Friday, December 10, 2010

So WikiLeaks Is Evil For Releasing Documents . . . But DynCorp Gets A Pass For Pimping Young Boys To Afghan Cops?

Editor's Note: American taxpayer dollars hard at work -- something to remember around tax time.

Tech Dirt

One refrain we keep hearing against Wikileaks is that the cable releases aren't really "whistleblowing," because they're not really revealing anything. However, it seems like each day there's another big revelation of rather horrible things being done (and covered up) by the US government. The latest, pointed out by Boing Boing, involves a report from a cable that US-based private security contractor DynCorp, who was hired by the US to train Afghani police, was apparently supplying drugs and young boys for a sort of sex party.

The details are horrifying. The Afghani interior minister apparently went to US officials to warn them that reporters were sniffing around this story, and urged them to try to kill the story. He specifically warned that this would look bad if the connection to DynCorp was made clear (he called them "foreign mentors"). Apparently, US diplomats told him not to worry, and the eventual story was in fact watered down greatly (until now, of course) calling the whole thing a "tribal dance," rather than a party where young boys wear "scanty women's clothes" and "dance seductively" before being "auctioned off to the highest bidder" for sex.

Oh, did we mention that DynCorp makes $2 billion per year -- 95% of which comes from American taxpayers.

And US government officials are declaring Wikileaks as an organization to shun and not to work with? What about DynCorp? Are their DNS providers pulling the plug? Are their banks shutting down their accounts? Are they being denounced by Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman? No? Why the hell not?

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Richard said...

It's a damn shame all the US corporations that earn billions by war... What does an average soldier earns? And what does a commercial contract security dude earns? Who gets the contracts for rebuilding and who are raping Iraqi Oil fields?! Not the poor people of Iraq...

a.w.berghuis said...

Hope Obama can handle WL Change?
We NEED transparency for our global society that we created an cannot control.To many crises.
We'd never gone to Iraq if we read the cables first? Can gov. cut own flesh and downsize coldwar min. of foreign aff./CIA that cost as much as public health care. Wars ? Environment ? The public and is needed to get involved to let our global society survive.
How can a few wise leaders alone solve complex global issues pending ?
If democracy fails, the only solution is More democracy. Know It's a hard path, but harder for our totalitarian enemies. E-vote(power), not E-commerce(money) that changes our world, stupid!

Anonymous said...

I read about the Afghan Police a few months ago... A journalist went and lived with them for a while. Apparently, the only ones in the Afghan population who are interested in being police are the ones who need protection from the Taliban, ie gay men in a society where there is no acceptance at all, and they will be stoned to death. As police, they have a fortified dwelling and guns to protect themselves. Apparently and unfortunately a lot of these men are also heroin addicts and there is a high illiteracy rate, too, but that goes for the majority of the population. The article i read said the American trainers of the Afghan police turned a blind eye to this because they were the only recruits they could get. Guess i'm not surprised that taxpayer money is going to this...

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