Five Civilian Contractors In Iraq Held In The Death Of A U.S. Civilian Contractor

Hat-tip to Lady SaraBeth of Delphi Forums for the heads-up.

Our own intrepid Susie Dow has been writing about this sort of thing for months, along with some pieces by Jim Staro, Jan Barry, Connecticut Man, Cho and others. It's still happening. It's still not acceptable. But hopefully, this is the start of some degree of accountability. Via CNN:

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5 contractors held in U.S. death in Iraq

Five American security contractors have been detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources told CNN on Saturday. James Kitterman's bound and blindfolded body was found last month in a car in the heavily protected district. The 60-year-old Houston, Texas, resident owned a construction company that operated in Iraq. full story
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For those who are interested, we have a short compilation over the fold of some recent coverage on the stories of civilian contractors missing or killed in Iraq.

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From a search on the Community Site, we have these results (this is the first page only - click the search link to get the full list):

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Injured Iraq Contractors Struggle for Care

... of the Defense Base Act to provide care for injured contractors after they return from Iraq. Injured War Zone Contractors ... and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times - April 16, 2009 Civilian contractors died like soldiers. They were injured like soldiers. But ...

Blog entry - susie dow - 04/18/2009 - 15:15 - 1 comment - 0 attachments

Contractors and Overseas Clinics

Contractors Using Military Clinics By Walter Pincus, Washington Post, ... more than $1 million a month in health-care services to civilian contractors during the past two years without seeking reimbursement ... carriers or defense contractors are rarely charged when civilian contractors are treated at military medical facilities, the report ...

Blog entry - susie dow - 05/08/2009 - 06:04 - 2 comments - 0 attachments

Civilian Contractors in Iraq - Hostage Reporting

... Act, first established in 1941, provides the means for contractors to provide benefits for employees killed, injured or missing ... in and out, creating gaps in case knowledge. When civilian contractor Kirk von Ackermann disappeared in October 2003, there was ...

Blog entry - susie dow - 03/02/2008 - 18:08 - 3 comments - 0 attachments

The Genocide of America.

... of taxpayer dollars go into the industry of Defense contractors, Pentagon programs, Military spending, and the cultivation / ... The biggest hogs at the trough are the 'defense contractors'.  The 50-year gluttony of war profiteer, perpetrated in the ... of power, Barack Obama, Big Oil, cheney, Civil Rights, Civilian dead, defense, defense contractors, Democrat, fraud, Government, ...

Blog entry - the national gadfly - 01/06/2009 - 13:49 - 8 comments - 0 attachments

Iraq Contractors - Raw Data From CENTCOM - Pt II -- Discussion

... of 2007. The data provides an overview of the number of contractors working in Iraq: nationalities, agencies they work, approximate ... Iraq? So, let me get this straight.  We have more civilian contractors in Iraq now... almost 6 years into the war ... than we did ...

Blog entry - susie dow - 10/31/2008 - 17:35 - 5 comments - 0 attachments

Peacemaking Adventures Abroad

... for instance, the US sent waves upon waves of troops and contractors to wage war for more than a decade in a military adventure that ... and land mine-clearing operations. One of the most recent civilian missions is operated by Teachers for Vietnam. A New York-based ...

Blog entry - Jan Barry - 05/05/2009 - 19:16 - 1 comment - 0 attachments

Recent Deaths of Civilian Contractors in Iraq

... round of fire. Other news reports indicate the civilian contractor was from South Africa. No names have yet been ... found and 2 were identified as being those of 2 missing contractors, Joshua Munns and Paul Reuben. Additional Reading: ...

Blog entry - susie dow - 03/28/2008 - 13:24 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Death Rattles: The Hangings of the DC Madam and the Prostitute

... the unholy alliance between the military and the contractors. There are more, of course, these being nothing more than a ... Air Force and police officials said Monday. The civilian official, Charles D. Riechers, 47, came under scrutiny by the Senate ...

Blog entry - cho - 12/20/2008 - 14:48 - 16 comments - 0 attachments

KBR, Half a Billion Dollars in Payroll Taxes, Not Paid!!!!

... My Freaking Rage Level Hit Sky High !!! IRAQI WAR CONTRACTORS: The Boston Globe reports today that the largest war ... Houston Chronicle, February 9, 2008 The number of civilian contractors reported killed in Iraq jumped 17 percent in 2007 and ...

Blog entry - jimstaro - 03/06/2008 - 20:19 - 3 comments - 0 attachments

Hey, Joe! Where Ya Goin'...

... are accomplices and just as guilty as the CIA officers, contractors and soldiers and prison guards that did your dirty deeds. And ... agencies.   There are guilty people on the civilian side.   And there are even guilty people in other ...

Blog entry - Connecticut Man1 - 04/22/2009 - 09:24 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

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And from a search on the Journal, here:

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  • Iraq Contractors - Raw Data From CENTCOM - Pt II

    Susie Dow and ePluribus Media issued a FOIA request in August of 2007 for Central Command (CENTCOM) for data on civilian contractors in Iraq.   New contractor census data addressing that request was recently received by ePluribus Media this October,...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/features/1-latest-news/203-iraq-contractors-raw-data-from-centcom-pt-ii

  • Defense Base Act Conference - Part I

    In cooperation with the Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation, the Loyola Law School of New Orleans held a two-day conference in Washington D.C. on October 23 and 24, 2008. The conference coincided with the publication of a unique...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/features/1-latest-news/195-defense-base-act-conference-part-i

  • Of Guns, Lawyers, and Money -- GOP Cuts Justice for All

    Editors' note: Originally posted on the Community site, 03-13-2007, this article is unchanged from the original. Some content may appear dated, but the essence of the piece is still directly relevant. ePluribus Media: 1978 -- that was the year...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/category-table/112-of-guns-lawyers-and-money-gop-cuts-justice-for-all

  • Missing Contractor: US Military Mechanics may Hold the Keys

    Missing Contractor: U.S. Military Mechanics May Hold the Keys Both Kirk von Ackermann and Ryan Manelick worked for Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey. October 9, 2003 -- Kirk von Ackermann left a meeting at FOB Pacesetter, a small and isolated...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/features/42-the-world/71-missing-contractor-us-military-mechanics-may-hold-the-keys

  • Strickland Ties March Mass Layoffs to National Trends, Ohio to Loose $20 Million in Workforce Funds

    Strickland Ties March Mass Layoffs to National Trends, Ohio to Lose $20 Million in Workforce FundsePluribus Media OhioNews Bureau COLUMBUS, OHIO: On Wednesday, the same day smiles beamed like rays of sunshine from the faces of lawmakers who...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/state-news/ohio-news/74-strickland-ties-march-mass-layoffs-to-national-trends-ohio-to-loose-20-million-in-workforce-funds

  • Ill-Wind Ike May Blow Some Good in Ohio

    OhioNewsBureau      COLUMBUS, OHIO: Ohio got blown away last Sunday when wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour from hurricane Ike whipped and rampaged through the state, leaving in its wake about 1.3 million people who, living in an electrified...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/state-news/ohio-news/168-ill-wind-ike-may-blow-some-good-in-ohio

  • Packing Inferno - Tyler Boudreau

    Cho reviews former Marine Boudreau's passionate chronicle of conscience of a 17-year old desperate to enlist over the sixteen years that ultimately saw him through Iraq and then out. You can't read this read  Packing Inferno without comparing it to ...

    http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/book-reviews/38-all-reviews/164-packing-inferno-tyler-boudreau

  • Timelines

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It's long past time to end this fiasco that never should have been allowed to start in the first place.

It's also time to push harder for Congress and Department of Justice to start a full, non-partisan and independent investigation into the folly which led us into Iraq as well as the insanity that led for our nation to commit a variety of other war crimes in the name of "freedom" and "democracy" -- two words which don't begin to cover how our nation was misused and manipulated, nor do those terms address the rampant corruption and blatant war profiteering that continues to this day.

The price in blood spilled, lives lost and futures forever changed is intolerable.

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