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Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)

Self Description

August 2006 [historical document--Ed.]: "On June 30, 2004 Iraq will again become a fully sovereign nation. When this occurs, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the international body that has governed Iraq since April, 2003, will have achieved its primary goal, and will cease to exist. Over the course of the last fourteen months the Coalition Provisional Authority has focused on helping Iraqis build four foundational pillars for their sovereignty: Security, Essential Services, Economy, Governance. "

Third-Party Descriptions

February 2007: Three of the central characters in the scheme have pleaded guilty. Robert J. Stein, a former Coalition Provisional Authority employee, was sentenced last month to nine years in prison and ordered to forfeit millions of dollars for his role in steering contracts to businessman Philip H. Bloom. Lt. Bruce D. Hopfengardner also admitted to steering contracts to Bloom for money and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Bloom pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money-laundering charges last year.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Financial Supporter of (past or present) Custer Battles Organization Aug 14, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Noah Feldman Esq. Person Mar 29, 2015

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.

QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.

Mother Jones
Apr 20, 2008 Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

QUOTE: To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world. Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance...

New York Times
Feb 08, 2007 5 Indicted in Probe of Iraq Deals: Americans Accused of Bribery, Rigging Building Contracts

QUOTE: The alleged fraud scheme is the largest to emerge out of the Iraq reconstruction effort. In the indictment and in interviews, federal prosecutors described a series of grand scams designed to plunder a reconstruction program funded by the United States and with money collected from the sale of Iraqi oil.

Washington Post
Sep 17, 2006 Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq: Early U.S. Missteps in the Green Zone

QUOTE: the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans...before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O'Beirne's office in the Pentagon. To pass muster with O'Beirne...applicants didn't need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration.

Washington Post
Aug 19, 2006 On Technical Grounds, Judge Sets Aside Verdict of Billing Fraud in Iraq Rebuilding

QUOTE: A federal judge has set aside a verdict of corporate fraud in Iraq on disputed technical grounds, raising questions about the ability of whistleblowers and the United States government to pursue companies that profited illegally in Iraq during the chaotic year after the invasion.

New York Times
Aug 05, 2006 Germany Probes Fairfax Contractor in Iraq: Prosecutor Looks Into Possible Money Laundering After $10 Million Fraud Verdict

QUOTE: A German prosecutor is investigating the possibility that an American contractor who was ordered to pay the government millions of dollars for cheating on a contract in Iraq may be using his wife to funnel money through foreign bank accounts, according to a letter from the prosecutor.

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2006 'It Looked Weird and Felt Wrong'

QUOTE: in the late summer of 2003, as senior U.S. commanders tried to counter the growing insurgency with indiscriminate cordon-and-sweep operations, the 4th Infantry was known for aggressive tactics that may have appeared to pacify the northern Sunni Triangle in the short term but that, according to numerous Army internal reports and interviews with military commanders, alienated large parts of the population.

Washington Post