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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

Pentagon, FBI investigating Defense contractor for Iranian ties

Gov Exec  April 4, 2012

A new watchdog report finds that the FBI and the Pentagon are quietly investigating whether military contractor Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co. has illegal ties to Iran, despite assurances from the Defense Department that there is no indication the company’s business dealings ever violated U.S. law.

The report by the Project on Government Oversight finds that the contractor, known as KGL, continues to hold $1 billion worth of contracts with the U.S. military as the FBI and the Pentagon’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service probe allegations that it deals with Iranian shipping interests, ports, and front companies despite sanctions meant to derail Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. “No contractor to the U.S. military has ever been debarred for doing business with Iran, so KGL could emerge as a test case,” POGO’s Adam Zagorin writes.

The investigation is at least a year old, according to documents and interviews, and appears to remain active. POGO writes that federal agents at Dulles airport pulled aside a senior KGL executive trying to enter the country and questioned him for hours about the firm’s ties to Iran.

Ashton Carter, currently the Pentagon’s No. 2 official, wrote a letter to Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on July 15 saying that the U.S. found “no indication” KGL ever “violated U.S. law.” Kirk had provided internal company documents to the Pentagon that apparently indicated KGL had illegal ties to Iran and asked for an explanation. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Miss., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla. — as well as Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and former Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla. — have all asked “pointed” questions and received similar assurances from Carter, according to POGO.

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April 4, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Government Contractor, Iran, Pentagon | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SIGAR Audit-11-12 Anti-Corruption / Afghan Major Crimes Task Force

 SIGAR  OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION

U.S. Agencies Have Provided Training and Support to Afghanistan’s Major Crimes Task Force, but Reporting and Reimbursement Issues Need to be Addressed

SIGAR Audit -11-12  July 19, 2011

What SIGAR Reviewed
Corruption continues to be a significant problem in Afghanistan. To help fight corruption, the Afghan government
established the Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) in 2009 as the principal Afghan government agency responsible
for investigating and processing major anti-corruption, kidnapping, and organized crime cases.                In particular, the
MCTF conducts corruption investigations of high-level Afghan government officials. U.S. government agents,
primarily from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), mentor and train Afghan investigators who are assigned
to the MCTF. SIGAR conducted this audit to (1) determine the nature and extent of U.S. assistance for the MCTF
and (2) evaluate whether U.S. assistance was provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. This
report is part of a series of audits by SIGAR addressing U.S. government efforts to strengthen anti-corruption
capabilities of the Afghan government. We conducted our work in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C., from
September 2010 to July 2011, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

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July 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Contractor Oversight, Follow the Money | , , , , | Leave a comment

Anonymous leaks cache of sensitive security data from FBI contractor

TNW Industry  July 8, 2011

Hacking group Anonymous has today released an archive containing what it claims to be private emails and databases of IRC Federal, a contractor that partners with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of the Army.

The group calls this latest release ‘F*ck FBI Friday II’ and says that it “laid nuclear waste to their systems, owning their pathetic windows box, dropping their databases and private emails.”

Anonymous says that it found information in the emails that includes “various contracts, development schematics, and internal documents for various government institutions.”

These include a proposal for the FBI to develop a “Special Identities Modernization (SIM) Project” to “reduce terrorist and criminal activity by protecting all records associated with trusted individuals and revealing the identities of those individuals who may pose serious risk to the United States and its allies”.

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July 8, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Government Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blackwater founder questions FBI work

In the deposition, released by the lawyer who is suing Prince and the company, the Blackwater founder placed much of the responsibility of warzone activity on the government. He said contractors the company provided were screened and approved to the State Department’s standards. He said State Department officials set and enforced the rules of engagement.

AP NewsBreak

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The founder of the security firm once known as Blackwater questioned in a sworn deposition how federal authorities handled their investigation of an infamous Baghdad shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

Erik Prince said during the seven-hour testimony that he didn’t believe the FBI fully investigated the sources of all the used bullets in Nisoor Square, arguing that it would have been helpful for the defense to have a complete ballistics report.

“It seems the ballistics analysis was done to prove the guilt of the Americans, not to just try to identify what happened there,” Prince said. His comments about the case and throughout the deposition underscore how tensions between the government and one of its go-to contractors have lingered for years.

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April 1, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Iraq, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor, State Department, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , | 1 Comment

American Contractors detained for more than a month

Two American contractors, including one from Elgin Jason Jones, have been Elgin Contractor

detained by the FBI in Iraq for more than a month without charges in

connection  with a criminal investigation being conducted by the government there,according to attorneys for the two men.

Both are hoping to get clearance soon to leave the country.

While being held, her husband’s passport disappeared, his credit cards were stolen and used, his computer taken, and his other ID cards are now nowhere to be found, she said.

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July 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment