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Contractors Gone Wild

Theft, hookers, melting down Iraqi gold to make cowboy spurs—all in a day's work for private military contractors in Iraq?

By Bruce Falconer
May 2, 2008
Mother Jones

Allegations of widespread mismanagement and corruption among private contractors in Iraq are nothing new; if anything, tales of cronyism, over-billing, and embezzlement have become so frequent that our national tolerance for them seems only to have increased as the Iraq War has drawn on. Even so, the testimony earlier this week of three whistleblowers before the Senate's Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) stands out for the sheer outrageousness of their accusations—namely that U.S. private contractors looted Iraqi palaces and ministries, stole military equipment, fenced supplies destined for U.S. troops, and even operated a prostitution ring that may have contributed to the death of fellow contractor. Yet despite its focus on such salacious matters as sex and corruption, the session earned little media attention.

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May. 4th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
I heard parts of this on the radio yesterday. So disgusting.

I read this http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/opinion/30friedman.html and thought of you.
May. 4th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Why does it feel like hardly anybody pays attention to shit like this? So many things barely get a mention, if at all.
May. 5th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
quick q...

when did they start being 'private military contractors' & stop being mercenaries...or did they only stop being that in name only?

Enquiring minds want to know...

guess if you give them a P.C term you don't have to hush them up like the dirty little secret they used to be.
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