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Mar 23, 2005



It seems glaringly apparent that the introduction of a large number of private contractors in security-providing roles alongside our publicly-supported military forces has been demoralizing to our forces. Operation Truth's report highlights the wage imbalance and the recruitment crisis, but I think this goes beyond that. The abuse of prisoners also is a serious issue, maybe the most serious, that is resulting in the demoralizing of U.S. military forces and further discrediting U.S. foreign policy. Private contractors should have no role in security, detainment of prisoners or interrogation procedures. Their presence in these circumstances can serve no other interest than someone's monetary bottom line, not U.S. foreign policy goals or national security interests, and certainly not Iraqi nation-building goals.

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