December 17th, 2009
05:44 PM ET

Lawmaker: Are contractors paying off Afghan warlords?

Congress is launching a broad-ranging investigation into possible waste, misuse and corruption tied to billions of taxpayer dollars used to support private military contractors in Afghanistan.
Among the questions being raised is whether money provided in a nearly $2.2 billion trucking contract in the war-torn country went to pay off local warlords and the Taliban.

Read more about the investigation

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  1. American Delight

    Isn't this precisely what the United States government has proposed to do with its new Taliban "reintegration" policy? Our officials want to buy off the supposedly non-ideological "small-t" taliban.

    So... it's okay when the White House, State Department, or Pentagon support it, but when contractors do it, Congress holds hearings. Got it.

    January 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ricardo

    As a former KBR contract employee who has been to both Iraq and Afghanistan, I can say without a doubt that pay-off`s are just the tip of the iceburg. The only reason the American public isnt raising hell is because they are keeped in the dark and out of touch with the reality of what the contractors are up too. They have a system in place where the fox guards the hen house and a system thats totally confusing to honest people. We have reason to believe something`s not right but the mess is too big and too deep for our elected officials to step in.
    Take the plumbers, electricians, HVAC or other trades for example... Not only are they installing the work but often they are eating, living and working for the same people who are supervising and inspecting thier work. It`s often done with substandard material and incompetent supervision in charge. KBR for example often hired foriegn nationals who barely spoke broken english to install mission critical electrical systems. They can pay them much less than American electricians and these guy`s dont question supervision about hazardous wiring methods because they dont know any better. One would think that only highly qualified craftsmen would be in supervision but the truth is most of the guy`s in the field working with the tools are much more qualified than the lying yes-men and women giving the orders.
    There are rumors that a few contractors had fired hundreds of workers over a period of time and continued to charge them off to the various projects as if they were still in country. What does America expect from Big Contractors who are willing to set up shop in places like the Caymen Islands in order to skirt American labor laws and ethics. What does tthis say about the lawmakers who not only allowed this to happen but endorsed these companies just as they did Wallstreet, Big Insurance and Big Banking.
    Payoff`s, Fraud, and Cover-Up`s ??? Our military men and women remain awsome!!!

    December 18, 2009 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tahera

    When i was working in Afghanistan, People always had this view that when US government announce budget for Afghanistan, not all of them are used for the right purposes, and the good example was NGOs operations. I was always fighting against this thought, but now study shows, i was/am wrong. The money is budgeted under name of Afghanistan, but (IF) at the background halve of this budget is used to provide security for TALIBAN. This is totally unfair and against international law, and humanity, because thousands of life is scarified on this channel. There has to be a deep investigation to find out this serious issue.
    But I am glad the voice of afghan locals have been heard and this issue end up in investigation.

    December 18, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    if this is true then it only goes to show the government people cannot be trusted and need to be investigated right away.
    our tax money should not be in there hands whatssoever,..

    December 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |