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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.<br><br>
Or worse.<br><br>
For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald ***** says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.<br><br>
There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that ***** began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut.<br><br>
He had thought he was doing a good and noble thing when he started telling the FBI about the guns and the land mines and the rocket-launchers - all of them being sold for cash, no receipts necessary, he said. He told a federal agent the buyers were Iraqi insurgents, American soldiers, State Department workers, and Iraqi embassy and ministry employees.<br><br>
The seller, he claimed, was the Iraqi-owned company he worked for, Shield Group Security Co.<br><br>
''It was a Wal-Mart for guns,'' he says. ''It was all illegal and everyone knew it.''</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Then there is Robert Isakson, who filed a whistleblower suit against contractor Custer Battles in 2004, alleging the company - with which he was briefly associated - bilked the U.S. government out of tens of millions of dollars by filing fake invoices and padding other bills for reconstruction work.<br><br>
He and his co-plaintiff, William Baldwin, a former employee fired by the firm, doggedly pursued the suit for two years, gathering evidence on their own and flying overseas to obtain more information from witnesses. Eventually, a federal jury agreed with them and awarded a $10 million judgment against the now-defunct firm, which had denied all wrongdoing.<br><br>
It was the first civil verdict for Iraq reconstruction fraud.<br><br>
But in 2006, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III overturned the jury award. He said Isakson and Baldwin failed to prove that the Coalition Provisional Authority, the U.S.-backed occupier of Iraq for 14 months, was part of the U.S. government.<br><br>
Not a single Iraq whistleblower suit has gone to trial since.</td>
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Nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Julie McBride testified last year that as a ''morale, welfare and recreation coordinator'' at Camp Fallujah, she saw KBR exaggerate costs by double- and triple-counting the number of soldiers who used recreational facilities.<br><br>
She also said the company took supplies destined for a Super Bowl party for U.S. troops and instead used them to stage a celebration for themselves.<br><br>
''After I voiced my concerns about what I believed to be accounting fraud, Halliburton placed me under guard and kept me in seclusion,'' she told the committee. ''My property was searched, and I was specifically told that I was not allowed to speak to any member of the U.S. military. I remained under guard until I was flown out of the country.''<br><br>
Halliburton and KBR denied her testimony.</td>
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But Cheney's connection to Halliburton gives them no sway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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