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KBR and the Army : Rewarding Incompetence and Scandal

Image from Ms. Sparky.Repeating bad behavior:Houston’s KBR gets $2.8 billion contract By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog / March 7, 2010 It looks like the United States Army is incapable of learning from past mistakes. On Tuesday, the Army … finish reading KBR and the Army : Rewarding Incompetence and Scandal

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Military Outsourcing: Of Exceptionally Dubious Value

A firearms and tactics instructor at Blackwater demonstrates a weapon in Moyock, N.C. Photo: Gerry Broome/AP. Flushing BlackwaterBy Jeremy Scahill / August 26, 2009 Blackwater, the private mercenary company owned by Erik Prince, has been thrust back into the spotlight … finish reading Military Outsourcing: Of Exceptionally Dubious Value

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KBR Still Owes Millions from the Corruption in Iraq

Senators Accuse Pentagon of Delay in Recovering Millions in OverchargesBy James Glanz / May 3, 2009 The Pentagon has done little to collect at least $100 million in overcharges paid in deals arranged by corrupt former officials of Kellogg Brown … finish reading KBR Still Owes Millions from the Corruption in Iraq

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Afghanistan: Reminders of Why We’ve Already Lost

NY Times caption: A DynCorp worker, kneeling, trained policemen recently near Kabul, Afghanistan. DynCorp got 94 percent of $2.2 billion in police training and drug eradication contracts from a State Department bureau. (Fake dialogue by The Enchanted Porkfist.)The Afghan Scam: … finish reading Afghanistan: Reminders of Why We’ve Already Lost

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The USA: World-Leading War Salesman

Iraqi soldiers celebrate after receiving new rifles from the U.S. forces in Baghdad, Iraq. U.S. forces have given the Iraqi army 800 pieces of M-16 and M-4 rifles as a part of the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.We Arm … finish reading The USA: World-Leading War Salesman

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Iraq: A War Crime of Immense Proportions: The (Non-)Reconstruction Saga

Unbelievable: trash the nation, murdering thousands and thousands of innocent civilians, allowing the looting of invaluable artifacts, allowing ethnic cleansing to occur unabated, allowing the country to sink to Third World status, allowing basic services to vanish, allowing corrupt officials … finish reading Iraq: A War Crime of Immense Proportions: The (Non-)Reconstruction Saga

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Indictments Expected in 2007 Blackwater Shooting

This actually comes as quite a surprise, since we’re dealing with the Bush administration and the myriad declarations of immunity that Jerry Bremer left behind in Baghdad. I won’t be holding my breath expecting these men to serve any prison … finish reading Indictments Expected in 2007 Blackwater Shooting

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Gov’t. Outsourcing Has Been Nothing But Trouble

Here is another legacy of the Bush administration: a government gutted by corporate crony outsourcing. The two articles here tell the story of that legacy: corruption, lies, inefficiencies, and incessant problems, whether health, compensation, or otherwise. It will take decades … finish reading Gov’t. Outsourcing Has Been Nothing But Trouble

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Iraq : KBR Subsidiary Confines Asian Workers in Warehouse

About a thousand men living in warehouses near the Baghdad airport marched out of their compound today to protest what they call broken promises from Najlaa, a Kuwaiti catering company that had offered them jobs in Iraq. Instead, Najlaa’s contracts … finish reading Iraq : KBR Subsidiary Confines Asian Workers in Warehouse

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Blackwater Scandal Redux : Smuggling Prohibited Weapons in Dog Food Sacks

Blackwater insider: Company executives made the decision to smuggle the weapons and silencers in the dog food ‘because it’s a war over there and our guys need them.’By Brian Ross and Jason Ryan / November 14, 2008 Also see ‘Indictment … finish reading Blackwater Scandal Redux : Smuggling Prohibited Weapons in Dog Food Sacks

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Unaccountable Privatization: Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work

One Fifth of Iraq Funding Goes to Private ContractorsBy Willam Fisher / September 6, 2008. If spending continues at the current rate, the U.S. will have spent 100 billion dollars on military contractors in Iraq by the end of the … finish reading Unaccountable Privatization: Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work

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Suing to End Twenty-First Century Slavery

This story yields speculation of another relatively predictable outcome: the acquital of KBR of any wrongdoing (see our post, Because the Empire is never, Ever Wrong – this is really all the same story, differing details). As Juan Cole points … finish reading Suing to End Twenty-First Century Slavery

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