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Underreported: Contractors in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Earlier this month President Obama announced the United States would increase its military presence in Afghanistan. But more than just extra troops are going to the country—they will likely be accompanied by an additional surge of private contractors in support roles. What’s more, the government has contracted with an additional outside firm to help track all the contractors already in the country. We’ll speak with Jeremy Scahill, he's a correspondent for The Nation and author of the book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He recently wrote about this subject for The Nation, and you can read his article "Contractors Watching Contractors" here.

Guests:

Jeremy Scahill

Comments [3]

imann from nytimes

another slavish WBAI rehearsal...why not stick to cooking..

Dec. 17 2009 06:55 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If the Obama administration & the Clinton State Dept. are still using Blackwater, the next question is whether they're using them any differently. Are there any more checks on Blackwater's activities than there were during the Bush administration?

Dec. 17 2009 01:52 PM
Dan from Edison NJ

Question: Ms. Rossol, in the show you had mentioned your concern on ceramic products from China. Recently, I've picked up a cup/soup bowl from the local supermarket, how can I tell if it is safe to be used in the microwave.

Dec. 17 2009 01:23 PM

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