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IRAQ: Fraud in Weapons Deals Drained $1 billion
by Hannah AllamKnight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News
August 11th, 2005
Iraqi investigators have uncovered widespread fraud and waste in more than $1 billion worth of weapons deals arranged by middlemen who reneged or took huge kickbacks on contracts to arm Iraq's fledgling military, according to a confidential report and interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials.

Australia: How corporae Australia plunders Iraq
by Andrew Lowenthal Green Left Weekly
August 10th, 2005
The Worley Group, a major engineering and infrastructure company, now find their everyday business disrupted by activists with placards reading “Occupy the occupiers”. Australian corporations have been well rewarded for their government’s participation in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. A host of companies have received contracts related to oil infrastructures, communications technology, transport, food distribution and much more.

IRAQ: No contractors facing Abu Ghraib abuse charges
by Peter SpiegelFinancial Times
August 9th, 2005
No private contractors have so far faced prosecution despite their implication in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, according to a new Pentagon report.

Britain: Army fears loss of top troops to private firms
by Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian
August 8th, 2005
Top army commanders have drawn up a series of extraordinary "countermeasures" to try to stop highly trained soldiers being lured to private military companies.

US: The Hidden Contractor Casualties in Iraq
by Kevin WhitelawUS News and World Report
August 8th, 2005
In a report the Pentagon submitted to Congress earlier this year, some partial figures have been released. From May 2003 through October 2004, U.S. authorities recorded at least 1,171 contractor casualties, including 166 contractors who were killed.

ITALY: Steroids Headed for Troops in Iraq Seized
by Victor L. SimpsonAssociated Press
August 1st, 2005
The popularity of steroid abuse has long been discussed as American troops and contractors in Iraq work out in gyms set up in bases and even in the mirrored halls of one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

IRAQ: New reports Show Limited Progress in Iraq Rebuilding
by Sue PlemingReuters
July 31st, 2005
Rebuilding Iraq is seen by the Bush administration as a major foreign policy priority but three U.S. government reports released this week -- the latest on Sunday -- indicate ambitious reconstruction goals are falling short.

IRAQ: Deaths of Iraqi Workers for U.S. Companies Rise
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
July 31st, 2005
Deaths of Iraqis and foreigners working for U.S. companies in Iraq are increasing more rapidly than American contractor deaths as insurgents target reconstruction projects, according to a Pentagon inspector.

IRAQ: Private Security Spending Escalates in Iraq
by Barbara Slavin,USA Today
July 31st, 2005
The United States risks having "little to show for billions" of dollars spent on Iraqi reconstruction because of rising security costs and mismanagement, a new report said.

IRAQ: Contractors and Military in 'Bidding War'
by Matt KelleyUSA Today
July 31st, 2005
The U.S. military has hired private companies at a cost approaching $1 billion to help dispose of Saddam Hussein's arsenal in Iraq. That spending has created fierce competition for specialized workers that's draining the military's ranks of explosives experts. Experienced military explosives specialists can earn $250,000 a year or more,

IRAQ: Sierra Leone Workers Head for Iraq
July 30th, 2005
The Labour Ministry's overseas employment officer Ismael Kargbo declined to reveal the name of the company, but said the government had contracted a wage of roughly $100 per month for each of the workers, plus perks such as free international telephone calls.

US: Military Commandos Leaving in Record Numbers
by James W. CrawleyWinston Salem Journal
July 30th, 2005
Why are commandos leaving the military? Many officials say the cause is the hiring of skilled operators by private security firms that are protecting contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Worry Grows as Foreigners Flock to Risky Jobs
by Sonni EfronThe Los Angeles Times
July 30th, 2005
If hired, the Colombians would join a swelling population of heavily armed private military forces working in Iraq who are seeking higher wages in dangerous jobs and what some critics say is a troubling result of efforts by the U.S. to "outsource" its operations in Iraq and other countries.

IRAQ: Pentagon Plans New Regulations for Private Security Companies
by Barbara BarrettThe News & Observer
July 29th, 2005
The U.S. Department of Defense is developing regulations to deal with the more than 60 private security companies -- totaling about 25,000 employees -- working throughout Iraq as the country struggles to rebuild itself during a time of war.

IRAQ: Security Costs Slow Iraq Reconstruction
by Renae Merle and Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 29th, 2005
Efforts to rebuild water, electricity and health networks in Iraq are being shortchanged by higher-than-expected costs to provide security and by generous financial awards to contractors, according to a series of reports by government investigators.

U.S.: Subcontractor's Story Details Post-9/11 Chaos
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Scott HighamThe Washington Post
July 28th, 2005
With little experience, a tiny company owned by Sunnye Sims was asked to help set up and run screener assessment centers in a hurry at more than 150 hotels and other facilities. Her company eventually billed $24 million.

US: Former Bush Aide Turns Tough Critic as Iraq Inspector
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
July 26th, 2005
Stuart Bowen finds poor controls and waste in reconstruction.

US: The Best Army We Can Buy
by David M. KennedyThe New York Times
July 25th, 2005
Our soldiers are hired from within the citizenry, unlike the hated Hessians whom George III recruited to fight against the American Revolutionaries. But like those Hessians, today's volunteers sign up for some mighty dangerous work largely for wages and benefits - a compensation package that may not always be commensurate with the dangers in store, as current recruiting problems testify.

IRAQ: Contract Workers Say 'Wild West' Conditions Put Lives in Danger
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24th, 2005
A growing number of civilian employees of U.S. companies contracting with the military have come home wounded – both physically and psychologically – by their on-the-job experiences in Iraq.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
July 24th, 2005
Mazin al Nashi's worries escalated when he learned that the fledgling Iraqi insurgency had put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of interpreters. He had never received any body armor from Titan.

US: Recruiting Database Inspires Outrage
by Sue BushellCIO
July 15th, 2005
Privacy advocates and anti-war campaigners in the US are outraged at revelations that the Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds to assist military recruiters.

INDIA: Bechtel Sells Its Stake In Dabhol Power Plant
by JOHN LARKINWall Street Journal
July 14th, 2005
Bechtel Group Inc. agreed to sell its equity in the troubled Dabhol power project for $160 million, according to people involved in the transaction, edging India closer to ending a four-year dispute that has plagued its efforts to boost foreign investment.

WORLD: The Rich Boys
by Marcia VickersBusinessWeek
July 14th, 2005
An ultra-secretive network rules independent oil trading. Its mentor: Marc Rich

IRAQ: A.P. Moeller Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Amid Security Threat
by Andy Critchlow Bloomberg
July 14th, 2005
The lawsuit, the first to be brought against a foreign company since Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003, threatens to discourage other investors from spending money in Iraq, further slowing reconstruction efforts since the war.

US: National Guard Chief Says Private Military Contractors Stymie Recruitment
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
July 13th, 2005
Guard recruiters find themselves in a "bidding war" for highly skilled service veterans, who are being offered lucrative contracts to work as private security contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Oil workers Defend Public Ownership
by Marcus GrevilleGreen Left
July 13th, 2005
Iraqi workers, particularly the oil workers, are overwhelmingly opposed to any plans to privatise their country's oil industry.

US: Pentagon to Amend Controversial Commercial Structure of Lockheed C-130 Contract
July 11th, 2005
The Pentagon expects to complete the conversion of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $4.1 billion C-130J cargo aircraft contract into a more highly regulated defense contract.

IRAQ: L-3 Snaps Up $426-million Army Intel Work
Red Herring
July 11th, 2005
L-3 Communications has landed a contract with the U.S. Army to provide “intelligence support services in Iraq” worth up to $426 million, another sign that the eight-year-old defense contractor could be on the road to one day rivaling industry heavyweights like Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

US: Whistleblower suit against Custer Battles can proceed
by Matthew BarakatAssociated Press State & Local Wire
July 11th, 2005
Two whistleblowers who allege that a Fairfax-based contractor cheated taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars on reconstruction projects in Iraq can proceed with their lawsuit, a judge has ruled. But parts of the ruling could have negative consequences for those who file similar claims against other contractors, according to a lawyer for the whistleblowers.

IRAQ: Tension and Confusion Between Troops, and Contractors on the Battlefield
by Josh White and Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 10th, 2005
Private security contractors operate outside the military chain of command and are not subject to military law, which can lead to resentment and confusion in the field. Contractors, many of them veterans of years in combat, complain that young U.S. troops lack their experience and judgment under pressure. Yet each group cannot carry out its mission in a hostile Iraq without the other.

IRAQ: Halliburton's Higher Bill for $5 Billion More
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
July 6th, 2005
The new order, which comes despite lingering questions about the company's past billing, replaces an earlier agreement that expired last June but had been extended through this spring to ensure a continuous supply of food, sanitation, laundry and other logistical services for the troops.

Hallliburton Wins New $4.9Billion Iraq Contract
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
July 6th, 2005
With little fanfare and no public announcement, the U.S. Army quietly awarded $4.972 billion in new work to Halliburton on May 1 to support the United States military occupation of Iraq.

IRAQ: Civilian Traffic at Baghdad Airport Set to Resume
by Steve NegusFinancial Times
June 26th, 2005
A two-day stoppage by security firm Global Strategies Group contracted to scure Iraq's major airport is expected to end despite an ongoing payment dispute with the ministry of transportion.

IRAQ: Tim Spicer's Aegis Clinches Security Deal
by Dominic O’ConnellThe Sunday Times
June 26th, 2005
The former army officer at the centre of a political scandal in the late 1990s, has clinched an extension to a Pentagon contract to oversee the safety of civilian contractors in Iraq.

IRAQ: Workers Pay with Their Lives in War Zone
by Brendan NicholsonThe Age
June 25th, 2005
In just two years, 244 civilian contractors have died violently in Iraq. Money attracted most of them to the most dangerous place in the world - and there they died, in sniper attacks, missile and rocket attacks, helicopter crashes, suicide bombings and decapitations that followed kidnappings.

IRAQ: Security Contractor on Strike at Baghdad Airport
by Beth Potter Agence France-Presse
June 25th, 2005
Travelers were stranded yesterday when the London-based company that ensures security at Baghdad International Airport staged a strike to demand payment of money owed.

IRAQ: Iraqi Labor Leaders Call for Solidarity and End to U.S. Occupation
by Paul BurtonInternational Labor Communications Association
June 24th, 2005
"We started to witness the corporations invading the public sector, bringing in 1200 foreign workers even though unemployment was at a high level. We are resisting the privatization of nationalized industries. We don’t see any place where privatization was implemented and the people benefitted."

US: As Defense Contractor's Business Grew Along with Secrecy
by Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 24th, 2005
The defense contractor embroiled in controversy over the purchase of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's Del Mar home has maintained an aura of secrecy as its business boomed during the past three years.

IRAQ: Security Contractors' Strike Shuts Baghdad Airport to Civilian Traffic
by Luke BakerReuters
June 24th, 2005
Security contractors at Baghdad airport went on strike on Friday as part of a contract dispute between their British employer and the Iraqi government, shutting down most of the country's civil aviation.

IRAQ: The Carve-Up on Oil Begins
by Tom BurgisThe London Line
June 23rd, 2005
As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret to carve up the country's oil reserves for themselves

US: Pentagon's Use of Private Firm to Spot Potential High School and College Recruits Raises Concerns
by Jonathan KrimThe Washington Post
June 23rd, 2005
Privacy advocates concerned that the Defense Department works with contractor to create a database of high school students and all college students to help identify potential military recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.

JORDAN: Land of Tycoons
by Stephen GlainNewsweek International
June 19th, 2005
Driven from their own country by a deadly insurgency, Iraq's most prominent business families have exiled themselves to neighboring Jordan, where they manage their empires by telephone, e-mail and courier. At the core of this group are leaders of Iraq's dozen or so powerful merchant families who for the past century have controlled Iraq's private sector.

US: Former Pentagon Officials Find Wealth with Contractors
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
June 19th, 2005
Unlike old soldiers who once just faded away, today's old soldiers are increasingly finding new wealth and celebrity as executives and on the boards of companies that do business with the Pentagon and other parts of the government.

US: Close Ties Between Congressman and Defense Contractor Scrutinized
by William Finn BennettNorth County Times
June 19th, 2005
The web of connections between Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor continued to grow Friday, as did questions about the relationship between the contractor and the congressman.

US: Military Desperate for New Recruits
by Max BootThe Washington Times
June 19th, 2005
"Offer citizenship to anyone, anywhere on the planet, willing to serve a set term in the U.S. military. We could model a Freedom Legion after the French Foreign."

US: Off-budget Accounting for Iraq
by EditorialThe Roanoke Times
June 18th, 2005
The 2006 budget submitted to Congress in February didn't contain one penny for combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Bush insisted it would be impossible to know how much would be needed, so instead of including anything in the regular budget, he plans to continue the tradition of coming to Congress for emergency supplemental appropriations when war funds get low.

US: Pizza Parlor Aided Mercenary in Afghanistan
by Matt O'BrienThe Oakland Tribune
June 18th, 2005
A California pizza parlor illegally transferred $1 million out of the country, some of which reached Jonathan "Jack" Idema, a jailed American mercenary accused of running his own private interrogation camp in Afghanistan.

UK: Land Rovers Deployed Against Civilians
by Richard Norton-TaylorThe Guardian
June 18th, 2005
Evidence that military Land Rovers are being used against civilians - despite assurances from the British government that they are not - is revealed in photographs taken in Gaza, Uzbekistan, and Aceh province in Indonesia.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Flood Baghdad Despite Dangers
by Veronica
June 18th, 2005
BAGHDAD has become more dangerous but Filipinos keep pouring in to find jobs there, charge d’affaires Eric Endaya of the Philippine embassy in Iraq said Friday.

US: SAIC Rejoins Pentagon's Media Blitz
by Dean CalbreathThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 18th, 2005
The Pentagon's Special Operations Command last week launched a five-year, $300 million media campaign to promote its message overseas – notably in "higher-threat areas such as Iraq and Lebanon" – to be coordinated by the Joint Psychological Operations Support Element. SAIC was one of the companies picked to lead the campaign

US: Subpoenas Issued in Case Involving Lawmaker and Defense Contractor
by Kelly ThorntonThe San Diego Union-Tirbune
June 18th, 2005
A federal grand jury is investigating the relationship between Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor, focusing particular attention on the sale of the congressman's Del Mar home to the company's owner, sources said.

US: The Duke Stir and the Defense Contractor
by EditorialThe Washington Post
June 17th, 2005
When Mr. Cunningham wanted to sell his house in 2003, he didn't bother to put it on the market. Instead, according to reporting by Marcus Stern of Copley News Service, Mr. Cunningham -- who sits on the defense appropriations subcommittee -- turned to a defense contractor. The contractor, Mitchell Wade of MZM Inc., bought the house for $1,675,000. He then put the house back on the market, where it languished for 261 days before selling for $700,000 less than the original purchase price.

US: FBI Investigate Business Ties Between Defense Cntractor and Congressman
by Marcus SternThe San Diego Union-Tribune
June 17th, 2005
The FBI has opened an inquiry into Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's 2003 sale of his Del Mar house to a defense contractor, who later sold it at a $700,000 loss, a Justice Department official said.

US: Halliburton to Build $30 million Prison at Guantanamo Bay
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
June 17th, 2005
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has assigned Halliburton subsidiary KBR to construct a two-story facility capable of handling 220 prisoners, along with a security fence.

US: Pensions from Leading Defense Contractors Impede Confirmation of Pentagon Official
by Megan
June 17th, 2005
Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met behind closed doors this week to work out questions of pension plans for Gordon England, who is up for the Pentagon's No. 2 civilian official. England is a former executive at two of the largest U.S. defense contractors. His pensions are valued at $280,000 a year.

IRAQ: Tensions Rise Between Military and Private Security
by James
June 17th, 2005
A controversy surrounding the detention of private contractors by US marines has exposed the sharp tensions being produced by the activities of thousands of mercenaries employed by the Bush administration to help enforce the occupation of Iraq.

US: State Department Awards Private Security Firm $1 Billion Contract
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
June 17th, 2005
Triple Canopy, founded just two years ago, got its first contract providing security for the Coalition Provisional Authority. At its peak, the company had 1,300 security personnel in Iraq. "We were a start-up and now we're in the leagues of companies who have been doing this for years," said the initial announcement.

US: Second Security Contractor Alleges Marine Abuse in Iraq
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
June 16th, 2005
the ex-Marine never imagined his captors would be U.S. troops. And he never dreamed they would hand him a Koran and a prayer rug, and treat him like the enemy for the next 72 hours. "It's just unreal," said Ginter, 30, Colorado Springs, Colo., the latest to speak out among 16 American and three Iraqi security contractors who were detained for three days in a facility with insurgents after being accused of firing shots at U.S. troops near Fallujah.

US: House Sale Opens Door to Congressman's Undoing
by Logan JenkinsThe Sandiego Union-Tribune
June 16th, 2005
Duke's done. One way or another, an under-the-table real-estate deal will end his long run in Congress. Three exit strategies are available to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the saltiest congressman in North County's history.

FIJI: Workers Warn of Contractors in Kuwait Supporting Iraq War
Fiji Times
June 15th, 2005
Fijians returning home after a stint from security jobs in Kuwait say their government must thoroughly scrutinise all contracts. "I wouldn't want our local men to face the kind of life we experienced in Kuwait as it only brings tears when we think of our family back home," Mikaele Jiuta told a press conference last night

US: The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review and The Military Industrial Base
by Jack Spencer and Kathy GudgelThe Heritage Foundation
June 14th, 2005
'In the 1980s, there were about 20 prime contractors; now there are only 4 or 5. There must be some recognition of the effect that this decline has on the supplier base and its ramifications for innovation and profitability. Furthermore, the Department of Defense apparently believes that the future of innovation resides with small companies, but this is counter to the ongoing trend—primarily mergers and acquisitions.'

AFGHANISTAN: Families Sue Private Contractor Over Soldiers' Deaths
by Kristin CollinsThe News & Observer
June 14th, 2005
The families of three Army soldiers who died in a plane crash in Afghanistan filed a civil suit Monday against Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, a company that contracts with the military to provide staff and equipment in war zones, and several aviation companies that Blackwater owns. At least one of the companies was operating the flight that crashed into a mountainside in November, the lawsuit claims.

IRAQ: Unions Thwarted By All Sides
by Sue PlemingReuters
June 14th, 2005
Iraqi unionists said their attempts to mobilize workers were being thwarted by all sides -- from foreign companies working in Iraq to insurgents and the U.S. and Iraqi military.

US: Defense Discovers Insurance Companies Charge Huge Fees for Contractors Overseas
by Elliot Blair SmithUSA Today
June 14th, 2005
The Pnetagon wants to overhaul a controversial $5.5 billion workers' compensation insurance program for overseas civilian contractors after discovering that it is paying up to 10 times more for insurance than other government agencies.

AFGHANISTAN: Soldiers’ Surviving Relatives Sue Contractor
Associated Press
June 13th, 2005
The families of three soldiers killed in an Afghanistan plane crash on Monday sued the contractor that supplied the plane and crew, Blackwater USA, saying it was negligent and didn’t make safety a priority.

WORLD: The Rise of the Private Security Companies
by Deborah AvantForeign Policy
June 13th, 2005
Today's private security companies are corporate endeavors that perform logistics support, training, security, intelligence work, risk analysis, and much more. They operate in an open market, work for many employers at once, and boast of their professionalism.

IRAQ: Army and Insurer at Odds
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 13th, 2005
The Pentagon suspects vast overcharging for workers' compensation in war zones. A financial giant has fought a proposal to cut rates.

IRAQ: Banned Contractor Still Soliciting Iraq Deals
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
June 12th, 2005
Former executives of Custer Battles _ an American firm accused of stealing millions from Iraq reconstruction projects and banned from further government contracts _ have continued doing contracting work and have formed new companies to bid on such projects, The Associated Press has learned.

IRAQ: Who Keeps Tabs on Contractors
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
June 12th, 2005
There is no centralized procedure for monitoring scores of contracting firms rebuilding Iraq with U.S. funds, according to the military. The controls that do exist have been criticized for failing to keep track of millions of dollars.

US: Lawmaker's Real Estate Deal with Defense Contractor Questioned
by Marcus SternCopley News Service
June 12th, 2005
A defense contractor with ties to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham took a $700,000 loss on the purchase of the congressman's Del Mar house while the congressman, a member of the influential defense appropriations subcommittee, was supporting the contractor's efforts to get tens of millions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon.

US: Pentagon Funds Diplomacy Effort
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
June 11th, 2005
The Pentagon awarded three contracts this week, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly the military.

US: Military Says No Lies
by James W. CrawleyMedia General News Service
June 11th, 2005
Three private contractors hired by the U.S. military to help make commercials, write news stories and produce TV shows aimed at foreign countries will tell the truth -- not lies, said the Army officer overseeing the contracts.

US: Audit Critical, but Firm Gets U.S. deals
by Ken DilanianThe Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11th, 2005
Abt Associates was found to have been little, if any, help to Iraqi health care. Its funding was cut, but it has won new pacts.

IRAQ: Government Wants Stricter Legal Boundaries for Private Security
by Adrian BlomfieldTelegraph
June 11th, 2005
Iraq's interior ministry said it wanted to impose legal boundaries on the private security business after American contractors twice opened fire on US marines. The move may be supported by the US military, whose patience with the contractors has been tested.

IRAQ: Jailing of Security Guards Reflects Tensions Between U.S. Military, Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 11th, 2005
The jailing of private security guards reflects the long simmering tensions between the military and private business in Iraq. Even though the government has hired private companies to perform many functions in Iraq -- including security -- it does not formally oversee their activities, allowing misunderstandings and disputes to fester.

IRAQ: Security Contractor Detained
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville Times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
Rick Blanchard says he was one of eight former U.S. Marines among 14 security specialists in a 19-man convoy employed by Zapata Engineering of Charlotte, N.C. on May 28 in Northern Iraq where Marines intercepted them and escorted them to Camp Fallujah.

US: Zapata Investigating Allegations that Security Workers Shot at U.S. Forces in Iraq
by Tim WhitmireAssociated Press
June 10th, 2005
The head of a firm contracted to destroy ammunition in Iraq insists it is ''inconceivable'' his workers fired on Marines in Fallujah, given that nearly all of them have military backgrounds.

US: Profile of a Private Security Worker in Iraq
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
One respects him for his work and taking responsibility for children. Another sees him like a fraternity brother. All recognized him as suffering human foibles, but acknowledged his attempts to overcome them. All but one were named by Blanchard as people who know him here. Their recollections paint a picture of a multi-faceted man with a story worth hearing.

IRAQ: Private Security Guards Barred from Work
by Clint ConfehrShelbyville Times-Gazette
June 10th, 2005
The Marine Corps has banned at least 16 men from U.S. bases in western Iraq because they were allegedly part of a security convoy accused of speeding through Fallujah and indiscriminately firing unauthorized weapons.

IRAQ: Security Guards Sent Back to U.S.
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
June 10th, 2005
A North Carolina company has repatriated its private security contractors, including eight former U.S. Marines, after they were accused and detained in Iraq for purportedly shooting at American troops in Fallujah.

IRAQ: Shooting Inquest Resumes
by Andrew BarrowThe Scotsman
June 9th, 2005
All four worked for ArmorGroup, a security firm with 1,000 employees in Iraq protecting official buildings and companies. They were part of a civilian convoy working on the security of a reconstruction project close to Mosul when their convoy came under fire from gunmen.

US: Cowboys Need Not Apply; Teaching the Right Stuff for Hostile Conditions
June 9th, 2005
“We are not looking for cowboys or reactionary musclemen,” explains CEO Kevin James, a former Navy Seal and martial arts expert. “The best men and women for these jobs are those who have the physical skills, think tactically, and can handle the pressure. We are equipping professionals to succeed in hostile environments.”

IRAQ: Marines 'Beat US Workers'and Treated Them Like Insurgents
by Jamie WilsonGuardian Unlimited
June 9th, 2005
A group of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting incident outside Falluja last month.

IRAQ: Sixty Filipino Workers Return Home after Labor Strike
by Michaela P. del Callar The Daily Tribune
June 8th, 2005
Around 60 Filipino workers, who had earlier engaged in a labor strike inside a United States military camp in Iraq, have come home, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

US: Arms Fiascoes Lead to Alarm Inside Pentagon
by Tim WeinerThe New York Times
June 8th, 2005
After years of failing to control cost overruns, the most powerful officials at the Pentagon are becoming increasingly alarmed that the machinery for building weapons is breaking down under its own weight.

IRAQ: The Brutal Death of Security Contractors in Baghdad's Gridlock
by Paul McGeoughThey Sydney Morning Herald
June 8th, 2005
They looked so local that they risked drawing friendly fire if they attempted to move up to shelter under the American guns. So they sat in no man's land, chit-chatting by radio as they willed on the Americans to reopen the road before their cover was blown.

IRAQ: U.S. Marines Detained 19 Security Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
June 8th, 2005
U.S. Marines forcibly detained a team of security guards working for an American engineering firm in Iraq after reportedly witnessing the contractors fire at U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians from an armed convoy. The employees have said that the incident was a case of mistaken identity. Several have accused the Marines of verbally and physically abusing them while they were in custody.

US: Sen. Carl Levin Says Recent Boeing Investigation Falls Short
by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-MichiganU.S. Senate
June 7th, 2005
' believe that critical gaps in this report have placed a cloud over it and indeed over the Inspector General’s office. In my view, the report fails to discuss critical issues, omits critical material, and redacts key portions of the report in a manner that raises serious questions about whether this report meets applicable requirements for the independence of Inspectors General.'

US: Pentagon, Air Force Officials Criticized for Boeing Tanker Deal
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
June 7th, 2005
The U.S. Defense Department's weapons buying chief and senior Air Force officials sidestepped regulations in a $23 billion proposal to lease and buy as many as 100 Boeing Co. tankers, the Pentagon's inspector general said. The acquisition process takes on added importance as the Pentagon plans to boost annual spending on new weapons by 52 percent during the next six years, as at least 13 programs move into production, to $118 billion in fiscal 2011 from $78 billion this year.

WORLD: Global Military Spending Tops $1 Tillion in 2004
Associated Press
June 7th, 2005
Global military spending in 2004 broke the $1 trillion barrier for the first time since the Cold War, boosted by the U.S. war against terror and the growing defense budgets of India and China, a European think tank said Tuesday.

IRAQ: At Least Seven Killed in Truck Convoy
Associated Press
June 7th, 2005
Hart Security Ltd., a Cyprus-based British security firm, announced that a convoy of trucks its employees were escorting had been "ambushed by insurgents" near Habaniyah.

US: Florida Garment Workers Denounce Sale of Faulty Body Armor
by Mark HammThe Militant
June 7th, 2005
The company, Point Blank, sold the U.S. Marine Corps 19,000 bulletproof vests that failed the military’s own quality tests, heightening safety concerns among GIs deployed in combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: The Unquiet American and the Murder of a Whistle-Blowing Contractor
by Aram RostonWashington Monthly
June 7th, 2005
With the exception of the submachine gun and a pistol tucked into his belt, Dale Stoffel looked the same in Baghdad as he had in Washington. His life—and death was a version, in miniature, of the American occupation itself. As a friend of his later told me, “When Stoffel first got to Iraq, it was the reaction most people have the first time they go to Vegas.”

IRAQ: Security Companies Lobby for Heavy Arms
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
June 6th, 2005
Charged with the front-line responsibility of defending infrastructure projects, homes, personnel and even U.S. military convoys, private security companies in Iraq are in some instances agitating for the right to arm themselves with heavy military-style weapons.

IRAQ: Training Iraqi Police is an Uphill Struggle
June 5th, 2005
Facing the constant threat of ambushes, suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices and kidnappers, former Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Chief Michael Heidingsfield travels to police stations and training camps around Iraq — an itinerary, according to one of his top aides, that is more difficult now than it was when he arrived six months ago.

IRAQ: Search Continues for Thousands of Stolen Artifacts
by Betsy PisikThe Washington Times
June 3rd, 2005
U.S. troops, journalists and contractors returning from Iraq are among those who have been caught with forbidden souvenirs -- mostly paintings and small seals and cylinders that can be carved exquisitely and hidden easily.

IRAQ: Filipino Labor Strike Resolved
The Manila Times
May 30th, 2005
A dispute between Filipino workers and a US group in Iraq over working conditions has been resolved, said a spokeswoman for US contractor Kellog Brown and Root.

IRAQ: Iraq Sues A.P. Moeller-Maersk on Reconstruction Performance and Alleged Mismanagement of Port
by Andy CritchlowBloomberg
May 30th, 2005
In what could be a test case, Iraq is suing over a reconstruction contract awarded by the Coalition Provisional Authority in April 2004 to manage the port at Khor Az Zubayr. A judge ``assessing the case'' will visit the facility on June 6 with a port expert.

IRAQ: Filipinos Striking Against Contractors in Iraq Return to Work
The Sun Star
May 29th, 2005
Striking Filipino workers employed in a US military camp have returned to work for International (PPI) and Kellogg Brown and Root. They were protesting against the delayed payment of their wages, inadequate food, and poor accommodations, which were violations of the contract signed by the workers prior to their deployment.

IRAQ: Little Known about Lives and Deaths of Contractors
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 29th, 2005
There are 50,000 to 100,000 contractors working in Iraq, experts say, though reliable estimates are hard to come by. The number of contractors killed is just as difficult to pin down, partly because the employers often keep the deaths quiet. The U.S. military death toll, now over 1,620, would be higher but for the number of military tasks contracted out to the private sector, analysts say.

IRAQ: Filipino Labor Dispute 'Temporarily Resolved'
by Christine O. Avendaño and Jerome AningInquirer News Service
May 28th, 2005
A labor strike by some 300 Filipinos employed at Camp Cook in the Iraqi province of Taji who were protesting poor working conditions has been "temporarily resolved.” The workers are under contract with Prime Projects International and Kellogg Brown and Root.

IRAQ: Labor Strike by Filipinos Working for KBR
by  Veronica
May 27th, 2005
Some 300 Filipino workers in the sprawling American military base in Camp Cooke in Taji, Iraq went on strike because of alleged violations in their employment contracts, an e-mail message to disclosed.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Protest Working Conditions Under KBR
by Pia Lee-BragoAFP
May 27th, 2005
Some 300 Filipinos employed by Prime Projects International and Kellogg, Brown & Root, went on strike this week to protest poor working conditions.

IRAQ: Philippine Officials Fly to Iraq to Mediate Labor Dispute
by Jonathan VicenteThe Manila Times
May 27th, 2005
Philippine diplomats will go to Taji, Iraq, to help settle a labor dispute between Filipino workers and two US companies in Camp Cooke, a US military base, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said on Friday.

IRAQ: Filipinos Wage Labor Strike Against Contractors
by Caroline Hawley BBC News
May 27th, 2005
Around 300 Filipino workers have gone on strike at a US military base in Baghdad, apparently in a protest over their working conditions that they say include long hours and unsatisfactory food and accommodation.

WORLD: Intrigue Envelopes Competing U.N. Probes of Iraq's Oli-for-Food Program
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
May 26th, 2005
Sparks are flying between the rival sets of investigators looking at the world body's role in the scandal: those running the three probes being pursued for the U.S. Congress and those working for a U.N.-appointed panel led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

US: Private Military Companies, Handle with Care
by Paul MarxUnited States Naval Institute
May 25th, 2005
In even the most benign environment, PMCs complicate military command and control, communications, intelligence, and operational security. They make combat commanders' duties more difficult and hazardous, and they blur political-military-private sector delineations that have served nation states well for the past four hundred years.

US: Arms Sales Go to Dictators
by Martin SieffUPI
May 25th, 2005
President George W. Bush may have pledged to promote democracy around the world, but most U.S. arms sales to the developing world still go to prop up dictatorial regimes, according to a new report.

IRAQ: Do Africans Recruited for Security Jobs Get Compensation for Injury or Death?
by Opiyo
May 25th, 2005
Shabby treatment of non-US citizens killed while working for firms contracted by the US government seems to be the norm. The right information is sometimes as rare as desert rain - especially if one does not know who his or her employer is.

IRAQ: U.S. Official Defends Reconstruction Progress
May 25th, 2005
The outgoing U.S. official overseeing rebuilding work in Iraq, said projects were moving ahead despite soaring security costs, which U.S. auditors say can chew up half of the funding. Still, Iraqis complain their electricity grid is more fragile than ever and promises to improve their daily lives have not materialized.

IRAQ: Attacks Increasingly Hit Private Security
by Sharon BehnThe Washington Times
May 23rd, 2005
Iraq's insurgents are conducting increasingly sophisticated and lethal attacks on the private security companies that are crucial to the nation's reconstruction and the eventual departure of U.S. troops, contractors and U.S. officials say.

US: Information Revolution Feeds Alternative Intelligence Market
by Roman Kupchinsky RadioFreeEurope Radio Liberty
May 23rd, 2005
The information revolution has spawned a global industry of private intelligence services. Some members of the U.S. Congress have recently asked whether their activities should be regulated.

UN: Iraq Can't Explain $69 Million in Fuel Oil From '04, Audit Says
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2005
The International Advisory and Monitoring Board has repeatedly criticized the American government for its loose spending controls during the period it controlled Iraqi assets, from the invasion in early 2003 to the transfer of sovereignty last June.

US: Senate Committee Silence on Halliburton Bemoaned
by Emily PierceRoll Call
May 23rd, 2005
Called "spineless," the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has held no hearings on whether civilian contractors in Iraq — particularly Halliburton, the company Vice President Cheney used to head — have mismanaged and overcharged the government by billions of dollars, much to the consternation of Senate Democrats.

IRAQ: Whistle-Blower Suit in U.S. Court May Set Course on Iraq Fraud Cases
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2005
A federal court decision that the False Claims Act applies, together with the Justice Department's supporting stance, will be widely seen as a green light to whistle-blowers.

IRAQ: Galloway Ally Sells US arms Kit to Iraq
by Severin CarrellThe Independent
May 22nd, 2005
The Jordanian businessman at the centre of claims that George Galloway secretly bought oil from Saddam Hussein has a major contract to sell US military technology in Iraq, The Independent reveals.

UGANDA: One Hundred Ugandan Graduates Leave for Contract Work in Iraq
by F. AhimbisibweThe New Vision
May 21st, 2005
Ugandan graduates left the country for Iraq in spite of protests from Members of Parliament. Special Operations Consulting Security Management Group (SOC-SMG), a Nevada-based security firm, engaged Kasango to recruit people for non-combat security jobs in Iraq and other countries.

IRAQ: Security Concerns Delay Reconstruction of Iraq
by Paul GarwoodAssociated Press
May 21st, 2005
Ceaseless attacks on contractors and facilities have also increasing security demands, with up to 16 percent of all project costs now being spent on hiring armed guards, improving site protection and providing equipment like hardened vehicles and telecommunications systems.

IRAQ: Tracking the Number of Contractors Dying in Iraq Proves Difficult
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 21st, 2005
An April report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office found that monitoring of civilian contractors in Iraq was so poor that there was no way to determine how many contractors are working on U.S.-related security and reconstruction projects in Iraq or how many have been killed.

IRAQ: Head of Reconstruction Says Unexpected Security Costs Eating Into Budget
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
May 21st, 2005
As much as 16 percent of the $21 billion reconstruction budget would be spent on providing security for its projects and workers -- roughly double the original estimate.

US: Statement by Triple Canopy, Inc. Regarding Employment
by Triple Canopy, Inc. (press release)PRNewswire
May 20th, 2005
"Triple Canopy stands alone in the industry in the quality of its hiring and training practices, and we are seriously concerned that reports from Honduras this week have misstated our standards for recruiting employees for the services we provide in Iraq," said Joe Mayo, Director, Public Affairs.

IRAQ: Rules and Cash Flew Out the Window
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
May 20th, 2005
More than 1,000 contracts were issued by U.S. officials in June, about double the usual number. This apparent indifference toward accountability in spending Iraqi money was common among American officials last year as they rushed to sign contracts in the waning days of U.S. control of Iraq, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

UGANDA: Recruiting for Iraq
by Denis
May 19th, 2005
In Kampala, the gates of Askar Security Services in Kamwokya are buzzing with enthusiastic young men and women signing in for deployment in Iraq. They want to take the chance of a lifetime. They cannot wait to test the waters.

US: Protesters get rowdy as Halliburton meets
by Purva Patel and Paige HewittThe Houston Chronicle
May 19th, 2005
Chief Executive Dave Lesar told reporters after the meeting that the company is still evaluating a contract to rebuild southern Iraq's oil industry. As for its larger contract to provide meals, shelter and other support to the troops, he said, "We are committed to see that contract through."

US: DynCorp International Again Wins Contract for Narcotics Eradication
by DynCorp International (press release)BUSINESS WIRE
May 19th, 2005
The contract, under the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, could extend from an initial base period to 10 years with incentives for strong performance. The annual contract value is $174 million, but could vary depending upon mission changes.

IRAQ: Recruiting in Honduras for Private Security in Iraq
Associated Press
May 19th, 2005
Assistant Labor Minister Africo Madrid said the company, Triple Canopy, had contacted the government, saying it wanted Hondurans with military training and was willing to pay 10 times the going rate for similar jobs in Honduras.

IRAQ: Translators Dying by the Dozens
by Jim KraneAssociated Press
May 19th, 2005
More than 4,000 translators work for San Diego, Calif.-based Titan, which supplies the U.S. military with Arabic- and Kurdish-speaking linguists. The company reported record revenues last month, but its death toll also is far higher than any other civilian contracting firm in Iraq, including those with many more workers.

US: Protesters Flank Halliburton Meeting
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
May 18th, 2005
More than 200 protesters flanked Halliburton Co.'s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, adding drama to an otherwise perfunctory gathering to elect directors and retain auditors. Fifteen were arrested.

UGANDA: Did Askar Security Lie about Recruits for Iraq?
by Opiyo OloyaThe New Vision
May 18th, 2005
'Those knowledgeable with the cut-throat, multi-billion dollar global security contractors’ business would not quickly dismiss the claims by Askar Security that it was asked by Kroll Associates and South African Coin Security to recruit thousands of Ugandans for security work in Iraq and elsewhere.'

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food Probes Expose Cultural Gulfs
by  Peter Grier and Faye BowersThe Christian Science Monitor
May 18th, 2005
Two years after Mr. Hussein's ouster, revelations about his alleged bribery system have developed into a full-force international financial scandal. The controversy involves both the nature of bribes and the zeal, or lack thereof, of the United Nations reaction.

US: Halliburton Cordially Invites You to Come Stand in the Hall
by Loren SteffyThe Houston Chronicle
May 17th, 2005
It's not every day that you get invited to a meeting you're not allowed to attend. Halliburton called earlier this week to ask if I was coming to the company's annual meeting today at the Four Seasons. There was one catch: The company wasn't allowing outsiders in the meeting. That included the press.

US: Senate Democrats Fault U.S. in Iraq Oil Scandal
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, 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: America's Hired Guns Find Gold or Death
Agence France-Presse
May 11th, 2005
Day rates peaking at $1,000 turned post-Saddam Hussein Iraq into a modern day Klondike for private security firms, but a growing number of hired guns are paying the price in blood.

WORLD: Private Armed Escorts in High Demand on Sea
by Karl MalakunasAFP
May 11th, 2005
Asian governments struggling to contain the piracy menace on the region’s waters are using a controversial and lucrative private industry of armed escort boats providing security for commercial vessels.

IRAQ: Invoices Detail Security Firm's Alleged Fraudulent Billing
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
May 11th, 2005
Hundreds of pages of documents provide a fuller picture of the allegations at the heart of a lawsuit against private security firm, Custer Battles, which accusers claim operated shell companies that were used to bilk millions of dollars from the Coalition Provisional Authority.

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: The Shadowy World of Guns for Hire
by Michinobu Yanagisawa and Yomiuri ShimbunDaily Yomiuri
May 10th, 2005
What private security firms in Iraq actually do has been shrouded in mystery. Some provide more than just security. Many are involved in military activities.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Gives $72 Million Bonus to Halliburton
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
The U.S. Army awarded $72 million in bonuses to Halliburton Co. for logistics work in Iraq, but had not decided whether to give the Texas company bonuses for disputed dining services to troops.

JAPAN: Japanese Security Specialist Kidnapped in Iraq
by Kanako TakaharaThe Japan Times
May 10th, 2005
Japanese officials scrambled to find information on the kidnapping of a 44-year-old Japanese security specialist working as a consultant for Hart Security Ltd., a Cyprus-based security contractor.

U.S.A.: Pentagon's Mystery Contingency Operations Gets CACI Bigger
by John StantonDissident Voice
May 9th, 2005

CHILE: Government Official Sues Company Sending Mercenaries to Iraq
Prensa Latina
May 9th, 2005
A Socialist deputy has taken legal action against the head of a company recruiting Chilean military personnel and adventurers in order to send them to Iraq as mercenaries.

NIGERIA: DynCorp International Will Build and Operate West Africa's Most Advanced Private Airport
DynCorp International (Press Release)
May 8th, 2005
The private military company and provider of aviation services worldwide is designing and building a $300 million airport facility to "meet the rapidly-growing needs of West and Central Africa." The company will equip and operate maintenance, repair and air-cargo facilities.

AUSTRALIA: Why Aussie Workers Keep Going Back to Iraq
by Nick TaylorThe Sunday Times
May 8th, 2005
There are actually fewer than 70 Australians registered with the Australian Embassy in Iraq, but the true number is thought to be more than 200. Many contractors arrive without telling authorities.They include aid workers, security guards, truck drivers and representatives from Australian firms, including Perth-based oil and engineering companies. Australian companies have won an estimated $1 billion in Iraq contracts.

U.S.A.: Army to Split Translation Work now Held by Single Company
by Edmond LococoBloomberg News
May 8th, 2005
The U.S. Army plans to split the worldwide translation work now held by Titan Corp. into three contracts when the current $400 million award runs out in September, to make more room for involvement by small businesses.

GHANA: Government Urged to Streamline Private Security Organizations
The GhanaHomePage
May 7th, 2005
Nana Adu Agyemang IV, Vice President of the Association of Private Security of Ghana (APSOG) on Friday, called on the government to streamline the activities of private security companies since some of them pose a threat to national security.

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.

IRAQ: American Workers in Iraq Accept Danger
by James TempleContra Costa Times
May 4th, 2005
The government either doesn't know or won't say the actual number of workers engaged in reconstruction, and companies won't discuss it, citing security concerns. But the Department of Labor does know the death toll: As of March 31, death claims for civilians working on U.S. government contracts in Iraq had reached 276.

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.

US: Congressmen Asks Halliburton to Explain Discrepancies with Iraq Kickback Indictment
by Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Stephen Lynch U.S. Congress
May 2nd, 2005
Halliburton representatives testified that the Halliburton employees being investigated for taking kickbacks under the LOGCAP troop support contract were not managers but were "administrative people." Yet according to the Justice Department, a Halliburton manager has now been indicted for this kickback scheme.

IRAQ: Corruption is the Growth Industry
by By Paul McGeoughThe Age
May 2nd, 2005
Like many other Iraqis, businessmen invariably make then-and-now comparisons with Saddam Hussein. Saddam ran his own massive corruption of the UN oil-for-food program and he and his cronies regularly demanded a cut of any new business or contract. But Iraqi businessman said: "I'd say that about 10 per cent of business was corrupt under Saddam. Now it's about 95 per cent. We used to have one Saddam, now we have 25 of them."

IRAQ: U.S. Contracting Firm Accused of Bilking Millions
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
April 30th, 2005
Custer Battles is under investigation by the Department of Defense for allegedly overcharging the government millions by making up invoices for work never done, equipment never received, and guards who didn't exist.

IRAQ: Iraqi Army Wants to Buy Australian
by Jamie WalkerThe Advertiser
April 30th, 2005
Brigadier Hussan Zuyad, chief of the Iraqi National Guard for Al Muthanna province, said the arrival of Australian troops would give him an opportunity to evaluate their equipment. "We want many things because we are really starting from the ground rebuilding our army," he said.

SAUDI ARABIA: Company Associated with Saudi Prince Linked to Oil-for-Food Scandal
by Niles LathemNew York Post
April 30th, 2005
Documents, including a Pentagon audit, found $8 million in overpricing in the sale of agricultural products to Saddam Hussein by a company tied to Prince Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahm al-Saud.

CANADA: UN Probes $23.15 Million Payment to Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in Oil-for-Food Scandal
by Steven EdwardsCanWest News Service
April 30th, 2005
The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool has emerged as one of the companies involved in Iraq oil-for-food deals now under investigation by a U.S. congressional committee probing the United Nations aid program, which Saddam Hussein manipulated to skim off billions of dollars for himself.

U.S.A.: Cost Climbs on Army Contract with Boeing
by Tom BowmanBaltimore Sun
April 30th, 2005
Pentagon officials now say the costs for stricter safeguards on price information, cost accountability and conflicts of interest will cost $25 million to $75 million just three weeks after Army said there would be no "significant costs" in restructuring the contract for the Future Combat System.

U.S.A.: Abu Ghraib Contractor Monitored Poorly, Report Finds
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
April 30th, 2005
Government officials assigned to oversee a contract with CACI used to provide civilian interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison all but abdicated their responsibility, leaving it to the private contractor to set terms for its work, according to a congressional report.

U.S.A.: Iraq Contractor Data Lacking Federal Records, Investigators Find
by Jay PrcieThe News & Observer
April 30th, 2005
Federal record-keeping on the contracts was so poor that there were not enough data to determine how many contractors are working in Iraq or how many had been killed there, a GAO report said.

PHILIPPINES: Pinoys Working in Iraq Not Will Not Be Evacuated
by Mayen JaymalinPhilippine Headline News Online
April 30th, 2005
After reports of U.S. pressure, Philippines clarifies that call for Filipino workers employed by contractors to leave Iraq is only voluntary. "We are ready to implement mass repatriation if it becomes necessary, but the government is only undertaking voluntary repatriation of workers from Iraq" said Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas.

IRAQ: French Bank Caught Up in Oil-for-Food Probe
by David R. SandsThe Washington Times
April 29th, 2005
The chief executive officer of BNP Paribas-North America acknowledged the bank had committed "avoidable errors" in handling some of the vast program's accounts, but said an extensive internal probe had uncovered no outright fraud related to questionable transfers.

WORLD: Global Competition for Energy Heats Up
by Kevin G. HallKnight Ridder Newspapers
April 29th, 2005
For now, the United States remains well positioned, at least when it comes to energy supplies. The proven reserves in the Middle East make it the expected primary global supplier of crude oil. Iraq, where the United States has forcefully established a beachhead, has proven oil reserves of between 78 and 112 billion barrels.

U.K.: Cutting a Larger Slice of the Sticky U.S. Defense Pie
by Matthew SwibelForbes
April 29th, 2005
Deficit-plagued Washington's checkbook remains open to military contractors and nearly all of Europe's leading defense firms are pressing for more U.S. military business.

U.S.A.: Defense Contractors See Strong Earnings
April 28th, 2005
Contractors are reaping rewards of a surge in defense spending from a little over $300 billion before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to about $500 billion now.

IRAQ: Ahmad Chalabi as Acting Oil Minister Raises Concerns
by Tom DoggettReuters
April 28th, 2005
Chalabi is taking over the ministry at a critical time. It must make decisions on which companies get preference for oil sales, which contracts are honored and which will be renegotiated. The ministry also faces frequent sabotage against its oil pipelines.

U.S.A.: The Consequences Of War
by Robert ScheerThe Nation
April 28th, 2005
In 2003, conquering Iraq looked like a great package deal, what with all that oil -- second only to Saudi Arabia -- and the manufactured photo ops of cheering Iraqis. This was a win-win, as the corporate guys like to say.

U.S.A.: Contractor Strikes Settlement on Accusations of Illegal Profits
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
April 28th, 2005
Science Applications International Corporation, one of the Pentagon's largest contractors, has agreed to pay the government $2.5 million to settle accusations that it illegally made a 30 percent profit on environmental cleanup work in Texas for the Air Force.

IRAQ: Swiss Oil-for-Food Monitor Rejects 'Malicious' Criticism
by Judith MillerThe New York Times
April 27th, 2005
Cotecna Inspection S.A., the Swiss company that monitored the shipment of humanitarian goods to Iraq under the oil-for-food program, has accused the committee investigating the program for the United Nations of making "false, misleading and malicious" statements.

U.S.A.: Custer Battles Fights Back
by Eddie CurranMobile Register
April 27th, 2005
The reputation of Custer Battles has been shattered by accusations first aired in lawsuits against it by DRC, the Alabama-based disaster services firm headed by globe-trotting former FBI agent Robert "Bob" Isakson. Now Custer Battles has filed a counterclaim -- sort of a lawsuit within a lawsuit -- accusing DRC of the similar activities, such as fraudulent billing, leveled by Isakson.

U.S.A.: Reputed Arms Dealer Targeted
by Stephen BraunThe Los Angeles Times
April 27th, 2005
The U.S. freezes the assets of 30 firms and four people linked to Russian Victor Bout.

PHILIPPINES: U.S. Respects Decision to Withdraw Workers from Iraq
Agence France-Presse
April 27th, 2005
While Filipinos "play a crucial role in the allied effort to bring peace and democracy" to Iraq, U.S. officials recognize the the Philippines' concern in bringing its workers home, according to the U.S. embassy in Manila.

PHILIPPINES: U.S. Troubled Over Call for Filipino Workers to Leave Iraq
by Pia
April 27th, 2005
The United States is troubled by the Philippine government’s attempts to persuade Filipino workers to leave Iraq. Their withdrawal from Iraq is expected to have an adverse impact on the operation of the camps since Filipinos make up the largest number of foreign workers in the camps.

PHILIPPINES: US Concerned About Move to Call Home Filipino Contract Workers
The Manila Times
April 27th, 2005
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said U.S. Embassy officials have expressed concern several times over Manila’s move to bring home an estimated 6,000 Filipino workers from Iraq amid increasing insurgency there. Filipinos represent the biggest number of foreigners working for US-run military installations in Iraq.

IRAQ: You've Been in Iraq Too Long If....
by AnonymousE-mail
April 26th, 2005
"You start to think 'it's not so bad here.'" A joke e-mail being circulated among contractors in Iraq.

IRAQ: Money Was Laying on the Ground After Fall of Baghdad
by Vicki MabreyCBS News
April 26th, 2005
Former Supply U.S. Army Sgt. Matt Novak and some of his buddies immediately went looking for their own windfall, and they found one: $200 million packed in 50 boxes of $100 bills. Before they knew it, soldiers were grabbing bundles of bills. The Army offered amnesty to any soldier who returned cash, but Novak says not all of the money found in Iraq was returned.

U.S.A.: Still Missing in Iraq
by Jeff AmyMobile Register
April 26th, 2005
Tim Bell's family will get together to mark his second birthday since the Mobile man disappeared in Iraq on April 9, 2004 following an attack on a truck convoy for a Halliburton subsidiary. Bell's mother and children joined a lawsuit against Halliburton in Texas state court charging that Halliburton concealed the dangers of working in Iraq.

FIJI: Families of Private Security Guards to Receive $100,000
by Reueli KikauFiji Times
April 26th, 2005
Families of the two security officers from Fiji killed in a helicopter crash in northern Baghdad last week will each receive insurance payouts of around $100,000 after the men's funerals this week.

GERMANY: UN Probes German Companies in Oil-for-Food Scandal
by Beat BalzliDer Spiegel
April 25th, 2005
German industry has come under the scrutiny of UN investigators. As far back as October, UN staffers with the investigation contacted Germany's Foreign Ministry in Berlin and submitted a list containing 50 German companies. According to government sources, that list "also included some very well-known companies."

FIJI: Paying the Blood Price in Iraq
Fiji Times
April 23rd, 2005
Six US citizens, employed by the Blackwater Security Consulting firm, and two Filippino guards were among 11 killed when a Bulgarian commercial helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad. The deaths of at least 13 foreign security contractors in two days is the latest blow to Iraq's private security sector, which the interior ministry estimates employs 50,000 foreigners and Iraqis.

IRAQ: Desire for Cash Proves Lethal
by  David CrawshawThe Courier-Mail
April 23rd, 2005
An Australian man shot dead in Baghdad was well aware of the risks of working as a private security guard in Iraq, all of whom carry a $50,000 bounty on their heads, his stepmother said yesterday.

U.S.A.: Security Company Loses Seven in Iraq
by Emery P. DalesioAssociated Press
April 23rd, 2005
Six Blackwater Security Consulting guards responsible for protecting U.S. diplomats were killed Thursday when their helicopter was shot down as it headed from Baghdad to Tikrit for a security detail, said company spokesman Chris Bertelli.

IRAQ: Securtiy Firm Falls Short on Safety Audit
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
April 23rd, 2005
A controversial British firm, Aegis Defence Services Ltd., responsible for a sweeping $293 million contract in Iraq could not prove that employees received proper weapons training or that it had vetted Iraqi employees to ensure they did not pose a threat, according to a government audit.

IRAQ: Lead Investigator Says Abu Ghraib Translator Lacked Training
by  Leon WordenThe Signal
April 22nd, 2005
Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba says John B. Israel was trying to do the right thing for his adopted homeland when he signed on as a translator for U.S. Army intelligence at Abu Ghraib prison in October 2003. But he received incomplete training when he got there, fell in with an interrogator who didn't adhere to strict Army policy, and gave inconsistent answers when questioned about the abuses he may have witnessed.

IRAQ: Copter Shot Down; 11 Civilians Die
by Solomon MooreThe Los Angeles Times
April 22nd, 2005
The victims of apparent insurgent ground fire include six American security guards, and another is killed in a bomb attack.

COLOMBIA: Big Oil Turns Up Heat in Venezuela Border Region
by Bill WeinbergPacific News Service
April 22nd, 2005
Longtime U.S. involvement in Colombia may be transforming and expanding from a "war on drugs" into a Washington-led, oil-company fueled destabilization campaign against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

U.S.A.: Audit Criticizes Aegis Security Work in Iraq
by Sue PlemingReuters
April 22nd, 2005
Investigators said Aegis Defence Services could not correctly document that employees are qualified for weapons use and that many of its Iraqi workers have not been not properly screened for security jobs. Ageis had little prior experience in the Middle East before landing a $293 million contract in Iraq and its main shareholder, former British army officer Tim Spicer, has been at the center of several controversies, including an arms deal that broke a U.N. embargo in 1998 and questions raised by Irish Americans over his military record in Northern Ireland.

IRAQ: Abu Ghraib Translator Says He Received Little Guidance
by Leon WordenThe Signal
April 21st, 2005
Testimony by John Israel, still considered classified, paints a picture of a contract intelligence translator receiving little training in military procedures before being pushed into service and who and minded his own business to the extent that he was oblivious to the abuses that were going on around him.

IRAQ: Six American Bodyguards Killed as Helicopter in Iraq Shot Down by Missiles
by Thomas Wagner Associated Press
April 21st, 2005
Insurgents firing missiles brought down a Russian-made helicopter north of the capital Thursday, killing 11 civilians including six American bodyguards for U.S. diplomats. The chartered flight was believed to be the first civilian aircraft shot down in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion two years ago.

CANADA: Our pensions are Financing Their War
by Will OffleySeven Oaks Magazine
April 20th, 2005
Aware of it or not, the B.C. provincial government is actively involved in underwriting the illegal U.S. occupation of Iraq. Pension fund investments are include stock holdings in 39 of the top 100 Pentagon contractors, including the seven largest: Lockheed, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics, United Technologies and General Electric.

U.S.A.: Mobilizing Against Halliburton, the “Poster Child for War Profiteering”
by Scott Parkin interviewed by Kevin ZeeseZNET
April 20th, 2005
As more and more revelations about contract abuse in Iraq by Halliburton come out regularly, activists in Houston are working with national groups, including Democracy Rising, to highlight corporate contract abuse by Halliburton when they hold their shareholders meeting this May 18.

SUDAN: Rebels Say Oil Drilling in Darfur Must Stop
by Nima ElbagirReuters
April 19th, 2005
Sudan on Tuesday said its ABCO corporation -- in which Swiss company Cliveden owns 37 percent -- had begun drilling for oil in Darfur, where preliminary studies showed there were "abundant" quantities of oil. "The Sudanese people have never benefited from these (oil) discoveries," said Ahmed Hussein, the London-based spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement. "The oil must wait until a final peace deal is signed."

THAILAND: Private Security Booms with Insecurity
by Charoen KittikanyaBangkok Post
April 18th, 2005
Demand for private security services are expected to skyrocket in the wake of the mounting unrest in Thailand's three southernmost provinces and the recent bombings in Hat Yai.

U.S.A.: Houston Oilmen Deny Paying Kickbacks to Iraq
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
April 18th, 2005
Appearing in federal court, David B. Chalmers Jr., head of Houston-based BayOil (USA), and his business associate Ludmil Dionissiev pleaded innocent to charges they fixed oil prices and paid illegal surcharges as part of a scheme to ingratiate themselves with Saddam Hussein's regime and thereby profit from Iraqi oil sales.

U.S.A.: A Form of Disaster Capitalism is Reshaping Societies to Its Own Design
by Naomi KleinThe Guardian
April 18th, 2005
Fittingly, a government devoted to perpetual pre-emptive deconstruction now has a standing office of perpetual pre-emptive reconstruction. Gone are the days of waiting for wars to break out and drawing up plans to pick up the pieces. The White House now has an office that keeps "high risk" countries on a "watch list" and assembles teams made up of private companies, NGOs and members of thinktanks - some will have "pre-completed" contracts to rebuild countries that are not yet broken.

U.S.A.: Defense Contract Reforms Probed
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
April 18th, 2005
Billing disputes with contractors in Iraq have sparked major questions about Pentagon reforms of the 1990s that streamlined acquisition programs but also cut down on oversight of performance and billing.

IRAQ: New Police Force is Largely untrained and Unreliable
April 18th, 2005
While the Iraqi army seems to be getting up to speed, the training of the 142,000-member police force is moving more slowly and fraught with bigger problems than reports by U.S. officials might suggest. The eventual goal is to have Iraqis training all of their security forces, but private contractors expect to continue working well into 2006. One small but revealing reason says one trainer: students suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. "They are the main targets of insurgents," he says. "It makes it difficult to maintain their attention span."

U.S.A.: Foreign Aid Climbs with Defense Spending in War on Terrorism
by Liz SidotiAssociated Press
April 17th, 2005
Following the Sept. 11 attacks, there has been more acceptance that providing nonmilitary money to foreign countries is an essential part of fighting terrorism.

IRAQ: Rethinking Reconstruction as Grand U.S. Plan Fractures Again
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
April 17th, 2005
For the third time in nine months, the Bush administration has redrafted its project to rebuild Iraq, The need for the reallocation of money grew not only from unanticipated security costs but also from what many experts said were flawed assumptions by Pentagon planners and Congress when they set out to pepper Iraq with large infrastructure projects built by American companies.

WORLD: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in Post-Conflict Nations
by Naomi KleinThe Nation (from the May 2, 2005 issue)
April 17th, 2005
There is no doubt that there are profits to be made in the reconstruction business. There are massive engineering and supplies contracts; “democracy building” has exploded into a $2 billion industry; and times have never been better for public-sector consultants - the private firms that advise governments on selling off their assets, often running government services themselves as subcontractors.

IRAQ: Two Pinoys Wounded in Baghdad Shooting
by Pia
April 17th, 2005
Two Filipino workers were wounded in Iraq when armed insurgents fired on the mini bus in which they were traveling between Baghdad center and the city’s airport, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

PHILIPPINES: Investigation of American firm for Illegally hiring Filipinos to Work in Iraq
China View
April 17th, 2005
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo ordered an investigation into an American firm for the illegal deployment in Iraq of five overseas Filipino workers who were almost kidnapped by armed men there Saturday.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Urged to Leave Iraq
Associated Press
April 17th, 2005
Government officials on Sunday urged about 6,000 Filipino workers to immediately leave Iraq after a foiled kidnapping injured two Filipinos, stressing that the situation there remains very dangerous for foreign workers.

IRAQ: Philippines Reiterates Ban on Filipino Workers in Iraq
by  Ferdie J. Maglalang and David Cagahastian The Manila Bulletin
April 17th, 2005
The Philippines said the ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Iraq remains in effect as it reminded foreign companies against allowing OFWs from sneaking in the war-torn country due to its dangerous peace and order situation.

IRAQ: Shoot to Kill, but no Legally Considered Combatants
by Ann Scott TysonThe Washington Post
April 16th, 2005
With more hired guns in Iraq than in any other U.S. conflict since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, armed contractors admit their role is cloudy and controversial. They're driven by money and a lust for life on the edge, but also by a self-styled altruism. They do shoot to kill, but they aren't legally considered combatants.

IRAQ: Contractor Says Dangerous Work Full of Risks and Rewards
by Jon MurrayThe Indianapolis Star
April 16th, 2005
Private contractors in Iraq say pay can top $100,000 for a year's work. But plenty of danger is often part of the bargain. Frank Atkins, who returned home in October, said danger was part of his job as a police adviser. Sometimes, the former Marine enjoyed the thrill of fighting off insurgent attacks alongside U.S. military personnel on his convoys.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Defends Spicer Contract
by Tom GriffinThe Irish World
April 15th, 2005
The U.S. Government has defended its decision to award a £293 million Iraq Security contract to British mercenary Tim Spicer, in reponse to concerns raised by the family of Belfast man Peter McBride, who was shot dead by Scots Guards soldiers under Spicer’s command in 1992.

U.S.A.: The Oil-for-Food Scandal Seeps into Houston
by EditorialThe Houston Chronicle
April 15th, 2005
In a city that has been rocked by the Enron collapse and subsequent prosecutions, the indictment of Houston oil executive David Chalmers Jr. and a Houston-based Bulgarian oil trader serves notice that the probe of irregularities in the U.N.-supervised oil-for-food program will likely ensnare more energy industry figures before it is finished.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Death of a Mercenary (part two) and Suspicions of Hidden Forces
by Yossi Melmanw w w . h a a r e t z . c o m
April 15th, 2005
The president and his aides do not believe that Severo Moto, the opposition leader, was behind the coup plot. They think he was a pawn in the hands of forces and interests stronger than him - probably businessmen and perhaps Western governments. One of the names mentioned in this connection is that of the British-Lebanese financier and oil broker Eli Calil.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Death of a Mercenary and a Private Army
by Yossi MelmanHaaretz
April 15th, 2005
On March 7, 2004, the Zimbabwe police detained a chartered plane and arrested 70 of the passengers. Most of those detained said they had been hired by a security consultancy company to guard a diamond mine in Congo. A few days later, the government of Equatorial Guinea announced that its police had arrested 20 people who were the vanguard for the force that was arrested in Harare. According to the announcement, the two groups were connected and had planned to topple the regime of President Teodoro Obiang.

US: Oil-for-Food Scandal Broadens With New Charges
by Julia Preston and Judith Miller The New York Times
April 14th, 2005
Federal authorities in New York today charged David B. Chalmers, a Houston oil trader, and his company, Bayoil, with making millions of dollars in illegal kickback payments to Iraq while trading oil under the program. Separate charges were brought against Tongsun Park, a South Korean businessman who figured in a Washington influence-peddling scandal some 30 years ago, accusing him of acting as an unregistered agent for Iraq in behind-the-scenes negotiations in the United States to set up and administer the program.

US: Pentagon's War Spending Hard to Track Says Chief Investigator
April 13th, 2005
The Defense Department is unable to track how it spent tens of millions of dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the U.S. war on terrorism, Congress's top investigator said. While there was no doubt that appropriated funds were spent, "trying to figure out what they were spent on is like pulling teeth," he said, referring to an accounting effort that is under way for Congress.

AFGHANISTAN: Country Urged to Privatize Power
Asia Pulse
April 12th, 2005
In the thick of the reconstruction effort, American Energy Association's representative Charles Ebinger proposed, Afghanistan should jack up power tariff with a view to speeding up the revival of its economy hit by decades of war.

IRAQ: Congress Pressed for Hearings as Auditors Question Halliburton Billing
by Charles R. BabcockThe Washington Post
April 12th, 2005
Pentagon auditors have questioned $212.3 million of $1.69 billion that a Halliburton subsidiary charged the government over the past few years, mostly for importing fuel to Iraq under a no-bid contract. Halliburton spokeswoman Beverly Scippa said in an e-mail that the questioning by auditors "is all part of the normal contracting process."

COLOMBIA: Big Oil's Secret War?
by Bill WeinbergWORLD WAR 4 REPORT: Deconstructing the War on Terrorism
April 10th, 2005
Many of the 800 U.S. military advisors in Colombia are assigned to Arauca where California-based Occidental Petroleum in a joint partnership with the Colombia state company Ecopetrol runs the main oilfield. Occidental lobbied heavily for this project, which marks a departure from the erstwhile U.S. policy of only assisting ostensible narcotics enforcement operations in Colombia.

IRAQ: Millions Said Going to Waste
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
April 10th, 2005
Iraqi officials have crippled scores of water, sewage and electrical plants refurbished with U.S. funds by failing to maintain and operate them properly, wasting millions of American taxpayer dollars in the process, according to interviews and documents.

US: State Department Faults Use of U.S. Firms in Reconstruction Effort
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
April 9th, 2005
The State Department has ordered a major reevaluation of the troubled $18.4-billion Iraq reconstruction effort. The adjustment, the third such funding change in nine months, is the latest sign of disarray in the effort to help quell the insurgency by improving living standards and providing jobs for Iraqis.

US: Suit blames Halliburton for Missing Contractor's Fate in Iraq
Associated Press
April 9th, 2005
An attorney for the family of a Alabama contractor who disappeared in Iraq during an attack on a convoy a year ago has filed suit in Texas against Halliburton Co., accusing the firm of concealing the dangers of the job from the missing man.

US: Alabama Family Sues Halliburton for Role in Missing Convoy Member
by Jeff AmyMobile Register
April 9th, 2005
The lawsuit charges that Halliburton, Tim Bell's employer, concealed the dangers of working in Iraq, failed to protect him once there, and maliciously sent him and other convoy drivers into a known combat zone on April 9, 2004.

IRAQ: Corruption and Mismanagement Create Economic Catastrophe
by Zaid Al-Ali Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo)
April 7th, 2005
Incredible as it may seem, in the past two years, Iraq's economic situation has worsened, living standards have declined, and poverty as well as child malnutrition have increased. According to a number of non-governmental organisations in Iraq, the unemployment rate could be as high as 65 percent.

FIJI: More Fijians Go to Iraq
ABC Radio Australia
April 6th, 2005
There are now 224 Fijian troops serving in Iraq, and an estimated 1,000 more are serving with private security firms holding contracts for the United States government in both Iraq and Kuwait.

US: Mothers of Slain Blackwater Guards Slam Company
Associated Press
April 6th, 2005
North Carolina-based security contractor Blackwater USA refuses to share the results of the company's probe into the killings of four employees in Iraq a year ago, the mothers of two slain employees tell ABC News.

SWEDEN: Blix Now Believes Oil Thirst fueled War in Iraq
Associated Press
April 6th, 2005
Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has said he now believed the US-led invasion of Iraq was motivated by oil. "I did not think so at first. But the US is incredibly dependent on oil," Swedish news agency TT quoted Mr Blix as saying at a security seminar in Stockholm.

US: Pentagon Makes Deal with Halliburton on Billing Dispute
by David Ivanovich The Houston Chronicle
April 6th, 2005
Halliburton Co. and the U.S. Army have resolved a lengthy billing dispute over meals served to U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait, with the Pentagon ultimately refusing to reimburse $55 million worth of bills. At stake was $200 million in disputed costs incurred during the first nine months of the war and occupation, first in Kuwait and then in Iraq.

US: Army and Halliburton Settle Bill Dispute
by Russell Gold and Neil King Jr.The Wall Street Journal
April 6th, 2005
Halliburton will receive about 95% of what it billed, despite numerous concerns by Pentagon auditors that the company couldn't provide adequate documentation to justify its expenses. The favorable settlement is an indication the military brass is willing to treat Halliburton leniently since a large portion of the disputed services were performed in a theater of war.

IRAQ: Workers' Comp Can be Risky for Iraqis to Receive
by Larry MargasakAssociated Press
April 5th, 2005
Just like workers in the United States, Iraqis employed by U.S. contractors in their country can collect workers' compensation insurance,but in a country where anti-American insurgents can scan the mail, many Iraqis receive their benefits in blank envelopes because a check from the United States can be a ticket to a worker's execution.

AFGHANISTAN: Officials Urge Donors to Shift Focus
by Carlotta Gall The New York Times
April 5th, 2005
The government contends that private aid groups, which control much of the donated money, have squandered it. Many business leaders say corruption and the lack of staff trained in government are largely to blame.

US: Army Resolves a Major Billing Dispute with Halliburton
Associated Press
April 5th, 2005
The U.S. Army will pay $1.8 billion to a Halliburton subsidiary for dining services in Iraq and Kuwait but retain $55 million out of about $200 million in payments suspended during a long-running billing dispute.

US: Halliburton Resolves Billing Dispute with Pentagon
April 5th, 2005
Halliburton has struck a deal with the U.S. Army on food service provided to U.S. troops in Iraq, resolving a 14-month long billing dispute.

AFGHANISTAN: NGOs Blamed for Squandering Aid Money
April 4th, 2005
The Afghan government accused western aid agencies of hindering the growth of local firms and squandering billions of pounds earmarked for reconstruction efforts in the country.

KUWAIT: Parliament Members Complain About Halliburton Investigation
by Diana Elias Associated Press
April 4th, 2005
The head of a five-member Kuwaiti investigative committee said the U.S. military and Halliburton have failed to fully cooperate in the investigation of a contract for fuel deliveries to Iraq. "We sent them a letter to clarify some points, but we have not received an answer for three months," he said.

IRAQ: Expo Attracts Large Crowds of Exhibitors and Participants
by David Munir Nabti The Daily Star
April 4th, 2005
"The ministries with big cash, the Water Ministry, Electricity Ministry, Housing Ministry, Oil and Gas Ministry, Education Ministry, they are the guys with big money," project manager for Rebuild Iraq 2005 Fadi Kaddoura said.

IRAQ: Reconstruction Gathers Pace as Violence Dips
by Suleiman al-KhalidiReuters
April 4th, 2005
Companies with billions of dollars of U.S.-funded projects are seeking to recruit new Iraqi sub-contractors and international companies are encouraged by signs of declining violence in Iraq, but red tape and graft could offset the improved security situation, executives taking part in a huge reconstruction expo said on Monday.

IRAQ: New Call for Help to Rebuild Iraq
April 4th, 2005
Hundreds of firms have headed for Jordan for the latest in a string of conferences intended to drum up business for Iraq's reconstruction.

US: If You Build It, They Will Kill
by Nicholas TurseAlterNet
April 4th, 2005
However bad the times may be for American tanks or troops, it's springtime for ever-conglomerating American munitions makers.

IRAQ: Halliburton Security Coordinator Beaten by Fellow Employees
by Steve TerrellThe New Mexican
April 3rd, 2005
A man with ties to New Mexico working in Iraq as a security coordinator for a subsidiary of Halliburton was severely beaten last week by a group of fellow employees reportedly called the "Redneck Mafia."

IRAQ: Bush Aims to Remake Iraq as a Free-Market Paradise
by William O'RourkeChicago Sun-Times
April 3rd, 2005
When Paul Bremer, fresh from Kissinger Associates, first arrived in Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority made a lot of changes other than just disbanding what was left of the Iraqi army. He annulled all of Saddam Hussein's rules and regulations overseeing the Iraq economy, except one: He kept Saddam's laws banning labor unions.

IRAQ: Fury at 'Shoot for Fun' Memo
by Mark TownsendThe Observer
April 3rd, 2005
Outburst by US security firm in Iraq is attacked by human rights groups.

IRAQ: From contractors to Combat
by  Susan Taylor Martin, Times Senior Correspondent St. Petersburg Times
April 3rd, 2005
But what happened to Dennis Moore and his colleagues in 18 harrowing hours underscores some of the missteps that have hindered efforts to rebuild Iraq. Since last April, instability throughout the country has forced RTI and many other contractors to scale back their work, sowing even more disillusionment among Iraqis.

IRAQ: Contractor Beating in Baghdad
by Joline Gutierrez KruegerThe Albuquerque Tribune
April 2nd, 2005
A 41-year-old Halliburton employee from Albuquerque is recovering from a beating in Baghdad that authorities say came not at the hands of Iraqi insurgents but from his own American co-workers.

U.S.A.: Justice Dept. Says U.S. Fraud Law Applicable in Iraq Contracts
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
April 2nd, 2005
The U.S. Justice Department gave critical support yesterday to whistle-blowers in a federal lawsuit against U.S. security contractor, Custer Battles.

U.S.A.: Senator Asks Cost of Redoing U.S. Army-Boeing Deal
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
April 1st, 2005
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the armed services subcommittee that oversees Army and Air Force programs, said he had serious concerns about the suitability of an "other transaction authority," or OTA, as the contract vehicle for the Future Combat Systems, noting Congress approved such agreements for small research or limited prototype projects, especially those intended to attract nontraditional defense contractors.

U.S.A.: Under Fire, Halliburton Hails Workers' Courage
by  Richard WilliamsonAdweek
April 1st, 2005
Halliburton is launching an ad campaign featuring real employees as the government services contractor faces lawsuits claiming that a truck convoy ambushed by insurgents April 9, 2004, was used as a decoy to draw attention away from another group delivering fuel.

U.S.A.: Iraq Contract Fraud Can Be Tried in U.S. Courts
by Matt KelleyAssociated Press
April 1st, 2005
Government lawyers said a major law to fight contractor fraud applies to contracts issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq from shortly after the 2003 invasion until it handed over power to an interim Iraqi government last June.

WORLD: Mercenaries to Play Greater Role in Future U.S.-Led Drug Interdiction
by Stephen PeacockNarcosphere
March 31st, 2005
Based on a review of recently distributed federal-procurement documents, the U.S. government is actively soliciting the help of mercenaries whose sole function will be to locate and rescue missing or captured Drug War personnel.

WORLD: Paul Wolfowitz Played Key Role in Questionable Iraq Contract
by Charlie Cray and Jim ValletteHalliburton Watch
March 31st, 2005
If the World Bank's board had applied the same kind of "due diligence" to Paul Wolfowitz that they purport to apply to major development projects, they might have uncovered a significant conflict-of-interest that could have led them to rethink their embrace of the architect of the Iraq war.

AUSTRALIA: Defence Force Urged to Rely More on Private Military Contractors for Combat Support
Supply Chain Reveiw
March 31st, 2005
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the rapid growth in private sector firms supporting military operations has worked well. From logistics to paramilitary security, the private sector is increasingly playing a critical role on the battlefield.

IRAQ: Oil-for-food UN mess Pales in Comparison to Recent Contractor Fraud
by Molly IvinsWorking for Change
March 31st, 2005
Those throwing conniption fits over the United Nations' failure of oversight on Iraqi oil revenues might want to meditate a bit on the role of the U.S. government in all this before they further embarrass themselves denouncing perfidious foreigners.

IRAQ: The Coalition of the Billing and the War's Outsourcing Snafu
by  Max BootThe Los Angeles Times
March 31st, 2005
When U.S. service members are accused of wrongdoing, they are investigated and, if necessary, court-martialed. That's not the case with civilians. Dozens of U.S. and British soldiers have been prosecuted for misconduct in Iraq — but not a single contractor.

AUSTRALIA: 'Battlefield Business'
by Graeme Dobell (transcript from broadcast)ABC Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
March 30th, 2005

FIJI: Many have no jobs in Kuwait
Fiji Times
March 29th, 2005
Reports said that many security guards recruited from Fiji by Timoci Lolohea's Meridian Services Agency were still unemployed, two months after arriving in oil rich kingdom that borders war-torn Iraq.

IRAQ: Report Criticizes Annan but Finds No Evidence of Corruption
by Warrn HodgeThe New York Times
March 29th, 2005
The commission investigating the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq cleared Secretary General Kofi Annan of exercising any influence in the awarding of a program contract to the company that employed his son.

IRAQ: Corruption Plagues School Repairs
by Beth PotterUPI
March 29th, 2005
In many cases, contractors charge twice for work done, a member of the Sadr City Advisory Council said. Schools cost about $10,000 to fix up, according to previous information from the Ministry of Education. That price tag can include paint, new tile and plumbing work.

US: Creditors Make Illegal Demands on Active-Duty Soldiers
by Diana B. Henriques New York Times
March 28th, 2005
Though statistics are scarce, court records and interviews with military and civilian lawyers suggest that Americans heading off to war are sometimes facing distracting and demoralizing demands from financial companies trying to collect on obligations that, by law, they cannot enforce.

IRAQ: Civilian Contractors Shouldn’t Wear Marine Corps Uniforms
by  Robert GerbrachtMarine Corps Times
March 28th, 2005
We allow our Navy brethren who serve with us to wear our uniforms because they share our sacrifices and our values. But civilian workers do not share those sacrifices. While they may share our values, they do not serve under an oath of fidelity in harm’s way, but under a contract based on monetary gain.

IRAQ: U.S. Financed TV Encourages 'Lynch-Mob Justice'
by Doug IrelandDireland
March 27th, 2005
It is the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund a TV show that encourages violent, extra-judicial revenge on people who have not been tried or convicted of any crime that stands in sharp contradiction of the Bush administration's claims to have successfully exported "democracy" to Iraq.

IRAQ: Oh What a Lovely War on Terror It's Been for Halliburton
by Katherine GriffithsThe Independent
March 27th, 2005
Time and again, there was little or no competition for the huge contracts the US administration awarded, and repeatedly, it seemed that senior army people were stepping in to overrule attempts by the highest-ranking civilian in the US Army Corps of Engineers to make KBR accountable.

IRAQ: Will the United States Join Efforts to Clamp Down on Contract Fraud?
by  Michael HirshNewsweek
March 27th, 2005
The administration's reluctance to prosecute has turned the Iraq occupation into a "free-fraud zone," says former CPA senior adviser Franklin Willis. After the fall of Baghdad, there was no Iraqi law because Saddam Hussein's regime was dead. But if no U.S. law applied either, then everything was permissible, says Willis.

IRAQ: Halliburton Convoy Unprepared for Last, Fatal Run
by  T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
March 26th, 2005
The April convoy is best-known for the kidnapping and dramatic escape Mississippi dairy farmer Thomas Hamill, but details of the incident raise questions about about employer obligations. Families wonder about the repercussions if a general sent soldiers without training, weapons, armor or adequate communications into a battle zone.

IRAQ: Anti-Corruption Head Gets Tough on Officials
by Omar AnwarReuters
March 25th, 2005
The head of the country's corruption-busting body, the Commission on Public Integrity, says he is determined to clean up widespread back-handers, bribery and embezzlement that are undermining Iraq's chances of a better future.

U.K.: Lunch and Conversation with Alastair Morrison
by Thomas CatanThe Financial Times
March 25th, 2005
Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Morrison set up a ground-breaking company called Defence Systems Limited in 1981. DSL was a commercial success and became the template for dozens of companies set up since to provide security in the world’s hairiest areas.“I never envisaged the market growing to this size,” he says, shaking his head.

IRAQ: Contractor Death Toll Mounts
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg News
March 25th, 2005
Overall, there have been at least 273 contractor deaths, including 23 in 2003, 209 last year and 41 so far this year, according to Labor Department figures. That's over 50 percent more than the 173 deaths of U.K. and allied troops, according to figures compiled by the Brookings Institution in Washington.

IRAQ: 136 Titan Corp. Workers Killed Since Iraq War Began
by Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
March 25th, 2005
Titan Corp., The defense contractor that provides translators for U.S. forces under a linguistic services contract with the Army's Intelligence and Security Command has sustained the highest number of casualties of 119 U.S. companies operating in Iraq.

IRAQ: Parsons has had Plenty of Contracts Worldwide, but Nothing Like This
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
March 24th, 2005
It is a lesson learned and relearned in Iraq. The U.S. has awarded billions of dollars' worth of work to American firms in the most ambitious rebuilding project since the Marshall Plan in Europe five decades ago. But nearly two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the U.S. is still struggling to deliver electricity, clean water, healthcare and other services.

IRAQ: Payments Being Witheld on Coaltion-Awarded Contracts
by Andy CritchlowBloomberg News
March 22nd, 2005
Iraq's interim government is refusing to make payments on some contracts with foreign companies because they overcharged or failed to deliver everything they promised, an official said. "It's a problem all ministries are dealing with because of the lack of paperwork provided by the U.S.-led administration on contracts they signed before handing over power in June."

US: Foxes and Henhouses and Government Contracts
by Loren Steffythe Houston Chronicle
March 22nd, 2005
The indictment, unsealed here Thursday, is the first involving Halliburton's much-maligned Iraq contracts.

US: Investigators Urge More Oversight of Halliburton
March 22nd, 2005
"We are recommending that the Secretary of Defense designate a LOGCAP coordinator, who would be responsible for ensuring that the contract is being used both effectively and efficiently," said the Government Accountability Office, Congress's nonpartisan investigative arm.

US: Former Bush Adviser 'Consulting' for Halliburton's Iraq Contractor
by Michael S. GerberThe Washington Examiner
March 22nd, 2005
Joe Allbaugh, the Oklahoman known for his flat-top haircut and loyalty to President Bush, has a new client: Halliburton, the Houston-based company once led by Vice President Cheney. Allbaugh's wife and partner at the Allbaugh Company, Diane Allbaugh, is also listed on the registration, which was filed last week with the Senate Office of Public Records.

US: CIA Uses Jet Owned by Red Sox Partner
by Gordon EdesThe Boston Globe
March 21st, 2005
Phillip H. Morse, a minority partner of the Boston Red Sox, confirmed yesterday that his private jet has been chartered to the CIA and said he was aware that it had been flown to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where more than 500 terrorism suspects are held, as well as other overseas destinations.

New Zealand: Hired Guns Just Need the Right Look
by Bronwyn SellNew Zealand Herald
March 19th, 2005
If it were true that he was a hired mercenary, it was more likely that he was a loose unit. He might have turned up in the restive country of his own accord, or been roped into a murky association in another Third World country. Private military companies would be too concerned about liability and their reputations to employ someone without solid military or police experience.

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