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BBC Panorama: Daylight Robbery

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Published on Apr 23, 2011

Daylight Robbery: BBC One 9pm Tuesday 10 June 2008.

Panorama investigates claims that as much as $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq.

When the US goes to war, corporate America goes too.

There are contracts for caterers, tanker drivers, security guards and even interrogators, many of them through companies with links to the White House.

Now more than 70 whistleblower cases threaten to reveal the scandals behind billions of dollars worth of waste, theft and corruption during the Iraq war.

Gagging orders

A total of $23bn (£11.75bn) is under scrutiny.

The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the real scale of the problem emerging.

But Panorama's Jane Corbin has spoken to some of those involved - with astonishing stories to tell of who got rich and who got burned.

She hears allegations of mismanagement, fraud and waste; tales of contractors chosen for their US government connections without a competitive bidding process; contractors inflating their costs and double counting to increase their profits and billions supposed to be used to rebuild the Iraqi military allegedly ending up in the pockets of some Iraqi government officials.

Even the contract to oversee the expenditure went to a company with no relevant qualification in accounting.

"They are the quintessential war profiteers," said a witness to one of the most notorious companies involved. "They made money out of chaos."

BBC

Comments • 85

Merrybandoruffigans
Dick Cheney is literally the root of all evil
k m venezia
HALLIBURTON, MUDERING BASTARDS. If a company could be the antichrist, it would be HALLIBURTON. Fuck Dick Chenney.
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william112004
america is not happy with this documentary thus they downgraded it to 144p only
paul greenwood
It's astonishing that this hasn't been investigated more thoroughly. Why are many of these parasites not is prison? Eye opening documentary - thanks for posting.
RUDI UK
USA deserves to be nuked time and time again.  There's no such thing as an innocent yank.  For generations they've been voting in murderers, rapists, child abusers, racketeers and con-artists yet they'd rather sit on their fat arses and watch CNN and sigh at the country's ills than mount a proper bloody revolution.  You make your bed America.
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gringots
15 people are Haliburton agents
Dave You Can't Leave This Empty
144p, you owe me a new set of eyes!!!
Linda Chant
all that money when there are so many problems in America
Linda Chant
who's paying for it the people
Gerard Short
This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos. The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the United States is also responsible. In the latter wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan. Enough said:
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