Former Colombian Recruiter Killed. On Thursday, a controversial former recruiter of Colombian soldiers for ID Systems, which provided Colombian soldiers to Blackwater (or probably more accurately, its affiliate Greystone) for work in Iraq was gunned down on a Bogota street on Tuesday. The former Colombian Army Captain Gonzalo Adolfo Guevara recruited for Colombian-owned ID Systems. Late last summer an exposé in a Colombian newsweekly Semana named him as the recruiter who 35 BW/Greystone contractors accused of improper recruiting practices, promising large sums that never materialized. The same group described near-captive conditions after they complained about the discrepancies, with threats to throw them out on the streets of Baghdad and to withhold potable water. (A partial English translation of the Semana article can be found here.) The murder is under investigation and its relation to his recruitment practices work is unknown.
TRO Against the Army. In a bizarre chain of events, the Army is under a sealed temporary restraining order to prevent it from awarding a $475 million security and intelligence contract, Steve Fainaru and Alec Klein of the Washington Post report. It seems a anti-war activist who makes a hobby of applying for government contracts and filing protests when he doesn't get them, hit it lucky and the GAO got spooked. The net effect is that Enrisys, the current contract holder, filed a TRO to force the Army to hold back making the award and will undoubtedly receive several million more dollars to through the contract extension--a clever business move even if they expect to lose the appeal.
New Chief for the Secret Squirrels. US Army Maj. Gen Richard Zhaner has been nominated for the position of deputy secretary of defense for intelligence and warfighting support. In simpler terms, he will replace General Boykin in command of the Secret Squirrels, the Strategic Support Branch which houses the Pentagon's new spy unit. It seems the Secret Squirrels are keeping their three stars, a good sign for squirrel fans.
The Spy Who Billed Me on LA Radio this Sunday. I'll talking about the outsourcing of intelligence on KPFK Pacific Radio for SoCal at 90.7 FM in LA and 98.7 in Santa Barbara tomorrow morning, Sunday, June 3 sometime between 11:00 and 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time. The program is "Background Briefing with Ian Masters." It appears to also be available live via the internet.