the whistleblower by kathryn bolkovac with cari lynn

“And some of my DynCorp colleagues were definitely escaping-taking cover in a place where no one knew of the very bad things they had done back home and where they thought no one would notice if they carried on, this time taking advantage of a broken people and a broken system.” (16)

“Not only was DynCorp flush with cash but, unlike the military, it was full of willing bodies. Why? My answer: DynCorp welcomed with open arms recruits with insufficient training and questionable motives who eagerly enrolled in its high-paying, zero-accountability, travel-abroad programs. Sure there were legal mishaps, killings here and there, drug and weapons smuggling, some rapes caught on videotape, and major accounting blunders, but none of this seemed to get in the way of DynCorp operations. For DynCorp, government contacts were practically on auto-renew. Taxpayer money keeps pouring in and more and more contractors were shipped out around the wrold: Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Serbia, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan, the list goes on.” (220)

i borrowed the film by the same name from the library, and, as i usually do when i find out there’s a book-i get that (orange is the new black, i see you). i even contacted a prof that i had in university to talk about it, as well as what was happening in the global trafficking of women, and we had a good discussion on how much good the sensationalism around sex trafficking actually does when there are millions of people who are trafficked for other labour (including military). but that doesn’t make as titillating a story, does it? a great point made by the book is that the u$ doesn’t have a national police system the way that other countries do, so that’s what up for contract and not subject to regulations or accountability that any ordinary country would. it’s like the garment factories on the mariana islands all over again.

“On the other hand, DynCorp needed to keep its numbers up, so extensions were often approved whether or not the monitor had produced any positive results during the past year of service. DynCorp was hungry for bodies, and a person on payroll translated to an amount to be billed to the U.S. government, regardless how effective or ineffective that person was in the field.” (93)

“…DynCorp-now the U.S. State Department’s largest contractor-had moved its legal jurisdiction to Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirate States. This would make it virtually impossible for new lawsuits to be tried expeditiously and effectively.” (222)

gross global abuses of power under the guise of serving and protecting. when will this be news?


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