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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: 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.

IRAQ: UN to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal,
October 20th, 2004

USA: General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman Get Big Breaks in New Corporate Tax Bill
by Edmund L. AndrewsNew York Times
October 19th, 2004

AFGHANISTAN: Dyncorp Guards Chastised by U.S. State Department
BBC News
October 14th, 2004
The U.S. State Department has rebuked a private security firm, Dyncorp, over the "aggressive behavior" of guards hired to protect Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

US: Lockheed, BAE protest Boeing pacts
by Jonathan Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food probe hits U.S. Oil Companies
by By Jess Bravin in New York, John D. Mckinnnon in Washington and Russel Gold DallasWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Administration Chooses Anti-Feminist Group to Train Iraqi Women
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
October 5th, 2004

NIGERIA: How Cheney's Firm Routed $132m to Nigeria via Tottenham Lawyer
by Solomon Hughes and Jason NisseIndependent.co.uk
October 5th, 2004

IRAQ: U.S. Plans to Divert Reconstruction Funds to 'Security'
by Jonathan WeismanWashington Post
September 15th, 2004

USA: Halliburton Settles with SEC
by Jason LeopoldAlternet
September 7th, 2004

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