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September 10, 2013

By Joe Newman

Benghazi Ignored: New Evidence Exposes Gaps in Kabul Embassy Security



Kabul Embassy Guard Force The private security force tasked with defending the U.S. Embassy in war-torn Afghanistan has been chronically understaffed, leaving the compound at risk, former guards told the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 10, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Map Shows State Dept. Official Gave Misleading Testimony to Congress



Infographic: Attacks in Kabul A top State Department official delivered inaccurate and misleading testimony to a Senate panel in July, when he dismissed concerns about security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 31, 2013

By Neil Gordon

New Movie Documents Out of Control U.S. War Machine



Dirty Wars "Dirty Wars," a forthcoming documentary based on the work of investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, provides a glimpse into the shadowy world of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), an elite U.S. combat unit waging a covert war around the world.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 26, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Did Blackwater Graymail Lead to a Whitewash?



Whitewashed Fence Last week's surprising conclusion of the firearms prosecution of the company formerly known as Blackwater has many wondering if federal contractors have become too powerful.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

State Department Still Without Internal Watchdog



Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the Kabul embassy Effective oversight requires a strong inspector general, and the State Department leads a group of eight agencies that are without a permanent IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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