LOGCAP II Dyncorp prostitution movie released
Roger Friedman – September 14th, 2010 – By the time I finished watching Rachel Weisz in her new thriller, “The Whistleblower,” I wanted all my money back from those UNICEF cartons.
This exciting film debuted at Toronto on Monday afternoon and I mean, it really got wild cheers and people going crazy at the end to meet Weisz, the filmmaker, and the woman upon whose experiences the film was based.
Larysa Kondracki has made a film certainly inspired by and as good as “Silkwood,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Norma Rae” or “Klute.”
Weisz–in a non-stop, gripping performance– plays Kathy Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who went to Bosnia as part of a peacekeeping team and wound up the head of the UN’s Gender Relations division there.
Bolkovac uncovered a massive human trafficking scandal involving the UN and a frightening real life company called DynCorp in Bosnia. When she went public she was threatened, fired, harrassed.
She lives in the Netherlands now, and has been essentially blacklisted from working in international positions.
The depiction of what DynCorp employees in Bosnia allegedly did to young women who’d been (again, allegedly) kidnapped or bought by them for sex was so intense that a woman at yesterday afternoon’s screening left the theater and immediately fainted out front.
The movie is that intense.
For Weisz, the screening seemed overwhelming, too. It was the first time she’d seen the movie, and experienced the incredible audience reaction.
Somehow, Rachel told me, she managed to put playing Kathy away at the end of the day and go home without nightmares. She and husband, director Darren Aronofsky, who has “Black Swan” here, have a child. They can’t bring Hollywood home.
Still, the whole Bolkovac saga is quite shocking. She told me at yesterday’s screening that the UN–yes, the United Nations–whom she worked for and represented–has never commented on what happened to her. So she’s written a book, also called “The Whistleblower,” that will be published in January.
If Bolkovac’s book is just a fraction of exciting as the movie, her story should be a big deal this winter.
Meantime, do read that Wikipedia entry on DynCorp. It will blow your mind. (Click HERE for the original article)
Not-So-Hot Off the Press: Human Trafficking Report
Amy Biegelsen – September 14, 2010 – The State Department’s internal watchdog has released a report stamped “sensitive but unclassified” that assesses a unit in charge of fighting human trafficking — five years after the report was written.
The audit of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons comes as part of a final batch of unreleased Bush-era reports that the State Department inspector general has been redacting and making available to the public. The effort ramped up in 2008 after then-acting Inspector General Harold Geisel ordered more reports made public, says Doug Welty, a spokesman for the watchdog. Almost 400 reports have been released since then.
Any tidbits of information published by the State Department about human trafficking are closely watched by human rights groups, who worry that U.S. officials have not been tough enough in probing allegations of wrongdoing. A Center for Public Integrity investigation in July found no contractors have been prosecuted for alleged sex trafficking in war zones despite allegations of contractor employees procuring commercial sex acts.
The newly released report, which has some portions redacted, sheds little light on human trafficking investigations. Instead, the 2005 report congratulates the office on its “forceful and successful” efforts to combat trafficking. It also congratulates the 24-employee unit on transforming an annual report to Congress from a humble document with “pedestrian production values, lack of photos, and bland presentation of material” into an important public diplomacy tool of 256 pages “on glossy paper with photos and highlights in box inserts.”
FAST FACT: The 2005 watchdog report made five recommendations to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, mostly involving administrative issues. Among the recommendations: employees should be “mining research for best practices” to use in anti-trafficking programs and creating written procedures to document the foreign grants for trafficking prevention that the office administers. (Click HERE for the original article)
KBR’s prostitution movie
So here is my question. When they get ready to cast for KBR’s prostitution movie, who will be cast as KBR’s alleged pimp daddy’s John Reddy, Bruce Chirinko, Micheal Peck or Donald Vannoy to name a few?
I am casting Jim Nabors as John Reddy. Let me know who you would cast for the stars of KBR’s own prostitution block buster!
Personally I find it disturbing the Department of Defense is even doing business with Dyncorp after their illegal activities in Bosnia. What in the hell is wrong with the DoD? I guess the end justifies the means where they are concerned.