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Bagram Contractor Owes $2.9M in Mercenary Suit

(Courthouse News) – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  January 22, 2013 – A defense contractor accused of sending mercenaries to loot equipment for Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan owes $2.9 million, a jury ruled.      MAKS General Trading & Contracting Co., a Kuwait company, won the verdict after a three-week trial against Tenessee-based EODT Technology.

The federal complaint alleged that EODT hired MAKS as a subcontractor in 2009 to provide security and build temporary homes for U.S. troops in a construction compound in Kabul.

MAKS said it was halfway through its job when EODT “deployed a team of paramilitaries equipped with assault weapons” to steal 90 homes in a “military-styled invasion.”

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Nurturing a toxic culture and other news

…the toxic culture of the military allows “open and blatant sexual harassment to occur on a daily basis,” and retaliates against its opponents…

…While the military claims a zero-tolerance policy and touts systematic reforms regarding rape and sexual assault, “this rhetoric has failed to change the misogynistic culture of the Army and has not resulted in any meaningful reform or reduction in sexual assaults”… – Military Accused of Nursing Culture of Rape & Retaliation

Halliburton senior vice-president and six others nabbed in prostitution sting
Clifford Pugh – (Culture Map) – October 12, 2012 –  A Halliburton senior vice president and six others were arrested Thursday in an undercover prostitution sting in north Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office vice unit focused on suspects soliciting sex online and set up the sting operation from a motel located off I-45 and FM 1960.

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Surprise, it’s ICE baby!

This event came as a complete surprise to us. We are a very responsibly run company, and adhere to the highest ethical standards.

EOD Technology offices raided by Iraq reconstruction agents, other feds

December 8. 2010 – A team of special agents raided a pair of office buildings operated by EOD Technology. Wednesday in Lenoir City and Roane CountyAgents sifted through paperwork after dark in Roane County. EOD Technology is a private security contractor that does millions of dollars in business with the United States Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, and agents from the office the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction combed through offices at EOD’s Roane County facility, loading up large boxes and hauling them to a back room.

ICE and that Special Inspector General’s office have investigating issues on a national scale before. Typically, they deal with alleged fraud as it pertains to overseas services.

None of the agencies involved, including the United States Attorney’s office will comment as to what exactly they’re investigating. They will only say they obtained a warrant to search the properties.

The two searches are just the latest for what has been a bad couple of months of publicity for the East Tennessee based contractor.

A few months back, the United States Senate Armed Services Committee found that EOD Technology and other private security contractors relied on Afghani strongment to fulfill taxpayer paid contracts.

In one case, the government found EOD’s background checks didn’t find that the people it hired had previously given sensitive information to the Taliban. By contacting previous employers, the government was able to find out employees of EOD were actually fired from old jobs for the security breaches, then hired by EOD.

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Hand over those CHUs! (Updated)

Loudon firm EODT sued for $3M, accused of stealing shelters in Afghanistan

Bill Brewer - October 24, 2010 – Afghanistan isn’t the only place where EOD Technology is facing conflict with foreign forces.

The Loudon County-based defense contractor finds itself under attack in a Knoxville federal court, accused of stealing at gunpoint more than $1 million worth of prefabricated shelters made from shipping containers used at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

The incident allegedly occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 2009, when EODT security personnel stormed a compound used by a Kuwaiti prefab housing manufacturer in Kabul, Afghanistan. The lawsuit, which said the Kuwaiti company was paying EODT to protect the Kabul manufacturing compound, also claimed the EODT security guards loaded “housing modules” on 15 flatbed trucks while holding employees of the Kuwaiti manufacturer at gunpoint before leaving.

The suit, filed late last week in U.S. District Court, further stated that EODT’s paramilitary personnel delivered some 90 housing modules to Bagram Air Field, where they are being used by U.S. service personnel, before Afghan police “halted further thefts.” EODT is a contractor to the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan.

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