monkeyFuzz (3398671) writes "According to the article... Over the past decade, the U.S. military has outsourced its overseas base-support responsibilities to private contractors who have filled the lowest-paying jobs on military bases with so-called third-country nationals, migrant workers who are neither American citizens nor locals. As of January 2014, there were 37,182 third-country nationals working on bases in the U.S. Central Command region, which includes Afghanistan and Iraq, outnumbering both American and local contract workers.
South Asian workers are at the bottom of the social hierarchy on U.S. bases. They earn far less than American or European contractors, work 12-hour days with little or no time off and, on some bases, aren’t allowed to use cellphones or speak to military personnel. These laborers do the cooking, cleaning, laundry, construction and other support tasks necessary to operate military facilities. In Afghanistan, they primarily come from India and Nepal, and are employed by subcontractors for one of two large American companies, Fluor Corp. and Dyncorp International, which manage U.S. bases in Afghanistan under the Department of Defense’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). Dozens of subcontracting companies, mostly headquartered in the Persian Gulf, work on Fluor and Dyncorp contracts.
The U.S. government has been aware of inequities and violations in the military contracting system for at least eight years. In 2012, both the Obama administration and Congress issued new rules to curtail these problems. But no contractor has ever been prosecuted, suspended or fined for trafficking abuses on U.S. military contracts. When pressed for a reason, McCahon responded: “If you look at most of the defense contractors, the large entities, they tend to be staffed and headed by former generals. They still have friends in the Pentagon.”" Link to Original Source top
Senate subcommittee held hearing on case it described as 'one of the largest fraud investigations' in Army history. The Senate's Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., held a hearing on Tuesday to address a case involving fraud and abuse in Army recruiting that it has described as “one of the largest fraud investigations” Army investigators have ever handled in size and numbers of people involved.
More than 1,200 Army recruiters and assistants are under investigation on suspicion of fraud involving tens of millions of dollars from a program aimed at boosting recruitment during the Iraq war, according to papers released on Monday by a congressional panel.
One person, now under prosecution, was fraudulently paid $275,000 under the recruitment program, and four other top recipients received more than $100,000 each, documents from a panel of the Senate Homeland Security committee said.
The Pirate Bay has switched to a new domain name again in the matter of days – from thepiratebay.ac to thepiratebay.pe, and has revealed that the new system they are developing will make the domain name system completely ‘irrelevant’ thereby closing the loophole of domain takedowns forever." Link to Original Source top
monkeyFuzz (3398671) writes "A quick search just now on google news suggests that as expected the main stream media in the US has predictably ignored the Million Mask March event from its coverage. Wondering what./ers think of this event and of any of you are participating." Link to Original Source