Chief Watchdog For Afghanistan Reconstruction Requesting U.S. Army Suspend Contracts

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The U.S. Army is rejecting the request to suspend contracts with dozens of companies and individuals with ties to Al Qaeda and other extremist groups due to worries about their “due process rights,” in spite of many pleas from the chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction.

In a blistering passage of his latest report to Congress, Special Inspector General John Sopko stated that his office has pleaded with the Army to suspend or debar 43 contractors over worry about ties to the Afghanistan insurgency, “including supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda.”

Sopko had written that the Army “rejected” every single case.

Sopko said that the Army Suspension and Debarment Office seems to believe that suspension or debarment of these individuals and companies would be a violation of their due process rights if based on classified information or if based on discoveries by the Department of Commerce, which summed up the Army’s position.

The Army is claiming that Sopko’s office didn’t provide enough proof to support its claims.

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