Iraq Contractor Trial Underway:


A retired brigadier general told a grand jury that the work of two U.S. contractors “was probably the worst I’ve ever seen in my 30 years in the Army.” The Washington Post reports on the trial of Michael Battles and Scott Custer, accused of defrauding the American government and the Coalition Provisional Authority, the American-run government of post-invasion Iraq, of millions of dollars. The general, Hugh Tant III, accused the pair of providing trucks that did not work and “failed to perform adequately in supplying cabins, mattresses, generators and Internet service to troops who were distributing the new dinar in the fall of 2003.”