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Burn-pit claimants will appeal judge’s dismissal

Posted June 6, 2013 By Ms Sparky

Patricia Kime – (Air Force Times) – June 4, 2013 – Attorneys representing former troops and family members who say they were sickened by exposure to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan are appealing a judge’s dismissal of their cases.

Alexandria, Va., lawyer Susan Burke and attorneys from the South Carolina firm Motley & Rice filed an appeal Wednesday arguing that Maryland U.S. District Court Judge Roger Titus’s decision in February to toss out 57 consolidated lawsuits filed against KBR, Inc., was “non-justifiable.”

Titus ruled Feb. 28 that as a government contractor working in a war zone, KBR was entitled to the same legal protection and immunity as U.S. armed forces operating in combat. He also argued that the court did not have jurisdiction to rule on decisions made by another branch of government.

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DoJ warns of fallout in Army-KBR contract dispute

Posted June 6, 2013 By Ms Sparky

Jim McElhatton – (Federal Times) – June 4, 2013 – The outcome of a court battle between the Army and KBR over the final stages of LOGCAP III, the largest government services contract in U.S. history, could affect tens of thousands of federal contracts while creating “enormous uncertainty” for vendors and the government alike, according to the Justice Department.

The warning, delivered in the footnote of a recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims pleading, marks the latest development in a dispute to decide how to close out the 12-year-old, $38 billion military logistics contract supporting military operations in Iraq.

While the Army has pushed to change the LOGCAP III pricing structure to a firm, fixed-price basis, KBR has sued to keep the closeout work under the existing cost-reimbursable arrangement. Read the remainder of this entry »

(Global Times) – June 2, 2013 – Two soldiers and a civilian contractor of the NATO-led coalition forces were killed Saturday in two separate incidents in eastern Afghanistan.

“One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member and one ISAF Civilian was killed during a direct fire attack in eastern Afghanistan today,” said the NATO-led ISAF in a press statement.

Another coalition service member was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack.

However, it did not reveal the nationalities of the victims under the ISAF policy.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, launched in late April an annual rebel offensive against Afghan and about 100,000 NATO-led forces stationed in the country.

The latest casualties bring the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 70 this year. (Click HERE for original article)

Former Navy Engineer Pleads Guilty to Organizing and Managing Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme; Associate Admits to Stealing Government Funds

Ralph  Mariano admits to defrauding U.S. Government of between $7 and $20 million  dollars; R.I.  Attorney Mary O’Rourke admits theft of over $200,000 of government funds

(DoJ) – PROVIDENCE,  R.I. – May 30, 2013 – Ralph M. Mariano, of Warwick, R.I., a former senior systems engineer  with the United States Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Newport,  R.I., and Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence,  R.I., today to conspiracy and to defrauding the U.S. Government of between $7  million and $20 million by directing co-conspirators to bill the Navy for work  that was never performed, announced Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney  for the District of Rhode Island.

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And What Happens To Them After That?

Posted May 31, 2013 By Ms Sparky

Sudhama Ranganathan – (Indy Bay Media) – May 29, 2013 – Rape is the last thing we want to think about when we consider our military service members.  It just seems like the antitheses of everything they are supposed to stand for, we as a nation are supposed to stand for and what we want others to see when they encounter our military.  We want to project strength, but also the best possible representation of the nation that is known for protecting and helping to promote freedoms, liberties and rights worldwide.  We want people to think of us in the best possible light and as a people that respect others, both for what we have in common and our differences.

Unfortunately, over the past twelve or thirteen years our military, plus our intelligence services and associated publicly contracted private security and private intelligence contractors, have built a reputation for all manner of sex related hijinks and troubles.  They have been known to trade in flesh, as well as to be involved in rape, pedophilia and pederasty.

Contractors, trained during their own US military tenure, have had all manner of problems regarding these things.  One company in particular, DynCorp has in fact proven, through a repeated and consistent pattern of such instances, to have a culture within their organization that tolerates such behavior.

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