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DynCorp’s deviants participate in “bacha bazi” in Afghanistan (updated)

The tradition of Bacha Bazi "boy play" is alive and well in Afghanistan. Young boys are bought and sold, dressed up like women and forced to dance, at men only parties. Many times they are then raped or killed.

I can’t even put into words how sickened I am that one of our own US Government contractors would participate in the heinous child abuse, the ancient Afghan tradition of “bacha bazi” also known as “Afghan Dancing Boys”.

According to Wikipedia:
Bacha Bazi (translated from Persian: literally “playing with children”), also known as bacchá ‘ (from the Persian bacheh “child, young man, calf”) is a practice recognized as sexual slavery and child prostitution in which prepubescent children and adolescents are sold to wealthy or powerful men for entertainment and sexual activities. This business thrives in southern Afghanistan, where many men keep them as status symbols. Some of the individuals involved report being forced into sex. The authorities are barely attempting to crack down on the practice as “un-Islamic and immoral acts” but many doubt it would be effective since many of the men are powerful and well-armed former commanders.

An April 2010 documentary by Najibullah Quraishi about the practice was aired on PBS Frontline in the United States and True Stories in the UK on 20 April 2010. This film premiered at the Royal Society of Arts on 29 March 2010.

It would appear the State Department just has no business overseeing their contractors. First it was Armour Group and the naked drinking male orgies and now Dyncorp and their “dancing boys”. Come on Secretary Clinton, this is unacceptable! And don’t blame WikiLeaks!

This is not the first time Dyncorp has been accused of atrocities. I have blogged about DynCorp’s human trafficking violations in the Balkins. The movie The Whistleblower  highlighting these types of crimes was released in May of this year.  The Pentagon knew what they they were dealing with, why the hell did they give them a piece of  LOGCAP IV, or any other US Government contract?  Robert Gates and Hilary Clinton should be ashamed of the disgrace they let these companies proliferate.  Eric Holder needs to spend more time prosecuting and less time pontificating about  DoJ’s ten years of success on combating these crimes!

Ms Sparky

Foreign contractors hired Afghan ‘dancing boys’, WikiLeaks cable reveals

Episode fuelled Afghan demands that private security firms be brought much more under government control

  • WikiLeaks cables show Afghan interior minister Hanif Atmar was in a panic over the scandal involving foreign contractors. Atmar resigned in June this year.

A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young “dancing boys” to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try and “quash” the story, according to one of the US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks.

In a meeting with the assistant US ambassador, a panicked Hanif Atmar, the interior minister at the time of the episode last June, warned that the story would “endanger lives” and was particularly concerned that a video of the incident might be made public.

The episode helped to fuel Afghan demands that contractors and private security companies be brought under much tighter government control. However, the US embassy was legally incapable of honouring a request by Atmar that the US military should assume authority over training centres managed by DynCorp, the US company whose employees were involved in the incident in the northern province of Kunduz.

There is a long tradition of young boys dressing up as girls and dancing for men in Afghanistan, an activity that sometimes crosses the line into child abuse with Afghans keeping boys as possessions.

Although rarely discussed or criticised in Afghanistan, it is conceivable that the involvement of foreigners could have turned into a major public scandal. Atmar himself warned about public anger towards contractors, who he said “do not have many friends” and said they needed far greater oversight.

He also said tighter control was needed over Afghan employees of such companies as well.

“He was convinced that the Kunduz incident, and other events where mentors had obtained drugs, could not have happened without Afghan participation,” the cable said.

Two Afghan policemen and nine other Afghans were arrested as part of investigations into a crime described by Atmar as “purchasing a service from a child”, which the cable said was against both sharia law and the civil code.

He insisted that a journalist looking into the incident should be told that the story would endanger lives, and that the US should try to quash the story. But US diplomats cautioned against an “overreaction” and said that approaching the journalist involved would only make the story worse.

“A widely-anticipated newspaper article on the Kunduz scandal has not appeared but, if there is too much noise that may prompt the journalist to publish,” the cable said.

The strategy appeared to work when an article was published in July by the Washington Post about the incident, which made little of the affair, saying it was an incident of “questionable management oversight” in which foreign DynCorp workers “hired a teenage boy to perform a tribal dance at a company farewell party”.

In fact, the episode was causing palpitations at the top of government, including in the presidential palace.

The cable records: “Atmar said that President Karzai had told him that his (Atmar’s) ‘prestige’ was in play in management of the Kunduz DynCorp matter and another recent event in which Blackwater contractors mistakenly killed several Afghan citizens. The President had asked him ‘Where is the justice?'”

According to a separate cable both incidents helped fuel Afghan government demands “to hold a tighter rein over [private security companies]” – a demand that also led Atmar to offer that the overstretched police should take over protection for military convoys in the south of Afghanistan.

Earlier this year Karzai issued a decree calling for the dissolution of all private security companies by the end of the year, an edict that has since been slightly watered down.

In a meeting between Atmar and the assistant ambassador Joseph Mussomeli, the US diplomat said he was deeply upset by the incident and that the embassy was considering Afghan demands that the US military should beginning overseeing the DynCrop operations.

Privately, however, they knew that such an arrangement was not “legally possible under the DynCorp contract”. (Click HERE for original article)

Here’s another great article by Frontline. Unless I missed it, the main stream media is totally ignoring this one!

Updated December 6, 2010: An awesome article on this subject just came out written by my favorite Defense contractor writer David Isenberg at the Huffington Post. It’s Déjà Vu for DynCorp All Over Again

Updated December 7, 2010: It looks like the blogging community is picking up this story( because the MSM won’t). The Houston Press Blog Hairballs just published this WikiLeaks: Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops

Updated December 8, 2010: I’m glad to see BoingBoing picked up this story too!

Updated December 9, 2010: Another great article from Jason Linkins at HuffPo WikiLeaks Reveals That Military Contractors Have Not Lost Their Taste For Child Prostitutes very well worth the read!

It great to see the bloggers reporting what the MSM should be reporting. Here’s another post from The Legal Satyricon.

Updated December 10, 2010: (The State Department Responds) State Dept: No One Touched ‘Dancing Boy’ At DynCorp Party No one touches child victims of child pornography but that doesn’t make it OK!! What in the Hell is wrong with the State Department!

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  1. Comment by Camp Arifjan Watch:

    Gates is a Bushman and doesn’t give a rat’s ass what Obama says – he is part of the military complex.

    Hillary – Kuwait is wondering how you can preach when we still have the Cuba Base open and are allowing DoD Contractors to screw little boys in the other country we are at war in.

    Karzi is an idiot and so are all of his relatives. The cables are what they are – email about corrupt Karzi and his gang of theives taking our money to Dubai. Piss on his furry little hat.

    Eric Holder – I said a while ago he should resign. He has failed to prosecute Qui Tam cases that are there to recover taxpayer money.

    The only way to recover our money in Afghanistan is to shoot Karzi in the head along with all of his relatives. Why could the U.S. Army Afghan Hunting Club put that on their damn top targets list. THAT would deserve a Bronze Star to the soldier that can pull that one off. You will save the U.S. Government about 5 Trillion dollars.

    Smile Karzi – I can only hope you are on TV when the bullet takes your stupid hat off your head.

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  4. Comment by Sparky646:

    As I just explained on a HuffPo article linking here…

    This post is ridiculous and indicative of just how quickly false information spreads. In truth, Dyn and its management took the event very seriously and acted just as they should have in response to an event that was, at worst, in bad judgment. The “dancer” was 17 and a part of a local dancing group that was hired to perform at a variety of events including weddings and official events. There were no drugs and no sex. The company investigated the incident and terminated those involved for being culturally insensitive and having bad judgment — far less egregious offenses than your post implies.

    • Comment by Ms Sparky:

      I’m sure this is the Dyncorp company line. Sounds very similar to “Honest I really thought she was 18!” I’ll bet Dyncorp claims they were involved in underage prostitution in Bosnia either. And I seriously doubt this boy was in a legitimate “dance group”. Were there any girls dancing? And, what about this statement from Afghan Minister of Interior Hanif Atmar?

      “He was convinced that the Kunduz incident, and other events where mentors had obtained drugs, could not have happened without Afghan participation,” the cable said.

      Two Afghan policemen and nine other Afghans were arrested as part of investigations into a crime described by
      Atmar as “purchasing a service from a child”, which the cable said was against both sharia law and the civil code.

      I think you are naive to believe these boys dance by choice, they aren’t bought and sold and they aren’t raped.

      • Comment by Sparky646:

        I am not naive, as I am not commenting on anything other than this one specific incident involving DynCorp. Children being bought and sold and raped, is of course tragic. I just don’t see any evidence that that happened here. WaPo reported at the time that the State Department had determined that there was no evidence of criminal activity and I see no evidence of it now.

    • Comment by Dwight593:

      Sparky646 you talk like you were there. Were you? If so and you didn’t report it you are just as guilty. If you weren’t there then you you just talking the Dyncorp company line. Don’t drink the cool-aid. It doesn’t matter how old that “17 year old” boy was. When exactly do you think he was sold into the “boy toy” business? 5 or 6 maybe. What do you think they are going to do with him when he is too old to “dance”?

    • Comment by Ms Sparky:

      Also, I did not see your comment on the HuffPost article.

  5. Comment by rock walker:

    In Afghanistan, men are for pleasure and women for breeding purpose, this is proven every thursday, i.e. man love thursday..
    What do you expect from social morans who don’t allow gender mixing? What do you think occurs in U.S. prison systems. Sadly, this occurs throughout Islamic countries, not just Afghanistan. I lived in Saudi for years, never heard of the dancing boyz, but Arabs enjoy the comfort of young boys as well..

    • Comment by Ms Sparky:

      I remember being told that same thing by an Iraqi worker in Baghdad. The big difference here is the word “man”. These are young boys who are sold into bacha bazi. Age 5, 6, 7. That’s when they start their training. As Americans we ALL know it’s wrong and to participate in it is unacceptable.

      And people think I keep too close an eye on my 7 year old grandson. I don’t think so!

  6. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    I am glad to see the bloggers picking up this story. Here is another article from Houston Press.

    WikiLeaks: Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops

    For those that can’t or won’t click the link, bacha bazi is a pre-Islamic Afghan tradition that was banned by the Taliban. Bacha boys are eight- to15-years-old. They put on make-up, tie bells to their feet and slip into scanty women’s clothing, and then, to the whine of a harmonium and wailing vocals, they dance seductively to smoky roomfuls of leering older men.

    After the show is over, their services are auctioned off to the highest bidder, who will sometimes purchase a boy outright. And by services, we mean anal sex: The State Department has called bacha bazi a “widespread, culturally accepted form of male rape.” (While it may be culturally accepted, it violates both Sharia law and Afghan civil code.)

  7. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    I updated this post with a link to an new article on BoingBoing.

  8. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    It great to see the bloggers reporting what the MSM should be reporting. I update the post above with another post on this topic. This one from The Legal Satyricon.

  9. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    The State Department responds at TPMMuckraker “State Dept: No One Touched ‘Dancing Boy’ At DynCorp Party” see updated post above.

  10. Comment by Mike:

    Man love Thursday is for real. Most of the Afghan males are Gay. It’s true. It starts at a very young age. They also have “Donkey sex” which is also very common. Please don’t worry, young daughters are not left out. They are sold at a very young age, 12 to 16. About the Konduz RTC event: wow, you really took everything out of the true context simply to throw stones at DynCorp. Here’s the deal (yes, I was there). The location of the event was a large school with approximately 300 Police Students. There’s also about 30 Afghan Police Instructors. These Afghan Teachers are actually Police, whom are assigned to the RTC, and tasked with training. The American Cops are there to oversee the training. The Students and Teachers live on “one-side” of the camp, and the Americans live on the “other-side” of the cmp. Okay. I hope o’re tracking. Now, the Afghans had a few days off for some type of National Holiday. “They”, the Afghan Teachers, brought these two male dancers on to the RTC, and these dancers danced for the Afghan Students and Afghan Teacers on “their side” of the camp. We witnessed the event, and naturally we thought it was pretty “gay-looking” for men to dance for other men. But, we already know their mostly gay, so there you go. Now, we had a party scheduled for some Americans that were leaving. A couple of the American Cops (one of them was a woman) thought it would be funny to have these dancers dance for the site manager that going home after 2.5 years. This manager was known to play jokes on everyone, and this “pay-back time”. The cops arranging this were ignorant about the whole “Bacha Boy” thing. So the party happens, and the Afghan Dancer comes out, and dances around the leaving manager. It was one and a half songs, and then the American-DynCorp Commander shut it down, and said the jokes over. There was no touching, no nudity, etc. About a week later, the Company bosses hear about this event, and they fired the RTC Commander. The State Dept. hears about this, and they conduct an investigation. They saw it for what it was. The Afghan Government hears about it, and yes, they want to keep it on the “down-low” because they fear that the Talaban will exploit this event, and stir up the local population. Similar to what you’re doing. Yes, I was there. It was a joke in bad taste, and the company did the right thing and fired the boss that allowed this to happen. Yes, the top Afghan cop was fired, and every Afghan involved was jailed until they paid-off the police. Again, you don’t understand how it works here. The police see it as a chance to make money. This event has nothing to do with Bosnia, and you cloud te issue with unrelated nonsense. Are there lots of drugs here in Afghanistan, both ilegal and prescription? YES. And DnCorp tests us for drug use, and they FIRE anyone that tests positive. Thats’ h deal. Go on and throw stones at me now.

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