Friday, February 22, 2008

Let The Investigations Begin

Inside the world of war profiteers

By David Jackson and Jason Grotto | Tribune reporters
February 21, 2008

From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Inside the stout federal courthouse of this Mississippi River town, the dirty secrets of Iraq war profiteering keep pouring out.

Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war's largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand. ....

Federal prosecutors in Rock Island have indicted four former supervisors from KBR, the giant defense firm that holds the contract, along with a decorated Army officer and five executives from KBR subcontractors based in the U.S. or the Middle East. Those defendants, along with two other KBR employees who have pleaded guilty in Virginia, account for a third of the 36 people indicted to date on Iraq war-contract crimes, Justice Department records show.


KBR : Haliburton : Cheney : War Profiteers : Truely Evil

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