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Corruption investigation of disaster-recovery firm takes aim at former FBI supervisor

The Times Picayune  Nola.com  April 17, 2012

Robert Isakson was once the fair-haired boy of the FBI in New Orleans. Thirty years later, the public corruption squad he once ran is investigating him.

Sources close to the investigation say the FBI is looking at payments and gratuities former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle, his driver, and companies affiliated with the two allegedly received from Isakson’s Mobile, Ala.-based disaster-recovery firm, DRC Inc. Shortly after that, DRC got two contracts from Hingle’s office worth about $3 million.

It’s a staggering revelation because Isakson has carefully cultivated an image as a justice-seeking government contractor, blowing the whistle on the most brazen war profiteer in post-Saddam Iraq and refusing to pay bribes in Honduras to help that country recover from Hurricane Mitch. His former colleagues looked up to him and thought of him as a straight arrow.

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April 18, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Government Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Palestinians Call for Action Against G4S Security Company

Palestinian News Network  April 19, 2012

On Tuesday,April 17th, on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, we the undersigned Palestinian civil society and human rights organisations salute all Palestinian political prisoners, especially those engaging in brave civil disobedience through ongoing hunger strikes in protest to the ongoing violations of human rights and international law.

Emphasizing imprisonment as a critical component of Israel’s system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid practiced against the Palestinian people, we call for intensifying the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to target corporations profiting directly from the Israeli prison system. In particular, we call for action to be taken to hold to account G4S, the world’s largest international security corporation, which helps to maintain and profit from Israel’s prison system, for its complicity with Israeli violations of international law.

Imprisonment of Palestinians is a form of Israeli institutionalized violence encompassing all stages of the incarceration process. Palestinian political prisoners face systematic torture and ill-treatment during their arrest and detention at the hands of the Israeli military and are frequently and unjustifiably denied family and lawyer visits. Wide-ranging and collective punishments, including prolonged periods of isolation, attacks on prisoners by special military forces and denying access to education are used against Palestinian prisoners in an attempt to suppress any form of civil disobedience within the prisons. As of April 2012, there were 4,610 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons, including 203 child prisoners, 6 female prisoners and 27 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. 322 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention, without charge or trial

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April 18, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, G4S, Palestine | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jason Matthew Hamilton, Civilian Contractor Boeing, dies in Afghanistan

Hamilton had previously served as a helicopter crew chief for the Marines for five years. Hamilton worked for Boeing on the V-22 Osprey and H-46 Sea Knight out of New River.

Havelock contractor dies in Afghanistan

A Havelock resident working for a private contractor in Afghanistan died on Saturday.

Jason Matthew Hamilton, 40, was working as a Boeing field representative supporting the Army 1st Cavalry as a helicopter expert in Afghanistan. He died of natural causes, according to a Boeing source.

Hamilton was working on CH-47 Chinook helicopters at the time.

After serving as a helicopter crew chief for the Marines for five years, Hamilton worked for Boeing on the V-22 Osprey and H-46 Sea Knight out of New River.

A native of Statesville, he will be buried in Mooresville on Saturday

Jason Matthew Hamilton
HAVELOCK — Mr. Hamilton, 40, of Havelock, NC passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Afghanistan while serving as the Boeing Field Service Representative supporting the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry as an expert in CH-47 Chinook systems.
He was born on April 1, 1972 in Statesville, to Violet Wright Knox of Mooresville and the late Johnnie Eugene Hamilton.
Jason was an Eagle Scout, a 1990 graduate of Mooresville High School and a US veteran serving in the Marine Corps with 5 years of service as a helicopter crew chief. He was a member of Mooresville ARP Church.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Job and Ruth Hamilton; grandmother, Carolyn Glass; and grandfather, Joe V. Knox. He is survived by his parents Violet and Van Knox; his children Jacob Hamilton, Paige Hamilton, and their mother, Lorie Hamilton; brother, Jeff Knox and fiancee, Jenn Shea; grandmother, Elizabeth Knox; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Mooresville ARP Church with Rev. Andy Ward and Rev. Gerald R. Hallman officiating. Burial will follow the service at Glenwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Welcome Home Veterans, 128 S. Main Street, Mooresville, NC 28115 and/or Mooresville ARP Church, 659 Carpenter Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the family of Mr. Hamilton. Condolences may be made to the family at http://www.cavin-cook.com.

April 18, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Veterans | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Large number of Iraq security units triggers ineffectiveness in war on militants

Multitude of Iraqi security services, competition, varying orders between them hurt efforts to fight militants.

Middle East Online  April 18, 2012

The multitude of Iraqi security services and the competition and varying orders between them hurts efforts to fight militants here, high-ranking interior ministry officers and an analyst say.

While violence has fallen sharply in Iraq compared to its peak in 2006 and 2007, amid a bloody sectarian war, militant groups including the Islamic State of Iraq, Al-Qaeda’s front organisation here, remain active, and attacks common.

“The main reason for the failure to eliminate violence completely and control the leaders of the terrorist organisations is the multiplicity of security services,” one high-ranking interior ministry officer in Baghdad said.

“Each department operates in accordance with instructions … that are different from the other one, and that complicates cooperation among them,” said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Iraq became a stronghold for a variety of militant groups, both Sunni and Shiite, following the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein.

The US disbanded Iraq’s military following the invasion, creating a large pool of men who were unemployed, disgruntled and armed, and thus ripe for recruitment into the insurgency.

People also journeyed to Iraq from around the region to fight the US “occupiers.”

But the worst violence was reserved for the Iraqis, tens of thousands of whom were killed in an orgy of bombings and death squad murders that erupted after the bombing of the Shiite Al-Askari shrine in Samarra in 2006.

A surge of US troops combined with the Sunni tribesmen turning against Al-Qaeda reduced the violence, but it still continues, with 14 Iraqi security agencies now working to fight it.

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S. Lebanon deminers discover bodies of 5 Syrian army soldiers

The Daily Star April 18, 2012

BEIRUT: The corpses of five Syrian army soldiers buried during the 1982 Israeli invasion of south Lebanon have been discovered by a demining team, security sources told The Daily Star.

Members of the demining team MAX, whose work involves clearing areas of cluster bombs, discovered the bodies in a plot of land near the Jezzine-Kfar Houneh main road in south Lebanon.

The bodies, security sources said, were buried in 1982, during the second invasion of south Lebanon by the Jewish state.

The soldiers are believed to have split off from their contingent, which at the time had been stationed in the area, as a result of Israeli aerial raids.

The relevant authorities have been notified of the discovery

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April 18, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Demining, Landmines, Lebanon, Mine Clearance, Syria | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment