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Old 03 May 17, 22:42
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US company turned blind eye to wild behavior on Iraq base

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WASHINGTON (AP) The two American investigators felt a sense of foreboding that Sunday as they headed to an emergency meeting with their boss on the Iraqi air base. But they didn't expect to be surrounded by armed guards, disarmed, detained against their will and fired without explanation.

It was March 12 less than two months ago. Robert Cole and Kristie King were in Iraq working as investigators for Sallyport Global, a U.S. company that was paid nearly $700 million in federal contracts to secure Balad Air Base, home to a squadron of F-16 fighter jets as part of the U.S.-led coalition to annihilate the Islamic State.

Cole and King had spent more than a year together in Iraq investigating all manner of misconduct at Balad and beyond.

They'd uncovered evidence that Sallyport employees were involved in sex trafficking , they said. Staff on base routinely flew in smuggled alcohol in such high volumes that a plane once seesawed on the tarmac under the weight. Rogue militia stole enormous generators off the base using flatbed trucks and a 60-foot crane, driving past Sallyport security guards.

Managers repeatedly shut down Cole and King's investigations and failed to report their findings to the U.S. government that was footing the bill, the investigators said.
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...do they not have the evidence? if they were investigators, I would think they would have more than just 'he-said-she-said' evidence--if it was more than just small time stuff
--enormous generators ''stolen''? that should be documented somewhere, yes?
--plane ''seesawed'' because of ''overweight''? they would have had to get that past the pilot---unsafe..if, not, the pilot knew he was flying an unsafe airplane ?--the pilot doesn't know the weight of the airplane? or it was placed in the wrong area--would have to be a lot of weight though
''seesaw'' ? what exactly does that mean? when?
all this sounds fishy--could be true--but sounds fishy

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The article blamed the company for failing to prevent the removal of Iraqi-owned generators from a location on the Balad base that Sallyport does not control or is assigned to protect. The incident was promptly reported to both the Iraqi Base Commander and US government contracting officials. See attached Document #4 (names redacted for privacy and security reasons).
http://www.wave3.com/story/35336321/...rmer-employees

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Kristie King...wow they got a woman down there....how times have changed.
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...do they not have the evidence? if they were investigators, I would think they would have more than just 'he-said-she-said' evidence--if it was more than just small time stuff
--enormous generators ''stolen''? that should be documented somewhere, yes?
--plane ''seesawed'' because of ''overweight''? they would have had to get that past the pilot---unsafe..if, not, the pilot knew he was flying an unsafe airplane ?--the pilot doesn't know the weight of the airplane? or it was placed in the wrong area--would have to be a lot of weight though
''seesaw'' ? what exactly does that mean? when?
all this sounds fishy--could be true--but sounds fishy

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http://www.wave3.com/story/35336321/...rmer-employees
It sounds funny.

Smuggling booze & broads into the backwards Islamic states is nothing new, and nothing to get excited about.

The thieving locals isn't a surprise, either.
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