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Contractors behaving badly mean headaches for US

Documents obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act describe previously undisclosed offenses committed by more than 200 contract employees in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries between 2004 and 2008. They were working under a broad State Department security services contract shared by DynCorp of Falls Church, Va., Triple Canopy of Reston, Va., and the company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide — Xe Services of Moyock, N.C.

DynCorp is one of the department's most prominent vendors. More than one-third of the company's $3.1 billion in 2009 revenues came from State Department contracts for armed security, law enforcement training and aviation services, according to the company's latest annual report. The police training contract alone is valued at $651 million.



Asked by mommom2000 at 10:51 AM on Dec. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The military would do the job better at a fraction of the cost. Just ask the troops how they feel about security company employees doing less dangerous and less hard work on very fat salaries, much more than the troops are paid. Much of this is a hangover from the previous administration when GB was in deep with the new security industry . it is time this mess was cleared up and recipients of exixsting contracts are made more accountable and supervised more closely by the military .

    Answer by janet116 at 6:45 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • What do you expect when you are giving jobs to the lowest bidder?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:35 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • Of course they were the lowest bidder, that is how military contracts work.

    Farm is right, bad apples are everywhere.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:22 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • I'm not sure what you want out of this question. These are civilian employers and accountable to the law of supply and demand. There is a demand for the services they supply. Just like any other company, people get hired and fired rather regularly. Some employees are excellent. Some are just trouble. The majority are just average. This article focuses on the few (as has the rest of the media) that are trouble.

    Other than trying to default the trouble part off on the military, or just smear the US, I fail to see why it is news at all. It isn't as though any other country is above such problems ... check out what their diplomats pull when they are here in the US.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 4:27 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • eye rolling


    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:37 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • If you ask a question I might answer so what is your question?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • mommom2000

    Comment by mommom2000 (original poster) at 10:52 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • Isn't obvious, what do you think about this. Do you have any thoughts? or does everything have to be spelled out?


    Comment by mommom2000 (original poster) at 11:35 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • You think blackwater was the lowest bidder, and they should be paid more then the billions of dollars? Some of them are paid more then triple then our soldiers, for the same job.


    Comment by mommom2000 (original poster) at 1:05 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • I guess you don't care where your tax dollars go, unless it's to help people in this country who need it to eat, and that's when you will complain. I love your thought process.


    Comment by mommom2000 (original poster) at 10:47 AM on Dec. 20, 2010