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Iraq security companies lobby for heavy arms
Iraq & Middle East

By Sharon Behn - THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published June 6, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Private security companies, whose duties in Iraq increasingly mirror
those of the U.S. military, are in some instances agitating for the right to arm
themselves with heavy military-style weapons.
 

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U.S. attorney vows crackdown on contracting fraud
US-Policy

U.S. attorney vows crackdown on contracting fraud

Washington Technology -  05/27/05

By Roseanne Gerin
Staff Writer

The head of a new anti-fraud task force is promising a strong crackdown on illegal contracting practices and procurement fraud in government contracting.

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C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights
Miscellaneous
C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights
From the New York Times
May 31, 2005

This article was reported by Scott Shane, Stephen Grey and Margot Williams and written by Mr. Shane.

SMITHFIELD, N.C. - The airplanes of Aero Contractors Ltd. take off from Johnston County Airport here, then disappear over the scrub pines and fields of tobacco and sweet potatoes. Nothing about the sleepy Southern setting hints of foreign intrigue. Nothing gives away the fact that Aero's pilots are the discreet bus drivers of the battle against terrorism, routinely sent on secret missions to Baghdad, Cairo, Tashkent and Kabul.

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The Shadow Warrior
Afghanistan & Asia

The Shadow Warrior

How did Jack Idema, a convicted con man and former Special Forces soldier, end up in an Afghanistan prison?

by Peter Bergen in Rolling Stone Magazine May 5th 2005

Pul-e-charkhi prison, a vast crumbling Afghan fortress twenty miles outside of Kabul, is not an easy place for an American to wind up. Its dank cellblocks house scores of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Pul-e-Charkhi is also home to Jack Idema, a former U.S. Special Forces sergeant, who, in one of the more bizarre twists in the War on Terror, was arrested in Kabul last year and charged by Afghan authorities with running his own prison -- a sort of freelance Abu Ghraib -- where he was accused of torturing eight Afghan men he said were terrorists.

the full article in our archive section...

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DynCorp International Again Wins State Department Contract
Corporate News

 
May 19, 2005 12:08 PM US Eastern Timezone

DynCorp International Again Wins State Department Contract for Narcotics Eradication
and Interdiction

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 2005--DynCorp International LLC has been
awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of State to assist foreign governments in
the eradication and interdiction of illicit crops such as coca and opium poppy.

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Daggers fly at CIA as ex-spies uncloak
Afghanistan & Asia


The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON - Gary Schroen's mission was spelled out succinctly: Put together a small team of CIA operatives, drop into northern Afghanistan, pave the way for the U.S. military to topple the Taliban, and bring home the head of Osama bin Laden, packed in dry ice.

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