May 25, 2001
Narco News 2001
From the MEDIUM RARE
From Kosovo to Peru
The prefix "dyn" from the Greek connoting power
or energy appears in many English works, e.g. dynamo, dynamic
and dynamite. It also is found, in one form or another, in the
names of corporations many of which are involved in the business
of providing energy.
For one corporation, inclusion
of that prefix in its name may be more appropriate than many
of us realized. The company is "Dyncorp."
The Virginia based company
first came to this writer's attention in March of last year.
A local police officer (Skender Gocaj from Westland, Michigan)
had just returned from Kosovo. He had been hired by Dyncorp (under
a contract with the U.S. State Department) to spend one year
at a salary of $101,000 helping train KLA terrorists to perform
the local police function.
Gocaj was fired after
four months in Kosovo. He claims it was because he reported corruption
he had witnessed to Dyncorp managers. Dyncorp would only say
that Gocaj was terminated for "unsatisfactory performance."
Gocaj admits he was reprimanded for talking to local Kosovars
in their native language. He was born in Kosovo and came to the
U.S. at age eight.
Michigan U.S. Senator
Carl Levin (Dem.) supposedly asked the State Department to look
into the allegations of Dyncorp corruption. Nothing happened.
The name of Dyncorp surfaced
once more in connection with the shoot down of the missionary
plane in Peru. Early news reports identified the American "spotters"
who fed the Peruvian pilots the targets as under contract to
the CIA. It turns out they were actually contracted by Dyncorp
which may or may not have had a contract with the CIA. Dyncorp
"employees" are also involved in the "defoliating"
campaign in Peru and Columbia reminiscent of the Agent Orange
debacle in Vietnam.
Dyncorp is only one of
a number of government "fronts" or "proprietaries"
involved as surrogates around the world. Almost allof its $1.4
billion in 1999 revenue came from the U.S. Government. Its 1999
annual report stated a $4.4 billion backlog of government contracts.
Its "extensive sampling" of public sector clients listed
in the report includes almost every government agency except
the CIA. Of course, it was not portrayed as a complete list.
It also belongs to some
interesting associations including The American Society of Photogrammetry
and Remote Sensing, and the Society for Epidemiological Research.
These private companies
performing government functions ("Cutouts" in the vernacular
of the intelligence community) serve two purposes. They provide
"deniability" to government officials and they are
beyond the reach of congressional oversight and investigations
as well as the Freedom of Information Act.
Congress should (but won't)
take action to forbid this practice.
The author is a freelance
writer based in Romulus, Michigan. He is a former newspaper editor
and investigative reporter, a retired customs administrator and
accountant, and a student of history and the U.S. Constitution.
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Nation has obtained a copy of State's
contract with DynCorp -- a contract
that requires all employees to have a "secret"-level
clearance and "not communicate to any person any information
known to them by reason of their performance of services."
Additionally, it instructs DynCorp to "not refer to this
award in any public or private advertising" or in the news
"Looking through it, it's
not hard to see why. The contract reveals DynCorp's Andean aerial
counternarcotics operations to be far more expansive and far-flung
than previously reported..."
- By Jason Vest
Corpwatch has acquired a copy of a $600 million dollar
contract between DynCorp and the U.S. State Department. The company
carries crop fumigation against coca farmers in Colombia, Boliva
and Peru. In Colombia it is also involved in drug interdiction,
transport, reconnaissance, search and rescue missions, medical
evacuation and aircraft maintenance, among other operations.
Only a handful of members of Congress are aware of the details
of DynCorp's operations, despite the fact that they were funded
through U.S. taxpayer dollars. The following is an excerpt from