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Army Contractors

The Army Contractors behind the exploitation of Third Country Nationals in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sarah Stillman from the New Yorker: “The process of outsourcing begins at major government entities, notably the Pentagon, which awarded its most recent prime logistics contract (worth as much as fifteen billion dollars a year) to three U.S.-based private military behemoths:”

 Kellogg, Brown & Root  
(KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary)


 DynCorp International 


 Fluor Corporation


Who is behind the exploitation of Third Country Nationals in Iraq and Afghanistan?

It is not surprising that these three army contractors turn a blind eye to the exploitation of their subcontracted TCNs since they have appalling track records in many different areas. Here are just a few examples of abuses they have been accused of and for which they have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and settlements:

  •  Bribing local government officials
  •  Violating employee safety regulations
  •  Gang rape of female employees
  •  Human trafficking 
  •  Improper disposal of toxic waste
  •  Exposing military personnel in Iraq to contaminated food and water
  •  Improper billing 
  •  Child sex slave trafficking
  •  Child prostitution
  •  Gang rape of prostitutes
  •  Gang rape of female employees
  •  Improper billing 
  •  Employment discrimination
  •  Mistreatment of workers 
  •  Unsafe work practices
  •  Falsifying medical documents used to record injuries

Waste and Fraud

“The Commission estimates that waste and fraud together range from $31 billion to $60 billion. Given the often chaotic environment in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is a conservative estimate of the money that has been lost through contingency contracting. The Commission estimates that at the mid-range, waste and fraud during contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan averaged about $12 million every day for the past 10 years.” 



What’s the difference between a Third-Country National, an Indentured Servant and a Slave?

If slavery is illegal in the States, why is it legal on US bases in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Compare this 21st century Pentagon - Army Contractor - Slave triangle with the slave triangle of the 18th and 19th centuries. See Black History/Middle Passage. 


It is a nation built on the abolition of slavery, but there are at least 40,000 slaves in the US today. In the opening episode of Slavery: A 21st Century Evil, Al Jazeera's Rageh Omaar investigates food chain slavery in the US.