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Ironical, or just spend more $$$ Iraq recruiting former agents to secure border

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    Perhaps this is too cynical, but a company is recruiting border agents to train Iraqi's on how to secure their borders, a company called Dyncorp it being hired to do the job.. Dyncorp is the same company who was involved in having sex with underage kids while on duty in Bosnia.. wonder who heads this company, or better still who are they patronizing or to whom are they contributing money to.


    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IRAQ_BORDER_TRAINING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME

    PHOENIX (AP) -- A military contractor is recruiting current and former agents with the U.S. Border Patrol to teach Iraqis how to secure their national borders.

    The U.S. State Department has asked Virginia-based DynCorp International to find 120 people with Customs and Border Enforcement experience to go to Iraq for the training.

    The company already has 700 police trainers in Iraq. The department made the request for border security trainers in late March.

    Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said she was worried that DynCorp's effort is distracting from security along the U.S.-Mexico border. She and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson wrote President Bush this week to say the deal "makes no sense."

    "We should be focused on supporting our nation's security efforts along the Mexican and Canadian border instead of hampering (the Customs and Border Patrol) by sending our best agents to a war zone in Iraq," the governors wrote


    http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11119

    Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben
    Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew
    the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing
    business in Bosnia.

    According to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of the former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, "in the latter part of 1999 Johnston learned that employees and supervisors from DynCorpwere engaging in perverse, illegal and inhumane behavior [and] were purchasing illegal weapons, women, forged passports and [participating in other immoral acts. Johnston witnessed coworkers and supervisors literally
    buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees
    would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they
    had purchased."

    Rather than acknowledge and reward Johnston's effort to get this behavior
    stopped, DynCorp fired him, forcing him into protective custody by the U.S.
    Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) until the investigators could get him safely out of Kosovo and returned to the United States. That departure from the war-torn country was a far cry from what Johnston imagined a year earlier when he arrived in Bosnia to begin a three-year U.S. Air Force contract with DynCorp as an aircraft-maintenance technician for Apache and Blackhawk helicopters.

    For more than 50 years DynCorp, based in Reston, Va., has been a worldwide force providing maintenance support to the U.S. military through contract field teams (CFTs). As one of the federal government's top 25 contractors, DynCorp has received nearly $1 billion since 1995 for these services and has deployed 181 personnel to Bosnia during the last six years. Although DynCorp long has been respected for such work, according to Johnston and internal DynCorp communications it appears that extracurricular sexcapades on the part of its employees were tolerated by some as part of its business in Bosnia.
     
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