Iraq for Sale

Iraq for Sale

76 minutes 7.0/10 based on 5 votes

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.

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Rating: 7.0/10 based on 5 votes

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  • awful_truth

    A documentary about disgruntled Haliburton/KBR employees who were put in danger for profits sake while working in Iraq. The use of private contractors, overcharging the taxpayers, ($100 for a bag of laundry) through no bid contracts only exacerbates the need for oversight, and accountability. Of course, none of this is possible when profit rules the day. Blackwater, or more appropriately mercenaries, (guns for hire) being involved in torture at Abu Graib, just epitomizes how illegal the entire 2nd Iraq war really was. Ironically, the amount of people who lost family members in non-combative roles all seemed naively angry at the companies for their loss, yet did not mention the same animosity towards their government for their loved ones being their in the first place.
    All in all, an okay documentary, focusing on stories of corporate greed, corruption, and influence in the American government. With that said, way too little too late, and likely to fall on deaf ears.

    • on point

      It is not the employees of the contractors who were put in danger, it’s the military personnel that have to wait in line because the contractors refuse to set up a 24 hour food system. I understand you anger, I’m angry too, but read the article again because you missed the whole point.

      • awful_truth

        It wasn’t an article, it was a documentary. After you watch it, then ask me again if I missed the point.

        • MetalJoker

          I definitely need to watch this!
          SSSSup, buddy!

          • awful_truth

            Hey, MetalJoker, how are you doing? For the record, the documentary is alright, but probably nothing you haven’t seen before.
            P.S: It is worth a watch, but basically a story of complaints by people who lost loved ones working for private contractors. Take care!

            • MetalJoker

              I’m fine. Thanks. Hope you’re doing well too.
              I will watch it in order to enrich my knowledge :)

              P.S. From your comment of “Iraq for Sale” it lead me to the documentary website which looks great so thanks for that!

  • Haider Gildred

    How disgusting to know that a) ISIS was born in the hell of Abu Graib and B) that war continues because it is big business and lines the pockets of politicians and big business in the USA… Greed and here in the west the media tells us the enemy atr Muslim extremist… the enemy is the US Government and business interest.

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