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Triple Canopy in hot water with Feds over claims of Iraq contract fraud

“Although the security situation in Iraq has improved, companies need to understand their operations in the country are still not without risk,” said Fay. The session will focus on risk mitigation, critical planning and social engagement strategies, as well as what qualities to consider when working with security firms. ~Matthew Fay, Vice President of business development at Triple Canopy

United States Sues Virginia-based Contractor for False Claims Under Contract for Security in Iraq

Allegedly Billed US for Security Guards Who Did Not Meet Contract Requirements

(DoJ) – October 31, 2012 – The United States has filed a complaint against a Virginia-based contractor alleging that the company submitted false claims for unqualified security guards under a contract to provide security in Iraq, the Justice Department announced today.  The company, Triple Canopy Inc. is headquartered in Reston, Va.

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Maybe This is Why the PMSC Industry is Supposedly Cost-Effective

David Isenberg – (Isenberg Institute of Strategic Satire) – May 15, 2012 – Continuing on with the topic of worker exploitation let’s turn to a recently published, and unfortunately overlooked, article “Cheap help from Uganda” published in Le Monde diplomatique in France.. The article’s subtitle “Slaves To The Private Military In Iraq” pretty much tells you what the article is about.

The article recounts how private security firms won lucrative contracts to supply support staff and security guards to back up US forces in Iraq. The firms recruited Ugandans and pushed them to the limit, on low pay and no benefits.

Of course, this is hardly the first time this has happened. I noted in my book that in in September 2007, a Nevada-based private security ?rm called SOC-SMG started recruiting in Namibia. People there needed jobs, but when news spread about the risks they’d face in Iraq, there was public outcry, and in October Namibia kicked the company’s offcials out of the country.

Still, that episode is useful to recall because SOC-SMG is also mentioned in the Le Monde article.

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David Isenberg: A Morally Reprehensible Problem

These people thought they had a job that provided a good wage, food and housing. They found out they had none of that. (2008 LOGCAP Scandal)

David Isenberg – (Huffington Post) – May 3, 2012 – I confess: I have an interest in an unseemly topic. Last year I coauthored a report on the subject and testified before Congress about it. The subject is labor trafficking.

So let’s give credit where it is due. On May 1, the International Stability Operations Association, a leading private military and security contracting trade association and the American Bar Association hosted a Combating Labor Trafficking: Legal and Compliance Mechanisms in the Fight Against Forced Labor conference. The coordinating partners for the event were such major companies as DynCorp International, Triple Canopy, FSI Worldwide, and Principal Risk Solutions.

This is not, of course, a problem exclusive to the PMSCO sector but neither is it something that has happened only now and then either. Suffice it to say that it enough of a problem that this is the second conference ISOA organized on the issue, the first being seven years ago. The conference program guide minced no words in stating why a conference is necessary:

Labor trafficking is a disgraceful practice that plagues many country as well as international peacekeeping and stability operations. Poverty creates pools of desperate labor at high risk of human trafficking of all kinds, including forced labor. The problem is morally reprehensible but of such enormous complexity it cannot be solved by a single sector and must be addressed by stakeholders working in partnership from all sides — private, governmental, nongovernmental and humanitarians sectors; clients and employers

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Judge Tosses KBR Defense to Feds’ False Claims Case

“More Cost….More Plus” as the KBR managers used to say!

Ryan Abbott – (Courthouse News) – WASHINGTON – Defense contractor KBR cannot deflect fraud claims by accusing the U.S. government of failing to provide “force protection,” a federal judge ruled.

Formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root Services, the contractor faces up to $300 million in civil penalties and treble damages on charges that it overbilled the government for private security contractors in Iraq.

The Army hired KBR to provide logistical services, such as transportation, maintenance, facilities management and dining facilities, for U.S. military operations around the world. But the contract excluded payment for armed contractors that provide security for KBR and its subcontractors.

Though KBR hired Triple Canopy, Omega Risk Solutions and Al Dhahir to provide security for executives in Iraq, the government says it should have relied on military protection. Its 2010 complaint alleges that KBR collected “more than $100 million in payments related to private security.”

In a 2011 answer and a counterclaim, KBR accused the government of not providing enough security.

Chief U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed the counterclaim Monday but said the contractor can try revising the claim to pass muster at a later date.

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You’ll pay for that & other news

“When I served four years in the military, it wasn’t so that Bechtel, KBR, Halliburton and all the other corporations could make money and buy politicians to further drag out the war and create policies that support all that,” Bodell said. “I fought for the Constitution, for representation and for freedom of the American people.” ~ Kole Bodell, Salt Lake City, UT

Ex-officer indicted for coercing soldiers
(Windsor Star) – January 21, 2012 – A former Danish officer has been indicted for threatening to send troops under his command to the Afghan front line if they refuse to pay a fine for certain errors, website Politiken said Friday.

The 33-year-old, in charge of a royal guard unit in Afghanistan, “put pressure on a number of soldiers in Afghanistan daily to contribute to a system of illegal financial penalties,” said the website.

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