Iraq For Sale

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

This film is a 2006 documentary film made by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films about the ongoing Iraq War and the behavior of companies with no-bid contracts working in Iraq. Specifically, the film claims four major contractors – Blackwater, K.B.R.-Halliburton, CACI and Titan – are over-billing the U.S. government and doing substandard work while endangering the lives of American soldiers and private citizens.

The documentary contends these companies are composed of ex-military and ex-government workers who unethically help their companies get and keep enormous contracts and milk the American taxpayer.

Halliburton contends the film is “yet another rehash of inaccurate, recycled information.” During filming, Greenwald had requested interviews with the contractors, but they turned him down.

The film starts with a look at Blackwater contractors Scott Helveston and Jerry Zovko, who were killed in an ambush in Falujah due to company cost-cutting exercises. The film moves on to look at the involvement of poorly supervised private interrogators and untrained translators from CACI and Titan in the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib. The loss of traditional military jobs, particularly in logistics, to private contractor KBR/Halliburton, who put workers like Tony Johnson and Steve Hullet in danger is analysed by the filmmakers, as is the cost-plus arrangement which encourages private contractors to overspend and overcharge for their services to ensure greater profits.

Another major theme which reoccurs throughout the film is that of Corporations legally buying influence, through campaign contributions and a network of connections, at the highest levels of government which allows them to be rewarded sole-source contract without bidding and to cover-up their own failures.