Iraq for Sale

Mother Jones coverage of post-war contracting shenanigans


Soldiers of Good Fortune
By Barry Yeoman
They’re in the Army now: how the Bush Administration is using private military companies to wage the war on terrorism.

Dirty Warriors

By Barry Yeoman

How South African hit men, Serbian paramilitaries, and other human rights violators became guns for hire for military contractors in Iraq.

Mother Jones Radio: “Shadow Company”
Angie Coiro interviews Nick Bicanic, the co-director of “Shadow Company,” a feature-length documentary about private military companies in Iraq.

Crossing the Lines

By Michael Scherer

How a top Pentagon official and a host of influential Republicans almost made sure that one American company gained a key stake in Iraq’s lucrative wireless market.

Contracts With America

By Michael Scherer

Never before have private companies done so much of the government’s work, from homeland security to rebuilding Iraq. So who’s making sure the public gets its money’s worth? Why, contractors, of course.

The World According to Halliburton

By Michael Scherer

Good times for the Vice President’s former company

K Street on the Tigris

By Michael Scherer

Washington insiders are lining up to help corporate clients cash in on rebuilding Iraq, whether the Iraqis like it or not.

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