Report finds U.S. tax money may be funding Afghan insurgents

Private security contractors protecting the convoys that supply U.S. military bases in Afghanistan are paying millions of dollars a week in “passage bribes” to the Taliban and other insurgent groups to travel along Afghan roads, a congressional investigation released Monday has found.

The payments, which are reimbursed by the U.S. government, help fund the very enemy the U.S. is attempting to defeat and renew questions about the U.S. dependence on private contractors, who outnumber American troops in Afghanistan , 130,000 to 93,000.

The report’s author called the findings of the six-month investigation “sobering and shocking.”

news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100622/wl_mcclatchy/3543649

Now THAT is ridiculous. I have a feeling I know whose fault it is too :rolleyes:

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and renew questions about the U.S. dependence on private contractors, who outnumber American troops in Afghanistan , 130,000 to 93,000.

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This can pose a lot of problems. Along with, Big Bucks Lure Crack Afghan Troops to Private Security Firms.

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Now THAT is ridiculous. I have a feeling I know whose fault it is too :rolleyes:

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Started with Pres. Bush Administration and continued under this current administration.

No different than "bribing" the insurgents in Iraq to keep quiet.

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