Dissecting DynCorp’s statements about the “Dancing Boy”
The investigation found that, although there were no illegal behaviors, (Again, From the Cable Atmar states: “The crime he was pursuing was “purchasing a service from a child,” which in Afghanistan is illegal under both Sharia law and the civil code, and against the ANP Code of Conduct for police officers who might be involved.”) personnel exhibited extremely poor judgment in allowing the performance to occur in the first place, (We agree here!) and several people were terminated (Who was terminated? The Americans or Afghani’s or both). Directly following the incident, DynCorp International senior leadership flew in-country to provide face-to-face ethics and compliance training at each of the regional training centers, and subsequently undertook other initiatives to provide the best possible safeguards against inappropriate behavior. (Why would DynCorp do this if, according to Joe Kale, the rumors were “sensational and inaccurate and are baseless”? Why not just throw your PR people at it?)
Unrelated to the incident, (Really? I don’t believe that for a minute!) over the past year and a half we have developed an enhanced Code of Ethics and Business Conduct; created a position of Chief Compliance Officer to oversee all ethics and compliance issues; introduced an independently-maintained hotline (anonymous?) to provide employees with a 24-7 channel to register complaints if they believe an instance of wrongdoing has occurred; and have taken other actions to further strengthen our companywide dedication to ethical behavior. (Glad this is happening! Bosnia should have been your first….second……or third clue you had ethics issues. Better late than never I guess!)
DynCorp International is committed to conducting business with uncompromising integrity and professionalism, and we take any instances of wrongdoing seriously. As part of that commitment, we clearly define expectations, train employees according to those expectations, and hold people accountable for their behaviors. We also act swiftly and consistently if shortcomings are identified. (This is just corporate blah blah blah! You all say it, but few mean it. Your level of commitment seems to be directly proportional to the amount of $$$ at stake.)
While this incident was an example of poor judgment on the part of a few individuals, every day thousands of employees around the world do the right thing under the most difficult and challenging circumstances. (This is true. So why not honor those and just man up and tell the truth. It would have been so much better. DynCorp management is just sinking lower and lower into the lie and it’s making all DynCorp employees look bad!) Thank you for everything you do to serve today for a safe tomorrow.
– Joe Kale
Please take a moment and read the State Department cable (PDF) between U.S. Assistant Ambassador Mussomeli and Afghanistan Minister of Interior (MoI) Hanif Atmar. There is serious concern on the part of Atmar about the “Kunduz Regional Training Center (RTC)” incident involving DynCorp.
According to the WP, The State Department calls bacha bazi a “widespread, culturally accepted form of male rape,” but DynCorp denies that the local boy hired for the party did anything other than dancing. The State Department claims “no touching” was involved. This is most likely true because the boys are normally auctioned off to the highest bidder for sexual purposes after the performance. DynCorp denies that the local boy hired for the party did anything other than dancing. And they would know this beyond doubt because…..? How would they know and why would they admit it now?
According to the WP, At least two videos were shot of the dancing at the farewell party in April (2009) at a DynCorp base in Kunduz, in northeastern Afghanistan, according to DynCorp employees who have seen copies. One version, according to several who have seen it, showed some 15 DynCorp personnel egging on the dancer, who came from a nearby village and was dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, with a long scarf tied around his waist, as he moved around a DynCorp employee sitting on a single chair in a courtyard.
“The whole event, hiring an Afghan dancer to perform for a non-Afghan audience, we felt could be seen as culturally insensitive and an example of poor judgment,” Ebner said. So, was he dancing for Afghani’s, Americans or was it a mixed crowd? I’m confused. Who was the guest of honor sitting in the chair? If anyone has a copy of or link to this video I would be interested in seeing it.
I wonder if anyone from Dyncorp has followed up with the “owner” of this boy, yes he is property, to find out if he has fallen victim to some freak accident resulting in his death after this story broke. That’s what they do to these boys when they become a liability or want to leave, they kill them.
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