Inside the world of war profiteers – Party houses, prostitutes

Dandelion Salad

By David Jackson and Jason Grotto
ICH
21/02/08 “Chicago Tribune

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.

From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S.

Inside the stout federal courthouse of this Mississippi River town, the dirty secrets of Iraq war profiteering keep pouring out.

Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war’s largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand.

The graft continued well beyond the 2004 congressional hearings that first called attention to it. And the massive fraud endangered the health of American soldiers even as it lined contractors’ pockets, records show.

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