Tell Congress: Stop Outsourcing Security
Please urge your representatives to co-sponsor the "Stop Outsourcing Security" legislation that Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL) will soon introduce in the House and the companion bill Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) will introduce in the Senate.
Military contracting is out of control. Contractors far outnumber the U.S. military in Afghanistan, making it the most contracted out war in US history. Poor oversight of contracts has led to billions of taxpayer dollars being wasted in what Congress's own Commission on Wartime Contracting has called "fiscal hemorrhaging." This week the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction issued a report saying that $2.5 billion in U.S. funds paid to DynCorps to train Iraqi police are vulnerable to waste and fraud because of "long-standing weaknesses in State Department oversight."
CCR has been representing Iraqi plaintiffs in litigation against U.S. contractors since 2004. Despite allegations of grave human rights abuses at the hands of U.S. private military contractors in Iraq, former Iraqi detainees who have been tortured or otherwise abused have yet to have their day in court. Over the last five years, contractors' arguments that they should be granted immunity or that lawsuits brought against them are somehow improper have stalled efforts by CCR and co-counsel to hold these contractors accountable.
In fact, just two days ago the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused our request for the full court to review the dismissal of our case Saleh v. Titan. This is a lawsuit against private military contractors CACI and Titan/L-3 for their alleged role in the torture and other abuse of more than 250 Iraqi plaintiffs at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers throughout Iraq. As Representative Jan Schakowsky said in her appeal to other members of Congress to support the legislation, "Legal jurisdiction over civilian contractors remains murky, leaving the very real possibility that we cannot punish contractors who commit serious crimes while serving the United States government overseas."
We need to send a strong, united message to our representatives to support this legislation to defend the human rights of all people from contractors, to protect taxpayer money from fraud and waste, and return core governmental functions to the government. Please click here to call or write to your House members and your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor this critical legislation.
Source: Center for Constitutional Rights