A year after Prince proposed private troops for Nigeria, the West African nation is now using mercenaries. Prince’s old firm, Blackwater, used to contract with the U.S. to protect convoys and officials, and train foreign armies — but caused controversy when its employees killed Iraqi civilians.
Companies can be faceless, so we reached out to individual board members for their reaction to the deaths, sex abuse, and serious lapses at National Mentor Holdings.
A BuzzFeed News investigation identified deaths, sex abuse, and blunders in screening, training, and overseeing foster parents at the nation’s largest for-profit foster care company.
The cells, designed for solitary custody, could be hauled around on trucks. In the early days of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, commanders at times had to improvise detention options.
“I’m disappointed that no one at the CIA will be held accountable,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein says.
The Agency was convinced Janat Gul knew of a plot to launch terror attacks against the 2004 presidential election, but he couldn’t have known. The plot was fiction. His interrogators were ordered to torture him even after they came to believe he knew nothing.
Internal efforts by the CIA to police its controversial interrogation program will be a key part of defense against Senate report detailing alleged abuses.
It’s the first cabinet-level departure since Democrats lost the Senate in the midterm elections. He will remain in his post until his replacement is confirmed.
NSA bureaucrat Teresa Shea and her intelligence-contractor husband are worth at least $3 million, records show. She ran controversial surveillance programs for years and recused herself last year from decisions about her husband’s employer.
Top National Security Agency official Teresa Shea is leaving her position after BuzzFeed News reported on her and her husband’s financial interests. The move comes as the NSA faces more questions about the business dealings of its former director Keith Alexander, and potential ethics conflicts. This post has been updated to include a response from the NSA.
Powerful National Security Agency official registered “electronics” business at her home before her husband set up intelligence business there, BuzzFeed News finds. Her company owns a plane and a condo.
The ISIS offensive that provoked U.S. airstrikes may have been aimed at winning oil fields. The militant group is “among the wealthiest terrorist groups on the planet,” says a U.S. intelligence official.
The U.S. government is one of the world’s biggest buyers of AK-47s and other Soviet bloc weapons, which it has poured into Afghanistan, Iraq, and other hot spots. An exclusive look at a strange string of U.S.-backed arms deals.
Special Inspector General’s report says the Pentagon gave hundreds of thousands of rifles, machine guns, and other small arms to the Afghan police and army. But now the military can’t track who has them.
A private $10 million cash ransom deal was in the works before the five Gitmo prisoners were handed over.
George W. Bush’s man in Iraq tries to take over — this time under Obama.
A Navy commando who worked on counter-narcotics missions pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy. He had his wife carry the suitcase of cocaine from the plane — but she left it behind.
A camel staring at the eye of a needle would decorate a new American embassy — in a country where the average income yearly is $1,250.
As the U.S. confronts Putin over Crimea, federal investigators probe whether an American company enriched Russian officials.