U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings
This hearing was convened to discuss contractor fraud and its adverse effects on U.S. operations in Iraq. Witnesses were the Honorable Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction; Thomas F. Gimble, Acting Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense; Barry Sabin, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
In the U.S., the basic terms and structure of the espionage statutes have remained relatively unchanged in the nearly one hundred years since their inception. The purpose of this hearing was to take a look back at the espionage statutes, to examine how they have been used over the last 70 years, to examine what problems have developed, and to examine whether the laws should be amended. One of the issues addressed was whether government contractors are adequately covered by the espionage statutes.
This hearing addressed human trafficking. Among other questions, senators asked: Why hasnt the United States done more to punish U.S. contractors in Iraq and other foreign countries who engage in human trafficking?