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January 7, 2016

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Is the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the next Benghazi?



Kabul Afghanistan Camp Sullivan Gates Exclusive photos and eyewitness accounts of new attack raises concerns (again) about safety of U.S. embassy in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 14, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Revives False Claims Suit Against Triple Canopy



Contract Oversight A federal appeals court revived a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging private security contractor Triple Canopy concealed the fact that its guards in Iraq lacked basic firearms proficiency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department



State Department The recent revelation of a Blackwater employee's death threat to a State Department official is further evidence of the government's subservience to contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 21, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Former Blackwater Guards Re-indicted for 2007 Iraq Shooting



Contract Oversight A federal grand jury re-indicted four former Blackwater guards involved in a shooting in Baghdad in September 2007.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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