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U.S.A.: Pentagon Issues New Rules for Contractors on the Battlefield
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
May 7th, 2005
One of most controversial issues the rules addressed was whether contractors should be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves. The proposed rule said they must have the express permission of the combatant commander. Several commenters complained that this was unrealistic, while another expressed concern it would spawn "armies of mercenaries."

U.S.A.: The Marines Issued Sub-Standard Body Armor Found to be Flawed
by Christian LoweMarine Times
May 7th, 2005
The Marine Corps accepted about 19,000 Interceptor outer tactical vests after tests revealed critical, life-threatening flaws in the vests. The Corps then issued nearly 10,000 to troops. It is unclear whether any Marine casualties in Iraq have resulted from shrapnel or bullets that have penetrated vests distributed from the lots in question. The manufacturer, Point Blank Body Armor, Inc., would not provide a list of serial numbers from the lots saying that the information was “proprietary.”

U.S.A.: Custer Battles Drops Plans for Training Center
by John ChappellThe Pilot
May 6th, 2005
The company’s plans for a state-of-the-art security training center in North Carolina have gone awry as it is caught in a swarming cloud of suspicion, lawsuits and accusations alleging fraud, kidnapping and more.

U.S.: Volcker Asks U.S. Congress to Drop Subpoena of Iraq Prober
by Bill Varner and Demian McLeanBloomberg
May 6th, 2005
The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on International Relations subpoenaed records last week and is pursuing his own probe of the UN program. ``My committee has an obligation to continue its inquiry,'' said the chairman.

U.N.: Defiant U.N. Sleuth Hands over Iraq Oil-for-Food Papers to U.S. Congress
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 6th, 2005
A former investigator for an independent inquiry into the U.N. oil-for-food program handed over potentially explosive documents to a U.S. congressional committee, triggering outrage from inquiry head Paul Volcker.

SOUTH AFRICA: Private security, a disturbing peace of mind (Part II)
by Ellen HollemansMail & Guardian
May 5th, 2005
South Africans seem to be relying more and more on private security. The army of armed and unarmed security guards is growing and seems to be filling in the gaps left by the overstretched police force.

SOUTH AFRICA: Private security, a disturbing peace of mind (Part I)
by Ellen HollemansMail & Guardian Online
May 5th, 2005
They are everywhere -- ferrying money to businesses in military-style vehicles, guarding gated communities or sitting on three-legged chairs watching over suburban streets. "Private security is growing and has gone through a silent revolution. All over the world, the industry has boomed," says the chain-smoking Jenny Irish-Qhobosheane, a private security researcher.

U.S.A.: Last Ditch Ploy to Save C-130J
by Steve TurnerMacon Daily
May 5th, 2005
An amendment was slipped into Iraq Supplemental spending bill behind closed doors that would prohibit the Pentagon from terminating the C-130J program. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the bill next week.

IRAQ: U.S. Probes $100 million Missing in Seized Iraqi Cash
by Aram RostonNBC News
May 5th, 2005
‘Worse-case scenario is that someone took it home,’ official says

IRAQ: Big staff Turnover Plagues U.S. Rebuilding
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 5th, 2005
Companies working in Iraq, auditors and the U.S. government office running the $18.4 billion U.S. rebuilding program all say contracting staff shortages in Baghdad are a problem as overworked employees struggle to oversee and award contracts in a stressful, hostile environment.

IRAQ: Oversight of Interrogation Contracts Broke Down
by Shane
May 4th, 2005
Numerous breakdowns in management and oversight occurred when the Interior Department, on behalf of military forces in Iraq, hired private sector interrogators to work in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

IRAQ: U.S. Government Officials Investigated for Alleged Embezzling of Iraqi Assets
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
May 4th, 2005
The U.S. government has opened a criminal inquiry into suspected embezzling by officials who failed to account for nearly $100 million they disbursed for Iraqi reconstruction projects, federal investigators said Wednesday.

IRAQ: Nearly $100 million Unaccounted for In Iraq Sparks Criminal Investigation
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder Newspapers
May 4th, 2005
A criminal investigation into possible fraud in a handful of cases is under way to determine what happened to some of the $96.6 million that was earmarked to rebuild south-central Iraq, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

U.K.: Protesting Revolving Door of Arms Trade in Elections
May 4th, 2005
Campaign Against Arms Trade, which includes the group Christian Campaign Against Arms Trade, is calling for an end to the unfair political influence which arms companies have on Government policy.

IRAQ: Potential Waste, Fraud and Abuse Found
May 4th, 2005
The United States has carelessly, and possibly fraudulently, handled some Iraqi money meant for rebuilding and poorly managed billions of dollars of U.S.-funded contracts, said U.S. audits.

by  Nicholas Olson
May 3rd, 2005
Some may not remember that these truck drivers and other civilian contractors in Iraq are being paid a godawful amount of money to be there. Some make nearly $10,000/month! Meanwhile, driving right next to them, is a soldier who gets a $450/month "hazard duty pay" bonus to do the same job. Some of these servicemembers are Reservist and National Guard members who have left civilian jobs that pay 3 or 4 times their military wage.

IRAQ: Halliburton's War Loot
by Brian CloughleyCounterpunch
May 3rd, 2005
It was Rumsfeld, CEO of the Pentagon, who was complicit in trying to conceal shenanigans by Haliburton subsidiary, KBR, and allowing his people to censor sections of critical audit reports.

U.S.A.: Buddies of Hostage Call him 'Awesome'
by Matthew B. Stannard and Leslie FulbrightThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 3rd, 2005
Public records suggest Doug Wood went through several years of money troubles and tax battles. His friends wondered if that was what led him back overseas to Iraq, where contractors commonly pull down six-figure salaries in danger bonuses. "I saw real potential to work, to build things, to make things happen in Iraq," he told a newspaper.

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.

US: Titan to Pay Fine and Plead Guilty in Bribery Probe
by Jonathon Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
January 20th, 2005
Defense contractor Titan corporation tentatively agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay less than $30 million to end investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of the settlement, Titan will admit that payments by its overseas consultants violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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