Charging that U.S. private security contractors are “mafia-like groups” being financed by U.S. taxpayers to carry out “terrorist activities” with the support of the U.S. government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered a four-month phaseout of all private security companies in his embattled country. Asserting his oft-challenged authority as the country’s chief executive, Karzai’s move, … Continue reading “Ouster of Contractors Throws Afghan Strategy in Doubt”
Should private contractors like Blackwater be allowed to continue to provide armed security for convoys, diplomatic and other personnel, and military bases and other facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq? A bipartisan U.S. Congressional commission will spend two days cross-examining 14 witnesses from academia, government and the companies themselves to come up with an answer. "Some … Continue reading “Congressional Commission to Examine Contractors in War”
Kelley Vlahos on contractors abusing contractors
Legal headaches are growing exponentially for the security firm formerly known as Blackwater once the darling of the military-industrial community. In separate developments, two former employees of the company charged that the security firm committed "systematic fraud" under its contracts with the U.S. State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan; the Iraqi government announced it … Continue reading “Blackwater’s Migraines Multiply”
Jeff Huber on the Blackwater/CIA scandal
Hilite title: Whence the Terror Hysteria?
Subhead: Follow the money, says Philip Giraldi
Kelley Vlahos on the growing shadow army