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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:10 PM
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Use of Civililian Contractors in War Zones Is at Record Levels
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB4EOX0O0E.html


The war against terror constitutes the greatest use of civilian contractors in American history. They do everything from serving chow to armed combat, some of them earning salaries of $200,000 a year or more.

There are an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 in Iraq - more people than any American ally has in the country, including Britain. It is a profitable business for employee and employer. Many of the former are retired military members from elite groups including Special Forces and the Green Berets.

In August, Virginia-based CACI International Inc. posted a 56 percent increase in fourth-quarter profits - from $13.3 million to $20.7 million - a boost the company's chief financial officer publicly attributed to increased demand for homeland security and intelligence services. More than 90 percent of CACI's revenues come from the U.S. government.

Titan Corp. of San Diego received a 19 percent increase in revenues for the first quarter of 2004, based largely on a rise in security contracts. But by the end of the second quarter, the firm posted a loss of $66.6 million, hurt by the Abu Ghraib scandal, a federal foreign bribery investigation and a failed merger with defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp.
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proReality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:14 PM
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1. Little wonder...
some don't want the wars to stop.
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:15 PM
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2. and privatizing these duties have cost more
well, when you're the only ones with the contract....
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Amigust Donating Member (568 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:22 PM
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4. What's a few more billion here and there when you're starving the beast?
eom
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:25 PM
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5. This is the time for all who FULLY support this war to serve.
Many private contracting companies that are part of the Military Industrial Complex (and it's huge!) are *begging for* Americans to sign-up for Iraq.

Here's your chance radical right wingers. No worries about age or physical health restriction ... all they need is "a warm body."

Yes, all those who lament, "I'm to old to serve." Good news! You're not and sign-up now or kindly STFU Re: beating the drums and warmongering ... cluck cluck - Chickhawks!

As soon as President Kerry coordinates the stablization of Iraq, let's bring our troops home a.s.a.p.

Fourteen Bases for BushCo? With or without * getting four more years, that ain't gonna happen.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:20 PM
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3. I heard this was one way for shrub to keep military costs hidden.
Apparently, the cost of expenses directly attributable to the military are quite public. Costs associated to other expenses of a war are hidden in cumulative numbers. He can make it appear that he can fight a war with a small number of troops, and still get the job done. The prople will not realize that most of the jobs done by the military in the past are now being done by contractors.

It's a lot more expensive that way though. It is quite true that a soldier is paid $20,000/yr and a contract employee paid $165,000+ to do the same job!

I can verify this personally beause my son is an aircraft mech working in Italy now. He was offered a job last week to do the same job in Iraq for %165,000/yr.
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:33 PM
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6. I thought I read somewhere that dimson hadD of Ag hire many
I think it was the dept. of ag. They hired many of the security personnal working in Iraq to keep it off the DoD books.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 02:36 PM
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7. Yes, something about reallocation of priorities.
I thought I heard the same thing happening with funds authorized for Homeland Security too.

Anything to hide the truth!
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:10 PM
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8. .....so are U.S. mercenaries. 30,000
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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:44 PM
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9. Cha-ching, cha-ching!
Wonder which ruling families own stock in these firms?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:53 PM
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10. War is about money. Not ideology. Bush* is a mafia don.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 04:07 PM
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11. war-profiteering is big business
:puke:
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 04:13 PM
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12. Lots of new retired Colonel millionaires (who own the company)
Lots of murdering Thug Mercenaries killing with no fear of accountability. (who kill for the Bush Criminals)
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