Iraq for Sale
The war in Iraq has been privatized to a greater extent than any other war in history. In recent years, as the military has been engaging in more wars, some of the tasks and services that used to be the sole responsibility of the government are now being done by private companies.
This means that private companies are handling services such as laundry, construction, and food. This also includes a private military force that now numbers over 20,000 men, most of whom are retired military. This makes them the second largest armed force in Iraq. The downside is that these private contractors are permitted to operate in a war zone without any accountability. For instance, the private force has freedom to interrogate, torture or investigate any detainees they feel might pose a threat to military intelligence. Hence people with no verifiable allegiance to the United States are being put in the key position of gathering information and prisons have literally turned into training grounds for torture.
Detainees are beaten savagely, urinated on, ropes are tied to their sexual organs to cut off circulation, and weapons are placed on their private parts. While the contractor is safe in his office in the United States, unsupervised men are carrying out a task they are unprepared to perform.
When it comes to food, military personnel have to wait up to an hour standing in sand storms just to get something to eat while risking their lives because the contractor refuses to set up a 24-hour food system. This system would spare the lives of the soldiers because they have become easy targets due to the predictability of their meal times, but that would cost more money.
There are over 10,000 private contractors working in Iraq, Kuwait, and the surrounding areas. It has become a very lucrative business wherein forty cents out of every dollar controlled by Congress now goes to contractors. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however. Watch this film now.