Daily Archives: November 18, 2013

‘Robot warriors’ to fight on real battlefields

[Translate] ‘Robot warriors’ to fight on real battlefields • drones are here to stay • more and more autonomous weapons systems • new warning as campaigners call for ban Images of US drone attacks from Dronestagram. Photograph: James Bridle/booktwo.org Armed … Continue reading

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Do Contractors Furloughed During the Shutdown Deserve Back Pay, Too?

[Translate] Do Contractors Furloughed During the Shutdown Deserve Back Pay, Too? By Eric Katz 1:35 PM ET Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP When Congress reopened government in October, after a shutdown that lasted more than two weeks, … Continue reading

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Erik Prince: Blackwater’s Demise Due to Liberal ‘Cold, Timid Souls’

[Translate] November 17, 2013 06:00 PM Erik Prince: Blackwater’s Demise Due to Liberal ‘Cold, Timid Souls’ By Nicole Belle Oh, poor widdle Erik Prince. It’s all us mean liberals’ fault that Blackwater is no more. They were no match for … Continue reading

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G4S set to expand contract despite freeze on government work

[Translate] G4S set to expand contract despite freeze on government work Private security firm to expand capacity at immigration removal centres while being investigated by Serious Fraud Office Shiv Malik and Dawn Foster theguardian.com, Friday 8 November 2013 12.37 EST … Continue reading

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‘Cheats’ Serco and G4S forced to face a grilling from powerful group of MPs

[Translate] ‘Cheats’ Serco and G4S forced to face a grilling from powerful group of MPs Outsourcing industry dogged by embarrassing exposure of failings is braced for public scrutiny Mark Leftly Sunday 17 November 2013 Executives from scandal-hit corporate giants Serco … Continue reading

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Blackwater Founder Works on Next Chapter — In Memoir, Erik Prince, Now a Private-Equity Investor, Blames U.S. for Security Contractor’s Problems and ’13 Lost Years’

[Translate] 18 November 2013 The Wall Street Journal Blackwater Founder Works on Next Chapter — In Memoir, Erik Prince, Now a Private-Equity Investor, Blames U.S. for Security Contractor’s Problems and ’13 Lost Years’ By Dion Nissenbaum MIDDLEBURG, Va. — Blackwater … Continue reading

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Military burn pit claims in limbo

[Translate] Military burn pit claims in limbo Sean Dobbin, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle 1:30 a.m. EDT October 20, 2013 Thousands of returning veterans and civilians are now attributing myriad symptoms to exposure to the open-air burn pits on military … Continue reading

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Former Abu Ghraib inmates appeal decision in CACI case

[Translate] Former Abu Ghraib inmates appeal decision in CACI case By Marjorie Censer, Published: November 17  The former Abu Ghraib detainees who saw their case against Arlington-based CACI International dismissed earlier this year have filed an appeal with the U.S. Court … Continue reading

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Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D.C.

[Translate] Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D.C. By Greg Jaffe and Jim Tankersley, Published: November 17 View Photo Gallery: Ulysese Jefferson spent 30 years fixing computers for the State Department. The relationships he … Continue reading

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Military Finds No Wrongdoing in Never-Used Afghan Project

[Translate] Military Finds No Wrongdoing in Never-Used Afghan Project By David Lerman & Tony Capaccio – Nov 15, 2013 3:37 PM ET A U.S. military investigation found no wrongdoing in a decision to keep building a $25 million regional headquarters … Continue reading

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