Sunday 29 June 2008

Where did the money go?

On ABC's Four Corners tomorrow night screens BBC’s Panorama investigation into where US$23 billion has not been accounted for in Iraq.

  • When the US goes to war, corporate America goes too. If there’s a role to be filled, chances are a private company will fill it – whether it’s feeding troops, trucking goods, guarding facilities or even interrogating some prisoners.

    Contractors now reportedly outnumber soldiers, and many of their contracts came through companies with connections to die for in Washington. $23 billion is believed to have been wasted, thieved, lost or unaccounted for.

    "They are the quintessential war profiteers – they made money out of chaos ," says one witness.

    More than 70 whistleblower cases could open the book on the missing billions – if it wasn’t for gagging orders issued by US justice authorities.

    "Daylight Robbery" - on Four Corners at 8.30 pm Monday 30 June, on ABC1.


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