Feds: Defense firm put untrained guards in Iraq

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 1:52pm EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The federal government has joined a whistleblower's lawsuit against a major defense contractor in Iraq.

The lawsuit claims Triple Canopy Inc. used hundreds of poorly trained security guards to protect the Al Asad Airbase. The suit also claims the Virginia-based company falsified documents to cover up its guards' deficiencies in accurately shooting their AK-47 assault rifles.

Triple Canopy received a one-year, $10 million contract in 2009 to provide security at the base, Iraq's second largest. The lawsuit was filed by a whistleblower under a law that allows the government to intervene if it believes the whistleblower's claims.

The government joined the case last week. Triple Canopy declined comment Wednesday.


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