The Contractors Almost Always Win

By: Tuesday July 2, 2013 2:25 pm

Whenever a major piece of legislation moves through Washington you can almost guarantee among the winners is going to be some group of government contractors and comprehensive immigration reform is no exception. It is the aggressive lobbying for this potential payday that helps get the legislation moving through a practically polarized Congress.

 

EPA Suspends BP From New Federal Government Contracts

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:20 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended BP from any new contracts with the federal government. In a statement, the EPA attributes this action to “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 1:59 pm

Drone warfare, as global activist Medea Benjamin persuasively explains in her new book on the subject, is a quantum leap in military affairs. It has reshaped the day-to-day waging of war in ways more profound even than the last great technological leap in warfighting, nuclear weapons. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles has transformed not only the techniques of war but also the ethical, political, and psychological context of war. And it has done so largely by stealth. Drones have snuck up on us, and we’ve barely had a chance to discuss their implications.

White House Nixes Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 7:35 am

Administration. Either that, or the White House just values them a whole lot. Over the past couple weeks, not one but two potential restrictions on them have been lifted. The first was when the Administration abandoned a plan to force disclosure of political donations by companies who have contracts with the federal government. And the second dropped today.

Ryan Apologizes for Intimating That Military Brass Lied to Congress

By: Sunday April 1, 2012 1:10 pm

Paul Ryan performed a phalange-ectomy today on CNN’s State of the Union today, cleaning up comments he made about military leaders lying to Congress about their true opinions on the defense budget.

Ike’s Nightmare

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 4:42 pm

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. More than half a century later, we find ourselves in a political system which has ignored Eisenhower’s sound advice as the influence of the war industry on our society reaches a crescendo. Nowhere is this “disastrous rise of misplaced power” more apparent than in the debate about the Pentagon budget taking place in Washington, D.C.

Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture?

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 4:15 pm

Unbelievably, in 2011 this question has not yet been settled in the courts of the United States. Human rights attorneys are headed back to court in the coming month to argue that, yes, victims of war crimes and torture by contractors should have a path to justice. Attorneys from my organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights, along with co-counsel, are representing Iraqi civilians who were horribly tortured in Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq in seeking to hold accountable two private contractors for their violations of international, federal and state law.

Study Finds Government Pays More in Contracts – Really?

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 5:59 am

Tell me about how “contractors” are cheaper. Federal law enforcement still has no interoperable radio systems, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

DC Circuit Reinstates Blackwater Nisour Shooting Prosecution

By: Friday April 22, 2011 4:26 pm

The first thing to consider here is the standard of review the Circuit Court used in analyzing the appeal, because there were intermixing of factual and legal findings inherent in the Kastigar process, the court reviewed for clear error

Top 10 MyFDL Diaries of 2010

By: Friday January 14, 2011 12:35 pm

Check out this list of the top 10 MyFDL diaries from 2010 (based on pageviews). Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our fantastic community of writers. We look forward to reading your work in 2011.

What were your favorite myFDL diaries from last year? Share your picks in the comments!

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