Report: Private Security Contractors at War

Ending the Culture of Impunity

This report examines patterns of private security contractor operations and the civilian casualties linked to them; the inadequate response of the U.S. government, principally the Department of Justice, to crimes committed by contractors; and the current legal framework governing private security contractors deployed abroad by the United States.


The conclusion: the U.S. Justice Department needs to enforce laws in force and prosecute contractors suspected of violent crimes. The federal government needs to provide the necessary resources to prioritize these cases.


Published on September 15, 2010


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