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U.S. Congressional Oversight

House Committee on the Judiciary

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary has broad jurisdiction and is empowered to review, in addition to the judiciary and civil and criminal judicial proceedings, the enforcement of U.S. laws. It is in this capacity that the House Committee on the Judiciary has assessed the effectiveness of U.S. laws and policies concerning the roles and responsibilities of private contractors employed by the U.S. government.

Hearings

U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Hearings

War Profiteering and Other Contractor Crimes Committee Overseas (H. Hrg. 110-103)

Author: House Judiciary
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This hearing brought experts together to discuss fraud and abuse by overseas U.S. government contractors. The question posed to the panelists was: What is the extent of the problem, why are there so few prosecutions, what are the reasons for the lack of transparency in investigations and prosecutions, and are the existing laws adequate to address these problems?

Enforcement of Federal Criminal Law to Protect Americans Working for U.S. Contractors in Iraq (H, Hrg. 110-130)

Author: House Judiciary
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This hearing was convened in response to accusations that contractors in Iraq act with impunity and disregard for the law. Witnesses included The Honorable Ted Poe , U.S House of Representatives (R-TX); Jamie Leigh Jones,Former Employee of Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR); and Scott Horton, Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law. 

Torture and the Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment of Detainees: The Effectiveness and Consequences of ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation (H. Hrg. 110-94)

Author: House Judiciary
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In the wake of news reports that detainees in U.S. custody were mistreated and tortured, Congress sought to address the subject of the legal and moral limits on interrogation tactics. In this hearing, experts discussed the difference between “torture” and “enhanced interrogation,” and the effectiveness, legality, and consequences of the interrogation techniques applied by government and contractor personnel. The use of private contractors to interrogate detainees is discussed.