Monday, January 3, 2011

U.S. Taxpayers Pay for Sexual Abuse of Afghani Boys

via Creative Loafing, by John Grooms
I know, I know, there are too many godawful things going unreported to name just one award “winner.” But one true story, which received pitifully little coverage in America despite the whole thing being funded by U.S. taxpayers, needs to — at the very least — be given some kind of Shame Award.

While the government and our happily compliant press were busy calling for the head of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, a shocking revelation from one of the released diplomatic cables was blithely ignored. DynCorp, a government contractor providing training for Afghan security and police forces, gets nearly all its money from you and me. The company used some of that money to throw a party for a group of Afghan police trainees.

The evening’s “entertainment” consisted of “bacha bazi boys,” whose pimps were paid so the boys would sing, then dance, then submit to anal sex with the police recruits. Read all about it here, along with more info on DynCorp doing the same kind of thing in the ’90s when we paid them to train people in Bosnia.  The leaked cable also makes clear that our government put pressure on journalists to not report on the “party.” See the leaked cable here.

Read the rest.

And check out the Frontline video below. Click here for more info on this program, and to see it in its entirety.

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