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Thread: US May Unwittingly Fund Terrorism in Afghanistan: Report

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    US May Unwittingly Fund Terrorism in Afghanistan: Report

    The U.S. government may accidentally be funneling millions of dollars to the very terrorists and insurgents it's fighting in Afghanistan through sloppy contracting regulations, according to a new government report.
    The report, called "Contracting With the Enemy" and published Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), examined the system designed to make sure that the U.S. reconstruction is not providing business for any individuals or groups associated with terrorist or insurgent organizations.
    SIGAR said that due to "several weaknesses" in the long and complicated process, "millions of contracting dollars could be diverted to forces seeking to harm U.S. military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan and derail the multi-billion dollar reconstruction effort."
    The report centered on what's known as Section 841, part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that describes how the U.S. government is supposed to identify individuals or companies with suspected ties to insurgents, confirm that information, pass it along to the head of the contracting activity, then to the primary contractor and finally to the targeted subcontractors whose business deals would then be voided or restricted based on guidance from higher up.
    Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty ImagesU.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C... View Full Size Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty ImagesU.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored... View Full Caption U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force protect a wounded comrade from dust and smoke flares after an Improvised Explosive Device blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province in Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2012. Close SIGAR said Section 841 was part of a "variety of efforts" undertaken by the government to keep American contracting money out of terrorists' hands in the wake of incidents like the $2.16 billion Host Nation Trucking contract. In that instance, SIGAR said, the U.S. government paid several companies to ship more than 70 percent of food and materiel to American troops in Afghanistan, only to realize that some of those funds were "widely believed to have been funneled to insurgents."

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    Unwittingly, eh? That's rich.
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    We support a system in this country that binds us to foreign oil. How is this news to anyone?
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    We've been supporting terrorism for a LONG time.





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    Quote Originally Posted by ohall View Post
    We support a system in this country that binds us to foreign oil. How is this news to anyone?
    The system seems to be by design.

    Our oil comes from:
    North America - 54% (US - 39%, Canada - 15%,)
    Latin America - 19.6% (Mexico - 7.5% , Venezuela - 6%)
    Persian Gulf - 12.9% (Saudi Arabia ~ 8%)
    Africa - 10.3% (Nigera - 5.2%)

    We've limited off-shore drilling, avoided more drilling in Alaska, and still only get 5% of our oil from the Persian Gulf other than Saudi Arabia.

    If Middle Eastern hatred of us is due to oil what are we doing differently with Canada and Mexico?

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    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/11/150444...y-be-surprised

    Canada is far and away the biggest purveyor of crude to its southern neighbor, hitting a record 2.2 million barrels a day last year as its share of the U.S. market grew by 12 percent.

    Energy expert Robert Rapier says the take-away for Americans may be "marry a Canadian," because he or she will be a citizen of an increasingly rich country. "Their budget looks good, and they're sitting on top of tremendous reserves," he says.

    Saudi Arabia is a distant second, providing the U.S. with barely half as much crude as Canada. Other Persian Gulf countries also contribute to U.S. oil imports, but make up a relatively small share overall.

    "People have tended to exaggerate how much oil we imported from the Middle East," says John Duffield, an energy expert and professor of political science at Georgia State University.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoFins! View Post
    The system seems to be by design.

    Our oil comes from:
    North America - 54% (US - 39%, Canada - 15%,)
    Latin America - 19.6% (Mexico - 7.5% , Venezuela - 6%)
    Persian Gulf - 12.9% (Saudi Arabia ~ 8%)
    Africa - 10.3% (Nigera - 5.2%)

    We've limited off-shore drilling, avoided more drilling in Alaska, and still only get 5% of our oil from the Persian Gulf other than Saudi Arabia.

    If Middle Eastern hatred of us is due to oil what are we doing differently with Canada and Mexico? http://www.npr.org/news/graphics/201...ilprod-300.gif

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    Not bombing the s out of them.
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