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U.S. Congressional Oversight

U.S Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The Senate Judiciary Committee is best known for confirming judges nominated by the president to federal courts. However, the Judiciary Committee also has a broad jurisdiction over matters relating to criminal and civil judicial proceedings, and in the areas of federal criminal law and human rights, among others. It is in this capacity that the Judiciary Committee holds hearings to conduct oversight and consider legislative proposals related to PMSCs.

Hearings

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Combating War Profiteering: Are We Doing Enough to Investigate and Prosecute Contracting Fraud and Abuse in Iraq?

Author: Senate Judiciary
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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.

The Espionage Statutes: A Look Back and a Look Forward

Author: Senate Judiciary
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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.

Legal Options to Stop Human Trafficking

Author: Senate Judiciary
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This hearing addressed human trafficking. Among other questions, senators asked: Why hasn’t the United States done more to punish U.S. contractors in Iraq and other foreign countries who engage in human trafficking?

Holding Criminals Accountable: Extending Criminal Jurisdiction to Government Contractors and Employees Abroad

Author: Senate Committee on the Judiciary
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This hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary looks into how US Government contractors and employees abroad can be held accountable for any crimes they commit.  Senator Leahy explains in his opening statement that clearer mechanisms for accountability are needed, especially after the 2007 incident in Iraq involving Blackwater.