June 8, 2014. Afghanistan. Another pedophile scandal has engulfed the US government, American corporations and the US news media. In 2009, the largest recipient of US reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan - DynCorp - was accused of using illegal drugs and child prostitutes to win the hearts and minds of local Afghan leaders. In 2010, WikiLeaks exposed the practice by releasing secret US State Dept communications. Now, the US Inspector General has released its own report.
Bacha Bazi - the outlawed custom of dressing up young boys as girls, forcing them to dance and often having sex with them, sometimes keeping them as permanent sex slaves.
It took decades for the US government and media industry to acknowledge the pedophile epidemic in the Catholic Church. And the two still won’t recognize the pedophile rings openly operating in the Hollywood entertainment industry. But they can’t ignore the child prostitution reports emanating from America’s military industrial complex. A leaked State Dept cable even shows the government and the media conspired to cover it up.
DynCorp and Afghan reconstruction
Apparently there was one good thing to come out of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The law created the office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. And it was the Inspector General that investigated accusations of the trafficking of drugs and underage prostitutes by America’s largest recipient of US contracts for Afghan reconstruction. That report was finally released.
Top US Defense contractor DynCorp is no stranger to controversy and cover-ups. A 2007 report from the same Inspector General’s office accused the corporation of over-charging the US government for work rebuilding Afghanistan. DynCorp has received $2.75 billion in US government contracts, mostly to train Afghan police and military forces. Four years after the 2007 report was released, the company returned $7.7 million to taxpayers. It was widely seen as an attempt to end one controversy before the next one was exposed. And thanks to WikiLeaks, that next DynCorp scandal involved illegal drugs and child prostitutes.
Showing just how entrenched in the highest levels of the US federal government DynCorp is, of the $4 billion spent by the US State Dept for Afghan reconstruction, $2.75 billion was awarded to DynCorp. Of 1,874 State Dept contracts that went to a combined 771 organizations and corporations between 2002 and 2013, 1 company received two-thirds of the total allotment - DynCorp. And that was even after being caught defrauding taxpayers.
Leaked State Department cable
If there is a smoking gun in the DynCorp child prostitution accusations, it’s the US State Department cable dated ‘June 23, 2009 - Kabul.’ The communication, which outlines a meeting between US diplomats and the Afghan government, makes special mention of one specific child prostitution case involving DynCorp and local Afghan officials. But the cable goes out of its way to not use any such language, only reiterating that the scandal needed to be covered up and the global media would need to play its part to accomplish it.
The State Dept cable leaked by WikiLeaks begins, ‘Assistant Ambassador Mussomeli discussed a range of issues with Minister of Interior (MoI) Hanif Atmar on June 23. On the Kunduz Regional Training Center (RTC) DynCorp event of April 11 (reftel), Atmar reiterated his insistence that the US try to quash any news article on the incident or circulation of a video connected with it. He continued to predict that publicity would "endanger lives”.’
Without going into detail, the State Dept cable goes on to outline the crime and the cover-up. It continues, ‘He disclosed that he has arrested two Afghan police and nine other Afghans as part of an MoI investigation into Afghans who facilitated this crime of "purchasing a service from a child." He pressed for CSTC-A to be given full control over the police training program, including contractors. Mussomeli counseled that an overreaction by the Afghan government (GIRoA) would only increase chances for the greater publicity the MoI is trying to forestall.’
According to the WikiLeaks account, the above incident isn’t unique. The report suggests the abuse of illegal drugs and underage boys is fairly common in Afghanistan. There is a historic and traditional Afghan ritual in which young boys are dressed up like attractive young girls. The boys are then made to dance seductively for their adult male overseers. Once sexual arousal has reached a pinnacle, the man or group of men often have sex with the young boy. Occasionally, the boys are kept permanently as sex slaves.
The ancient practice is outlawed by both Afghan law as well as Islamic law. But the ritual is reportedly still occurring and universally overlooked by authorities and Afghan society. Until Americans tried to get in on the act that is. The leaked communications specifically state that the outlawed pedophile ritual is socially acceptable, but only for Afghans. Outrage by Afghans over American participation was cited for the need to keep the DynCorp incident secret.
WikiLeaks also aimed its criticism at the Washington Post for being a willing participant in the child prostitution cover-up. Pointing to the Afghan and US suggestion that an effort be taken to “quash any news article on the incident” they wrote, ‘The strategy appeared to work when an article was published in July by the Washington Post about the incident, which made little of the affair, saying it was an incident of "questionable management oversight" in which foreign DynCorp workers "hired a teenage boy to perform a tribal dance at a company farewell party".’
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