70 US Soldiers Work in Freeport, Is It?

70 US Soldiers Work in Freeport, is that true? The possibility that this statement is correct is as big as our mislead mind about rumors like this. The news itself was initially brought into media by Ali Kastela, member of the House Commission VII from Hanura political party, declared that there are around 70 US soldiers work in PT Freeport Indonesia, subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan (FCX).

Ali claimed that he came up with the fact after his working visit to the Grasberg gold mine in Papua. “There are 70 active US soldiers working in Freeport,” said Ali, as quoted by Detikcom.

His statement was reasserted by Jimmy J, Vice Chairman of Papua Regional Council. Jimmy, however, cannot remember when the soldiers start working there.

Tjahjo Kumolo, member of Commission I of The House from PDI-P, called into question the information and stated that his commission, oversees military and international affairs, has never received such information.

“Commission I never received the information, either from national army commander, defense ministry, or state intelligence body.”

Djoko Suyanto, coordinating minister of politic, law, and security, confirmed the information, but he added that they are retirees from US troops. “There are some retirees (army) that worked in Freeport, which were hired through a proper recruitment phase like others civilians,” said Joko.

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10 Responses to "70 US Soldiers Work in Freeport, Is It?"

  1. I heard this news last December and I don't really know if it is true or not. But from my own point of view, even they are retirees or not, they should not be there... they still have lots of responsibilities from their country that needs to be done.

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  2. The news has not yet been proven to be true or not so still we don't know if those 70 American soldiers were really have been deployed since it was denied by Djoko Suyanto and He insists that the troops were security consultants from a security company and they are often employed in other countries...Let just see what's gonna happen next about this allegation.

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  3. Allegations can always come up to what was really behind it. This issues might came confusing and gather loads of questions from the public. At the right time things will fall into places and I am certain that there are appropriate explanation for this.

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  4. I think, it could be best if the persons in authority will validate this allegations for them to work on the proper action that will address issue on this matter.

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  5. If there's smoke, there's fire. The best thing to prove this is to investigate the matter as soon as possible. if it true, then may be they have their valid reason why they are working there.

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  6. I think the government should really take some time to validate such issue. It's is disturbing to know that our government cannot monitor the situation of our soldiers overseas.

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  7. Retired soldiers working in freeport? Hearing this news conjures distorted images about soldiers working like civilians. But knowing that they are retired soldiers with nothing to do than to stay at home, it is better to find a job for leisure and exercise and not merely for money. According to the minister, these soldiers have underwent proper recruitment and that is already their right and freedom to do whatever they wanted to do. so, just leave it...

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  8. If the said report is true then it is the time to make actions and questions about this issue. It is hard to tell things which was not proven yet. This post is really intriguing and I will follow this news to discover why soldiers are working there.

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  9. Whatever reasons the 70 retired soldiers have, why they are working in freeport must be publicized in the first place so it might be no criticism at all.

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  10. I think the government should investigate this issue right away. If the said issue is true, then the government should take appropriate actions about this.

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