government contracts

INSTITUTE INDEX: The private contractors involved in CIA torture

December 12, 2014 - The Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of a report this week documenting the CIA's use of torture against detainees following the 9/11 attacks. It offers revealing details on the involvement of private contractors in those human rights violations -- including an aviation firm based in North Carolina.

The outsourcing customer is always wrong

October 25, 2013 - Representatives of companies that got the lion's share of lucrative contracts to build the problem-ridden federal health exchange website -- including Virginia-based CGI Federal and Atlanta-based Equifax -- testified before a House committee this week and acted as if they were innocent bystanders at someone else's train wreck.

Corporations are the real moochers

September 21, 2012 - From arranging their affairs so they get checks from the IRS rather than writing them, to their reliance on government contracts, U.S. corporations show a serious dependency on public assistance.

Disaster profiteering

May 19, 2006 - One of the great obscenities of the government response post-Katrina is that, while officials failed to provide food, evacuation buses, and other assistance, they somehow found the ability to deploy massive security detachments.