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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 1 September 2006 (USA)
Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.


Robert Greenwald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katy Helvenston-Wettengal Katy Helvenston-Wettengal ... Self - Scott Helvenston's Mother
Scott Helvenston ... Self - Blackwater Contractor (archive footage)
Donna Zovko Donna Zovko ... Self - Mother of Jerry Zovko
Jozo Zovko Jozo Zovko ... Self - Father of Jerry Zovko
Tommy Zovko Tommy Zovko ... Self - Brother of Jerry Zovko
Chris Lehane Chris Lehane ... Self - Crisis Communications Expert
Anthony Lagouranis Anthony Lagouranis ... Self - Military Interrogator, Abu Ghraib
John Warner John Warner ... Self - Senator, Virginia (archive footage)
Shereef Akeel Shereef Akeel ... Self - Civil Rights Attorney
Hassan Al-Azzawi Hassan Al-Azzawi ... Self - Abu Ghraib Detainee
Pratap Chatterjee Pratap Chatterjee ... Self - Executive Director, CorpWatch
Janis Karpinski Janis Karpinski ... Self - Former Brigadier General, Abu Ghraib
Al Haj Ali Al Haj Ali ... Self - Abu Ghraib Detainee
Mark Benjamin ... Self - Journalist, Salon.com
Joshua Casteel Joshua Casteel ... Self - Military Interrogator, Abu Ghraib


Documentary portraying the actions of U.S. corporate contractors in the U.S.-Iraq war. Interviews with employees and former employees of such companies as Halliburton, CACI, and KBR suggest that government cronyism is behind apparent "sweetheart" deals that give such contractors enormous freedom to profit from supplying support and material to American troops while providing little oversight. Survivors of employees who were killed discuss the claim that the companies cared more for profit than for the welfare of their own workers, and soldiers indicate that the quality of services provided is sub-standard and severely in contradiction to the comparatively huge profits being generated. Also depicted are the unsuccessful attempts by the filmmakers to get company spokesmen to respond to the charges made by the interviewees. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | War


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Gipsy II
(Music of the Ghajar/Iraqi gypsies)
Written by Traditional
Arranged by Saadoun Al-Bayati
Performed by Saadoun Al-Bayati
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his movie opens many doors that don't want to be opened
16 October 2006 | by timberlaxSee all my reviews

Just recently saw this on DVD and I have to say it opened my eyes to some of these issues with private contractors. Now I knew already that Halliburton and CACI and all those other companies really had no logical place in a war such as the one in Iraq, but some of the stuff they did like purposefully destroy their own equipment (in some cases sending their own employees in harm's way and having them killed by insurgents) because they would get compensated for it and profits would rise, is just plain monstrous. Not only that, but the amount of money that Congress has subsidized these companies is just incredibly outrageous. Money that could be used towards the $8 TRILLION dollar debt, or improving the health care system, or funding the education system better. And then using private contractors to do intelligence operations, such as interrogations...you saw what happened at Abu Graib - half the sickos who did the torture weren't even the military.

I mean WTF, America it's time to wake up!! Congress is incompetent since the majority always turns down all the major amendments that would control these types of criminal activities, with lobbyists controlling almost all of the legislative branch. And since Deick Cheney is the former CEO of Halliburton, you can see where this is connecting the dots.

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1 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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