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A secret CIA program to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with assassination teams was outsourced in 2004 to Blackwater USA, the private security contractor whose operations in Iraq prompted intense scrutiny, according to two former intelligence officials familiar with the events.
Operational deployments normally range from 90-120 days and breaks are usually 30 days in duration.
Our comprehensive benefits package includes:
* Defense Base Act insurance for U.S. government contracts
* Foreign Voluntary Worker's Compensation insurance for commercial contracts
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The CIA has regularly used contractors for intelligence analysis and operations, former CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress last year. Contractors participated in the secret harsh interrogations of terrorist suspects, he said. Contractors are no longer allowed to conduct interrogations, Panetta told Congress in April.
Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
The US government is sure relying a lot on mercenaries to carry out their dirty work these days. What does the free and peaceful US really have to hide through its actions?
U.S. mulling private security in Afghanistan
More American troops means more protection needed on bases, convoys
The possibility of awarding a security contract comes as the Obama administration is sending thousands of more troops into Afghanistan to quell rising violence fueled by a resurgent Taliban. As the number of American forces grow over the next several months, so too does the demand to guard their outposts.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he wants to cut back on the use of contractors that now provide a wide range services to American troops in war zones, including transportation, communications, food service, construction, and maintenance. As recently as February, however, Gates called the use of private security contractors in certain parts of Afghanistan "vital" to supporting U.S. bases. A contract for the work also creates job opportunities for Afghans, he said.