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Unformatted text preview: Michigan 7 Week Seniors Iraq PMCs Aff ***IRAQ PMC AFF*** Michigan 7 Week Seniors Iraq PMCs Aff 1AC PLAN: The United States federal government should phase out the use of its private military forces in Iraq. Michigan 7 Week Seniors Iraq PMCs Aff IRAQ STABILITY ADVANTAGE Advantage __ is Iraq stability Private military contractors commit acts of violence that undermine US credibility, breeds counterinsurgencies and anti-Americanism. Schulman 10 (Daniel, Mother Jones' Washington-based news editor, Are Contractors Undermining US War Efforts?) January 21, 2010 http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/01/are-contractors-undermining-us-war- efforts The CRS report also states pretty plainly that the conduct of security contractors has damaged the US mission in Afghanistan and Iraq: Abuses committed by contractors, including contractors working for other U.S. agencies, can also strengthen anti- American insurgents. There have been published reports of local nationals being abused and mistreated by DOD contractors in such incidents as the summary shooting by a private security contractor of an Afghan who was handcuffed, the shooting of Iraqi civilians, and the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. (It should be noted that there have also been reports of military personnel abusing and otherwise mistreating local nationals, including the abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib prison. CRS has not conducted an analysis to determine whether the incidence of abuses is higher among contractors than it is among military personnel.) Many of the high-profile reports of PSCs shooting local nationals or otherwise acting irresponsibly were committed by contractors working for the Department of State. Some of these incidents include the reported shooting of Iraqi civilians by Triple Canopy employees, the shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in Nisoor Square by Blackwater employees , and the recent controversy over the behavior of security contractors from Armour Group who were hired to protect the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. Of the six incidents listed above, five were committed by U.S. companies and U.S. nationals. According to many analysts, these events have in fact undermined the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Iraqi Interior Ministry official, discussing the behavior of private security contractors, said Iraqis do not know them as Blackwater or other PSCs but only as Americans. One senior military officer reportedly stated that the actions of armed PSCs can turn an entire district against us. Some analysts also contend...
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