Contractor Supporting Insurgents in Afghanistan Granted Access to Coalition Facilities
10:08 AM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In a November 8 letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) warned that a contractor that had been identified with the insurgency had been granted access to a Coalition facility last November, and that the threat of further access by such contractors remains. SIGAR uncovered the information while conducting an investigation of the structural defects at the Parwan Justice Center, a new courthouse being jointly constructed by the State and Defense Departments. The letter reads in part:
To date, the U.S. Army has rejected all 43 of SIGAR's requests that insurgent-supporting contractors, including Zurmat, be subjected to debarment from future work on coalition projects. The Army has rejected these requests on concerns that debarment would "violate their due process rights under the U.S. Constitution." SIGAR believes this is a "flawed approach," and that "until action is taken on all 43 insurgency-related cases SIGAR has referred to the Army for debarment, the safety of our troops could still be at risk and U.S. government funds could be diverted to supporters of the insurgency."
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