Professor Charles Tiefer has had a busy week and it’s only Tuesday.
Tiefer was quoted in a front-page Washington Post article, “Inside the administration’s $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers” (Sunday, Aug. 14).
Tiefer, who served on the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, was asked by the Post to review a contract that the newspaper said offered “generous terms” to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to build a huge detention facility for women and children from Central America seeking asylum in the United States.
An investigation by the Post showed the Obama administration skipped the public-bidding process and agreed to pay CCA $1 billion to build and operate the South Texas Residential Facility in Dilley, Texas. The 2,400-bed facility now holds most of the nation’s mother-and-child detainees, who, the Post said, until two years ago were rarely held in detention.
After reviewing the byzantine deal that allowed the administration to bypass federal contracting laws, Tiefer said, “This is the arrangement of a no-bid contract by twisting and distorting the procurement process past recognition.”
In addition, Tiefer, a regular contributor to Forbes.com, wrote an Aug. 13 article titled “A Proxy War Between India and Pakistan Is Under Way in Afghanistan” that at this writing has received nearly 70,000 views.
Wrote Tiefer: “Important but overlooked news this week: the U.S. command in Afghanistan has asked India to step up military aid to Afghan forces. India provided four attack helicopters to the Afghan military in Dec. 2015; the U.S. and the Afghans want more, as well as spare parts for Russian-made military equipment, to be used in part against the Islamist network built up by Pakistan called the Haqqanis.
“Every aspect of this cries: ‘Proxy War.’”