WikiLeaks Revelation: Iraq Security Firms Operate ‘Mafia’ to Inflate Prices

From the Guardian:

Halliburton’s senior executive in Iraq accused private security companies of operating a “mafia” to artifically inflate their “outrageous prices”, according to a US cable.

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Written by a senior diplomat in the US’s Basra office, the confidential document discloses the tensions between private security firms, oil companies and the Iraqi government as coalition forces withdraw from protecting foreign business interests.

John Naland, head of the provincial reconstruction team in Basra, wrote in January this year that several oil company representatives complained of “unwarranted high prices” given an improving security situation since 2008.

“Halliburton Iraq country manager decried a ‘mafia’ of these companies and their ‘outrageous’ prices, and said that they also exaggerate the security threat.

“Apart from the high costs for routine trips, he claimed that Halliburton often receives what he says are ‘questionable’ reports of vulnerability of employees to kidnapping and ransom. He said that he recently saw an internal memo from their security company which tasked its employees to emphasize the persistent danger faced by IOCs [international oil companies].” Naland wrote.

The memo, written nine months after British troops handed over control of their base in Basra to the US army, does not name the Halliburton manager.

According to the cable, it cost around $6,000 (£3,900) to hire a security firm for four hours in Basra in January. A typical trip would include four security agents, drivers, and three or four armoured vehicles. A recent visit by a member of Iraq’s government from Baghdad to Basra and back cost about $12,000 (£7,800), the cable claimed…

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24 Responses to WikiLeaks Revelation: Iraq Security Firms Operate ‘Mafia’ to Inflate Prices

  1. Anonymous December 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    I guess war just isn’t profitable enough for some. If you can’t shoot ‘em, rob ‘em.

  2. GoodDoktorBad December 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    I guess war just isn’t profitable enough for some. If you can’t shoot ‘em, rob ‘em.

  3. Haystack December 23, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    Thank god that patriotic corporations like Apple, PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard are banding together to protect us from these disquieting revelations. I was almost distracted from the TV I was watching.

    Honestly, it’s just Orwellian the way the media seem to have some unspoken agreement that they can only talk about Wikileaks as a national security threat; they have yet to hold the go’vt’s feet to the fire about any of the wrongdoing and lies that they have exposed.

    And have we collectively forgotten Valerie Plame? Where was the outrage from the right over state secrets then?

  4. Haystack December 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Thank god that patriotic corporations like Apple, PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard are banding together to protect us from these disquieting revelations. I was almost distracted from the TV I was watching.

    Honestly, it’s just Orwellian the way the media seem to have some unspoken agreement that they can only talk about Wikileaks as a national security threat; they have yet to hold the go’vt’s feet to the fire about any of the wrongdoing and lies that they have exposed.

    And have we collectively forgotten Valerie Plame? Where was the outrage from the right over state secrets then?

  5. Ironaddict06 December 23, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    This is not breaking new news. Anyone who watched any news during 2001-2008 know Halliburton made huge profits off the Iraq war. The reason why the Dems were mad is not because of the war in Iraq, but because non of their people(companies) were not profiting from the war. Hence BHO get elected and expands the war to Afghanistan and opens up bidding from other(their companies) to get the contracts.

  6. Ironaddict06 December 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    This is not breaking new news. Anyone who watched any news during 2001-2008 know Halliburton made huge profits off the Iraq war. The reason why the Dems were mad is not because of the war in Iraq, but because non of their people(companies) were not profiting from the war. Hence BHO get elected and expands the war to Afghanistan and opens up bidding from other(their companies) to get the contracts.

  7. henmo43 December 23, 2010 at 2:13 am #

    This is not breaking new news. Anyone who watched any news during 2001-2008 know Halliburton made huge profits off the Iraq war. The reason why the Dems were mad is not because of the war in Iraq, but because non of their people(companies) were not profiting from the war. Hence BHO get elected and expands the war to Afghanistan and opens up bidding from other(their companies) to get the contracts.

  8. henmo43 December 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    This is not breaking new news. Anyone who watched any news during 2001-2008 know Halliburton made huge profits off the Iraq war. The reason why the Dems were mad is not because of the war in Iraq, but because non of their people(companies) were not profiting from the war. Hence BHO get elected and expands the war to Afghanistan and opens up bidding from other(their companies) to get the contracts.

    • 5by5 December 23, 2010 at 8:29 am #

      Auto-posting under two separate ID’s? Interesting….

      Probably should be more careful about that, hon. Especially if yo wish to be regarded as a normal human, versus a paid rightwing hack.

      Speaking as a Democrat, I WAS pissed of at the war in Iraq. And I WASN’T pissed of because “my” companies weren’t profiting off of it. I WAS pissed off that ANYONE was profiting off of unnecessary death, and committing war crimes a plenty, and general obliterating any honor America might have as a nation, all for the sake of some Milton Friedman experiment on crack, run by the drunken frat boy Flight Suit-in-Chief with daddy issues.

  9. E.B. Wolf December 23, 2010 at 3:27 am #

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  10. E.B. Wolf December 23, 2010 at 3:27 am #

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  11. E.B. Wolf December 23, 2010 at 3:27 am #

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  18. E.B. Wolf December 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

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  19. 5by5 December 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    The best documentary covering this kind of rampant theft in Iraq is called “Iraq For Sale”.

    http://iraqforsale.org/

    I think it’s on the Netflix now. I defy you to watch that and not come out of it just PISSED OFF.

  20. 5by5 December 23, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    The best documentary covering this kind of rampant theft in Iraq is called “Iraq For Sale”.

    http://iraqforsale.org/

    I think it’s on the Netflix now. I defy you to watch that and not come out of it just PISSED OFF.

  21. 5by5 December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Auto-posting under two separate ID’s? Interesting….

    Probably should be more careful about that, hon. Especially if yo wish to be regarded as a normal human, versus a paid rightwing hack.

    Speaking as a Democrat, I WAS pissed of at the war in Iraq. And I WASN’T pissed of because “my” companies weren’t profiting off of it. I WAS pissed off that ANYONE was profiting off of unnecessary death, and committing war crimes a plenty, and general obliterating any honor America might have as a nation, all for the sake of some Milton Friedman experiment on crack, run by the drunken frat boy Flight Suit-in-Chief with daddy issues.

  22. Majestic December 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks 5by5, ‘Iraq For Sale’ is indeed the classic documentary about war profiteering in Iraq, directed by Robert Greenwald and distributed by, you guessed it, disinformation!
    http://www.theconnextion.com/disinformation/disinfo_product.cfm?ProdAutoID=4144&CatID=94

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