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    Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan - CNN.com

    December 17, 2009 4:42 p.m. EST-Washington (CNN)

    Congress is launching a broad-ranging investigation into possible waste, misuse and corruption tied to billions of taxpayer dollars used to support private military contractors in Afghanistan.

    Among the questions being raised is whether money provided in a nearly $2.2 billion trucking contract in the war-torn country went to pay off local warlords and the Taliban.

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    "Serious allegations have been brought to [Congress'] attention that private security providers for U.S. transportation contractors in Afghanistan are regularly paying local warlords and the Taliban for security," said Rep. John Tierney, D-Massachusetts, who chairs the House National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee.

    "After a preliminary inquiry, it has been determined these reports warrant a full-scale ... investigation. If shown to be true, it would mean that the United States is unintentionally engaged in a vast protection racket and, as such, may be indirectly funding the very insurgents we are trying to fight."
    Sometimes congress actually does something worthwhile. I don't know for sure if there is any crime here, but it certainly warrants investigation and hopefully improvements in our process come out of this.
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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Sometimes congress actually does something worthwhile. I don't know for sure if there is any crime here, but it certainly warrants investigation and hopefully improvements in our process come out of this.
    Can't speak for AFG, but I can tell you that in Iraq it is atrocious.

    It sickens me to think how many Iraqis are walking around with thousands, maybe millions of dollars from fraudlent U.S. Govt. contracts.

    There have also been many thefts of Govt. money by military personnel. Those are only the ones that got caught. I'm sure there are many more.

    In Iraq: 2003-2004, one of my additional duties was a paying agent for projects. I walked the streets of Mosul with tens of thousands of dollars in my cargo pocket. As long as I brought an Iraqi in to sign for it, it was legit. There were no secondary checks at all. Most people in the military wouldn't steal...but there are some who would and did. And I bet a lot of them got away with it.

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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by kansaswhig View Post
    Can't speak for AFG, but I can tell you that in Iraq it is atrocious.

    It sickens me to think how many Iraqis are walking around with thousands, maybe millions of dollars from fraudlent U.S. Govt. contracts.

    There have also been many thefts of Govt. money by military personnel. Those are only the ones that got caught. I'm sure there are many more.

    In Iraq: 2003-2004, one of my additional duties was a paying agent for projects. I walked the streets of Mosul with tens of thousands of dollars in my cargo pocket. As long as I brought an Iraqi in to sign for it, it was legit. There were no secondary checks at all. Most people in the military wouldn't steal...but there are some who would and did. And I bet a lot of them got away with it.
    That sound a little different than this case. Essentially, as I understand it, the contractors are paying protection money to the enemy, and essentially billing us for it.
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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Why did anyone think private contractors for the war was a good idea?

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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    I'm surprised that people are pretty quiet about this. Their tax dollars are indirectly funding the enemy.

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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I'm surprised that people are pretty quiet about this. Their tax dollars are indirectly funding the enemy.
    I thought it was a big deal when I saw it. I think the quietness has to do with the fact it's not really a debate topic. Who is going to come out in favor of paying protection money to the enemy?
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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Why did anyone think private contractors for the war was a good idea?
    You do understand that this has been going on for 1000 of year right, what you think thi sis something new for the 21st Century

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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    I've long been against Blackwater (Xe) and all Military contractors. It's absolutely disgusting that these organizations exist.

    The Blackwater trial in early 2010 is going to be extremely alarming. I've talked with, and read about, some former Blackwater contractors who were paid to do some fairly inhumane things. I don't want to go through the allegations, as I am still uncertain to the validity. But the personal sources I trust.
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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Pretty good discussion on old thread, plus my feelings on Private Contractors:

    RIGHT HERE

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    Re: Congress to probe private military contractors in Afghanistan

    Thank god for companies like Blackwater, making it easier to kill our enemies.


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