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Dissecting DynCorp’s statements about the “Dancing Boy”

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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.

Ms Sparky

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9 Comments

  1. Comment by An old friend:

    From what I have heard. Dyncorp is on its way out of the Afghan region. I do know they have lost the contract on a few bases. I think that it is time that they clean house of these companies that do not do over site on their employees. The cover ups are not cover ups we always find out. You think people would realize this by now.

    • Comment by What!:

      All rumor, my friend. No one is on their way out except the U.S citizens who are losing their jobs to illegal foreign workers who are not authorized to work in the country of Afghan – see CENTCOM Directive Concerning the Illegal Employment of Filipinos/Nepalese workers who are not authorized to work in Afghanistan. In fact, concerning the ANP contract, just keep your eyes open for the press release concerning the award of contract. DI has retained or “won” it for a period of two years. The news will be coming out on a news loop anytime now. I believe the reason they’re waiting on the official word is because of all the bad press that’s been swirling around. If they release it as close to the long weekend break no one will pay any attention until next year. Watch it to be announced anytime between today, 21 Dec -23 Dec; point to DI…someone should write about why a company working on a DoD Contract continues to violate the top commander’s directive concerning unauthorized foreign nationals or OCNS/TCNs and the deadline for them to leave the country. Flour and DI are direct violators.

      • Comment by Sparky1224:

        I had the “pleasure” of being a transient employee of Dyncorp the last time I was in Afghanistan, 02/2010 through 09/2010 and got to witness many violations concerning the care, custody, and control of these workers. From doing laundry in the showers, to unsanitary food conditions, overcrowding in living quarters, huge mounds of refuse scattered all over South Park transient living areas, risks of disease, and injury.
        I myself, being an expat employee, was not issued a laundry bag and therefore not able to do my laundry at the Camp Hicks facility, I was not issued a meal card and therefore had to eat the same food and be exposed to the same unsanitary conditions, unless my SF friends invited me to their facility. I addresed these issues with management on Camp Hicks, only to recieve the treatment any troublemaker would be given.

    • Comment by Sparky1224:

      It is about Dyncorp management practices and the management staff they choose to operate in theater. I have been witness to fraud, waste, abuse, intimidation, non- compliance, human trafficking, you name it. It seems to be the norm for Kandahar and all points south in Afghanistan. These management types that seem to feel there is no accountability for their daily actions, processes, and systems of behavior, have no concept of what it takes to care for our service members in theater.
      It can be labeled, for lack of a better word, “LOGCAP Syndrome”. I feel it is time to implement a proposed idea that civilian contractors be hired by a unit directly, travel with said unit, and have the support of said unit. This way all the waste, fraud, and abuse will be cut out, those who really want to help our service members will be allowed to do so without a group of moronic supervisors standing in their way. It is time Kandahar, Leatherneck, and southern Afghanistan were managed by ability, instead of ego and the “Good Ole Boy” system. Walk into Camp Hicks on Kandahar and you will see what I am refering to.

  2. Comment by justice4all:

    Dyncorp can spin anything to look like the innocent company that is being “picked on” Your comments nail it, I really like this portion of Joe Kales statements with your commentary:
    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.)

    You are soooo right, it is always about the money. Whether it is about dancing boys, fraud, injury & deaths of employees – Dyncorp lacks accountability at ALL costs (especially if it will cost them money).

  3. Comment by David Isenberg:

    Love it. Who knew that DynCorp’s PR people studied Orwell’s famous book 1984?

    Talk about being multilingual!
    I had no idea they were fluent in NewSpeak

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  5. Comment by whatdoudo:

    My suggestion- make Afgahnistan the pit hole prison of the world. Take all the pedifiles,slave traders, rapists… that you find on the pedifle map–take every one of them and dump them in Afghanistan and not ever allow them return. Then take all the women and children out of Afghanistan. How can we as a nation believe that we are going to influence moral vlues, when our own prison system is mostly made up of drug dealers while the molestors and pedifiles and rapists are free to live among us? What ARE WE doing within our own country to make changes and care enough to post and make comments on this subject matter. What are WE doing as cititzens to demand change within our own mucked up system? Not much. So, if we are just going to point fingers and blame money–ok. But, what good does it really do? Our own system of how to deal with the sickened criminals is really no different than that of the mindset of the country we are talking about right now. Look at the prison statistics, then go online and look at all the sickos living outside of that prison system-that have freedoms and living in your neighborhood. What kind of nation says “its ok to rape my daughter, but my son that has an addiction to drugs needs to spend 10 years in prison?” (OUR nation does)….and nobody minds, or even raises notice to it. And then you except for our nation to stand by good moral judgement and be accountable when dealing with the same mindset of basically an entire nation of men? come on! If our own thought process as a nation, is that its better to lock up people with drug addictions than it is with sickened sexual addictions- you really think we give one hoot about the children and people being abused in other countries? Our goverment makes more money off of our prison system than any dyncorp is making off of a government contract.

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