Friday, September 24, 2010

Modern mercenaries make big profits

On July 31, 2006, an employee of the Louis Berger Group, a contractor handling some of the most important U.S. rebuilding projects in Afghanistan, handed federal investigators explosive evidence that the company was intentionally and systematically over billing American taxpayers.

Neither the whistle-blower's computer disk full of incriminating documents nor a trail of allegations of waste, fraud and shoddy construction prevented Louis Berger from continuing to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts.

In fact, two months after the government learned of the employee's allegations, the U.S. Agency for International Development tapped Louis Berger to oversee another $1.4 billion in reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan.

Contractors accused of fraud and over billing continue to get military support and reconstruction contracts.

The only explanation is that they share a portion of their blood money with bureaucrats and politicians, in the form of bribes, kickbacks and campaign contributions. In return, the bureaucrats and politicians continue and expand our wars.

When will anyone start investigating that side of the story?

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