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IRAQ: How Iraq Police Reform Became Casualty of War
by Michael Moss, with David Rohde and Kirk SempleThe New York Times
May 22nd, 2006
So was much of the rest of Iraq. An initial effort by American civilians to rebuild the police, slow to get started and undermanned, had become overwhelmed by corruption, political vengeance and lawlessness unleashed by the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

IRAQ: Misjudgments Marred U.S. Plans for Iraqi Police
by Michael Moss and David RohdeThe New York Times Company
May 21st, 2006
Field training of the Iraqi police, the most critical element of the effort, was left to DynCorp International, a company based in Irving, Tex., that received $750 million in contracts. The advisers, many of them retired officers from small towns, said they arrived in Iraq and quickly found themselves caught between poorly staffed American government agencies, company officials focused on the bottom line and thousands of Iraqi officers clamoring for help.

US: Bush Turns to Big Military Contractors for Border Control
by Eric LiptonThe New York Times
May 18th, 2006
The quick fix may involve sending in the National Guard. But to really patch up the broken border, President Bush is preparing to turn to a familiar administration partner: the nation's giant military contractors.

US: Playing Politics With Federal Contracts
OMB Watch
May 17th, 2006
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Alphonso Jackson suggested at a forum in Dallas that federal contracts would not be awarded to those who have political disagreements with President Bush.

US: Protestors Arrested at Halliburton Annual Meeting
by Shaun SchaferAssociated Press
May 17th, 2006
Sixteen people protesting Halliburton Co.'s role as a military contractor were arrested Wednesday outside a building where shareholders discussed spinning off the subsidiary that provides meals, clean laundry and other services to U.S. troops in Iraq.

US: Boeing to Pay Fine of $615 Million
by Peter PaeThe Los Angeles Times
May 16th, 2006
Boeing Co. has reached a tentative agreement to pay $615 million to end a three-year federal probe into two high-profile Pentagon contracting scandals, the Justice Department said Monday.

IRAQ: Ugandan Guards in Iraq Face Abuse
by Grace
May 10th, 2006
Sources said two Ugandans slipped into a coma due to brutal assaults at the hands of foreign officers at Alasad Airbase after they queried terms of the contract.

KATRINA: Northrop Makes Pitch for Storm Aid
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 10th, 2006
The Northrop Grumman Corporation, the largest builder of warships in the world, was on a charm offensive here Tuesday. Armed with slides and charts, Philip A. Teel, who runs Northrop's shipyards, led a phalanx of executives who laid out their case for another $200 million from Congress to cover losses from Hurricane Katrina.

KATRINA: Trailer deals go to Fluor ally
by James VarneyTimes-Picayune
May 9th, 2006
Through a partnership with a smaller, minority-owned company, a sprawling multinational firm whose federal contract for travel trailers was up for rebidding has landed four new deals that could be worth $400 million, federal records show.

US: CIA Nominee Linked to Bribery Scandal
by Justin RoodTalking Points Memo Muckraker
May 8th, 2006
While director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden contracted the services of a top executive at the company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, according to two former employees of the company.

KATRINA: Complaints put FEMA trailer contracts on hold
by James VarneyNew Orleans Times-Picayune
May 5th, 2006
A batch of lucrative federal travel trailer contracts along the Gulf Coast has been put on hold, and other contracts could be in jeopardy, after three companies that lost a rebidding process lodged formal protests with the Government Accountability Office, according to federal attorneys handling the complaints.

KATRINA: Complaints put FEMA trailer contracts on hold
May 5th, 2006
A batch of lucrative federal travel trailer contracts along the Gulf Coast has been put on hold, and other contracts could be in jeopardy, after three companies that lost a rebidding process lodged formal protests with the Government Accountability Office, according to federal attorneys handling the complaints.

KATRINA: Storm contractors found to clean up in scams
by Larry MargasakAssociated Press
May 5th, 2006
While removing enough debris to cover Britain, contractors working on hurricane recovery have overbilled the government in a $63 billion operation that will get more expensive, according to a House report Thursday.

US: Katherine Harris in Hot Water Over Defense Contractor
Associated Press
May 4th, 2006
A political strategist who left U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record)'s Senate campaign last month said Harris ignored her staff's recommendation to reject a defense contractor's $10 million appropriation request, now being challenged by a congressional watchdog group.

IRAQ: Green Zone Construction Boom
by David SarasohnOregonian
May 3rd, 2006
In Baghdad, the United States is now building a monument to rank with Grand Coulee Dam, the Pentagon, Disney World and the Mall of America. It has elements of all four, plus a 15-foot stone wall and surface-to-air missiles.

US: Red Lights on Capitol Hill
by Ken SliversteinHarpers
May 3rd, 2006
I reported last Thursday that Shirlington Limousine and Transportation, Inc., a firm allegedly used by defense contractor Brent Wilkes to provide prostitutes to ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham, is headed by a man who has a long criminal rap sheet and is also a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was Mitchell Wade, another defense contractor who has acknowledged bribing Cunningham, and who is cooperating with investigators, who reportedly told prosecutors about Shirlington's relationship with Wilkes and the latter's alleged pimping scheme. (Wilkes's attorney denies the charge.)

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch Try One of Their Own Over Links to Liberia
by Marlise SimonsThe New York Times
May 3rd, 2006
Mr. van Kouwenhoven, 63, is also charged with war crimes. He is accused of supplying Mr. Taylor with militia fighters from his lumber companies. He is further charged with violating a United Nations embargo by smuggling weapons into Liberia. His trial, held under a new mix of national and international law, is drawing attention because it is the second time a Dutch court is prosecuting a Dutch businessman for being involved with human rights abuses on another continent.

US: Chief's Pay Is Docked by Raytheon
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 3rd, 2006
Raytheon directors punished the chief executive, William H. Swanson, by taking away almost $1 million from his 2006 compensation yesterday because he failed to give credit for material that was in a management book he wrote.

IRAQ: US Private Guards Kill Baghdad Ambulance Crewman
by Maher NazihReuters
May 2nd, 2006
The incident drew an angry response from Iraqi officials, who often complain private foreign guards kill civilians with impunity

IRAQ: Death is a Price of Blood Money
by Vasemaca RarabiciFiji Times
May 2nd, 2006
In two weeks seven Fijian men serving as security guards in Iraq have died, leaving behind grieving wives and children with no fathers. But these are the risks they are willing to take, especially when you get to earn between $3000 to $6000 a month.

IRAQ: Huge fraud exposed in Iraq contracts
by Ewen MacaskillThe Age
May 2nd, 2006
The report says: "Corruption is another form of insurgency in Iraq. This second insurgency can be defeated only through the development of democratic values and systems, especially the evolution of effective anti-corruption institutions in Iraq."

IRAQ: Blood is Thicker Than Blackwater
by Jeremy ScahillThe Nation
May 1st, 2006
For most people, the gruesome killings of four private security contractors were the first they had ever heard of Blackwater USA, a small, North Carolina-based private security company. Since the Falluja incident, and also because of it, Blackwater has emerged as one of the most successful and profitable security contractors operating in Iraq.

IRAQ: U.S. Pays for 150 Iraqi Clinics, and Manages to Build 20
by James GlanzThe New York Times
April 30th, 2006
A $243 million program led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build 150 health care clinics in Iraq has in some cases produced little more than empty shells of crumbling concrete and shattered bricks cemented together into uneven walls.

IRAQ: Report on Iraq Reconstruction is Mixed
by Liz SidotiAssociated Press
April 30th, 2006
Oil and gas production, which fuels Iraq's fragile economy, has yet to return to levels before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

IRAQ: Evidence of Fraud Found by Iraq Audit
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
April 30th, 2006
A watchdog agency sees poor oversight in a defunct U.S. program to let private firms train Iraqis to guard oil and power infrastructure.

IRAQ: USAID Provides Adviser to Iraq Government on Oil Law
by Benoit FauconMarketWatch
April 28th, 2006
At the request of the U.S. State Department, the agency is providing a petroleum advisor to Iraq from February to June through its contract with BearingPoint, USAID spokesman David Snider told Dow Jones Newswires in an e-mail.

IRAQ: Halliburton's Rebuilding of Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to Happen
by James GlanzThe New York Times
April 25th, 2006
The project's demise would seriously damage the American-led effort to restore Iraq's oil system and enable the country to pay for its own reconstruction.

US: Return passports to Iraq workers
United Press International
April 24th, 2006
The U.S. military in Iraq has demanded that the passports of all employees of contractors and subcontractors serving the military in Iraq be returned to them by May 1.

IRAQ: Commander Says Contractors Violating U.S. Labor Trafficking Laws
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
April 23rd, 2006
Gen. George Casey ordered that contractors be required by May 1 to return passports that have been illegally confiscated from laborers on U.S. bases after determining that such practices violated U.S. laws against trafficking for forced or coerced labor

WORLD: Study Faults US health effort in Iraq, Afghanistan
by Will DunhamReuters
April 20th, 2006
The United States has botched efforts to improve public health in Iraq and Afghanistan, missing a chance to gain support in those countries, an independent report released on Wednesday said.

IRAQ: U.S. Contractor Admits Bribery For Jobs in Iraq
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
April 19th, 2006

US: Attorney Pursues Iraq Contractor Fraud
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
April 19th, 2006
Lawyer uses Civil War-era law to go after frims for corruption, but Bush administration won't help.

US: Halliburton' Internment Camps
by Ruth ConniffThe Progressive
April 18th, 2006
KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary recently reprimanded for gross overcharging in its military contracts in Iraq, won a $385 million contract to build large-scale detention centers in case of an "emergency influx" of immigrants.

IRAQ: Businessman Pleads Guilty in Iraq Scheme
by Mark Sherman Associated Press
April 18th, 2006
With millions of dollars in Iraqi reconstruction contracts to be had, Philip H. Bloom offered up money, cars, premium airline seats, jewelry, alcohol, even sexual favors from women at his villa in Baghdad.

IRAQ: U.S. Contractor Bloom Pleads Guilty
by Robert Schmidtbloomberg
April 18th, 2006
Contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money laundering in connection with a bid-rigging of Iraq reconstruction contracts.

IRAQ: Greased Up for Business
by Marian Wilkinson and David MarrThe Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2006
Iraq's Halfayah oil field was the glittering prize sought in one of the dodgiest deals linked to the wheat board, write .

IRAQ: They Backed the Scam to the Bitter End
by Marian Wilkinson and David Marr.The Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2006
Despite emerging evidence of AWB's kickbacks, the Howard Government continued giving the wheat trader its unconditional support.

IRAQ: US Firms Suspected of Bilking Iraq Funds
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
April 16th, 2006
American contractors swindled hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi funds, but so far there is no way for Iraq's government to recoup the money.

IRAQ: Deceit by the truckload
by David Marr and Marian WilkinsonThe Sydney Morning Herald
April 15th, 2006
It is the greatest international scam in Australia's history: the inside story on the wheat board kickbacks.

KATRINA: Rage renewed as FEMA redoes bids
by James VarneyTimes-Picayune
April 12th, 2006
In a much anticipated rebidding of contracts to service travel trailers in Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency appears poised to dole out more than half the work to out-of-state companies, despite federal assurances that the process would favor local firms, FEMA documents show.

KATRINA: Army Corps overpaid on Katrina classrooms contract
by Kevin McCoyUSA TODAY
April 12th, 2006
The Army Corps of Engineers "could have, but failed to, negotiate a lower price" on a $39.5 million Hurricane Katrina contract for portable classrooms in Mississippi, according to a draft government report.

US: Who's watching the Presidio's gate?
by Julia ReynoldsThe Monterey Herald
April 9th, 2006
Congressional investigators have reported that the Army hired companies that repeatedly botched and even falsified their training records and procedures, and have placed people with criminal records as security guards at U.S. military bases.

US: Contractor sues Pentagon seeking to keep records secret
by Rebecca CarrCox News Service
April 3rd, 2006
An investigation is seeking to determine whether mechanical failures have caused Black Hawk helicopters to crash in Iraq. The quest for information began in 2003 after several Sikorsky employees told him they were worried that defective parts had caused a series of deadly crashes in Iraq that year.

KATRINA: FEMA Vows to Re-Bid Parts of Katrina Jobs
The Associated Press
March 30th, 2006
Portions of four major emergency housing contracts awarded after Hurricane Katrina are being re-bid to smaller, local companies in the Gulf Coast, the chief of the nation's disaster agency says.

KATRINA: FBI investigating Katrina contracts
by Karen Turni BazileNew Orleans Times-Picayune
March 30th, 2006
The FBI has launched a multifaceted investigation into post-Hurricane Katrina spending in St. Bernard Parish, examining several public contracts including a $370 million debris pickup deal that parish officials granted without bids five days after the storm and gave again to the same firm later last year despite receiving lower offers, according to interviews with competitors and a parish official who have been questioned by federal agents.

IRAQ: Documents track Halliburton battle
by David IvanovichHouston Chronicle
March 29th, 2006
Federal auditors castigated Houston-based Halliburton Co. repeatedly for failing to control costs and adequately justify its billings when working to rebuild Iraq's southern oil industry, newly released documents show.

VIETNAM: Agent Orange Victims Gather to Seek Justice
March 28th, 2006
Vietnam War veterans from the United States, South Korea, Australia and Vietnam gathered on Tuesday to call for more help for the victims of the Agent Orange defoliant used by the U.S. military.

US: Halliburton's Performance Worsens under Second Iraqi Oil Contract
by Committee on Government Reform Minority
March 28th, 2006
Today Rep. Waxman released the first analysis of Halliburton's RIO 2 contract to restore Iraq's southern oil fields. The examination of previously undisclosed correspondence, evaluations, and audits reveals that government officials and investigators have harshly criticized Halliburton's performance under RIO 2. The documents disclose an "overwhelmingly negative" performance.

IRAQ: Navy Won't File Charges in Iraq Contractor Fracas
by Griff Witte and Josh WhiteThe Washington Post
March 25th, 2006
Military investigators will not file charges after completing a investigation into an incident in Iraq last May in which a group of Marines alleged they had been fired on by U.S. security contractors.

KATRINA: FEMA breaks promise on Katrina contracts
Associated Press
March 25th, 2006
Officials said they awarded the four contracts last October to speed recovery efforts that might have been slowed by competitive bidding. Some critics, however, suggested they were rewards for politically connected firms.

US: Pentagon Orders Investigation Of Cunningham's MZM Earmark
by Walter Pincus Washington Post
March 24th, 2006
Undersecretary of Defense Stephen A. Cambone ordered an internal study of how funding earmarked in a bill by then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) led to contracts for MZM Inc. to do work for the Pentagon's new agency: the Counterintelligence Field Activity.

KATRINA: House Panel to Review Several Post-Katrina Contracts for Waste and Abuse
Associated Press
March 21st, 2006
A House committee said Monday it would review several post-Katrina hurricane contracts for waste and abuse, citing recent concerns about limited oversight and the haste in which they were awarded.

IRAQ: Increase in Contracting Intelligence Jobs Raises Concerns
by Walter PincusThe Washington Post
March 20th, 2006
By using contract employees for intelligence work, government agencies lose control over those doing this sensitive work and an element of profit is inserted into what is being done. Also, as investigations have revealed, politics and corruption may be introduced into the process.

IRAQ: British Companies Making a Fortune out of Iraq Conflict
by Robert Verkaik The Independent
March 13th, 2006
A total of 61 British companies are identified as benefiting from at least £1.1bn of contracts and investment in the new Iraq. But that figure is just the tip of the iceberg.

IRAQ: The Fatal Divide at the Heart of the Coalition
by Max HastingsThe Telegraph
March 12th, 2006
US security contractors and regular US soldiers who are evangelical Christians," writes John Geddes, the ex-SAS soldier "see themselves in a crusade against the Muslim hordes. In my view, they're not much different to the Iraqi militiamen and foreign fighters who see themselves at the heart of a jihad against the Christian crusaders."

US: Defense Department Reviews Possible Halliburton Overcharges on Katrina Work
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
March 10th, 2006
A review of KBR's bills to the Navy by the Department of Defense's inspector general for work last year restoring damage by Hurricane Ivan suggest Halliburton subsidiary KBR may be charging the Navy too much in labor.

US: Contractor Found Guilty of $3 Million Fraud in Iraq
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
March 10th, 2006
In the first corporate whistle-blower case to emerge from Iraq, a federal jury in Virginia yesterday found a contractor, Custer Battles L.L.C., guilty of defrauding the United States by filing grossly inflated invoices for work in the chaotic year after the Iraqi invasion.

IRAQ: Mystery as Men in Police Uniform Raid Baghdad Firm
by Mariam KarounyReuters
March 8th, 2006
Armed men in police uniform seized dozens of Iraqi private security guards from their firm's compound on Wednesday, police said, but officials contradicted each other over whether they were arrested or kidnapped.

US: Contentious Close in Private Security Contractor Whistleblower Case
by Andrew MigaAssociated Press
March 7th, 2006

US: Private Security Cofounder Denies Bilking Government
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
March 7th, 2006
Cofounder Scott Custer says the company, which is facing war-profiteering charges, performed well under dangerous and "extremely difficult" conditions in Iraq.

US: Bechtel Contractor Based in Dubai Gets Lucrative U.S. Security Contracts
by John Byrne and Ron BrynaertThe Raw Story
March 6th, 2006
The revelation that a Dubai-based firm provides security consulting for myriad U.S. operations at home and abroad shows the increasing tendency of the U.S. government to privatize security efforts.

US: Arms Dealers Fight for Sales in Asia
by Peter PaeThe Los Angeles Times
March 6th, 2006
With Pentagon buying likely to slow, firms show off hardware in Singapore.

US: Fighting War Profiteering, Truman-Style
by Sarah AndersonAlternet
March 6th, 2006
If Rumsfeld hopes to bask in Truman's aura as a military leader, he'd do well to take a stand against the rampant corruption that is occurring on his watch.

US: Congressman Gets Prison for Contractor Bribes
by Tony PerryThe Los Angeles Times
March 5th, 2006
US Congressman 'Duke' Cunningham sentenced to 8 years, 4 months Former congressman took millions in bribes.

US: Accountant Testifies for Custer Battles
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
March 4th, 2006
Kevin Carter, a Warwick accountant, says he reconciled most of the $12.8 million spent by the company that now stands accused of war profiteering.

US: Sometimes, Government is the Answer
by Moshe AdlerThe Los Angeles Times
March 4th, 2006
Thanks to Halliburton, U.S. taxpayers are getting an expensive lesson in the costs of private contractors.

US: Democrats Want Tougher Government Contracting Terms
March 2nd, 2006
Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, a co-sponsor of the new bill, said the legislation would set new standards to "restore integrity to a federal contracting process that has too often been operated in a manner that neither ensures confidence nor that taxpayers get a fair return for what they have paid."

UK: UK attacked for Uganda arms deal
by Karen AllenBBC News
March 1st, 2006
The UK has failed to act on promises to plug loopholes that allow the sale of arms to countries with poor human rights records, aid agency Oxfam says. It says that military vehicles were sold to Uganda by a South African subsidiary of the UK firm BAE Systems.

US: Being Timely Was Key to Halliburton Bonuses
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
February 28th, 2006
Houston's Halliburton Co. earned nearly $100 million from its controversial no-bid contract to repair Iraq's oilfields and import fuel into that violence-torn country, Pentagon records show.

IRAQ: US Army to Pay Halliburton Unit Most Disputed Costs
by By James GlanzThe New York Times
February 27th, 2006
Even though the Pentagon auditors identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially unjustified, the Army has decided to reimburse Halliburton for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq.

IRAQ: Baghdad bid may leave AWB in cold
by Steve Lewis and Cath HartThe Australian
February 24th, 2006

US: Defense Contractor Admits to Bribes
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
February 24th, 2006
A defense contractor admitted Friday he paid a California congressman more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for millions more in government contracts in a scandal that prosecutors say reached into the Defense Department.

UAE: UAE, Jolted by Port Deal, Is Key Western Arms Buyer
by Thalif DeenInter Press Service
February 23rd, 2006
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the centre of a growing controversy over its proposed management of U.S. port terminals, is one of the world's most prolific arms buyers and a multi-billion-dollar military market both for the United States and Western Europe.

IRAQ: Baghdad's Green Zone Rents Now Match Mayfair
by Colin FreemanThe Telegraph
February 19th, 2006
They look like just another rundown Iraqi neighbourhood, but a row of houses in Baghdad's Green Zone are the ultimate proof of the maxim: "location, location, location."

US: Iraq Propaganda Effort a Mistake, Rumsfeld Says
by Mark MazzettiThe Los Angeles Times
February 18th, 2006
The Defense secretary says he ordered the planting of articles to stop after learning of it, although others have said the effort continues.

US: Judge Rules Iraq Security Contractor Disobeyed Court Order
by Brendan Kirby
February 18th, 2006
Firm principals, facing another case in Virginia, ordered to appear in Mobile for deposition.

US: Feds Seek 10 Years for Former Congressman on Bribe Charges
by Onell R. SotoSan Diego Union-Tribune
February 18th, 2006
Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham to the maximum 10 years in prison for putting “a 'for sale' sign upon our nation's capital” and taking more than $2.4 million in bribes.

US: Witness Faults Custer Battles Billing Practices
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 17th, 2006
Hugh B. Tant III, a retired general, testifies in a whistleblower trial against the Rhode Island-based company that an invoice seeking a $3.7-million profit for work in Iraq "appeared to be fraud."

IRAQ: Australian Wheat Mission About Repairing Relations
ABC Rural
February 17th, 2006
Trade Minister Mark Vaile will lead the trip with AWB boss Brendan Stewart, despite news overnight that the Iraqi Grains Board will stick to its decision to suspend trade with AWB.

IRAQ: Wheat Executives 'Helped Key Iraq Official'
by Robin
February 17th, 2006
Australian executives used their positions as government-appointed advisers in Iraq to ensure the post-war survival of one of dictator Saddam Hussein's top trade officials.

IRAQ: Corrupt Iraqi Boss Promoted to Top Post in Australian Wheat Deal Lure
by Marian WilkinsonThe Sydney Morning Herald
February 17th, 2006
Autralian attempts to secure postwar contracts were part of Operation Hunta, and involved Autralian Wheat Board managers and AWB officials seconded to the occupation government in Iraq.

US: Witness Faults Billing Custer Battles Billing
by  John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 17th, 2006
Hugh B. Tant III, a retired general, testifies in a whistleblower trial against the Rhode Island-based company that an invoice seeking a $3.7-million profit for work in Iraq "appeared to be fraud."

IRAQ: Bribes Offered in Australian Wheat Lobbying Drive
by Marian Wilkinson and Cynthia BanhamThe Sydney Morning Herald
February 16th, 2006
An Australian government appointee to the US-led occupation government in Iraq attended a secret meeting with a businessman who had offered to bribe "influential people" in the new regime to secure wheat contracts.

IRAQ: A Permanent Basis for Staying
by  Tom Engelhardt Tomdispatch
February 16th, 2006
Nothing could be more concrete - though less generally discussed in our media - than the set of enormous bases the Pentagon has been building in Iraq. Quite literally, multibillions of dollars have gone into them.

US: Firm's Clients Benefiting from Contracts
by Matt KelleyUSA Today
February 15th, 2006
Republican Sen. Arlen Specter directed millions of dollars to companies represented by a lobbying firm headed by the husband of a top Specter aide.

IRAQ: Australian Corruption And 20,000 Iraqi Infant Deaths
by Dr Gideon
February 15th, 2006

IRAQ: Australia May Be Forced to Suspend Wheat Monopoly
by Owen BrownDow Jones Newswires
February 15th, 2006
Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, who defended the AWB's monopoly during a World Trade Organization gathering of trade ministers in Hong Kong in December, has attempted to separate the wheat exporter's privileged sales position from the ongoing inquiry into its business dealings with the former Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.

US: Quick Rise for Purveyors of Propaganda in Iraq
by David S. CloudThe New York Times
February 15th, 2006
Mr. Bailey, a boyish-looking Briton, and Mr. Craig, a chain-smoking former Marine sergeant, then began winning multimillion-dollar contracts with the United States military to produce propaganda in Iraq.

US: Day in Court for Custer Battles
by Pauline Jelinek Associated Press
February 15th, 2006
Whistleblowers Robert Isakson and William Baldwin are suing their former employer, Custer Battles, accusing company officials of defrauding the U.S. government of about $50 million while doing security work in Iraq.

US: Security Company on Trial for Fraud
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 15th, 2006
Defense contractor Custer Battles is accused in a whistleblower suit of war profiteering.

IRAQ: BHP's '$US100m Loan' for Saddam
by Dan Silkstone,The Age
February 14th, 2006
BHP executives planned a $US100 million loan to Saddam Hussein's regime in a bid to curry favour and gain rights to explore a massive Iraqi oil field, the Cole inquiry was told.

IRAQ: Billions Wasted
by Steve
February 12th, 2006
Billions of dollars are unaccounted for, and there are widespread allegations of waste, fraud and war profiteering.

IRAQ: War’s Virtues May Be Debatable. The Profits Aren’t.
by Hubert B. HerringThe New York Times
February 12th, 2006
Some indisputable winners are clear now: military contractors.

IRAQ: Abu Ghraib Whistleblower Can't Find Job
by David
February 10th, 2006
Torin Nelson was a civilian interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He was not implicated in any of the abuses, but his name has been linked to the scandal, and he has been unable to hold a job as an interrogator ever since.

IRAQ: US State Department Contractors Kill Two Civilians
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
February 9th, 2006
Gunmen in a convoy of three dark-colored GMC sport-utility vehicles opened fire on a taxi north of downtown Kirkuk, killing two men.

US: The Secret World of Stephen Cambone: Rumsfeld's Enforcer
by Jeffrey St. ClairCounterPunch
February 7th, 2006
A Republican staffer on the Senate foreign relations Committee tells CounterPunch the little-known Cambone, who like so many others on the Bush war team skillfully avoided military service, has quietly become one of the most powerful men in the Pentagon, rivaling even Paul Wolfowitz.

INDONESIA: Indonesia to change security pay rules
by Shawn DonnanThe Financial Times
February 7th, 2006
Indonesia plans to revise guidelines governing the relationship between its military and foreign companies for which its soldiers provide security in conflict areas, the country’s defence minister said yesterday.

US: Defense Industry Frets about High Iraq Spending
by Bill RigbyReuters
February 6th, 2006

IRAQ: Dog of War Builds 62m Business
by Tracey BolesThe Sunday Times
February 5th, 2006
Tim Spicer makes fortune from Pentagon deal.

IRAQ: Dog of War Builds £62m Business
by Tracey BolesThe Sunday Times
February 5th, 2006
Tim Spicer makes fortune from Pentagon security deal.

US: Former Official in Iraq to Plead Guilty to Contract Fraud
by James GlanzThe New York Times
February 1st, 2006
Court papers depict a sordid exercise in greed and corruption that was spread much more widely that previously known.

US: Official to Plead Guilty in Iraq Contract Scheme
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
February 1st, 2006
Robert J. Stein Jr., a former contracting official for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, acknowledged his role in the conspiracy in a signed statement that has been filed with the court.

IRAQ: Sierra Leoneans Complain Work Too Hard, Some With Fake Certificates
by Sahr Musa
January 30th, 2006
Reports say many went with fake certificates while others complain the work was too hard so they could not fit in the work plan of the company that took them to Iraq.

US: Minority Stake in Halliburton's KBR Will Be Sold
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
January 28th, 2006

IRAQ: Seized Money Found Squandered by Coalition
Associated Press
January 28th, 2006
"Tens of millions of dollars in cash had gone in and out of the South-Central Region vault without any tracking of who deposited or withdrew the money, and why it was taken out," says a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, which is in the midst of a series of audits for the Pentagon and State Department.

IRAQ: Corruption, Missing Millions and Two Dead Contractors
by Deborah HastingsAssociated Press
January 28th, 2006
After securing contracts with the Iraqi government potentially worth hundreds of millions, someone killed Dale Stoffel.

IRAQ: Rebuilding Found to Fall Short
by James GlanzThe New York Times
January 27th, 2006
The American-financed reconstruction program in Iraq will not complete scores of promised projects to help rebuild the country, a federal oversight agency reported.

KATRINA: Louisiana Tires of Its Rogues
by Miguel BustilloLos Angeles Times
January 27th, 2006
Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), who sits on the pivotal appropriations committee which oversees all major spending bills, compared fraud in Louisiana to fraud in Iraq.

US: Halliburton's 2005 profit 'Best in our 86-year history'
by Lynn J. CookThe Houston Chronicle
January 26th, 2006
After three years of losing money, Halliburton reported a hefty profit for 2005 and announced that all six of its divisions posted record results.

IRAQ: Audit Describes Misuse of Funds in Iraq Projects
by James GlanzThe New York Times
January 25th, 2006
A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt hospital elevator that had been improperly certified as safe.

IRAQ: Cronyism and Kickbacks
by Ed HarrimanLondon Review of Books
January 25th, 2006
Auditors who have discovered Iraq’s deepening financial crisis have been ignored. They asked the US ambassador and the US military commander in Iraq for their views. Neither replied. The US State Department was to submit estimates of how much it will cost to complete all American-funded projects in Iraq to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Office won’t discuss the matter. Earlier this month, Brigadier-General William McCoy told reporters: ‘The US never intended to completely rebuild Iraq . . . This was just supposed to be a jump-start.’

US: Whistleblower suspended by Pentagon oversight committee
The Raw Story
January 24th, 2006
A senior fraud investigator for the Pentagon who has crusaded against military contractor overcharges for seven years has been suspended for "insubordination," according to an article written by Eric Rosenberg for the Hearst News Service, RAW STORY has learned.

UN: Probe of Peacekeeping Fraud and Contracts Abuse
by Thalif DeenInter Press Service
January 24th, 2006
The abuses relate mostly to U.N. supplies and services -- both in the department of management and the department of peacekeeping operations.

US: $20 Ice Trays Rile Whistleblower But not Pentagon
by Steh BorensteinKRT NEWS SERVICE
January 24th, 2006
Defense Department fraud-hunters dismiss data from retired officer about inflated prices.

UN: Waste and Fraud Found in Peacekeeping Work
by Colum LynchThe Washington Post
January 24th, 2006
Eight Procurement Officials Suspended

IRAQ: Rebuilding Effort Badly Hobbled, Report Says
by James GlanzThe New York Times
January 24th, 2006
The first official history of the $25 billion American reconstruction effort in Iraq depicts a program hobbled from the outset by gross understaffing, a lack of technical expertise, bureaucratic infighting, secrecy and constantly increasing security costs, according to a preliminary draft.

IRAQ: Halliburton Gave Troops Foul Water, Workers Say
January 23rd, 2006
A Halliburton Co. subsidiary provided water to U.S. troops at a camp in Iraq that was twice as contaminated as water from the Euphrates River, former employees of the company said on Monday.

KATRINA: FBI uncovers fraud, creates hurricane task force to probe corruption
Associated Press
January 23rd, 2006

KATRINA: FBI uncovers fraud, creates hurricane task force to probe corruption
Associated Press
January 23rd, 2006
Federal dollars are rolling into the Gulf Coast for hurricane recovery -- and the FBI is finding some fraud, on the part of public officials.

IRAQ: All is Not Quiet on the Military Supply Front
by Timothy O'BrienThe New York Times
January 22nd, 2006
In the world of military contractors, times like these - when a sudden, pressing need intersects with a limited number of suppliers - have all the makings of full-blown financial windfalls.

KATRINA: Government overpaid $32 million for Katrina evacuation contract
by Leslie MillerBoston Globe
January 20th, 2006
A bill for busing evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was $32 million more than it should have been, and the government paid it without question, the Transportation Department inspector general said Friday.

KATRINA: CH2M Hill Gets Another Clean-up Contract
by Gordon Russell and James VarneyThe Times-Picayune
January 20th, 2006
CH2M Hill, a national company based in Denver, landed the deal for the collection and disposal of about 30,000 damaged and abandoned cars, trucks, buses and boats littering public streets and rights of way.

INDIA: Recruitment of Workers or Human Trafficking?
by Rajmeet SinghThe Tribune (India)
January 19th, 2006
The lid on the recent "drivers recruitment" scam in Chandigarh by a Delhi-based recruiting agent allegedly for the banned Kuwati Transport company, KGL Ltd, has finally blown off.

KATRINA: DOT Audit Probes Katrina Evacuation Fiasco
by Tim SharrockReconstruction Watch
January 19th, 2006
The fed is looking into contracts for evacuation of New Orleans awarded to the FAA and a transportation company with ties to Bush. Did the agency and the company do anything at all post-Katrina?

US: State Department Probes Claims that Army Contractors Engage in Human Trafficking
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
January 19th, 2006
The State Department office charged with monitoring human trafficking is investigating alleged abuses of workers who are part of an undocumented pipeline used to deliver thousands of Asians to labor on U.S. military bases in Iraq.

SOUTH AFRICA: Shaik asset seizure in SA court
BBC News
January 19th, 2006
Mr Shaik was found guilty of receiving money from the French arms company, Thomson-CSF, to facilitate a deal worth more than $4bn.

LIBERIA: Can Africa's first woman president get Liberia back on track?
by Emira WoodsChristian Science Monitor
January 17th, 2006
Now that Liberia is struggling to transition to peace and democracy, the US government cannot turn its back on this resource-rich, yet fragile country.

IRAQ: Some Rebuilding Funds Go Untraced
by Scott J. PaltrowThe Wall Street Journal
January 17th, 2006
Investigators Have Yet to Pursue U.S. Contracting Money That May Be Missing

WORLD: Security Firms Try To Evolve Beyond The Battlefield
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
January 17th, 2006
The industry grew rapidly when the government and corporations paid hundreds of millions of dollars for armed guards after Sept. 11, 2001, and the invasion of Iraq. Now many industry insiders reason that demand for private security in Iraq will begin to decline, and they want to expand beyond just toting guns.

The Incredible Shrinking Company
by Christopher Moraff Dollars and Sense
January 15th, 2006
Between 2002 and 2005, St. Augustine, Fla., exercise equipment vendor Raul Espinosa watched mystified as, one after another, a series of Air Force contracts he had placed bids on were given to other companies. Of the 14 bids that Espinosa has documented, his company, FitNet International, did not win one. To his surprise, Espinosa learned that some of the competitors he was losing contracts to had never even bothered to bid on them.

US: Class-action case sought over Katrina oil spill
by Ellen WulfhorstReuters
January 13th, 2006
Attorneys argued in federal court on Thursday over whether homeowners whose property fell victim to an oil spill from Hurricane Katrina can band together and sue Murphy Oil Corp in a class-action lawsuit.

US: 600 People Monitoring Hurricane Contracts
by Charles R. BabcockWashington Post
January 13th, 2006
The federal government has sent nearly 600 auditors and investigators to the Gulf Coast region to monitor $8.3 billion in contracts awarded to help victims of last year's hurricanes, according to year-end figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.

US: Fed Contract Website Found Insecure
by John MarkoffThe New York Times
January 13th, 2006
The General Services Administration has shut a Web site for government contractors after a computer industry consultant reported that he was able to view and modify corporate and financial information submitted by vendors.

US: Katrina Contract Payments May Be Limited
by Lara Jakes JordanAssociated Press
January 12th, 2006
In one instance, investigators found that mathematical errors contributed to $3 million in overbilling by a private contractor providing food and lodging at base camps across Louisiana.

US: Army May End Lockheed Spy Plane Contract
Associated Press
January 12th, 2006
The Army is expected to cancel a Lockheed Martin Corp. contract to build a new spy plane, according to industry and Pentagon officials, despite efforts by the defense contractor to solve problems that include lightening the plane's weight.

KATRINA: Tiers of Subcontractors Bleed Off Reconstruction Money
by Gordon Russell and James VarneyNewhouse News Service
January 9th, 2006
The blue-tarp roof, a symbol of hurricane damage in south Louisiana and Mississippi as recognizable as curbside debris, may wind up as a post-Katrina emblem of government waste reminiscent of the Pentagon's fabled $435 hammers and $640 toilet seats.

US: Economists Say Cost of Iraq War Could Top $2 Trillion
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
January 8th, 2006
Tally exceeds White House projections.

IRAQ: Punjab Youths Hoodwinked to Serve US Army in Iraq
by Ajay BharadwajDNA India
January 7th, 2006
Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Punjab. However, it is the landing of young aspirants in Iraq that has started raising hackles.

IRAQ: Unscrupulous Travel Agents Push Punjab Youths to Iraq Jobs
January 7th, 2006
One claimed a travel agent sent him to Kuwait from where he was forced to go to Iraq. He was held captive in Iraq and forced to work for several hours every day for a pittance.

US: Boeing-Lockheed Granted Monopoly
by Andy Pasztor and Jonathan KarpWall Street Journal
January 7th, 2006
The Pentagon has given preliminary approval to a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. for military-rocket launches, endorsing a rare monopoly that could set a precedent for defense contractors facing slower military spending, said industry and government officials.

US: Pentagon Foot-dragging on Contractor's Labor Trafficking
by EditorialMacon Telegraph
January 4th, 2006
Privatizing many military support operations in combat zones may have yielded savings in reduced overhead. But human trafficking practiced by some foreign subcontractors - involving forced prostitution and forced labor - has tarnished our reputation.

US: Katrina Oil Spill Clouds Future Of Battered Suburb
by Betsy McKayWall Street Journal
January 3rd, 2006
When the levees that protected Chalmette gave way to Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, about 1,800 homes were inundated with floodwaters carrying nearly 1.1 million gallons of oil from a nearby refinery.

US: Laws for Gov't Contractors under Human Trafficking Spotlight
by Francis HelgueroThe Christian Post
January 2nd, 2006
A human trafficking bill seen as a tougher upgrade to current laws is set to be signed into law by President Bush. However, concerns are being raised about enforcement of 2003 trafficking laws applying to U.S. government overseas contractors.

IRAQ: Pentagon Paid Sunni Clerics To Aid Propaganda Effort
by David S. Cloud and Jeff GerthThe New York Times
January 2nd, 2006
A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.

UN: Advisory Board Press Conference for Iraq Development Fund
UN Press Centre
December 28th, 2005
The Board had consistently raised concerns about inadequate controls over Iraqi oil and other aspects of IDF’s operation.

UN: US Urged to ‘Seek Resolution’ with Iraq over Halliburton Oil Contract
UN News Centre
December 28th, 2005
Given the “significant” sum involved, the length of the audit process and the fact that $1.2 billion has been spent on the contract, the International Advisory and Monitoring Board called on Washington to “seek resolution” with the Iraqi Government on the possible improper use of resources.

US: Four Major Katrina Recovery Deals Planned
by Gordon RussellThe Times-Picayune
December 28th, 2005
Nearly four months after the storm flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and left more than 30,000 ruined vehicles in public rights of way, Mayor Ray Nagin is poised to award a large contract to a private company that will oversee the collection and disposal of the wreckage, city officials said.

US: Pentagon Stalls on Banning Contractors from Using Forced Labor
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
December 27th, 2005
A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away.

US: Lawsuit Could Dent Global War-Contractor Boom
by Bernd DebusmannReuters
December 22nd, 2005
Military experts say the lawsuit highlights legal gray zones, a lack of regulation and little oversight of a booming global industry.

UK: Britain in $70 Billion Jet Deal With Saudi Arabia
Agence France Presse
December 21st, 2005
Britain is to supply Saudi Arabia with Typhoon jets in a massive deal reported to be worth up to 70 billion dollars, that primarily benefits British company BAE Systems, the Ministry of Defence said.

US: New licenses for RV sales halted in Louisiana
by Melinda DeSlatteAssociated Press
December 20th, 2005
Hoping to protect Louisiana businesses and stem an onslaught of out-of-state trailer salesmen setting up shop after the hurricanes, a state panel on Tuesday halted the issuance of new licenses for people to sell motor homes and travel trailers.

US: Lockheed Wins $869 Mln US Navy Missile Contract
December 20th, 2005
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. an $869 million contract to fund continued production of Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles in fiscal year 2006.

US: Security for Sale
by Sarah PosnerThe American Prospect
December 20th, 2005
Less than three years after Sept. 11, the brief but uninspiring history of DHS proves how little has actually changed in Washington, where the institutional cultivation of influence peddling, cronyism, and waste continues to thrive unimpeded.

IRAQ: Jobs Lure Lands 80 Nepalis in Soup
December 19th, 2005
Since Nepal has banned the hire of Nepali workers in Iraq and any other country going through war or civil unrest, the unscrupulous agencies tried to smuggle the men in through India and Kuwait.

IRAQ: Second Army Reserve officer arrested in contract bribe conspiracy
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
December 15th, 2005
An Army Reserve lieutenant colonel was arrested Thursday on charges she was part of a conspiracy to steer Iraqi reconstruction contracts to a businessman in exchange for money and gifts, including a Cadillac SUV.

IRAQ: US Army officer Charged in Iraq Fraud Scam
December 15th, 2005
The U.S. Justice Department said Army Reserve Lt. Col. Debra Harrison, 47, who served with the Coalition Provisional Authority, was arrested on charges involving bribery, money laundering and fraud.

IRAQ: Private Security Guard Sues after Reporting Claims of 'Unprofessional Conduct'
by By John AccolaRocky Mountain News
December 15th, 2005
The lawsuit alleges a bungled cover-up, in which MVM guards fabricated a horrific shootout with roadside snipers and later bragged about killing three enemy soldiers.

US: Panel rejects subpoenas of White House Katrina documents
Associated Press
December 14th, 2005
The Republican chairman of a special House panel investigating the government's response to Hurricane Katrina decided Wednesday to reject, at least for now, a proposal to subpoena the White House for documents detailing internal communications before and after the storm hit on August 29.

US: Biloxi Axes Corps, Ashbritt
December 14th, 2005
Jackson County supervisors disappointed in Army Corps and Ashbritt, who have hardly done any cleanup in and around Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula since Katrina.

US: Britons Named in US 'Good News' Furor
by David PallisterThe Guardian
December 14th, 2005
Ex-military intelligence man central to Pentagon covert plan to pay for pro-American articles in Iraqi newspapers.

US: Pentagon Rolls Out Stealth Public Relations
by Matt KelleyUSA TODAY
December 14th, 2005
$300-million effort aims to spread pro-U.S. messages in foreign media.

US: U.S. Arranges 'Pre-Deployment' Training for Haiti-Bound Private Police
by Stephen PeacockNarcoNews
December 13th, 2005
The U.S. State Dept. is reaching out to independent contractors to train other private contractors who will be deployed as “civilian police” -- hired guns for so-called peacekeeping missions taking place in Haiti and other geopolitical hotspots. The senior adviser selected for the task “must oversee pre-deployment training currently being conducted” by Dyncorp International, Civilian Police International and Pacific Architects and Engineers/Homeland Security Corporation, according a recently released procurement document.

PHILIPPINES: Pinoy Workers' Attempt to Go to Iraq Thwarted
Sun-Star Manila
December 13th, 2005
Eighty-eight Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) bound for Iraq were prevented from leaving Dubai over the weekend for "allegedly having no valid working permits."

US: Disaster reveals cracks in procurement process
by Joseph J. PetrilloGovernment Computer News
December 12th, 2005
The federal response to Hurricane Katrina was a fiasco and, unfortunately, procurement was part of the problem. As time goes on, more and more contracting issues come to light.

US: Pentagon's Use and Performance of Rendon Media Firm Scrutinized
by Kim Barker and Stephen J. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
December 12th, 2005
Advocates say Rendon helps fight propaganda from Islamic fundamentalists. Critics say the Pentagon's use of media firms such as Rendon blurs the line between public relations and propaganda.

IRAQ: Pentagon's Information Campaign under Fire
by Stephen j. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
December 11th, 2005
On Capitol Hill inquiries have been launched into everything from the Pentagon's use of prewar intelligence to bolster the case for the war to the Defense Department's reliance on public relations firms to shape the images and messages of war.

IRAQ: US Ruling to Usher More Private Contractors into Iraq
by Ben HammerWashington Business Journal
December 11th, 2005
The Pentagon expects to increasingly rely on contractors to advise Iraqi officials and train Iraqi security forces as U.S. troops are drawn down.

IRAQ: Aussie Companies Snare $1.9 Billion in Contracts
by Richard BakerThe Age
December 10th, 2005
Austrade is refusing to release the identity of all Australian companies with reconstruction work, claiming many want details kept secret for security reasons. But last year, the Federal Government was more willing to reveal the identities of the companies.

IRAQ: Australia Challenged US over $20 Billion in War Spoils
by  Richard BakerThe Age
December 10th, 2005
"Is it putting the cash to the best use for the people of Iraq? Or is it still rewarding US companies with lucrative contracts?"

IRAQ: How Iraq's Future Went Up in Smoke
by Richard BakerThe Age
December 10th, 2005
As the handover deadline approached, the US officials on the board had gone on a spending spree, directing billions from the Development Fund for Iraq to projects that were in many cases poorly planned or had already received substantial US taxpayer funding commitments.

IRAQ: U.S. Military Probing Video Of Road Violence
by Jonathan Finer and Ellen Knickmeyerthe Washington Post
December 9th, 2005
British Contractors Appear To Shoot at Iraqi Civilians

IRAQ: Investigators Expect More Arrests Over Reconstruction Funds
by James Gordon MeekNew York Daily News
December 8th, 2005
Recent criminal charges for ripping off Iraq reconstruction funds have led to fresh tips from potential whistleblowers.

IRAQ: Private Security Gunman May be from South Africa
by Jani Meyer Sunday Tribune
December 4th, 2005
A South African employed by a private security company in Iraq has allegedly been involved in the random shooting of civilians in the war-ravaged country.

US: Defense Contractor 'Knew How to Grease the Wheels'
by By Dean Calbreath and Jerry KammerSan Diego Union-Tribune
December 4th, 2005
ADCS founder spent years cultivating political contacts.

IRAQ: Philippines Efforts to Bring Home Workers from Iraq Unsuccessful
The Daily Tribune
December 4th, 2005

IRAQ: Private Security Guards Operate With Little Supervision
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
December 4th, 2005
Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures.

IRAQ: RTI Leads Cleanup Effort
by Liz HesterHerald-Sun
December 3rd, 2005

US: The Biggest Bucks on the Planet Go to Defense Industry CEOs
by  Kyra GottesmanOroville Mercury-Register
December 3rd, 2005
While the rest of us are just trying to follow troop movements, these guys, to coin a phrase from the film All the President's Men,' follow the money.'

IRAQ: US Army Reservist Faces Graft Charges
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
December 2nd, 2005
Probe examines reconstruction deals.

US: Stench of sleaze Rises from Congress
by EditorialThe DesMoines Register
December 2nd, 2005
It takes two to commit bribery — the person who takes the bribe and the person who gives it. Justice demands the next prosecution be of the defense contractors who kept the San Diego-area congressman supplied with an eye-popping flow of cash, luxury cars, yachts and other amenities.

US: Road to Riches ... or Ruin?
by Andrew StelzerIn These Times
December 1st, 2005
Army recuitment may be down, but economic hardship keeps the troops of Halliburton at high levels.

US: Fewer Auditors, Pentagon Secrecy Hinder Oversight
by David WoodNewhouse News Service
November 30th, 2005
Could a defense company stuff a Pentagon contract with enough overhead to hide bribes to a congressman? Easy enough, say veteran Washington insiders.

US: Rep. Randy Cunningham’s Corruption Put Troops at Risk
by George E. Condon Jr.Copley News Service
November 30th, 2005
Cunningham betrayed his friends, his constituents, his colleagues and, certainly most important, the U.S. combat troops he so loudly championed. By steering contracts vital to the Iraq war effort to cronies, he risked putting those troops in greater peril as long as it meant money for him.

US: Defense Contractor Spends Big on Key Lawmakers
by Matt Kelley and Jim Drinkard,USA Today
November 30th, 2005
Brent Wilkes, the founder of defense contractor ADCS Inc., gave more than $840,000 in contributions to 32 House members or candidates, campaign-finance records show. He flew Republican lawmakers on his private jet and hired lobbyists with close ties to those lawmakers.

US: The Booming Business for Psy/Ops
by Jason VestGovernment Executive
November 30th, 2005
No one is sure how well psychological operations have worked in Afghanistan or Iraq, but that's not stopping efforts to step them up, using contractors to do it.

US: The Hazy Story of the Lincoln Group
by Jason VestGovernment Executive
November 30th, 2005
At the December 2004 Destination Baghdad Expo in Iraq, Iraqex listed itself as Iraq-based, but provided only its Washington telephone and address. Then, in March 2005, it changed its name yet again, to Lincoln Group, a communications and PR firm "providing insight and influence in challenging and hostile environments." And on June 11, along with SYColeman and Science Applications International Corp., Lincoln Group got its JPSE contract.

U.S. Military Covertly Pays Company to Place Stories in Iraqi Press
by Mark Mazzetti and Borzou DaragahiThe Los Angeles Times
November 30th, 2005
Designed to mask any connection with the US military, The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group's Iraqi staff or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.

IRAQ: U.S. Auditors Homed in on Hillah Contracts
by Rowan ScarboroughThe Washington Times
November 28th, 2005
The United Nations released the money to the CPA in 2003. Planeloads of plastic-wrapped hundred-dollar bills began arriving in Iraq via C-17 cargo jets. The Development Fund for Iraq had landed with ery few strings attached.

US: Congressmen Took Bribes to Steer Defense Contracts to Conspirators
by Chris CillizzaThe Washington Post
November 28th, 2005
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) pleaded guilty today to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion. Shortly after entering his plea, Cunningham announced that he is immediately resigning his seat. His resignation comes after he admitted "he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators."

IRAQ: Video Exposes Private Security Convoys Shooting Iraqi drivers
by Sean Raymentnews.telegraph
November 27th, 2005
A 'trophy' video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

IRAQ: Iraq Kurds Say They Were Shortchanged on Massive U.S. Cash Drop
by Richard C. Paddock and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
November 21st, 2005
An Iraqi Kurd who served on the U.S.-appointed Governing Council said that airlifting $1.4 billion in cash to Irbil was an attempt to win the silence of Kurdish leaders after the Coalition Provisional Authority had squandered the rest of the money.

US: Military Vests Recalled
by James BernsteinNewsday
November 20th, 2005
Army, Marines claim thousands more protective body armor vests made by Point Blank Body Armor Inc., failed to pass ballistic tests.

AFGHANISTAN: A Rebuilding Plan Full of Cracks
by Joe Stephens and David B. OttawayThe Washington Post
November 20th, 2005
At the outset, the Louis Berger Group Inc., failed to provide adequate oversight and USAID officials were unable to identify the location projects in the field. Officials at contracting companies and nonprofit groups complain that they were directed to build at sites that turned out to be sheer mountain slopes, a dry riverbed and even a graveyard.

US: Halliburton Contract May be Probed
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
November 19th, 2005
The allegations mainly involve the Army's secret, noncompetitive awarding in 2003 of a multibillion-dollar contract for oilfield repairs in Iraq to Halliburton.

US: Halliburton Allegations Sent to Justice Department, Senator Says
by Craig TorresBloomberg
November 19th, 2005
A former contracting officer's "allegations about wrongdoing" in connection with Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown and Root unit were referred "for further criminal investigation," said North Dakota Democrat, Byron Dorgan.

US: The Man Who Sold the War
by James BamfordRolling Stone
November 19th, 2005
John Rendon is a man who fills a need that few people even know exists. The Pentagon secretly awarded him a $16 million contract to target Iraq and other adversaries with propaganda. He is a leader in the strategic field known as "perception management," manipulating information -- and, by extension, the news media.

KUWAIT: Suspect of Halliburton Contract Fraud Escapes Extradition
by Ann McGlynnQuad-City Times
November 19th, 2005
Kuwaiti man remains at large on charges of fraud and bribery involving a Halliburton fuel contract for US military.

US: Ex-Halliburton Iraq Worker Gets 15-Month Jail Sentence
by Matt DailyReuters
November 18th, 2005
A former Halliburton Co. worker was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Illinois to taking more than $110,000 in kickbacks from an Iraqi company in 2004.

US: Justice Department to Examine Halliburton Subsidiary
November 18th, 2005
Whistleblower's Iraq claims to be investigated

IRAQ: Ex-Halliburton Worker Found Guilty on Kickbacks
by Matt DailyReuters
November 18th, 2005
A former Halliburton worker has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Illinois to taking more than $110,000 in kickbacks from an Iraqi company in 2004.

US: Parish Official Charged in Louisiana Storm Case
by Leslie eatonThe New York Times
November 18th, 2005
In the first corruption arrest stemming from the federal money flooding into Louisiana for hurricane cleanup, federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a parish official with taking kickbacks to arrange a debris-removal contract.

IRAQ: Ex-Convict Charged with Taking Bribes Worked for Coalition Provisional Authority
by James GlanzThe New York Times
November 18th, 2005
A North Carolina man who was charged yesterday with accepting kickbacks and bribes as a comptroller and financial officer for the American occupation authority in Iraq was hired despite having served prison time for felony fraud in the 1990's.

IRAQ: Pair Accused of Contract Fraud with US-Controlled Iraqi Assets
by Charles R. Babcock and Renae MerleThe Washington Post
November 18th, 2005
According to affidavits filed by government investigators, the two men allegedly conspired, starting in late 2003, to rig bids on contracts in the south-central region of Iraq from a CPA office in Al Hillah. One was the controller and funding officer at that office, in charge of some $82 million from the Development Fund for Iraq, which is made up of repatriated assets, receipts from the sale of Iraqi oil and transfers from the U.N. oil-for-food program.

US: Some Tenet holders call for Katrina probe
November 17th, 2005
A dissident shareholder group on Thursday called for a complete investigation into the deaths that occurred in Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s New Orleans hospitals after Hurricane Katrina.

US: Payments on Katrina Contract Halted After Billing Questions
by Charles R. BabcockWashington Post
November 17th, 2005
The federal government has suspended payments on an $80 million contract to an Alabama company that built base camps for emergency workers responding to Hurricane Katrina after auditors reported finding billing and documentation problems, a spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday.

IRAQ: American Faces Charge of Graft for Work in Iraq
by James GlanzNew York Times
November 17th, 2005
In what is expected to be the first of a series of criminal charges against officials and contractors overseeing the rebuilding of Iraq, an American has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to American occupation authorities and their spouses to obtain construction contracts, according to a complaint unsealed late yesterday.

IRAQ: Armies of Low-Wage Workers Form the Backbone of Private Military
by David PuglieseThe Ottawa Citizen
November 17th, 2005
While hundreds of millions in profits are being made by U.S. and British firms that provide support services to American forces in Iraq, it is citizens from poor nations such as the Philippines who do most of the work and are killed or injured in the process.

US: Private Military Firm Differs from Peers Going Public
by Will Deener The Dallas Morning News
November 16th, 2005
Fast-growing DynCorp provides security and training for police forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It may represent the first of a new generation of defense-related stock offerings.

SOUTH AFRICA: Trade Group Blasts Anti-Mercenary Laws as 'Threat to Peace'
by Peter Fabricius Independent Online
November 15th, 2005
A trade group representing US, European and South African private security companies is lobbying to put pressure on the South African government to drop tough new anti-mercenary legislation now before parliament.

US: Raytheon wins US$1.3 billion army contract for new radar system
Associated Press
November 15th, 2005
Raytheon Co. said Tuesday it won a $1.3-billion-US army contract to develop and test a new radar system designed to protect troops from cruise missile attacks.

PHILIPPINES: Canadian Trains Police for a Deadly Beat
by David PuglieseThe Ottawa Citizen
November 14th, 2005
William, who learned to fight in the Canadian army, teaches counter-terrorism to Filipino trainees, then leads them in combat.

WORLD: Private Military Industry Booming
November 13th, 2005
The industry brings in about $100 billion US a year in revenues and operates in over 50 nations. But, since it is largely unregulated, there are no firm numbers worldwide on how many private contractors or companies there actually are.

US: Firm Helps Pentagon Mold News Abroad
by Stephen J. HedgesThe Chicago Tribune
November 13th, 2005
The Rendon Group has garnered more than $56 million in work from the Pentagon since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. These contracts list such activities as tracking foreign reporters; "pushing" news favorable to U.S. forces; planting television news segments that promote American positions, and creating a grass-roots voting effort in Puerto Rico on behalf of the U.S. Navy.

SOUTH AFRICA: Washington Private Military Trade Group Slams Anti-Mercenary Bill
November 12th, 2005
The International Peace Operations Association (IOPA) is lobbying the US and other European governments to put pressure on the South African government not to pass the anti-mercenary bill, saying it undermines the role played by South Africans in peace building missions worldwide.

WORLD: Soldiers of Fortune
by David
November 12th, 2005
In the lawless reality of much of the post-Cold War world, private security is a booming business. And Canada, once noted for peacekeeping, is emerging as a source of talented guns for hire. David Pugliese reports.

US: Company under fire won Katrina contracts
by Kevin McCoyUSA TODAY
November 8th, 2005
A defense contracting firm tangled in the Abu Ghraib prison controversy and an international bribery scheme has been awarded federal government contracts for Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

IRAQ: Before Rearming Iraq, He Sold Shoes and Flowers
by Solomon Moore and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
November 6th, 2005
The U.S. chose Ziad Cattan to oversee military buying because he could get things done. He did, but now he faces corruption charges.

US: Immigrants Often Unpaid for Katrina Work
by  Justin PritchardAssociated Press
November 5th, 2005
A pattern is emerging as the cleanup of Mississippi's Gulf Coast morphs into its multibillion-dollar reconstruction: Come payday, untold numbers of Hispanic immigrant laborers are being stiffed.

UN: U.S. Should Repay Millions to Iraq, a U.N. Audit Finds
by James GlanzThe New York Times
November 5th, 2005
A United Nations auditing board recommended that the United States repay as much as $208 million to the Iraqi government for contracting work assigned to Kellogg, Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary.

IRAQ: Green Zone Private Security Switch Causes Anxiety
by Paul MartinThe Washington Times
November 4th, 2005
One concern is that Triple Canopy employees have been recruited mainly in Latin America and speak little English. Global Strategies relies heavily on British-trained Nepalese Gurkhas and Sri Lankans, a majority of whom speak at least some English and often speak it well.

IRAQ: What to Call a Private Army of 20,000?
by Ruth WalkerThe Christian Science Monitor
November 3rd, 2005
There are 20,000 "private security contractors" in Iraq: What do you call the people who fill the gaps arising when the desire of politicians to make war often exceeds citizens' desire to be sent to war?

US: Tender Mercenaries: DynCorp and Me
by Jeremy ScahillCommon Dreams
November 1st, 2005
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, journalist Jeremy Scahill investigated the role of private security companies like Blackwater USA, infamous for their work in Iraq, that deployed on the streets of New Orleans. His reports were broadcast on the national radio and TV show Democracy Now! and on hundreds of sites across the internet. In response to Scahill's recent cover story in The Nation magazine "Blackwater Down," the President and CEO of DynCorp, one of the largest private security companies in the world, wrote a letter to the editor of The Nation. Dyncorp CEO Stephen J. Cannon's letter is reprinted below, followed by Scahill's response.

IRAQ: Veteran Peruvian Soldiers and Police Recruited for Iraq by U.S. Contractors
by Ángel PáezInter Press Service News Agency
October 31st, 2005
The complaints by the families of the new private security recruits forced the Peruvian Foreign Ministry to act. Ambassador Jorge Lázaro, in charge of Offices of Peruvian Communities Abroad, announced that he had launched an investigation to determine whether the contracts violated the rights of the new recruits.

U.K.: War’s fertile grounds for soldiers of fortune
by Peter AlmondThe Sunday Times
October 30th, 2005
Once thought of as little better than mercenaries, Britain’s private-security firms are now seen by many as valued and legitimate businesses.

US: Iraq Rebuilding Poorly Planned, Inspector General Says
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
October 30th, 2005
The assessment marks the first time a sitting inspector general -- in this case a former White House deputy assistant to President George W. Bush -- has formally criticized the prewar planning process. Most of the authoritative criticism to date has come from retired military or diplomatic officers or academics who worked in the reconstruction effort.

US: Bribe Inquiry Looks at Sale of Field Gear to Military
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
October 28th, 2005
In a widening scandal at the United States Special Operations Command, federal investigators are looking into a bribery scheme as well as accusations of improper influence involving millions of dollars in battlefield equipment used by Navy Seals and Army Green Berets and Rangers.

U.N.: Massive Fraud in Iraq Oil Program
by Maggie FarleyThe Los Angeles Times
October 27th, 2005
The United Nations' oil-for-food program was so badly managed and supervised that more than half of the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid illegal surcharges and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, finds an independent investigation into the program.

US: Rules Tightened for Contractors in Combat Zones
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
October 27th, 2005
The new rules mandate background checks and permission from the military before a contractor can carry a weapon, and they spell out conditions for medical care and evacuation. At least 524 U.S. military contract workers, many of them Iraqis, have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.

US: Pentagon Settles Some Halliburton Billing Disputes
by Tom FowlerThe Houston Chronicle
October 26th, 2005
The Army Corps of Engineers has settled payment disputes for six out of 10 task orders costing about $1.4 billion under its Restore Iraqi Oil contract with Houston-based Halliburton. Auditors concluded the military had been overcharged by about $108.4 million for fuel brought into Iraq from Kuwait under the orders.

IRAQ: OPEC and the Economic Conquest of Iraq
by Greg PalastHarper's/
October 24th, 2005
According to insiders and to documents obtained from the State Department, the neocons, once in command, are now in full retreat. Iraq's system of oil production, after a year of failed free-market experimentation, is being re-created almost entirely on the lines originally laid out by Saddam Hussein.

US: Technology Company Hired After 9/11 Charged Too Much for Labor, Audit Says
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Scott HighamThe Washington Post
October 23rd, 2005
Federal auditors say the prime contractor, Unisys Corp., overbilled taxpayers for as much as 171,000 hours' worth of labor and overtime by charging up to $131 an hour for employees who were paid less than half that amount while working on a $1 billion technology contract to improve the nation's transportation security system.

IRAQ: Making a killing
by Jon SwainThe Sunday Times
October 23rd, 2005
The American government is hiring private security firms to stabilise Iraq — and paying them a fortune to do it. But many of them are unregulated and operate outside the law.

US: Suspected Illegal Workers Found at Halliburton Job Site
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
October 22nd, 2005
Federal agents have identified 10 suspected illegal immigrants working at a naval base near New Orleans where the Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root is leading hurricane reconstruction, according to a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

US: Illegal Immigrants Working for Contractors on Military Bases Raise Concerns
by Estes ThompsonAssociated Press
October 21st, 2005
Scores of illegal immigrants working as cooks, laborers, janitors, even foreign-language instructors working for military contractors have been seized at military bases around the country in the past year, raising concerns in some quarters about security and troop safety.

US: Whistle-Blower or Troublemaker, Bunny Greenhouse Isn't Backing Down
by Neely TuckerThe Washington Post
October 19th, 2005
Then the 61-year-old Greenhouse lost her $137,000-a-year post after questioning the plump contracts awarded to Halliburton in the run-up to the war in Iraq. It has made her easy to love for some, easy to loathe for others, but it has not made her easy to know.

U.S.: Pentagon's auditors absent from Iraq
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder/Contra Costa Times
October 18th, 2005
The chief Pentagon agency charged with investigating and reporting fraud and waste in Iraq quietly pulled out of the war zone a year ago -- leaving what experts say are gaps in the oversight of how more than $140 billion is being spent.

IRAQ: Into a War zone, on a Deadly Road
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 13th, 2005
Thousands of workers are needed to meet the demands of the unprecedented privatization of military support operations unfolding under the watch of the U.S. Army and KBR, its prime contractor in Iraq. KBR, in turn, KBR, outsources much of the work to lowly-paid workers imported from developing nations.

IRAQ: Work Cut Short after Complaining about Abuse of Third-Country Workers
by Ryan ClarkCincinnati Enquirer
October 13th, 2005
Robert Hill became concerned about the "mistreatment" of third-country nationals working in Iraq and then chose to walk away from his one-year commitment, saying he felt that speaking out made him a target for repercussions from his superiors.

IRAQ: War Fuels Human Labor Trade
by Cam Simpson and Aamer MadhaniThe Chicago Tribune
October 13th, 2005
The United States has long condemned the practices that are now part of the privatization of the American war effort and which is central to the operations of Halliburton subsidiary KBR, the U.S. military's biggest private contractor in Iraq.

US: Cheney's Halliburton Options Up 3,281% Last Year
The Raw Story
October 11th, 2005

IRAQ: Rescue Spares Some Workers
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 10th, 2005
Footage of 12 of their countrymen executed at the hands of insurgents in Iraq last year set off a panic among Nepalis who didn't want to risk the same fate. But a manager for First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting Co., issued an ultimatum: Agree to travel to Iraq and they would get more food and water. Refuse, and they would get nothing and be put out on the streets of Kuwait City to find their way home.

US: Lobbyists Advise Katrina Relief
by Alan C. Miller and Ken SilversteinThe Los Angeles Times
October 10th, 2005
Lobbyists representing transportation, energy and other special interests dominated panels that advised Louisiana's U.S. senators crafting legislation to rebuild the storm-damaged Gulf Coast, records and interviews show.

IRAQ: Desperate for Work, Lured into Danger
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
October 9th, 2005
The journey of a dozen impoverished men from Nepal to Iraq reveals the exploitation underpinning the American war effort

IRAQ: Poor Migrants Work in Netherworld to Support U.S. Contractors
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
October 9th, 2005
U.S.-hired contractors rely on laborers from impoverished countries, but no one looks out for the rights -- or lives -- of the foreigners.

US: Katrina work goes to officials who led Iraq effort
by Adam EntousReuters
October 6th, 2005
Top officials who managed U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq have been hired by some of the same big companies that received those contracts and which are now involved in a rush of deals to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

AFGHANISTAN: Blackwater Broke Rules, Report Says
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
October 5th, 2005
A private contracting firm flying in Afghanistan for the U.S. military was in violation of numerous government regulations and contract requirements when one of its planes crashed into a mountainside in November 2004, killing all six on board, according to an Army report made public yesterday.

US: Boosted, not battered, in the hurricane's wake
by Carola Hoyos, Financial TimesThe Financial Times
October 4th, 2005

US: Minority Firms Getting Few Katrina Pacts
by Hope YenAssociated Press
October 4th, 2005
Minority-owned businesses say they're paying the price for the decision by Congress and the Bush administration to waive certain rules for Hurricane Katrina recovery contracts.

US: Magazine ad "unleashes hell" for Boeing and Bell
by Hal BerntonThe Seattle Times
October 1st, 2005
Boeing and its joint-venture partner Bell Helicopter apologized yesterday for a magazine ad published a month ago - and again this week by mistake - depicting U.S. Special Forces troops rappelling from an Osprey aircraft onto the roof of a mosque.

US: U.S. Paying a Premium to Cover Storm-Damaged Roofs
by Aaron C. DavisKnight Ridder
September 30th, 2005
Across the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, thousands upon thousands of blue tarps are being nailed to wind-damaged roofs, a visible sign of government assistance. Construction crews working with TJC Defense, out of Alabama, install a blue tarp on a home in Kenner, Louisiana. Ian McVea, Fort Worth Star-Telegram The blue sheeting - a godsend to residents whose homes are threatened by rain - is rapidly becoming the largest roofing project in the nation's history. It isn't coming cheap.

US: Many Contracts for Storm Work Raise Questions
by Eric Lipton and Ron NixonThe New York Times
September 26th, 2005
Topping the federal government's list of costs related to Hurricane Katrina is the $568 million in contracts for debris removal landed by a Florida company with ties to Mississippi's Republican governor. Near the bottom is an $89.95 bill for a pair of brown steel-toe shoes bought by an Environmental Protection Agency worker in Baton Rouge, La.

US: Auditors investigate Katrina contracts
by Hope YenAssociated Press
September 22nd, 2005
Government auditors are questioning whether several multimillion-dollar Katrina contracts” including one involving a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton Co.” invite abuse because they are open-ended and not clearly defined.

IRAQ: Contractor Charged in Baghdad Badge Scam
by  Jerry Markon and Josh WhiteThe Washington Post
September 21st, 2005
A military contractor returning from Iraq was charged yesterday with distributing identity badges that control access to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone to people not allowed to receive them, including an Iraqi woman he was dating.

IRAQ: Poor Planning and Corruption Hobble Reconstruction of Iraq
by Craig S. SmithThe New York Times
September 18th, 2005
In April, Najaf's main maternity hospital received rare good news: an $8 million refurbishment program financed by the United States would begin immediately. But five months and millions of dollars later, the hospital administrators say they have little but frustration to show for it.

US: Contractor Entangled in Abu Ghraib Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
September 16th, 2005
CACI International Inc., the Arlington-based defense contractor that attracted controversy when an employee was accused of participating in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, is getting out of the interrogation business.

US: Halliburton Subsidiary, KBR, Clinches More Hurricane Recovery Work
Defense Industry Daily
September 15th, 2005
The task order is a cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity construction capabilities contract for post-Katrina recovery efforts in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for "unwatering activities" in Plaquemines, East and West basins, New Orleans.

US: Private Security Company Creates Stir in New Orleans
by Bill SizemoreThe Virginian-Pilot
September 15th, 2005
Blackwater USA, the North Carolina-based security firm best known for supplementing U.S. troops in Iraq, is now attracting international attention patrolling the flooded streets of New Orleans.

CHILE: Probe of European Defense Firms Linked to Pinochet
by Fiona OrtizReuters
September 15th, 2005
European defense companies deposited millions of dollars into bank accounts for front companies of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, a source close to a Chilean court probe into the accounts told Reuters.

EUROPE: Private Security Companies Linked with Organized Crime
Associated Press
September 13th, 2005
While the industry was growing rapidly in the southeast Europe, there are problems with private security companies being affiliated with political parties as well as criminal, paramilitary and ethnic groups reports the Britain-based Saferworld think-tank.

WORLD: Steady Growth Expected for Private Security Industry
by Stephen FidlerThe Financial Times
September 13th, 2005
There are estimated to be more than 20,000 armed expatriates working for private security companies in Iraq, more than all the non-US troops combined and contrary their numbers do not appear to have fallen appreciably. The Baghdad bubble, as it has been dubbed, has yet to burst.

HONG KONG: Yahoo, Chinese Police, and a Jailed Journalist
by Robert MarquandThe Christian Science Monitor
September 12th, 2005
The role of Yahoo in helping Chinese security officials to finger a journalist sentenced to 10 years for e-mailing "state secrets" is filtering into mainland China. The revelation reinforces a conviction among Chinese "netizens" that there is no place security forces can't find them.

US: No-Bid Contracts Win Katrina Work
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
September 12th, 2005
White House uses practices criticized in Iraq rebuilding for hurricane-related jobs.

AUSTRALIA: Security Guards Are A New Force
The Sunday Mail
September 11th, 2005
Private security guards now outnumber police officers in South Australia by almost two to one.

US: Disaster Hacks
by EditorialThe Los Angeles Times
September 11th, 2005
As with the hurricane, there were warnings that FEMA was turning into a disaster. The union representing its career employees wrote to members of Congress last year that politically connected contractors and novices without disaster-relief experience had taken over and trashed FEMA's professionalism.

US: Top War Profiteer Doug Feith Retires Wealthy
by Evelyn PringleDissident Voice
September 11th, 2005
Douglas Feith, who recently resigned as undersecretary of defense planned ahead for his retirement and will not be seen in the unemployment line.

IRAQ: Security Contractors in Iraq Under Scrutiny After Shootings
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians.

US: Boeing May Avoid Criminal Prosecution
by Jame Gunsalus and Cary O'Reilly Bloomberg
September 10th, 2005
Boeing is in talks with the Justice Department to pay a fine and avoid criminal charges related to the scandals through a "deferred prosecution." The fine may be as high as $500 million.

US: Private Sector Poised to Reap Windfall from Katrina
by John BroderThe New York Times
September 10th, 2005
Private contractors, guided by two former directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other well-connected lobbyists and consultants, are rushing to cash in on the unprecedented sums to be spent on Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction.

US: Katrina-Hit States Turn to Private Security Firms
by Marguerite HigginsThe Washington Times
September 10th, 2005
Private security companies say they have seen an upswing in demand for services in the ravaged Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina blew through the region 12 days ago.

US: Feared Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans
by Jeremy Scahill and Daniela CrespoDemocracy Now!
September 10th, 2005
Blackwater is one of the leading private "security" firms servicing the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAQ: Private Security Dispute Shuts Baghdad Airport
by Ellen Knickmeyer and Naseer NouriThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Foreign contractor, Iraqis are at odds

IRAQ: Security Contractors Under Scrutiny After Shootings
by Jonathan FinerThe Washington Post
September 10th, 2005
Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians.

UK: War Opponent Holds Stake in Iraq Security Firm
by Isabel OakeshottThe Evening Standard
September 9th, 2005
Sir Malcolm has been a fierce critic of the war, but an investigation into his financial interests shows his share options in a private security firm are rocketing in value as the company wins new contracts while the insurgency in Iraq continues.

US: Fluor's Slowed Iraq Work Frees it for Gulf Coast
September 9th, 2005
A slowing of reconstruction work in Iraq has freed up people for Fluor Corp. to begin rebuilding in the U.S. Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina.

IRAQ: The Interior Ministry Imposes Rules for Security Companies
by Oliver PooleThe Telegraph
September 9th, 2005
Private security companies have long been a concern and those operating on US department of defence contracts are free from risk of legal penalty under the Iraqi judicial system if anyone is killed in a firefight.

IRAQ: Private Security Company Strikes Over Unpaid Bills
by Mariam Karouny and Omar al-IbadiReuters
September 9th, 2005
Iraq's government ordered its forces to reopen Baghdad airport on Friday after the private British company that polices it closed the passenger terminal in a dispute over unpaid bills.

US: Bush Insider Pushes Clients for Hurricane Rebuilding
by Thomas B. EdsallThe Washington Post
September 8th, 2005
After leaving FEMA in March 2003, Joe M. Allbaugh, who managed the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, founded Allbaugh Co., a lobbying-consulting firm with many clients in the disaster-relief business. The firm's Web site quotes Allbaugh: "I'm dedicated to helping private industry meet the homeland security challenge."

IRAQ: Reconstruction Falters and Running Out of Money
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 8th, 2005
The U.S. will halt construction work on some water and power plants in Iraq because it is running out of money for projects, officials said Wednesday.

IRAQ: Extra Funds Needed for Iraq Reconstruction
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 7th, 2005
Stuart Bowen, U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, said it is unclear where the new funds would come from, but it is not the right time to discuss more money to given the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf region.

US: Union Reports Problems at Army Bases
by Pete YostThe Washington Post
September 6th, 2005
A labor union is reporting significant security problems at seven Army bases where federal contractors are guarding the gates, freeing up soldiers to serve in Iraq.

US: Halliburton for Help on Hurricane Damaged Bases
by Jon H. Cushman Jr.The New York Times
September 4th, 2005
It is a familiar role for KBR, which under longstanding contracts has delivered the engineering equivalent of first aid to the Navy and other military and government agencies after natural disasters for more than 15 years. This time, the Halliburton unit's performance is likely to be watched especially closely, as its work under separate contracts in Iraq has come under extensive criticism in the past two years.

US: Pentagon Acquisition Needs Cultural Change
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 3rd, 2005
Some lower-level U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials do not yet fully recognize the need to overhaul defense procurement to make it more transparent and avoid problems of the past, the U.S. military's top internal watchdog said on Thursday.

US: Pentagon's Top Watchdog Resigned Amid Claims of Stonewalling Inquiries
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 3rd, 2005
The resignation comes after Sen. Charles E. Grassley sent Defense Department Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz several letters informing him that he was the focus of a congressional inquiry.

US: Pentagon Still Investigating Iraq Prison Abuses
September 1st, 2005
The Pentagon's chief internal watchdog said on Thursday his agency continues to investigate the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, although he declined to give details.

WORLD: India Becomes Top Weapons Buyer Among Developing Nations
September 1st, 2005
With $15.7 billion in orders, India edged out China, with $15.3 billion, to become the developing world's biggest weapons buyer for the eight-year period up to 2004 reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

WORLD: U.S., Russia Top Arms Exporters, Congressional Report Says
by Lyubov ProninaDefense News
September 1st, 2005
The report found that the total value of military weapon sales worldwide in 2004 rose to the highest level since 2000, reaching nearly $37 billion.

US: Pentagon's Chief Watchdog Joins Company that Owns Blackwater
September 1st, 2005
Joseph Schmitz, the Pentagon's chief internal watchdog since March 2002, has quit to join a defense contractor involved in private security services, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

US: A View into Political Pork Process
by Marcus Stern and Jerry KammerCOPLEY NEWS SERVICE/The San Diego Union-Tribune
August 31st, 2005
Cunningham's possible abuse of his clout has opened a window on the congressional appropriations process, giving the public a rare glimpse at the growing premium that contractors place on obtaining influence on Capitol Hill.

US: Defense contractor CEO pay outstrips other CEOs
August 30th, 2005
Chief executives at top U.S. defense contractors have received a 200 percent pay hike since 2001 compared to a 7 percent raise for other CEOs at large companies, a study showed on Tuesday.

US: CEOs with Defense Firms Double Salaries Since 9/11
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
August 30th, 2005
The chief executives of the defense industry's largest companies have doubled their paychecks since 9/11 and the War on Terrorism began -- far greater than the average 7 percent growth for all corporate CEOs.

US: Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
August 29th, 2005
A top Army contracting official who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq was demoted Saturday for what the Army called poor job performance.

US: Defense firms feast on Bush’s 'War on Terror'
Taipai Times
August 29th, 2005
According to reports, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Honeywell and United Technologies posted all-time best-ever profits in the first half of this year and they still have a huge list of orders.

IRAQ: The Costs of War On Terrorism Chart
by David R. Francis The Christian Science Monitor
August 29th, 2005
Chart comparing costs of US wars

IRAQ: More Costly Than 'War to End all Wars'
by David R. FrancisThe Christian Science Moniotr
August 29th, 2005
Despite the relatively small number of American armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the war effort is rapidly shaping up to be the third-most expensive war in United States history.

US: Army Contracting Executive Critical of Halliburton Loses Her Job
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
August 29th, 2005
Commander of the Army Corps, told Bunnatine H. Greenhouse last month that she was being removed from the senior executive service, the top rank of civilian government employees, because of poor performance reviews.

IRAQ: Re-engineering Iraqi agriculture
by Jeremy SmithGlobal Research
August 27th, 2005
Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country's traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens.

US: Many Contracts for Storm Work Raise Questions
by Eric Lipton and Ron NixonThe New York Times
August 26th, 2005
Topping the federal government's list of costs related to Hurricane Katrina is the $568 million in contracts for debris removal landed by a Florida company with ties to Mississippi's Republican governor. Near the bottom is an $89.95 bill for a pair of brown steel-toe shoes bought by an Environmental Protection Agency worker in Baton Rouge, La.

US: AS US Falter in Iraq, China Gains
by Tom Plate The Seattle Times
August 23rd, 2005
It looks as if history will judge Mahathir to have been the wiser of the two owls. The U.S. military is enmeshed in a vicious insurgency and there may be no way out — except, in fact, to get out, outright.

US: Lockheed Martin Is Hired to Bolster Transit Security in N.Y.
by Sewell Chan and Shadi RahimiThe New York Times
August 23rd, 2005
A new world of transit security in New York City began to take form this morning, as officials disclosed plans to saturate the transit system with 1,000 video cameras, 3,000 motion detectors and a wide array of sophisticated gadgets, all intended to buffer the city's subways, bridges and tunnels from a terror attack.

IRAQ: Mercenaries Mount Offensive
by John HanchetteNiagra Falls Reporter
August 23rd, 2005
Retention of key combat personnel is being eroded by far better money offers from federally hired "private security companies" -- as their executives insist they be called. Once on board and back in the private sector of dangerous military operations in Iraq, these highly trained fighters and specialists can make up to a quarter of a million dollars or more (most of it tax-free) in a year's worth of salary -- certainly better than Army pay.

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