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WikiLeaks: DynCorp Responds To Dancing Boys Scandal
John Nova Lomax – December 9, 2010 – In the wake of our story about DynCorp’s ill-fated Afghan dance party, DynCorp’s vice president of communications Ashley Vanarsdall Burke has sent in an official response.
The company says that there was no truth to the allegation made in the headline ““Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops” or several other allegations made in official cables from the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan that were publicized by WikiLeaks.
We were taken to task for not contacting them first and then Burke laid out the “facts” as the company sees them.
Burke stated that “a handful of individuals were found to have exercised extremely poor judgment and acted inappropriately. It is important to note, however, that the inaccurate and bizarre allegations contained in your story are false and recklessly irresponsible.”
What really happened, according to Burke, was this:
As part of an employee’s going away party, a 17 year old local Afghan dancer who performed at local events such as weddings and other celebrations, was hired to perform a traditional Afghan dance. Recognizing that the situation was culturally insensitive, a site manager stopped the performance. Despite the fact that the performance was stopped, the situation was investigated. What was determined was that the leadership of the team exhibited poor judgment and were subsequently terminated. That is the whole story; no alcohol or drugs were involved, or other illegal behaviors occurred.”
I have been following and researching this deplorable bacha bazi “dancing boys” custom in Afghanistan since I learned of it. I published an article a couple of days ago after a article in the UK came out. Where’s the main stream media on Dyncorp’s Dancing Boys and repeated trafficking in persons offenses? Where’s the outrage from our politicians? Where is the outrage from Secretary Clinton, President Obama? Where is the outrage from US citizens? I say “Thank God for Wikileaks!” We would have never known about this contractor perversion otherwise! Thank God for The Huffington Post and reporters like David Isenberg!~ Ms Sparky
David Isenberg Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq
Posted: December 6, 2010 08:47 AM
For an example of how just one transgression can lead to endless bad publicity consider the movie titled The Whistleblower that was released earlier this year. To summarize the plot, in Bosnia in 1999, Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.S. policewoman served as a U.N. peacekeeper. Her post was with the International Police Task Force which was arranged by DynCorp Aerospace. She was assigned to run the IPTF office that investigates sex trafficking, domestic abuse and sexual assault. She ultimately alleges that peacekeepers, U.N. workers and international police are visiting brothels and facilitating sex trafficking by forging documents and aiding the illegal transport of woman into Bosnia. DynCorp responds by firing Bolkovac, who returns to the U.S. and files a wrongful termination case. She wins the suit but says she’s still blacklisted.
Put bluntly, DynCorp was involved in a sex slavery scandal in Bosnia in 1999, with its employees accused of rape and the buying and selling of girls as young as 12. Dyncorp, hired to perform police duties for the UN and aircraft maintenance for the US Army, were implicated in prostituting the children, whereas the company’s Bosnia site supervisor filmed himself raping two women. A number of employees were transferred out of the country, but with no legal consequences for them. Read the remainder of this entry »