Private Contractors Pay the Taliban
Bradley Manning's exposure of private contractors paying the Taliban was one of Wikileaks' most important revelations. It's still happening.
This article shows Gold Star Families suing those private contractors for the deaths and injuries of American troops.
If we leave these private contractors in Afghanistan, the Taliban will continue to thrive.
Updated Lawsuit Says U.S. Companies Paid Off Taliban to Keep Contracts Active
RYAN J. FARRICK — June 10, 2020
The families of Gold Star soldiers killed in Afghanistan have expanded a lawsuit which accuses U.S. military contractors of paying protection money to the Taliban.
The Wall Street Journal reports that two companies have been identified in an amended complaint. Together, the businesses received at least $1.7 billion to implement aid projects in Afghanistan. Their work lasted for the better part of a decade, ending only in 2015.
The amended lawsuit adds about 100 families to the existing complaint, nearly doubling the total number of plaintiffs—there are now, in total, 239 families represented. Altogether, they allege that a number of government- and military-sponsored contractors funneled finances to America’s wartime enemies to ensure the longevity of their contracts.
“Defendants supported the Taliban for a simple reason: Defendants were all large Western companies with lucrative businesses in post-9/11 Afghanistan, and they all paid the Taliban to refrain from attacking their business interests,” the original lawsuit says. “These protection payments aided and abetted terrorism by directly funding al-Qaeda-backed Taliban insurgency that killed and injured thousands of Americans.”
As LegalReader reported late last year, the federal Anti-Terrorism Act makes it illegal for any individual or entity to provide material support to the Taliban...