January 9, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib prison of conspiring to torture detainees has paid $5.28 million to detainees held at the prison and other US detention centers in Iraq. The detainees filed suit against two military defense contractors in ...[read more]
August 28, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On August 28, 2007, the US Department of Defense announced that it would send an investigation team to Iraq to look into allegations of fraud and corruption related to military contracts. In July 2007, federal authorities charged a former school teacher with accepting kickbacks from contractors ...[read more]
August 2, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 2, 2011, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, stated that US troops needed to be granted immunity in order to remain in Iraq beyond the army's original deadline. Admiral Mullen left the decision of whether US troops should remain in Iraq to the Iraqi ...[read more]
January 13, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Leila Sayed-Taha, DePaul University College of Law Class of 2012, currently works as a translator for Ace Languages Centre, where she aids asylum seekers at the Immigration Advisory Service. Here she discusses the ongoing issue of immunity as troops withdrawal and private ...[read more]
May 21, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday unanimously ruled to uphold a $413 million judgment against Syria for assisting in the the murders of two US contractors. In 2004, two military contractors assisting the US in Iraq, Olin Armstrong and Jack Hensley, were ...[read more]
March 14, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
Two former Blackwater contractors were convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for their role in the May 2009 shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals and the wounding of a third. Prosecutors alleged that the two men, Justin Cannon ...[read more]
December 4, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 4, 2008, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Iraqi governments was approved by the Iraqi presidency council. The agreement set a 2011 deadline for the withdraw of US troops. The council also approved an additional law calling for a national referendum on the pact ...[read more]
October 9, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 9, 2007,the US House of Representatives voted 375-3 to approve the War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2007, legislation creating new criminal provisions to govern fraud conducted by private defense contractors against the US government. Persons found guilty of knowingly defrauding the ...[read more]
September 14, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
A report presented Tuesday by the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries urges the US to increase regulation of military contractors employed worldwide, citing alleged human rights abuses and the contractors' lack of transparency and accountability. The UN Working Group met with US officials ...[read more]
August 5, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of former Iraqi detainees against US military contractors. The lawsuit, Al-Quraishi v. Nakhla, filed in June 2008, alleges that L-3 Services, Inc. violated US and international... ...[read more]

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