U.S. Military Awards Contracts to Supporters of Taliban, Al-Qaeda

| by Michael Allen
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The Obama administration has sent billions of taxpayer dollars to Afghanistan to repair roads, towns and the country's army, but apparently some of that money is going to supporters of terrorists.

Allies of the Taliban and al-Qaeda have reportedly landed U.S. military contracts, but U.S. officials refuse to cancel them because of "due process rights."

If American citizens were caught aiding allies of Taliban and al-Qaeda, they would be subject to arrest, imprisonment, or possibly a deadly drone attack overseas.

John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, told Congress in a letter today that the U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office refused to cancel 43 contracts with supporters of Taliban and al-Qaeda, notes Bloomberg News.

“I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack, and even kill terrorists and their supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believe we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract,” wrote Sopko.

U.S. Military spokesman Matthew Bourke said there was not "enough supporting evidence to initiate suspension and debarment under federal acquisition regulations."

U.S. Army spokesman George Wright said that ending the contracts with possible terrorist supporters “would fail to meet due-process requirements and would likely be deemed arbitrary if challenged in court.”

However, Wright did not cite any case law in which enemies of the United States have successfully sued the U.S. government in U.S. civil court over U.S. government contracts.

Source: Bloomberg News