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1,264 civilian contractors have died in Iraq/Afghanistan according to most recent figures March 10, 2009

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That total is according to Pentagon figures released in September 2008. Sadly, that number rises weekly and the AP has reported another death, a Dyncorp employee shot by a sniper. We reported last spring that the death toll of government contractors had just surpassed 1,000. I hate that the first updated total of this grim statistic had to come in yet another story of a young man cut down in his prime. Our prayers are with Justin Pope’s family and the families of all those who have lost a loved one in these wars.

Below is the AP report:

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Do Americans View Contractors in Iraq as “Expendable Profiteers?” March 7, 2008

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In a recent Houston Chronicle article, Steven Schooner, senior associate dean of the George Washington University School of Law and apparent expert on military outsourcing, revealed this as a possible explaination of the lack of public knowledge and debate concerning American, non-military casualties, in Iraq.

“The public all too frequently perceives contractor personnel in Iraq as expendable profiteers, adventure-seekers or marginalized members of society who are not entitled to the same respect or value that they would assign to members of the military.”

I’m not sure that this is a realistic observation of Americans, but for various reason’s our level of overseas civilian presence hasn’t been highlighted in the media, certainly not by television media. Though short, this piece highlights some of the key reasons why the plight of injured contractors once they return would be far from a front burner issue.

Below is the full Feb. 28, 2008 article by David Ivanovich of the Huston Chronicle

WASHINGTON — At least 353 civilian contractors died in Iraq last year, with contractors accounting for more than one in four deaths associated with the U.S. occupation, the Labor Department reported. With those fatalities sparking new questions about the Pentagon’s privatization of military functions, Steven Schooner, senior associate dean at the George Washington University School of Law and an expert on federal procurement law and military contracting, spoke with Chronicle reporter David Ivanovich.

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