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Private Security Contractor Sean Brehm charged with stabbing in Kandahar

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South African, Sean Brehm, DynCorp, extradited to US under the Military ­Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act

More Details here by Imperial Valley News

Washington, DC – A U.S. Army contractor was indicted today for stabbing another individual with a knife at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
The indictment, returned today by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, charges Sean T. Brehm, 44, of Western Cape, South Africa, with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm and without just cause or excuse, and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
According to the indictment, the stabbing took place on Nov. 25, 2010. The indictment alleges that at the time of the stabbing, Brehm was working as a contractor for DynCorp International LLC, a U.S. Army contractor in Afghanistan. Brehm originally was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., on Dec. 9, 2010. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis ruled on Dec. 10, 2010, that Brehm be removed to the United States, and he arrived on Dec. 21, 2010, at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm and without just cause or excuse, and 10 years in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
The defendant is charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA), a statute that gives U.S. courts jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed outside the United States by, among others, contractors or subcontractors of the Department of Defense.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney James S. Yoon of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Walutes Jr., for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
An indictment is merely a formal accusation. It is not proof of guilt, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

Associated Press – January 5, 2011 6:55 PM ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a South African who is a U.S. Army contractor in Afghanistan has been charged with stabbing a man at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Forty-4-year-old Sean Brehm of Western Cape, South Africa, was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Virginia. He is charged with assault in the Nov. 25 incident; further details on the stabbing were not available.

Prosecutors say Brehm was working as a contractor for DynCorp International LLC, a U.S. Army contractor in Afghanistan. Brehm was charged in a criminal complaint on Dec. 9 and was brought to the U.S. on Dec. 21.

Brehm is charged under a statute that gives U.S. courts jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed outside the United States by contractors or subcontractors of the Department of Defense. See the original here

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, DynCorp, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

John Brummet, Raymond DeNunzio fired from SIGAR

2 deputies fired from Afghan watchdog group

by the Associated Press at the Washington Post

The U.S. official assigned to combat corruption in the multibillion-dollar effort to rebuild Afghanistan, who has been criticized by lawmakers for incompetence and mismanagement, fired two top deputies Tuesday and pledged to focus on financial fraud and waste.

Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said that the organization’s upper ranks needed “new blood,” and he rejected the idea that the changes were made to keep him from being fired.

“This is about making SIGAR a better organization,” he said, using the shorthand name for his office.

Last fall, key members of Congress urged President Obama to dismiss Fields. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who chaired the contracting oversight subcommittee, joined GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Susan Collins (Maine) in calling SIGAR a “failing organization” in need of new leadership.

The senators said that Fields’s office has failed to aggressively oversee the $56 billion the United States has committed since 2002 to improving schools, roads, electricity and medical facilities in Afghanistan.

Fields said he removed John Brummet, the assistant inspector general for audits, and Raymond DiNunzio, the assistant inspector general for investigations. Their deputies will serve in acting capacities while Fields searches for replacements. DiNunzio will remain with the organization for 60 to 90 days as an adviser, Fields said. Brummet might also stay on for a limited period in a different capacity, Fields said.

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January 5, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, SIGAR | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Department of “Little Justice”

Maybe the Department of Justice should be renamed the

Department of “Little” Justice

from Ms Sparky

MANHATTAN (CN) – After a federal jury convicted an Army captain of corruption with military contractors in Iraq, an attorney who has spent years on such cases said that such prosecutions are rare – and much needed. “For several years, we were very worried because we just saw a complete lack of any sort of fraud prosecution against defense contractors,” said.

“Given the dollars being spent on both these wars, it’s imperative for the United States to continue to root out fraud,” Burke added.

Burke, who has specialized in cases involving misconduct by contractors and military personnel, has represented victims of torture, abuse and murder at prison and Nisour Square in Iraq.

Last year, her Iraqi clients settled seven civil lawsuits alleging “senseless slaughter” by guards of the company formerly known as , now operating under the name Xe.

Burke says she still has three active lawsuits against defense contractors CACI and L-3, on behalf of Iraqis who say they were tortured at detention centers in Iraq.  See the entire post here

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Government Contractor, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | 2 Comments

New role for Defense Logistics Agency

UPI Security Industry

FORT BELVOIR, Va., Jan. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency is procuring building materials for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carl Knotts, chief of plans, exercise and readiness branch in DLA’s Joint Logistics Operations Center, said the agency began the effort in October because of concerns about the quality of locally procured construction materials.

“What they’ve asked us to do is the procurement and the strategic distribution to the geographic region,” he said.

“From an agency perspective, it’s an expansion into a business line that we generally didn’t have a business presence of this magnitude,” he said. “This is a chance for us to demonstrate that we can do this and do it well.”  Please read the entire article here

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Government Contractor, USACE | , , , , | Leave a comment

CENTCOM Suspends Two US Contractors Amid Non-Payment Allegations

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KABUL, Afghanistan – CENTCOM Contracting Command announced today that two prime contractors to the U.S. military in Afghanistan had their U.S. federal government contracting privileges suspended as a result of questions regarding their financial resources.

Concerns were identified when several contractors brought allegations that Bennett-Fouch Associates and K5 Global, both owned by an American, Ms. Sarah Lee, failed to pay subcontractors. The U.S. government attempted to contact Bennett-Fouch without success to address these allegations in connection with construction contracts at military bases in Afghanistan. The failure of firms to pay their local national workforce or local national subcontractors adversely affects counterinsurgency strategy.

According to documents provided by its subcontractors, Bennett-Fouch falsely blamed the alleged nonpayment on the U.S. government, claiming it had failed to pay the prime contractor. In reality, the U.S. government had paid Bennett-Fouch for the work on the construction projects. Before the government became aware of these allegations, Bennett-Fouch closed its local offices and its bank accounts in Afghanistan. The contracting officer attempted to locate the contractor to complete its final payment, but given these allegations, the government has set aside the remaining amount due pending final resolution. Please the see entire story here

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Government Contractor, Pentagon, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Robert Landon, Security Contractor, sentenced in secret hearing in Afghanistan

Adelaide Now

Former South Australian soldier’s 20-year jail term in Afghanistan labeled a death sentence

A 20-YEAR jail term in Afghanistan for former South Australian soldier, Robert Langdon, has been branded “a virtual death sentence” by his lawyer.

It was revealed last night that Mr Langdon, 38, a security contractor and former Australian Army soldier, was sentenced in a secret hearing by the Supreme Court in October last year.

His health had seriously declined after October 2009, when an Afghan court found him guilty of murdering a fellow security contractor in May 2009 and sentenced him to death by hanging. He has always maintained that he shot the man in self-defence.

Mr Langdon is in Pol-e-Charkhi prison, which his Adelaide lawyer, Stephen Kenny, said last night was “the equivalent of a death sentence”.

Mr Langdon’s current state of health is not known.

Mr Kenny told The Advertiser he had not been officially contacted by the Afghani courts to confirm the decision.

“I have not spoken to him (Langdon) yet, but we would be very concerned about a 20-year prison sentence in Afghanistan,” he said.

Mr Kenny refused to rule out the possibility of appealing against the decision.

“We will need to look at what has happened. What our options are, and the possible outcomes of those.”

Mr Langdon’s family, who live in Port Augusta, declined to comment last night.

After twice being sentenced to death, at his initial trial and then at his appeal in January last year, Mr Langdon paid a sizeable amount of compensation, known as ibra, to appease the dead man’s family.

Mr Kenny travelled to Afghanistan in May last year hoping the compensation and forgiveness could save Mr Langdon’s life.

His former army mates also set up a fighting fund last year to contribute to the compensation payment. Such “act of grace” payments are routine when a local is killed by coalition forces. The amounts vary but most are in the vicinity of $20,000, which is a fortune for poor Afghans.

Mr Langdon grew up on Billa Kalina Station, 170km southeast of Coober Pedy and served as a corporal with the 1st Battalion in East Timor in 2000.

He was arrested and charged with murder following the shooting last May. At the time, he was acting as head of security for a convoy in Afghanistan which had already faced a Taliban attack.

There was an incident involving an Afghan security contractor who had halted the vehicles, but Mr Langdon wanted to keep moving.

“When Mr Langdon approached him to discuss the matter, the security contractor drew his gun on him and Mr Langdon shot him in self-defence,” Mr Kenny told The Advertiser last year.

“He’s always maintained it was self-defence . . . we want to make sure even in Afghanistan he gets what would be considered a fair go.”

Last year, Mr Langdon’s Port Augusta-based sister Katie Godfrey said she was worried about her brother’s deteriorating health and that he had lost 20kg.  Please see the original here

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment