
by James RisenThe New York Times
July 5th, 2007
Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same kinds of combat-related mental health problems that afflict United States military personnel, according to contractors, industry officials and mental health experts.

IRAQ: Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
July 4th, 2007
New U.S. data show how heavily the Bush administration has relied on corporations to carry out the occupation of the war-torn nation.

IRAQ: A Private Realm Of Intelligence-Gathering; Firm Extends U.S. Government's Reach
by Steve Fainaru and Alec KleinWashington Post Foreign Service
July 1st, 2007
On the first floor of a tan building inside Baghdad's Green Zone, the full scope of Iraq's daily carnage is condensed into a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation. The intelligence was compiled not by the U.S. military, but by a British security firm, Aegis Defence Services Ltd. The Reconstruction Operations Center is the most visible example of how intelligence collection is now among the responsibilities handled by a network of private security companies that work in the shadows of the U.S. military.

IRAQ: Blackwater Blues for Dead Contractors' Families
by Bill BerkowitzInter Press Service News Agency
June 29th, 2007
The families of four Blackwater employees who were killed in Iraq have filed a lawsuit that accuses the world's largest private security firm of negligence; Blackwater is suing back.

WORLD: US probes Saudi-linked UK arms firm
by David Robertson and Tom BaldwinThe Times (London)
June 28th, 2007
The British and US governments are on a diplomatic collision course after the US Department of Justice launched a formal investigation into allegations of corruption at defence company BAE Systems. The US investigation will scrutinise BAE's dealings with Saudi Arabia to expose an account allegedly held by the Bank of England that is used to facilitate Saudi payments for arms.

IRAQ: Audit of KBR Iraq Contract Faults Records For Fuel, Food; U.S. Says It Will Increase Monitoring in Baghdad
by Dana HedgpethThe Washington Post
June 24th, 2007
KBR, the government contracting firm formerly under Halliburton, did not keep accurate records of gasoline distribution, put its employees in living spaces that may be larger than warranted and served meals that appeared to cost $4.5 million more than necessary under a contract to perform work in Iraq, according to an audit by a government oversight agency.

IRAQ: Contractors Face Growing Parallel War; As Security Work Increases, So Do Casualties
by Steve FainaruWashington Post Foreign Service
June 16th, 2007
Private security companies, funded by billions of dollars in U.S. military and State Department contracts, are fighting insurgents on a widening scale in Iraq, enduring daily attacks, returning fire and taking hundreds of casualties that have been underreported and sometimes concealed, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and company representatives.

IRAQ: Helicopter of U.S. security company shot down in Baghdad; 5 reported killed
by Kim GamelAssociated Press
January 23rd, 2007
A helicopter owned by the private security firm Blackwater USA crashed Tuesday in central Baghdad, and five civilians were killed, a U.S. military official said. A senior Iraqi defense official said the aircraft was shot down over a predominantly Sunni neighborhood.

IRAQ: Contractor Bechtel leaves disintegrating Iraq short of goal
by David StreitfeldBaltimore Sun
November 4th, 2006
Bechtel Corp. helped build the Bay Area subway system, Hoover Dam and a city for 200,000 in the desert of Saudi Arabia. It likes to boast that it can go anywhere, under any conditions and build anything.

UK: Blair accused of trying to 'privatise' war in Iraq
by Kim SenguptaThe Independent (UK)
October 30th, 2006
The Government has been accused of reneging on pledges to control private security companies operating in Iraq because it wants to "privatise the war" as part of its exit strategy.

IRAQ: Corporate Torture in Iraq
Ali Eteraz
Counter Punch
October 11th, 2006
What remains under-reported and under-appreciated is the fact that this war has afforded a vast collection of corporations to reap the benefits of lucrative government contracts. A number of such companies are involved in supervising, maintaining, and providing support for the numerous prisons in Iraq in the areas of interrogation, interpretation, and translation.

US: PR joins fight for hearts and minds
by David RobertsonThe Times (London)
September 18th, 2006
A NEW business in military public relations that is worth millions of dollars is emerging as consultants are being drafted into the battle for the world's 'hearts and minds'.

US: Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs
by Greg MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 17th, 2006
At the National Counterterrorism Center — the agency created two years ago to prevent another attack like Sept. 11 — more than half of the employees are not U.S. government analysts or terrorism experts. Instead, they are outside contractors.

SWITZERLAND: Gun for hire: mercenaries operate in a legal no-man's land
by Ian HamelSwiss Info
September 15th, 2006
Geneva is set to host an international conference in November tackling the thorny issue of private security companies operating in a legal no-man's-land.

US: Halliburton Unit Risked Civilian Lives, Lawsuits Say (Update3)
by Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin FiskBloomberg
September 15th, 2006
Halliburton Co. sent civilian drivers into combat zones to protect its military supply contract, according to lawsuits filed by families of employees killed or injured while driving trucks in Iraq.

SOMALIA: US accused of covert operations in Somalia
by Antony Barnett and Patrick SmithThe Observer (UK)
September 10th, 2006
Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

CANADA: Our side of defence
by Jorge BarreraThe Ottawa Times
August 20th, 2006
Ottawa may have the reputation of a government town, but it's also home to Canada's military-industrial complex.

IRAQ: Ugandan Guards in Iraq Face Abuse
by Grace
May 10th, 2006
Sources said two Ugandans slipped into a coma due to brutal assaults at the hands of foreign officers at Alasad Airbase after they queried terms of the contract.

IRAQ: Green Zone Construction Boom
by David SarasohnOregonian
May 3rd, 2006
In Baghdad, the United States is now building a monument to rank with Grand Coulee Dam, the Pentagon, Disney World and the Mall of America. It has elements of all four, plus a 15-foot stone wall and surface-to-air missiles.

IRAQ: US Private Guards Kill Baghdad Ambulance Crewman
by Maher NazihReuters
May 2nd, 2006
The incident drew an angry response from Iraqi officials, who often complain private foreign guards kill civilians with impunity

IRAQ: Death is a Price of Blood Money
by Vasemaca RarabiciFiji Times
May 2nd, 2006
In two weeks seven Fijian men serving as security guards in Iraq have died, leaving behind grieving wives and children with no fathers. But these are the risks they are willing to take, especially when you get to earn between $3000 to $6000 a month.

IRAQ: U.S. Pays for 150 Iraqi Clinics, and Manages to Build 20
by James GlanzThe New York Times
April 30th, 2006
A $243 million program led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build 150 health care clinics in Iraq has in some cases produced little more than empty shells of crumbling concrete and shattered bricks cemented together into uneven walls.

IRAQ: Evidence of Fraud Found by Iraq Audit
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
April 30th, 2006
A watchdog agency sees poor oversight in a defunct U.S. program to let private firms train Iraqis to guard oil and power infrastructure.

IRAQ: USAID Provides Adviser to Iraq Government on Oil Law
by Benoit FauconMarketWatch
April 28th, 2006
At the request of the U.S. State Department, the agency is providing a petroleum advisor to Iraq from February to June through its contract with BearingPoint, USAID spokesman David Snider told Dow Jones Newswires in an e-mail.

IRAQ: Halliburton's Rebuilding of Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to Happen
by James GlanzThe New York Times
April 25th, 2006
The project's demise would seriously damage the American-led effort to restore Iraq's oil system and enable the country to pay for its own reconstruction.

IRAQ: Commander Says Contractors Violating U.S. Labor Trafficking Laws
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
April 23rd, 2006
Gen. George Casey ordered that contractors be required by May 1 to return passports that have been illegally confiscated from laborers on U.S. bases after determining that such practices violated U.S. laws against trafficking for forced or coerced labor

US: Attorney Pursues Iraq Contractor Fraud
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
April 19th, 2006
Lawyer uses Civil War-era law to go after frims for corruption, but Bush administration won't help.

IRAQ: Businessman Pleads Guilty in Iraq Scheme
by Mark Sherman Associated Press
April 18th, 2006
With millions of dollars in Iraqi reconstruction contracts to be had, Philip H. Bloom offered up money, cars, premium airline seats, jewelry, alcohol, even sexual favors from women at his villa in Baghdad.

IRAQ: U.S. Contractor Bloom Pleads Guilty
by Robert Schmidtbloomberg
April 18th, 2006
Contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money laundering in connection with a bid-rigging of Iraq reconstruction contracts.

IRAQ: Greased Up for Business
by Marian Wilkinson and David MarrThe Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2006
Iraq's Halfayah oil field was the glittering prize sought in one of the dodgiest deals linked to the wheat board, write .

IRAQ: They Backed the Scam to the Bitter End
by Marian Wilkinson and David Marr.The Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2006
Despite emerging evidence of AWB's kickbacks, the Howard Government continued giving the wheat trader its unconditional support.

IRAQ: US Firms Suspected of Bilking Iraq Funds
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
April 16th, 2006
American contractors swindled hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi funds, but so far there is no way for Iraq's government to recoup the money.

IRAQ: Navy Won't File Charges in Iraq Contractor Fracas
by Griff Witte and Josh WhiteThe Washington Post
March 25th, 2006
Military investigators will not file charges after completing a investigation into an incident in Iraq last May in which a group of Marines alleged they had been fired on by U.S. security contractors.

US:Saudi Company Official and Former Halliburton Employee Charged in Kickback Inquiry
by James GlanzThe New York Times
March 24th, 2006
The United States attorney's office also unsealed charges against a former employee of Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary, who is accused of receiving the kickbacks, which the office said totaled $124,000.

IRAQ: Breaking the Silence
by Michael HirshNewsweek
March 22nd, 2006
A prominent former insider is criticizing the administration’s handling of Iraq’s reconstruction. And there’s more to come.

IRAQ: British Companies Making a Fortune out of Iraq Conflict
by Robert Verkaik The Independent
March 13th, 2006
A total of 61 British companies are identified as benefiting from at least £1.1bn of contracts and investment in the new Iraq. But that figure is just the tip of the iceberg.

IRAQ: The Fatal Divide at the Heart of the Coalition
by Max HastingsThe Telegraph
March 12th, 2006
US security contractors and regular US soldiers who are evangelical Christians," writes John Geddes, the ex-SAS soldier "see themselves in a crusade against the Muslim hordes. In my view, they're not much different to the Iraqi militiamen and foreign fighters who see themselves at the heart of a jihad against the Christian crusaders."

US: Defense Department Reviews Possible Halliburton Overcharges on Katrina Work
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
March 10th, 2006
A review of KBR's bills to the Navy by the Department of Defense's inspector general for work last year restoring damage by Hurricane Ivan suggest Halliburton subsidiary KBR may be charging the Navy too much in labor.

US: Contractor Found Guilty of $3 Million Fraud in Iraq
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
March 10th, 2006
In the first corporate whistle-blower case to emerge from Iraq, a federal jury in Virginia yesterday found a contractor, Custer Battles L.L.C., guilty of defrauding the United States by filing grossly inflated invoices for work in the chaotic year after the Iraqi invasion.

IRAQ: Mystery as Men in Police Uniform Raid Baghdad Firm
by Mariam KarounyReuters
March 8th, 2006
Armed men in police uniform seized dozens of Iraqi private security guards from their firm's compound on Wednesday, police said, but officials contradicted each other over whether they were arrested or kidnapped.

US: Contentious Close in Private Security Contractor Whistleblower Case
by Andrew MigaAssociated Press
March 7th, 2006

US: Private Security Cofounder Denies Bilking Government
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
March 7th, 2006
Cofounder Scott Custer says the company, which is facing war-profiteering charges, performed well under dangerous and "extremely difficult" conditions in Iraq.

US: Bechtel Contractor Based in Dubai Gets Lucrative U.S. Security Contracts
by John Byrne and Ron BrynaertThe Raw Story
March 6th, 2006
The revelation that a Dubai-based firm provides security consulting for myriad U.S. operations at home and abroad shows the increasing tendency of the U.S. government to privatize security efforts.

US: Arms Dealers Fight for Sales in Asia
by Peter PaeThe Los Angeles Times
March 6th, 2006
With Pentagon buying likely to slow, firms show off hardware in Singapore.

US: Fighting War Profiteering, Truman-Style
by Sarah AndersonAlternet
March 6th, 2006
If Rumsfeld hopes to bask in Truman's aura as a military leader, he'd do well to take a stand against the rampant corruption that is occurring on his watch.

US: Congressman Gets Prison for Contractor Bribes
by Tony PerryThe Los Angeles Times
March 5th, 2006
US Congressman 'Duke' Cunningham sentenced to 8 years, 4 months Former congressman took millions in bribes.

US: Accountant Testifies for Custer Battles
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
March 4th, 2006
Kevin Carter, a Warwick accountant, says he reconciled most of the $12.8 million spent by the company that now stands accused of war profiteering.

US: Sometimes, Government is the Answer
by Moshe AdlerThe Los Angeles Times
March 4th, 2006
Thanks to Halliburton, U.S. taxpayers are getting an expensive lesson in the costs of private contractors.

US: Democrats Want Tougher Government Contracting Terms
March 2nd, 2006
Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, a co-sponsor of the new bill, said the legislation would set new standards to "restore integrity to a federal contracting process that has too often been operated in a manner that neither ensures confidence nor that taxpayers get a fair return for what they have paid."

UK: UK attacked for Uganda arms deal
by Karen AllenBBC News
March 1st, 2006
The UK has failed to act on promises to plug loopholes that allow the sale of arms to countries with poor human rights records, aid agency Oxfam says. It says that military vehicles were sold to Uganda by a South African subsidiary of the UK firm BAE Systems.

US: Being Timely Was Key to Halliburton Bonuses
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
February 28th, 2006
Houston's Halliburton Co. earned nearly $100 million from its controversial no-bid contract to repair Iraq's oilfields and import fuel into that violence-torn country, Pentagon records show.

IRAQ: US Army to Pay Halliburton Unit Most Disputed Costs
by By James GlanzThe New York Times
February 27th, 2006
Even though the Pentagon auditors identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially unjustified, the Army has decided to reimburse Halliburton for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq.

US: Defense Contractor Admits to Bribes
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
February 24th, 2006
A defense contractor admitted Friday he paid a California congressman more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for millions more in government contracts in a scandal that prosecutors say reached into the Defense Department.

IRAQ: Baghdad's Green Zone Rents Now Match Mayfair
by Colin FreemanThe Telegraph
February 19th, 2006
They look like just another rundown Iraqi neighbourhood, but a row of houses in Baghdad's Green Zone are the ultimate proof of the maxim: "location, location, location."

US: Iraq Propaganda Effort a Mistake, Rumsfeld Says
by Mark MazzettiThe Los Angeles Times
February 18th, 2006
The Defense secretary says he ordered the planting of articles to stop after learning of it, although others have said the effort continues.

US: Judge Rules Iraq Security Contractor Disobeyed Court Order
by Brendan Kirby
February 18th, 2006
Firm principals, facing another case in Virginia, ordered to appear in Mobile for deposition.

US: Feds Seek 10 Years for Former Congressman on Bribe Charges
by Onell R. SotoSan Diego Union-Tribune
February 18th, 2006
Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham to the maximum 10 years in prison for putting “a 'for sale' sign upon our nation's capital” and taking more than $2.4 million in bribes.

US: Witness Faults Custer Battles Billing Practices
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 17th, 2006
Hugh B. Tant III, a retired general, testifies in a whistleblower trial against the Rhode Island-based company that an invoice seeking a $3.7-million profit for work in Iraq "appeared to be fraud."

IRAQ: Australian Wheat Mission About Repairing Relations
ABC Rural
February 17th, 2006
Trade Minister Mark Vaile will lead the trip with AWB boss Brendan Stewart, despite news overnight that the Iraqi Grains Board will stick to its decision to suspend trade with AWB.

IRAQ: Wheat Executives 'Helped Key Iraq Official'
by Robin
February 17th, 2006
Australian executives used their positions as government-appointed advisers in Iraq to ensure the post-war survival of one of dictator Saddam Hussein's top trade officials.

IRAQ: Corrupt Iraqi Boss Promoted to Top Post in Australian Wheat Deal Lure
by Marian WilkinsonThe Sydney Morning Herald
February 17th, 2006
Autralian attempts to secure postwar contracts were part of Operation Hunta, and involved Autralian Wheat Board managers and AWB officials seconded to the occupation government in Iraq.

US: Witness Faults Billing Custer Battles Billing
by  John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 17th, 2006
Hugh B. Tant III, a retired general, testifies in a whistleblower trial against the Rhode Island-based company that an invoice seeking a $3.7-million profit for work in Iraq "appeared to be fraud."

IRAQ: Bribes Offered in Australian Wheat Lobbying Drive
by Marian Wilkinson and Cynthia BanhamThe Sydney Morning Herald
February 16th, 2006
An Australian government appointee to the US-led occupation government in Iraq attended a secret meeting with a businessman who had offered to bribe "influential people" in the new regime to secure wheat contracts.

IRAQ: A Permanent Basis for Staying
by  Tom Engelhardt Tomdispatch
February 16th, 2006
Nothing could be more concrete - though less generally discussed in our media - than the set of enormous bases the Pentagon has been building in Iraq. Quite literally, multibillions of dollars have gone into them.

US: Firm's Clients Benefiting from Contracts
by Matt KelleyUSA Today
February 15th, 2006
Republican Sen. Arlen Specter directed millions of dollars to companies represented by a lobbying firm headed by the husband of a top Specter aide.

IRAQ: Australian Corruption And 20,000 Iraqi Infant Deaths
by Dr Gideon
February 15th, 2006

IRAQ: Australia May Be Forced to Suspend Wheat Monopoly
by Owen BrownDow Jones Newswires
February 15th, 2006
Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, who defended the AWB's monopoly during a World Trade Organization gathering of trade ministers in Hong Kong in December, has attempted to separate the wheat exporter's privileged sales position from the ongoing inquiry into its business dealings with the former Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.

US: Day in Court for Custer Battles
by Pauline Jelinek Associated Press
February 15th, 2006
Whistleblowers Robert Isakson and William Baldwin are suing their former employer, Custer Battles, accusing company officials of defrauding the U.S. government of about $50 million while doing security work in Iraq.

US: Security Company on Trial for Fraud
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 15th, 2006
Defense contractor Custer Battles is accused in a whistleblower suit of war profiteering.

IRAQ: BHP's '$US100m Loan' for Saddam
by Dan Silkstone,The Age
February 14th, 2006
BHP executives planned a $US100 million loan to Saddam Hussein's regime in a bid to curry favour and gain rights to explore a massive Iraqi oil field, the Cole inquiry was told.

IRAQ: Billions Wasted
by Steve
February 12th, 2006
Billions of dollars are unaccounted for, and there are widespread allegations of waste, fraud and war profiteering.

IRAQ: War’s Virtues May Be Debatable. The Profits Aren’t.
by Hubert B. HerringThe New York Times
February 12th, 2006
Some indisputable winners are clear now: military contractors.

IRAQ: Abu Ghraib Whistleblower Can't Find Job
by David
February 10th, 2006
Torin Nelson was a civilian interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He was not implicated in any of the abuses, but his name has been linked to the scandal, and he has been unable to hold a job as an interrogator ever since.

IRAQ: US State Department Contractors Kill Two Civilians
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
February 9th, 2006
Gunmen in a convoy of three dark-colored GMC sport-utility vehicles opened fire on a taxi north of downtown Kirkuk, killing two men.

US: Defense Industry Frets about High Iraq Spending
by Bill RigbyReuters
February 6th, 2006

IRAQ: Dog of War Builds 62m Business
by Tracey BolesThe Sunday Times
February 5th, 2006
Tim Spicer makes fortune from Pentagon deal.

IRAQ: Dog of War Builds £62m Business
by Tracey BolesThe Sunday Times
February 5th, 2006
Tim Spicer makes fortune from Pentagon security deal.

US: Former Official in Iraq to Plead Guilty to Contract Fraud
by James GlanzThe New York Times
February 1st, 2006
Court papers depict a sordid exercise in greed and corruption that was spread much more widely that previously known.

US: Official to Plead Guilty in Iraq Contract Scheme
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
February 1st, 2006
Robert J. Stein Jr., a former contracting official for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, acknowledged his role in the conspiracy in a signed statement that has been filed with the court.

IRAQ: Sierra Leoneans Complain Work Too Hard, Some With Fake Certificates
by Sahr Musa
January 30th, 2006
Reports say many went with fake certificates while others complain the work was too hard so they could not fit in the work plan of the company that took them to Iraq.

US: Minority Stake in Halliburton's KBR Will Be Sold
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
January 28th, 2006

IRAQ: Seized Money Found Squandered by Coalition
Associated Press
January 28th, 2006
"Tens of millions of dollars in cash had gone in and out of the South-Central Region vault without any tracking of who deposited or withdrew the money, and why it was taken out," says a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, which is in the midst of a series of audits for the Pentagon and State Department.

IRAQ: Corruption, Missing Millions and Two Dead Contractors
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
January 28th, 2006
After securing contracts with the Iraqi government potentially worth hundreds of millions, someone killed Dale Stoffel.

IRAQ: Rebuilding Found to Fall Short
by James GlanzThe New York Times
January 27th, 2006
The American-financed reconstruction program in Iraq will not complete scores of promised projects to help rebuild the country, a federal oversight agency reported.

INDIA: Labor Trafficking Victims Protest
January 27th, 2006
Citing a recent exposed case of over 40 youths stranded in Kuwait and Iraq without valid documents as "bonded labourers," the victims are said to have been penalised by the Kuwait police while hiding from them with no regular or valid documents.

US: Halliburton's 2005 profit 'Best in our 86-year history'
by Lynn J. CookThe Houston Chronicle
January 26th, 2006
After three years of losing money, Halliburton reported a hefty profit for 2005 and announced that all six of its divisions posted record results.

IRAQ: Audit Describes Misuse of Funds in Iraq Projects
by James GlanzThe New York Times
January 25th, 2006
A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt hospital elevator that had been improperly certified as safe.

IRAQ: Cronyism and Kickbacks
by Ed HarrimanLondon Review of Books
January 25th, 2006
Auditors who have discovered Iraq’s deepening financial crisis have been ignored. They asked the US ambassador and the US military commander in Iraq for their views. Neither replied. The US State Department was to submit estimates of how much it will cost to complete all American-funded projects in Iraq to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Office won’t discuss the matter. Earlier this month, Brigadier-General William McCoy told reporters: ‘The US never intended to completely rebuild Iraq . . . This was just supposed to be a jump-start.’

US: Whistleblower suspended by Pentagon oversight committee
The Raw Story
January 24th, 2006
A senior fraud investigator for the Pentagon who has crusaded against military contractor overcharges for seven years has been suspended for "insubordination," according to an article written by Eric Rosenberg for the Hearst News Service, RAW STORY has learned.

UN: Probe of Peacekeeping Fraud and Contracts Abuse
by Thalif DeenInter Press Service
January 24th, 2006
The abuses relate mostly to U.N. supplies and services -- both in the department of management and the department of peacekeeping operations.

US: $20 Ice Trays Rile Whistleblower But not Pentagon
by Steh BorensteinKRT NEWS SERVICE
January 24th, 2006
Defense Department fraud-hunters dismiss data from retired officer about inflated prices.

UN: Waste and Fraud Found in Peacekeeping Work
by Colum LynchThe Washington Post
January 24th, 2006
Eight Procurement Officials Suspended

IRAQ: Halliburton Gave Troops Foul Water, Workers Say
January 23rd, 2006
A Halliburton Co. subsidiary provided water to U.S. troops at a camp in Iraq that was twice as contaminated as water from the Euphrates River, former employees of the company said on Monday.

IRAQ: All is Not Quiet on the Military Supply Front
by Timothy O'BrienThe New York Times
January 22nd, 2006
In the world of military contractors, times like these - when a sudden, pressing need intersects with a limited number of suppliers - have all the makings of full-blown financial windfalls.

INDIA: Recruitment of Workers or Human Trafficking?
by Rajmeet SinghThe Tribune (India)
January 19th, 2006
The lid on the recent "drivers recruitment" scam in Chandigarh by a Delhi-based recruiting agent allegedly for the banned Kuwati Transport company, KGL Ltd, has finally blown off.

US: State Department Probes Claims that Army Contractors Engage in Human Trafficking
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
January 19th, 2006
The State Department office charged with monitoring human trafficking is investigating alleged abuses of workers who are part of an undocumented pipeline used to deliver thousands of Asians to labor on U.S. military bases in Iraq.

IRAQ: Some Rebuilding Funds Go Untraced
by Scott J. PaltrowThe Wall Street Journal
January 17th, 2006
Investigators Have Yet to Pursue U.S. Contracting Money That May Be Missing

WORLD: Security Firms Try To Evolve Beyond The Battlefield
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
January 17th, 2006
The industry grew rapidly when the government and corporations paid hundreds of millions of dollars for armed guards after Sept. 11, 2001, and the invasion of Iraq. Now many industry insiders reason that demand for private security in Iraq will begin to decline, and they want to expand beyond just toting guns.

The Incredible Shrinking Company
by Christopher Moraff Dollars and Sense
January 15th, 2006
Between 2002 and 2005, St. Augustine, Fla., exercise equipment vendor Raul Espinosa watched mystified as, one after another, a series of Air Force contracts he had placed bids on were given to other companies. Of the 14 bids that Espinosa has documented, his company, FitNet International, did not win one. To his surprise, Espinosa learned that some of the competitors he was losing contracts to had never even bothered to bid on them.

US: Economists Say Cost of Iraq War Could Top $2 Trillion
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
January 8th, 2006
Tally exceeds White House projections.

IRAQ: Punjab Youths Hoodwinked to Serve US Army in Iraq
by Ajay BharadwajDNA India
January 7th, 2006
Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Punjab. However, it is the landing of young aspirants in Iraq that has started raising hackles.

IRAQ: Unscrupulous Travel Agents Push Punjab Youths to Iraq Jobs
January 7th, 2006
One claimed a travel agent sent him to Kuwait from where he was forced to go to Iraq. He was held captive in Iraq and forced to work for several hours every day for a pittance.

US: Pentagon Foot-dragging on Contractor's Labor Trafficking
by EditorialMacon Telegraph
January 4th, 2006
Privatizing many military support operations in combat zones may have yielded savings in reduced overhead. But human trafficking practiced by some foreign subcontractors - involving forced prostitution and forced labor - has tarnished our reputation.

US: Laws for Gov't Contractors under Human Trafficking Spotlight
by Francis HelgueroThe Christian Post
January 2nd, 2006
A human trafficking bill seen as a tougher upgrade to current laws is set to be signed into law by President Bush. However, concerns are being raised about enforcement of 2003 trafficking laws applying to U.S. government overseas contractors.

UN: Advisory Board Press Conference for Iraq Development Fund
UN Press Centre
December 28th, 2005
The Board had consistently raised concerns about inadequate controls over Iraqi oil and other aspects of IDF’s operation.

UN: US Urged to ‘Seek Resolution’ with Iraq over Halliburton Oil Contract
UN News Centre
December 28th, 2005
Given the “significant” sum involved, the length of the audit process and the fact that $1.2 billion has been spent on the contract, the International Advisory and Monitoring Board called on Washington to “seek resolution” with the Iraqi Government on the possible improper use of resources.

US: Pentagon Stalls on Banning Contractors from Using Forced Labor
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
December 27th, 2005
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.

US: Lawsuit Could Dent Global War-Contractor Boom
by Bernd DebusmannReuters
December 22nd, 2005
Military experts say the lawsuit highlights legal gray zones, a lack of regulation and little oversight of a booming global industry.

UK: Britain in $70 Billion Jet Deal With Saudi Arabia
Agence France Presse
December 21st, 2005
Britain is to supply Saudi Arabia with Typhoon jets in a massive deal reported to be worth up to 70 billion dollars, that primarily benefits British company BAE Systems, the Ministry of Defence said.

US: Lockheed Wins $869 Mln US Navy Missile Contract
December 20th, 2005
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. an $869 million contract to fund continued production of Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles in fiscal year 2006.

US: Security for Sale
by Sarah PosnerThe American Prospect
December 20th, 2005
Less than three years after Sept. 11, the brief but uninspiring history of DHS proves how little has actually changed in Washington, where the institutional cultivation of influence peddling, cronyism, and waste continues to thrive unimpeded.

IRAQ: Jobs Lure Lands 80 Nepalis in Soup
December 19th, 2005
Since Nepal has banned the hire of Nepali workers in Iraq and any other country going through war or civil unrest, the unscrupulous agencies tried to smuggle the men in through India and Kuwait.

IRAQ: Second Army Reserve officer arrested in contract bribe conspiracy
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
December 15th, 2005
An Army Reserve lieutenant colonel was arrested Thursday on charges she was part of a conspiracy to steer Iraqi reconstruction contracts to a businessman in exchange for money and gifts, including a Cadillac SUV.

IRAQ: US Army officer Charged in Iraq Fraud Scam
December 15th, 2005
The U.S. Justice Department said Army Reserve Lt. Col. Debra Harrison, 47, who served with the Coalition Provisional Authority, was arrested on charges involving bribery, money laundering and fraud.

IRAQ: Private Security Guard Sues after Reporting Claims of 'Unprofessional Conduct'
by By John AccolaRocky Mountain News
December 15th, 2005
The lawsuit alleges a bungled cover-up, in which MVM guards fabricated a horrific shootout with roadside snipers and later bragged about killing three enemy soldiers.

US: Britons Named in US 'Good News' Furor
by David PallisterThe Guardian
December 14th, 2005
Ex-military intelligence man central to Pentagon covert plan to pay for pro-American articles in Iraqi newspapers.

US: Pentagon Rolls Out Stealth Public Relations
by Matt KelleyUSA TODAY
December 14th, 2005
$300-million effort aims to spread pro-U.S. messages in foreign media.

PHILIPPINES: Pinoy Workers' Attempt to Go to Iraq Thwarted
Sun-Star Manila
December 13th, 2005
Eighty-eight Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) bound for Iraq were prevented from leaving Dubai over the weekend for "allegedly having no valid working permits."

US: Pentagon's Use and Performance of Rendon Media Firm Scrutinized
by Kim Barker and Stephen J. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
December 12th, 2005
Advocates say Rendon helps fight propaganda from Islamic fundamentalists. Critics say the Pentagon's use of media firms such as Rendon blurs the line between public relations and propaganda.

IRAQ: Pentagon's Information Campaign under Fire
by Stephen j. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
December 11th, 2005
On Capitol Hill inquiries have been launched into everything from the Pentagon's use of prewar intelligence to bolster the case for the war to the Defense Department's reliance on public relations firms to shape the images and messages of war.

IRAQ: US Ruling to Usher More Private Contractors into Iraq
by Ben HammerWashington Business Journal
December 11th, 2005
The Pentagon expects to increasingly rely on contractors to advise Iraqi officials and train Iraqi security forces as U.S. troops are drawn down.

IRAQ: Aussie Companies Snare $1.9 Billion in Contracts
by Richard BakerThe Age
December 10th, 2005
Austrade is refusing to release the identity of all Australian companies with reconstruction work, claiming many want details kept secret for security reasons. But last year, the Federal Government was more willing to reveal the identities of the companies.

IRAQ: Australia Challenged US over $20 Billion in War Spoils
by  Richard BakerThe Age
December 10th, 2005
"Is it putting the cash to the best use for the people of Iraq? Or is it still rewarding US companies with lucrative contracts?"

IRAQ: How Iraq's Future Went Up in Smoke
by Richard BakerThe Age
December 10th, 2005
As the handover deadline approached, the US officials on the board had gone on a spending spree, directing billions from the Development Fund for Iraq to projects that were in many cases poorly planned or had already received substantial US taxpayer funding commitments.

IRAQ: U.S. Military Probing Video Of Road Violence
by Jonathan Finer and Ellen Knickmeyerthe Washington Post
December 9th, 2005
British Contractors Appear To Shoot at Iraqi Civilians

IRAQ: Investigators Expect More Arrests Over Reconstruction Funds
by James Gordon MeekNew York Daily News
December 8th, 2005
Recent criminal charges for ripping off Iraq reconstruction funds have led to fresh tips from potential whistleblowers.

IRAQ: Private Security Gunman May be from South Africa
by Jani Meyer Sunday Tribune
December 4th, 2005
A South African employed by a private security company in Iraq has allegedly been involved in the random shooting of civilians in the war-ravaged country.

US: Defense Contractor 'Knew How to Grease the Wheels'
by By Dean Calbreath and Jerry KammerSan Diego Union-Tribune
December 4th, 2005
ADCS founder spent years cultivating political contacts.

IRAQ: Private Security Guards Operate With Little Supervision
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
December 4th, 2005
Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures.

IRAQ: RTI Leads Cleanup Effort
by Liz HesterHerald-Sun
December 3rd, 2005

US: The Biggest Bucks on the Planet Go to Defense Industry CEOs
by  Kyra GottesmanOroville Mercury-Register
December 3rd, 2005
While the rest of us are just trying to follow troop movements, these guys, to coin a phrase from the film All the President's Men,' follow the money.'

IRAQ: US Army Reservist Faces Graft Charges
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
December 2nd, 2005
Probe examines reconstruction deals.

US: Stench of sleaze Rises from Congress
by EditorialThe DesMoines Register
December 2nd, 2005
It takes two to commit bribery — the person who takes the bribe and the person who gives it. Justice demands the next prosecution be of the defense contractors who kept the San Diego-area congressman supplied with an eye-popping flow of cash, luxury cars, yachts and other amenities.

US: Road to Riches ... or Ruin?
by Andrew StelzerIn These Times
December 1st, 2005
Army recuitment may be down, but economic hardship keeps the troops of Halliburton at high levels.

US: Fewer Auditors, Pentagon Secrecy Hinder Oversight
by David WoodNewhouse News Service
November 30th, 2005
Could a defense company stuff a Pentagon contract with enough overhead to hide bribes to a congressman? Easy enough, say veteran Washington insiders.

US: Rep. Randy Cunningham’s Corruption Put Troops at Risk
by George E. Condon Jr.Copley News Service
November 30th, 2005
Cunningham betrayed his friends, his constituents, his colleagues and, certainly most important, the U.S. combat troops he so loudly championed. By steering contracts vital to the Iraq war effort to cronies, he risked putting those troops in greater peril as long as it meant money for him.

US: Defense Contractor Spends Big on Key Lawmakers
by Matt Kelley and Jim Drinkard,USA Today
November 30th, 2005
Brent Wilkes, the founder of defense contractor ADCS Inc., gave more than $840,000 in contributions to 32 House members or candidates, campaign-finance records show. He flew Republican lawmakers on his private jet and hired lobbyists with close ties to those lawmakers.

US: The Booming Business for Psy/Ops
by Jason VestGovernment Executive
November 30th, 2005
No one is sure how well psychological operations have worked in Afghanistan or Iraq, but that's not stopping efforts to step them up, using contractors to do it.

US: The Hazy Story of the Lincoln Group
by Jason VestGovernment Executive
November 30th, 2005
At the December 2004 Destination Baghdad Expo in Iraq, Iraqex listed itself as Iraq-based, but provided only its Washington telephone and address. Then, in March 2005, it changed its name yet again, to Lincoln Group, a communications and PR firm "providing insight and influence in challenging and hostile environments." And on June 11, along with SYColeman and Science Applications International Corp., Lincoln Group got its JPSE contract.

U.S. Military Covertly Pays Company to Place Stories in Iraqi Press
by Mark Mazzetti and Borzou DaragahiThe Los Angeles Times
November 30th, 2005
Designed to mask any connection with the US military, The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group's Iraqi staff or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.

IRAQ: U.S. Auditors Homed in on Hillah Contracts
by Rowan ScarboroughThe Washington Times
November 28th, 2005
The United Nations released the money to the CPA in 2003. Planeloads of plastic-wrapped hundred-dollar bills began arriving in Iraq via C-17 cargo jets. The Development Fund for Iraq had landed with ery few strings attached.

IRAQ: Video Exposes Private Security Convoys Shooting Iraqi drivers
by Sean Raymentnews.telegraph
November 27th, 2005
A 'trophy' video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

IRAQ: Iraq Kurds Say They Were Shortchanged on Massive U.S. Cash Drop
by Richard C. Paddock and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
November 21st, 2005
An Iraqi Kurd who served on the U.S.-appointed Governing Council said that airlifting $1.4 billion in cash to Irbil was an attempt to win the silence of Kurdish leaders after the Coalition Provisional Authority had squandered the rest of the money.

US: Military Vests Recalled
by James BernsteinNewsday
November 20th, 2005
Army, Marines claim thousands more protective body armor vests made by Point Blank Body Armor Inc., failed to pass ballistic tests.

AFGHANISTAN: A Rebuilding Plan Full of Cracks
by Joe Stephens and David B. OttawayThe Washington Post
November 20th, 2005
At the outset, the Louis Berger Group Inc., failed to provide adequate oversight and USAID officials were unable to identify the location projects in the field. Officials at contracting companies and nonprofit groups complain that they were directed to build at sites that turned out to be sheer mountain slopes, a dry riverbed and even a graveyard.

US: Halliburton Contract May be Probed
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
November 19th, 2005
The allegations mainly involve the Army's secret, noncompetitive awarding in 2003 of a multibillion-dollar contract for oilfield repairs in Iraq to Halliburton.

US: Halliburton Allegations Sent to Justice Department, Senator Says
by Craig TorresBloomberg
November 19th, 2005
A former contracting officer's "allegations about wrongdoing" in connection with Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown and Root unit were referred "for further criminal investigation," said North Dakota Democrat, Byron Dorgan.

US: The Man Who Sold the War
by James BamfordRolling Stone
November 19th, 2005
John Rendon is a man who fills a need that few people even know exists. The Pentagon secretly awarded him a $16 million contract to target Iraq and other adversaries with propaganda. He is a leader in the strategic field known as "perception management," manipulating information -- and, by extension, the news media.

KUWAIT: Suspect of Halliburton Contract Fraud Escapes Extradition
by Ann McGlynnQuad-City Times
November 19th, 2005
Kuwaiti man remains at large on charges of fraud and bribery involving a Halliburton fuel contract for US military.

US: Justice Department to Examine Halliburton Subsidiary
November 18th, 2005
Whistleblower's Iraq claims to be investigated

IRAQ: Ex-Halliburton Worker Found Guilty on Kickbacks
by Matt DailyReuters
November 18th, 2005
A former Halliburton worker has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Illinois to taking more than $110,000 in kickbacks from an Iraqi company in 2004.

IRAQ: Ex-Convict Charged with Taking Bribes Worked for Coalition Provisional Authority
by James GlanzThe New York Times
November 18th, 2005
A North Carolina man who was charged yesterday with accepting kickbacks and bribes as a comptroller and financial officer for the American occupation authority in Iraq was hired despite having served prison time for felony fraud in the 1990's.

IRAQ: Pair Accused of Contract Fraud with US-Controlled Iraqi Assets
by Charles R. Babcock and Renae MerleThe Washington Post
November 18th, 2005
According to affidavits filed by government investigators, the two men allegedly conspired, starting in late 2003, to rig bids on contracts in the south-central region of Iraq from a CPA office in Al Hillah. One was the controller and funding officer at that office, in charge of some $82 million from the Development Fund for Iraq, which is made up of repatriated assets, receipts from the sale of Iraqi oil and transfers from the U.N. oil-for-food program.

IRAQ: American Faces Charge of Graft for Work in Iraq
by James GlanzNew York Times
November 17th, 2005
In what is expected to be the first of a series of criminal charges against officials and contractors overseeing the rebuilding of Iraq, an American has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to American occupation authorities and their spouses to obtain construction contracts, according to a complaint unsealed late yesterday.

IRAQ: Armies of Low-Wage Workers Form the Backbone of Private Military
by David PuglieseThe Ottawa Citizen
November 17th, 2005
While hundreds of millions in profits are being made by U.S. and British firms that provide support services to American forces in Iraq, it is citizens from poor nations such as the Philippines who do most of the work and are killed or injured in the process.

US: Private Military Firm Differs from Peers Going Public
by Will Deener The Dallas Morning News
November 16th, 2005
Fast-growing DynCorp provides security and training for police forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It may represent the first of a new generation of defense-related stock offerings.

SOUTH AFRICA: Trade Group Blasts Anti-Mercenary Laws as 'Threat to Peace'
by Peter Fabricius Independent Online
November 15th, 2005
A trade group representing US, European and South African private security companies is lobbying to put pressure on the South African government to drop tough new anti-mercenary legislation now before parliament.

US: Raytheon wins US$1.3 billion army contract for new radar system
Associated Press
November 15th, 2005
Raytheon Co. said Tuesday it won a $1.3-billion-US army contract to develop and test a new radar system designed to protect troops from cruise missile attacks.

PHILIPPINES: Canadian Trains Police for a Deadly Beat
by David PuglieseThe Ottawa Citizen
November 14th, 2005
William, who learned to fight in the Canadian army, teaches counter-terrorism to Filipino trainees, then leads them in combat.

WORLD: Private Military Industry Booming
November 13th, 2005
The industry brings in about $100 billion US a year in revenues and operates in over 50 nations. But, since it is largely unregulated, there are no firm numbers worldwide on how many private contractors or companies there actually are.

US: Firm Helps Pentagon Mold News Abroad
by Stephen J. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
November 13th, 2005
The Rendon Group has garnered more than $56 million in work from the Pentagon since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. These contracts list such activities as tracking foreign reporters; "pushing" news favorable to U.S. forces; planting television news segments that promote American positions, and creating a grass-roots voting effort in Puerto Rico on behalf of the U.S. Navy.

SOUTH AFRICA: Washington Private Military Trade Group Slams Anti-Mercenary Bill
November 12th, 2005
The International Peace Operations Association (IOPA) is lobbying the US and other European governments to put pressure on the South African government not to pass the anti-mercenary bill, saying it undermines the role played by South Africans in peace building missions worldwide.

WORLD: Soldiers of Fortune
by David
November 12th, 2005
In the lawless reality of much of the post-Cold War world, private security is a booming business. And Canada, once noted for peacekeeping, is emerging as a source of talented guns for hire. David Pugliese reports.

IRAQ: Before Rearming Iraq, He Sold Shoes and Flowers
by Solomon Moore and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
November 6th, 2005
The U.S. chose Ziad Cattan to oversee military buying because he could get things done. He did, but now he faces corruption charges.

UN: U.S. Should Repay Millions to Iraq, a U.N. Audit Finds
by James GlanzThe New York Times
November 5th, 2005
A United Nations auditing board recommended that the United States repay as much as $208 million to the Iraqi government for contracting work assigned to Kellogg, Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary.

IRAQ: Green Zone Private Security Switch Causes Anxiety
by Paul MartinThe Washington Times
November 4th, 2005
One concern is that Triple Canopy employees have been recruited mainly in Latin America and speak little English. Global Strategies relies heavily on British-trained Nepalese Gurkhas and Sri Lankans, a majority of whom speak at least some English and often speak it well.

IRAQ: What to Call a Private Army of 20,000?
by Ruth WalkerThe Christian Science Monitor
November 3rd, 2005
There are 20,000 "private security contractors" in Iraq: What do you call the people who fill the gaps arising when the desire of politicians to make war often exceeds citizens' desire to be sent to war?

IRAQ: Veteran Peruvian Soldiers and Police Recruited for Iraq by U.S. Contractors
by Ángel PáezInter Press Service News Agency
October 31st, 2005
The complaints by the families of the new private security recruits forced the Peruvian Foreign Ministry to act. Ambassador Jorge Lázaro, in charge of Offices of Peruvian Communities Abroad, announced that he had launched an investigation to determine whether the contracts violated the rights of the new recruits.

U.K.: War’s fertile grounds for soldiers of fortune
by Peter AlmondThe Sunday Times
October 30th, 2005
Once thought of as little better than mercenaries, Britain’s private-security firms are now seen by many as valued and legitimate businesses.

US: Iraq Rebuilding Poorly Planned, Inspector General Says
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
October 30th, 2005
The assessment marks the first time a sitting inspector general -- in this case a former White House deputy assistant to President George W. Bush -- has formally criticized the prewar planning process. Most of the authoritative criticism to date has come from retired military or diplomatic officers or academics who worked in the reconstruction effort.

US: Bribe Inquiry Looks at Sale of Field Gear to Military
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
October 28th, 2005
In a widening scandal at the United States Special Operations Command, federal investigators are looking into a bribery scheme as well as accusations of improper influence involving millions of dollars in battlefield equipment used by Navy Seals and Army Green Berets and Rangers.

U.N.: Massive Fraud in Iraq Oil Program
by Maggie FarleyThe Los Angeles Times
October 27th, 2005
The United Nations' oil-for-food program was so badly managed and supervised that more than half of the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid illegal surcharges and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, finds an independent investigation into the program.

US: Rules Tightened for Contractors in Combat Zones
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
October 27th, 2005
The new rules mandate background checks and permission from the military before a contractor can carry a weapon, and they spell out conditions for medical care and evacuation. At least 524 U.S. military contract workers, many of them Iraqis, have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.

US: Pentagon Settles Some Halliburton Billing Disputes
by Tom FowlerThe Houston Chronicle
October 26th, 2005
The Army Corps of Engineers has settled payment disputes for six out of 10 task orders costing about $1.4 billion under its Restore Iraqi Oil contract with Houston-based Halliburton. Auditors concluded the military had been overcharged by about $108.4 million for fuel brought into Iraq from Kuwait under the orders.

US: Technology Company Hired After 9/11 Charged Too Much for Labor, Audit Says
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Scott HighamThe Washington Post
October 23rd, 2005
Federal auditors say the prime contractor, Unisys Corp., overbilled taxpayers for as much as 171,000 hours' worth of labor and overtime by charging up to $131 an hour for employees who were paid less than half that amount while working on a $1 billion technology contract to improve the nation's transportation security system.

IRAQ: Making a killing
by Jon SwainThe Sunday Times
October 23rd, 2005
The American government is hiring private security firms to stabilise Iraq — and paying them a fortune to do it. But many of them are unregulated and operate outside the law.

US: Illegal Immigrants Working for Contractors on Military Bases Raise Concerns
by Estes ThompsonAssociated Press
October 21st, 2005
Scores of illegal immigrants working as cooks, laborers, janitors, even foreign-language instructors working for military contractors have been seized at military bases around the country in the past year, raising concerns in some quarters about security and troop safety.

US: Whistle-Blower or Troublemaker, Bunny Greenhouse Isn't Backing Down
by Neely TuckerThe Washington Post
October 19th, 2005
Then the 61-year-old Greenhouse lost her $137,000-a-year post after questioning the plump contracts awarded to Halliburton in the run-up to the war in Iraq. It has made her easy to love for some, easy to loathe for others, but it has not made her easy to know.

U.S.: Pentagon's auditors absent from Iraq
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder/Contra Costa Times
October 18th, 2005
The chief Pentagon agency charged with investigating and reporting fraud and waste in Iraq quietly pulled out of the war zone a year ago -- leaving what experts say are gaps in the oversight of how more than $140 billion is being spent.

IRAQ: Into a War zone, on a Deadly Road
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 13th, 2005
Thousands of workers are needed to meet the demands of the unprecedented privatization of military support operations unfolding under the watch of the U.S. Army and KBR, its prime contractor in Iraq. KBR, in turn, KBR, outsources much of the work to lowly-paid workers imported from developing nations.

IRAQ: Work Cut Short after Complaining about Abuse of Third-Country Workers
by Ryan ClarkCincinnati Enquirer
October 13th, 2005
Robert Hill became concerned about the "mistreatment" of third-country nationals working in Iraq and then chose to walk away from his one-year commitment, saying he felt that speaking out made him a target for repercussions from his superiors.

IRAQ: War Fuels Human Labor Trade
by Cam Simpson and Aamer MadhaniThe Chicago Tribune
October 13th, 2005
The United States has long condemned the practices that are now part of the privatization of the American war effort and which is central to the operations of Halliburton subsidiary KBR, the U.S. military's biggest private contractor in Iraq.

US: Cheney's Halliburton Options Up 3,281% Last Year
The Raw Story
October 11th, 2005

IRAQ: Rescue Spares Some Workers
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 10th, 2005
Footage of 12 of their countrymen executed at the hands of insurgents in Iraq last year set off a panic among Nepalis who didn't want to risk the same fate. But a manager for First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting Co., issued an ultimatum: Agree to travel to Iraq and they would get more food and water. Refuse, and they would get nothing and be put out on the streets of Kuwait City to find their way home.

IRAQ: Desperate for Work, Lured into Danger
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 9th, 2005
The journey of a dozen impoverished men from Nepal to Iraq reveals the exploitation underpinning the American war effort

IRAQ: Poor Migrants Work in Netherworld to Support U.S. Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
October 9th, 2005
U.S.-hired contractors rely on laborers from impoverished countries, but no one looks out for the rights -- or lives -- of the foreigners.

US: Contractor Entangled in Abu Ghraib Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
September 16th, 2005
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: Halliburton Subsidiary, KBR, Clinches More Hurricane Recovery Work
Defense Industry Daily
September 15th, 2005
The task order is a cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity construction capabilities contract for post-Katrina recovery efforts in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for "unwatering activities" in Plaquemines, East and West basins, New Orleans.

US: Private Security Company Creates Stir in New Orleans
by Bill SizemoreThe Virginian-Pilot
September 15th, 2005
Blackwater USA, the North Carolina-based security firm best known for supplementing U.S. troops in Iraq, is now attracting international attention patrolling the flooded streets of New Orleans.

CHILE: Probe of European Defense Firms Linked to Pinochet
by Fiona OrtizReuters
September 15th, 2005
European defense companies deposited millions of dollars into bank accounts for front companies of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, a source close to a Chilean court probe into the accounts told Reuters.

EUROPE: Private Security Companies Linked with Organized Crime
Associated Press
September 13th, 2005
While the industry was growing rapidly in the southeast Europe, there are problems with private security companies being affiliated with political parties as well as criminal, paramilitary and ethnic groups reports the Britain-based Saferworld think-tank.

WORLD: Steady Growth Expected for Private Security Industry
by Stephen FidlerThe Financial Times
September 13th, 2005
There are estimated to be more than 20,000 armed expatriates working for private security companies in Iraq, more than all the non-US troops combined and contrary their numbers do not appear to have fallen appreciably. The Baghdad bubble, as it has been dubbed, has yet to burst.

HONG KONG: Yahoo, Chinese Police, and a Jailed Journalist
by Robert MarquandThe Christian Science Monitor
September 12th, 2005
The role of Yahoo in helping Chinese security officials to finger a journalist sentenced to 10 years for e-mailing "state secrets" is filtering into mainland China. The revelation reinforces a conviction among Chinese "netizens" that there is no place security forces can't find them.

US: No-Bid Contracts Win Katrina Work
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
September 12th, 2005
White House uses practices criticized in Iraq rebuilding for hurricane-related jobs.

AUSTRALIA: Security Guards Are A New Force
The Sunday Mail
September 11th, 2005
Private security guards now outnumber police officers in South Australia by almost two to one.

US: Disaster Hacks
by EditorialThe Los Angeles Times
September 11th, 2005
As with the hurricane, there were warnings that FEMA was turning into a disaster. The union representing its career employees wrote to members of Congress last year that politically connected contractors and novices without disaster-relief experience had taken over and trashed FEMA's professionalism.

US: Top War Profiteer Doug Feith Retires Wealthy
by Evelyn PringleDissident Voice
September 11th, 2005
Douglas Feith, who recently resigned as undersecretary of defense planned ahead for his retirement and will not be seen in the unemployment line.

IRAQ: Security Contractors in Iraq Under Scrutiny After Shootings
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians.

US: Boeing May Avoid Criminal Prosecution
by Jame Gunsalus and Cary O'Reilly Bloomberg
September 10th, 2005
Boeing is in talks with the Justice Department to pay a fine and avoid criminal charges related to the scandals through a "deferred prosecution." The fine may be as high as $500 million.

US: Private Sector Poised to Reap Windfall from Katrina
by John BroderThe New York Times
September 10th, 2005
Private contractors, guided by two former directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other well-connected lobbyists and consultants, are rushing to cash in on the unprecedented sums to be spent on Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction.

US: Katrina-Hit States Turn to Private Security Firms
by Marguerite HigginsThe Washington Times
September 10th, 2005
Private security companies say they have seen an upswing in demand for services in the ravaged Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina blew through the region 12 days ago.

US: Feared Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans
by Jeremy Scahill and Daniela CrespoDemocracy Now!
September 10th, 2005
Blackwater is one of the leading private "security" firms servicing the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Private Security Dispute Shuts Baghdad Airport
by Ellen Knickmeyer and Naseer NouriThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Foreign contractor, Iraqis are at odds

IRAQ: Security Contractors Under Scrutiny After Shootings
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians.

UK: War Opponent Holds Stake in Iraq Security Firm
by Isabel OakeshottThe Evening Standard
September 9th, 2005
Sir Malcolm has been a fierce critic of the war, but an investigation into his financial interests shows his share options in a private security firm are rocketing in value as the company wins new contracts while the insurgency in Iraq continues.

US: Fluor's Slowed Iraq Work Frees it for Gulf Coast
September 9th, 2005
A slowing of reconstruction work in Iraq has freed up people for Fluor Corp. to begin rebuilding in the U.S. Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina.

IRAQ: The Interior Ministry Imposes Rules for Security Companies
by Oliver PooleThe Telegraph
September 9th, 2005
Private security companies have long been a concern and those operating on US department of defence contracts are free from risk of legal penalty under the Iraqi judicial system if anyone is killed in a firefight.

IRAQ: Private Security Company Strikes Over Unpaid Bills
by Mariam Karouny and Omar al-IbadiReuters
September 9th, 2005
Iraq's government ordered its forces to reopen Baghdad airport on Friday after the private British company that polices it closed the passenger terminal in a dispute over unpaid bills.

US: Bush Insider Pushes Clients for Hurricane Rebuilding
by Thomas B. EdsallThe Washington Post
September 8th, 2005
After leaving FEMA in March 2003, Joe M. Allbaugh, who managed the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, founded Allbaugh Co., a lobbying-consulting firm with many clients in the disaster-relief business. The firm's Web site quotes Allbaugh: "I'm dedicated to helping private industry meet the homeland security challenge."

IRAQ: Reconstruction Falters and Running Out of Money
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 8th, 2005
The U.S. will halt construction work on some water and power plants in Iraq because it is running out of money for projects, officials said Wednesday.

IRAQ: Extra Funds Needed for Iraq Reconstruction
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 7th, 2005
Stuart Bowen, U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, said it is unclear where the new funds would come from, but it is not the right time to discuss more money to given the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf region.

US: Union Reports Problems at Army Bases
by Pete YostThe Washington Post
September 6th, 2005
A labor union is reporting significant security problems at seven Army bases where federal contractors are guarding the gates, freeing up soldiers to serve in Iraq.

US: Halliburton for Help on Hurricane Damaged Bases
by Jon H. Cushman Jr.The New York Times
September 4th, 2005
It is a familiar role for KBR, which under longstanding contracts has delivered the engineering equivalent of first aid to the Navy and other military and government agencies after natural disasters for more than 15 years. This time, the Halliburton unit's performance is likely to be watched especially closely, as its work under separate contracts in Iraq has come under extensive criticism in the past two years.

US: Pentagon Acquisition Needs Cultural Change
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 3rd, 2005
Some lower-level U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials do not yet fully recognize the need to overhaul defense procurement to make it more transparent and avoid problems of the past, the U.S. military's top internal watchdog said on Thursday.

US: Pentagon's Top Watchdog Resigned Amid Claims of Stonewalling Inquiries
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 3rd, 2005
The resignation comes after Sen. Charles E. Grassley sent Defense Department Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz several letters informing him that he was the focus of a congressional inquiry.

US: Pentagon Still Investigating Iraq Prison Abuses
September 1st, 2005
The Pentagon's chief internal watchdog said on Thursday his agency continues to investigate the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, although he declined to give details.

WORLD: India Becomes Top Weapons Buyer Among Developing Nations
September 1st, 2005
With $15.7 billion in orders, India edged out China, with $15.3 billion, to become the developing world's biggest weapons buyer for the eight-year period up to 2004 reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

WORLD: U.S., Russia Top Arms Exporters, Congressional Report Says
by Lyubov ProninaDefense News
September 1st, 2005
The report found that the total value of military weapon sales worldwide in 2004 rose to the highest level since 2000, reaching nearly $37 billion.

US: Pentagon's Chief Watchdog Joins Company that Owns Blackwater
September 1st, 2005
Joseph Schmitz, the Pentagon's chief internal watchdog since March 2002, has quit to join a defense contractor involved in private security services, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

US: A View into Political Pork Process
by Marcus Stern and Jerry KammerCOPLEY NEWS SERVICE/The San Diego Union-Tribune
August 31st, 2005
Cunningham's possible abuse of his clout has opened a window on the congressional appropriations process, giving the public a rare glimpse at the growing premium that contractors place on obtaining influence on Capitol Hill.

US: Defense contractor CEO pay outstrips other CEOs
August 30th, 2005
Chief executives at top U.S. defense contractors have received a 200 percent pay hike since 2001 compared to a 7 percent raise for other CEOs at large companies, a study showed on Tuesday.

US: CEOs with Defense Firms Double Salaries Since 9/11
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
August 30th, 2005
The chief executives of the defense industry's largest companies have doubled their paychecks since 9/11 and the War on Terrorism began -- far greater than the average 7 percent growth for all corporate CEOs.

US: Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
August 29th, 2005
A top Army contracting official who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq was demoted Saturday for what the Army called poor job performance.

US: Defense firms feast on Bush’s 'War on Terror'
Taipai Times
August 29th, 2005
According to reports, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Honeywell and United Technologies posted all-time best-ever profits in the first half of this year and they still have a huge list of orders.

IRAQ: The Costs of War On Terrorism Chart
by David R. Francis The Christian Science Monitor
August 29th, 2005
Chart comparing costs of US wars

IRAQ: More Costly Than 'War to End all Wars'
by David R. FrancisThe Christian Science Moniotr
August 29th, 2005
Despite the relatively small number of American armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the war effort is rapidly shaping up to be the third-most expensive war in United States history.

US: Army Contracting Executive Critical of Halliburton Loses Her Job
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
August 29th, 2005
Commander of the Army Corps, told Bunnatine H. Greenhouse last month that she was being removed from the senior executive service, the top rank of civilian government employees, because of poor performance reviews.

IRAQ: Re-engineering Iraqi agriculture
by Jeremy SmithGlobal Research
August 27th, 2005
Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country's traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens.

US: Lockheed Martin Is Hired to Bolster Transit Security in N.Y.
by Sewell Chan and Shadi RahimiThe New York Times
August 23rd, 2005
A new world of transit security in New York City began to take form this morning, as officials disclosed plans to saturate the transit system with 1,000 video cameras, 3,000 motion detectors and a wide array of sophisticated gadgets, all intended to buffer the city's subways, bridges and tunnels from a terror attack.

IRAQ: Mercenaries Mount Offensive
by John HanchetteNiagra Falls Reporter
August 23rd, 2005
Retention of key combat personnel is being eroded by far better money offers from federally hired "private security companies" -- as their executives insist they be called. Once on board and back in the private sector of dangerous military operations in Iraq, these highly trained fighters and specialists can make up to a quarter of a million dollars or more (most of it tax-free) in a year's worth of salary -- certainly better than Army pay.

IRAQ: The Trillion Dollar War Chart
The New York Times
August 20th, 2005

US: Ex-KBR Manager Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickback in Iraq
by John C. RoperThe Houston Chronicle
August 20th, 2005
Neither Houston-based Halliburton nor its KBR subsidiary was named in the indictment.

IRAQ: The Trillion-Dollar War
by Linda BilmesThe New York Times
August 19th, 2005
The cost goes well beyond -- ongoing current costs, foreign aid to reward cooperation in Iraq, inducements for recruits and for military personnel serving second and third deployments, replacing military hardware and long-term costs for disability and health payments of returning troops bring the price tag to over $1 trillion.

ECUADOR: Ecuadorians Enlisting for Iraq as Mercenaries
Prensa Latina
August 18th, 2005
About 30 Ecuadorians have been enlisted to travel to Iraq as mercenaries by US recruiting firms at the US-occupied Manta air base, a Parliamentary source denounced Thursday.

IRAQ: Future of Private Security after a Troop Drawdown
by August ColeMarketWatch
August 18th, 2005
Moves by the U.S. military to relinquish responsibility to Iraq's security forces raise big questions over who will safeguard the shattered country's reconstruction in what is the biggest effort since the Marshall Plan.

US: Federal Judge Sends Blackwater Suit to State Court
by Emery P. DalesioAssociated Press
August 15th, 2005
A lawsuit accusing North Carolina-based Blackwater Security Consulting of wrongful death and fraud in the deaths of four guards killed and mutilated in Iraq should be heard in a North Carolina courts, a federal judge has ruled.

ECUADOR: American Entrepreneur Scrutinized for Offering Mercenaries Work in Iraq
by Edison LopezAssociated Press
August 15th, 2005
A former employee of the U.S. security contracting firm DynCorp International was quoted last month by the Los Angeles Times saying that he saw a booming global demand for his "private army," and a lucrative business opportunity in recruiting Colombians.

US: Savvy, Clout Fill Pockets of Investment Firm
by Stephen J. Hedges and Andrew ZajacThe Chicago Tribune
August 14th, 2005
U.S. looking into Carlyle Group links to teacher funds.

IRAQ: The Other Army
by Daniel BergnerThe New York Times
August 14th, 2005
One of the largest private security companies in Iraq, Triple Canopy, was born immediately after the invasion. Plenty of other companies have done the same, some that were more established before the American invasion, some less.

IRAQ: Abandoned by U.S., Chalibi's Star Shines Again
by Hannah AllamKnight Ridder Tribune News/The Houston Chronicle
August 13th, 2005
No. 1 in dealing with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi: Never underestimate him. A year after observers pronounced him finished — spurned by one-time American sponsors and with no apparent political base in Iraq — Chalabi has emerged more powerful than ever.

IRAQ: Pentagon Report Finds 'Coordination,' Not 'Control' of Security Contractors
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
August 12th, 2005
Earlier this summer, Marines detained a group of private contractors in Iraq for allegedly firing on their positions in Fallujah; the contractors, who worked for North Carolina-based Zapata Engineering, were expelled from Iraq after their release. That highly publicized incident followed questions from lawmakers about oversight of contractors operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Lucrative Fraud
The Baltimore Sun
August 12th, 2005
Since 2003, the disbursement of aid and reconstruction funds in Iraq has not been in the hands of the United Nations, and if anything the record is even more dismal.

IRAQ: CPA Order 81 Is Even Worse Than Originally Reported
by Rosemarie JackowskiMedia Monitors Network
August 12th, 2005
What a break for U.S. corporations, such as Monsanto. The important information about Iraqi Order 81 is that it was designed to have a major impact on the way farming is done in Iraq. This order prohibits Iraqi farmers from using saving seeds from one year to the next.

IRAQ: Fraud in Weapons Deals Drained $1 billion
by Hannah AllamKnight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News
August 11th, 2005
Iraqi investigators have uncovered widespread fraud and waste in more than $1 billion worth of weapons deals arranged by middlemen who reneged or took huge kickbacks on contracts to arm Iraq's fledgling military, according to a confidential report and interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials.

IRAQ: No contractors facing Abu Ghraib abuse charges
by Peter SpiegelFinancial Times
August 9th, 2005
No private contractors have so far faced prosecution despite their implication in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, according to a new Pentagon report.

US: The Hidden Contractor Casualties in Iraq
by Kevin WhitelawUS News and World Report
August 8th, 2005
In a report the Pentagon submitted to Congress earlier this year, some partial figures have been released. From May 2003 through October 2004, U.S. authorities recorded at least 1,171 contractor casualties, including 166 contractors who were killed.

ITALY: Steroids Headed for Troops in Iraq Seized
by Victor L. SimpsonAssociated Press
August 1st, 2005
The popularity of steroid abuse has long been discussed as American troops and contractors in Iraq work out in gyms set up in bases and even in the mirrored halls of one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

IRAQ: New reports Show Limited Progress in Iraq Rebuilding
by Sue PlemingReuters
July 31st, 2005
Rebuilding Iraq is seen by the Bush administration as a major foreign policy priority but three U.S. government reports released this week -- the latest on Sunday -- indicate ambitious reconstruction goals are falling short.

IRAQ: Deaths of Iraqi Workers for U.S. Companies Rise
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
July 31st, 2005
Deaths of Iraqis and foreigners working for U.S. companies in Iraq are increasing more rapidly than American contractor deaths as insurgents target reconstruction projects, according to a Pentagon inspector.

IRAQ: Private Security Spending Escalates in Iraq
by Barbara Slavin,USA Today
July 31st, 2005
The United States risks having "little to show for billions" of dollars spent on Iraqi reconstruction because of rising security costs and mismanagement, a new report said.

IRAQ: Sierra Leone Workers Head for Iraq
July 30th, 2005
The Labour Ministry's overseas employment officer Ismael Kargbo declined to reveal the name of the company, but said the government had contracted a wage of roughly $100 per month for each of the workers, plus perks such as free international telephone calls.

US: Military Commandos Leaving in Record Numbers
by James W. CrawleyWinston Salem Journal
July 30th, 2005
Why are commandos leaving the military? Many officials say the cause is the hiring of skilled operators by private security firms that are protecting contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Worry Grows as Foreigners Flock to Risky Jobs
by Sonni EfronThe Los Angeles Times
July 30th, 2005
If hired, the Colombians would join a swelling population of heavily armed private military forces working in Iraq who are seeking higher wages in dangerous jobs and what some critics say is a troubling result of efforts by the U.S. to "outsource" its operations in Iraq and other countries.

IRAQ: Pentagon Plans New Regulations for Private Security Companies
by Barbara BarrettThe News & Observer
July 29th, 2005
The U.S. Department of Defense is developing regulations to deal with the more than 60 private security companies -- totaling about 25,000 employees -- working throughout Iraq as the country struggles to rebuild itself during a time of war.

IRAQ: Security Costs Slow Iraq Reconstruction
by Renae Merle and Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 29th, 2005
Efforts to rebuild water, electricity and health networks in Iraq are being shortchanged by higher-than-expected costs to provide security and by generous financial awards to contractors, according to a series of reports by government investigators.

U.S.: Subcontractor's Story Details Post-9/11 Chaos
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Scott HighamThe Washington Post
July 28th, 2005
With little experience, a tiny company owned by Sunnye Sims was asked to help set up and run screener assessment centers in a hurry at more than 150 hotels and other facilities. Her company eventually billed $24 million.

US: Former Bush Aide Turns Tough Critic as Iraq Inspector
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
July 26th, 2005
Stuart Bowen finds poor controls and waste in reconstruction.

US: The Best Army We Can Buy
by David M. KennedyThe New York Times
July 25th, 2005
Our soldiers are hired from within the citizenry, unlike the hated Hessians whom George III recruited to fight against the American Revolutionaries. But like those Hessians, today's volunteers sign up for some mighty dangerous work largely for wages and benefits - a compensation package that may not always be commensurate with the dangers in store, as current recruiting problems testify.

IRAQ: Contract Workers Say 'Wild West' Conditions Put Lives in Danger
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24th, 2005
A growing number of civilian employees of U.S. companies contracting with the military have come home wounded – both physically and psychologically – by their on-the-job experiences in Iraq.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24th, 2005
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.

US: Recruiting Database Inspires Outrage
by Sue BushellCIO
July 15th, 2005
Privacy advocates and anti-war campaigners in the US are outraged at revelations that the Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds to assist military recruiters.

INDIA: Bechtel Sells Its Stake In Dabhol Power Plant
by JOHN LARKINWall Street Journal
July 14th, 2005
Bechtel Group Inc. agreed to sell its equity in the troubled Dabhol power project for $160 million, according to people involved in the transaction, edging India closer to ending a four-year dispute that has plagued its efforts to boost foreign investment.

WORLD: The Rich Boys
by Marcia VickersBusinessWeek
July 14th, 2005
An ultra-secretive network rules independent oil trading. Its mentor: Marc Rich

IRAQ: A.P. Moeller Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Amid Security Threat
by Andy Critchlow Bloomberg
July 14th, 2005
The lawsuit, the first to be brought against a foreign company since Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003, threatens to discourage other investors from spending money in Iraq, further slowing reconstruction efforts since the war.

US: National Guard Chief Says Private Military Contractors Stymie Recruitment
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
July 13th, 2005
Guard recruiters find themselves in a "bidding war" for highly skilled service veterans, who are being offered lucrative contracts to work as private security contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Oil workers Defend Public Ownership
by Marcus GrevilleGreen Left
July 13th, 2005
Iraqi workers, particularly the oil workers, are overwhelmingly opposed to any plans to privatise their country's oil industry.

US: Pentagon to Amend Controversial Commercial Structure of Lockheed C-130 Contract
July 11th, 2005
The Pentagon expects to complete the conversion of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $4.1 billion C-130J cargo aircraft contract into a more highly regulated defense contract.

IRAQ: L-3 Snaps Up $426-million Army Intel Work
Red Herring
July 11th, 2005
L-3 Communications has landed a contract with the U.S. Army to provide “intelligence support services in Iraq” worth up to $426 million, another sign that the eight-year-old defense contractor could be on the road to one day rivaling industry heavyweights like Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

US: Judge rules in Iraq Whistle-Blower Case
by Sue PlemingReuters
July 11th, 2005
A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that a whistle-blower case alleging fraud against Custer Battles, a U.S. security contractor employed in Iraq could go ahead, but excluded any work paid for with Iraqi oil money.

IRAQ: Tension and Confusion Between Troops, and Contractors on the Battlefield
by Josh White and Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 10th, 2005
Private security contractors operate outside the military chain of command and are not subject to military law, which can lead to resentment and confusion in the field. Contractors, many of them veterans of years in combat, complain that young U.S. troops lack their experience and judgment under pressure. Yet each group cannot carry out its mission in a hostile Iraq without the other.

IRAQ: Halliburton's Higher Bill for $5 Billion More
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 6th, 2005
The new order, which comes despite lingering questions about the company's past billing, replaces an earlier agreement that expired last June but had been extended through this spring to ensure a continuous supply of food, sanitation, laundry and other logistical services for the troops.

Hallliburton Wins New $4.9Billion Iraq Contract
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
July 6th, 2005
With little fanfare and no public announcement, the U.S. Army quietly awarded $4.972 billion in new work to Halliburton on May 1 to support the United States military occupation of Iraq.

IRAQ: Civilian Traffic at Baghdad Airport Set to Resume
by Steve NegusFinancial Times
June 26th, 2005
A two-day stoppage by security firm Global Strategies Group contracted to scure Iraq's major airport is expected to end despite an ongoing payment dispute with the ministry of transportion.

IRAQ: Tim Spicer's Aegis Clinches Security Deal
by Dominic O’ConnellThe Sunday Times
June 26th, 2005
The former army officer at the centre of a political scandal in the late 1990s, has clinched an extension to a Pentagon contract to oversee the safety of civilian contractors in Iraq.

IRAQ: Workers Pay with Their Lives in War Zone
by Brendan NicholsonThe Age
June 25th, 2005
In just two years, 244 civilian contractors have died violently in Iraq. Money attracted most of them to the most dangerous place in the world - and there they died, in sniper attacks, missile and rocket attacks, helicopter crashes, suicide bombings and decapitations that followed kidnappings.

IRAQ: Security Contractor on Strike at Baghdad Airport
by Beth Potter Agence France-Presse
June 25th, 2005
Travelers were stranded yesterday when the London-based company that ensures security at Baghdad International Airport staged a strike to demand payment of money owed.

IRAQ: Iraqi Labor Leaders Call for Solidarity and End to U.S. Occupation
by Paul BurtonInternational Labor Communications Association
June 24th, 2005
"We started to witness the corporations invading the public sector, bringing in 1200 foreign workers even though unemployment was at a high level. We are resisting the privatization of nationalized industries. We don’t see any place where privatization was implemented and the people benefitted."

US: As Defense Contractor's Business Grew Along with Secrecy
by Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 24th, 2005
The defense contractor embroiled in controversy over the purchase of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's Del Mar home has maintained an aura of secrecy as its business boomed during the past three years.

IRAQ: Security Contractors' Strike Shuts Baghdad Airport to Civilian Traffic
by Luke BakerReuters
June 24th, 2005
Security contractors at Baghdad airport went on strike on Friday as part of a contract dispute between their British employer and the Iraqi government, shutting down most of the country's civil aviation.

IRAQ: The Carve-Up on Oil Begins
by Tom BurgisThe London Line
June 23rd, 2005
As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret to carve up the country's oil reserves for themselves

US: Pentagon's Use of Private Firm to Spot Potential High School and College Recruits Raises Concerns
by Jonathan KrimThe Washington Post
June 23rd, 2005
Privacy advocates concerned that the Defense Department works with contractor to create a database of high school students and all college students to help identify potential military recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.

JORDAN: Land of Tycoons
by Stephen GlainNewsweek International
June 19th, 2005
Driven from their own country by a deadly insurgency, Iraq's most prominent business families have exiled themselves to neighboring Jordan, where they manage their empires by telephone, e-mail and courier. At the core of this group are leaders of Iraq's dozen or so powerful merchant families who for the past century have controlled Iraq's private sector.

US: Former Pentagon Officials Find Wealth with Contractors
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
June 19th, 2005
Unlike old soldiers who once just faded away, today's old soldiers are increasingly finding new wealth and celebrity as executives and on the boards of companies that do business with the Pentagon and other parts of the government.

US: Close Ties Between Congressman and Defense Contractor Scrutinized
by William Finn BennettNorth County Times
June 19th, 2005
The web of connections between Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor continued to grow Friday, as did questions about the relationship between the contractor and the congressman.

US: Military Desperate for New Recruits
by Max BootThe Washington Times
June 19th, 2005
"Offer citizenship to anyone, anywhere on the planet, willing to serve a set term in the U.S. military. We could model a Freedom Legion after the French Foreign."

US: Off-budget Accounting for Iraq
by EditorialThe Roanoke Times
June 18th, 2005
The 2006 budget submitted to Congress in February didn't contain one penny for combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Bush insisted it would be impossible to know how much would be needed, so instead of including anything in the regular budget, he plans to continue the tradition of coming to Congress for emergency supplemental appropriations when war funds get low.

US: Pizza Parlor Aided Mercenary in Afghanistan
by Matt O'BrienThe Oakland Tribune
June 18th, 2005
A California pizza parlor illegally transferred $1 million out of the country, some of which reached Jonathan "Jack" Idema, a jailed American mercenary accused of running his own private interrogation camp in Afghanistan.

UK: Land Rovers Deployed Against Civilians
by Richard Norton-TaylorThe Guardian
June 18th, 2005
Evidence that military Land Rovers are being used against civilians - despite assurances from the British government that they are not - is revealed in photographs taken in Gaza, Uzbekistan, and Aceh province in Indonesia.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Flood Baghdad Despite Dangers
by Veronica
June 18th, 2005
BAGHDAD has become more dangerous but Filipinos keep pouring in to find jobs there, charge d’affaires Eric Endaya of the Philippine embassy in Iraq said Friday.

US: SAIC Rejoins Pentagon's Media Blitz
by Dean CalbreathThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 18th, 2005
The Pentagon's Special Operations Command last week launched a five-year, $300 million media campaign to promote its message overseas – notably in "higher-threat areas such as Iraq and Lebanon" – to be coordinated by the Joint Psychological Operations Support Element. SAIC was one of the companies picked to lead the campaign

US: Subpoenas Issued in Case Involving Lawmaker and Defense Contractor
by Kelly ThorntonThe San Diego Union-Tirbune
June 18th, 2005
A federal grand jury is investigating the relationship between Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor, focusing particular attention on the sale of the congressman's Del Mar home to the company's owner, sources said.

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