The United States and its allies have announced creation of a new task force to end corruption involving contractors and others in the maintenance and security of Afghanistan. For the purposes of capital improvement, NATO has supplied billions of dollars, while coalition forces have awarded about 14 billion dollars in contracts. It is suggested that these amounts of capital investment have led to a culture of corruption in Afghanistan. Until the new developments in the fight against corruption, it was said that the U.S. and the West turned their backs — ignoring the warning signs of wrongful enrichment. This was true in part because many of the corrupt were allies with the West in opposition to the Taliban.
Now we see the development of Task Force 2010, the military’s intelligence network, aimed at the elimination of Afghan corruption from the outlying towns and periphery to top of the Afghan Government. Indeed, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency too, is now involved in the elimination of corruption, the installation of transparency, and accountability. Documents are being seized; captured fighters are being interrogated, firstly about battle plans, and suicide missions, but also about financial corruption. In Afghanistan there are few high tech devices to scrutinize: hard drives and cell phone records, as there were in Iraq.
Perversion of authority is described as a plague on the effort to build a competent government and to win the support of the Afghan people. NATO officials moved to the creation of the anti-corruption task force last October, and already a number of provincial officials have been brought to trial. In one such instance the task force, headed by Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the alliance’s director of military intelligence in Afghanistan, placed charges against a border police commander accused of having ghost personnel on his payroll; this commander also was charged with stealing money meant for widows of police officers killed in action.