Afghanistan Reconstruction Oversight: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, May 20, 2010   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the May 20, 2010 hearing on "Afghanistan Reconstruction Oversight," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight. From the opening statement of Russ Carnahan, Chairman of the Subcommittee: "From May 1 to May 3 I traveled to Kabul, Kandahar, and Islamabad as part of the House Foreign Affairs Committee trip to review security and reconstruction efforts underway in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our delegation met with General McChrystal. I also met with Afghan President Karzai, along with American troops who are working hand-in-hand with the Afghan people to rebuild their nation after years of Taliban control. While I was away we were threatened on U.S. soil once again. The Times Square bomb plot reminded us all of the urgency and importance of our success in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We must do everything in our power at home and abroad to keep our citizens safe. […] In order to protect taxpayer resources, we must also strengthen efforts to combat corruption. A recent U.N. survey estimates that Afghans paid $2.5 billion in bribes to government officials and members of the police force in 2009. In 2009, Afghanistan was ranked 179th out of 180 nations on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, a step down from 117 out of 159 in 2005. These are alarming numbers. The U.S. and other donors have pledged to increase the proportion of development aid delivered to the Afghan Government to 50 percent in the next 2 years." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arnold Fields and Russ Carnahan.

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