“Fifty-two licensed private security firms operate extensively in Afghanistan, employing more than 25,000 people.Among the major American firms are Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, and Triple Canopy.
“About half of the companies employed by the U.S. military in Afghanistan are Afghan-owned, including Watan Risk Management, run by two of Karzai's cousins, and NLC Holdings, which provides security for U.S. military convoys and is run by Hamed Wardak, the son of the defense minister. Many other companies are unlicensed and have been accused of operating as violent militias that often bribe the Taliban for safe passage.”
Can you believe that? While families right here in our towns are struggling with unemployment and watching their retirement savings go up in smoke, the United States Government is paying money to Blackwater and to “private security” companies owned by corrupt Afghan President Hamid Karzai's family and cronies – and some of these companies are accused of then paying our money to the Taliban!
Did you know that the number of armed security contractors in Afghanistan has almost quadrupled since September 2007, from 2,401 to 16,398 in March of this year (Washington Post graphic here)? That's the wrong direction for Afghanistan and the wrong direction for America.
I'm asking for your vote and your support in the Democratic primary on September 14th because I think that after 9 years, it's time to create jobs here at home, not in Afghanistan. If you agree, now is the time to join our campaign as a grassroots endorser – you can do that at the top of any page on our website.