Lawmakers Aim To End Warzone Security Contracts

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT) -- Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at ending the use of private security contractors in war zones, saying U.S. troops should take back control of inherently governmental missions.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., said contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by 155,000 to 145,000, and that contractors have taken on critical roles like training troops and police, guarding convoys, repairing weapons, administering military prisons, and performing military intelligence.

The lawmakers said that reliance...
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