Iraq

Blackwater's Replacement Also Scandalous

At least there weren’t butt shots: A ProPublica report finds that Triple Canopy, the private security firm given a $1 billion government contract to replace Blackwater in Iraq, has been plagued by “questionable weapons deals, government bungling, and a criminal investigation that was ultimately closed without charges being filed.” The company traded booze for weapons and supplies with the U.S. military and bought weapons on the black market, leading some to worry that taxpayer dollars were finding their way into the hands of insurgents. “We’re spending a lot of money on these rifles,” said one former Triple Canopy manager. “We’re supporting people who are trying to kill Americans is the logical conclusion.”