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US: Senate Democrats Fault U.S. in Iraq Oil Scandal
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
May 17th, 2005
The United States did not do enough to curb corruption by American companies involved in the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq, say Democrats on a Senate committee investigating abuses in the program.

US: Democrats Tie BayOil to Saddam Hussein's Purchase of Bombs
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
May 17th, 2005
Oil-for-arms deals helped cement a relationship that would later enable little-known BayOil of Houston to emerge as the largest supplier of Iraqi crude to the U.S. market under the United Nation's oil-for-food program, Senate investigators say.

IRAQ: US 'Backed Illegal Iraqi Oil Deals'
by Julian Borger and Jamie WilsonThe Guardian
May 17th, 2005
A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime but did nothing to stop them.

IRAQ: Security Contractors Face Great Danger
by David LevinskyBurlington County Times
May 17th, 2005
Although private security forces often perform many of the same functions as U.S. troops, they are not governed by military rules mandating the amount of men and firepower they take along for tasks such as convoy protection, said Deborah Avant, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. "There are situations when they are more at risk."

US: Perpetual Wars Deliver Poor Returns for America
by Pierre TristamDaytona Beach News-Journal
May 17th, 2005
Halliburton-type profiteering only seems like a Republican specialty. But the immutable law of war is that while unlucky people die, lucky ones make a killing. That's been true whether Gengis Khan was pillaging his way across Asia, whether Abraham Lincoln was saving the Union, or George W. Bush was saving the world. Party registration has never had anything to do with it other than to give the minority party, when it exists, a chance to seem relevant.

U.S.A.: Galloway Calls Congressional Hearings a Diversion From Iraq
by Demian McLeanBloomberg
May 17th, 2005
British lawmaker George Galloway told a U.S. Senate panel today that Congress was were diverting attention from the failings of U.S. contractors in Iraq, the possible misuse of money by the U.S.-led Coalition, the spreading of money around the country by U.S. military commanders without accountability, and U.S. companies such as Bayoil (USA) Inc., which is accused of paying millions of dollars to Hussein for the right to sell Iraqi oil.

U.S.A.: Fresh Bid in Congress to Lift Veil on Private Security Work
by August ColeMarketWatch
May 16th, 2005
Rep. David Price, D-N.C., reintroduced the legislation that would require private security firms to disclose costs, training, insurance, pay, benefits and other details about their business. The measure encompasses companies whose workers carry weapons for their contracts or are involved in security, training and logistics duties.

SOUTH AFRICA: Easy money Lures Men to War-Torn Iraq
by  Michael SchmidtThe Star
May 16th, 2005
Iraq is by far the most lucrative cash cow for these soldiers of fortune, with at least 30 percent of the billions of dollars the US Department of Defence spends on Iraq every month going to "private military contractors".

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food Benefited Russians, Report Says
by Justin Blum and Colum LynchThe Washington Post
May 16th, 2005
Top Kremlin operatives and a flamboyant Russian politician reaped millions of dollars in profits under the U.N. oil-for-food program by selling oil that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein allowed them to buy at a deep discount, a U.S. Senate investigation has concluded.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africans Freed by Zimbabwe May Face Anti-Mercenary Charges
by Gershwin WanneburgReuters
May 16th, 2005
All 62 were travelling on South African passports when they were detained by Zimbabwe but many were originally from Namibia and Angola -- including former members of South Africa's apartheid-era 32 Battalion, which recruited locals for bush fighting in Angola.

IRAQ: Big Salaries Blur Risk for Hired Guns
by Matthew D. LaPlante Salt Lake Tribune
May 15th, 2005
They're targeted for shootings, bombings - even beheadings. The cash is good. Really good. One-hundred-thousand-for-six-months-work good. Sometimes, it's even better than that. And that's nothing to scoff at for soldiers who don't make a quarter as much for a full year's work. But worth it for the job they're contracted to do?

IRAQ: Money Isn't Worth It for Reconstruction Workers
by EditorialContra Costa Times
May 13th, 2005
Working in Iraq is like playing the lottery -- only in this case, you pray that your number does not come up. According to the Web site www.icasualties.org, more than 200 foreign private contractors have lost their lives in Iraq in the past two years. Iraq is an extremely hairy place -- particularly for anyone even remotely connected with the U.S. reconstruction efforts.

IRAQ: Whistleblower Lawsuit Hinges on Status of Occupying Government
by MAtthew BarakatAssociated Press
May 12th, 2005
A federal judge must decide whether the United States has jurisdiction over the spending of seized Iraqi assets by the Coalition Provisional Authority. His decision weighs in the balance over a court battle accusing the private security firm, Custer Battles, of defrauding about $50 million while working in postwar Iraq.

U.S.A.: Arms Makers Find Themselves Cash-Heavy from Defense Spending
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 12th, 2005
Top military contractors have about $25 billion to $30 billion in cash sitting in their coffers. Fully, indebted to the government for their revenues resulting form record Pentagon budgets and spending on homeland security, shareholders are happy and stocks are reaching new highs.

UGANDA: Hundreds Seek Work as Guards in Iraq
by Daniel WallisReuters
May 11th, 2005
Undeterred by the risks, up to 1,000 mostly young men marched, jogged and goose-stepped around a suburban park after a local company, Askar Security Services, said it had been hired by "international partners" to recruit Ugandans for work in Iraq and other countries.

SOUTH AFRICA: Dogs of War Head Home – But They'll Find It's Gone
by Jonathan ClaytonThe Times
May 11th, 2005
After more than a year in a Zimbabwean jail 62 black South African mercenaries are due to be released, but freedom will be a bittersweet experience. Embarrassed by the “cesspool of mercenaries” within its midst, the South African authorities have decreed that the dust-blown town of Pomfret must be razed and the inhabitants scattered across the country.

IRAQ: Pentagon Claims Contractors Not Targeted 'Systematically'
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
May 10th, 2005
U.S. contractors hit by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire in Iraq are victims of circumstance, and there is little evidence that attacks on U.S. contractors are 'systematic,' says a Pentagon report to Congress.

U.S.A.: Military Contractors Overseas Still In 'Gray Area' Despite New Rules
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
May 10th, 2005
Among other things, rules reaffirm that it is permissible for contractors--at the discretion of the combatant commander--to carry weapons in war zones such as Iraq. Such provisions are bound to please some headed for work in hostile environments, but they have some companies worried about their legal liabilities.

IRAQ: Rebuilding Lags, Security Eats Precious Funds, Evidence of Corruption
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
Asked if rebuilding funds were being spent as Congress intended, the special inspector general said "No," Money had been diverted to security, forcing projects to be scaled back. There has also been evidence of corruption in some U.S.-funded deals.

IRAQ: Halliburton Employee Says Co-Workers Gang-Beat him at Baghdad Airport
by Amy Goodman Democracy Now!
March 30th, 2005
Ronald Chavez reported to higher authority within the Halliburton chain of command the vulnerabilities at Baghdad Airport regarding to terrorist attacks, according to his father, Eli Chavez. Ronald further stated that higher authority was upset at his recommendations, his father said.

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