So WikiLeaks Is Evil For Releasing Documents... But DynCorp Gets A Pass For Pimping Young Boys To Afghan Cops?

from the wtf dept

One refrain we keep hearing against Wikileaks is that the cable releases aren't really "whistleblowing," because they're not really revealing anything. However, it seems like each day there's another big revelation of rather horrible things being done (and covered up) by the US government. The latest, pointed out by Boing Boing, involves a report from a cable that US-based private security contractor DynCorp, who was hired by the US to train Afghani police, was apparently supplying drugs and young boys for a sort of sex party.

The details are horrifying. The Afghani interior minister apparently went to US officials to warn them that reporters were sniffing around this story, and urged them to try to kill the story. He specifically warned that this would look bad if the connection to DynCorp was made clear (he called them "foreign mentors"). Apparently, US diplomats told him not to worry, and the eventual story was in fact watered down greatly (until now, of course) calling the whole thing a "tribal dance," rather than a party where young boys wear "scanty women's clothes" and "dance seductively" before being "auctioned off to the highest bidder" for sex.

Oh, did we mention that DynCorp makes $2 billion per year -- 95% of which comes from American taxpayers.

And US government officials are declaring Wikileaks as an organization to shun and not to work with? What about DynCorp? Are their DNS providers pulling the plug? Are their banks shutting down their accounts? Are they being denounced by Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman? No? Why the hell not?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2010 @ 9:24am

    From our point of view, the world can be a very ugly place. What we consider disgusting, abhorrent and should earn you a bullet in your head is perfectly accepted in other parts of the world. In some countries, women are for making babies while men (and boys) are for pleasure.

    Personally, I find this just flat out nasty and where this is the custom, deserves to receive a low yield Cruise Missile. How do companies operate in this kind of environment? How do you get things done when you are required to operate in a "when in Rome" way of doing things?

    I do not understand how an American company with American workers, former military members, can stand by and watch this type of behavior, much less promote it, god forbid participate in it.

    I just don't understand the thinking of someone who would make this decision to go ahead and be involved with it. These are not war crimes, these are crimes against humanity, something which sorry to say, this company and its workers seem to have very little of.

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