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KBR Managers Allegedly Received Kickbacks from Dining Facility Subcontractor

MsSparky at MsSparky.com  March 16, 2011

WASHINGTON – March 16, 2011 – In response to a pending lawsuit from Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Department of Justice has filed counterclaims alleging that KBR managers had received kickbacks from a dining facility subcontractor in violation of the and the .  The subcontractor was retained in connection with KBR’s contract with the U.S. Army to provide logistical support to the military in Iraq and elsewhere.  The counterclaims also allege that the kickbacks should cause KBR to forfeit its claims against the United States and to return money paid by the United States as reimbursement to KBR upon the tainted subcontract.

The counterclaims assert that, from late 2002 through 2003, , who was KBR’s regional food services manager for Iraq and Kuwait, and his deputy, , received more than $45,000 in kickbacks from , vice president of Global Company.  Khan provided the kickbacks to ensure that was treated favorably by KBR.  Hall and Holmes used their positions to advocate on behalf of , and, during the time that they received the kickbacks, KBR awarded subcontracts worth more than $400 million.  Other KBR managers knew of apparent irregularities involving the Tamimi subcontracts, but approved them anyway.

Please read the entire post here

Department of Justice Press Release

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Government Contractor, Iraq, KBR, Kuwait | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civilian Contractors, Military Families authorized to leave Bahrain

Inside Iran.org A Project of the Century Foundation

ABC News reports that the Pentagon has authorized civilian contractors and the families of military members to leave Bahrain at their discretion due to the instability of the situation since Saudi intervention.

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Pentagon, Safety and Security Issues | Leave a comment

ASIS Awarded Department of Defense Contract to Develop Standard to Improve Performance and Accountability of Private Security Service Providers

ALEXANDRIA, VA–(Marketwire – March 16, 2011)

– ASIS International has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an ANSI standard that provides principles and requirements for a quality assurance management system for private sector security organizations to abide by and demonstrate accountability to internationally recognized norms of civil and human rights while providing quality assurance in the provision of their products and services.

The standard will enable private sector security service providers to demonstrate their operations and services are consistent with the principles of the “Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies during Armed Conflict” and the “International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers” (ICoC).

“Private security service providers are critical elements for supporting peace and stability efforts in regions where the capacity of societal institutions have been overwhelmed by disruptive events,” says Dr. Marc Siegel, chair of the PSC.1 technical committee and commissioner, ASIS Global Standards Initiative. “This global initiative will codify benchmarks for best practices consistent with the goals of assuring quality of services and respect for human and civil rights.”

The proposed standard, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations – Requirements with Guidance (ASIS PSC.1), builds off the Montreux Document and ICoC to assure conformity to pertinent legal obligations and best practices related to operations of private military and security companies in conditions where the rule of law has been undermined by conflict or disaster. It provides auditable requirements based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act model for third-party certification.  Read the entire Press Release here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jimmy Mubenga: security firm G4S may face charges over death

G4S company and guards on flight carrying Jimmy Mubenga could be charged with manslaughter

Paul Lewis and Mathew Taylor The Guardian UK March 16, 2011

Scotland Yard is considering bringing a corporate manslaughter charge against the world’s largest private security firm over the death of an Angolan deportee.

Detectives investigating the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who collapsed while being deported on a commercial flight from Heathrow, have interviewed whistleblowers from G4S, the company hired by the government to deport foreign nationals.

They are considering whether the company could be held responsible for his death under rarely used legislation that came into force three years ago.

Passengers on British Airways flight 77 told police they saw three G4S guards heavily restraining Mubenga, who they said had been complaining of breathing difficulties before he collapsed. The guards were later arrested in connection with the death and, following interviews this week, were bailed until 4 May. They could face manslaughter charges.

However, sources with knowledge of the case have said police are also considering passing a file to the Crown Prosecution Service recommending a corporate manslaughter charge against G4S.

Please read the entire Article here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | G4S, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Whistleblower | , , , | Leave a comment

Four New York Times staffers go missing in Libya

By Joshua Norman CBS News March 16, 2011

Covering the various uprisings in the Middle East has proven incredibly hazardous for the journalism profession, no more so than in Libya.

Just last week, an Al Jazeera cameraman was shot and killed covering the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi.

On Wednesday, an award-rich team of reporters and photographers from the New York Times went missing, the paper announced.

Complete coverage: Anger in the Arab World Seif Qaddafi: Conflict over in 48 hours

In a report on the newspaper’s Media Decoder blog, it states:

“Editors at the paper said they were last in contact with the journalists on Tuesday morning New York time. The paper said it had received second-hand reports that members of its reporting team on the ground in the port city of Ajdabiya had been swept up by Libyan government forces.”

The Times’ executive editor Bill Keller said the Libyan government has assured the paper that they will find and return the journalists as soon as possible, if they were indeed captured by government forces.

The missing journalists are all combat-reporting veterans. They are: reporter Anthony Shadid, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2010 for his Iraq war coverage; reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and later freed by British commandos; photographer Tyler Hicks, who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, to name a few; and photographer Lynsey Addario, who has also covered most of the world’s large conflicts in the last decade.  Please read the entire story here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Journalists, Libya, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VETERANS TODAY EXCLUSIVE: RAYMOND DAVIS RELEASE – IMRAN KHAN & IJAZUL HAQ INTERVIEWS – THE INSIDE STORY

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor and Raja Mujtaba, Bureau Chief Veterans Today Islamabad

CIA contractor Raymond Davis was released by Punjab officials after a reported deal was negotiated with the families of the two men he was accused of murdering.  Davis was scheduled to be indicted for murder charges today.  Security forces picked up the families last night.

Despite the late hour, spontaneous demonstrations have materialized around Pakistan.  The US Consulate in Lahore is the scene tonight of violent clashes between police and anti-American demonstrators.  More demonstrations are planned for tomorrow as political parties vie for credibility in light of the public outrage at Davis’ release.

A payment estimated a $2 million was made to secure the release.  The families are still in police custody.  Davis is now at an undisclosed location, rumored to be Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul.

THE REAL STORY

Press stories are largely inaccurate and incomplete.  This is what actually happened according to high ranking sources in the Punjab police and government officials who wish to remain anonymous.

Tonight, Afzal, the uncle of Shumaila, the widow of one of the slain men who had committed suicide, went on Pakistani television.  He told the audience, moments ago:

Family members were told they were being taken to the police station to make statements.  Instead, they were taken to a secret location and held in isolation and told that unless they signed a letter pardoning Davis, “you will never see daylight.”

Ijazul Haq, Pakistan’s former Minister of Religion and son of former Prime Minister Zia al Haq reports, in a VT exclusive, that members of the family and others involved, were given US citizenship to protect them from reprisals.

Please read the entire report with background and Video’s here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, State Department | , , , , , | Leave a comment

DOJ Investigates CIA Contractor Who Shot Pakistanis

Law360, New York (March 16, 2011) — The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the case of Raymond Davis, the newly-freed CIA contractor who shot and killed two Pakistani men in January, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Cameron Munter, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, confirmed the probe in a statement on the heels of news that Davis had been released from a jail in Lahore after the families of the victims agreed to pardon him.

Without giving further details of the investigation, Munter said he was grateful for the generosity of the families, who each reportedly received between $700,000 and $1 million in so-called “blood money” as part of the deal to free Davis.

“I wish to express, once again, my regret for the incident and my sorrow at the suffering it caused,” he said. “Most of all, I wish to reaffirm the importance that America places in its relationship with Pakistan, and the commitment of the American people to work with their Pakistani counterparts to move ahead in ways that will benefit us all.”

Following his release from two months of detention, Davis was flown to Kabul, Afghanistan, to meet with U.S. officials, the Washington Post reported.

The source of the families’ payouts remained unclear Wednesday, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling reporters in Cairo that the U.S. government was not behind the compensation, according to Reuters.

Please read the entire article at Law360

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan releases CIA contractor Raymond Davis after ‘blood money’ paid

The Associated Press, NBC, and MSNBC  March 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD — An American CIA contractor facing murder charges in Pakistan has been released after the payment of “blood money” to the relatives of the victims, local officials said Wednesday.

Raymond Allen Davis has been in jail since Jan. 27, seriously straining ties between Pakistan and the United States.

“The family members of the slain men appeared in the court and independently verified they had pardoned him,” provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah told private Geo television, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Sanaullah said Davis was released by the court and was free to go where he wanted.

Chaudhry Mushtaq, superintendent at Kot Lakhpat jail, says Davis had left the jail in the company of U.S. consulate officials.

Pakistani law allows murder suspects to be set free if they compensate the heirs of their victims.

Washington insisted Davis was acting in self-defense against robbers after he shot two men  while he was driving through the eastern city of Lahore. A third Pakistani was killed when struck by a U.S. car rushing to aid the American.  Please read the entire article here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , | Leave a comment

US Officials Suspend Deloitte Afghan Contract

The Washington Post by Ernesto Londona and Rajiv Chandrasekaran  March 15, 2011

KABUL — U.S. officials have suspended the contract of an auditing team advising the Afghan Central Bank because the team did not disclose early signs of widespread corruption at the country’s largest private bank before its revelation last fall triggered a destabilizing crisis.

An inspector general’s probe commissioned by the Kabul chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which paid the advisers, suggests that consultants employed by accounting firm Deloitte could have alerted U.S. officials about a pattern of fraudulent loans and cronyism at Kabul Bank before the scandal broke.

The crisis prompted a run on the bank last September and exposed the underworld of a sector that had been hailed as one of the few U.S. success stories in Afghanistan. It also has jeopardized billions of dollars in aid earmarked for Afghanistan from nations that want to be assured that corrupt officials won’t steal their money. The investigation provides the first indication that American officials could have taken steps to mitigate the fallout of the banking crisis.  Please read the entire article here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, State Department, USAID | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan court indicts CIA contractor Raymond Davis for double murder

By Mubasher Bokhari at Rueters Africa March 16, 2011

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Pakistani court on Wednesday formally charged a CIA contractor on two counts of murder at a hearing held at a prison in Lahore, a police official said, in a move that may further strain relations with the United States.

Raymond Davis, 36, shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern Punjab city on January 27 following what he described as an attempted armed robbery. He said he acted in self-defence and the United States says he has diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated.

“He has been indicted,” a police investigator assigned to the case told Reuters from inside Kot Lakhpat prison, where the trial is being held under tight security.

If convicted, Davis could face the death penalty.  Please read the entire article here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , , , | Leave a comment