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Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katy Helvenston-Wettengal ...
Herself - Scott Helvenston's Mother
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Himself - Blackwater Contractor (archive footage)
Donna Zovko ...
Herself - Mother of Jerry Zovko
Jozo Zovko ...
Himself - Father of Jerry Zovko
Tommy Zovko ...
Himself - Brother of Jerry Zovko
Chris Lehane ...
Himself - Crisis Communications Expert
Anthony Lagouranis ...
Himself - Military Interrogator, Abu Ghraib
Janis Karpinski ...
Herself - Former Brigadier General, Abu Ghraib
Shereef Akeel ...
Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Hassan Al-Azzawi ...
Himself - Abu Ghraib Detainee
Pratap Chatterjee ...
Himself - Executive Director, CorpWatch
Al Haj Ali ...
Himself - Abu Ghraib Detainee
Mark Benjamin ...
Himself - Journalist, Salon.com
Joshua Casteel ...
Himself - Military Interrogator, Abu Ghraib
Marwan Mawiri ...
Himself - Titan Linguist, Kirkuk Airbase Iraq
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Documentary portraying the actions of U.S. corporate contractors in the U.S.-Iraq war. Interviews with employees and former employees of such companies as Halliburton, CACI, and KBR suggest that government cronyism is behind apparent "sweetheart" deals that give such contractors enormous freedom to profit from supplying support and material to American troops while providing little oversight. Survivors of employees who were killed discuss the claim that the companies cared more for profit than for the welfare of their own workers, and soldiers indicate that the quality of services provided is sub-standard and severely in contradiction to the comparatively huge profits being generated. Also depicted are the unsuccessful attempts by the filmmakers to get company spokesmen to respond to the charges made by the interviewees. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Greenwald hits it on the head again with this riveting Doc
3 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

No doubt this will automatically be labeled as "liberal propaganda" by some but the issues tackled in this film should be of concern to everyone, Republican or Democrat.

I must admit that I didn't know much about contracting before this film came along, though I had heard bits and pieces before in the news about Dick Cheney's shady Halliburton dealings. "Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers" truly opened my eyes to the horrendous waste and fraud that is going on in Iraq and the risks that contractors and our troops have been exposed to by companies who were found in some cases to value money more than human life. People might possess the misconception that this film takes a stance against the war and against private contracting in general, but that is absolutely not the case; rather it takes a stand against war PROFITEERING and tells the stories of those who have been personally affected by it. The interviews with family members whose loved ones died needlessly are truly heartbreaking, as is the moving testimony of a former Halliburton employee, Ben Carter, who discovered the company was providing contaminated water to soldiers.

I recommend that everyone show the film to friends, family and co-workers since Brave New Films counts on people and not theaters to distribute their movies. A definite must-see.


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