Also see: "How the US army protects its trucks – by paying the Taliban" - Insurance, security or extortion? The US is spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan to ensure its supply convoys get through – and it's the Taliban who profit. Guardian, 13 November 2009.
By Dan Pashman
November 12, 2009
American contractors are paying off Afghan warlords and the Taliban to ensure safe passage through the most dangerous areas of the country, according to a report in The Nation magazine developed with support from The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Jack Rice talks to Aram Roston, the reporter who broke the story, who confirms that American taxpayer dollars are making their way into the hands of the very people putting our troops at risk.